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Staff

Cathy Abel

Attendance/DP's support

About Me

I work with the Admin team as support for the Deputy Principals and managing student Attendance. My colleagues are a great group of individuals who collectively help to provide an environment that enable us to deliver the best support possible for staff and students alike.

E: cathy.abel@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

Bevan Armstrong

Groundsman

About Me

I enjoy tending the gardens at AJHS and hope the students enjoy the relaxing natural environment we create.

E: bevan.armstrong@ajhs.school.nz

Maria Barnard

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

“I love what I do, and I do what I love…” I am a Secondary trained teacher with a great passion for growing and teaching young minds, whilst walking alongside them, in becoming wholesome contributors to our society, as they are our future. I have been teaching for 17 years and love the challenges that teaching brings. I have great communication skills that work well alongside my students who have varying academic abilities. I am innovative and love the increasing demand teaching brings, especially through digital learning.

E: maria.barnard@ajhs.school.nz

Nina Baxter

Event Co-ordinator

About Me

I've run my own event management company since 2001 working with large scale corporates and private clients. I come from a family of educators and truly value great education and the opportunities that develop from that. After spending many years volunteering in schools and in the community with childrens sport; and with my daughter now grown-up , I found I missed the connection with this age group. This job enables me to share my skills and reconnect with students to help them "be the best that they can be".

E: nina.baxter@ajhs.school.nz

Nikki Best

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

Love life, love learning. AJHS Within School COL representative. Futures Advisor - Head of Careers. Assistant Head of English. Teaching English is my happy place. Music, innovation, philosophy, creative thinking and problem-solving are just a few of my favourite things. My most priceless asset is my own four children.

E: nikki.best@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

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

Shelley Brockelsby

Head of Learning(Year 8)

About Me

AJHS, and Ruru in particular, has been my home since 2005. I am passionate about our students and ensuring we provide a buzz to their four year experience. My responsibilities around the school include HOLA Year 8 and Teacher In Charge of Buses. I also enjoy helping out at various EOTC and Arts Department activities to give our students the best of times.

E: shelley.brockelsby@ajhs.school.nz

Candice Brons

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

I am a Year 8 Homeroom, Physical Education, Social Studies, Food Technology and Dance (Hip Hop) Teacher. I am passionate about engaging children with genuine learning through self-perception i.e. Growth Mindset.

E: candice.brons@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

Michael Callon

Asst Tui Whanau Leader

About Me

A teacher of Homeroom, P E and Health for 6 years. Playing and coaching sport is a passion and I bring many aspects of this to the classroom. My goal is to create an engaging and authentic environment where our students can enjoy learning and discover their passions.

E: michael.callon@ajhs.school.nz

Bryce Cattell

Mathematics Teacher

About Me

I have been teaching Mathematics for many years and enjoy assisting students to maximise their mathematical ability. Outside of school I like to spend time in the garden, playing golf and baking. Occasionally I will go fishing. I am married and have three grown up children, who are delightful, and one grandchild.

E: bryce.cattell@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

Stephanie Cave

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

I am passionate about everything I do. As a year 8 kaiako, I believe in a sociocultural approach to learning so that every student has a sense of belonging in the classroom. I strive to be the necessary bridge between home and school. I am a lifelong learner: I have a graduate diploma in Primary Teaching from Massey, a diploma in Early Childcare Education, and a master's in Business Administration (USA). I have two children, and in my spare time I love to bake and play tennis.

E: stephanie.cave@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

Michael Clark

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

Year 7 Homeroom and Whanau teacher. I am an experienced educator, having taught across a range of educational settings that includes Primary, Junior High and Secondary School. I am a dedicated and passionate individual who embraces every student and their unique qualities. I have a love of all sports; enjoy reading, travel and spending time with my wife and 2 children.

E: michael.clark@ajhs.school.nz

Paula Cole

Science Technician

About Me

I was a Primary School teacher for 27 years. I am now the Science technician at AJHS and love the varied nature of my busy, full-time role. I have worked in schools all my life and love being around young, curious, growing minds. I have 2 adult sons and have been involved in their many sporting ventures over the years.

E: paula.cole@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

Samantha Darnley

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

With a degree in Biochemistry and a plan to win the Nobel Prize, a chance comment made me decide to teach instead. I trained in England and moved to this fabulous country fourteen years ago. As an experienced primary teacher I am passionate about developing independent learners. Funnily enough I also teach science.

