Meet our Staff
Lorene is a very proud and passionate Deputy Principal at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School. She was born in Canada where she received her university education as well as gaining extensive experience working with intermediate aged students in the classroom, holding roles as Head of Department and Athletics Director. After moving to New Zealand, Lorene worked at Kristin School for eight years, immersed within the IB MYP programme. Lorene is loving working at TNIS. She is engaging, genuine and knowledgeable with a healthy sense of humour. Lorene’s pedagogy is based around reflective classroom practice, developing professional learning teams and promoting change initiatives. Her free time is spent with family and friends outdoors, gardening or reading.
Sandy is an experienced educator and as Deputy Principal she is responsible for pastoral care. She particularly enjoys working with adolescents and loves the challenge of meeting their social, emotional and learning needs. As the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) she works collaboratively with staff, parents and students to ensure that all students can achieve success. A passionate musician herself, Sandy organises the in-school musical instrument lessons. She enjoys teaching all aspects of the curriculum and has a particular interest in Writing and Mathematics. Sandy believes that the IB Primary Years’ Programme and inquiry learning is the key to engaging students and inspiring lifelong learners. For leisure, Sandy enjoys sailing, reading, walking, solving word puzzles and spending quality time with her wonderful family.
Acting Deputy Principal - Mentor Teacher
Sandy Dagnino is employed as a mentor teacher. She has particular interests in Literacy, Formative Assessment and inquiry. Sandy is very passionate about the IB curriculum and loves to see students both challenged and engaged in learning. She feels she is extremely privileged to work with our very talented, dedicated and enthusiastic staff. Sandy has been in leadership roles for many years. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management and an Advanced Diploma in Teaching. She has been a Senior Teacher as well as an Art Specialist.
Kowhai Team Leader - Room 2
Sarah joined TNIS this year and is the team leader of Kowhai, teaching in Room 2. She has spent the past 5 years teaching the IB programme and thoroughly enjoys the nature and flexibility of inquiry teaching. Sarah has a passion for teaching the intermediate years and has high expectations of her students. She completed a bachelor of Graphic Design before beginning her Post Graduate studies in primary teaching, and she is currently undertaking a further post graduate course in digital and collaborative learning through the Mindlab at Unitec. Sarah’s free time is spent with her young daughter and partner who enjoy camping, time at the beach and visiting friends and family.
Kowhai Teacher - Room 1
Hayley is the classroom teacher in Room 1 and new to TNIS this year. She is passionate about learning and since leaving High School has studied at University three times, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Linguistics, a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, and a Master of Teaching, from the University of Auckland. Hayley wants to share her passion for learning and discovering things about the world.
Kowhai Teacher - Room 3
Steve Kurmann is a teacher with many years of experience. He has a Diploma of Teaching from the former Auckland College of Education and a Bachelors of Education from The University of Auckland. How local is this then? Steve has returned to the Kowhai Team after a two year loan to Rimu and Rata Teams.The children he has taught have trained him well in the ways of patience, kindness, humour and the need for fairness in all decision making. He has taught most of the primary school levels. Steve believes that high expectations, humour and a caring classroom environment are essential for children’s learning. He enjoys the challenges and rewards of children at this stage and age. Steve lives with Anne in Sandringham. He enjoys the multi-cultural neighbourhood he lives in, and being in walking distance to the Capitol Picture Theatre.
Kowhai Teacher - Room 4
Daisy is the Room 4 teacher in Kowhai team. She has experience teaching both in the classroom and as a Music and Performing Arts teacher. Daisy will be utilising these skills to run the school choir and contemporary dance group. She is passionate about teaching the intermediate years and loves seeing students grow into independent young adults.
Jayne de la Haye
Rata Team Leader - Room 5
Jayne is the Rata Team Leader. She originally trained in the UK and started her teaching career in London. She brings a wealth of experience from a career that has since taken her around the world, and included roles at leading international schools. She has been teaching for well over two decades with learners aged from 2 years to 72 years old! A passionate advocate of the (IB) International Baccalaureate’s PYP (Primary Years Programme), and a long time admirer of the New Zealand education system, she was delighted to join TNIS last year and provide a classroom program that draws strength from these two approaches; to create an engaging, challenging and relevant experience for students. She is looking forward to exploring New Zealand, with her husband and two children.
