Middle Team

Claire Harper (BEd, DipTchg) - Middle Team Leader - Room 12

Email contact: claireh@georgestreet.school.nz

Claire has taught in a number of schools both in New Zealand and around the world and is a very adaptable teacher having taught from year 2 to year 8. She is passionate about encouraging all of her learners to reach their potential. She values the whole person and forms positive relationships with her students and their families. Claire's classroom program focuses on developing the skills of collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking. She enjoys teaching all areas of the curriculum with particular interest in maths, inquiry and the arts (particularly dance and visual arts).

Trina Wood (BA, DipTchg) - Room 9

Email contact: trina@georgestreet.school.nz

Trina welcomes her children each day with a lovely friendly smile. She is Reading Recovery trained and has strengths in literacy and numeracy. Trina has a passion for art which she loves to share with her students as well as digital technology.

Leonie Spencer (BA, BEd) - Room 10

Email contact: leonie@georgestreet.school.nz

Leonie enjoys getting to know each child and their whānau. She values children’s individuality and cultural diversity and aims to make them proud of who they are. She encourages teamwork and cooperation, assisting the development of people skills. Leonie has strengths in social sciences, literacy and Te Reo Māori. She is currently up-skilling her Te Reo and is working towards a certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language. Leonie shares teaching in room 10 with Linda King.

Linda King (BEd) - Room 10

Email contact: linda@georgestreet.school.nz

Linda is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher who believes in forming positive relationships with all her students. She has strengths in numeracy and literacy and wants to install a love of learning in her classroom. Linda is passionate about music and the performing arts and also takes one of our school choir groups. Linda shares teaching room 10 with Leonie Spencer.

Jessica Lovell (BEd) - Room 11

Jess has taught in a variety of school settings and is experienced working with students from all walks of life and believes the key to a successful year is developing strong relationships with students and their whānau. She is passionate about Science and The Outdoors and loves to integrate these into her classroom programme. Jess enjoys all aspects of teaching and learning but has strengths in teaching literacy and numeracy.

Email contact: jess@georgestreet.school.nz


Amy Bathgate - (Dip. Busadminm BTchgRoom 12) - Room 12

Email contact: amy@georgestreet.school.nz

Amy is an experienced, enthusiastic and energetic teacher who is passionate about enabling students to reach their goals. She has particular interests in E learning, Mathematics, Māori, and Dance and is passionate about celebrating cultural diversity. Amy believes it is essential to celebrate and cherish who we are and where we have come from in order to be able to successfully learn. Amy works hard to provide for all her student’s needs- mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural and strives for the best outcomes for all of her students by scaffolding their learning and encouraging self-assessment and reflection.

Catherine Smith (BA Hons, PhD, Grad Dip Ed) - Room 16

Email contact: catherine@georgestreet.school.nz

Catherine enjoys getting to know all the children in her class as individuals and creates a happy, supportive environment for learning. She has strengths in teaching literacy and provides hands-on, engaging learning experiences. Catherine loves learning and her latest course has been Te Teo Māori through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Kylie O'Brien (BCom, GradDip Tchg) - Room 17

Email contact: kylie@georgestreet.school.nz

Kylie joined the George Street Normal School Teaching Team in 2020 with a diverse teaching background from years 1-10 in the private and public sectors. With special interests and strength in mathematics, integrated curriculum, second language learning and physical education, Kylie enjoys engaging with all learners as individuals, and works to develop strong student agency in her class programmes. Kylie also shares the role of Sports Co-ordinator for the school in 2021.

Grace Dore (BTchg) - Room 18

Email contact: grace@georgestreet.school.nz

Grace is passionate about developing relationships with her children and believes this is at the heart of teaching. She endeavours to create a warm and welcoming classroom environment where everyone can learn and grow together. Grace loves teaching literacy and enjoys collaborative teaching. She particularly enjoys welcoming ESOL students into her class. For term 2, Grace shares Room 18 with Leonie Spencer and teaches on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Jo Brooks - Room 18

Email contact: jo@georgestreet.school.nz

Jo is sharing the teaching in room 18 with Grace Dore and teaches on Wednesdays. Jo is familiar to many of our room 18 learners as she taught them when they were in the Junior Team. Jo is a warm, friendly teacher who works hard to develop strong relationships with her children and their whānau.

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.

Kate McCracken - Teaching Assistant

Kate is passionate about learning and helping children to learn. She loves the diverse cultures in our school and enjoys working with children who are learning English as a second language. Kate is trained in English language learning and has spent the past 2 years studying Te Reo at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Zac Mitchell-Beatson - Teaching Assistant

Zac works in our middle team. He is familiar with many of our children, as he is also an after school tutor at our after school Georgies programme. He is excited to be helping our young learners achieve their potential.



Baylea Carston- Teaching Assistant

Baylea works in our middle team. She enjoys seeing the progress made by the individuals she works with and is especially interested in encouraging children with the mathematical and literacy understandings.