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Mandy Barber
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Classroom Teacher

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My name is Mandy Barber and I am a proud member of the Mohaka team, teaching in Room 12. After five years as a specialist maths teacher and a year teaching in Thailand I returned to TIS; the place that I love to work. I have been here for many years!
My teaching passions lie with maths, science and physical education. I am on each of these learning teams at TIS and love helping students learn how to negotiate, interpret and make sense of their world.
I am proud to say that my daughters are past and present Taradale Intermediate kids. There is an amazing amount of academic, emotional and social growth that happens in these two years and TIS is a great place for “tweens” to be! The support, challenge and opportunities that they receive here are second to none.
This year I am introducing orienteering back into our sports programme. I am also a keen hockey player and coach.
Last year, I joined a fantastic book club that gives me an excuse to read in the evenings. When I have a spare moment, I enjoy being out and about with my family and walking my beautiful boxer at the river. When I have the money, I love to travel overseas!

Heather Beaton
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Biotechnology Teacher

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Hello, I’m Heather Beaton, the Biotechnology teacher. Biotechnology is a fascinating and growing area in which students respond to an issue involving the manipulation and transformation of living systems or the use of products of living things to develop new products, systems or environments.
This year we are focusing on investigating the invisible agents at work, e.g. enzymes, yeast and bacteria.
Many aspects of my career and study have given me the tools to be effective in this role. I have a Diploma in Teaching from Auckland College of Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Auckland. My career has ranged from technical laboratory work in the Nutrition Centre at Ruakura Research Station in Hamilton then onto working as a field technician in the Biological Sciences Department at Waikato University. This was followed by a Ministry of Education Contract to deliver Environmental Education to schools and another contract as an Environmental Educator with Auckland Regional Council to deliver workshops to teachers and programmes to school students. I have also taught for several years as an intermediate teacher in Auckland and in North Shore Schools, some as a classroom teacher, some as a biotechnology teacher and some as a team and curriculum leader.
I have been very fortunate to have always been associated with organisations committed to best practice. This continues with TIS and as an extra bonus I have the pleasure of working with every child in the school.

Manu Bennett
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Class Teacher

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Kia ora, I’m Manu Bennett. I come from the small ‘River City’ town of Whanganui. I have moved to the Hawkes Bay with my partner Kirsty and our dog, Jack. Education has always been my forte, as I worked as an educator in various institutions, including the Museum, Gallery, Library, and Secondary and Tertiary sectors. Becoming a registered primary school teacher is what I now aspire to. Hence, I’ve moved here to be a part of the Taradale team and I’m very excited about beginning my first year as a teacher here at Taradale Intermediate.

Leah Breeds
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Classroom Teacher - eLearning Lead Teacher

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My name is Leah Breeds and this year you'll find me in Room 1 which is one of our extension classes. I really enjoy the challenge of working with and extending our top students. I am also hugely passionate about using technology to enhance learning opportunities and am a lead teacher in e-Learning.

Outside of the classroom I am involved in a number of cultural activities at T.I.S. including dance, choir, music groups and instrument tuition. I'm really looking forward to this year's school production - Fame!

Lynley Brinsley
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Classroom Teacher

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Hi, I’m Lynley Brinsley and I am currently teaching in Room 13, as part of the Mohaka team. This year I consider myself lucky to be working alongside a wonderful group of children and colleagues who display an enthusiasm for learning. Taradale Intermediate is a fantastic school and I have been teaching here for many years. At this school I have been able to grow as a teacher and have been involved in numerous leadership and learning opportunities I have been teaching for over twenty five years and have always taught at the Intermediate level in several schools in Napier.

Melanie Brooks
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Classroom Teacher

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My name is Mel Brooks and I have been teaching at TIS for 5 years. I am a classroom teacher based in one of the 1:1 laptop classes. This is my second year in this role and I am hoping to further challenge myself and my students to learn new skills and strategies in this area. I am one of two Science Curriculum Leaders and with my background of nursing before teaching this is a huge passion of mine. I am responsible for the netball at TIS, last year we had 11 teams so over 100 students involved in this wonderful sport. I am the mother of three gorgeous children, two of which have been educated at TIS. They were given amazing opportunities at TIS and both fondly look back at their time here as most enjoyable. This is a wonderful to teach at, the staff and students are very special and there is a welcoming feeling throughout the school. A great place to learn.

