Our Staff

Carron Ye

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 4 & Garden To Table / Kaitiaki Coordinator
Email: carron.ye@newton.school.nz

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” (Mark Van Doren)  With my love for art, sports, gardening and mathematics, it gives me great joy as a teacher to be able to assist my students in discovering their own passion or talents.

Cass Johnson

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 3 Auraki, Assistant Principal, Whānau Nohinohi Team Leader, Parent Community Liaison & Maths Curriculum Leader
Email: cassandra.johnson@newton.school.nz

“Poipoia te kākano, kia puāwai. Nurture the seed and it will blossom.”

Jan Trott

Position: Part time Reliever
Email: Jan.Trott@newton.school.nz

 After retiring from full time teaching I have spent time relieving and working part time in different schools.  When we bought a house in the Auckland area I discovered Newton Central School and was fortunate to make this friendly school the only one in which I relieve.  My time is spent between Auckland and Waihi Beach where my husband and I live in our beach house since retiring from the King Country.

Katherine Simpson

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 1 - 2

Kim Hankins

Position: Auraki CRT Release Teacher, TERA Coordinator, Co-coordinator Curriculum Team & Kāhui Ako o Wāitematā Across Schools Leader
Email: kim.hankins@newton.school.nz

At school, I work hard to engage children with the world around them, to get them thinking, questioning and reflecting. Outside of school, travel is what I most love to do.

Lata Laing

Position: Classroom Release Teacher
Email: lata.laing@newton.school.nz

I always value that our parents and families are a child’s first teachers. By the time they come to school, I love it when we see a child continue to grow in confidence as they learn to read, write, do maths and make friendships and develop in other areas.

Lisa Sundgren

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 2
Email: lisa.sundgren@newton.school.nz

What a privilege it is to be working here at Newton Central School after 20 years of working in both Asia and the UK. With well over 20 years teaching experience, my passion has steered towards working with our younger members of the school, supporting both students and parents with school transition and building skills needed in developing the ‘whole’ child during their foundation years in school.  What a wonderful opportunity it is to be part of such a diverse and welcoming school community!

Marie Gallichan

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 1, Kāhui Ako o Wāitematā Within Schools Teacher (Auraki), Library & Resource Room Coordinator
Email: marie.gallichan@newton.school.nz

Marie has an interest in film, music, the arts and increasing her knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori. She welcomes diversity in the classroom and enjoys establishing positive, productive relationships with tamariki and their whānau. 

Nicola Blight

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 0 - 1 & Auraki Lower Junior School Coordinator
Email: nicola.blight@newton.school.nz

I empower tamariki to play, work, learn and grow together.

Nikos Sigalas

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 4 - 5
Email: nikos.sigalas@newton.school.nz

Be alert, question and find out, so that your own initiative may be awakened.

Sarah Hoult

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 5 - 6, Whānau Marama Team Leader, Auraki Curriculum Co-Coordinator & Transport / Travelwise Coordinator

I chose Newton Central as my daughter’s first school and I was inspired by the kaiako here to become a teacher myself. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be back at Newton. When not teaching, I enjoy tramping, paddle boarding and singing. I have been living and working on Waiheke Island for the past 15 years.

Sheila Buchanan

Position: Classroom Release Teacher Auraki
Email: sheila.buchanan@newton.school.nz

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus good character  – that is the goal of true education.”

Matrin Luther King Jnr

Siale Sipley

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 6, Year 6 Coordination & Student Council
Email: siale.sipley@newton.school.nz

Fakaalofa lahi atu and Talofa Lava.  Proud to have been born, bred and raised in Grey Lynn.  I started primer one here in 1974 and finished standard four in 1980.  My own three children were students here from 1996 – 2006.  I began teaching here in 2009 and have been here since.  I love my job some days, but I REALLY love my job most days.  Monu, Monu, Monu Tagaloa.

Ally Kemplen

Position: SENCO Suport, Kaiāwhina Auraki, NZEI Support Staff Site Representative, Student Advocate
Email: ally.kemplen@newton.school.nz

Raiha Thompson

Position: Kaiāwhina Auraki, Te Whānau o Te Uru Karaka o Newton Central Kura,
Email: raiha.thompson@newton.school.nz

Parent of two students who have both gone through Te Uru Karaka. I enjoy working with students who are enthusiastic to learn alongside wonderful, supportive staff.