Cindy Walsh

Position: Principal
Phone: Phone: 09 360 1572 Mobile: 021 333 742
Email: principal@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership: School Vision and Strategic Direction

Cindy is an experienced school principal. She is passionate about leading Freemans Bay School to engage, empower and enrich students’ learning to prepare them for their journey into the twenty-first century. Through her leadership the school is well placed to deliver quality education outcomes for learners at Freemans Bay School.

Helen Armstrong

Position: Deputy Principal (Engagement Leader)
Email: dp.engagement@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership: Professional Learning, Staffing, Partnerships, Literacy

Helen is an experienced leader. She has previously been Deputy Principal, SENCO and Literacy Leader at Oranga School, and prior to that, was a Team Leader, Literacy Leader and acting Deputy Principal at Kohimarama school. She has experience teaching at all levels, from Year 0 – Year 8.  She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Literacy Education (with Distinction), a SPELD certificate, and has recently completed her  Master of Education.  Helen’s passion is in empowering students to make a positive difference in our world, and developing confident, resilient life-long learners.  Helen is a mother to three children, and in her spare time, she loves to garden, read, knit and camp and explore beautiful remote parts of New Zealand with her husband.

Sinead Heckett

Position: Deputy Principal (Empowerment Leader)
Email: dp.empowerment@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership: Learning Support (SENCO), Digital Technology and eLearning, Staffing (Learning Assistants and ESOL), Partnerships, Internationals Students, Health & Safety

Sinead has been teaching in New Zealand for over 10 years. She was the Deputy Principal at Red Beach where she led Maths and Science, Community Engagement and Wellbeing.   She is passionate about empowering students to be the best learners that they can be. Sinead thrives on future-focused learning and supporting teachers in being innovative. Sinead has three teenage children and lives on a farm with sheep, goats and a funny dog called Taffy ! She enjoys travel and culture and is excited to be part of such a welcoming and diverse community.

Caroline Cels

Position: Whānau Tahi – Team Leader, Whānau Rau – Year 1 and 2 Teacher
Email: carolinec@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership: Whānau Tahi Team Leader

Over the last 20+ years, Caroline has had a diverse educational career having worked in both rural and urban schools in Taupo, Auckland, Napier, Northland and Waiheke Island.  She has taught across all year levels and has developed a passion for supporting younger tamariki to thrive in their early schooling years. Her previous school was a shared space school and she strongly believes in the positive impact collaboration has on accelerating student learning. Caroline strives to ensure every child feels safe and valued through meaningful relationships. She loves to support each child to develop their own positive learning story. Poipoia te kākano, I puāwai – nuture the seed and it will blossom. 

She is fortunate to have a very supportive family, and they all enjoy reading, sailing and other outdoor adventures.

 

 

Bonnie Holmes

Position: Whānau Tahi Kawariki – New Entrant Teacher
Email: bonnieh@freemansbay.school.nz

Bonnie graduated with her Bachelor of Education (Primary) in 2016. Since then she has spent time volunteering in different countries overseas and working with youth in South Auckland. She is passionate about children enjoying learning and finding their place in the world. Bonnie brings her energy and enthusiasm into our  New Entrant classrooms.

Caitlin O’Brien

Position: Whānau Tahi – New Entrant Teacher
Email: Caitlino@freemansbay.school.nz

Caitlin graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Education and a specialty in Steiner Education. Since then Caitlin has been working as a relief teacher and travelling overseas. Her strengths include literacy, outdoor education and student wellbeing. Caitlin is passionate about educating the whole child and bringing their social and emotional development into their learning journey. She is enjoying her teaching journey and being a part of the school community.

Hannah Telford

Position: Whānau Tahi – New Entrant Teacher
Email: hannaht@freemansbay.school.nz

Hannah has a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelors Degree with Honours in English Studies. She is a passionate educator who believes every child can succeed in education. Hannah is excited to provide a learning environment where differences are celebrated and tamariki can freely express themselves; where they are inspired and motivated to become lifelong learners. Outside of classroom life, Hannah enjoys being active, spending time with friends and most of all enjoying what each day has to offer alongside her two young daughters.

