Vanessa – Vanessa Eagle - BEd/ Dip Ed. Studies
Kia Ora I’m Vanessa and I have the pleasure of teaching a year 1 class in room 3. I’m thrilled to be a part of the RSS staff for 2014, working alongside such a dedicated and talented team. My passion lies in teaching literacy, numeracy, ICT and installing a love of life-long learning in my students. Please feel free to pop in and visit us or take a look at our learning adventure on our bloghttp://room3busybees.blogspot.
Kerri Satherley – B.Ed. Tchg.
Hi, I’m Kerri and I teach a year 4 class in Room 9. I have enjoyed my time at Russell Street School, which has been such a wonderful place to start my teaching career. RSS is a community where all work together, supporting and encouraging each other to learn, grow and become better citizens in our community. I have a passion for people and other cultures. I love to see children become more aware of those around them, both near and far. I love working in such a great environment and am excited about all we are going to learn together this year. Feel free to come and take a look at the learning happening in our class and take a look on our class blog.
Ebony Ngatai – B.Ed. Tchg.
Kia Ora, my name is Ebony and I have loved being apart of the Russell Street community for a number of years. It has been really rewarding to be a part of the senior team and in particular supporting some of our older students in a digital environment. I am passionate about encouraging learners to have a strong sense of self with the confidence and tools to take ownership of their learning. Outside of the classroom I have the pleasure of working alongside a great team as Manager of sports for the school.
James Rea – B.Ed, Dip. Teaching.
Kia ora, it is a great privilege to be part of the Russell Street leadership environment and lead the senior team. Part of my role includes administration and management, eLearning director, team leadership, pastural care and working with groups of students on special projects. I enjoy the responsibilities and opportunities to be creative, innovative and forward thinking that come with the Deputy Principal role in a successful, student focused school.
I am always thrilled by the students ability to interact and achieve at high levels in all sporting, cultural and academic endeavors. The RSS staff are always seeking to engage and develop student capability with student focused, innovative and robust learning programs. What a superb environment to be part of.
Chris Symon -details coming
Kia ora, it is great to be part of the Russell Street School whanau again for 2014, after already having a positive connection with the school previously. I am teaching a Year 2/3 group of students and look forward to adding further value to their learning. I look forward to meeting with you all.
Rosie Parker – B.Tchg/Lng
Kia ora, my name is Rosie, I have loved teaching at Russell Street School for a number of years. I am passionate about Te Reo Maori me ona tikanga, Kapa Haka, art, being creative, digital learning and instilling self-belief in the akonga I am teaching. I place an emphasis on the essence and importance of teamwork – tuakana/teina. This promotes a culture of learning, a culture of community – where individuals contribute their strengths for the benefit of us all. This year I am on study leave! Nau mai, Haere mai.
Elly Warnock – B.Tchg, B.Sc.
Kia ora! My name is Elly. It is such a privilege to be a part of the Russell Street community working with our parents and children and alongside an amazing staff. I love having the opportunity to work with some of our more senior children and seeing their eyes light up when they achieve something amazing. As well as teaching, my role as Assistant Principal includes leadership responsibilities such as curriculum development, modern learning pedagogy, timetabling and leading the senior team with James.
Troy Duckworth – B.Ed
Kia Ora, I’m Troy and I’m delighted to be back after a couple of years overseas. . I am privileged to be part of such an engaging, student centred and future focused community. RSS is a community oriented and supportive learning environment and such an innovative and inspiring place to teach and learn.
My curriculum strengths are literacy, numeracy, e-learning, and physical education and I particularly enjoy being able to challenge students to extend the boundaries of their own learning.
Stephen Baker – B.A, Grad Dip.Tchg.
Hi I’m Stephen and I teach Year 3/4 in the Monarch block. This is my 13th year of teaching and my fifth year at Russell Street School. I have a passion for eLearning (check out our Class Blog at http://theinsandouts.co.nz) and sports and believe that learning should be fun and exciting. Russell Street School is a great place for teachers and students and I enjoy working in such an innovative environment!
You are welcome to drop into our class blog (http://rsslittleeinsteins.
