Staff

Management

Greg Lees

Greg Lees
Principal

Greg brings years of overseas and local teaching experience to his new role as Fairfield School Principal. He was Deputy Principal at an intermediate school in Dunedin before moving to Fairfield as DP in 2015. He believes in building strong relationships with students, parents and the community through clear communication, and in working together to achieve a common goal. He loves the Full Primary setting where he can see children developing confidence and independence from day one at school right through to their senior years. He believes in student-centred learning that is fun and engaging, and in ensuring every individual feels safe and valued. He encourages participation in extra-curricular cultural and sporting pursuits to further establish a child's connection to school. Greg understands the integral role the school has in the Fairfield community, and is always available to discuss ways to help your child reach their potential.  

Dean Gordon

Dean Gordon
Deputy Principal

Dean has taught various age groups both overseas and in New Zealand. He has come from a leadership role in Mosgiel and is excited to work with the outstanding team at Fairfield. He is passionate about learning and sees school as a place where children, teachers and the community are bound together to achieve the 'best possible results'. First and foremost installing the values of Responsibility, Respect and Resilience is something he sees as crucial element for all children. He has strengths in maths and is a keen sports teacher, who encourages all tamariki to be active.

 

 

 

 

Helen LeMasurier

Helen LeMasurier
Assistant Principal, Room 3 - Year 1

Helen is an integral part of the Fairfield community having taught at the school since 1989. She loves teaching our Year One students in the colourful Room 3 where the enjoyment of learning begins! Helen integrates learning across the curriculum and likes to provide a meaningful context. She believes in an activity based programme where there are a variety of experiences and children can transfer skills to other areas. Helen is the leader of the Junior Division, Literacy Leader for the school, and Head of Junior English. She oversees Special Education needs within the school (SENCO) and is the staff Board of Trustees representative.

 

 

 

 

Kathryne Tofia

Kathryne Tofia
Associate Principal, Room 1 - Year 6

Kathryne brings broad local and international teaching experience to her Year 6 classroom teaching in 2018, and has particular strengths in Social Sciences, English, Music and Art. Room 1 is student-centred, focused on critical thinking, and emphasis is placed on the School Values (Responsibility, Respect, Resilience). Kathryne leads the Year 5/6 Division and promotes leadership for our students by overseeing the Student Council and supporting our House Captains. Kathryne is also the Lead Teacher of Maori and Senior English, and organises Kapahaka at Fairfield School.

Gail Milton

Gail Milton
Senior Division Leader, Akoranga Room 13 - Year 8

Gail is the division leader for Year 5 and 6 and teaches in Room 13. She has taught from New Entrants to Year 7 at Fairfield and enjoys connecting with children at all levels and encouraging them to achieve to the very best they can. She uses her strength in Literacy in her classroom programme, and is a member of the Literacy, Science and Library teams for the school. Gail is responsible for Extension Programmes and is involved in coaching Basketball and Netball teams. Children in Gail's classroom learn through a variety of media and experience with the School Values of Responsibility, Respect and Resilience underpinning everything they do.

Michelle Garforth

Michelle Garforth
Middle Junior Management, Room 9 - Year 4

Michelle teaches year 4 in Room 9 and is Leader of the Middle Division. She is a strong believer in a team ethos where students support each other to attain individual goals. Michelle is Head of Maths in the school and runs both the Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM) and Numbershack programmes. Michelle also has expertise in Written Language and likes to encourage creativity in her students through her own skills and passion for Visual Art.

Senior Division

Amy Monaghan

Amy Monaghan
Akoranga Room 15 - Year 7

Amy has a lot to offer our senior school students with years of experience teaching Years 7 and 8. She has curriculum strengths in Science and Numeracy and forms part of the Curriculum Teams in both areas. Amy is the Waterpolo coordinator, assists our Physical Activity Leaders (PALS) to run lunchtime games for the school during Friday lunchtimes, and ensures the Sports Shed monitors are well stocked and organised. Her classroom challenges students to engage with their learning and to work hard to reach their potential - while also having fun!

