Staff

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Neil Kefford

Principal

About Me

Kia ora koutou, It’s an absolute privilege to be Principal at Wilson School, working alongside such a passionate and dedicated team. The school prides itself on having a long history of supporting students to achieve their full potential. I joined the Wilson team part way through 2020, I have a background of supporting students with a range of needs and have leadership experience from special schools in New Zealand and the UK. I originally trained as a Primary teacher before moving into Special Education, initially specialising in working with children with Autism within highly structured learning environments. I really value the opportunities that specialist education can provide for our students, linking together teaching and therapy to provide a holistic approach.

Nga mihi nui Neil Kefford

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Rosemary Jenkins

Deputy Principal

About Me

I taught in a variety of educational settings before joining Wilson School. It is here I have found my passion for Special Education. I taught various classes within Wilson School before joining the Senior Leaders Team. I really enjoy working collaboratively to support staff, students and families. When not at school you will find me having family time with my mokopuna or having a relaxing walk on the beach or a bike ride.

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Linda Kneale

Assistant Principal

About Me

My name is Linda Kneale. Born in the UK, I’ve lived mostly on the North Shore, attending Devonport Primary and Takapuna Grammar. My association with the Wilson site began as a high school student, visiting the Wilson Home, then working at the Wilson Centre as a receptionist. I began my teaching career in mainstream schools and since joining Wilson school, have worked across many classes both at Base school and some satellites. I am an Assistant Principal at Base School.

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Kay Gunston

Assistant Principal

About Me

Passionate about creating innovative learning opportunities for every student and supporting teachers and colleagues with their practice. Love being with students in the classroom and having fun. Wife and mum to one teenager and two fur babies. Enjoy fitness, reading and following Formula 1 racing.

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Administration Team

Administration Team

June Morton

Executive Manager

About Me

I have been with Wilson School since May 2001. Seeing the advances technology has brought to our special needs students' ability to communicate over the years has been incredible. Change is the only constant in our lives these days and keeping up with them all is constantly challenging but is what keeps me passionate about my position. I have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren; I love travelling around NZ, reading and crafts when there is time.

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Frank Heath

Caretaker

About Me

Coming Soon

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Teaching Staff

Teaching Staff

Susan Murray

Senior Teacher

About Me

I have been involved in supporting students with special needs to develop competencies and skills that assist them to engage and participate in their individual learning pathway. I am passionate about supporting students to reach their potential and bring over 22 years of experience and a strong belief about working in partnership with families. I am a senior teacher supporting students at Windy Ridge satellite and provide Behaviour support as an across school leader in this area. In my spare time I like to travel, potter in the garden and walk my two little yorkies Lily and Poppy.

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Anjuman Raza

Senior Teacher

About Me

I began my teaching journey in 2004 and have been with Wilson School for the last 11 years teaching in various classes across the school. I endeavor to create a safe and secure learning environment where students can experience success and celebrate their achievements. I continuously seek and use innovative and fun ways to motivate and engage students in their learning. In my spare time I love a good crime novel and to spend time with friends and family.

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Marie Therese-Stevenson

Senior Teacher

About Me

I have been working with young people with special educational needs for over 30 years in a variety of different roles, the last 17 as a special needs teacher. I started my special education career as a play focused educator and enjoy using play as vehicle to interact with students. My teaching philosophy is focused around the following phrase ‘What do I have to do, to be with you’ (student). My practice focuses around how I can engage students in their learning. I live locally with my husband and two daughters who attend local schools. I enjoy cycling, rock climbing and exploring our local neighborhood.

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Kathryn Huish

Teacher

About Me

Encouraging and growing characters and minds for 20 years in education and 6 of those years in specialist teaching. I am the mother of two teen daughters. I love fitness, nature, and family. I am passionate about my own ongoing development and one of my core values is sharing this knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with others in a collaborative environment based on respect and trust.

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Mike Wynne

Teacher

About Me

I am a UK trained special needs teacher and love using my knowledge and skills here in New Zealand. I love my job and enjoy my lifestyle and get the greatest reward from my job that money can't buy.

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Phil Johnson

Teacher

About Me

Originally from the U.K., I have been working in education since 2002. I joined Wilson School in 2018. I am passionate about supporting our learners and enjoy working together with our staff and whanau to provide the best possible outcomes for everyone. Our empathetic approach aims to help students reach a space where they are calm, happy and ready to learn. Outside of school I work a lot on my own well-being and love sharing my learning with our students!

