Our Staff 

Tracey Kelsey

I have been in education for 20 years and continue to be motivated and excited by the ever changing landscape that schools continue to navigate through.  I have taught in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia at all levels. 

I joined the team at Pinehill School as Deputy Principal at the beginning of 2014.  I have been in the rewarding role of Principal since the beginning of 2015. I am proud of the positive school culture that exists at Pinehill School which is supported by students, staff and parents. We strive to meet the social, academic and cultural needs of all of our pupils.   Our interactions are based on trust, honesty and respect.  I welcome communication and feedback from any member of our community.

Sarah Ward
Deputy Principal 

During my years as an educator, I have taught children at most levels and continue to be motivated to learn and find ways to improve our school and student achievement.

I love working in a school with such a strong culture and collaborative team of colleagues. Together teaching staff engage in ongoing professional development. 

As part of the leaders team, I assist Learning Leaders to track and improve student achievement. The roles of student Pastoral Care and Learning Support co-ordination are shared between the two Deputy Principals. In 2018, I will support students in years 2,4 and 6


Rochelle Foster
Deputy Principal

I am one of the deputy principals.  I have been teaching for 14 years both in New Zealand and in Australia. I have taught across all school levels during my career. My particular curriculum interests are maths and science and I am the maths curriculum leader for Pinehill School. This involves me working with both teachers and children throughout the school. 

As part of the leaders team, I assist Learning Leaders track and improve student achievement.  The roles of student Pastoral Care and Learning Support co-ordination are shared between the two Deputy Principals. In 2017, I will support students in years 1, 3 and 5. 


Margaret Menzies
Room 1

I have been teaching at Pinehill School since 1999 and have taught New Entrant/Year one for the greater part of that time. I love that I am at the beginning of their learning journey and get much pleasure from seeing the progress that they make as  their horizons expand and they develop and learn. I also follow with great interest their development as they progress through the school. 


Kirstin Blanchard 
Room 2

I am originally from the UK, which is where I began my teaching career. I have taught a wide range of abilities and ages within the primary range. My husband, who is also a teacher, and I moved to New Zealand in 2008. We have since had our two daughters and love the lifestyle and opportunities that come with this beautiful country.

I love being creative and like to give the children many different experiences to aid their learning. I am thoroughly enjoying teaching the wonderful children at Pinehill School and also being part of such a great community.



Ashleigh Maaka 
Room 3

I graduated AUT University in December 2015. I started teaching at Pinehill at the start of 2016 as a beginning teacher.  I am also an ex pupil which is very special to me and quite unique. I love the friendly and supportive environment within the school.

My wish for the children that I teach is that they enjoy their time here, create some lifelong memories and make the most of every opportunity they are provided with to become lifelong learners.

Lisa Everett
Room 4

After completing a practicum at Pinehill School in 2012, I knew it was the place for me! I feel privileged to be working in such a friendly and positive environment. I have opened several new entrants classes, been in the Year 2 team, and now working with the Year 5/6's. I love the challenges each day brings and watching the young minds in my class soak up every bit of learning! Away from work, I am very passionate about my sports. I play competitive pool and snooker for Auckland and enjoy archery and swimming. 



Lynette Clausen
Room 5

Since graduating from the University of Otago and Dunedin Teachers' College, I have taught across the levels within the primary sector, in addition to taking time out to raise my three children.  I am excited to be welcomed into the Pinehill School community and opening a New Entrant classroom.  It is a privilege to be a part of a young person's life as they begin their learning journey.

Jonathan Mulholland
Room 6

I have been teaching at Pinehill since 2007 and am currently in the Year 5/6 team.  I have a passion for the use of technology in the classroom and am involved in the ICT team. I also enjoy art, drama and film and set up the school's TV Station in 2013. 

Marg Milne
Room 7

I have been teaching at Pinehill for many years, firstly as the ESOL teacher but more recently as a year 5/6 teacher. I choose to work here because the children are enthusiastic and focused, and I am part of a dedicated, fun team of teachers who support each other. Learning is a life-long journey and I enjoy working with children, supporting each of them as they grow and learn.


