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Peter Kaiser

Principal
Peter Kaiser

Principal

Mr Kaiser began his teaching career in 1975 training at Auckland Secondary Teachers College and the University of Auckland. He graduated with a BA in History, and post graduate studies in Education, Psychology and Anthropology. He has taught in a number of schools in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, at Secondary, Intermediate and Primary levels. As well, Mr Kaiser taught in Special Education for 5 years and completed a Diploma in Special Education. Mr Kaiser completed his Master of Education in Professional Studies with 1st class Honours at Auckland University. He has been Principal at Tirimoana School for over 25 years. He established and led the Te Atatu Community of Learning with 8 other West Auckland Schools. 

Dale Hammond

Deputy Principal
Dale Hammond

Deputy Principal

Mrs Hammond has been teaching for over 25 years in New Zealand and in England. As a trained Reading Recovery teacher, Mrs Hammond is passionate about literacy and learning for all children, especially those in their early years at school. She has a particular responsibility to learners in Years 0-3. A big part of Mrs Hammond’s job at Tirimoana School is to enrol and welcome new families into our school community. Mrs Hammond enjoys meeting and working with all students across the school to help them on their education journey. When Mrs Hammond is not at school, you will find her spending time with family and friends, reading books or fishing and paddle boarding at Kawau Island and around the Waitemata harbour. 

Matthew Lyon

Deputy Principal
Matthew Lyon

Deputy Principal

Mr Lyon has been teaching for over 15 years in New Zealand and has also taught in Chile and Canada. He is especially passionate about science, mathematics and technology (especially using ICT in schools). He is determined to help students remain curious and appreciate the fascinating world that we live in.

Fostering strong relationships with the students and the wider school community is very important to Mr Lyon. He has a particular responsibility to learners in Years 4 to 6. A big part of Mr Lyon's job at Tirimoana School is to develop the digital literacy curriculum.

Mr Lyon has a passion for cycling, hiking and getting outdoors and is always planning his next adventure. When not getting lost in the bush Mr Lyon is more than likely supporting his children in all of their endeavours or relaxing with a cup of coffee at home or at the Coromandel.

Julie Matthews

Assistant Principal – SENCO
Julie Matthews

Assistant Principal – SENCO

Mrs Matthews graduated in 2000 from Auckland College of Education with a Diploma of Teaching and the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Education.  She has taught in a variety of schools in Auckland and England but enjoys working at Tirimoana School the most. Mrs Matthews continues to take schoolwide leadership as SENCO in the provision of quality learning for our children with additional learning, behavioral and emotional needs. She is Reading Recovery trained and passionate about Literacy.  When not at school Mrs Matthews enjoys watching her son play cricket and hockey and enjoying family time in the Coromandel. 

Louise Graham

Assistant Principal
Louise Graham

Assistant Principal

Mrs Graham completed her teacher training in 1999 at Auckland University and gained a Diploma in Teaching. She had previously gained a BA in History and Political Studies in 1981 and an MA in History in 1983. She joined the teaching team at Tirimoana in 2000 and was appointed a Senior Teacher in 2006. Mrs Graham is a valued member of the Senior Leadership Team. She is the school liaison teacher and mentor for student teachers for our university partners. Mrs Graham will continue to lead Mathematics in our school and act as mentor for our Mathematics Specialist Teacher this year. Mrs Graham has a Community of Learning role across all our partner schools and she continues to work with our Enviro Group. 

Margaret Carter

(ASL) Across School Kahui Ako Leader, Year 3 Team Leader
Margaret Carter

(ASL) Across School Kahui Ako Leader, Year 3 Team Leader

Mrs Carter graduated from Auckland College of Education in 1994 and continued her education to complete her Bachelor of Education degree in 2000. She has worked across West Auckland in many diverse teaching roles, in all levels of Primary School education. As a trained Reading Recovery Teacher Mrs Carter is passionate about literacy, having taken school wide leadership in our ‘Community of Learning’ literacy role since 2016. Mrs Carter enjoys working with children on special visual art projects and continues to be the school liaison and adjunct mentor for student teachers from AUT and Waikato partners. 

