Staff

Leadership Team

Greg Lees

Greg Lees
Principal

Greg is in his seventh year as principal of Fairfield School. He believes in whanaungatanga and building strong relationships with students, parents and the community through clear communication. Greg loves the Full Primary setting where children develop confidence and independence from day one at school right through to their senior years. He encourages student-centred learning that is fun and engaging, and aims to ensure every individual feels safe and valued. Participation in extra-curricular cultural and sporting pursuits is something Greg encourages for all tamariki, further establishing connections and a belongingness for all. He understands the integral role the school has as a hub to 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 been at Fairfield for five years. He is passionate about school being a positive place for every student - day in, day out. Fairfield School is 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. Dean enjoys teaching Senior PE on Thursdays and teaching Room 15 (Year 7) on Wednesday. He loves organising and facilitating our whole school events such as Triathlon, Cross Country, and Athletics, and is immensely proud of the growing numbers across all team sports and cultural activities. 

Gail Milton

Gail Milton
Assistant Principal, Senior Team Leader, Akoranga Room 15 - Year 7

Gail is the division leader for Years 7 & 8 and teaches in Room 14. 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 Senior 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.

Aimee Preedy

Aimee Preedy
Senior Middle Team Leader, 2024 Room 7 - Year 5/6

Aimee leads our Year 5 & 6 team for 2024, and teaches in Room 7. She adopts a teaching approach that encourages all ākoka to develop self-control and ownership of their learning, based on support, guidance, understanding, and flexibility. She believes in whanaungatanga (establishing a sense of belonging) and in helping ākoka to develop their own sense of identity, building their confidence and supporting them to always do their best. Aimee is a member of our Structured Literacy Team and supports Kaiako (teachers) and ākoka (students) in the implementation of this. She also coordinates and tutors our Senior Kapa Haka group, empowering Te Reo, the Performing Arts and Tikanga Māori through a variety of Waiata, Haka and performances.

Michelle Garforth

Michelle Garforth
Junior Middle Team Leader, Room 2 - Year 3/4

Michelle teaches Years 3/4 in Room 2 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 oversees the Number Shack and maths intervention 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.

 

Megan Pelvin
Junior Team Leader, Room 19 - Year 1

Megan is a former Fairfield School student with a strong connection to the community. She has many years of experience in teaching, especially in the Juniors, in both Auckland and Dunedin. Megan is our Junior School SENCO, a member of the Structured Literacy team and a Literacy Intervention Teacher. She has a real passion for "Learning Through Play" and loves teaching children through their areas of interest including the Key Competencies and School Values in every learning opportunity. Her number one focus is on children feeling happy and safe in her class and setting them up for a lifetime love of learning.

Kathryne Tofia (Study leave, 2024)

Kathryne Tofia (Study leave, 2024)
Associate Principal

Kathryne brings broad local and international teaching experience to her Year 6 classroom teaching, and has particular strengths in Social Sciences, English, Music and Art. Room 5 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 is also the Lead Teacher of Maori and Senior English, and organises Kapahaka at Fairfield School.

 

Senior Team, Year 7/8, 'Akoranga'

Amy Monaghan

Amy Monaghan
Akoranga Room 14 - Year 8

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 is passionate about engaging students in these curriculum areas. Amy is the Waterpolo coordinator, organises our Year 8 Ski trip, and is the coordinator for our Year 7 & 8 Science Fair students. Amy enjoys building strong relationships with her students so they have the confidence to take risks with their learning. Her classroom challenges students to develop greater independence with their learning, and to work hard to reach their potential - while also having fun!

Josh Bates

Josh Bates
Akoranga Room 16 - Year 7

Josh joined Fairfield in 2023 after previously teaching at an intermediate level. He is a Year 7 teacher in Room 16 and enjoys working collaboratively alongside his Akoranga colleagues. He has a passion for PE/Health, Literacy and incorporating technology within the classroom. Josh is also in charge of the Year 7&8 Sports Academy which offers aspiring Fairfield athletes the opportunity to push themselves to new heights. Josh puts pride into building strong relationships with his students and their whānau while allowing them to take control of their learning in a fun and engaging way. 

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.

Senior Middle Team, Year 5/6

Jason Macdonald

Jason Macdonald
Room 11 - Year 5/6

Jason joins us in his first year of teaching after completing his three year degree at Otago University. Jason comes with expertise in getting the best out of the people he works with. After a long career in professional rugby including 47 games for the mighty Highlanders - Jason's desire to work with people lead him to coaching, something he did in Japan for several years.

Jason is excited to apply these core skills to the children in his classroom.

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. 

Tim Coates

Tim Coates
Room 6 - Year 5/6

Tim is a year 5/6 teacher in Room 6. He has a passion for Physical Education and Music and is responsible for coordinating the school's choir group (Forte). Tim believes in providing learning opportunities that are relevant and engaging for all students and in nurturing an environment that is both positive and fun. He also understands the importance of students taking responsibility for their own learning and behaviour. Tim believes that building trusted relationships with students is essential for a successful learning experience, ensuring students feel safe and valued within the classroom environment.

Junior Middle, Year 3/4, 'Matamata'

Carolyn Rogers

Carolyn Rogers
Room 5 - Year 3/4

Carolyn is an experienced teacher with all ages and levels. As well as job sharing in Year 3/4 with Melanie Tudor, she also takes the PE programme on Fridays for the Year 1-4 students. Carolyn has a particular strength and interest in Physical Education. Carolyn oversees the Jump Jam programme for all age groups and has been 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.

