It is such a privilege to lead the team at Chelsea. I am surrounded by learners, both big and small, who never fail to inspire me daily. I love the diversity at Chelsea, and it is great to showcase and celebrate who we are through many different layers of the curriculum. From academics, to sports, the arts and culture, our learners shine.
I believe that we must meet every child where they are, to partner with each and every family so that we can share our knowledge in order to support and challenge our kids to grow into great people who love the lives they are living.
When I'm not at school, you can find me travelling the world and immersing myself in different cultures and experiences. I love trying new things and pushing my beliefs about what I can do.
I grew up on and around the water, and I still feel very connected to the sea. I also love a good hike, and getting into nature, which is a good place to test DNA such as resilience and perseverance.
I love a good chat and connecting with others, so if you haven't met me, please make sure you come and say 'hi'.
Tena koutou katoa! I'm Janine Cross, one of the Deputy Principals here at Chelsea Primary. I have worked in a variety of schools across Auckland, but have settled here at Chelsea. This is a place dear to my heart and I have loved working and growing professionally and personally alongside my colleagues and our wonderful children and their whanau. I have a number of roles, with a key focus on Math and sharing the SENO role with my fellow Deputy. My husband and I have an adult son Taylor and daughter Savannah, still sharing our home. In my spare time I love to paint, craft, do puzzles and jigsaws, along with walking the family border collie Ronnie.
Kia Ora. My name is Sven and I have been teaching now for almost 20 years.
I am a father of two awesome boys and my wife is a teacher as well.
I am so excited to be part of such an amazing school.
I am incredibly passionate about collaboration and promoting student agency for our learners. I believe that by empowering our learners to take greater responsibility for their learning we are helping to set them up for success in the future.
I love the culture we are creating here at Chelsea. I believe that by nurturing our students and providing them with the right conditions and environment they will grow into great learners!
Kakano Team Teacher
I feel privileged to work with the amazing teachers and children in the Kakano Syndicate. While I have been teaching for a while and have taught all year levels, I have found my passion working with the littlies and appreciate being a part of their first "big school" experience.
Starting school can be daunting for our little ones and creating an environment where they feel safe and happy is a priority. I want all children to experience success, to feel valued, to develop a love for learning and I look forward to being a part of their journey.
Outside of teaching, I love being by the sea and spending time with my family, friends and my dog Charlie.
Kia Ora, Namaste, Sat Shri Akal! I was born in New Zealand and raised in India. I moved back to New Zealand when I was 15. I studied software engineering before starting my journey as a primary school teacher. I am currently a Year 0/1 teacher. I enjoy being in the classroom with my students and helping them to learn and grow. I value empathy and kindness and believe in having a positive mindset! Outside of school, I love spending time with my family, friends and my dog Nero.
Kia ora, my name is Sarah Power and teaching is an absolute passion of mine! I have been teaching juniors for 3 years here in NZ and am absolutely loving it!
I am 26 years old, grew up here in Auckland, New Zealand, by the beach. I love being outdoors; out on the boat, camping, tramping, or a run along the beach.
I believe that..
All children can learn and succeed. Children arrive on the first day at school already on very different pathways of development from their peers. Every child should achieve success, no matter their starting point. As a teacher, I strive to meet the needs of each individual with the belief that every child is unique and comes into the classroom with their own set of talents, beliefs, learning styles and personalities that need to be carefully nurtured and catered for.
My name is Nick Smud and I have been teaching in New Zealand for the past 12 years. I have a positive nature and love for teaching, and life in general. This helps me to show children the joy of becoming lifelong learners. My belief is that each child has the potential to be great at many things and if someone can show them how to believe in themselves and that learning is stimulating, rewarding and fun. I want to be that someone!
Kakano Team Teacher, Team Leader
Malo Lava! I was born and raised on the Shore and live locally with my 2 children both of whom were students here at Chelsea. I originally trained in Early Childhood and after several years working in a range of services decided Primary teaching was where I wanted to be. As well as leading the Kakano team and transitioning our youngest learners into their school life you will find me busy helping to organise PTA events. There are so many highlights of my job but one of my favourite would be our annual Samoan Language week celebrations. Facilitating these has been a joy for the past 4 years, spurred by my own half Samoan children. Seeing children take pride in who they are is an awesome part of my job. When I'm not at school you'll often find me on the side of a sports field or court with one of my children.
Pakiaka Team Teacher, Team Leader
Kia Ora, Talofa, Privet! Originally from Wellington, I arrived at Chelsea in 2016 via Samoa and the Southern Hawkes Bay. I am currently teaching Year 1/2 and leading the Pakiaka team. I am also responsible for the APPA choir, Jump Jam and am the staff representative to the Board of Trustees. I love the "aha" moments where children surprise themselves by tackling and succeeding with something they find challenging. I love singing, reading and using big words. As somewhat of a baking aficionado, when I'm not at school, you can also find me experimenting with different flavour combinations or reading recipe books.