E: samantha.darnley@ajhs.school.nz

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

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

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

Mandy Farrington

Data Systems Manager

About Me

I am the System Director, providing support to the SLT and teachers, I love a challenge and solving problems. I have been fortunate enough to be working at AJHS family since May 2018. I have been working in the school environment since 2003.

E: mandy.farrington@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

Liz Fox

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

Maths teacher at AJHS since 2016. Why is mathematics so important? Mathematics engages the rigour of logical as well as the creative within each of us. I love teaching maths because it is so satisfying solving problems and it is a gateway subject that opens many career doors for students.

E: liz.fox@ajhs.school.nz

Natalie Goslin

Technology Teacher

About Me

Technology Teacher & SCT. I joined AJHS in 2015. Passionate about developing innovative teaching and learning. Hockey player and coach who loves to see youth in sport. I have a passion for design and technology which syncs perfectly to my areas of teaching. BVA, Grad Dip Secondary.

E: natalie.goslin@ajhs.school.nz

Jamie Gresham

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

I have been teaching for 4 years and loved every minute of it. My goal as a teacher is to make learning memorable and addictive. My energy is my greatest asset. I stay active by running, gyming and playing AFL.

E: jamie.gresham@ajhs.school.nz

Sarah Guise

Acting Deputy Principal / Head of Learning (Year 7)

About Me

As the Head of Y7 Integrated Studies, I have the pleasure of being an integral part of the team with whom our youngest learners start their AJHS pathway. I am passionate about educating and connecting with our young people and believe they keep me young too! I am a fond traveller, new beekeeper, and an animal enthusiast.

E: sarah.guise@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

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

Paul Halton

ESOL Teacher/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

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

Rachel Houkamau

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

I am passionate about teaching and helping young people to reach their potential. I am secondary trained and returned to teaching after having my 4 amazing children. I enjoy the energy and enthusiasm my students bring to the classroom, and I love being a Year 7 Homeroom teacher at AJHS.

E: rachel.houkamau@ajhs.school.nz

Maxine Johnson

Student Desk

About Me

I work alongside the Admin team and you will find me at Student Reception. I love working at AJHS with the amazing staff. I used to be a foster carer in the UK before moving to NZ in 2007. I have 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren. I love watching our students start in Year 7 and develop into mature confident teenagers.

E: maxine.johnson@ajhs.school.nz

Nikki Jones

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

As a HPE Teacher and TIC of Sports Academy I use my competitive sporting background to motivate students towards making positive and healthy lifestyle choices in and beyond the classroom. I row surf boats for Orewa SLSC, play football and keep fit through CrossFit and weightlifting.

E: nikki.jones@ajhs.school.nz

Nicola Kaiwai

Head of Learning(PE & Health)

About Me

I provide quality instruction and motivation in a supportive classroom environment, as I challenge students to take responsibility for their own learning and activity needs. I graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, after being awarded a tennis scholarship. I enjoy mountain biking, morning latte's at the beach and reading autobiographies.

E: nicola.kaiwai@ajhs.school.nz

Suhanna Karma

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

I enjoy sharing my love for language and literature with my students. I have a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics and I have taught English at secondary level for over 10 years. I believe learning should take place in a warm, friendly and supportive environment, and I strive for my classrooms to embody those values.

E: suhanna.karma@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

Juyoung Kim

International Student Director

About Me

Internatinal Students Director, I immigrated to NZ with my family in 2001 from Korea. It was not easy to adapt a different culture and life style in a foreign country. However I was given various cultural experiences and opportunities at AJHS. I am very happy that I am able to share my experiences with our interantional students.

E: juyoung.kim@ajhs.school.nz

Poppy Kirkflexton

Kiwi Whanau Teacher

About Me

I've been teaching Visual Art, Photography and Digital Visual Communication since 2017. I am very passionate about my subject areas and my goal is to create a fun, positive learning environment for all my students.

E: poppy.kirkflexton@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

Brigid Lamont

School Nurse

About Me

NZ Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience in a variety of Health settings. I have been at AJHS since 2016 and love being in the school environment and working with sudent to fulfill their potential at school.

