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"I can honestly say after 30+ years in education that we have assembled here at Kaurilands the most talented, hardworking, caring, creative and innovative staff I have ever worked with. This is every member of our 60 strong staff - what a team, they make me proud everyday." - Jo Augustine, Principal
I love seeing children reach their full potential. I believe it is important to create a positive learning environment so all children can succeed! Everyone at Kaurilands has a great sense of humour. Outside of school I enjoy travelling, playing netball and spending time with friends.
I have just started in my role as a classroom teacher at Kaurilands this year. I am lucky to be working in the collaborative space Ropu Iwa. I think that teaching and learning is optimised in this environment, allowing us to learn from each other's strengths as we become a learning community.
I’m a first year teacher and am very happy to be starting my teaching career in such a warm-hearted school full of fun and passionate people. Big believer in recognising and accepting children for who they are and not expecting every child to fit the same mould. I love anything outdoors in nature.
My 3 sons attended Kaurilands and I have worked in the office for 12 years. We’re a friendly bunch and love helping our school’s families enjoy their time at Kaurilands. Our students are delightful, every one different, so there's never a dull moment here. I love yoga and travelling.
As a Teacher Aide here at Kaurilands I have the honour of assisting teachers and students in years 5 and 6. I'm blown away everyday by the support and care fostered here by all, to ensure a well rounded learning experience. I love hiking in the bush and swimming at any meeting of sea and sand.
I have been at Kaurilands as a classroom teacher and as an associate principal. Teaching is the best job in the world! We are lucky to have such passionate teachers. I believe we offer the best in future based education. Please visit, we love to see all our whānau engaging with the learning process.
I have had the pleasure of teaching the amazing students at Kaurilands School for 10 great years. I have a passion for teaching and learning and do my very best to make learning engaging and fun for all. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching netball and spending time with my friends.
Kaurilands is a fantastic whānau to be a part of and is a great place to work. I love what I do, I feel fortunate to be working with an awesome group of tamariki and a great team. Knowing my students and providing a safe environment where they can explore their passions is important.
Hi I’m Gillian, School Administrator. You’ll find me in Nancy’s office; she is leaving us soon after many years of service to our school and community.
Both of our children attended Kaurilands school and it’s great to be back after a few years away.
Please pop in it will be lovely to meet you.
Hi I’m Grace, I love books! I have the best job ever! Kaurilands library has a lot to offer all students; a great place to hang out. My association with Kaurilands School began in 2008 as a parent helper, starting on staff in 2015. Outside school, I read and potter in the garden.
I attended Kaurilands as a child, I have worked here as a KiwiSport Activator and now I am team teaching in room 21 as part in a ministry initiative to get more teachers into junior classrooms. I will be teaching the next new entrants class to open up in term 2.
I'm so excited about my first year at Kaurilands School and feel so lucky to be part of such positive community! In my spare time you will find me walking my dog in the Waitakere ranges or out of Auckland visiting whānau.
I’m passionate about teaching and learning. I believe in all students getting the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment. Although I am still relatively new to Kaurilands, I have settled in quickly thanks to the amazing children and staff. Outside of school I love to cook.
This is my fourth year teaching at Kaurilands. I love my job and I am lucky to be working alongside such supportive, passion and collaborative people. I believe that children learn best when they feel happy and safe in their environment.
I like doing DIY projects and reading Harry Potter.
I am passionate about teaching Juniors and making sure the transition from early childhood is as smooth as can be for children and whanau. My 4 children attended this great school so I was involved as a parent before I started working here. I love reading, walking and being at the beach.
Hi, I'm Heather.
As a past pupil with a wide family history at Kaurilands, I love being able to work here. I enjoy the fun, family feel of this school where laughter and humour are encouraged. Outside of work I love fishing and crocheting.
I have been teaching at Kaurilands Primary since 2012. I have experience teaching Intermediate children. ESOL and Reading Recovery. This year I am doing my Masters in Education focusing on dyslexia. I may not be in a classroom but you will still see me around.
I love working in the school office, our staff are a fun, crazy bunch - including the Principal! Both my husband and boys attended Kaurilands which has always been a great community minded school worthy of its’ well known reputation for being warm and welcoming. I like crocheting and travelling.