Sheryl Morton

Sheryl Morton
Akoranga Room 16 - Year 7

Sheryl has a passion for teaching with digital technologies and brings her extensive knowledge to the classroom having been an advisor to Dunedin schools in ICT integration.  She has lectured at the College of Education in Assessment and enjoys teaching across the curriculum.  Sheryl has taught students from NE - Year 8 at Abbotsford School and Fairfield School.  She currently teaches collaboratively Year 7 in our new Akoranga block with Amy Monaghan.  Sheryl loves teaching our Year 7 & 8 students and seeing their growth over these important years as they prepare for the transition to Secondary School.  Sheryl has particular strengths in the Visual Arts and oversees our school Road Patrol.  She has an emphasis on making learning fun while pushing all students to reach their full potential.

Glen Beadle

Glen Beadle
Akoranga Room 14 - Year 8

Glen has strengths in P.E, Inquiry Learning, Literacy, and I.C.T implementation. Room 14 is a fun, energetic classroom where children are encouraged to be independent and self-motivated learners. He uses a wide range of teaching strategies to connect to individual learners and uses the School Values of Responsibility, Respect and Resilience as the basis for all learning. He is in charge of Sports Coordination and EOTC in the school, is specialist PE teacher to Year 4-8 classes, and oversees the Year 7 Sports Academy group. Glen has a calm and approachable nature, and builds on relationships to encourage children to always do their best.

Middle Senior Division

Jane Wilden

Jane Wilden
Room 6 - Year 5

Jane has broad experience across a range of levels. She has curriculum strengths in Maths, Inquiry based learning, Music and Art. Jane is passionate about supporting the teaching and learning of children with dyslexia. Jane is on the Numeracy team and is coach of a school Hockey team. Her classroom environment is one that encourages and celebrates success.

Lyn Donaldson

Lyn Donaldson
Room 7 - Year 5

Lyn draws on vast experience across all levels of teaching and from various management roles to get the very best out of her students. Her class culture incorporates the School Values of Responsibility, Respect and Resilience and a firm belief that 'Attitude is Everything'. Lyn is passionate about Health and Physical Education and models the belief that outdoor experience and challenges help to sustain a holistic outlook in life. As well as running the Sports Academy for selected Year 8 students, Lyn coaches a hockey team and ensures our athletes are ready for representative cross-country, triathlon and athletics events. Lyn balances reading, writing and maths skills with practical use of technology, and instills a love and thirst for learning.

Aimee Preedy

Aimee Preedy
Room 2 - Year 6

Aimee teaches our Year 6 students in Room 2. Aimee adopts a teaching approach that develops self-control for learners based around support and guidance, understanding, and flexibility. She believes in whanaungatanga (establishing a sense of belonging) and in helping students develop their own sense of identity. Aimee is Netball Coordinator for the school and also supports our Junior Kapa Haka group.

Junior Middle Division

Donna Nichol

Donna Nichol
Tay Room 17 - Year 2/3

Donna has experience in Years 1-8 and has worked in various schools around the South Island. She takes a lead role in the implementation of Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs) at Fairfield School and this year will work collaboratively with Year 2 and 3 children in the Tay Block. High expectations with encouragement and acceptance drive Donna's philosophy to teaching and the School Values are evident in her approach. Donna forms part of the Technology Curriculum Team, the Literacy Team, and enjoys coaching a school Miniball team.

Debbie Garth

Debbie Garth
Tay Room 18 - Year 3

Debbie has been at Fairfield since 2009 after graduating as a mature student following many years as a teacher aide. She is excited about teaching in an Innovative Learning Environment (ILE) and sees teaching and learning as a shared journey. Debbie has curriculum strengths in all aspects of Literacy, particularly Spelling, Grammar and Writing, and in Numeracy. She is a member of the Literacy, Mathematics, and Science Curriculum Teams, and assists with the Junior Choir. Debbie sees herself as a facilitator of learning. She gives children the skills and belief in themselves to be successful problem learners in a classroom environment that is safe, happy and caring.

Julia Thurlow

Julia Thurlow
Tay Room 19 - Year 3

Julia teaches year 3 collaboratively in the Tay Block. She has experience teaching in multi-level classrooms across the primary years, having strengths in literacy, numeracy and drama. Julia focuses on building relationships with students to cater learning to their interests. She is enthusiastic about children's learning, constantly setting new goals for children to thrive and succeed. She aims to make learning fun, authentic and innovative. Julia is a believer in ako (a teaching and learning relationship, where the educator is also learning from the student) and enjoys giving students an opportunity to show off their learning success.

