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.

Adele Croucher

Position: Whānau Wai - Year 5 and 6 Teacher; eLearning and Digital Technology Leader
Email: adelec@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of leadership: eLearning and Digital Technology

Adele has worked different roles in various multicultural settings where children have always been the stars of the show. She is passionate about music and dance and loves to see students thrive and express themselves in creative ways. Adele has a vested interest in how technology can be used to enhance the children’s learning, how they can use it share their work and start to impact their community.

Maryam Dadabhai

Position: Whānau Rau Rua - Year 1 & 2 Teacher
Email: maryamd@freemansbay.school.nz

Maryam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching (Primary) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education. Having been a past student of Freemans Bay School, Maryam is passionate about the positive learning experiences she can facilitate for students. She has a passion for learning about cultures and languages and finds it exciting to be at such a diverse school that allows her to explore this.

Kathleen Davidson

Position: Whānau Puna - Year 3 and Year 4 Teacher
Email: kathleend@freemansbay.school.nz

Kathleen is an innovative young teacher, who has recently graduated her Bachelor of Education (Honours). Her favourite subjects include Mathematics and Science. She has previously taught in a number of schools on the North Shore, with Year 3-4 being her favourite year level to teach. In her free time, she enjoys bushwalking and exploring, as well as learning new skills. She is very excited to join the team at Freemans Bay School. 

Shital D’Rozario

Position: Whānau Rau Rua - 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 3 years ago. She is a fluent speaker of hindi and marathi. Shital completed the Teacher Refresher Course in NZ and being a relief teacher in a number of Early Learning Centers and Primary Schools, she started teaching at our school. The inquisitiveness in children motivates her and keeps her passionate about teaching.

Rebecca Guest

Position: New Entrant Teacher
Email: rebeccag@freemansbay.school.nz

Becs has recently returned from London where she lived and taught for four years, taking advantage of the ability to travel all around Europe. Prior to this, she taught for 6 years in schools around Auckland where she completed training in Reading Recovery and spent time as a specialist music teacher. Becs enjoys teaching children from a variety of different cultures and strives to build resilience and empathy in all her students. She is excited to join the team at Freemans Bay School.

Emma Gutmann

Position: Whānau Rau Rua - Year 1 and 2 Teacher
Email: emmag@freemansbay.school.nz

21Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 2017 and chose to specialise in the Montessori Method in her final year of study. After teaching in a Montessori classroom, Emma joined the Freemans Bay School. She brings aspects of the Montessori philosophy into her classroom and her everyday practice, recognizing that educating the whole child is essential when developing independent learners and encouraging student agency. Emma is a strong believer in hands on learning and creating memorable learning opportunities for children in order to support their natural curiosity to learn.

In her spare time Emma enjoys reading and spending time outdoors and has a keen interest in nutrition.

Emma Haslam

Position: Whānau Ata - Kaiarahi I Te Reo

Annette Hollis

Position: Whānau Wai - Year 5 and 6 Teacher
Email: annetteh@freemansbay.school.nz

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 in her class.

Susan Hong

Position: Whānau Rau Rua - Year 1 & 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.

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