Our Teachers

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JUNIOR SYNDICATE

Catering for the years 0 - 2
Age - 5 - 6

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MIDDLE SYNDICATE

Catering for years 3-4
Age - 6-8

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SENIOR SYNDICATE

Catering for years - 5-6
Age - 9-10

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

DON MCLEAN

PRINCIPAL

Areas of Responsibility:
Leadership and management throughout the school
Rugby
Profile: Tena Koutou. I love being Principal at Hampden Street School. We have wonderful students and a fantastic team of dedicated teachers. I have worked in education for nearly 25 years and I find working with children is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do.

I live in Wakefield and am married to Katrina (a Nelson girl) and have four beautiful children – Maggie, Lily, Cameron and Tommy. We live on a small lifestyle block and enjoy our country living, with our 5 cows, 5 chooks and a very spoilt cat. In my free time when I’m not with the family I coach rugby, ski, and enjoy the outdoors.

DIANE WEBB

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

Areas of Responsibility:
Leadership throughout the school
Profile: I aspire to be an educator who instills a love of learning. I am passionate about education and believe in giving students opportunities to take risks in their learning in a creative environment.

I am a keen sportswoman who relishes in the opportunity to represent the region and New Zealand in hockey. I also have a teenage daughter who too represents the region in netball and touch rugby. Our family enjoys all sporting activities but especially watching the All Blacks.

DEAN FRANCOIS

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

Areas of Responsibility:
Assessment and Data and Room 18 Teacher
Profile: I have taught at Hampden Street for over a decade now – just less than Mrs Barris but longer than Mr McLean! My two children Harry and Maisie are now keen students of Wakefield School and keep us busy with their various extra curricula activities.

I love to spend any spare time I have following my favourite sporting teams – Wanderers, the Highlanders, the Makos, Black Caps and of course the All Blacks.

LORA BAILEY

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

Areas of Responsibility:
Pedagogy and Room 5 Teacher
Profile: I’m from Oregon, USA originally but have been living in New Zealand for nine years.

My hobbies include reading, gardening, crochet, playing cards and going on the occasional tramp. I love spending time on the beach or in the bush with my dog Sid.

SUPPORT STAFF

MICHELLE NICHOLSON

OFFICE MANAGER

SALI MATTHEWS

OFFICE ASSISTANT

TEACHING STAFF

SIMON ASHBY

ROOM 1

Areas of Responsibility: Envirogroup and ICT Staff Training
Profile: I love teaching children to think for themselves and to push them to be creative and reflective in their learning journey. I am interested in how technology can help accelerate learning.

I am passionate about gardening in schools, the arts, music and encouraging a love of writing and reading.

TOM MARSTON

ROOM 6

Areas of Responsibility: Sports and Student Leaders

Profile: Kia Ora. I was new to Nelson in 2016 having previously taught in my hometown of Leeds, England for six years, and two years spent working in the USA.

I am passionate about my job, and love to see children being creative and adventurous with their ideas and putting them into practice.

In my spare time I love exploring the outdoors, swimming, surfing, snowsports, and am an enthusiastic footballer. I also enjoy reading, watching movies, coaching and meeting new people.

DENISE WHITE

ROOM 11

Areas of Responsibility:
Co-ordinator of the Cool Schools Mediation Programme.
Profile: My teaching philosophy is that my children will be equipped with the key competencies that will enable them to learn and succeed in this day and age. I am originally from England where I taught for a number of years before emigrating to New Zealand in 1995. I love the outdoor New Zealand lifestyle and enjoy fishing, walking, biking and skiing.

GARETH BRETON

ROOM 14

Profile: Kia ora!  I am another Auckland refugee, although my wife grew up in these here parts. My family consists of two young sons (Zander aged 6 and Luca 4) and a very supportive wife called Andrea. In what little spare time I have, I love to kitesurf, beachcomb, read, watch movies and build lego creations with my sons.

A few years ago I decided to give up the corporate world for the classroom and I’ve never looked back. I am now in the business of helping children realise their learning potential. I am looking forward to the learning journey ahead – bring it on!

JOSH SHELLEY

ROOM 19

Profile: Kia ora. This is my second year in Nelson after teaching in Christchurch for the previous 4 years. I’m originally from England, but have been in NZ for a long time and it is definitely home! Outside of school I am married to Karen and enjoy playing sport (especially soccer), reading and watching movies.

At school, I love being creative with my classes and encouraging my students to try new things and take risks. I especially enjoy science and having fun with experiments.

HAZEL DEE

ROOM 2

Kia ora te Whānau,

Profile: It is my strong belief that we as teachers are also learners. It is my absolute honor to be able to learn alongside Hampden Street School’s students and staff to ignite a life-long love of learning. Building and maintaining strong relationships sits at the core of everything that I do and I look forward to becoming an active part of the HSS community.

I’m brand new to the beautiful Whakatu (Nelson) but am fortunate to hail from the similarly beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, so how perfect is that?!

DREW MATHESON

ROOM 7

Areas of Responsibility: Numeracy and Choir
Profile: I am very excited to be teaching in Room 7 this year. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the HSS team.

