Our Staff 

Carla Veldman

Inspire active leaders and learners who make a difference 

Kia ora and welcome! As Principal, it is an absolute privilege to be the professional leader of such an amazing team who provide the best possible learning opportunities for our children. At Pinehill School we are passionate about unlocking the potential of students and creating a culture where students, families and staff are a welcome part of our school community.

During my 25 years in education, I have taught in all year levels in primary schools on the North Shore and in North Carolina USA and remain excited by the ever changing landscape that schools continue to navigate through.

The partnership between home and school is a critical component of our children’s success.  We welcome and encourage parents, caregivers and whanau into our school and ask you to remain connected with us throughout your child’s educational journey.

I look forward to getting to know you and your family further.

Ngā mihi nui

Carla Veldman


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 2019, I will support students in years 1, 3 and 5.


Rochelle Foster
Deputy Principal

I have taught across all school levels during my career both in New Zealand and Australia. My particular curriculum interests are maths and science.  The deputy principal role involves me working with staff and children throughout the school. 

As part of the leadership 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 2019, I will support students in years 0, 2, 4 and 6.


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 the progress through the school.

Tayler McGregor
Room 1

I first joined the Pinehill family after graduating from the University of Auckland in 2013.  I love working at a school that is so passionate about its students learning.  I am currently working in the Year 1 team and I love providing students with the building blocks to support them on their learning journey.


Kirstin Blanchard 
Yr 1 Leader - 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 from 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.


Alysa Lee
Room 8

My name is Alysa and I am a year 3 teacher.  I am thrilled to join such a fantastic school where both students and staff work together to create a positive learning culture.  I am passionate in many curriculum areas such as literacy, science and art.  I believe in providing learning opportunities that are sparked by students' interests.  I value students' creativity and support their individual learning needs. 

William Albertsma
Room 9

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.  

Imogen Field
Room 10

I graduated from Massey University in 2014. I have experience teaching Year 5 and I am very excited to be teaching Year 4 at Pinehill School. I feel privileged to be part of the warm, positive and inclusive Pinehill School community. I love teaching and creating a classroom environment where students can be creative, active learners who take risks and strive to do their best. 


Nicole Hillier
Room 11

Hi. My name is Nicole and I am a year 4 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. 

Merimoana Kenrick
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.

Sarah Stubbs
Year 2 Leader - Room 13

I began my teaching career 15 years ago and now I am very excited to continue my journey at Pinehill School.  I love inspiring and nurturing children to become adventurous, collaborative, thoughtful, innovative, valued and empowered learners.  I am passionate about my sports especially netball, touch rugby and tennis.  I am looking forward to a great year being a part of the Pinehill community.


Karen Blau
Room 14

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 2 students and help them 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. 



Ji Reh Yoo
Room 15

I am a graduate of the University of Auckland.  I am excited and privileged to be starting my teaching career at Pinehill school and working alongside positive staff and students.  I am looking forward to teaching in Room 15 with my wonderful year 5/6 students.  I have a passion for music; I play four instruments - violin, piano, drums and French horn!  In my spare time, I enjoy taking photos, exercising and socialising with friends.  I believe being an active learner is important to student engagement and success within learning.

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.

Karen Seth
Year 3 Leader - Room 17

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.  


Jos van Beusekom
Year 5 & 6 Leader - 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.

Chloe Wilcox
Room 19

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.


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. 

Chris Harrison
Room 21
More information coming soon


Jill Worthington
Room 21

More information coming soon


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
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)             sport@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 an ESOL learning assistant.  I really enjoy working with children who are learning English and have plenty of fun with them every day. 


Contact us

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