Te Kura Tuatahi o Te Koau Grant's Braes School Staff

Our staff are our school’s most valuable resource. It is the quality of our staff and the high expectations they place upon themselves that are the most important attributes in ensuring that high quality teaching and learning takes place. At Te Kura Tuatahi o Te Koau Grant’s Braes School we have dedicated, well-qualified and trained staff who operate as a team and have:

  • A genuine sense of caring and empathy for young people
  • High expectations of themselves and our students
  • The skills to enable students to achieve to the best of their abilities
  • A passion for their curriculum area
  • The ability to foster a love of learning in our students
  • A strong sense of community
  • Diverse skills, knowledge, and life-experiences
  • A commitment to developing a strong set of values in our students

Our Staff

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Gareth Taylor


Sara Carr

Deputy Principal, Kā Manu Team Leader, Year 4-6 Teacher - Pūkeko

Desiree Wispinski

Deputy Principal, Te Kahere Team Leader, Year 1-2 Teacher - Rātā
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Susan Tait

Senior Teacher, Kōhaka Team Leader, Year 0 - 1 Teacher - Kōhaka Nest

Jen Stevenson

Year 0-1 Teacher - Kōhaka Nest

Belinda Collins

Year 2 Teacher - Rātā - 0.6 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
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Whaea Erin Scott

Year 2 Teacher - Kōwhai

Kate Pinnock

Year 3 Teacher - Mataī
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Rebecca McKeever

Year 3 Teacher - Mānuka

Adam Wood

Year 4 - 5 Teacher - Pūkeko
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Rebecca Barrow

Year 4 - 5 Teacher - Kākā

Whaea Logann Russell

Year 5 - 6 Teacher - Kororā
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Whaea Anni Fries

Year 5 - 6 Teacher - Tūī

Katie Wenborn

Release Teacher - Kororā (Wednesday), Kākā - (Friday)
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Scott White


Gaylene O'Brien

Office Administrator
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Niki van Plateringen

Learning Assistant/Office Administrator

Denise Laney

Learning Assistant
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Red Williams

Learning Assistant, 0.2 Specialist Teacher

Tyne Broad

Learning Assistant

Chloe Wood

Learning Assistant
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Iain Cook-Bonney

0.1 ICT Support and Teacher

Sue Waldron

Learning Support Teacher - Sara Cohen School