Our Staff 2020

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 2020, I will support students in years 0, 2, 4 and 6.


Rochelle Mabon
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 2020, 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 
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.

Darren Mathers
Room 6

I am very fortunate to have taught across many year levels in my 19 years as an educator.  Most recently, I have been teaching in London, but I am extremely excited to return to NZ with my wife and two girls, and be a part of this wonderful Pinehill school community. 

I particularly enjoy maths and literacy, and have an interest in computing.  I am a keen sportsman and have been lucky to have played sport at representative level.

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.


Jodie Oh
Room 8

I am excited to be part of the Pinehill Whānau, teaching a year 3 class, as I look forward to growing together in our learning journey.  I am passionate about raising students who are confident in their identity and culture as well as developing their potential through the Pinehill Way and vision.  I completed my Graduate Diploma in teaching in 2015 and have enjoyed teaching in South Korea, Christchurch and Auckland.  My hobbies include tramping, travelling, reading and playing the violin.

Beccy Warburton
Room 9

Kia Ora, I am a recent graduate from AUT University.  I am very excited to start my teaching journey with Pinehill school.  The creative energy Pinehill expels drew me in to kickstart my career, alongside the supportive and positive nature of the school.

I am interested in art and learning languages.  My aim is to inspire children through learning.  I am looking forward to joining the Year 4 teaching team.

Ngā mihi


Ricarda Arnold
Room 10

As a recent immigrant from South Africa, I am excited to join the field of education in New Zealand.

On completion of my B.Ed. teaching and honour’s degrees from the University of Pretoria, I started my teaching career in South Africa, working with learners at year levels 2 to 4. 

In August 2019 I joined the Pinehill community as part of the relievers team and am excited to continue my teaching journey here as a Year 4 teacher in 2020. I particularly enjoy working with students and helping them reach their full potential while fostering the qualities of life-long learning within all. 

In my spare time, I enjoy various hobbies such as painting, DIY projects, listening to music, travelling, photography, baking and embracing this new adventure while exploring the beauty of NZ with my partner. 

I value the supportive community that Pinehill demonstrates and I look forward to working with our wonderful and enthusiastic learners while honouring the Pinehill way. 


Sarah Stubbs
Year 4 Leader - Room 11

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.

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.

Marie Homan
Room 13

I have taught a range of levels but I am passionate and excited about teaching juniors.  It is great to be able to provide new students with the building blocks that they need to build on to further their education. I love to bring all of my experience and life skills into the class room and I enjoy teaching reading, writing, music, art and ICT.


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.

Pip Baxter
Room 16

Hello everyone. I am looking forward to full time teaching in 2020 at Pinehill Primary.  My introduction to Pinehill was a number of years ago when I relieved at the school across all year levels.

I grew up on the North Shore, attending Primary and Secondary school, then crossed the bridge to Auckland University where I obtained my teaching qualification.  It has been exciting to be a part of the development of Auckland and in particular the North Shore over this time.

My favourite activities are surfing and snow skiing.  I also like boating, jet skiing, sailing, fishing, jumping off the Murrays Bay wharf at high tide and all outdoor pursuits. To put it simply, I love the New Zealand lifestyle.

I am passionate about children and education.  I believe it is a privilege to be with students everyday and I embrace the opportunity to foster lifelong learning in each and every learner I engage with.  I am looking forward to being part of the Pinehill environment and the Pinehill Way.


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 Warwick
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. 


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.


Natalie McAllum
English Support (ESOL)

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.

Jo Hsu 
Learning Assistants (ESOL)

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