Staff

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.co.nz/ Email Vanessa

 

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. Email Kerri

 

Julie Walkley – B.A. Dip.Ed. Dip.Tchg.
Hi, this year I am continuing with Reading Recovery and providing special support programmes. I also take the Jumpstart Class for 4 year olds who will be coming to RSS. I really enjoy teaching – it is great to see children gradually taking responsibility for their own learning and looking forward to the challenges ahead. I also enjoy the challenges of learning and teaching and Russell Street School is a great learning environment for all.  My other responsibilities as Associate Principal include Special Needs, Gifted Education and co leading the Junior Team. Email Julie

 

Robin Baker – B.A. Dip.Tchg. Reading Recovery Trained
Hi, I am Robin Baker and I teach with Sandi Baldwin in Room 4.  Sandi and I have been job sharing at Russell St. School for many years, primarily at the new entrant level.  My three children have attended this school.  Teaching literacy is my passion and I particularly enjoy helping children to express themselves through story writing.  I teach the literacy programme  between 9 am and 11.50 am everyday. I feel it is a great privilege to teach five year olds and start them on their journey as life long learners. Email Robin

 

Sandi Baldwin – B.A. Dip.Tchg.
Hi, I am Sandi Baldwin and I am the teacher, along with Robin Baker in Room 4.  I have a long association with Russell St School as I have taught here since 1997 and prior to that my three children attended this school.  I teach the new entrants numeracy, handwriting, theme, physical education, music, art and Te Reo.  ICT is incorporated into these subjects.  I also run the ESOL programme for immigrant children.  I am looking forward to an exciting year teaching children who are so keen to learn and working with a supportive staff. Email Sandi

 

Fiona Hunter- B.Teaching
Hi, I’m Fiona and I teach in Room 8. This year I will be co-leading the junior team and teaching Y2 in room 8. I’m very excited to be coming back to teach at such a lovely, supportive school with the most fantastic students and staff!  My curriculum strengths are Maths, ICT and Literacy. This year I again look forward to getting to know everyone a little better, while playing my part in further improving learning for all students at RSS. Email Fiona

 

Nic Mason – B.Ed
Kia ora, I’m Nic.  I am passionate about teaching because it allows me to pass on my passions like music, performing arts, art, Te Reo and Writing.  I love using ICT to design, create and share learning.  I earned a ‘Bachelor of Education’, here at Massey University College of Education in 2005.  At home, I have a wife and two children and I perform in two bands.  I enjoy working with the amazing community at Russell Street School!  Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.Email Nic

 

Joy Kitt – B.A., Grad.Dip.Tchg.,  PSTF Alumnus Award Winner.
Hi, I’m Joy Kitt. I teach in the junior school (Year 1/2) and have a passion for science. My classes and I learn to notice things in detail.  Becoming accomplished explorers and explainers of the events and artifacts we see and learn about gives us the opportunity to develop our science skills, gives us rich literacy experiences and opens our eyes to the everyday wonders in the world around us.  Come and see what is exciting us at the moment.Email Joy

 

Judie Keane B.Ed, Dip.Teaching, Dip.Creativity
Tena Koutou to you all. I am privileged and delighted to be returning to RSS for Terms 3 and 4, 2014 to teach and learn with the Sensational students in Room 7 now that Sonita is off on her teaching adventures overseas. I have been associated with RSS since 2002, working part time in many classrooms over the years and helping to create some of the murals that are about the school. I’ve worked in many other schools in Manawatu and Hawkes’ Bay, but RSS has remained my fave! I know how dynamic, nurturing and creative the people who are part of the RSS community are and I am thrilled to be back. Email Judie

 

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. Email Ebony

 

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. Email James

 

Chris Symon -B.A. Design and Information Technology. B.Teaching Primary and Secondary

Kia ora, it is great to be part of the Russell Street School whanau. I am passionate about teaching literacy and numeracy while infusing e learning, as well as visual arts and sport. I encourage and develop learner agency and future focused learning in our environment. I look for every opportunity to add further value to students learning. I aim to continue to develop my own profession skills and put them to use in the classroom. The RSS community is a privilege to be a part of so feel free to swing in and check out our learning.  Email Chris

 

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. Email Rosie

 

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. Email Elly

 

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.
I am excited about further developing my own professional skills this year and being involved in the RSS community.  We love visitors, so feel free to pop into Poutama and say hi! Email Troy

 

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! Email Stephen

 

Carolyn Dodd – B.Ed
I have had my dream job here at Russell Street School for several years. Each year I wait in the wings  to open our final class of new entrants, working part-time/relieving here at RSS until my class opens. Being a part of a child’s first year at school is very special and a huge privilege. I love teaching at Russell Street School – it is a really fun, cooperative and stimulating place to be. One of my favourite things about Russell Street is our buddy class system – I really enjoy the way our students support and nurture each other in their classrooms and on the playground. I look forward to meeting you, especially if you are just beginning your school years!
You are welcome to drop into our class blog (http://rsslittleeinsteins.blogspot.co.nz/) to see some of our learning. Email Carolyn

 

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. Email Nicole

 

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. Email Jenny

 

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.nz/. Feel free to pop in and see me or email me at… Email Suzanne

 

Administrative Staff

Principal – 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. Email David

 

Office Staff

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. Email the Office

 

Support Staff
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

Teacher Aide: Rachelle Adrian email Rachelle

Teacher Aide: Technical Support: Jeremy Phillips
Library Assistant: Jean Wilkinson
Library Assistant: Rebecca Meade
Caretaker: Ivan Mills
Cleaners: position being filled/Carolyn Jordan
Dental Therapist: Denise O’Brien