Wendy Greig: BMus, Dip Tchg (Secondary) - Principal and Academic Manager of Totara Villa, English Teacher
An experienced, professional and effective teacher and leader, Wendy believes in developing learning environments that foster excellence and build positive relationships. She has considerable experience in the implementation and development of new and innovative pedagogical strategies that enhance learner outcomes and success. She has been teaching in South Auckland for more than ten years; her most recent position being Head of Faculty - Performing Arts at Alfriston College. Wendy is excited to continue her teaching and learning journey at South Auckland Middle School.
Bronwyn Evans: BSc (Human Life Science), BSc (Honors), PGCE.- Academic Manager of Rata Villa and Mathematics and Science Teacher
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Bronwyn recently moved to New Zealand after spending five years teaching in Hong Kong where she learnt a great deal about different teaching methods and approaches. Bronwyn is hoping to use her international experience for the benefit of the students and is excited to share her love of learning. In her spare time, when not studying for her Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Bronwyn likes to travel and enjoys sport and outdoor activities, particularly hockey and running.
Melanie Patrix - BA, BA (Hons – Geography), HDip in Ed, MEdL (Honours), Academic Manager of Manuka Villa, Social Studies Teacher
Melanie has been teaching in South Auckland for past 13 years and is passionate about exploring the concept of knowledge in the 21st century. She believes that developing relational and conceptual skills will encourage students to anticipate change, recognize opportunities and issues in our communities and become solution focused. Melanie enjoys travel and spending time with family and she is looking forward to being involved in the life of South Auckland Middle School.
Brad Davids: B.A.(Psych); PGDip(Psych) Community Liaison Manager
A registered youth worker with over 15 years of experience working with children and young people. With a Background in psychology, he has a strong focus on the human experience and strives to find solutions to enhance the lives of all people. Having worked with care experienced young people both in the community and in the Youth Justice system he understands the immense importance of advocacy and endeavours to make the voice of the child heard. Here at South Auckland Middle School, this advocacy extends to the whānau to ensure there are as little barriers as possible to the students’ success.
Teaching and Support Staff:
Rowena Schuster: BA (English and Education) - English and Music Teacher
A passionate and creative teacher, Rowena loves working with students and being a part of their learning and growing. She has been actively involved in training learners of all ages for over twenty years. Rowena seeks to engage students to take ownership of their learning and believes that building quality relationships with students and their families is an essential part of the learning and growing process.
Deanne Kathagen: BSocSc, Post Graduate Diploma (Secondary) - Social Studies and Music Teacher
Deanne's passion and energy is a great addition to South Auckland Middle School. She has a wide range of experience, in both teaching and producing musical theatre productions, and has been involved in various roles at a number of schools.
Stephanie Ray: BFA Dip Tchg - Art and Technology Teacher
Stephanie believes students should gain the richest experience they can from school, through stimulating Visual Arts and Design Technology programmes that facilitate creativity and provoke imagination. Steph has worked as an art tutor and currently runs a flourishing artistic practice. Stephanie taught at Mt Hobson Middle School for over four years until moving to SAMS for the start of the 2017 academic year.
Natashia Reddy: BSc - Science and Mathematics Teacher
Natashia is a passionate and experieced teacher who has previously taught Science at a High School in Samoa for more than 8 years. She speaks fluent English and Native Samoan and brings a wealth of Pasifika knowledge to SAMS. Natashia is a working mum of five who has a love of all children and enjoys assisting them in reaching their full potential.
Renee Ryan: BSW, Grad Dip Tchg (Secondary) - Social Studies Teacher
An experienced teacher and mother of two teenage children, Renee recognises the importance of seeing students as individuals and of recognising and harnessing their diversity. Renee believes that as a teacher she must nurture and encourage a love of learning to assist students in realizing their potential and steer and assist them as they grow into well-informed adults. Renee joins us at SAMS following an eight year posting at Howick College.
Mark Tahere: B.E. Tchg - Mathematics and Science Teacher
Mark has a passion for working with young people and brings a wealth of 'hands on' experience to his role having managed boarding hostels for Auckland Grammar students and those attending Auckland University. That combined with his busy home life with three teenage sons has prepared him well for working with our Year 7-10 students at South Auckland Middle School! In his spare time Mark enjoys sport and music.
Allan Young: BFA, PG Dip Tchg - Art and Technology Teacher
Allan has a strong career background, combined with a genuine passion for student learning, development and achievement. Living in South Auckland, he graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts and was in the design industry before going into teaching. He has been teaching Art, Design and Technology for eleven years at secondary schools and was the Teacher In Charge of the Junior Course in past schools and the HOD of Art in a South Auckland School before joining SAMS.
Natalia Young: Advcd Trade Cert Engineering, GDip Tchg (Secondary), PGDipSpecTchg - Technology Teacher
Teaching and learning are driving forces for Natalia. Encouraging students towards excelling and achieving their absolute best is what continues to keep her excited about teaching. Natalia was the first woman in Australasia to qualify as an Engineers Patternmaker for the metal casting and plastics industry. After four years teaching Technology in secondary schools, she became a Dean and in 2005 Technology HOF at Mount Albert Grammar School. Since 2003 Natalia has been actively involved in Curriculum Assessment at a National level for Technology. She is interested in pastoral care of the whole student body.
Seema Mudaliar: BSc (Biological Science) DipTchg (Secondary) - Science Teacher
Seema is a student centered teacher. She believes that students learn best from their mistakes. Majoring in Biological Science from the University of Auckland, Seema has a scope of knowledge and ideas that she works into her lessons. Seema focuses on building positive working relationships with all her students and achieves this by making classroom content relatable.
Karen Middlebrook: BA (Literature) – English Teacher
Originally from Bradford in the North of England, Karen moved to New Zealand in 2008 having completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As the mother of two school age children, and a passionate believer in the transformative power of education, she is particularly excited by the opportunity to support young people in their learning journey. Having entered the teaching profession through the Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ programme, Karen is working towards a Master of Teaching and Education Leadership.
Jessica Norton: B.Ed, GradDipTchg(Sec) – English Teacher
I have been teaching English for over ten years and love the challenge of making it fun. I have a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary). I feel that building relationships with students is key to engaging students. I have spent most of my teaching in the South Auckland area and love the students and the people.
Emily Vincent: BA (English Literature, History), GradDipTchg (Secondary) - English Teacher
Emily is a passionate and innovative teacher. Majoring in English Literature and History from Victoria University of Wellington, Emily consistently strives to create a diverse and engaging learning environment for her students. With a strong dedication to teaching and a growth mindset, Emily makes every effort to instil confidence and resilience in her students.
Donna Wyatt - Office Manager
Donna is our wonderful and efficient Office Manager who brings a welcoming smile to South Auckland Middle School every day. Donna has worked as a youth leader in the far north and has 7 years experience working in hospitality. Her passions include working with youth and families, connecting with people and seeing students discover their potential. She can assist you with any queries regarding everyday school life.