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Alicia Gilchrist

Teacher

About Me

Kia ora, ko Alicia Gilchrist toku ingoa. I began my teaching journey as a volunteer Rehabilitation Assistant for Riding for the Disabled. Helping people achieve their goals became a passion of mine and I went on to complete my BHSc(Psych and Rehab) and GradDip(Primary). The Arts are a strength for me. I love bringing this creativity into the classroom and my teaching."

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Jenni Verity

Teacher

About Me

I have taught in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. I enjoy working at Wilson School alongside our students as they develop into confident and independent adults.

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Kipa Rangiheuea

Kaiwhakaako

About Me

Tena koe. As the Kaiwhakaako I have the opportunity to share my knowledge of Te Reo Maori, Tikanga (customs) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi to support staff at Wilson School. I enjoy working beside staff to introduce simple language and cultural practices that can be used daily. I thoroughly enjoy working with our students at Wilson School and am passionate about promoting inclusive and culturally responsive learning environments.

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Genevieve Nalder

Drama Specialist

About Me

Coming Soon

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Nicola Sander

(Parental Leave)

About Me

Coming Soon

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Robin Taylor-Lyons

Teacher

About Me

Kia ora! My name is Robin Taylor-Lyons. I am a teacher with a wide range of experience. It is an honour and privilege to work alongside such fabulous, talented students. As an educator and life-long learner, I am passionate about teaching. I am especially passionate about every student having access to communication so they can share their choices, ideas, comments, questions, answers. Our students communicate some amazing things! I have a love for Literacy, Art, Science, Cooking Technology and Water Sports.

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Patricia Pascual

Teacher

About Me

Originally from the Philippines, I am blessed to be given the opportunity to share my expertise and experience in teaching children with special needs in this beautiful country of Aotearoa. I have been teaching for seven years now and have taught children with very diverse learning styles and needs. As a special needs teacher, I believe each student must be given an opportunity to reach his/her fullest potential independently. This is the vision that keeps me motivated as an educator.

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Agustin Delle Donne

Teacher

About Me

Kia ora, my name is Coby. I thoroughly enjoy working with our students at Wilson School and am passionate about promoting inclusive and culturally responsive learning environments. I like to promote education through outdoor activities and enjoy teaching and learning collaboratively with other educators within special education.

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Kirsten Kirkby

Teacher

About Me

Since joining Wilson School in 2014 I have enjoyed working across the school and satellite classrooms as a teacher, Riding for Disabled liaison, and behaviour support teacher. My passion lies in working towards the development of our students' abilities and sense of self as they prepare to engage in communities beyond school. I spend most weekends with my daughter but can usually be found with a paintbrush, book, or sword in hand as I enjoy creative and adventurous hobbies.

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Vanessa Shoobert

Teacher

About Me

Highly motivated, passionate teacher with over 28 years’ experience within the health and fitness industry and 6 years teaching experience in specialised areas of Hauora, PE and special needs. I enjoy creating positive relationships and empowering lifelong learners. I love to listen to my student’s needs, create personalised plans and implement exciting programmes students enjoy come to every day.

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Greg Woodcock

Teacher

About Me

After studying Philosophy and Theology for a number of years, I moved into primary teaching and later teaching students at special needs at Wilson School. I get a real kick out of helping my students grow in their learning and independence, and mature in their emotional and social development. I am a strong believer in the importance of physical activity and exercise for student mental and emotional growth.

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Ria du Plessis

Teacher

About Me

I am a teacher at Windy Ridge satellite class. I found my way into special education teaching in 2001 after a teaching career in South Africa in mainstream school since 1980. I love being around young students and helping them to become the best they can be. When not at school, I love working in the garden, swimming and lose myself sitting at the beach.

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Judy Woodcock

Teacher

About Me

I have been a part-time teacher at Wilson School for many years. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, attending church meetings, visiting beaches, walking, kayaking, camping, line dancing and knitting. It a privilege to spend time with children, as each child is unique and has something special to offer others. Setting up learning programmes to teach, support and guide a child to learn, discover their world and to engage in their community is satisfying.

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Bridie Connew

Teacher

About Me

Kia Ora, my name is Bridie Connew. I have a child-centred approach to education. My belief is that a healthy relationship between student, teacher, and whanau is an essential foundation to learning and teaching. My classroom is a safe, fun, and nurturing environment where Tikanga and Te Ao Maori are valued and upheld. Each student is on their own journey which I am privileged to be a part of.

