Areas of leadership: School Vision and Strategic Direction
Sandy 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. Sandy completed her MEd (First Class Honours) at the University of Auckland, 2010. She was awarded the ASB/APPA travelling fellowship and utilised this to travel overseas during 2013, where she focused on researching alignment of school design and school curriculum. Through her leadership the school is well placed to deliver quality education outcomes for learners at Freemans Bay School.
MEd (1st Class Hons), Advanced Dip Tching, Dip Tching
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 nearly finished her MEd. 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.
Areas of leadership: Learning Support (SENCO), Digital Technology and eLearning, Staffing (Learning Assistants and ESOL), Partnerships, Internationals Students, Work Safe
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. She enjoys travel and culture and is excited to be part of such a welcoming and diverse community.
Areas of leadership: Whānau Ata, Marautanga Learning Design, Ka Hikitea and TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Across School Leader
Machelle is the team leader of Whānau Ata Rumaki Reo. The whānau is based on the principles on Kaupapa Maori which recognises, values and validates Te Reo me Ona Tikanga. She teaches Year 5 and 6.
Areas of leadership: Whānau Rau Tahi
Rebecca works with local Early Childhood centres on transition to school programmes and runs preschool visits at Freemans Bay.
Areas of leadership: Whānau Rau Rua, Art 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.
Areas of Leadership: Whānau Puna; TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Within School Leader
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.
Areas of leadership: Whānau Wai and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
Larissa has a Bachelor of Education (Primary). She has a strength in literacy and Digital Technologies. She also completed her postgraduate studies at The Mind Lab. Larissa focuses on students’ well-being and social outcomes, as well as academic achievements. Larissa looks for ways to strengthen student leadership by managing the Peer Mediation programme and organising the Eco Warriors teams.
Areas of leadership: elearning and Digital Technology
Shelley is keen on e-learning and loves to share her skills with her students. Shelley also enjoys outdoor education and loves to stretch her students with their thinking. Shelley is also a within school leader for kāhui ako o Waitematā and has a research project on student wellbeing. We look forward to hearing the recommendations from this research.
Areas of leadership: ESOL/ ELL
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.