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.
Sarah Tahere: Office Manager
Sarah has worked in the Education and Social Sector for many years, focusing primarily on Pastoral care and Student acheivement. Sarah and her husband Mark who teaches at South Auckland Middle school have been a pivotal part of pioneering some of the most ambitous Educational projects in recent years and Sarah loves the fulfilment of seeing young people recognise their potential. Sarah has spent the past 2 years working as an Accommodation and Pastoral care coordinator at a prominant Auckland University and looks forward to investing her time and skills into supporting the Mt Hobson Middle School staff and families to ensure our students acheive with outstanding results.
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.
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.
Yanina Luppino: BA - English and Social Studies Teacher
Yanina is a enthusiastic and creative overseas teacher. Born and raised in Argentina she has more than thirteen years of experience in teaching English to Secondary School students. She specializes in English Literature and creative writing and also teaches Spanish as a Foreign Language.
Erica Poole: BA - English
Erica completed a Bachelor of Education in 2013 & began working for the VET in 2014. Last year, she took a year off to study visual art and develop her own artistic practice. She will be teaching year 7 & 8 English, Social Studies and Visual Art. She wants to inspire students to want to learn, challenge their thinking and build a desire for knowledge. Erica loves working with young people and wants students to know how valued and important they truly are and to know they are enough.