Miriana Christensen

Year 6 Team Leader
Miriana Christensen

Year 6 Team Leader

Mrs Christensen graduated from Massey University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary). She has experience teaching Year 0 to 6. Mrs Christensen enjoys teaching all curriculum areas she has strengths in Literacy, Arts and Te Reo. She enjoys spending time with family and relaxing with a good book. 

Miguel Daza

Year 6 Teacher
Miguel Daza

Year 6 Teacher

Mr Daza is an experienced teacher with ten years experience teaching in New York City Public Schools and five years teaching various learning levels across Auckland (through Oasis Education) and most recently at Richmond Road School. Mr Daza has an extensive knowledge of different learning styles and methods, and an understanding of teaching across different cultures. He strives to build a love of learning in all his students and encourages each individual to reach their full potential. In his spare time Mr Daza enjoys relaxing with his wife and two girls and enjoying the relaxed NZ lifestyle. 

Sheridan O’Neill

Year 6 Teacher
Sheridan O’Neill

Year 6 Teacher

Mrs O'Neill has been teaching in a fulltime capacity at Tirimoana School since 2007. She is an experienced teacher who has taught fulltime at several Auckland Primary and Intermediate schools and as a gifted and talented teacher. She enjoys teaching in all learning areas but has a special passion for Literacy, Visual Art and Physical Education and outdoor education. 

Kirsten Harriss

Year 6 Teacher
Kirsten Harriss

Year 6 Teacher

Mrs Harriss completed her Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching at the University of Auckland in 2017. Originally from South Africa, Mrs Harriss spent many years in the United Kingdom where she worked as a Pediatric Speech & Language Therapist. She particularly enjoys teaching the Arts, Social Studies and Reading. In her spare time, she loves spending time hiking and camping with her husband and two children.  

Kris Kluge

Year 6 Teacher
Kris Kluge

Year 6 Teacher

Mr Kluge has been teaching at Tirimoana since 2017. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor Degree in Media Arts. 

Following his career in the media industry, working for TVNZ and Choice TV, he has chosen to pursue his passion for education. He loves to learn and when not enjoying time with friends and family, he enjoys indulging in some of his interests, such as: mountain biking, kayaking, photography, and travel. 

Tracey Simonsen

ESOL / Learning Support
Tracey Simonsen

ESOL / Learning Support

Mrs Simonsen has taught at Tirimoana in several different roles for nearly 24 years. She has a Diploma in Education, a Batchelor of Education Degree and is a trained Reading Recovery teacher. Mrs Simonsen has completed a Post-Graduate qualification in Specialisation in Literacy from Auckland University. Her teaching strengths are in Literacy and Reading but she enjoys all areas of the curriculum. Mrs Simonsen enjoys spending time with her family, sailing and going to the gym.

Jack Warland

Year 5 Team Leader
Jack Warland

Year 5 Team Leader

Mr Warland is an energetic West Auckland local. After leaving a career in engineering he re-trained as a teacher and graduated in 2012. He has taught a variety of year levels in West Auckland schools. Mr Warland enjoys teaching all subjects but has a passion for teaching Mathematics in a real-world context and Health and Physical Education. When Mr Warland isn't at school he enjoys spending time with his 3 children; Tristan, Ericka and Primrose, enjoying the fruits that West Auckland has to offer and coaching a successful football team. His favourite place to unwind is at Whatipu beach with a fishing line in the water. 

Caleb Joyce

Year 5 Teacher
Caleb Joyce

Year 5 Teacher

Mr. Joyce completed his teacher training in 2021 at Auckland University and gained a Diploma in Primary Teaching. He had previously gained a BA in Media and Communications in 2010 at Otago University. After leaving a career in media and living/ traveling around the world, he came back to New Zealand to pursue his passion for teaching. Mr. Joyce’s strengths lie in mathematics and literacy, and has a keen interest for history, geography and social sciences. When Mr Joyce is not at school he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, walking his dog Basil, traveling, swimming and snowboarding. He is delighted to join the Tirimoana whanau in 2022!

