Amandine Petit

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

Amandine is originally from France, Amandine has lived in New Zealand for over 12 years now, is a NZ citizen, and considers herself a ‘French Kiwi’ or ‘Friwi.’ Amandine has a passion for languages, speaking French, English and Spanish, as well as having a strong background in the arts, particularly dancing. Having her own cross-cultural background, she loves being involved in such a multicultural school as Freemans Bay.

Sally Rawson

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

Areas of Leadership: TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Within School Leader

Sally leads the student council and through this work encourages our learners to make a difference in their school or community.  Sally is passionate about student voice and brings a learner led lens to her team. As part of her TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Within School Leader role,  she is researching student agency and wellbeing and what we can do to improve this at Freemans Bay School. Sally is passionate about student voice and brings a learner led lens to her team.

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.

Whaea Alicia

Position: Whānau Ata - Kaiako
Email: alician@freemansbay.school.nz

Alicia is passionate about Māori tamariki knowing themselves as Māori, knowing their language and culture and succeeding as bi-cultural citizens of Aotearoa. Alicia is an experienced teacher who has taught both overseas and in New Zealand schools.

Whaea Karen

Position: Whānau Ata - Kaiako
Email: karenr@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of Leadership: TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Within School Leader

Karen is completing her Master’s Degree, which focuses on effective indigenous/minority language learning approaches. Karen has worked for the University of Auckland as a teaching in-service facilitator for Māori medium settings (2009 – 2011) and has over 6 years of Senior Management experience, leading a total immersion and a bilingual teaching team at her former school. She recently trained and taught reading recovery in the mainstream for a number of years also. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts, having majored in Linguistics. She completed a Special Needs Resource Teaching Post Graduate Diploma and has worked as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour – Māori (2006 – 2008).

Karen began teaching in 1994, having left and re-entered the teaching profession in various capacities between overseas travel and having her 3 children. She has taught at primary, intermediate and secondary school levels. Karen’s classroom experience is predominantly with juniors, including mainstream, Māori enrichment, bilingual and total immersion te reo Māori. Karen has a love for all of the arts, culture, language, travel and snow sports.

Suvarna Shawrikar

Position: Learning Assistant; ICT and AV Administrator Assistant
Email: suvarnas@freemansbay.school.nz

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

Suvarna is also the ICT and AV Administrator Assistant working with Mehwish to support the effective use of digital technology to enhance teaching and learning across the school. She has a bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and is passionate about Mathematics.

Dale Tifflin

Position: Librarian
Email: dalet@freemansbay.school.nz

Dale is our trained and experienced librarian from South Africa. She has a wealth of knowledge around books which she shares with our children and staff. She ensures that our children are able to explore, discover and borrow books which are stimulating and exciting from our great collection of fiction & non-fiction books, graphic novels, Maori books, dual language books and easy readers. Arranging and promoting book fairs, authors’ and illustrators’ visits and keeping abreast of new developments are responsibilities that she undertakes enthusiastically.

Catherine Tyrrell

Position: Reception - Administration
Phone: (09) 360 1572
Email: reception@freemansbay.school.nz

Catherine has a wealth of knowledge that she uses to make certain that the school office runs smoothly. She is also always on hand to help the children.

Esa Van Orsoy de Flines

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

Esa completed a Bachelor of Economic Logistics and started teaching in the Dutch army in the eighties before she came to live in New Zealand in 1999.  She is multi lingual and speaks Dutch, English, French and German.  In 2011 she became a Learning Assistant with special needs children, a worthy challenge that takes patience, thinking outside the box and planning ahead.  Helping children learn, encouraging them to be better finding out ways to make them understand is a great job!

Madison Welden

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

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

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