E: brigid.lamont@ajhs.school.nz

Fiona Larsen

Head of Learning Support/ESOL

About Me

Having recently joined the AJHS team I am enjoying the maturity and independence of the students in this school. I have many years' experience working with individual students who require extension and/or learning support. Am currently loving designing programmes for students for whom English is a second language.

E: fiona.larsen@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

Jackie Lawes

School Accounts

About Me

I have worked in the Finance team at AJHS since early 2020. I enjoy working with the staff, parents and children within the AJHS family. I have two school age children that keep me very busy outside office hours.

E: jackie.lawes@ajhs.school.nz

Murray Lawes

Teacher Aide

About Me

I have a LLB and an Arts Degree with a major in Education. After a number of years working in the business field I felt it was time to do something more positive, and to turn to my earlier interest of teaching. I am thoroughly enjoying working as a Teacher Aide. I get to work with students and help them do the best they are able to, all without the abundance of planning teachers have to do, and the meetings they have to attend!

E: murray.lawes@ajhs.school.nz

Michelle Leeuwenburgh

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

Specialist teacher of French for 13 years. Passionate about teaching the language and educating young learners using the AIM method (Accelerative Interactive Method). Every word has a gesture, learning through song and theatrics for beginners and more in-depth in continuant classes. I prepare students to continue French at a senior level.

E: michelle.leeuwenburgh@ajhs.school.nz

Rachel Locke

Head of Learning (Technology)

About Me

Coming Soon

E: rachel.locke@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

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

Sarah Manning

Tui Whanau Leader

About Me

I've been at Albany Junior High School since 2010, and have taught Homeroom and Physical Education for a number of years. My passion is seeing the youth of today in the outdoors, and I love my role as Teacher in charge of Outdoor Education. I'm so grateful for the variety of students and teachers I spend time with, and really enjoy being involved in the pastoral care and guidance of our students.

E: sarah.manning@ajhs.school.nz

Vickie Mason

Reprographics/Resources

About Me

I have just started at AJHS this year as a reprographic technician. I handle the bulk of the schools printing & copying needs, and take care of the staffroom also. My background is engraving & design which I completed my qualification in 2000. Married with two children who both attend AJHS, I feel lucky to be apart of such an amazing team.

E: vickie.mason@ajhs.school.nz

Martene Matthews

Head of Learning(Science)

About Me

Head of Learning Area for Science. I have worked as a Science teacher for over 25 years in both the UK and New Zealand. Before teaching I worked as a naturalist and I am still involved in conservation through the Kaipatiki project. I am married with two children.

E: martene.matthews@ajhs.school.nz

George McClure

Receptionist/Enrolments

About Me

I am the schools Receptionist and have been here since 2012, I am also responsible for new enrolments. I thoroughly enjoy welcoming our new families and ensuring students feel at ease, plus continued relationships with our current parents. The best part of my job however, is that every day is different, working with staff that are just so good at what they do and the interactions I have with our students makes my day.

E: george.mcclure@ajhs.school.nz

Loena McCormack

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

Experienced teacher of secondary school English and a whanau teacher. I have wide and varied interests outside school in the arts and theatre.

E: loena.mccormack@ajhs.school.nz

Bernie McGinley

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

Specialist classroom teacher in Year 8 with a strength in Learning Support. I also teach English, Social Studies and E.S.O.L. Over many years I have enjoyed teaching, adapting to new learning environments, changes and challenges of teaching in the 21st Century. I am married, have three adult children and currently two grandchildren.

E: bernadine.mcginley@ajhs.school.nz

Kaye McKean

Head of Learning, Humanities

About Me

It’s a privilege teaching, engaging and stretching our akonga. I am HOLA of Social Studies and the Business Academy. In education since 2000, I have a marketing background. Interests include running a charity for underprivileged in Rwanda, travel, and predator free NZ. I'm married to Ian and have four sons.

E: kaye.mckean@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

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

Jessica Molloy

Asst Ruru Whanau Leader

About Me

I have taught since 2014 within Year 7 Homeroom, Health, Social Studies, and have the privilege of being the Assistant Whanau Leader of the best whanau - Ruru! Passionate about enabling our akonga to reach their potential, in whatever area that may be, as well as mentoring and nurturing them through the rollercoaster of life.

E: jessica.molloy@ajhs.school.nz

Jo Molloy

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

Teacher of Fabric Tech at AJHS since 2007. My degree is a BA in Fabric Technology, majoring in costume design which is a continuing passion of mine. I believe my job is to help unlock the creativity and problem solving skills of all learners and I enjoy seeing where that takes them.