Karen Blau
Room 8

My long relationship with Pinehill School started with the first of my two son's starting as a new entrant in the year 2000. It was the culture of the school and the passion of the teachers who inspired me to become a teacher myself. I graduated from the University of Auckland in 2007 and it was an easy decision to join the Pinehill teaching family in 2008. I feel very honoured to teach Year 1 students and be the first teacher, on their journey, to life long learning. I am also very passionate about the visual and performing arts and I have been the Visual Arts curriculum leader for a number of years. I particularly enjoy working with our gifted art students, to beautify our school, with creative pieces of artwork and murals. 


Emma Lyon
Room 9

I have been a teacher for 11 years and have taught across all levels throughout New Zealand and the UK.  Currently I am lucky enough to be leading and working with the wonderful Year 4 team at Pinehill School.  The supportive, collaborative and positive attitudes from both staff and students at Pinehill School make this a really great place to work and learn.  

I love seeing children grow as learners and consider myself very fortunate to be part of that journey for the learners at our school  I have 2 small children of my own who inspire me everyday to be the best teacher I can be!

Chloe Barrett
Room 10

I feel privileged to have joined the team at Pinehill School and to be working in such a lovely and supportive environment. I have been teaching in the Bays on the North Shore since 2011. I am a passionate educator who loves inspiring students in all aspects of their learning. Currently I am lucky enough to be working in the Year 4 team.


Karen Seth
Room 11

I am a New Zealand trained teacher who has taught in schools around Auckland and in Scotland over the last 20 years or so, across a range of levels. I am loving living back on the North Shore with my husband and two children.  

Having taught a range of levels over the years, this year I have a wonderful Year 3 class.  I am delighted to be leading the amazing year 3 teachers.  I am passionate about learning and helping students learn how to learn across all areas of the curriculum, particularly literacy, maths and the performing arts.  

Merimoana Kennrick
Room 12

I am a graduate of Massey University. I was fortunate enough to join the Pinehill community in January 2016 and I am currently in the Year 3 teaching team. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and working with staff, children and the wider Pinehill community.

Chloe Wilcox
Room 13

I am a graduate of Massey University. I was fortunate enough to become a part of the positive community at Pinehill School in January 2018. Currently, I am in the Year 1 teaching team, where I feel privileged to be the first teacher to assist children on their journey to becoming lifelong learners.


William Albertsma
Room 14

I am a graduate of the University of Otago.  I graduated in the middle of 2016 and was fortunate enough to become a part of the positive and inclusive environment at Pinehill School.  I grew up in the same area, so being able to work in an area that is familiar to me is really enjoyable and I am currently a part of the Year 4 teaching team.  I am looking forward to the exciting challenges and the continual learning that will come with being part of the Pinehill community.  

Katerina Walker 
Room 15

I graduated in 2008 in Perth, Western Australia. My teaching career began in the Goldfields region of Western Australia, where I taught for 4 and a half years, before moving East where I taught in Gold Coast and Brisbane schools. I am very excited to be back home in New Zealand after such a long time away and feel fortunate to be teaching year 5/6 at such a wonderful and welcoming school. I believe we are all lifelong learners and am super excited about helping our students along on their learning journey. 

Lisa Leader
Room 16

My teaching career began in 1998, in Wellington, where I continued to teach except when I taught in the Middle East for 4 1/2 years.  I care about the global environment and everyone and everything that inhabits our world.  I love travelling and orangutans.  I am extremely fortunate to work at Pinehill School, with happy, enthusiastic students, parents and staff.  I love how each and every one of us is a life long learner, with differing pathways, interests and passions.

Nicole Hillier
Room 17

Hi. My name is Nicole and I am a year 3 teacher. I have been teaching at Pinehill School since 2014 after graduating from Auckland University of Technology. I thoroughly enjoy teaching at Pinehill Primary School and love its’ warm, friendly and welcoming environment. I live a full and active lifestyle having a passion for sports and the arts. I hope for students I teach to become lifelong learners that are always willing to take on challenges and reflect on their life experiences. 