I have been teaching over 30 years and still love every day of my job. Kaurilands is certainly the most outstanding and inspiring school I have worked at. Teaching is simply the best. Out of school my passions are gardening, reading and spending time with whānau and friends.
I am a beginning teacher in my second year of teaching. I have a degree in early childhood education and a graduate diploma in primary school teaching.
I want my students to feel like our classroom is their second family- a place where we all laugh, play, have fun, and learn together!
I am a long-serving staff member. I teach Year 3 and enjoy being a member of the Year 3 team. I'm the leader of the Environment Curriculum team. I love both my roles at Kaurilands. My two passions are teaching our tamariki and looking after the environment for future generations.
I have had the privilege of being the Principal of Kaurilands for 7 years. We have the most hardworking, caring and innovative staff I have ever worked with. We aim to provide the best learning opportunities for our children. Our relationships with you and your children are our most valued priority.
Talofa, I'm Jo and I have the privilege of teaching in Room 19 on Fridays and relieving around the school. I have three children, two who are here at Kaurilands and one preschooler. I absolutely love Kaurilands, both as a teacher and a parent. I feel very blessed to be part of such a great school.
A Year 1 classroom is like no other, very busy and loud and fun! Year 1 is such a special time for children and families. I believe play is very important for children in year 1. My own two children attend Kaurilands School. At the weekend I love spending time with my family at the beach .
I have been associated with Kaurilands School for 36 years. I love working at Kaurilands School and have a wonderful supportive group of colleagues who have always been there in times of need. I love travelling, spending time with my family. I am passionate about many sports and still play tennis.
I am proud to work at such a caring and welcoming kura. I believe that we are all teachers as well as learners and I love finding out about the passions and interests of akonga. One of the most exciting things about education is the process of finding innovative ways to engage and inspire.
I’m Judith Menzies. I have the best job in the world. Working with children and with children’s literature. Nothing could be better. I feel privileged to carry on the Menzies link with Kaurilands School that began on the first day the school opened and has continued through the decades.
I have been a part of the Year 1 team at Kaurilands since 2009. Both my children attend our kura. I love teaching in the juniors, we have a supportive team and lots of fun. When I’m not teaching, I’m chilling with my whānau and indulging my love of photography, art and design.
Karen is a teacher aide and also responsible for much of the beautifully displayed artwork around our school. In her own time she lovingly and skillfully frames and displays the creative products of our ākonga.
I have been working at Kaurilands for 15 years and I still look forward to coming to work each day. We have a special environment at Kaurilands and I am proud to be a member of this community. I am an avid reader, I like walking and love travelling.
I have been teaching for the past 10 years in a variety of schools. I design learning to ensure it is social, engaging and caters for individual learning needs. I continually explore practices to ensure success for learners. I also love relaxing at our bach with my beautiful whānau.
Kia ora te whānau, I have been part of the fabulous Kaurilands kura for 4 years. My two tamariki also attend our kura. I love being a part of our student’s school journey and like them I am always keen to know more!I Outside of school I am passionate about spending time with my whānau!
I have been teaching at Kaurilands for over 7 years. I really enjoy working in our Innovative Learning Environment because of the teachers and children that I work with. I am always amazed by how the tamariki lead their learning everyday. I enjoy reading, cooking and holidays with my family.
I have been a teacher for 21 years and joined the Kaurilands team 2 years ago. I love teaching Juniors and feel blessed to work with such a supportive staff and community. My children attend this amazing school. I love spending time with my family and friends and listening to music.
I have been part of Kaurilands for the last 19 years. As parent help, a teacher in the Senior school, and now part time with the Juniors. If I’m not at Kaurilands I’m working at Auckland Libraries, so if you see me at one be sure to say hi!
I teach in Rōpū Toru with Josh. I love working with such a collaborative team who are all just as passionate about innovative learning practice as I am. I am also driven by creating meaningful learning experiences in the performing arts for our tamariki here at Kaurilands.
I have been at Kaurilands for 12 years, flittering between Years 1, 2 and 3. Juniors are my cup of tea. There's never a dull moment in my job. I love children's honesty, excitement and willingness to learn. In my class, I value being creative through art, music and imagination.