Jo Watson

Position: Whānau Rau Team Leader; Whānau Rau Rimu – Year 1 and 2 Teacher
Email: jow@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership: Whānau Rau, Visual Art Leader and BOT Staff Representative

Jo is an experienced teacher who has worked in many levels.  She is currently a team leader as well as a classroom teacher in the Year 1 and 2 area.  Jo is passionate about children’s learning and strives to help them experience success while also having fun.  Jo is the teacher in charge of Art.  She plans the annual Freemans Bay School art exhibition which takes place in Term 3.  Jo is also the staff representative on the Board of Trustees.

Caroline Cels

Position: Whānau Tahi – Team Leader, Whānau Rau – Year 1 and 2 Teacher
Email: carolinec@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership: Whānau Tahi Team Leader

Over the last 20+ years, Caroline has had a diverse educational career having worked in both rural and urban schools in Taupo, Auckland, Napier, Northland and Waiheke Island.  She has taught across all year levels and has developed a passion for supporting younger tamariki to thrive in their early schooling years. Her previous school was a shared space school and she strongly believes in the positive impact collaboration has on accelerating student learning. Caroline strives to ensure every child feels safe and valued through meaningful relationships. She loves to support each child to develop their own positive learning story. Poipoia te kākano, I puāwai – nuture the seed and it will blossom. 

She is fortunate to have a very supportive family, and they all enjoy reading, sailing and other outdoor adventures.

 

 

Maryam Dadabhai

Position: Whānau Rau – Year 1 and 2 Teacher
Email: maryamd@freemansbay.school.nz

Maryam is an experienced primary school teacher and has a passion for providing positive learning experiences for all children. She values the importance of relationships between whanau and the community. With her additional studies in Special Education she focuses on inclusion for all and strives to continue learning about new skills and strategies. Her ongoing community work has helped make connections with the various organisations in Auckland and their families. Coming from a diverse background, she values culture, language and experiences of all in the classroom.

Shital D’Rozario

Position: Whānau Rau Rata – Year 1 and 2 Teacher
Email: ShitalD@freemansbay.school.nz

Shital was a teacher in India for 11 years before she moved to New Zealand 4 years ago. She is a fluent speaker of Hindi and Marathi. Shital completed the Teacher Refresher Course in NZ and was a relief teacher in a number of Early Learning Centers and Primary Schools before she started teaching at our school. The inquisitiveness in children motivates her and keeps her passionate about teaching.

Susan Hong

Position: Whānau Rau Rimu – Year 1 and 2 Teacher
Email: susanh@freemansbay.school.nz

Susan has experience teaching all levels of children since 2009. Susan is an approachable and open minded person who is passionate about supporting children with diverse backgrounds. The most exciting aspect of working with children for her is their energy and enthusiasm for exploring new things and seeing growth in their learning and confidence.

Wendy Rowley

Position: Whānau Rau Literacy Support
Email: wendyr@freemansbay.school.nz

Wendy is a trained Reading Recovery teacher. She supports Whānau Rau children in small groups developing their literacy skills. She is also a trained teacher and on occasion has relieved in the juniors.

Shelley Duncan

Position: Digital Technology Specialist Teacher; Digital Technology and eLearning Leader
Email: shelleyd@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership: Co-Team Leader Whānau Puna, Digital Technology Specialist Teacher, Digital Technology and eLearning Leader

Shelley is skilled in the area of Digital Technologies and elearning and loves to share these skills with her students across the school. Shelley co-leads the school in this area and supports staff and students with their learning. She also enjoys outdoor education and loves to stretch her students with their thinking.

Tia Ernst

Position: Whānau Puna – Year 3 and 4 Teacher
Phone: 09 3601572
Email: tiae@freemansbay.school.nz

Tia is an elementary teacher from Ontario, Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts in 2019. Tia instils a safe, inclusive, equitable and engaging learning environment. Her dream has always been to travel and teach abroad. She is thrilled to be teaching at Freemans Bay School! Outside of teaching, Tia enjoys hiking, gardening, and camping.