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Craig Field

Teacher

About Me

I come from small town rural Taranaki where I grew up on a dairy farm just north of Manaia and come from a large Family. I have been teaching for ten years now and thoroughly enjoy my work. I feel very fortunate to work at Wilson as it has allowed me to learn from my experienced and talented colleagues and improve my practice.

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Leizl Mowbray

Teacher

About Me

I started teaching in 2003 and have been in Special Education since 2007. I am passionate about helping each student to see and achieve their potential, equipping them with skills to enjoy life at school and life after school. I believe there is not time or age limit on learning. Teaching brings me great joy as together with the students we discover their skills and knowledge, seeing them grow as individuals.

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Naomi George

Teacher

About Me

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Outreach Team

Outreach Team

Joanne Rennie

Outreach Leader

About Me

My role is to lead the Specialist Teacher Outreach Service that operates within the mainstream setting. I also collaborate with school teams of enrolled students, to support their aspirations by providing guidance around specific strategies and approaches. I value the opportunity to work in partnership with families/ whanau, Ministry of Education and school teams to enhance citizenship and learning outcomes. I appreciate the opportunity to share years of special education pedagogy and practice within the mainstream context.

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Rebecca Sadler

Outreach Teacher

About Me

I am a Specialist teacher working within the Outreach Service at Wilson School. I bring years of experience from the mainstream setting alongside special education practice and perspectives. The role enables me to work in partnership with enrolled schools, working collaboratively with the team including supporting agencies to develop learning pathways that support student achievement. I value the opportunity to provide support and guidance to assist in raising engagement, learning and citizenship opportunities for students in mainstream environments.

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Victoria Carruth

Outreach Teacher

About Me

I have been involved with Wilson School since 2013 working with students and staff teams across the school’s satellite classes. My main role is as a Specialist Outreach Teacher, providing guidance and support to school teams and the student’s family/whanau to enhance teaching and learning opportunities. I believe in a collaborative and consultive approach to develop agreed team understanding of ways to support learning outcomes for all students, whether in a satellite class or within the mainstream context.

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Therapists Team

Therapists Team

Adrian McPherson

Occupational Therapist

About Me

Occupational therapist with 20 years’ experience working in different children’s services around Auckland. Worked at Wilson School since 2016. I enjoy post-graduate study, looking at ways to integrate good research to everyday practice. Out of school, I like cycling, tramping, any activity on or in water, and time with my family.

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Angela Robinson

Occupational Therapist

About Me

Working with children motivates me. My background in teaching compliments my OT role at Wilson School. I’ve worked as an Occupational Therapist across the Education and Mental health sectors. My experience working in mental health highlighted the importance of sensory/emotional regulation. I’m committed to supporting students with unique needs to live their best life. I’m passionate about my career. It coincides with my holistic and integrative worldview. I also enjoy reading, painting, sports and being outdoors with family and friends.

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Susie Mole

Speech Language Therapist

About Me

I’m from the UK but have lived on the North Shore for the past 20 years. I love the easy access to so many beaches and regional parks for kayaking and walking (especially in the rain!) I have been a Speech-Language Therapist for 30 years and have worked at Wilson School for the past 20. I love working with our students and have learned so much in my time here. After 20 years I still have so much to learn!

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Emily Botes

Speech Language Therapist

About Me

I am a speech and language therapist working across classrooms at base school and satellite schools. I have a passion for collaborating with whānau, teachers and professionals to create positive learning environments for students. Connecting with people is one of my core values and I strive to do this with all the people I work alongside. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors and travelling with friends and family.

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Dermot Comar

Physiotherapist

About Me

I have worked as a physiotherapist for 15 years and can honestly say this is my most challenging but rewarding role to date. Helping our students with physical disabilities move from a restricted environment to a more inclusive lifestyle is my main motivation. It amazes me what our students can achieve physically when given the right equipment, motivation, and environment. Out of school, I enjoy sailing, playing football and spending time with my wife and three kids.

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Pippa Bowden

Physiotherapist

About Me

I am a Physiotherapist and a mom of two teenage girls. I love spending time with my family outdoors and at beaches. I also enjoy running and playing squash. I have worked as a Physiotherapist in South Africa in a variety of settings and in New Zealand with children in the community. I love working in a school environment, helping promote student’s physical wellbeing and development to enable them to participate, explore and experience the school curriculum and activities.

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