Principal of Middle School West Auckland (both campuses):
Warren Cook: BA, Dip Tchg – Academic Manager of Matai Villa, Mathematics Teacher
Warren trained and taught at several Northland schools before relocating to Auckland to be involved in the ‘Inzone Education Foundation’. Warren’s vision for children and learning is driven by his fundamental belief in maximising the wealth of opportunity that surrounds us and the possibility of personal extension that comes from life-long learning. Warren aims to inspire the youth/tamariki of today by enabling them to uncover their personal strengths, talents and goals.
Jack Ralston House:
Mike Fenwick: MA (Educational Leadership), B'ed, Dip Tchg - Academic Manager of Rimu Villa and English Teacher:
Mike began his teaching career at Auckland Normal Intermediate School before moving on to St Peter’s College. In the year 2000 Mike left New Zealand to embark on a two year teaching post overseas - which turned into 15 years!.During his time abroad he completed five years at Seoul International School, South Korea, teaching English and working as Head of Department followed by ten years at the Chinese International School, Hong Kong, working as Year 6 Learning Leader. Mike has been involved in sport throughout his overseas tenure, coaching varsity level basketball in Korea and age group national rugby coaching (U18 & U14) in Hong Kong. Mike brings an international perspective on teaching and learning and is keen to contribute as well as learn the nuances of pedagogy in New Zealand.
James Young: B Phys Ed, BSW, Dip Tchg - Academic Manager of Kauri Villa and Maths/Science teacher
James has been teaching since 2012 mainy at Abundant Life School In Kaitaia where he taught all levels of PE from Yr1 through to year 13. He also taught Social Studies in the year levels of Yr9 and Yr10. His passion is to see young people develop into people that represent their families and community in a positive manner. Previous to teaching James graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Social work (community and family studies) and Bachelor of Physical Education (exercise prescription). He and his wife have 6 Children and 3 grandchildren. James has been involved in coaching sport and youth groups.
Tamzin Cook: Community Liaison Manager
Tamzin has a wealth of experience both in administration and in dealing with children and young adults. Her previous roles included Matron at In-Zone Education Foundation where she provided live in pastoral care and support to 60 teenage boys. More recently she has worked as the Office Manager at Mt Hobson Middle School. Tamzin works to coordinate support between the family, school and students.
Suzanne has more than 12 years office experience. In her previous role she was Personal Assistant to the Principal and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Suzanne enjoys working with students and parents and assisting the school community with enquiries.
Angela Withers: BA- DipEd - Social Studies Teacher:
Angela taught History and English in Australia for four years before moving to the UK for three years where she taught History, Drama and Religious Education. She then returned to Australia for seven years to teach History, Geography, English and Drama. She moved from Melbourne to Auckland in August 2013. As well as her passion for teaching History, she also enjoys directing school musical productions.
Liane Young: BSc, GDip Ed, CTEFLA - Mathematics and Science Teacher:
Liane is an experienced teacher of Mathematics and Science, specialising in Chemistry. She has taught at Chanel College, Solway College, Ruawai College, and Otamatea Christian School. She has also lived and worked in Australia (Blakehurst High School), England (Abingdon College of Further Education) and China (Qingdao University, QMIS International School). She is passionate about helping students develop their learning ability and become inspired for the future.
Josiah believes that all students are capable and of worth and that through a well-rounded and purposeful education all students can become confident, life-long learners. Josiah has taught at Matipo Road School, Sunnybrae Normal School and Sylvia Park School. Josiah has also worked with teenagers at Greenlane Christian Centre for the last 4 years.
Maxine Chan: BCS; Dip Tchg - English and Social Studies Teacher:
Maxine is committed to helping students develop their capacity to strive for excellence while teaching the skills needed for learning as individuals and collaboratively with their peers. In the classroom she provides a supportive and enthusiastic learning atmosphere. Maxine has had experience teaching at Massey High School and Western Springs College. Maxine is a member of Women in Film and television and United Nations Women (Auckland branch).