Pakiaka Team Teacher
Vanakkam! I count myself blessed to be at Chelsea, teaching a fabulous bunch of year 2's.
I'm originally from India, I live on the Northshore and have been, for 25 years. I'm a wife to one and a mum to two. This year I took the plunge to become a New Zealand citizen after I found myself using far too many kiwi slangs, so now it's 'sweet as'!
I believe that a good home school partnership benefits the child's learning journey for truly, 'it takes a village to raise a child'. I enjoy contributing towards that journey by providing engaging learning opportunities for them to develop, grow and make progress in their learning, to then hopefully, one day become a future 'somebody'.
To 'let my hair down' I like to paint, cook, bake, read and listen to greats so I can be positively influenced.
I am a Year 1/2 teacher in the Pakiaka Syndicate. I've been at Chelsea since May 2019, and I'm loving it! I've been in education for nine years, both in New Zealand and overseas. I spent four years living and working in China and then Canada.
Teaching is a passion of mine because I especially love being witness to those "aha!" moments in children's learning. I also enjoy seeing the changes and growth that happens even over the course of one year, both educationally and socially.
Outside of school, my time is often spent with friends and family, going for walks, eating good food and watching good movies.
Rito Team Teacher
Hi there, my name is Lenni Miller, I was born in the UK but Aotearoa is my home. I am proud to say that I teach at Chelsea School. I started my journey here in th
e Kakano Syndicate and currently teach year 3 and 4 students in the Rito Syndicate. Prior to working at Chelsea School, I worked in paediatric rehab and respite before starting my teaching career as a special needs teacher.
When I'm not teaching, I am either busy with my family or my close knit groups of friends. I am passionate about the Arts and love to be creative, either painting or creating mixed media artworks. I love being around the water all year round, it's my happy place.
Rito Team Teacher, Team Leader
I am currently a Year 3 & 4 teacher and Team leader of the Rito Syndicate. I grew up in South Africa and I love living near the ocean! I love camping and am a huge craft and mosaic enthusiast and live by the motto that you can NEVER have too many supplies! In our class, we believe in the value of mistakes and celebrate each as a unique individual, with our own talents and strengths. We all have the potential and I love being part of a 13 year journey and seeing how each of my learners develops and grows.
Kia Ora! I teach in the Rito (Year 3 & 4) team. I love teaching and consider my classroom to be one of my very happy places. I have always had a passion for writing, and have developed a keen interest in Maths as an adult. My motto is that it is never too late to learn something new! I believe that we are all on our own personal learning journey and as long as we have a growth mindset we can all learn everyday. Outside of school I can be found taking long walks with my husband Nick and Lottie the dog, making bread, playing the ukulele, renovating our home, and reading.
Kia ora! I was born and raised in the UK and came to Aotearoa when I was 12. I've been teaching for quite a long time time now. I've taught in schools all over Auckland and before I came to Chelsea, I lived and worked in China for 3 years and taught at an International School. It was an amazing experience and I have a great deal of admiration for anyone learning a second language. I currently teach Yr 3 & 4 and enjoy learning about every one of my learners' unique talents and abilities. Outside of school, I love spending time with my grandson, beach-walking, photography, singing, listening to music and making art.
Mahuri Team Teacher
I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and I moved to New Zealand in 2014 to marry my wife. I currently teach Year 5/6 and I love spending time getting to know my students. In the classroom I believe that students will be successful in an environment where they are heard and their ideas are valued. Outside of school, I love travelling, running and spending time outdoors with my wife and son.
Mahuri Team Teacher, Team Leader
Kia ora. I am a born and bred Auckland girl! My family lived in South Auckland but the lure of the beaches and the quaint town of Warkworth led us to the move to Snells Beach. My mum, dad and brother still live there.
I have a Science degree but teaching is where my passion was found and has continued to flourish over the years. I am currently the Year 5 and 6 team leader and Across School Leader for our Kahui Ako. I live by the saying ' To be better than before.' I absolutely love what I do and believe in strong wh?naungatanga (relationships).
I have travelled to quite a few countries, my favourites being France, Samoa and India and all for different reasons. In my spare time, I work on my house, read, cook and play netball.
Kia ora, I'm Eden and I'm proud to be a part of the Chelsea team, teaching year 5 and 6! I'm originally from Taranaki, moving up to complete schooling in Birkenhead. Growing up in Taranaki means I have a love for all things outdoors including beaches, walks and just generally getting out of the house. I previously studied Commerce, but found that my heart was not in it and set my sight on teaching.