Rata Teacher- Room 6
Jared has joined TNIS this year as the Room 6 teacher in Rata Team. He has experience teaching both in NZ and abroad in Canada as a PE, Maths and Year 7 classroom teacher. Jared has a passion for sports, music and languages, and he will be employing these skills in his classroom. He believes in a positive and creative atmosphere in the learning space, whereby students are encouraged to move outside of their comfort zones in a safe and supportive environment. Jared is passionate about teaching the intermediate years as he believes that it is a crucial stage in the development of independent-minded young people.
Rata Teacher - Room 7
Pam is a classroom teacher in Rata team. She has many years of experience in teaching and enjoys working with emerging adolescents and the enthusiasm and curiosity they bring to their learning. She believes that creating a positive, safe and fair learning environment are essential to students being successful in their learning. Pam is enthusiastic about inquiry learning and is committed to helping her students become globally minded learners and citizens. Outside of school she can be found playing tennis, walking her dog at the beach, reading, cooking and spending time with her family.
Rata Teacher - Room 8
Rimu Team Leader - Room 12
A global traveler, from gymnastics in Barcelona to the shaky isles of Christchurch, Kathy has been and seen. Chapter six of her life has unfolded with Kathy boomeranging back to Auckland and family. Her philosophy is ‘reach them to teach them’ and believes teaching Year 7 and 8 students is about relevance and challenge, affection and respect. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing these pre-adolescents actively engaged in their PYP learning, where content and learning tasks are relevant, authentic and incorporate choice. Summing Kathy up is an apt quote, ‘I have a past that is rich in memories, I have a present that is challenging, adventurous and fun, because I spend my days with the future.’ John W Schlatter.
Rimu Teacher - Room 9
Sandy brings to TNIS a wide range of educational experiences. She has worked as a teacher and educational leader in schools here in New Zealand and overseas. After a number of years based in the UK working for the IB PYP curriculum team, New Zealand’s wonderful lifestyle has drawn her back to these shores. Sandy will be sharing Room 9 with Melissa Williams, working Monday-Wednesday. As an educator, Sandy is particularly keen to ensure a collaborative and inquiry-based learning culture in the classroom where students are active contributors. Her personal interests include reading, cinema, travelling, arts, cooking and spending time exploring what life has to offer with her partner and three children.
Rimu Teacher - Room 9
Melissa is returning to TNIS for the third time. She is one of the Room 9 teachers and will be working collaboratively alongside Sandy Paton. Melissa is part of Rimu team and will be in the classroom every Thursday and Friday. She has 16 years teaching experience and is passionate about developing positive learning attitudes in our students. Melissa strives to create a challenging, safe, supportive, constructive, fun and engaging environment. Her passions are within all curriculum areas but is committed to developing internationally minded, life-long learners. Outside of school, Melissa is busy with her two young girls aged 6 and 2.5 years and she enjoys walking her dog, gardening, cooking, going to the gym and yoga.
Rimu Teacher - Room 10
Shane is a classroom teacher in Rimu Team. He has a great group of students in Room 10 and enjoys a positive classroom environment. Shane enjoys teaching through the Primary Years Programme. He is the Head of P.E. and Sport at TNIS and runs a number of school events and Zone Days. Shane plays Touch Rugby, Cricket and Football and enjoys spending time with his two daughters in the weekend.
Rimu Teacher - Room 11
Lillian is the classroom teacher in Room 11, Rimu Team. She is an ex-student of TNIS herself, who also went to Westlake Girls High and then The University of Auckland. This is her 6th year of teaching. Lillian speaks five Languages fluently and is the Languages Coordinator at TNIS. She values and believes that students should put importance in developing themselves as a whole, encompassing key competencies, learner profiles and positive attitudes. Outside of school, Lilian is kept busy by her 3 year old daughter and her husband.
Manuka Team Leader - Room 13
Nick is the Team Leader of Manuka Team. He has been teaching for over 15 years and most of that has been with intermediate aged students. Nick is enthusiastic about inquiry learning and the IB Primary Years’ Programme and is committed to developing his students into internationally-minded learners. He is passionate about teaching the emerging adolescent and getting them ready for their next phase in life. Nick is the chairperson for North Harbour Sports Council and is very passionate about sports. In his spare time, he is often seen in the Hauraki Gulf fishing on his boat or playing soccer with friends. Nick is a die-hard All Blacks fan and loves watching rugby with his friends and family.
