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Kiwi Whanau

Kiwi Whanau

Ashmita Dawad

Kiwi Whanau Leader

About Me

Being enthusiastic, kind, resourceful and efficient are qualities I strive for while keeping my sense of humour. Together with my love of teaching Maths and helping students succeed, is the need to care for and have happy students. Family, friends, hiking, reading, having fun and relaxing are what make me happy.

E: ashmita.dawad@ajhs.school.nz

Beth Kubala

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

In and out of the classroom for 25 years, I also had another career as a family photographer. I’m thrilled to be back in the classroom and enjoy the Middle School years. Married with three young adult daughters. I’m interested in history, philosophy and politics. I enjoy inter-school debating.

E: beth.kubala@ajhs.school.nz

Carleen Thomas

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

I am the teacher in charge of Visual Art at AJHS. I have taught as an Art Specialist across all years from Year 0-10. I love the vibrant creativity of the art room each day and seeing my students explore their curiosity and nurture their creative potential on their journey as artists.

E: carleen.thomas@ajhs.school.nz

Cristina Flores de Morales

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

Teacher in charge of Spanish at AJHS since 2012. Within School COL leader. Passionate about education and helping our children succeed in this fast paced world. Background in Small Business, Travel, Telecommunications, Linguistics, Psychology and Spanish Literature. Married with three adult daughters.We love the outdoors and helping our local community through surf life saving.

E: cristina.fdm@ajhs.school.nz

Joo Yeon Lee

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

Began teaching in 2015 in South Korea and joined AJHS in 2019. I embrace diversity within our communities and value the contribution students and whanau bring to our schools and classrooms. I am passionate about student engagement, resilience, and achievement.

E: jooyeon.lee@ajhs.school.nz

Lisa Lumsden

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

I am a passionate, enthusiastic teacher who loves being in the classroom and learning with my students. I have been at AJHS as a Y7 Homeroom teacher since 2014 and have enjoyed observing and cultivating the learning journeys of many wonderful students as they grow and excel through the years at our school. As a Y7 Maths teacher, I am passionate about making maths learning fun and accessible, and I strive to assist and support the Student Leaders in our school as a Leader Mentor.

E: lisa.lumsden@ajhs.school.nz

Meghan Sutton

Asst Kiwi Whanau Leader

About Me

I am a Dance teacher, Year 8 teacher and Assistant Whanau Leader. I am passionate about Dance and the Performing Arts. I aim to make a difference in the lives of the students that I teach, support and inspire them to find their own passion and love for learning.

E: meghan.sutton@ajhs.school.nz

Natasha Cox

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

Year 8 Homeroom and Year 9 Social Studies Teacher who is passionate about helping students develop the knowledge and skills to fully critique, participate and contribute both in Aotearoa and the wider global context. I started my teaching career at AJHS in 2019 and have grown up on Aucklands North Shore.

E: natasha.cox@ajhs.school.nz

Nick Chester

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

I'm absolutely thrilled to be at Albany Junior High School in Kiwi Whanau as a Homeroom teacher, in addition to being a Maths teacher of Year 7 students. I am passionate about all facets of education and in particular seeing students succeed. Continuous improvement, growth mindsets and excellent manners are key attributes that I hope to add to, in conjunction with the students I'm lucky enough to work alongside each year. Fitness is important to me, so I ensure that I walk each day before school starts and attend the gym. I'm also an avid golfer. I have a daughter who attends a local primary school and a very successful and supportive wife!

E: nick.chester@ajhs.school.nz

Paul Halton

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

My name is Paul Halton I discovered my passion for teaching after spending 2 1/2 years teaching English in Vietnam. I started at AJHS in 2018 as a homeroom teacher, before moving to the ESOL department in 2019. I love old cars, rock music, and a good book.

E: paul.halton@ajhs.school.nz

Poppy Kirkflexton

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

I've been teaching Visual Art, Photography and DVC for four years now. I am very passionate about my subject areas, my goal is to create a fun, positive learning environment for all my students.

E: poppy.kirkflexton@ajhs.school.nz

Rod Caudwell

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

Fun in the classroom, high expectations and energy are three things I bring to the classroom environment. I follow all sports and coach futsal. Family man with three children, one of which attends AJHS. Experienced outdoor instructor having worked around the world in that capacity. Experienced Te reo Maori teacher.

E: rod.caudwell@ajhs.school.nz

Stewart Allan

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

Have taught at AJHS for 15 years. As teacher in charge of Drama, I enjoy seeing students explore their creativity and develop their abilities. I am married with two sons.

E: stewart.allan@ajhs.school.nz

Susanna Guo

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

Mandarin and ESOL teacher for 1 year in Taiwan, 3 years in China and 6 years in New Zealand. My passion is teaching languages, which means learning a different way of thinking and culture that allows us to explore new aspects of ourselves and the world. My mission is to help students to become curious and passionate lifelong learners. Mother of two girls. I love dance, music, art and help local community through various of church services.

E: susanna.guo@ajhs.school.nz

Tania Betterton

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

As a Year 8 homeroom teacher I bring a wealth of industry knowledge in which I apply to my teaching. Children are my passion. The importance of creating a safe teaching environment, that enables a life long learning culture, Making learning fun. Being supportive and applying what I love. Technology, the outdoors, Writing, Imagination. Not just reaching for the stars but grabbing them.

E: tania.betterton@ajhs.school.nz