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Makomako Whanau

Makomako Whanau

Aimee Duetschmann

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

I strive for all of my classes to be fun and interactive. If I am not having fun, then I know that my learners are not having fun. As a Business Academy teacher, I am lucky to engage with learners , whose creative thinking can be turned into products and services that may one day benefit multiple communities.

E: aimee.deutschmann@ajhs.school.nz

Alana Sims

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

Food Technology teacher at AHJS since 2016. Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition and Sport & Exercise Science. Passionate about educating students for the future by incorporating healthy eating, sustainability and innovation within Technology. A focus on helping every student experience success, every day, no matter how big or small.

E: alana.sims@ajhs.school.nz

Amy Kim

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

I have a Bsc in Biological Science and Chemistry and a strong passion for teaching science. My goal is to help students to make sense of the world around them. Acknowledging student success and encouraging students to go beyond their limits are what I love. Outside of school, I enjoy knitting, walking on the beach and playing the piano.

E: amy.kim@ajhs.school.nz

Dan Bushett

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

I am currently teaching Year 8 homeroom in my first full teaching role. I am passionate about mentoring and guiding students to reach their full potential. I am also passionate about Health, PE and sports and I like to incorporate values from these areas into my teaching. I have lived in Auckland for 5 years after growing up in Australia and I am really enjoying the multicultural aspects that Auckland has to offer.

E: dan.bushett@ajhs.school.nz

Grant Macpherson

Makomako Whanau Leader

About Me

Highly motivated, passionate Middle Leader with over 25 years' experience. Have specialised in both Homeroom and Physical Education, predominantly from Years 7 - 10. Enjoy creating postive relationships and life long learners. Married with 4 children. Follow lots of different sports, especially cricket and rugby.

E: grant.macpherson@ajhs.school.nz

Helen Haine

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

Kia ora, ko Helen Haine tōku ingoa. I am an excellent generalist teacher passionate about coaching learners to achieve, find their passions and enjoy the journey. I teach because I love it. Gifted and Talented Education (GaTE) co-ordinator for AJHS, visiting Evaluating Lecturer of student teachers for both Massey University and AUT. BAppSc(FoodTech), GradDipTchg(Primary), MEd (Mathematics) with distinction.

E: helen.haine@ajhs.school.nz

Iain McMahon

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

I teach Science and Forensics at AJHS. I worked in the mental health sector for many years before working for the Department of Corrections. My curriculum specialities are Psychology and Biology; I am privately pursuing my personal interest in the neurobiology and philosophy of consciousness plus machine intelligence (A.I.).

E: iain.mcmahon@ajhs.school.nz

Kate McKinney

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

I have an MSc in physics and have been teaching in NZ high schools off and on for 15 years. At AJHS, I teach Science and Environmental Science. I love finding out new things and making creative connections between different areas. I am passionate about music, dogs, and the natural environment.

E: kate.mckinney@ajhs.school.nz

Leanna Elmes

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

I believe in giving students opportunities to flourish and grow both academically and socially. Students are empowered to take more responsibility for their learning journey so that they become self-reliant, resourceful, resilient life-long learners. Having studied and taught in three different cultures has enabled me to be empathetic towards how we can navigate differences.

E: leanna.elmes@ajhs.school.nz

Lucy Laurenson

On Maternity Leave

About Me

I am a high energy, passionate and enthusiastic teacher who is dedicated to creating a positive learning environment. My strengths include building an inclusive classroom culture whilst giving all learners the opportunity to take risks, develop key competencies and critically think in a collaborative manner. Love PE, surfing, netball and everything outdoors.

E: lucy.laurenson@ajhs.school.nz

Nanie Taylor

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

Mathematics and Whanau teacher. Originally from South Africa and lived in New Zealand since 2011. I relate well to all students and have high expectations in the classroom. I am very passionate about Mathematics.

E: nanie.taylor@ajhs.school.nz

Peter Harpur

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

Year 7 Homeroom teacher and teach maths in Year 7. This is my first year at AJHS but I have 20 years' experience in various schools. I am enthusiastic about ILE's and collaborative teaching as this leads to collaborative learning.

E: peter.harpur@ajhs.school.nz

Sally Rowe

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

Enthusiastic teacher of Human Bio & Science. Involved in education throughout my careers: secondary school teacher, outdoor educator, paramedic & paramedic lecturer. Married with two girls, both whom have been through AJHS. Passionate about life – recreation in the outdoors, rock-climbing, sea-kayaking & heavily involved in surf life-saving.

E: sally.rowe@ajhs.school.nz

Sue Scull

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

I want to pass on my passion for science to the students and inspire them to become curious, scientifically literate members of society. I have a BSc Hons in Metallurgy, a PGCE in Science and a MEd in Special Needs. Taught in UK and NZ.

E: susan.scull@ajhs.school.nz

Victoria Booth

Asst Makomako Whanau Leader

About Me

Science teacher / Assistant Whanau Leader. Originally from Manchester, passion for travel landed me in this beautiful country in 2014. Ensuring student well-being through effective pastoral care is my principal objective. I encourage students to question and connect with the natural phenomena of the world around them, through a scientific lens.

E: victoria.booth@ajhs.school.nz

Wendy You

Makomako Whanau Teacher

About Me

I am a qualified teacher in both Korea and New Zealand. I have been teaching since 2003 and have started working at AJHS since 2018. My passionate areas of teaching are Mathematics and Year 7 Homeroom. I am a true believer of a growth mindset and I love teaching!

E: wendy.you@ajhs.school.nz