Manuka Teacher - Room 14
Joyce Cartwright teaches in Manuka Team. She is passionate about building positive relationships with her students and her approach to teaching builds on a deep personal regard for its transformative power. Joyce believes that all learners should become independent, self-managing, self-motivating, self-regulating and self-monitoring leaders of their own learning. Her personal vision for her learners is to succeed, not only in their learning but in their identities and cultures by being proud of who they are. Joyce studied a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce conjoint at the University of Auckland and a Masters in Teaching before coming to work at TNIS. When not at school she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her six dogs, baking and cooking.
Manuka Teacher - Room 15
Sandra is the classroom teacher in Room 15 and is part of Manuka Team. She has many years of experience in teaching at Years 7 and 8, enjoying the challenge and rewards of working with young adolescents. Her philosophy centres around creating a safe, comfortable environment where students can take risks, support and encourage each other, and strive to be the best learner they can be. She tries to ensure students leave with the knowledge and skills they need to be self-managing, resilient, and reflective. Sandra’s particular strengths are in literacy, science and in learning through inquiry. In her own time, she enjoys catching up with friends for coffee, browsing the shops, and most of all curling up with a good book.
Manuka Teacher - Room 16
Jennifer is a new classroom teacher at TNIS. Originally from Scotland, she completed her Post Graduate Primary Teacher’s degree in Edinburgh, and taught children of all ages at primary schools in the city. Since moving to New Zealand 10 years ago, Jennifer has enjoyed working with both Year 7 and Year 8 intermediate students. She aims to create a supportive, collaborative and happy learning environment for her learners. Outside of school, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Paul, kayaking, boogie boarding and going on beach walks with Billy, their miniature fox terrier puppy.
Totara Team Leader - Room 18
This is Alex’s second year at TNIS and is the classroom teacher of Room 18. She has taught the IB Programme for many years, and enjoys the inquiring nature of the Primary Years Programme. Alex has a love of literacy, and particularly enjoys engaging students with their writing. She one of the PYP Co-ordinators for 2017, as well as the leader of Totara Team. When not at school, Alex can be found with her young son enjoying the beautiful beaches around the North Shore.
Totara Teacher - Room 17
Jadyn is a classroom teacher who is a part of Totara team. He enjoys building learning-focused relationships and teaching P.E and Mathematics. Jadyn is passionate about the PYP programme as it allows students to explore, discover and take action. Jadyn studied a Bachelor of Education (primary specialisation) at the Auckland University of Technology before coming to work at TNIS. Outside of school, he loves to play hockey, practise and play the guitar and spend time with friends and family.
Totara Teacher - Room 19
Courtney is new to our school and is teaching in Room 19 of Totara team. She is thrilled to join the collaborative and hard working TNIS community. Courtney enjoys working with the intermediate age group and supporting the needs of emerging adolescents. She believes in developing a positive classroom environment in which students are encouraged to question in support of their rising curiosity. Outside of the classroom, Courtney enjoys travelling and exploring the outdoors. She is also very sporty and enjoys getting involved in team sports or coaching and supporting from the sidelines.
Totara Teacher - Room 20
Sun Lee is a classroom teacher at TNIS and is part of Totara Team. She assists with Badminton and helps with the Korean programme. Sun has a particular interest in ESOL and she looks forwards to extending her expertise by studying a Diploma in Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages this year. She is passionate about inquiry learning through the IB Primary Years Programme as it allows students to wonder, explore, investigate, discover, share ideas, reflect and take action. Sun studied a Bachelor of Education (Primary Specialisation) at the University of Auckland before coming to work at TNIS. When not at school Sun enjoys playing music, training at the gym, practising Taekwondo and spending time with her family.
Houpara Team Leader - Food Technology
Specialist Teacher - Science
Michelle Brock is a Classroom Teacher / Specialist Science Teacher. She has a Masters degree in Biological Sciences. Michelle worked as a Fisheries Scientist before starting her career in teaching. She has taught at schools in Indonesia and Wellington, and is now excited to be a part of her own former intermediate school. She loves travelling, scuba diving and is interested in underwater photography.