Annette Hollis

Position: Co-Team Leader Whānau Puna, Whānau Puna Matai – Year 3 and 4 teacher, Co-Leader PE and Health
Email: annetteh@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership: Co-Team Leader Whānau Puna, Year 3 and 4 Teacher, PE and Health Co-Leader, Te kāhui-ako o Waitematā Within School Co-Leader for wellbeing

Annette has been teaching since 2008. During this time she has taught both in New Zealand and in North Carolina, USA, where she was based for three years. Outside of school Annette plays hockey at a representative level. She is passionate about travel and likes to bring a broad worldview to the students that she teaches across the school.

Emma Alexander

Position: Whānau Puna – Year 3 and 4 Teacher
Email: emmaa@freemansbay.school.nz

Emma has a Bachelor of Education (Primary Specialist) from The University of Auckland. During her studies she looked in how to cater towards a diverse range of ethnicities, culture and exploring the strong concept of involvement of communities. This was through developing her knowledge of the Pasifika Curriculum (Tapasā), Pasifika learners, Māori Language and Learners, and the pedagogy for Raising Student Achievement. Emma emphasis’ on creating inclusive, collaborative and stimulating learning environments in all students’ educational journeys where the learning is created by knowing the learner and they style that best helps them to shine. Outside of school Emma enjoys getting outdoors, playing the guitar, music, and spending time with family and friends.

Genevieve (Gen) Clements

Position: Whānau Puna Matai – Year 3 and 4 Teacher
Email: genevievec@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of Leadership – (Enviro Schools Leader)

Creating relationships with true purpose, care and understanding is a key way in which Genevieve teaches and interacts with her School community. She has been in Education for over 15 years from in the classroom, to working closely with diverse learners through to varying leadership roles. Genevieve instils a love of learning, is passionate about pastoral care and brings a sense of fun and humour with her daily. She knows Freemans Bay School is a pretty special place and she is thrilled to be here. Outside  teaching she enjoys gardening, keeping active, cooking, reading, being on Waiheke and she loves her dog, friends and family.

Se Yeon Han

Position: Whānau Puna Nikau – Year 3 and 4 Teacher
Email: seyeonh@freemansbay.school.nz

Se Yeon graduated with her Bachelor of Education from the University of Auckland. Previously, she taught keyboard classes at a children’s music centre to share her love for music. Se Yeon believes in the importance of helping children develop confidence in themselves as learners and build a positive self-esteem where they are proud of who they are and where they come from. Se Yeon is dedicated to helping children flourish with the strengths that they have and guiding them through their journey in becoming passionate and lifelong learners. Outside of teaching, Se Yeon enjoys playing the piano, engaging in anything arts & craft, reading, and spending time with her family.

Fiona Inverarity

Position: Whānau Puna Nikau – Year 3 and 4 Teacher
Email: fionai@freemansbay.school.nz

Through working in a variety of childcare settings, Fiona has gained experience in many aspects of child development and learning. During Fiona’s final year at university she participated in studying Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education and taught in Montessori schools as part of her final practicums. From this experience Fiona has developed a passion for developing student agency and independence for learning. In 2021 Fiona is on sabbatical studying, but will remain as a release teacher one day per week.

Chander Kumar

Position: Whānau Puna Matai – Year 3 and 4 Teacher
Email: chanderk@freemansbay.school.nz

Chander is an experienced teacher. She is passionate about literacy and brings a wealth of experience in this area to her students. Chander provides support to our library programme as well.

Catherine Minogue

Position: Whānau Puna – Learning Support Teacher
Email: catherinem@freemansbay.school.nz

Catherine has a passion for “mindfulness” and how to encourage our learners to strive to achieve their best through persistence and self belief. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in meeting the diverse needs of our learners.

Mina Park

Position: Whānau Puna Nikau – Year 3 and 4 Teacher
Email: minap@freemansbay.school.nz

Mina has a bachelor degree in Primary Education and a postgraduate certification in Educational Psychology and Digital Technologies.