Kate Weiss

Year 5 Teacher
Kate Weiss

Year 5 Teacher

Miss Weiss completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology before returning to the University of Auckland to complete a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching in 2018. Miss Weiss joined the Year 3 Team at Tirimoana in 2019 and loves working with learners to support their growing independence at this level. Miss Weiss loves tramping, reading and taking her dog for walks all around Auckland. 

Philip Lee

Year 5 Teacher
Philip Lee

Year 5 Teacher

Mr. Lee is originally from London, moving to New Zealand in 2009 and became a proud NZ
citizen in 2016. He originally studied computer animation, followed by a stint in the hospitality
industry before completing a Bachelor of Education in 2021.
Mr. Lee’s favourite learning area to teach is science to allow his students to conduct interesting
and engaging experiments. He has a passion for soccer and is currently learning how to play
the ukulele.

Rebecca McKelvie

Year 4 Team Leader
Rebecca McKelvie

Year 4 Team Leader

Kia ora, I graduated from the University of Auckland in 2004 with a Bachelor of Education and began teaching at Tirimoana Primary in 2005. I have strengths in Math, Literacy and ICT.  I am passionate about supporting ākonga (learners) to grow and thrive in their own unique way. I enjoy the outdoors, books and vintage cars. 

Barbara Lake

Year 4 Teacher
Barbara Lake

Year 4 Teacher

Mrs Lake completed a Bachelor of Arts with an English major from Massey University before beginning teaching. She holds a Diploma in Craft Design and in Teaching from Otago University. Mrs Lake began her career in the South Island, teaching in small schools across all levels of children. Mrs Lake gained her Grad Diploma in TESSOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) in 2014 and her Master’s in Education in 2019, both from the University of Auckland. 

Her interests are in all language work especially Reading, Writing, and the language acquisition of Second Language learners. Mrs Lake is presently learning Maori language and sees this as a lifelong project.  

Leighton Edwards

Year 4 Teacher
Leighton Edwards

Year 4 Teacher

Mr. Edwards graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Auckland. After spending time living overseas in Melbourne and Dublin, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching in 2016. He spent his first two years as a teacher at Tirimoana, before relocating to live and teach in Vancouver. At the start of 2021, upon completing his 2 year Canadian visa, he has enthusiastically returned to Tirimoana.

Mr. Edwards is a passionate musician, music listener, and obsessive record collector. He loves striking a balance between actively exploring and relaxing with a coffee and a good book. Spending time overseas has reminded him how much he loves the Aotearoa way of life, and watching cricket in the sunshine.

Wendy Liddell

MST Specialist
Wendy Liddell

MST Specialist

Mrs Liddell began her professional career as a ballerina in London, England. On returning to New Zealand she trained as a teacher and has been involved in education ever since. She has taught a variety of levels from Year 1 to 6 and has recently been a specialist teacher in both science and mathematics in a large international school in Singapore. Mrs Liddell also has a great passion for music, (piano in particular) and the natural world. 

Caitlin Agbede

On Maternity Leave
Caitlin Agbede

On Maternity Leave

Mrs Agbede completed her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Education and Psychology in 2013, before completing a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching in 2014. She joined the Tirimoana whanau in 2018. Mrs Agbede is very passionate about sport, PE and living an active and healthy lifestyle. She loves to read, going to the beach, getting outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Kura Tuhura

Middle Leader / Teacher
Kura Tuhura

Middle Leader / Teacher

Kura Tuhura graduated in 1994 with a Diploma in Teaching Kura Kaupapa Māori, then gained a Bachelor in Education from Auckland University in 2000.  She has had many years teaching experience in Maori medium and mainstream roles but has been happily teaching at Tirimoana School since 2010. Whaea enjoys working with her colleagues to grow our Te Reo Maori programmes at Tirimoana School and our Tirimoana Kapa Haka . As our in-school Community of Learning specialist she works to engage whanau and staff to develop better learning relationships to progress our student’s achievement.  Whaea Kura takes great joy in hearing about student’s achievements, as teaching and learning are intertwined and she has learnt a lot from them as well.  