Sarah Gauntlett: BMA, Dip Tchg – Technology and Art Teacher
Sarah has many years experience in the design world. As a teacher she is passionate about her art and imparting the skills to students so they have a variety of opportunities and can develop.
Wayne Todd: B.Mus, Dip Tchg - Music and Social Studies Teacher:
Wayne began his teaching career in Music and English at Rangitot College and One Tree Hill College. He has a passion for the performing arts and was instrumental in establishing the Excel School of Performing Arts where he taught for 18 years. Wayne was also a key player in gaining course accreditation for the school and in overseeing staff. Wayne is an accomplished musician and plays piano, sings and writes his own songs. Wayne lived and taught in Germany for four years and speaks fluent German
Sean Davis: Dip Teaching - Secondary, BA - Art and Technology Teacher:
After a successful career as a chef at restaurants and eateries in New Zealand and England, Sean turned his attention to teaching - passing on his skills and knowledge sets to his students.
He has taught Food Technology and Hospitality at both Lynfield College and Glenfield College and has a passion for nutrition. Sean is a keen rugby player who has both coached and managed school teams.
Long Lu: B Engineering; Dip Tchg - Technology Teacher:
Long is an experienced teacher in Technology, Hard Material and Design and Visual Communication. Long believes all students can reach their full potential in a positive and supportive teaching and learning environment. Long has taught at Papatoetoe High School and Melville High School.
RobynAnne Abd El Rahman: BEd, Dip Tchg - English Teacher:
RobynAnne has more than 20 years' experience in teaching and learning and is dedicated to assisting her students to achieve the highest individual academic goals through a holistic approach. Although she trained as a primary school teacher, she went on to be a Head of English at secondary level and later a tutor at Massey University College of Education, specialising in 'How Children Learn' and 'Language and Reading'.
Te Mete Lowman: B.Ed. Dip Tchg Academic Manager Pohutukawa Villa and Maths and Te Reo Teacher
Te Mete joins Middle School West Auckland from Westmere School where his role has been planning, facilitation and assessment of all core subjects for senior primarystudents. This is through an immersion Māori medium with the specific use of language transfer pedagogy to develop the target language within the students. Integration of core literacy tasks through the inquiry based learning approach. Te Mete believes the origin of great educators comes from having the right attitude, and being there for the right reasons. As an adult and now with his own children, he believes that together with this life experience, this knowledge, this way of knowing, being, and doing he will have an impact on the next generation, so that they may stand proud, and so that they may stand as Māori in this ever-changing world of ours.
Alex Hawea: BMPD, PGCert. MD, PGCert. SF - School and Community Support Manager:
Alex works alongside and supports Academic Manager Mike Murray in building a place of excellence where students understand and take hold of the opportunities that arise. His role involves coordinating the whanau and the Villa to produce great academic outcomes for children. As a proficient speaker of Te Reo and with qualifications spanning teaching, Maori Development and Sports Science, Alex is key in helping realize the school's vision to develop spiritual and cultural depth.
Monika Toko - Te Reo and Art Teacher:
Monika graduated from the TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae, the first total immersion Māori school in the world, with awards for leadership, innovation and excellence. Monika has recently graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor's Degree in Primary Teaching through the Huarahi Maori programme.
Felicia Skilton: B.A, Dip Tchg –English and Social Studies Teacher:
Felicia is passionate about her subjects and making a difference to students. It is her desire to help ākonga to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. . Learning is a lifelong process which takes place in many different forms and on many different levels. One of my greatest hopes as a kaiako is to instill a love of learning in my ākonga as we embark on our journey of learning together.
Barbara Hawea - Office Administrator:
Barbara spent six years in the RNZAF working within the Communications department before heading overseas to liven the UK. Following her return to New Zealand, Barbara commenced a career as a horticulturalist before moving into the Community Support and Healthcare sectors. Prior to joining the team at MSWA, Barbara worked in administration at another West Auckland School. Barbara, has a deep love of children and enjoys supporting them to reach their full potential - as a mother of three and a grandmother of six, she has plenty of hands on experience in this field!