One of her most memorable experiences was teaching English overseas on her O.E and she is a strong advocate for growth mindset and innovative learning practices. Mina loves experiencing new cultural customs and languages and is excited to join the Rau team.

Larissa Goebel

Position: Whānau Wai Team Leader; Whānau Wai Kauri – Year 5 and 6 Teacher
Email: larissag@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership:- Whānau Wai – Year 5 and 6 Team Leader, Enrichment Leader, Collaborative Pedagogies – ASL Te Kāhui Ako o Waitematā. 

Larissa has a Bachelor of Education and a Postgrad in  Applied Practice, Digital Leadership and Collaborative Learning.  Larissa focuses on student agency, collaboration and has a passion to strengthen co-partnerships.    Outside of teaching Larissa enjoys cycling, puzzles, spending time with family and exploring new places.

 

Ching Liu

Position: Whānau Wai Totora – Year 5 and 6 Teacher
Email: chingl@freemansbay.school.nz

Ching’s greatest strength is her love for learning and dedication towards helping young minds discover the same. She actively seeks to motivate students to be brave and curious in discovering their passions. Ching has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland and a Postgraduate Certificate from the University of Nottingham in the U.K. She is multilingual and experienced in working with students from different cultural backgrounds.

Daniel Merrill

Position: Whānau Wai Kauri – Year 5 and 6 Teacher
Email: danielm@freemansbay.school.nz

With over 12 years teaching experience at intermediate level, Daniel is looking forward to enriching the year 5 and 6 hub with his skills and knowledge.  He believes that engaging with students individually, and creating a safe and caring relationship is essential to learning.  Daniel strives to empower his students to be resilient, self-managing and respectful life-long learners.  Outside of school Daniel stays active by running, swimming and collecting Geocaches.

Lisa Imm

Position: Whānau Wai Tōtora – Year 5 and 6 Teacher
Email: lisai@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of Leadership – Peer Mediation

Lisa is a compassionate teacher who understands the diverse learning needs of children from various backgrounds. She has a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Postgraduate degree in Digital and Collaborative Learning. In her classroom, Lisa engages students in the inquiry process, incorporating digital technologies into her teaching. Lisa enjoys working in an ILE, motivating children to become empowered, self-directed, life-long learners.

 

Shelley Duncan

Position: Digital Technology Specialist Teacher; Digital Technology and eLearning Leader
Email: shelleyd@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership: Co-Team Leader Whānau Puna, Digital Technology Specialist Teacher, Digital Technology and eLearning Leader

Shelley is skilled in the area of Digital Technologies and elearning and loves to share these skills with her students across the school. Shelley co-leads the school in this area and supports staff and students with their learning. She also enjoys outdoor education and loves to stretch her students with their thinking.

Claire Holmes

Position: Specialist Music Teacher
Email: claireh@freemansbay.school.nz

Claire studied music at the University of Auckland and has been working as a specialist teacher at Intermediate School level for the past ten years. She is looking forward to engaging the students at Freemans Bay School in music and developing each child’s unique talents and abilities.

Marcela Cameron

Position: Specialist P.E. Teacher
Email: marcelac@freemansbay.school.nz

Marcela has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and a degree majoring in Health Promotion. She has been a classroom teacher for 8 years and has held units in Health and PE, and Student Leadership. Marcela is passionate about teaching in a multicultural environment. She likes to empower her students to take charge of their learning and to step up into leadership roles whenever possible. Marcela is looking forward to teaching Health and Physical Education at Freemans Bay School and sharing her love for movement and wellbeing.

Richard Naidu

Position: Specialist STEM Teacher
Email: richardn@freemansbay.school.nz

Richard has a bachelor’s degree in English and Media Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching, and a Master of Management from the University of Auckland. He has held various teaching roles, including full time teaching, short term contracts and relief teaching within various levels at primary school. He is very passionate about and excited to be teaching STEM.