Blair Curtis

Year 3 Teacher
Blair Curtis

Year 3 Teacher

Mr Curtis has been with Tirimoana School since 2009, teaching classes across Year 3,4, 5 and 6, with 2 years spent as a Mathematics Support Teacher (MST). He coordinates the interschool sports that Tirimoana participate in, including the coaching and talent ID to expose students to the many new sporting opportunities Tirimoana is involved with. Outside of school, Mr Curtis enjoys family time and the many adventures that brings. 

Stephanie Parsons

Year 3 Teacher
Stephanie Parsons

Year 3 Teacher

Mrs Parsons graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at the end of 2018.Mrs Parsons has 18 years of experience in Dance and will be incorporating that into her classroom. She is very passionate about the Arts and getting her students to learn through physical activity. In her spare time, she loves to exercise, go to the beach, and spend time with friends and family. 

Kimberley Tuimalealiifano

Year 3 Teacher
Kimberley Tuimalealiifano

Year 3 Teacher

Mrs Tui has been a part of the Tirimoana whanau since 2019. She has taught Year 0-4 at other West Auckland schools. Mrs Tui loves teaching Math and creating colourful art projects with her learners. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, as well as playing basketball, going to the beach and reading a good book. 

Seth Liu

Year 3 Teacher
Seth Liu

Year 3 Teacher

Mr Liu finished his Bachelor of Communication Studies at the University of Waikato in 2005.  He then moved to Te Kuiti and fully embraced the farming lifestyle in the King Country, Waikato. In 2007. Mr Liu joined Vodafone and started his role in the Telecommunication industry.  In 2009 Mr Liu departed from his corporate role in Auckland and started his Teacher training at Massey University. 

Mr Liu is a proud Kiwi.  He firmly believes that good citizen should adapt themselves to the nature and the environment around them, rather than change nature to suit their individual needs.  Mr Liu loves New Zealand native trees and birdlife in Titirangi and enjoys going for walks on Muriwai beach.

Tara Manjunath

Year 3 Teacher
Tara Manjunath

Year 3 Teacher

Miss Manjunath completed a Bachelors of Modern Languages and Politics in the UK before moving to Aotearoa NZ to join her family. After working in marketing for 4 years, she completed her Masters of Teaching and Learning at AUT University. She is excited to have joined the amazing Tirimoana whānau since she had the best time here as a student teacher in 2021. Miss Manjunath loves teaching the Arts and Science, always finding ways to weave creative activities into her lessons. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, playing guitar and hiking with her friends and family.

Peta Buckingham

Reading Recovery Teacher
Peta Buckingham

Reading Recovery Teacher

Mrs Buckingham has worked at Tirimoana School for seven years. She has a Bachelor of Education from the Auckland College of Education and taught at Western Heights for 9 years before coming to Tirimoana. She has two children at Tirimoana School and she loves being involved in all areas of school life. 

Doug Norman

Year 2 Team Leader
Doug Norman

Year 2 Team Leader

Mr Norman graduated from AUT in 2013 with a Bachelor of Education and has been teaching across the Junior school at Tirimoana ever since. He spent 2018 teaching in London and travelling the world. Mr Norman enjoys teaching all subjects, especially the Arts and Literacy. He loves to play sports, keep fit, adventure outdoors, take care of his garden and play the guitar. 

Michayla Ozanne-Sterk

Year 2 Teacher
Michayla Ozanne-Sterk

Year 2 Teacher

Miss Sterk  graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Auckland in 2016. She furthered her education in 2017, completing an Honours year with a focus on math and science. Miss Sterk likes to plan rich, hands on, learning experiences. In her spare time, Miss Sterk enjoys playing hockey, exploring our beautiful country, and spending time with her family. 