I absolutely love working with year 5 and 6 and watching their perception and understanding of the world grow. My favourite part of teaching is engaging in meaningful discussions about all that we are learning, especially when reading. I believe students learn best through collaborating with one another, making meaning through discussion and working together to solve problems.
Tēnā koutou katoa,
Ko Pihanga-tohora te Maunga
Ko Punakitere to Awa
Ko Nga tokimata whaorua te Waka
Ko Ngapuhi toku Iwi
Ko Sarah Tohill toku ingoa.
I was born and bred here on the North Shore. Here at Chelsea I am a Year 5-6 teacher in Space 8, Māhuri Syndicate Support Leader and I lead Kapa Haka and Te Reo Māori. I love teaching and learning and hope to ignite this passion in all children I have the pleasure of teaching.
I was born and grew up in South Africa. After teaching for many years in both South Africa and the U.K., I have finally settled in New Zealand. I love swimming in the sea and spending the day on the beach with my friends and family.
I teach year 5-6 and love seeing my students develop and grow as self managing and independent learners. My class describes me as: kind, cheerful, happy, warm-hearted, incredible and fantastic! I am really lucky to be their teacher!
My motto is: Mistakes are really important! It's where the learning happens.
Mahuri Team Teacher (Thursday & Friday)
I was born in a small country town in the UK, living there before moving to start my teaching career in Manchester. My husband and I visited New Zealand in 2011 and fell in love with the country, making the move over two years later. I was lucky enough to join the Chelsea wh?nau shortly after arriving here. Since then, we have started our own family and we have two young daughters that take up every moment of our spare time, although I can sometimes be found somewhere out in nature, hiking near a beach or swimming in the sea!
Part Time Teacher
Part-time teacher and reliever. Jenny has had a long association with Chelsea School and continues to support us.
Classroom Release Teacher
I am the Classroom Release Teacher (CRT) at Chelsea School. I am also the Digital Technologies Lead Teacher. My role is to come into each classroom for 1 hour a week and work with students to give them experiences creating and using digital technologies.
My motto is - 'You are never too old to learn anything new.' I love learning new digital skills alongside my students. It constantly amazes me how capable even the youngest 5 year old is when it comes to creating digital content.
Outside school, spending time with my family is always on top, along with travelling, sailing the Hauraki Gulf and playing golf.
Office Manager & Principal's PA
Sandra's roles include:
P.A. to the Principal
BoT Minute Secretary
Jo's roles include:
First Aid/Medical Room
Dave's office is located in the staff car park near the exit gate.
I have been working at Chelsea Primary for 8 years, where I run the amazing Quick60 reading intervention programme for learners who need a boost with their literacy skills.
I love working with these small groups of learners, and feel a strong sense of pride in each and every one of them as they progress through their learning journey.
I also look after our school library and the Scholastic Lucky Book Club.
My background is in advertising, marketing, and performing arts.
In my spare time I enjoy long walks with my dog, spending time with friends, and caravanning holidays with my family.
Learning Support in and out of the classroom doing a fabulous job supporting our teachers and students.
Kia Ora! My name is Jennifer, and I am a member of the Chelsea support staff. My role here is ever changing, which I love. From one day to the next I can be seen in the kakano syndicate assisting with pre-literacy skills building, or perhaps helping a new learner settle in, or strolling the grounds helping a child to reset who is feeling unsettled. I have experience in many facets, including the performing arts and mindful wellbeing, and am passionate about growing my pedagogical strengths as a primary educator in the next phase of my life. At present, I am helping to introduce a year 6 transition wellbeing program that will assist in sending confident and empowered year 6 learners out into the big wide world! I am also very lucky to be a Chelsea Mum and our whanau is blessed to be part of such an amazing community.
Kia ora, my name is Kay Finlay. I come from the UK originally where I spent many years working in healthcare management. In 2002 I arrived in New Zealand with a kiwi husband and a young family and for the last 15 years I have been working at Chelsea School. I have a science degree and decided to do a CertTESOL qualification and work with ESOL children. I am now the ESOL Lead and I have the privilege of working with our ESOL students who come from all over the world. Every day I can see the students progressing along their language journey and I am proud to be part of that experience. I am constantly amazed by the determination and resilience that ESOL students display. In my spare time I love getting out into the New Zealand outdoors and I take any travel opportunity I can, including popping back to the UK to see my family.
During the last two years I have been working as an ESOL Teacher Assistant at Chelsea Primary School. This role has been extremely rewarding for me. To see children develop the English Language and grow in confidence makes the job very satisfying. I love building trust with young children and I feel this is one of my strengths. Developing this further and showing them that with a positive attitude their goals can be achieved is a wonderful part of each individual's journey to be involved in.
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