Trina Saxon

Position: Whānau Tahi Rengarenga Teacher – New Entrant / Year One – ESOL Teacher
Email: trinas@freemansbay.school.nz

Trina is an experienced, innovative, creative teacher who has worked both in New Zealand and Cambodia. She has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and has vast experience in creating and working in ‘play-based’ learning environments.
Trina has taught extensively in both Kindergarten and New Entrant settings. Her strength is creating spaces and environments that are safe, inclusive, nurturing for all tamariki and whānau.
Teaching in international settings has accentuated her unwavering belief that all children are individual learners who deserve learning experiences that are adapted to offer support and extension at differentiated levels to reach their full potential.

Susan Maddren

Position: ESOL Teacher
Email: susanm@freemansbay.school.nz

Susan has taught all year levels both in New Zealand and the UK, but most of her experience is with the juniors. Susan loves being a part of the rich diversity here at Freemans Bay School. She gets great enjoyment out of the successes the children make in their learning, and finds it really rewarding watching the ESOL students’ language develop as they become bilingual learners.

Troy Lunn

Position: Teacher
Email: troyl@freemansbay.school.nz

Troy is a innovative and energetic teacher who enjoys helping children to discover their passions. He has strengths teaching in the Digital Technologies, PE and Mathematics. Troy has a Bachelor of Education (Honours) from the University of Auckland and has been teaching students from a variety of cultural backgrounds for the last 5 years.

Poulami Bhandari

Position: Learning Assistant
Email: poulamib@freemansbay.school.nz

Poulami is a part of the learning support team. She works with small groups and individual children on specific programmes developed to support their needs.

Waseem Kousar

Position: Learning Assistant
Email: waseemk@freemansbay.school.nz

Waseem is a part of the learning support team. She works with small groups and individual children on specific programmes developed to support their needs. Waseem is currently studying Education at Auckland University.

Revathi Muthiah

Position: Learning Assistant
Email: revathim@freemansbay.school.nz

Revathi is a Learning Assistant and has a Bachelors Degree in Biotechnology. She has had over 4 years experience working in preschools overseas and has undergone training in Montessori methodologies, applying these philosophies when working with our children.  She is passionate about working with young children, their energy and enthusiasm is what motivates her.  She loves to sing, crochet and cook and is so glad to be a part of Freemans Bay School.

Annie Sharrow

Position: Learning Assistant
Email: annies@freemansbay.school.nz

Annie is a part of the learning support team. She works with small groups and individual children on specific programmes developed to support their needs.

Laura Tucker

Position: Learning Assistant
Email: laurat@freemansbay.school.nz

Laura is a part of the learning support team. She works with small groups and individual children in Rau Tahi on specific programmes developed to support their needs.

Neelam Upadhyay

Neelam is a part of the learning support team. She works with small groups and individual children on specific programmes developed to support their needs. She was a teacher in India before moving to New Zealand. She is Graduate in Economics and Post Graduate in Political science.  She also has a Diploma in computer application.

Priyanka Mathur

Position: ICT Assistant
Email: priyankam@freemansbay.school.nz

Priyanka is our new ICT Assistant. She has a post graduate in Master of Cost Control & Accountancy and loves to play with numbers and maths.  Priyanka is also passionate about dancing.

Madison Welden

Position: ICCS Co-ordinator / Learning Assistant
Email: iccscoordinator@freemansbay.school.nz

Madison is a part of the learning support team. She works with small groups and individual children in Whānau Wai on specific programmes developed to support their needs. She is passionate about children being healthy and active and assists Annette with the PE and Health portfolio. Madison also runs the school’s Breakfast Club.

Sharon Yap

Position: Learning Assistant
Email: sharony@freemansbay.school.nz

Sharon is part of the learning support team in Whānau Wai . She is also a fluent mandarin speaker and can be relied on to translate information to children and parents when needed.

Mike Knight

Position: Caretaker

Mike has been the caretaker of the school for over 30 years. He works tirelessly to make sure that the school grounds are kept clean and safe. Mike can be seen every morning and afternoon on the school crossing ensuring that the children of Freemans Bay are kept safe on the roads.