Kerryn Keys

Year 2 Teacher
Kerryn Keys

Year 2 Teacher

Mrs Keys completed her Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of Auckland in 2015. In 2012 Mrs Keys graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Drama and Classical Studies and enjoys teaching Visual Art, Social Studies and Writing. In her spare time Mrs Keys enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys and walking her dog, Boo.  She enjoys sharing her creativity and passion for learning. 

Chanelle Meikle

Year 2 Teacher
Chanelle Meikle

Year 2 Teacher

Miss Meikle's children attend Tirimoana School and she joined the school whānau in 2018 as a junior school teacher. She gained a Bachelor of Education from the University of Auckland and has taught in primary schools around Auckland for over 13 years.
She enjoys teaching all areas of the curriculum and is interested in learning about new languages and diverse cultures.
In her spare time she is kept busy with her three active children Dayton, Kaisam and Beau.

Canesha Mallon

Year 2 Teacher
Canesha Mallon

Year 2 Teacher

Miss Mallon  has been teaching at Tirimoana School for five years. She enjoys teaching all year levels and all areas of the curriculum. She has a passion for literacy and the social sciences. Miss Mallon embraces learner creativity through the arts and play based learning. She likes to travel in and outside of Aotearoa and learn about different cultures and histories. 

Sophia Duncan

Year 2 Support
Sophia Duncan

Year 2 Support

Sophia Duncan’s has been part of the Tirimoana community for many years, as both her children attended Tirimoana. She has now joined the staff after having taught in other places around Auckland for about 14 years. She gained a Bachelor of Arts from Otago University, a certificate in Television Production from the New Zealand School of Broadcasting, Taught ESOL in Seoul, South Korea and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Auckland University. She really enjoys teaching in all areas of the curriculum especially literacy and the arts. In her spare time Ms Duncan enjoys spending time with her two children and loves gardening.

Sharon Croft

Reading Recovery Teacher
Sharon Croft

Reading Recovery Teacher

Mrs Croft has been a primary school teacher at Tirimoana Primary for many happy years. Mrs Croft has a Bachelor of Education with particular strengths in Literacy and the Arts. She supports Literacy across the school.  She has responsibility for the school Library and the Reading Recovery team. She also purchases the literacy resources and administers the scholastic book club. 

Anne-Maree Antonievic

Year 1 Team Leader
Anne-Maree Antonievic

Year 1 Team Leader

Ann-Maree Antonievic has been teaching at Tirimoana School since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Education (Honours). Mrs A has a passion for teaching our youngest learners, providing a smooth transition to school life. She enjoys teaching all areas of the curriculum especially literacy and the arts. Mrs A loves spending time with her family and two young boys, Arlo and Otis who keep her busy in her ‘spare’ time. 

Jolene Telfer

Year 1-2 Teacher
Jolene Telfer

Year 1-2 Teacher

Miss Telfer has been teaching for nearly twenty years in New Zealand, England and Malaysia. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Teaching. Miss Telfer has trained in Reading Recovery and enjoys teaching all the curriculum subjects in order to deliver a well-rounded program to our Learners. When Miss Telfer is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family including her son, Quinn and daughter, Kasey. 

Cara Bainbridge

Year 1 Teacher
Cara Bainbridge

Year 1 Teacher

Miss Bainbridge graduated with a Master of Teaching and is excited to continue her teaching career with our youngest learners at Tirimoana Primary School. In 2012, Miss Bainbridge graduated with a Bachelor in Science, specialising in Marine Science which continues to be an interest of hers. She loves to travel and in her own time enjoys relaxing with her friends and family. 

Ryan Charteris

Year 1 Teacher
Ryan Charteris

Year 1 Teacher

Mr Charteris completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Ancient History and Anthropology in 2017 and has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching in 2019. He has come full circle from his time as a student in 2001 to 2006. He is looking forward to sharing his passion for reading, the Arts and Science with his class. In his spare time Mr Charteris enjoys spending time with his friends and family and loves embarking on adventures around Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Kerin Lowndes

Year 1 Teacher
Kerin Lowndes

Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Lowndes graduated from Auckland Teachers College in 1995 and has taught in New Zealand and England.  She is a trained Reading Recovery teacher and is passionate about literacy in the Junior School.  She has worked in the Junior Team at Tirimoana for eight years and enjoys mentoring new teachers as they begin their careers. Mrs Lowndes loves to sing and teaches the whole school new songs.   When not at school, Mrs Lowndes can be found stuck in a book or finding another crazy adventure for her family to experience. 