Nicole Wilde-Wilson – B.Ed, Dip.Teaching
I am extremely privileged to be back teaching again full-time at RSS. I zipped off for a while to have my own lovely children and now love being part of the team again here. My children, Millie and Charlotte, both come to school here and absolutely love it! I am thoroughly enjoying teaching an energetic, talented group of New Entrant 5 year olds. Their passion for learning never ceases to amaze me – they make my day every day with their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. I have strengths across the curriculum with a strong focus on literacy, numeracy, and health and well-being. Feel welcome any time to come and visit, pop in, view and comment on our class blog or e-mail.
Dr Jenny Boyack – B.A, Dip. Tchg,M.Ed, PhD, ATCL
I have just begun teaching classroom music at Russell St School (my own children went to RSS and it’s our neighbourhood school). I’m really enjoying meeting and getting to know all the children, and I’m impressed by the rich experiences they have already had in music. I love seeing what they can do and their enthusiasm for new experiences. I believe that music is for everybody and my aim is to build children’s confidence to participate in music-making at school and out in the world.
Suzanne Smith – Dip. Tchg. B.Ed (SpecEd)
I joined the RSS team part-time in 2008 and love seeing everyone get excited about learning! I primarily lead the area of gifted and talented education, but am also fortunate enough to release Elly one day a week in Poutama, and Fiona one day a week in Learning Lnyx. I was formerly a teacher at the Gifted and Talented Education Centre in its first few years of development in Manawatu and before that I taught at all levels around the North Island. I have strengths in special education, literacy, and art and am passionate about challenging students’ thinking and to know more about themselves as a learner. I’m looking forward to my role in 2014 – a mix of running CREATE classes and supporting classroom teachers in meeting the needs of gifted students in their class. Check out our CREATE blog at http://rsscreate.blogspot.co.
David Reardon – Dip.Tchg B.Ed.
Hi, I am David Reardon. I rejoined the R.S.S. team as Principal after having taught here in the 80’s and early 90’s. Russell Street is a positive, forward-thinking school with a talented staff, strong home-school partnership and highly motivated students. It is a pleasure working here with other dedicated people.
I have two school-aged daughters, Leana and Gemma, who keep me on my toes. My wife (and best friend) Justine also works in education. I enjoy sport, particularly racquet sports, but never seem to be able to find enough time to participate as actively as I would hope. I recently took up swimming for fitness and still manage to go for the odd run when the joints can manage it! I really enjoy supporting my own children’s education and involvement in sport.
I have a strong vision for education and keep a firm focus on improving the learning outcomes for students.
Our Office Staff consists of Agnes Allen, who is the Office Manager and Renee Bourke who is the Office Assistant. Agnes and Renee are often the first people visitors, prospective staff and parents will meet when coming to Russell Street School. Their ‘behind the scenes’ administrative work is essential to help the school run effectively.
We have a number of Teacher Aides who work at Russell Street School. Our school believes in the importance of having trained and enthusiastic Teacher Aides working in each of our classrooms for a portion of each day. This allows more small group and one to one teaching of children to take place and has proven to be extremely effective in enhancing children’s learning opportunities. An I.C.T. Assistant, Library Assistants, Caretaker, Cleaners and Dental Therapist are also employed as support staff.
Teacher Aide: Marj Fox
I’ve had the privilege of working with children at our school for many years, enjoying the collegiality and friendship of many people. My passions are sport, literacy and numeracy and it is with pride that I continue to witness the development of students in those areas. My grandchildren attended Russell Street School and have
valuable memories of the education they received. I cannot wait to start each new year, meet new students, staff and parents and work alongside the best.
Teacher Aide: Debbie Bary, -Teachers’ Aide Certificate email Deb
Teacher Aide: Lorraine Keefe, – Teachers’ Aide Certificate email Lorraine
Teacher Aide: Charlotte Whitta Email Charlotte
Teacher Aide: Moana Lambert, email Moana
Library Assistant: Jean Wilkinson
Library Assistant: Rebecca Meade
Caretaker: Ivan Mills
Cleaners: position being filled/Carolyn Jordan
Dental Therapist: Denise O’Brien