Specialist Teacher - Visual Arts
Toni loves developing creativity and problem-solving skills in her students. Toni is a member of the Arts Team, and is a Visual Arts Specialist. Toni considers the Arts to be a powerful form of personal, social and cultural expression. She believes that individual reactions to the various Visual Art mediums can help shape our sense of identity. Toni encourages students to be actively involved in a constructive and positive learning environment, to become risk-takers and to enjoy hands-on learning experiences.
Toni coaches the students who are involved in Literature Extension, is in charge of the Enviro group, supports the staff and students who are involved in Trash to Fashion and is responsible for the wall displays seen around the school.
Specialist Teacher - Music and Dance
Sylvia is an experienced music and dance specialist, who believes in the importance of arts education and practice in developing balanced, confident and creative thinkers of any age. One of her key values is making music and dance a fun and engaging experience. Sylvia has vast experience running a variety of performing arts groups, including Orchestras, Percussion Ensembles, Jazz Bands, Rock Bands and organising major school events. She holds a Master of Education, Bachelor of Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Education. Sylvia has a number of interests outside of teaching; she is a developing contemporary jeweller exhibiting in small galleries and shops and enjoys going to the gym, gardening and beach walking.
Specialist Teacher - Materials Technology
Greg Ford is the Specialist Biotechnology Teacher. His first laboratory consisted of a single plastic container, his bare hands, and the world around him, as he conducted experiments into the fluid dynamics of various viscosities of topsoil at the tender age of 9 months. He has conducted ever more complex experiments through life, schooling, and University, where he earned a degree in Psychology and Philosophy. Greg taught English and Science in Taiwan for several years, before returning to NZ to study at the Victoria University of Wellington College of Education. 他在台灣學得很努力，所以他會講和讀中文. Greg is excited to be working in the Technology department at TNIS, and is looking forward to collaborating with students on Biotechnology projects.
Specialist Teacher - Digital Media
Mike is the Digital Media specialist teacher in the Arts & Technology team. He loves the unique challenges in teaching the emerging adolescent age and believes the IB Programme is the perfect way to get students not only excited about learning, but also instilling skills that go beyond the classroom to foster a creative and curious nature that turns young people into lifelong learners.
Kathy Young has been the teacher in charge of ESOL and Literacy Support for the past 10 years. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience about Second Language Acquisition, having studied and taught in the United States and at an International School in Kuwait. Making connections, tapping into a student’s prior knowledge and making learning related, relevant and fun are key to mastering English.
This year she will be taking up a scholarship to study through the University of Auckland 2017 TESOL Graduate Diploma Programme. When not working she enjoys travelling, reading and gardening.
Lucile Barjot is a Teacher Assistant at T.N.I.S. She loves working in the classrooms and in the E.S.O.L Room providing support for students. Seeing student’s confidence increasing and interest in their learning gives her great satisfaction. Her photography background gives her a unique understanding of the power of visualisation which she makes the best use of to provide help to students. She also works in the Literacy Support Programme. Overcoming her own dyslexia has become a great advantage for her to support struggling readers to become more confident and competent with their reading.
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Our Teacher Assistants work in classrooms providing support for students and in the E.S.O.L Room. They also work in the Literacy Support Programme.
Lisa is our Resource Centre Manager. Before taking this new and interesting role, Lisa was one of T.N.I.S teacher assistants for the last 4 years. After working hands on in the classrooms, she became very excited about the IB Programme and hopes with her understanding of the different way students learn she will be able to find new and exciting resources to help not only the students, but the teaching staff as well.
Her free time is spent with her partner Ian, two of her sons Levi and Caleb and skyping her son Lochie who lives in San Francisco. She loves living in Rothesay Bay with its relaxed beach lifestyle.
International Student Liaison
Lara looks after the admission process for International Students and the request of agents as set by the Code of Practice. She is also in charge of the pastoral care for the international students at our school.
Cafe and Uniform
Beth Porteous is in charge of our new Cafe, and the uniform shop.
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Tina is our new friendly face in the office. As our Receptionist, she is the first point of contact for many visitors and parents.
Tina takes care of Enrolments, Absentees and provides first aid in the Sick Bay.
Charlotte is our new Executive Officer and School Secretary at TNIS.