Rhiannon Carmody

Year 1 Teacher
Rhiannon Carmody

Year 1 Teacher

Miss Carmody graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from the University of Auckland in 2017. Miss Carmody is very excited to share her passion for teaching and learning with children here at Tirimoana Primary School. Her strengths include creating a warm, nurturing classroom environment and passion of incorporating Maths and ICT throughout all curriculum areas. In her spare time, Miss Carmody loves reading and spending time with her family and friends. 

Jacinta Fenton

Year 1 Teacher
Jacinta Fenton

Year 1 Teacher

Miss Fenton is a second-year beginning teacher who graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Auckland University of Technology in 2021.

Miss Fenton is passionate about reading, the arts, and creating a welcoming classroom environment for her students.

In her spare time, Miss Fenton loves reading, sewing, and spending time with her friends and family.

Andrea Sweetman

Year 0 Teacher
Andrea Sweetman

Year 0 Teacher

Jan Parkes

Reading Recovery Teacher
Jan Parkes

Reading Recovery Teacher

Mrs Parkes works across the school as the PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) and Restorative Practice leader for our school. Mrs Parkes has a special interest in teaching the Arts and Literacy especially with an Inquiry perspective 

Mrs Parkes is one of our Reading Recovery Teachers and she supports teachers and learners in Year 0-3. 

Kezia Meiring (nee Langdon)

On Maternity Leave
Kezia Meiring (nee Langdon)

On Maternity Leave

Mrs Meiring graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Auckland in 2008. Continuing her education, she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education the following year. She has taught in New Zealand and spent time teaching in London in 2012.  

Shirley Wensor

Executive Officer
Shirley Wensor

Executive Officer

Hi, my name is Shirley and I have been part of the Administration Team here at Tirimoana School since 1994. Over the years as well as working in the office in accounts I was able to garden 1 day a week with the Enviro Group for several Years. I am also the secretary for the Board of Trustees. 

Jenny Atkins

School Secretary
Jenny Atkins

School Secretary

I love working in the School Office which I have done for 26 yearsOur staff and learners are fun to work withMy daughter, brother and both sisters attended Tirimoana School which has always been a great community minded school with a well-known reputation. I was on the School Committee when my daughter was here and ran the lunchroom for the school on a voluntary basis. I now enjoy spending special time with my 2 granddaughters. 

Jean Timms

Office / Support Staff
Jean Timms

Office / Support Staff

started working at Tirimoana School in 2008 when my youngest son started school here alongside his older brother. During this time I have been very lucky to be involved in many different roles around our school, from working in the classroom alongside our learners to working in the office. I have found the diverse range of roles very rewarding. When I'm not at school I like to take walks, read books and spend time with my family and friends. 

Lisa Moreton

Support Staff
Lisa Moreton

Support Staff

Lisa has been a teacher aide at Tirimoana since 2010.  She loves working with the senior students.  Lisa enjoys being a part of the yearly camp, especially seeing the learners experience situations for the first time and seeing them thrive in a new environment   Lisa also works in the library office for part of the day.   When not at school Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially during the summer months at the beach.   

Debbie Harris

Support Staff
Debbie Harris

Support Staff

I have been a Teacher Aide for approximately 9 years and am currently a student teacher, through The University of Waikato. Having supported a diverse range of learner’s over the years, I decided to further increase my knowledge and challenge myself and my learning and train to become a teacher. During my time at Tirimoana, I have worked at all year levels helping learners to “Discover their Talents”, which has been thoroughly rewarding. In my spare time, I enjoy playing indoor netball, walking the dog, cooking and watching my sons play rugby. 

