Meet our special group of teachers. As a team, we will provide opportunities that inspire, challenge and empower our learners. Each teacher brings their own story, passions and skills.
Kia ora, my name is Frank Young and I am honoured and excited to be one of the teachers of the foundation team for Te Ao Mārama School.
I grew up in rural Gisborne, eventually moving north to Hamilton where I attended Hamilton Boys’ High then Waikato University to complete my studies as a primary teacher. I have been teaching for 9 years, with most of that time spent at Hukanui Primary School.
My wife Kasey is also a primary teacher and together we have a young son Felix.
One of my passions is the outdoors, more specifically adventure racing, another is digital learning and technologies.
I enjoy the different challenges that come with starting a new school and I’m excited about forming relationships with families and the community.
Kia ora koutou. My name is Alana Cramond and I am excited to become part of the team at Te Ao Mārama. I am looking forward to meeting and working with all the wonderful staff, students and whānau that make up this amazing school community.
I grew up in Hamilton and have been teaching here for over 10 years. I love to guide children to make their own learning discoveries and I encourage them to explore their curiosities and wonderings. I find teaching very rewarding and strive to be a lifelong learner to assist me to be the best teacher I can be.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling, both overseas and throughout Aotearoa, hiking to discover new places and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy photography and baking yummy treats.
Kia Ora Te Ao Mārama community!
My name is Madeleine Dickson and I am super excited to join the wonderful Te Ao Mārama team.
For the last three years I have been a High School English teacher, and I am looking forward to this new challenge of supporting younger tamariki with their learning.
I am from Ōtautahi, Christchurch originally and moved to the Waikato for my first teaching role in 2017.
In my free time I love to tramp and explore New Zealand’s beautiful backyard. I also enjoy playing netball, reading and spending time with friends and family.
I am especially passionate about reading, literacy, and the social sciences and I am excited to join students on their learning journey.
Kia Ora koutou,
My name is Kasey Young and I am very happy to be joining the Kāhu community in Term 4.
I am originally from Te Kuiti in the King Country. After attending high school in Hamilton I moved to Christchurch to attend the University of Canterbury, returning to the Waikato in 2009 to begin my teaching career.
My husband Frank (a current member of the teaching team) and I have a 2 year old son, who has been made to feel very welcome by all members of the school community.
My interests include playing netball, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family.
Being able to support students along their learning journey is a real privilege, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to do this at Te Ao Mārama.
Kia ora koutou, my name is Joanna Dawson and I am super excited to be a Foundation teacher at Te Ao Mārama.
I have lived in Hamilton for the last 3.5 years, previously living in Auckland for 10 years and growing up in Matamata.
I have 14 years teaching experience within Hamilton (currently at Frankton) and in Auckland. I am passionate about creating an innovative, inspiring and encouraging space for students to learn.
I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, baking (especially cakes) and travelling the world to experience culture and new adventures.
Kia ora Koutou
My name is Lucy Rush and I am excited to announce that I will be starting my teaching journey as a beginning teacher next year at Te Ao Mārama.
I come from a family of 5, being the youngest of two sisters. I am currently finishing off my Graduate Diploma at the University of Waikato and was lucky enough to be doing my final practicum with the Kāhu team.
I feel very privileged about becoming a part of this amazing community and look forward to meeting the school staff, students and families.
I grew up in a little Waikato town, Te Awamutu attending high school in Hamilton. In my final year of high school, I was lucky enough to experience being an exchange student in Switzerland. This made me realise my love for teaching and the impact it can have on making a difference in our young one’s lives. I have a passion in health, and anything sport related.
I look forward to starting at school, and being a part of the footprint Te Ao Mārama is leaving.
Kia Ora Koutou to all new whanau
My name is Olivia Newdick and I feel very honoured and excited to be part of the foundation staff and the journey at Te Ao Mārama.
I am from Hamilton, born and bred. I am in my fourth year of teaching, with all of my experience being in Innovative Learning Environments. I am very passionate about teaching and helping the little learners of the future succeed in all they do.
I enjoy all things outdoors and have found a new love for travel.