 

Deb Cowan

Deb Cowan
Room 1 - Year 3/4

This year sees Deb team teaching Year 3 and 4 students in Room 1. Deb enjoys getting to know her students, and working alongside them to be successful learners. She strongly believes in encouraging students to take more responsibility for their learning and loves to create a classroom environment that is safe, caring, productive and fun! Deb has taught a wide range of year levels both within New Zealand and overseas. Deb is also the Staff Rep. in the FOFS team, and is our school coordinator of our hockey teams. 

Debbie Garth

Debbie Garth
Room 3 - 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.

Matthew Wallis

Matthew Wallis
Room 3 - Year 3/4

Matthew joins us after several years teaching in Auckland. He has taught across all levels of the primary school curriculum and brings extensive teaching experience and curriculum leadership to our kura. He particularly enjoys exploring the use of digital technology in the classroom and has developed a passion for promoting reading for enjoyment amongst his learners. He lives with his wife and two children in St Clair and has been a foster caregiver with Oranga Tamariki for the past six years. Matthew is a passionate Warriors fan and can always be found watching the match on game day.

Melanie Tudor

Melanie Tudor
Room 5 - Year 3/4

Mel has taught in the Junior School for the past 5 years in a job share with Carolyn Rogers. 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 5 with Year 3/4 children

Christine Dalley (Study leave, 2024)

Christine Dalley (Study leave, 2024)
Year 3/4

Christine has curriculum strengths in literacy, numeracy, and science. She is a member of the Māori 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. 

Junior Team, Year 1/2, 'Kotahitanga'

Emma Dettling

Emma Dettling
Room 17 - New Entrants

Emma is full time in Room 17 with our newest members to Fairfield school. Throughout her career, she has taught across all year levels, with many years spent in junior classrooms. She is passionate about and has spent the last few years teaching targeted literacy programmes. Emma loves getting to know her learners and encouraging them to pursue their personal best in all aspects of school life. Emma creates a classroom environment in which everyone works collaboratively towards outcomes and she encourages everyone to have fun and to make strong choices.

Gabi Pleace

Gabi Pleace
Room 20 - Year 1

Gabi is in her second year at Fairfield School, and enjoys working collaboratively in Kotahitanga, our junior block.

She supports the school in various extra curricular activities such as Stars on stage, Junior Kapa Haka and Jump Jam. And in 2024 will support the whole school production as well as coordinate our netball teams.

Kate Chhin

Kate Chhin
Room 20 - Year 1

Kate joins us from George St Normal school. She has many years of teaching experience across all year levels, both in NZ and overseas. 
Kate has a wealth of curriculum knowledge with a particular passion for early literacy and mathematics learning. She has many talents in the Arts and this includes the ability to play and teach a range of instruments. Kate has a warm and caring nature and we welcome her to Fairfield.

 

Jemma Ellwood

Jemma Ellwood
Room 10 - Year 1/2

Jemma enjoys working collaboratively in Year 2. She is a dedicated young teacher, with a passion for children and their learning. Jemma recognises and values the importance in forming positive relationships with learners and their whānau. Having strengths in literacy, visual arts and physical education Jemma considers it important to create a safe learning environment that supports risk taking and motivates children to develop a strong sense of self. Jemma is responsible for coordinating the school’s Netball teams and enjoys watching children partake in weekly games at the Edgar Center. She is a reflective teacher who works hard and enjoys creating engaging learning programmes.

Julia Evans

Julia Evans
Room 9 - Year 1/2

Julia teaches Year 1/2 collaboratively in a job share with Emma Dettling. 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.

 

Mackenzie Saville

Mackenzie Saville
Room 9 - Year 1/2

Mackenzie is in her first year of teaching and joins us in Room 9 after spending 2023 at Fairfield as a third year college teacher. She fosters an inclusive, collaborative classroom environment where students work together towards shared goals. Mackenzie prioritises building positive relationships with her students and their whānau, cultivating an atmosphere where growth and learning thrive. Having a passion for literacy and physical education, Mackenzie integrates creative approaches to empower her students to excel while fostering a love for learning. Mackenzie loves coaching sports and plans to continue in that role throughout the year. She is dedicated to nurturing a dynamic learning environment where every student feels valued, supported, and inspired to reach their full potential. 

Curriculum Specialists

Beth Blair

Beth Blair
Literacy Specialist - Learning Support Teacher

Beth started at Fairfield School in 2022. She is an experienced junior teacher with a background in environmental science. Beth is currently the Literacy Support teacher, working with children throughout the school, and also teaches two afternoons a week in room 11. Beth is also the Enviro-Schools lead teacher and is passionate about incorporating an environmentally aware perspective into everyday learning. 

Anthony Breese

Anthony Breese
Music Specialist

 

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.

David Rutherford
Gardener

Tania Beattie

Tania Beattie
Number Shack Tutor & Learning Assistant

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 Middle school one-on-one, as well as with students in our Number Shack programme. 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
Learning Assistant

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. 

Carla Clark

Carla Clark
Learning Assistant

Clare Lawrence

Clare Lawrence
Learning Assistant

Trinity Walshe

Trinity Walshe
Learning Assistant

Mary Otto

Mary Otto
ESOL Tutor & Learning Assistant

Rob Petrie

Rob Petrie
PMP tutor & Office Assistant

Maritsa Franklin

Maritsa Franklin
Learning Assistant

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