Villa Education Trust Staff

Alwyn Poole, B.B.S., M.Ed.(Hons), Dip.Tchg., PG Dip Sport Mgt

Alwyn is a highly educated and motivated teacher with a desire to help all children reach their full potential in all areas: academically, socially, physically and emotionally. He has taught at Tauranga Boys' College, Hamilton Boys' High School and St Cuthbert's College. He currently is the Academic Manager at Mt Hobson Middle School and has a teaching role. Throughout his teaching career and in his own study, he has sought the best ways to teach and learn. These methods have been incorporated into the day to day structure of Mt Hobson Middle School.


Karen Poole,  B.B.S. (Marketing) CEO

With over 25 years administrative and business experience in the education sector, Karen is the CEO for the Villa Education Trust. She implements stategy, provides development and compliance, and has worked within a number of education establishments around New Zealand. Karen is passionate about providing opportunities for all children.


Merryl Madsen- Assistant to Karen Poole (CEO)

Merryl provides administrative support to Karen Poole (CEO) across all Villa Education Trust School's. Having worked for over eleven years at Mt Hobson Middle School, Merryl brings knowledge, understanding and experience to the role and is excited to be part of new developments within the Villa Education Trust.