Junior Team

Michele Dakers (BEd, DipTchg) - Junior Team Leader - Kindle 1

Email contact: micdak@georgestreet.school.nz

Michele offers a really warm and friendly welcome to our newest students. She is highly experienced and is passionate about ensuring our youngest children get a good start to their learning. She enjoys getting to know children and their families and introducing them to school life. Michele has a special interest and strength in teaching literacy and numeracy. She enjoys singing and music and is working on improving her guitar skills. Michele likes to teach science and PE and is a learner of te re Māori. She is currently investigating aspects of the Learning Through Play teaching and learning approach.

Sandra Gordon (BSc, Dip Tching, Grad Dip Ap Theo, PGDip Theo) - Kindle 1

Sandra is relatively new to 'The Mainland', after shifting here in mid 2019. She is an experienced Junior School teacher having taught in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington. Sandra has done 5 years as a Reading Recovery Teacher and is passionate about ensuring children get the best possible start to their school journey. Recent areas of professional study include Play Based Learning, Student Agency and Te Reo Maori. Sandra releases Michele (our Junior Team Leader) each Wednesday.

Natalie McCulley (BEd, Dip Tchg) - Kindle 2

Email contact: natalieb@georgestreet.school.nz

Natalie greets children every morning with a friendly smile. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of how children learn in their early years. Natalie loves teaching New Entrant children as she feels it is a very special experience being a child's first teacher and supporting them in their learning journey. Natalie has a strong interest in Literacy, Visual Art, and the Learning Through Play philosophy and brings her research of this into her daily classroom programme.

Margaret Knox- Room 3

Email contact: margaret@georgestreet.school.nz

Margaret is a passionate teacher who loves to see her children progress in their learning. She has a passion for science and strives to make the classroom an interesting place that fosters children's curiosity about the world they live in. Children in Margaret's class particularly enjoy the science table and the hands on learning this allows for.

Sarah Mackenzie (BEd (Tchg)) - Room 4

Email contact: sarah@georgestreet.school.nz

Sarah creates a warm and friendly classroom environment where children feel happy and enjoy learning. She is an experienced junior teacher with strengths in literacy, numeracy and ICT. Sarah enjoys getting to know the children in her class as individuals and values building good relationships with parents, working alongside them to help their children learn and grow. She shares Room 4 with Nichola Ferguson and teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays and alternate Fridays.

Nichola Ferguson - Room 4

Email contact: nichola@georgestreet.school.nz

Nichola puts lots of energy into creating positive relationships with her children. She encourages, challenges and supports children to work at their own level. Her classroom is a print rich environment, and is filled with different learning centres and displays of children's work. Nichola has a passion for teaching and loves seeing children grow and achieve as learners. She shares room 4 with Sarah McKenzie and teaches on Wednesdays, Thursdays and alternate Fridays.

Bronwyn Macgregor (BA, DipTchg, Dip Sec Tchg, ATCL) - Room 5

Email contact: bronwyn@georgestreet.school.nz

Bronwyn believes in creating a warm, friendly and welcoming environment at school so that all children feel happy, safe and ready to learn. She values parents partnering with her to support their children's learning. Bronwyn is an experienced Junior teacher and has strengths in literacy and numeracy and special interests in music and art. She enjoys playing the piano and guitar and singing with the children. Bronwyn believes in the importance of learning Te Reo Māori and uses it everyday in her class. She is beginning to research the Learning Through Play philosophy and how it can benefit children's learning.

Claire Llewellyn - Teacher Assistant

Claire has worked for many years providing amazing additional support for our younger learners. She has a passion for seeing children grow and see themselves as successful learners.

Aki Poor - Teaching Assistant

Aki is a fabulous teaching assistant working in both our Junior and Middle Teams. Aki loves working with our children and has a real strength in building positive relationships with them. You will often see Aki out in the playground during break times spending time and playing with our children.

Marie Hansen - Teaching Assistant

Marie knows where to find any resource in the school and is a great support to teachers in helping to prepare and maintain resources. Marie enjoys working with our youngest learners and seeing them gain skills and confidence.

Donna McLay - Teaching Assistant

Donna greets all of our children with a lovely welcome each day. She is passionate about her work and is skilled at working with children of all ages. Donna works across a number of the teams in our school.


Michelle Whelan - Teaching Assistant

Michelle is a qualified English Learner Assistant. She loves working with both our younger and older children, and has a particular passion for mathematics. Michelle has a bubbly personality and the children enjoy working with her.


Kylie Carruthers - Teaching Assistant (BEd 0-8)

Kylie joins our Junior Team for term 2 to support our youngest children joining school. Kylie is a trained teacher and has experience in teacher aiding. She enjoys working with younger children and seeing their new achievements.