Management and Support Staff:
Alwyn Poole: BBS, MEd (Hons), Dip Tchg, PG Dip Sport Mgt - Principal and Academic Manager
Alwyn is a highly educated and motivated teacher with a desire to help all children reach their full potential in all areas; academically, socially, physically and emotionally. He has taught at Tauranga Boys College, Hamilton Boys High School and St Cuthbert's College. Throughout his teaching career and in his own study, he has sought the best ways to teach and learn. These methods have been incorporated into the day-to-day structure of Mt Hobson Middle School.
Amanda Smith: Learning Coach
Amanda has over 25 years of teaching experience teaching from Year 1 to Intermediate and tutoring students of all ages. Amanda has a special interest in helping all students meet their true potential, working in both gifted education and special education. Amanda has worked with an Educational Psychologist and through this work and private tutoring has been able to help children fill in gaps in their learning and move forward. Amanda uses Feuerstein (a tool for teaching learning skills) when working with small groups and individuals.
Tamzin Cook: Office Manager
Tamzin has a wealth of experience both in administration and in dealing with children and young adults. Her previous roles included Matron at In-Zone Education Foundation where she provided live in pastoral care and support to 60 teenage boys. She also has four children of her own means she is an expert at ‘multi-tasking’.
Rebecca Archer: MTchgLn (Secondary), BDVA(Interior) - Technology Teacher
After studying for her undergraduate degree in Batchelor of Visual Art and Design (Interior) and Masters in Teaching and Learning (Secondary), Rebecca commenced a teaching roll at Awatapu College before joining the Mt Hobson team for the start of the 2017 academic year. Rebecca believes that learning doesn’t have to be easy to be fun, and that art and technology can be the education that equips students with the tools to becoming forward thinking contributing members of society.
Rachel Fleury: BE, Dip Tchg - English and Social Studies Teacher
Rachel is a very experienced school teacher who has taught a range of age groups at numerous schools in both New Zealand and Asia. She has returned to Auckland this year following a two-year post in Kuala Lumpur where she taught English, Humanities and Music. Rachel believes that all teachers have a responsibility to instill a love of learning in their students and to equip them with the necessary skills to meet life’s challenges with confidence. Rachel is a passionate musician and plays the piano, flute and cello.
Sehan Jayetileke: BA, Dip Tchg - English and Social Studies Teacher
Sehan believes that all students have the ability to reach their full potential and succeed. His background in drama influences his ability to teach English and Social Studies to help students grow in confidence.
Bruce Knox: D. Litt; ATEMF; Post Grad Dip (Ed Mang) Dunedin College of Education; BSc, BA (Double Education), BA (Theology) - International Manager/VNA Teacher
Bruce has more than 20 years' experience in education in a variety of roles, primarily in the Area/International school network but always teaching Maths regardless of the position held. This includes St Andrews College, Catlins Area School, Niue, Taipa Area School, The International School of Lae and John McGlashan College. For 10 years he worked extensively in Indonesia, developing education quality in early childhood education, K-13 schools, vocational education teaching and teacher training. He has also worked as an independent consultant, across all New Zealand education sectors.
Rachel O'Connor: BE, Dip Tchg - Mathematics and Science Teacher
Rachel understands that good learning begins by nurturing the child and developing the child’s appreciation of their studies. Rachel studied engineering at Auckland University and is a mother of five. She recently re-trained as a teacher and has spent the last two years teaching at Point England School.