Key Personnel

Management and Support Staff:


Alwyn Poole: BBS, MEd (Hons), Dip Tchg, PG Dip Sport Mgt - Principal and Academic ManagerAlwyn

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 Smith3      

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.



Dianne Wood: Office Manager                                                                                                                                                          

Dianne is an accomplished administrative professional with more than 20 years of experience providing a high level of support and expertise in customer focussed organisations. She has worked for Auckland University and various health organisations. Dianne loves working with people and brings many skills to the Office Manager postion. 

Teaching Staff:         


Rebecca Archer: MTchgLn (Secondary), BDVA(Interior) - Technology Teacher                                                                       Archer Rebecca

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.



Bruce Knox: D. Litt; ATEMF; Post Grad Dip (Ed Mang) Dunedin College of Education; BSc, BA (Double Education), BA (Theology) - International Manager/VNA TeacherKnox 2016

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                                                                            Trimble Rachel2                                                                                                                                                                                

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.