Kia Ora koutou, my name is Ruby August and I am incredibly excited to begin my teaching career at Te Ao Mārama School. I am a beginning teacher and feel extremely privileged to be a member of an incredible team and a part of the Te Ao Mārama community.
I am originally from Palmerston North and moved to Hamilton to study at Waikato University. I am really enjoying being able to put into practice everything I have learned throughout my University experience.
I have an interest in special education and diversity and love seeing what each individual learner brings in to the classroom. In my spare time I enjoy playing netball, being active and exploring the beautiful Aotearoa.
Kia ora koutou,
My name is Layla Rawnsley and I am excited to be joining the whānau in rūma Pūkeko here at Te Ao Mārama.
My background is in early childhood, having worked for the last 10 years with younger tamariki. I am looking forward to learning alongside the kaiako here at Te Ao Mārama and weaving experiences in the learning journey of tamariki. I have recently completed postgrad study in early intervention and hope to bring with me learning in this area to share.
My husband and I have 4 children ranging in ages from 18 to 5 years. We live on a lifestyle block in the country which we love and as a family we enjoy travel and the outdoors.
I'm looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know your tamariki here at Te Ao Mārama.
Kia ora koutou, my name is Sarah Corkill. It is a real privilege to be part of the foundation team at Te Ao Mārama School.
I began my teaching career in 2008, spending six years at Te Kowhai School and then four and a half years at Te Totara School. I have taught a range of year levels from Year 0-8 and have a special interest in Digital Technologies. I am really passionate about teaching and consider myself a lifelong learner.
A bit about me... I grew up in Kerikeri in the beautiful Bay of Islands. I studied at both Otago and Waikato University and have just recently finished studies through Wintec and The Mind Lab. I love learning!
My interests include running, swimming, reading, traveling, hiking, the beach and spending time with my husband, two sons, family and friends.
I really value getting to know families of students and the wider community.
Tēnā koutou katoa, kam na mauri.
Ko Sandra Humphry tõku ingoa.
Arau Nei Sandra Humphry.
I have been teaching for over 10 years at Nawton School, spending most of my teaching in the Reo Rua junior school. I have also spent the last 2 years as a Kaahui Ako (Community of Learning) Across School Leader meeting and supporting teachers and leaders.
I love engaging tamariki, working alongside them as learners and ensuring that every one of them feels success.
My mother is from the islands of Kiribati and has instilled in me a passion for language and cultural identity. Even though I was born in New Zealand I can speak the Kiribati language and have a good grasp of Te Reo Māori.
I have 3 children, 2 girls and a boy who keep me busy with their extra curricular activities. I enjoy coaching, watching and playing various sports including touch, basketball, netball and rugby. I also enjoy watching movies in my PJs!!
My partner Hone Waudby is also a kaiako and is part of the Te Ao Mārama team too.
Kia Ora everyone!
My name is Emma Milner and I’m hugely excited to be joining the Te Ao Marama community.
I moved to New Zealand six years ago from the UK and I now live in Flagstaff with my husband Stephen and three year old son Eddie.
I am Primary trained and also have experience teaching adults and most recently in Early Childhood education, I can’t wait to get involved with the exciting learning that I’ve seen happening at Te Ao Marama!
My passions are for art and history, I love to draw and print in my spare time as well as hiking as much as possible with my family in the beautiful New Zealand countryside.
I look forward to sharing in and adding to the growth of the Te Ao Marama community, see you all soon.
Kia ora koutou, my name is Donna Lee and I am very excited to be part of the team at Te Ao Mārama.
I have taught at lots of schools around New Zealand and currently teach at Rototuna Primary School. My husband, Jason and our three children live in Rototuna, where we have been for 16 years.
I am passionate about education and love watching children grow, sharing their fun and excitement as they discover and learn new things. I feel extremely privileged to be part of this amazing team.
Kia ora koutou. My name is Nicky Marquand and I am super excited to be joining the team at Te Ao Mārama. I feel very privileged to be part of such a special school community.