Karen Brame

Support Staff
Karen Brame

Support Staff

I first came to Tirimoana in 1998 when my eldest son started school, I was a member of the PTA and volunteered in the lunchroom. I became a Teacher aide in 2010 when my youngest son was in year 2. I work alongside the classroom teacher supporting them and students in the classOver the years I’ve done many training courses on Autism and working with children with behavioral problems. In my spare time I like to get in my garden, go to the beach and spend time with my family and friends. 

Shelley Bacarella

Support Staff
Shelley Bacarella

Support Staff

I began working at Tirimoana in 2012 as a Teacher Aide. I have mainly worked with years 0-4 and find my job to be extremely rewarding. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, our dog Copper and cat Lola. I also enjoy being creative with knitting, scrapbooking, crochet and cross stitch. 

Sandy Chalmers

Support Staff
Sandy Chalmers

Support Staff

Hi my name is Sandy, I have a very strong relationship with Tirimoana Primary. I was a founding student back in 1969, my 4 children attended Tirimoana and my 6 grandchildren have attended or are still attending. I started here in 2013 supporting staff in the senior school. I have run the Rainbow Reading program, been involved In the year 6 camps and support children and teachers where needed. I love spending time with my family and friends. I love to travel overseas and shop till I drop. I also enjoy spending time outside gardening, bike riding and taking long walks. 

Fiona McDonald

Support Staff
Fiona McDonald

Support Staff

I have worked at Tirimoana School as a Teacher Aide for 16 Years always in the Junior school. Having previously trained as a Kindergarten Teacher I enjoy supporting our young children as they begin their learning journey. Outside of school I enjoy knitting, gardening and doing crosswords. 

Karen Sergeant

Support Staff
Karen Sergeant

Support Staff

Karen Sergeant started as a volunteer, before becoming a Teacher Aide.
Karen has 16 years' experience, working with adults of all ages, who have intellectual disabilities, and their families.
We have a daughter Natalie who is at this school. She keeps us busy with her after school activities.
In my spare time I like to garden and spend time with my family.

Bexs Mynott

Support Staff
Bexs Mynott

Support Staff

I started at Tirimoana in 2021 as the ESTA Environmental School Teacher Aide. I am involved with the enviro group. I enjoy working with the enviro group, getting involved with the vegie garden and helping our planet.  

I like spending time with family and friends, reading and going on bush walks 

Deanne Retimana

Support Staff
Deanne Retimana

Support Staff

Hi, my name is Deanne Retimana and I started working at Tirimoana Primary in 2020. I have 2 children at the school, and since they have been coming here, it has always been a place I have dreamed of working. 

I am Early Childhood trained and have spent the last 3 years working at a childcare centre in Westgate. 

I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Tirimoana, the staff and children have made me feel so welcome. 

Jaci Skelton

Support Staff
Jaci Skelton

Support Staff

Jaci has two boys  who went to Tirimoana Primary School and are now at Rutherford College. She started in Term 3, 2022 working with Year 5’s and 6’s. She loves getting alongside our young learners to help them grasp concepts and grow their understanding of subjects, particularly as they get ready for Intermediate. Her weekends are full of Saturday sport and she loves getting out of Auckland for weekends away with her family and her black Labrador, Jet. Her boys love to hunt and fish and she’s getting better at joining them when they ‘go bush’ but mostly loves summer and being at the beach.

Harrison Chochrane

Support Staff
Harrison Chochrane

Support Staff

Ash Keshaw

Caretaker
Ash Keshaw

Caretaker

I started working at Tirimoana Primary School in Term 4, 2022.

I am a born and bred Westie, cabinetmaker/kitchen installer by trade and have spent a few years maintaining and renovating city apartments. Most recently I worked for a boarding school on the grounds and garden team.

In my spare time I enjoy fishing, watching sport, road trips in my camper van and relaxing with my family/friends.

Nat Wright

Gardener
Nat Wright

Gardener

Neville Wright, ex teacher of Biology and Horticulture.

Passionate about plant propagation and entomology.

Currently part-time Head gardener at Tirimoana primary school.