Staff

Management

Andy Larson

Andy Larson
Principal

Andy has been a Principal for 36 years and started at Fairfield in 1998. He has broad experience across primary schools in the Otago and Southland area, has worked with promoting teaching as a career and in mentoring new Principals, and is on the Otago Primary Principals' Committee. Andy believes in a culture of inclusiveness, community and connection. He promotes this connection in Fairfield children by encouraging sporting and cultural participation. He is a cooperative person and loves to see people learn and grow. Andy is proud of Fairfield School and is always looking at ways to improve outcomes for Fairfield children.

Greg Lees

Greg Lees
Deputy Principal

Greg has years of overseas and local teaching experience in the middle and senior school. He teaches P.E to the Senior School and enjoys interacting with children across all classrooms and levels when he relieves the management team during classroom release time. He believes in building strong relationships with students, parents and the community through clear communication, and in working together to achieve a common goal. Greg was Deputy Principal at an intermediate school in Dunedin before moving to Fairfield. He loves to see senior students in roles of responsibility in the full primary setting, and being a part of a school whose place in the community is so integral. Greg is the Sports Coordinator at Fairfield, oversees computer and I.T management, and is interested in the Innovative Learning Environment (ILE) movement.

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 16 - Year 8

Kathryne brings broad local and international teaching experience to her Year 8 classroom teaching, and has particular strengths in Social Sciences, English, Music and Art. Room 16 is student-centred, focused on critical thinking, and emphasis is placed on the school values (Respect, Responsibility, Resilience). Kathryne leads the Year 7/8 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
Middle Senior Management, Room 1 - Year 6

Gail is the division leader for Year 5 and 6 and teaches in Room 1. 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 3

Michelle teaches year 3 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

Sandor Toth

Sandor Toth
Room 15 - Year 8

Sandor is in his second year of teaching and brings his passion for information technology and future-focused learning to Room 15. He is responsible for the chess club and is a keen musician who is in charge of the school Rock Band. Sandor strives to make learning exciting, engaging and meaningful. He encourages students to take their passions and strengths and to look to extend on those.

Amy Monaghan

Amy Monaghan
Room 13 - 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
Room 14 - Year 7

Sheryl brings her extensive knowledge of digital technology to the classroom having been an advisor to schools for ICT integration. She has has also lectured at the College of Education in Assessment and enjoys teaching across the curriculum, with a particular strength in Visual Art. Sheryl takes our students for Art Extension, oversees the Road Patrol, and is a part of the ICT Development Team. Room 14 is always fun and enthusiastic where Sheryl has an emphasis on making learning fun.

Middle Senior Division

Glen Beadle

Glen Beadle
Room 2 - Year 6

Glen has strengths in P.E, Inquiry Learning, Literacy, and I.C.T implementation. Room 2 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 Rippa Rugby and Touch in the school, and oversees the Year 7 Sports Academy. Glen has a calm and approachable nature, and builds on relationships to encourage children to always do their best.

Jackie Baldi

Jackie Baldi
Room 7 - Year 5

Jackie teaches Year 5 in Room 7 on Fridays, and takes on a variety of relief roles across all levels of our school. She is experienced in early to middle schooling in a range of different settings. She has curriculum strengths in Writing, Visual Art and Science, and is a member of our Friends of Fairfield (FOFS) committee. Jackie likes to plan an integrated programme and encourages hands-on learning. She is flexible and moves easily to teach from one year level to the next over the course of a day.

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.

Rachelle Kilsby

Rachelle Kilsby
Curriculum Specialist - Reading Recovery

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 fulfils a variety of roles at Fairfield. She is the Reading Recovery teacher and support teacher to Year 5/6 students 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!

Junior Middle Division

Debbie Garth

Debbie Garth
Tay D

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.

Jo Cook-Bonney

Jo Cook-Bonney
Tay J

Jo is an experienced teacher and encourages and models creativity. She is strong in the Arts, and has been a part of the Production & Stars on Stage team for many years, helping to write, choreograph and direct these fabulous events. Jo leads children in the Kids for Kids Choir each year as well. She has a passion for ICT and Inquiry, and teaches collaboratively in the Tay Room, capturing the interests and imagination of children through student voice and agency. Jo manages a variety of sports teams and uses her photography and ICT skills to administer the school's website and Facebook page.

Melanie Tudor

Melanie Tudor
Room 10 - Year 3

Mel has taught across all levels and curriculum areas in various roles and now job shares with our Year 3 students in Room 10. 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 10.

Jan Lee
Room 10 - Year 3

Jan’s teaching career spans 40 years, teaching in New Zealand and England from nursery to Year 8. She has a strong literary background, is trained in reading recovery, and has a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language. Jan actively encourages children to challenge their thinking when investigating science, maths and technology topics. 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.

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.

Junior Division

Donna Nichol

Donna Nichol
Room 11 - Year 2

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 works collaboratively with Year 2 children in 'The Hub'. 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.

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.

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.

Aimee Preedy

Aimee Preedy
Room 5 - New Entrants

Aimee teaches our New Entrants and Year 1 students in Room 5. Aimee adopts a teaching approach that develops self-control for young learners based around support and guidance, understanding and flexibility. She believes in whanaungatanga (establishing a sense of belonging) and in students developing their own sense of identity. Aimee is Netball Coordinator for the school and also supports our Kapa Haka group.

Carolyn Rogers

Carolyn Rogers
Room 3 - Year 1

Carolyn is an experienced teacher with all ages and levels and 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 often called upon to relieve in classes across all levels of our school.

Curriculum Specialists

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.

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 Recorder Ensemble, 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.

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

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
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 and is an Officer on the Management Committee at Arthur Burns Preschool.  She enjoys working alongside Fairfield School children in Years 2 and 5 and gets a lot of satisfaction observing milestones and assisting them to be the best that they can be.

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