As well as my classroom responsibilities I also take the curriculum enrichment group for children with dyslexia. I have two children, one here at Kaurilands in Year 5 and one in Year 7 at Glen Eden Intermediate. As a family we enjoy sailing, skiing and walking our two border collies.
Hi I’m Luanna and I work with Gillian in the office. We handle the financial side of the office and you will find us behind the little glass divider. My two girls both attend Kaurilands School. As a family we are all active members of the United North Piha Surf Lifesaving club.
I started parent helping in my son's class and eventually decided to study and completed a Certificate in Teacher Aiding. I love working at Kaurilands School. I am a big kid at heart so it really makes my day doing what I do supporting the children I work with.
I'm privileged to be on the staff at Kaurilands School. I am a member of the awesome Year 3 team, the Co-Leader of Literacy and a Mentor Teacher. I love teaching and working with children. Outside of school, I like to spend time in nature, holiday in Matakana, and take the dog on bushwalks.
Peta has been part of our staff here at Kaurilands for many years, starting when her own son was a student 25 years ago. Peta keeps our art resources well stocked and organised, helps students with their reading and looks after our gardens.
It’s my privilege to be the digital learning specialist at Kaurilands, a place I’ve been also been part of as a student and a teacher. My role means I get to help teachers, kids and families use digital technology to enhance their lives and learning. Every day brings a new challenge and I LOVE it.
Kaurilands is an amazing school to work at. The supportive staff and community make it truly unique. I love to provide hands-on learning experiences which foster curiosity and encourage children to develop creative thinking skills. I am passionate about integrating the arts into my teaching.
I have been teaching for 9 years and joined the Kaurilands whānau part way through last year. I believe it is vital to have passion, a sense of humour and have fun. In my spare time I enjoy venturing out to the west coast beaches and spending time with family.
Sandra takes care of our school, night and day. We have her to thanks for the upkeep of our beautiful buildings and grounds. You'll often find Sandra with a wheelbarrow or buried up to her elbows in a garden.
Sarah looks after all our injured students and helps prepare medical kits for trips. She also works one on one with some students on their learning. Sarah's two children were once students at Kaurilands too.
My involvement with Kaurilands began 5 years ago and I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of such a dedicated team of professionals. This year I am providing beginning teacher, curriculum and team leader release and get to work within every different year level of the school.
Hi I'm Sarah, a classroom teacher in Room 14. I enjoy working at Kaurilands because we have such a supportive community and school. I believe in creating positive relationships with every child I meet to help them grow. In my spare time I enjoy playing squash and taking my dog for runs.
I love teaching at Kaurilands. It's an innovative, supportive and extremely beautiful school that feels like home. My teaching philosophy is centered in 21st C pedagogy and providing authentic learning opportunities. I am a league supporter and I love all things Pasifika and Te Reo Māori.
I began my journey here last year as a member of the amazing Year 4 team. I have quickly found a home here amongst our inspiring community. I love to encourage children’s curiosity about the world around us and provide meaningful learning opportunities for them to connect with their wonderings.
I feel privileged to be part of such a supportive community of passionate teachers. I have had Reading Recovery training and love teaching maths. I am passionate about children’s learning and am continually amazed by how 5 and 6 year olds learn! I love spending time with my family and travelling.
I have two kids that have come through Kaurilands and loved it. My passion is to connect with our tamariki that need a little extra support in their learning journey so they can blossom to their full potential. I love having fun, lots of laughs with hugs on call.
A talented artist with a great sense of humour, Tracey co-teaches with Kim in Room 10 on a Friday. Tracey has been part of our kura for many years. You will find her talented artwork around our school. Many items of children's work has been carefully shepherded by Tracey's gentle teaching.
My name is Tracy and I have had a long, happy and exciting association with Kaurilands School. I have 2 children who have also attended here and absolutely loved it. In my spare time I love to read or go to the gym. I love working with children and thoroughly enjoy coming to work each day.
I am passionate about music, singing and the performing arts. I love to use music exploration, to give students a basic knowledge and understanding of the musical elements, musicianship as well as weaving in some drama, dance,art and literacy. I also lead the senior choir.
My name is Violet and as a new teacher to Kaurilands School, I look forward to helping your tamariki grow in their learning. My Cook Island/Welsh culture has taught me to celebrate and embrace all cultures of Aotearoa. I have a special interest in singing, crafts & outdoor education.