I am especially interested in teaching maths and sharing my passion for making music. I strive to help our junior students develop their confidence as successful lifelong learners

KIM ANDERSON

ROOM 12

Areas of Responsibility:
Junior Syndicate Leader
Volleyball and Jump Jam
Profile: My passion is definitely teaching the New Entrant children. I believe that my role as a teacher is to provide a positive and safe environment and equip the children with the essential skills that enable them to learn and reach their personal best. My other passions are definitely my family, reading and sport. Coaching the children at Hampden Street is a real buzz as you see the enthusiasm and skill level of the children improves.

MANDY CAIN-TOWNLEY

ROOM 15

Areas of Responsibility: Middle Syndicate Leader. Te Kakano team member.
Profile: I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Hampden Street teaching team. I love the culture of the school and have a passion for children to succeed as lifelong learners. Family is important to me. I am married to Dominic and have 2 children, Mia and Bella who both attend Hampden Street School. I love to read, watch sport (rubgy, athletics, and car racing), and I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends. I look forward to being a part of your child’s future.

Piki ake ki nga Whetu “Reach for the Stars”

HEATHER DAVIDSON

ROOM 20

Profile: I have a strong belief in creating independent children who will learn to grow and learn in an environment that is loving, creative, enthusiastic and passionate. Each child is unique and special and should have the opportunity to grow and blossom. I’ve had many years teaching experience in South Africa and here in New Zealand teaching pre schoolers.

I live with my husband Graeme and have two children, Jessica and Nick. We are a very sporty family who love the outdoors too.

Having had both my children shine and grow at Hampden Street School I am excited to be part of your child’s learning journey.

TARNIA PILCHER

ROOM 3

Areas of Responsibility: SENCO and Literacy

Profile: Kia Ora, I am passionate about motivating students to be the best they can be. I love teaching and witnessing children gain more confidence in their learning as the year goes by. Hampden Street School is an exciting school to be at.  There are loads of opportunities for the children and staff.  I have high work expectations and encourage students to be productive and make the most of their time here.

MIKE SPENCE

ROOM 9

Profile: As a beginning teacher I am over joyed to have the opportunity to teach at Hampden Street School. I truly believe the community of students, staff and parents that have fostered this school’s beliefs and values are second to none. I am excited about sharing my passion for teaching and learning with this community, and look forward to furthering myself as a teacher alongside my students and colleagues.

JADE ROYDS

Room 13

Profile: Every day I consider myself to be incredibly privileged to be part of a child’s learning journey where I get to see children’s eyes light up when they have what can be called a ‘eureka’ moment. I am passionate about nurturing social and emotional skills that support children in becoming confident life long learners in the 21st century in partnership with whanau.

At home I live with my husband, our children Hunter and Maggie and our three Burmese cats. I love being able to lose myself in a good novel, I enjoy exploring new places, walking and having coffee dates with my friends and family.

SARAH DROZDOWSKI-MANT

ROOM 16

Profile: Kai ora, I am very excited to be teaching at Hampden Street School. It is a fantastic opportunity to help children get enthusiastic about their learning and the exciting journey ahead.

Both of my own children attend Hampden Street School and I have been involved as a parent and a teacher aide for four years. I am honored to be fully involved in a caring and innovative school and looking forward to the journey ahead.

MIKE MUNSLOW

READING RECOVERY

Areas of Responsibility: Maths curriculum Team
Environmental Curriculum Team
Profile: I just love teaching in the Junior school but have taught just about every age group from year one to eight. I am especially interested in teaching maths, science technology and reading. I’m married to Sharyn and have three sons William Samuel and James.

SCOTT MACKENZIE

ROOM 4

Areas of Responsibility:
Senior Syndicate including assisting with all events
Performing Arts
Profile: I have a range of interests including music, football, classic cars…EJ, EH Holden’s and when possible, lying on the couch watching Time Team. I have had the odd weep to Secret Millionaire as well! I enjoy the challenge of teaching. It is an incredibly demanding role but seeing children develop adaptive skills and learning processes which they can use throughout their lives is pretty exciting and cool.

MICHELLE RICHARDSON

ROOM 10

Profile: Tēnā koutou. This is my second year at Hampden Street School.  I am passionate about working with young people and love seeing pupils shine. I am dedicated to motivating pupils and helping them reach their full potential. I enjoy all the elements of primary education but throughly enjoy teaching mathematics and P.E.

I am from Durham, England and moved to Nelson two and a half years ago with my husband Gareth; we love everything that Nelson has to offer. In my spare time I enjoy running, biking along the Great Taste Trail and being outdoors.

BELINDA PETERSON

Room 13

Profile: My teaching career has taken me from my home town of Brisbane to London and on to sunny Nelson, teaching all ages from 4 – 18.

I am lucky to have been a part of the HSS team for over a decade and love the supportive and creative environment.  It is a joy to watch children develop their curiousity and passion for learning.

I live with my husband and two children and we enjoy taking advantage of the wonderful lifestyle Nelson has to offer.  Reading and travel are my favourite things in life.

SAVANNA ADAMS

ROOM 17

Profile: I got my first teaching job at Hampden Street School and taught here for 3 and a half years before leaving to travel overseas for two years. I have spent the last two years living and nannying in London. In those two years I was also lucky enough to travel around most of Europe & the UK. I have had so many amazing experiences and have learnt so much along the way. I thoroughly missed teaching throughout my two years in London and am very excited to be back at Hampden Street School and to get back into teaching again.

I enjoy being active and play both indoor & outdoor netball. I spend a lot of time down the Marlborough Sounds at my family bach fishing & relaxing. I love to travel, explore and experience new adventures.