Jos van Beusekom
Room 18

Pinehill School is a great place to work. It has a fantastic culture and that's what makes it stand out. Before coming here, I taught at other schools in NZ and spent three years teaching in London's East End. Following that I moved to Japan where I spent five years teaching English in private language schools. I enjoy being in the classroom with my students and helping them to learn and grow. I am also involved in coaching sports and leading the Yr 5/6 team. Away from work I enjoy running, reading and supporting my two children in their sporting and academic activities.

Bev Davies
Room 19

I have been teaching since 1995 and have been part of the Pinehill School family since mid 1997. I have an Honours Degree in Education and my passion is teaching students in their first year of school and for all living creatures, even the creepy crawly kind. I have a husband and 2 grown children (who also went through Pinehill) and am lucky to live with a cat, 2 kunekune pigs, 2 sheep, 25 chooks and plenty of wild ducks! I love reading and gardening too.


Jane Feltham
Room 20

I started my teaching career in the UK after completing a Geography degree at York St John and a post graduate diploma at Leeds University. I taught Geography at a secondary school in the South of England before undertaking an extended travel experience through South America. An initial two year stay in NZ has now become more than 20 years with a 15 year connection to Pinehill School. My children both attended the school and I accepted a teaching position here in 2006. I am a member of the Year One team and love teaching Year one children. I have a particular interest in self directed learning and learning through play. 

Diana Benli
Room 21

I joined Pinehill School as a reliever at the beginning of the year. I felt that the staff are friendly and supportive and the students are passionate and eager to learn. With this in mind, I feel privileged to be opening the last New Entrant classroom for the year. I am looking forward to meeting the newest students of the school (and their families) and am excited to be at the beginning of their learning journey at primary school.

I love working with children. I have a husband and two little boys who keep me busy at home. My family inspires and motivates me to be the best that I can be as a person and as a teacher. I enjoy photography and travelling and of course, spending time with my family. Together we enjoy going on holidays, bush walks, the beach and doing everything that is toddler friendly.


Learning Support Staff

Pinehill School Learning Support staff provide an essential resource for our students, supporting students with individual learning needs including ELL (English Learning Language) students.  We also provide experienced time and attention to Pinehill students in general, enriching the quality of learning of each Pinehill School classroom. 

Judy  Mulder 
Wendy Chatterton
Kyley Bernard
Nonavee Dale
Wendy Dibble
Sue Barratt - Library

Office Staff

Nancy Beedell          Main Office                        nancy@pinehill.school.nz
Tracey Danks            Main Office (Finance)         traceyd@pinehill.school.nz
Brenda Thomson      Part time                           brenda@pinehill.school.nz
Jen Powell                Part time (Sports)             jen@pinehill.school.nz

Property Manager
Shaun Weston

Sue Barratt

My name is Sue Barratt & I am the school librarian.

Every class at Pinehill school visits in the library once a week.

Alastair Rogers

I have been playing music for many years in various capacities, and can play a variety of instruments.  I believe that playing music is great for children's development and I feel that the Music Programme students participate in at Pinehill School gives them a good opportunity to begin and to develop their journey as musicians.


English Support (ESOL)
Natalie McAllum

I have been teaching for many years, but for the last 7 years at Pinehill School as the Esol (English Speakers of other languages) teacher.  I hugely enjoy working with children who are learning English as a second language.  It is both challenging and rewarding to see the progress they make over their time at Pinehill School.


Learning Assistants (ESOL)
Jo Hsu 

Hi, my name is Jo.  I came to New Zealand in 1999 to learn English and have my overseas adventure here.  After 18 years I am so proud to call this beautiful place home.  I have two children, Chelsy and Ethan who were both born here.  I speak Mandarin and English, I am working in the ESOL department as a ESOL learning assistant.  I really enjoy working with children who are learning English and have plenty of fun with them everyday. 


Contact us

Phone 09 478 0301
Fax 09 478 0305
Email info@pinehill.school.nz
Office hours 8.15am - 3.30pm Monday - Friday