Leadership and Support Staff:
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.
Rebecca Dow: BA, Dip Tchg (Secondary), MEd - Academic Manager of Manuka Villa, Social Studies Teacher
Rebecca is an enthusiastic and innovative teacher. She believes that learning should be relevant, challenging and exciting for students. To achieve this, she focuses on building positive working relationships and uses a range of learning tools, including technology and literacy strategies to ensure engagement. Rebecca has taught in both New Zealand and Australia and has experience catering for a wide range of student abilities. Recently she has completed a master’s thesis focussing on the provision of holistic pastoral care for students. Rebecca is also a member of the Villa Education Trust Board.
Warren Cook: BA, Dip Tchg – Academic Manager of Rata Villa, Mathematics Teacher
Warren trained and taught at several Northland schools before relocating to Auckland to be involved in the ‘Inzone Education Foundation’. Warren’s vision for children and learning is driven by his fundamental belief in maximising the wealth of opportunity that surrounds us and the possibility of personal extension that comes from life-long learning. Warren aims to inspire the youth/tamariki of today by enabling them to uncover their personal strengths, talents and goals.
Elliot Ikilei - Community Liaison Manager
Elliot's role is to build relationships between the school and the student's whanau as well as to develop links into the local community and ensure the day-to-day welfare and family involvement of the children. When students leave at the end of Year 10, Elliot tracks and supports them through their Year 11 – 13 schools and studies. As a well known figure in the community and a father of two, Elliot brings a breadth of both local knowledge and experience to his roll.
Fiona Clapp - Office Manager
Fiona joined the South Auckland Middle School at the start of the 2017 academic year. Fiona has over 10 years experience working within school administration and has held various administration roles in the South Auckland area. In her spare time Fiona enjoys travelling and outdoor pursuits and activities with her family. Fiona is one of our on-site First Aiders.
Melvin Din: M.Sc Dip Tchg; Cert Adult Education - Science Teacher
Melvin is a Physics and Mathematics teacher with over 40 years of teaching experience in various countries and continents. Melvin has taught for 25 years in numerous South Auckland schools as well as two years in Samoa. Experience has taught Melvin that many students learn better through hands on activities and he applies this in his teaching. Melvin also tries to integrate several learning areas into one project to make learning more authentic and tangible. Melvin is actively interested in Gifted and Talented education and regularly participates in forums. Currently Melvin is focussing on integrating Mathematics, Science and Electronic Technology into robotics as a learning/teaching platform at SAMS.
Taylor Griffin: BMUS - Technology, Science and Music Tutor
Taylor is a caring individual who is constantly looking for the best in every situation. During his time at SAMS he has gained a greater understanding of how people learn and apply the skills that are covered in class as well as facilitiating the opportunity to build on these experiences. Taylor has been a music tutor for many years and relishes the opportunity to assist in the development of young minds.
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.
Natasha Miller: BBUS, Grad Dip Arts, Grad Dip Tchg (Secondary) - English Teacher
Natasha believes that solid relationships with students and their whanau are integral to their success and development into the leaders of tomorrow. Natasha brings a personalised approach to the English classroom so that each student can reach their full literacy potential. Natasha has taught extensively in the South Auckland area.
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.
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. Over her teaching career, Renee has held a number of posts in the Auckland area and has joined 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.
Chloe Thomas: BA, Grad Dip Tchg (Secondary) - English Teacher
Chloe is an English and Spanish teacher who has taught a combination of both subjects at various schools in the wider Auckland region. She believes that effective teaching and learning happens through positive relationships in the classroom and open communication with whanau. Chloe likes lessons to be fresh, personalised, interesting and relevant to modern learners. She strives to employ a diverse range of strategies to make learning engaging and memorable.
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 with views to future academic and career pathways.