 

Michaela Hodges

Michaela Hodges
Year 4 - Room 10

Michaela has experience teaching year 4-6 students and is teaching year 4 students in room 10. Michaela is working collaboratively with room 9 in a integrated learning environment. She has strengths in literacy, physical education and the arts - in particular performing arts. Michaela works hard to develop a welcoming and positive classroom atmosphere and recognises the importance of whānau and community relationships. Through an engaging programme Michaela aims to ensure that her students develop a Growth Mindset, independent work habits and increasing resilience to equip them for future challenges.

Junior Division

Belinda Hoad

Belinda Hoad
Room 4 - New Entrants

Belinda has taught across all levels and has been a part of the New Entrants and Year One team at Fairfield since 2011. She is a member of the Literacy, Numeracy and ICT teams, and has a strong interest in e-learning. Belinda oversees the Discovery Time programme and supports the School Production and the School Magazine. Belinda enjoys teaching collaboratively and is focused on keeping it fun for our new learners.

Rachelle Kilsby

Rachelle Kilsby
Room 5 - New Entrants

Rachelle has experience across a range of South Island schools in a variety of levels and roles including Junior Teacher, Specialist Teacher and Year 5/6 Division Leader. This year Rachelle takes on a Year class. She is Reading Recovery trained and supports schoolwide programmes in Literacy and Numeracy. She has a particular passion in English and loves to see children progress in reading and writing. Rachelle believes in an inclusive and flexible approach to teaching that meets the needs of individual children and is a firm advocate for fun. Happy children learn best!

Christine Dalley

Christine Dalley
Room 12 - Year 2

Christine enjoys working collaboratively in the Year 1/2 'Hub' and brings a real sense of fun to learning. She has curriculum strengths in literacy having previously taught as a reading recovery teacher, and science where she is part of the Science Curriculum Team. Christine runs the extension science programme for Years 5-8 and is the staff representative on the FOFS committee. Christine likes to provide opportunities for children to succeed throughout their school day, and encourages children to take responsibility for their own learning.

Carolyn Rogers

Carolyn Rogers
Room 11 - Year 2

Carolyn is an experienced teacher with all ages and levels. As well as job sharing in Year 2 with Melanie Tudor, she also takes our Year 1, Room 3 class on a Friday. Carolyn is Reading Recovery trained and has particular strength and interest in Physical Education. Carolyn oversees the Discovery Time programme, is a Sounds Alive tutorial teacher, and is able to adapt her teaching to suit a variety of learners - a real asset to Fairfield School!

Melanie Tudor

Melanie Tudor
Room 11 - Year 2

Mel has taught across all levels and curriculum areas in various roles and now job shares with our Year 2 students in Room 11. She has a Geography and Education background and is Reading Recovery trained. Mel has a passion for the Arts with particular interests in Drama, Dance and Music, and uses these to take on lead roles in the School Production and Stars on Stage performances.
Mel enjoys working collaboratively with other teachers and is flexible and adaptable to the needs of children. She is dedicated to building supportive relationships, promotes independence and self esteem, and manages a calm and inviting classroom in Room 11.

Alison Stewart

Alison Stewart
New Entrant teacher

Curriculum Specialists

Abbie Wilson

Abbie Wilson
Curriculum Specialist - Junior PE

Abbie passes on her passion for Physical Education and activity to our Junior School. Every Junior class enjoys a half-hour session on a Friday with Abbie that is based around improving fine motor skills and coordination. She teaches skills in games and drills that apply directly to different sports. Abbie loves to see the Junior children at Fairfield participating in P.E and sport, and brings a sense of fun and enjoyment to foster this.

Jan Lee

Jan Lee
Curriculum Specialist - Reading Recovery

Jan’s teaching career spans 40 years, teaching in New Zealand and England from nursery to Year 8. She has a strong literary background and a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language. She enjoys the challenges of teaching and has a holistic approach to teaching and learning. Jan offers a range of learning opportunities to cater for the needs of the learner, and is our Reading Recovery teacher in 2018. 

Outside of the classroom Jan is a strong advocate for education both professionally and industrially. She was a representative on a National Advisory Group for teachers and currently supports teachers and support staff in mediation for NZEI.