E: joanna.molloy@ajhs.school.nz

Jo Monkton

Sports Co-ordinator

About Me

I have been at AJHS since 2009 in the role of Sports Coordinator. I have a passion for sport, especially youth being involved in sport. I am committed to getting as many people involved in sport as possible, not only for the physical but also the mental and emotional benefits. I love what I do, and really enjoy working with the great staff and students at AJHS.

E: jo.monkton@ajhs.school.nz

Gina Morkel

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

Born to teach Mathematics. Been teaching Maths since 1996. Qualified Secondary Maths teacher but teaching at AJHS since 2014. I treat students in my classes as if they were my own. Good sense of humour, volleyball coach, married and a mum of 3. Value honesty, integrity and mutual respect.

E: gina.morkel@ajhs.school.nz

Kirsty Mower

Teacher Aide

About Me

I am a learning support worker and have worked at AJHS for 3 years. I am a Hairdresser by trade but I studied at Massey University as an Education support worker five years ago. My job ensures all students at AJHS have equal opportunities and reach their academic potential.

E: kirsty.mower@ajhs.school.nz

Edwina Nelson

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

Teacher of Mathematics, with a passion to cultivate relationships with my students, colleagues and wider community. I value honesty, mutual respect and integrity highly. Married with 2 kids.

E: edwina.nelson@ajhs.school.nz

Mark Newman

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

Maths teacher - I love the basics - teach simply and clearly. Pupils always say they love to be in my class cause I make it simple.

E: mark.newman@ajhs.school.nz

Maree Nolan

Principal's PA

About Me

I am part of the Admin team here, providing support to the Principal and the wider SLT, and have been with AJHS since 2017. I am also Secretary for the Board of Trustees. Proud to be working with a passionate and diverse range of teachers and support staff.

E: maree.nolan@ajhs.school.nz

Kristin Noom-Duckworth

Head of Learning(Languages)

About Me

Head of Lanaguages, TIC of Japanese. 24 years' experience as a secondary teacher of Japanese and English. I am passionate about empowering students to think critically by motivating them to see patterns in the world around them and create a love of learning. Making connections with students and being an authentic person with a good sense of humour is important to me.

E: kristin.noom@ajhs.school.nz

Kerry Oliver

Teacher Aide

About Me

Have joined the Learning Support Team this year from Primary School level. I have supported students from years 0-6 since 2007 and enjoy the one on one or small group learning sessions involving reading, maths and literacy. Love it when students light up when they've "got it". My 3 daughters all attended AJHS and I now get why they had so much fun.

E: kerry.oliver@ajhs.school.nz

Andrea Osbourne

Technology Support Technician

About Me

Technology Support Technician. Married with two children who both came to AJHS. I immigrated in 2005 from England as we loved what NZ had to offer. I have a passion for engaging children in the new and interesting things technology offers. I am a qualified ice skating coach ( BITA) and spent 19 years working in a bank to become a manager gaining FPC & Ce MAP. I love where my new career is taking me.

E: andrea.osbourne@ajhs.school.nz

Steve Peach

Senior Counsellor

About Me

Senior Guidance Counsellor: My passion is to assist young people of all ages and ethnicities to be able to live in their optimum levels of well-being. I believe this is possible by using customised counselling approaches that suit the personal and cultural needs of the individual. I am experienced with helping people find ways to develop and utilise their strengths when they are struggling and feeling overwhelmed with their personal circumstances.

E: steve.peach@ajhs.school.nz

Shelley Penn

International Student Homestay Manager

About Me

International Homestay Coordinator, I also help with school bookings and accounts for the Business Manager. I started at AJHS in 2015 as a Learning Support Assistant and enjoy working with the children and staff at AJHS. I'm a mum of two, and both children have attended AJHS and loved their time here.

E: shelley.penn@ajhs.school.nz

Jose Pereira

Caretaker

About Me

Property Maintenance Assistant. I have behind me a forty year banking career starting at the bottom as a bills of exchange clerk, progressing through administration, accounting, resources management to consumer credit management of a cluster of 23 large branches. Woodwork, metalwork and home and vehicle maintenance have been a part of my life since pre school days.