I currently live on the foothills of Mt Pirongia with my husband Shane, who is also a teacher, and our 3 awesome boys. We love being in the outdoors together - mountain biking, snowboarding, camping and tramping - the more remote the better. My husband and I have travelled and lived overseas for several years, but we’ve always called the Waikato home.
I have taught in primary schools in one of the most culturally diverse communities in the world - in East London. So I’m really looking forward to the cultural diversity of this special school community. I also have a background in early childhood education in Aotearoa and love to help children transition into their primary years.
I’m really looking forward to getting to know you and your children.
Hi, I am Linda Neville and I am super excited to be part the amazing teaching team at Te Ao Mārama School.
I have over 8 years experience in the Early Childhood sector, so I feel very privileged to share my expertise in the Primary sector.
My husband and I are originally from South Africa and have been living in New Zealand with our two children for 10 years. We feel very lucky to be able to call this beautiful country our home. During the Summer months we like to get our boat out on the water, both fishing and water skiing.
I am passionate about creating an environment where children feel a sense of belonging and develop a love for learning. Building relationships is incredibly important to me, so I am truly excited to work with you and your children.
My name is Sara Morrow and I am excited to have been given an opportunity to join the amazing team at Te Ao Mᾱrama.
My background in teaching began in primary working at schools in Hamilton, lastly working at Horsham Downs in the junior school, also running a range of creative art options after I had finished.
While having my own children I completed early childhood studies and for the past few years have enjoyed working in ece.
I am a mother of four children ranging in ages from 8-16 years, we have recently brought a renovation project past Gordonton and I enjoy spending any spare time on DIY projects and am quickly becoming a keen gardener.
I look forward to meeting everyone.
Learning Support Coordinator
Kia ora koutou and hello. My name is Pamela Bishop and I am both incredibly excited and feel very privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of the foundation team at Te Ao Mārama.
I am originally from Auckland and moved to Hamilton five years ago with my family, son Ashton and husband Ben. Education has been my career since day dot and I have many years teaching experience in schools in Auckland and Hamilton. My previous role was Associate Principal of Learning and year five and six teacher at Endeavour School. Purpose driven and engaging teaching and learning is my passion and I am enjoying the further development of this in my role.
My other interests include spending time with family, fur babies and friends, renovation, reading and relaxing in the sun.
Kia Ora Koutou, my name is Danielle Head and I am very excited to be joining the team at Te Ao Mārama.
I am currently working part time at Vardon School combined with being a stay at home mum. One of my passions is dance and I am looking forward to sharing this with the students at Te Ao Mārama. As a teacher I love finding creative ways to integrate curriculum areas, making learning fun. I re-trained as a teacher after working as a journalist for a few years so I enjoy sharing my love of literacy with children as well.
I am married and have two very active children, the eldest of whom has just turned five and has started at Te Ao Mārama, following many friends from Cumberland Early Education Centre. Together we love exploring our beautiful country with picnics, bush walks and trips to the beach.
Kia Ora koutou! Warm greetings to families and friends of Te Ao Mārama school.
My name is Kyla Kerby. I have been teaching in Hamilton for many years and am returning after a bit of time away raising my family. I enjoy working with primary children of all ages and stages. My special interests include The Arts and Mathematics and I love to read children’s stories (and write them too!)
My husband’s name is Ryan and we have four young children, aged one, four, six, and seven. The things I love most are, my family, the beach, books, camping, food, dance, sitting by a fire, taking photos, and exploring new places.
I am so excited to be joining the wonderful team at Te Ao Mārama and sharing my love of The Arts! I look forward to getting to know you all soon.
Classroom Release Teacher
Hi, my name is Barb Shepp and I am very excited to be part of the team at Te Ao Marama school in 2020.
I have been a teacher at Te Kowhai school for the past 11 years, have taught all age levels across the school and have been teaching at a Year 7/8 level for the last 5 years.
I am a mum to two teenagers (Anton 17 years and Shontelle 14 years) and live in Whatawhata. My interests include: learning the drums, watching my kids play sport/perform music and I love to relax by reading a book on my deck in the sun with my dog Roxy or going to the beach with my family.
I am very passionate about teaching and I look forward to getting to know the students and their families at Te Ao Marama school.