Alison Tay

Alison Tay
Curriculum Specialist - Music

Alison is the Specialist Music Teacher whose passion for teaching and learning is evident in everything she does for Fairfield. As well as providing in-class learning opportunities for all students, Alison assists with the School Production and leads the Music Performance Groups which include the Marimba Band, the Orchestra, and the amazing choir 'Forte'. She believes in fostering a life-long love for music and makes the subject fun and enjoyable. Alison is enthusiastic and passionate about performance and her talents are an asset to Fairfield School.

Teresa Hickey-Kemmett

Teresa Hickey-Kemmett
Classroom release

Teresa brings a wealth of experience developed both in New Zealand and overseas. She has strengths in Literacy and Inquiry based learning. She strives to make learning creative, fun and hands on whilst making connections with the world around them. Teresa creates a classroom where differences are accepted and individuality is encouraged. She develops a class atmosphere where students feel comfortable to share their ideas, opinions and values. Teresa teaches in Room 7 (Year 5) on a Friday, and covers a variety of classrooms across the school for senior teacher release time.

Support Staff

Sue Grave

Sue Grave
Office Manager

Sue is in the office as our Administration Officer and works tirelessly to organise the day-to-day running of the school. She is in charge of the school newsletter and any other communication with parents regarding school events. Sue provides constant support and assistance for our children and parents. She is secretary for the Board of Trustees and also takes on the Miniball Coordination role for the school. The institutional knowledge and community connection that Sue brings with her 12(+) years at Fairfield is highly valued. 

Krystene Todd

Krystene Todd
Office Assistant / Librarian

Krystene undertakes several roles for our school and has done so for many years. She is passionate about keeping the library ready for learning and well presented. As part of the library coordination and administration Krystene oversees the lunchtime activity programme, trains the classroom librarians, is the National Library coordinator and takes our Summer Reading Programme. Krystene is also in charge of the Scholastic Bookclub and the Literacy Pro Library, and carries out several extra administration tasks when called upon in our busy office.

Jock Howard

Jock Howard
Caretaker

Jock is the Caretaker at Fairfield School and oversees all property maintenance and work that visiting contractors undertake. He is always keen to get involved with school activities when his role allows, and passes on his skill of stone carving to a keen group of students. Jock takes pride in the presentation of Fairfield School, is well known in our community, and is always up for a chat at the school gate.

Warwick Cope

Warwick Cope
Caretaker / Gardener

Warwick contributes to many aspects of school life at Fairfield. He is in charge of the gardens around the school and assists with P.E to Junior and Senior classes. Warwick attends several Fairfield School sports events and gets involved with training and practices wherever possible. Warwick assists with swimming lessons across the school and has a great rapport with Fairfield children.

Alison Gray

Alison Gray
Teacher Aide

Alison is involved in teacher aiding and support work for specific children. She has worked in this role since 2015 and has been supporting Fairfield children with Parent Tutoring in reading for several years. Alison has three children currently at Fairfield School and enjoys working one on one to see children rise to their learning potential.

Tania Beattie

Tania Beattie
Teacher Aide

Tania enjoys the role of Teacher Aide as she gets to see children make huge progress within targeted learning programmes. She works closely with individual children in our Junior School one on one. Tania brings her experience of parenting to the classroom with a caring and supportive approach. Children with learning challenges make huge strides with Tania's positive attitude and belief that school is a fun place to be!

Julie Meffan

Julie Meffan
Teacher Aide

Julie is involved in a variety of support programmes at Fairfield School. Having had four children through the school she is a well connected resource and an integral member of the Fairfield team. Julie supports children with Special Needs and learning difficulties, in raising student achievement in Reading and speech and language development, and is often called upon when things get busy in the office. 

Jo Bayne

Jo Bayne
Teacher Aide

Jo has been a Teacher Aide for over 20 years. Her most recent experience is in supporting a vision impaired student at Fairfield. Jo enjoys seeing children overcome obstacles and develop into independent young learners. She is a believer in inclusion education and in giving children the freedom to be themselves.

Richelle Thomson

Richelle Thomson
Teacher Aide

Richelle has an interest in Primary education and has previously worked in administrative roles in both the primary and tertiary education sectors. Richelle is active in our local community. She enjoys her work tremendously and gets a lot of satisfaction supporting our children, observing their milestones and assisting them to be the best that they can be.

Brigid Short
Teacher Aide

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