E: jose.pereira@ajhs.school.nz

Eva Popper

Teacher Aide

About Me

I have been working in schools in England, Thailand and New Zealand for over ten years. I take pride in helping students to make the most of their potential and achieve their goals. I have an MA degree in Sociology and Andragogy, as well as a Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia and SpLD. I love being active, and long walks on the beach with my family are my favourites. Lately I have added road cycling to my list of hobbies!

E: eva.popper@ajhs.school.nz

Anika Potgieter

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

Mathematics and Whanau teacher. I see myself as an educator wanting to cultivate a positive attitude toward learning (specifically Maths) in children. Apart from maths, I am also passionate about sports (especially netball) and using the skills learnt on the sports field to teach life lessons in the class.

E: anika.potgieter@ajhs.school.nz

Jo Ramsay

Librarian

About Me

I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Library Team at AJHS, firstly as a volunteer and now as a staff member. I have two children who have attended this school. An avid reader myself, I am always keen to encourage others. I have had a long term involvement with education of young children including several years as a teacher-aid, which prompted me to finally complete my BA degree and go on to a PGradDip in Education Psychology.

E: jo.ramsay@ajhs.school.nz

Georgi Ridler

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

Y7 Homeroom Teacher. Teaching followed several years spent as a sailing instructor in various locations around the world. After a degree in Sport Science, I trained as a PE teacher at the University of Southampton. Outdoor education is my passion and I enjoy watching my students develop both personally and academically.

E: georgi.ridler@ajhs.school.nz

Dawn Ross

Deputy Principal (Tui)

About Me

Deputy Principal. Teacher of Science for 22 years in the UK and New Zealand .Prior to teaching I was employed by Newcastle University carrying out various medical research projects. In 2002, my husband, two children moved to New Zealand. I thoroughly enjoy the kiwi lifestyle, travelling to new destinations and spending time with my four grandchildren.

E: dawn.ross@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

Kirsten Saunders

Head of Learning (Arts)

About Me

HOLA The Arts, HOD Music, passionate educator of 26 years, fulfilling my vocation to enable my students to find their voice, discovering their own passion and purpose. Married to Mark for 25 years with 4 children, 2 currently at AJHS. Described as a "show junkie," also loves Musical Theatre and keeping fit.

E: kirsten.saunders@ajhs.school.nz

Julia Scott

Marketing, Brand & Communications Manager

About Me

I enjoy making sure our marketing and communications are professional and meaningful. AJHS has an incredibly dedicated team of teachers and a very talented student body, so my role of bring information to life is not hard, with the passion and skills we have around us.

E: julia.scott@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

Demian Shaver

Deputy Principal (Kiwi)

About Me

Deputy Principal. Passionate about making learning fun for all. High priority in student voice and getting to know each student and their families. Supporting every student to learn in the way that works for them best. Love being with students and seeing them thrive in and out of the classroom. Community and family is everything to me.

E: demian.shaver@ajhs.school.nz

Sarah Guise

Acting Deputy Principal / Head of Learning (Year 7)

About Me

As the Head of Y7 Integrated Studies, I have the pleasure of being an integral part of the team with whom our youngest learners start their AJHS pathway. I am passionate about educating and connecting with our young people and believe they keep me young too! I am a fond traveller, new beekeeper, and an animal enthusiast.

E: sarah.guise@ajhs.school.nz

Cushla Shepherd

Acting Principal

About Me

Acting Principal. Passionate, positive and professional pathways in education for 27 years. Mother of two teen daughters and married to Mark for 26 years. Leadership through partnerships, relationships and action. Love fitness, beach and family.

E: cushla.shepherd@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

Jamie Skelton

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

Maths and whanau teacher at AJHS. Aim to support students in their learning whilst giving them control over their education - achieved by giving students access to content subject at home, enabling them to work in an environment they’re comfortable with.

E: jamie.skelton@ajhs.school.nz

Sam Smith

Ruru Whanau Teacher

About Me

Father, husband, Health & PE Teacher, ex- soldier, & avid sports fan. In my classes I hope to promote sportsmanship, teamwork, and personal growth, over a must win attitude. I find physical education to be a great stress reliever, an escape from frustrations, and an opportunity to strengthen ones self no matter if winning or losing.

