Senior Leadership Team
Kia ora koutou. I have been principal at NPS since 2017 and love the atmosphere around the place. I love working with fellow teachers who willingly do the mahi to make learning as much fun, relevant and engaging as possible. The children at NPS have some great resources available to them and we are always looking at ways to improve learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. The support of the board and community is second to none and really helps make change when needed at NPS.
After a 21 year career in a variety of roles with NZ Police, I flipped mine and my families lives on its head and completed my teaching degree (and later post graduate study) and began down a whole new career path. I began teaching in Devonport where I have lived for over 30 years. While loving my Police time, I have never looked back and am very proud to be the principal of such a cool school.
I have a twin brother and we are very close. I have been married to Anna for over 38 years and have two adult children, a dog and a cat! As a family we all love skiing. I am crazy about motorbikes and have ridden one ever since I was a teenager. I try to ride to work as much as possible and do as many roadies as I can with riding buddies.
Jo is passionate about how we live and learn here at NPS. She is excited about creating learners who are successful in and out of school and motivated by the connections we have in our Northcote Community of Learners to contribute to our wider Northcote whanau. She enjoys watching our students go from good to great in the six years they have with us and growing leadership capacity in students and staff. She is also very fond of her fur friends and spending time outside of school connecting with her whanau and enjoy life at the gym and entertaining with her friends.
Heather is passionate about family and friends, the outdoors, sports and life itself. She is also passionate about teaching and loves to see our NPS children believing in themselves, thriving in their learning and having a go at anything that they develop an interest in. Having a long standing relationship with this school , she loves to catch up with past pupils and find out what they are doing with their lives.
Heather loves to head to the beach in the weekends, spend time with family and enjoying the sunshine.
Teaching Staff – Tui Team
Anne is passionate about ensuring that children have successful transitions from preschool to school. In her spare time Anne enjoys both the competitive and social aspects of playing tennis. She would like to have the time to get back into sewing and gardening.
Greetings, My name is Tina Walsh and I am proudly a Tui Teacher at Northcote. My family of three has kept me busy for a number of years with sport and their daily lives. Now that they are facing adulthood, I have my weekends to read, create, collect and plan adventures. Adventures are usually either in the kitchen exploring new recipes, reading about France and Italy and restoring buildings and having time to fish and explore the coastline from our family fishing boat.
When time allows I love to fossick and frequent thrift and Second hand stores. I’m passionate about reading quality books to children and often rescue a fair few from these stores. I love the curiosity and thrill Tui kids bring as YO students to school and take pride in seeing them go on to other years of learning at NPS. Wondering and noticing inform my decisions in life and teaching.
Teaching Staff – Totara Team
Jodie, loves cooking and science and integrating this passion into inquiry in the classroom. She is particularly interested in student voice and its effect on achievement. In her spare time Jodie enjoys hanging out with family and friends and travelling around outside of Auckland.
Angela loves children, learning new things, and taking the occasional risk. She enjoys family time, running, travel, food and friends. Being a creative type Angela encourages her class to be independent, think outside the square, have a go and have an opinion.
Jenny loves being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. She is passionate about creating a supportive learning environment for children to encourage each other’s learning.
I have been at Northcote Primary School, in the Totara Team since 2008. I love teaching in the Middle School. During my long teaching career I have had more experience in the Junior School and have taught in schools on the North Shore and in Auckland Central.
As a child I went to several primary schools in the King Country and in the South Waikato. My secondary schools were in Auckland.
In my spare time I love spending time with family and friends at some of my favourite beaches. Muriwai Beach is my all time favourite. There is nothing like sharing a coffee and a pot of chips with a friend at Maori Bay watching the surfers. Thirteen years ago, I decided I wanted to be an artist. I have spent a lot of time learning new skills and I love to paint landscapes, buildings and animals.
Teaching Staff – Kauri Team
Sheriden loves life and has a wonderful family to enjoy it with. She is passionate about teaching and being a lifelong learner. She has a particular interest in Inquiry and encourages her class to design their own learning through Inquiry, using digital technology.
Kia Ora, my name is Robyn Dixon and I have been part of the Northcote Primary community for a long time as I used to attend NPS as a child.
I look back to how life was as a child attending Northcote Primary and marvel at the changes. From the playing fields, and playgrounds, to the class rooms and attitudes, change has happened and all of them have added to the remarkable place, culture and community NPS is so known for.
Over the years, I have moved one street from where I was born and raised and because of this my own children came here, as will my grandson. I am proud to be a part of such a a caring, dedicated staff who want the best for each other and for the students.
Support Staff – Nikau Team
An ex-Zimbabwean, I did my teacher training near Cape Town, South Africa and qualified as a Remedial Teacher well more than three decades ago – which rather gives away my age. I’ve been happily teaching and living in New Zealand since 2005. I taught in East Auckland for 10 years, mostly in a Year 5/6 capacity and also had the opportunity of being the Specialist Music teacher. After completing further research studies, based around a hand-drumming music therapy programme called “Drumbeat”, I realised how much I missed working with students that have Diverse Learning Needs. I decided to return to my previous area of expertise – Learning Support – and subsequently qualified as an RTLB, working in Central Auckland.
When our five adult children moved into their own homes, my husband and I chose to move to the beautiful North Shore, and in 2020 I started in the newly created Learning Support Coordinator role at NPS, as part of the wonderful Nikau team. I love working within a collaborative support team to coordinate a plan that helps remove barriers for students who are experiencing a blip in their learning. My personal goal is for every student to have an equitable opportunity to be the best that they can be, in a nurturing, inclusive classroom context.
Kia ora, I’ve had a long association with NPS when my eldest child started in 2009. Since 2014 I have been a teacher aide at this school. One of the many things that I enjoy here is assisting the teachers by working with students on a one-to-one basis or in groups.
I live in Northcote and do my best to walk to/from school every day. In my spare time I love spending it with my family and friends as well as go on adventures, swimming, reading and gardening.