Staff

Leadership Team

Greg Lees

Greg Lees
Principal

Greg brings years of overseas and local teaching experience to the role Fairfield School Principal. 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.

Gail Milton

Gail Milton
Assistant Principal, Junior Division Leader, Kotahitanga Room 19 - Year 1

Gail is the division leader for Year 1 and 2 and teaches in Room 19. She has taught from New Entrants to Year 8 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, and Inquiry teams for the school. Gail is responsible for Literacy programmes within the school and is the Junior school SENCO. She enjoys coaching the Year 8 Girl's Basketball. 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.

Kathryne Tofia

Kathryne Tofia
Associate Principal, Senior Middle Division Leader Room 11 - Year 5/6

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.

Glen Beadle

Glen Beadle
Senior Division Leader Akoranga Room 14 - Year 8

Glen has strengths in P.E, Inquiry Learning, Literacy, and Digital Technology. 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. Glen leads the Year 7/8 Division and promotes leadership for our students by overseeing the Student Council, supporting our House Captains and he also oversees the Years 7 & 8 Sports Academy. Glen has a calm and approachable nature and builds on relationships to encourage children to always do their best.

Michelle Garforth

Michelle Garforth
Junior Middle Division Leader Room 17 - Years 3/4

Michelle teaches Years  3/4 in Room 1 and is Leader of the Junior 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 Number Shack 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 13 - Year 8

Sheryl has a passion for teaching with digital technologies and enjoys integrating this through the curriculum. She teaches collaboratively in our Year 7 & 8 Akoranga Block in Room 13.  Sheryl loves teaching our senior students and seeing their growth over these important years as they prepare for their transition to Secondary School.  Sheryl has particular strengths in the Visual Arts and works with our senior Art extension students and oversees our school Road Patrol.  She has an emphasis on making learning fun while pushing all students to reach their full potential.

Millie McCutcheon

Millie McCutcheon
Akoranga Room 16 - Year 7

Millie teaches collaboratively in our Years 7 & 8 Akoranga block. She enjoys integrating her strengths in visual arts, physical education and technology, across other curriculum areas. Millie has experience teaching years 4-7 and has previously worked in early childhood education. Through building whanaungatanga (positive relationships) with all of her students, she focuses on their individual learning needs and interests. Millie makes learning relevant to real life contexts while delivering a fun and engaging programme. 

Senior Middle Division

Jane Wilden

Jane Wilden
Room 6 - Year 5

Jane has broad experience across a range of levels and a desire to make learning meaningful for all children. She has curriculum strengths in Maths, Inquiry based learning, Music and Art. Jane is passionate about supporting the teaching and learning of children with specific learning needs, and has done a lot of professional development in this area. She is one of the SENCOs for our school, supporting children with learning needs, and linking this support to outside agencies where appropriate. Jane is coach of our school Hockey teams. Her classroom environment is one that encourages and celebrates success of all students wherever they are in their learning journeys.

Teresa Hickey-Kemmett

Teresa Hickey-Kemmett
Room 12 - Year 5/6

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 job shares in Room 7 (Year 5) from Wednesday to Friday. 

Deb Cowan

Deb Cowan
Room 12 - Year 5/6

Deb joined the Fairfield team in 2019 as a part-time teacher. This year sees her team teaching Year 5 students with Teresa in Room 7 as well as releasing Gail in the junior team on a Friday. She enjoys getting to know her students, and working alongside them to be successful learners. Creating a classroom environment that is safe, caring, productive and fun is a high priority! Deb has taught a wide range of year levels both within New Zealand and overseas. 

Aimee Preedy

Aimee Preedy
Room 7 - Year 5/6

Aimee teaches our Year 6 students in Room 12. 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

Michaela Hodges

Michaela Hodges
Room 17 - Years 3/4

Michaela has experience teaching Years 4-6 students and is excited to be teaching both Years 3 and 4 in Room 2. Michaela is working collaboratively with Room 1 in an integrated learning environment. She has strengths in literacy, physical education, the arts and digital technology. 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.

Rachelle Kilsby

Rachelle Kilsby
Room 21 - Years 3/4

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 Years 3/4 class. She is Reading Recovery trained and supports school wide 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!

Debbie Garth

Debbie Garth
Room 21 - Years 3/4

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.

Junior Division

Belinda Hoad

Belinda Hoad
Kotahitanga Room 20 - New Entrants

Belinda has taught across all levels from Years 0-8 during her teaching career and has been a part of the Junior Team here at Fairfield School since 2011. She has a huge passion for teaching our newest and youngest learners and assisting both the students and their parents with a successful transition into school life. Belinda is the school lead for Digital Technologies and this compliments her interest in e-learning. Belinda enjoys teaching collaboratively and is focused on keeping it fun for our new learners. 

Julia Thurlow

Julia Thurlow
Kotahitanga Room 19 - Year 1

Julia teaches Year 1 collaboratively in the Kotahitanga 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.

 

Carolyn Rogers

Carolyn Rogers
Curriculum Specialist - PE Room 9 - 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 the PE programme on Fridays for the Year 1-4 students. Carolyn is Reading Recovery trained and has a particular strength and interest in Physical Education. Carolyn oversees the Discovery Time Programme, Jump Jam for all age groups and is the Stage Manager for our School Productions.  She is able to adapt her teaching style to suit a variety of learners and is therefore able to teach in all areas of the school.

Melanie Tudor

Melanie Tudor
Room 9 - 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 9. 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 9.

Christine Dalley

Christine Dalley
Room 8 - Year 3/4

Christine  has curriculum strengths in literacy, numeracy, and science. She is a member of the Maori Curriculum team and assists with the Junior Kapa Haka. She leads our Enviroschools programme and strives to ensure we teach our children sustainability. Christine provides an environment where children feel comfortable and supported to be creative and take risks. She encourages children to problem solve and take responsibility for their own learning. 

Alison Stewart

Alison Stewart
New Entrant teacher

Brenna McNaught
Year 1 Teacher - Room 20

We welcome Brenna to the teaching team for the second half of 2020. Brenna has experience in all age groups and is excited to be apart of the Year 1/2 collaborative teaching team

 

Curriculum Specialists

Helen LeMasurier

Helen LeMasurier
Curriculum Specialist - Reading Recovery

Helen is an integral part of the Fairfield community having taught at the school since 1989. 

 

 

 

 

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.

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 works in the Number Shack supporting children in their understanding of numeracy.  She loves seeing children increase in confidence as they become aware of connections and relationships between numbers, and is excited to see children grasp concepts they might previously have found challenging.  Alison has three children who have all attended Fairfield School, and enjoys working with small groups of children to see them 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. 

Brigid Short

Brigid Short
Teacher Aide

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