E: sam.smith@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

Ian Tagg

Ruru Whanau Leader

About Me

One of my strongest attributes is establishing excellent relationships with my students, their families and the wider community. Teaching has given me many opportunities, one of the most important is the ability to interact with a range of backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and families. This forms the foundations to learning successfully.

E: ian.tagg@ajhs.school.nz

Siu Kau Tai

Caretaker Assistant

About Me

Part of the Grounds/Property team. I enjoy what i do and hope the students like the spaces we create for them.

E: siukau.tai@ajhs.school.nz

Miriam Taylor

Counsellor

About Me

I am a part time Counsellor at AJHS. I am trained in person-centred counselling, and am passionate about the formation and education of our students. In nurturing their mental health and building their resilience, I aim to promote their overall development and improve their ability to manage future life challenges.

E: miriam.taylor@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

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

Pam Thomson

Teacher Aide

About Me

Am a member of the learning support team. My passion is to help students achieve and enjoy school. Working one on one or in small groups helps the student understand and they become more confident in their abilities. Have worked at AJHS for over 10 years.

E: pam.thomson@ajhs.school.nz

Ellen Wallace

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

Teacher, wife, mother of two, and all-round awesome Canadian! My passion is to encourage students to reach their unique potential, challenging them whilst supporting them to love learning. I love those lightbulb moments! I spend my time outdoors, walking, reading, travelling and having fun with my family.

E: ellen.wallace@ajhs.school.nz

Bruce Wang

Business Manager

About Me

I am the business manager at Albany Junior High School since 2017. I am father of two sons. I have over 15 years of financial controlling, operational management and property management experiences. I have been dealing with muti- government agencies (CYFS, DOC, MOE, MOH etc.).

E: bruce.wang@ajhs.school.nz

Sandrea Ware

Library manager

About Me

A qualified, experienced school librarian. An avid reader of Children + Young Adult literature, I love to share my passion with our students. I have been at AJHS since its opening in 2005 and instrumental in the ongoing development of its Library.

E: sandrea.ware@ajhs.school.nz

Gillian Watson

Student Accounts

About Me

I have worked with the fabulous admin team for a number of years in the student accounts office dealing with the lovely parents and student payments. I have 3 kids and moved to NZ from the UK 13 years ago.

E: gillian.watson@ajhs.school.nz

Susan Williams

Library Assistant

About Me

I have been part of the Library team since 2015. Married with two boys who both attended this school. I have always had a passion for books and reading and I love helping reluctant readers to find just the right book.

E: susan.williams@ajhs.school.nz

Shelley-Ann Wilson

Head of Learning(English)

About Me

With nearly 30 years teaching experience in South Africa, Ireland and New Zealand, I am a specialist teacher of English, Media and Film Studies. Head of the Learning Areas English and ESOL, my qualifications include a BA, HDipEd, MEd in Literacy and Numeracy Development as well as a TEFL Dip.

E: shelley.wilson@ajhs.school.nz

Debra Wood

Tui Whanau Teacher

About Me

I am Head of the Digital Curriculum and enjoy all aspects of Digital Technologies including Technological Design and Developmental processes. My teaching passion is programming and scripting with a variety of different languages (i.e. HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python, Basic, C). I also enjoy electronics and robotics. I hold a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Education. A life long learner, I am currently studying research stats and the impact of autonomy and independent thinking on student knowledge, attitude and skill acquisition.

E: debra.wood@ajhs.school.nz

Gemma Woods

SENCO Learning Support

About Me

Year 7 homeroom teacher. I am a qualified primary school teacher and started my career as a Year 5 and Year 6 teacher in 2013. I’m passionate about building rapport with students and creating a classroom environment that students enjoy coming to every day.

E: gemma.woods@ajhs.school.nz

Willa Wu

Teacher Aide

About Me

As a qualified bilingual translator in Chinese and English (NAATI & NZSTI), I have been working as an ESOL teacher aide in AJHS for 4 years since 2017 after working several years in a top international school back in China. I find my passion is in helping students to break language barriers. Being friendly and patient, I am pleased to support our international students and ESOL students to build confidence both in academic study and social life.

E: willa.wu@ajhs.school.nz

Anna Xu

International Student Administrator

About Me

I immigrated to New Zealand from China in 2010. I enjoy working with very supportive staff and lovely children at AJHS. I love working with international students who need extra help and I feel relieved when I see their progress. I'm a mother of two boys. I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

E: anna.xu@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

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