Scott Burns
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Classroom Teacher

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Hi my name is Scott Burns and I am the teacher in Room 4. I am an enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about making all learning experiences for my students memorable ones. I feel it is important to teach students how to develop the skills of co-operation, relationship building and communication at this age level. Student voice is prevelant in Room 4 with all our class members being given the opportunity to have their say and feel comfortable to do so. Room 4 are a part of the Takitimu syndicate at Taradale Intermediate. My teaching interests are based around physical education, maths, I.C.T and languages with Italian being taught as an international language. A motivational quote that I have developed in Room 4 is the Latin phrase of, "Fortuna Fortes Aduivat," It means fortune favours the brave. I use this to motivate the students when they are unsure of themselves - if you don't try you will never find out how good you could be. What makes me love teaching is seeing the students develop over time and gain confidence in their own abilities. I feel privileged to be able to assist in the moulding of our country's future generations. In my spare time I like to play a variety of sports, listen to music, watch a good movie and to travel lots! I also coach a wide variety of sports such as cricket and soccer in and out of Taradale Intermediate.

Frances Corkery
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Support Teacher

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I have taught at Taradale Intermediate for the last three years and enjoy the opportunity to work around the school in a variety of roles. I like the challenges of Intermediate and engaging with learners at this level as they question the world around them. I have become something of a jack-of-all-trades in my time here, teaching not just regular classrooms but everything from biotechnology to music and cooking.

I am interested in particular in literacy. For the past three years I have been studying through Massey University and will complete a Master of Literacy Education degree later this year. I am grateful to the school and Year 8 students who have allowed me to carry out a research project with them on Reading Comprehension. I have been studying how students respond to PAT questions and aim to gain insights into how students think as they work to comprehend texts.

When away from school, I love to be outside and you will find me in the garden, walking in Eskdale Park or hiking.

Whaowhia te kete matauranga
Fill the basket of knowledge

Kirsten Demanser-Wilson
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Release Teacher / Sport Challenge Teacher / Sports Co-ordinator

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I am passionate about teaching the emerging adolescent and making a difference in the lives of the students that I come in contact with. My interests involve movies, reading, multisport, canoe polo, cycling, E.O.T.C and spending time with my family and friends. I am lucky enough to work with the students from all 3 learning teams with my different roles within the school.
Sports Coordinator: If you need to know anything about the variety of sports on offer at T.I.S, then I can help you. I am sports mad and enjoy getting children hooked on sport to help keep them fit and healthy. I am the liaison person between outside agencies, teachers, coaches and parents. We pride ourselves on providing a variety of sports for children throughout the year.
Sports Challenge: This Year 8 Sports Extension programme is now into its fourth year at T.I.S. The students participate in a variety of modules to develop their skills as leaders, coaches, athletes, referees, event managers as well as learning more about the human body, nutrition and exposure to top coaches from a variety of different sporting codes.
Release Teacher: I enjoy my role as a release teacher for the team leaders and lead teachers, working across the 3 learning teams and teaching most students within the school. You will also see me teaching a Maths class daily as well as working with the school leaders.

Vinka Donkin
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Team Leader Mohaka and Literacy Lead Teacher

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Bachelor Education, Diploma of Teaching

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I loved my intermediate school days in Havelock North and this certainly fuelled my desire to be a teacher. I trained at Massey University and have taught at Te Puke Intermediate, Napier Intermediate and now I’m heading into my fifth year at Taradale Intermediate. TIS is an awesome teaching and learning environment. Students and teachers at TIS have access to the latest resources and technologies. I enjoy the opportunity to teach at such a fantastic forward thinking school, with a great team of people and fabulous students.

As the Mohaka Team Leader I enjoy supporting my team of teachers and working closely with the 150+ keen 'green' students and the Senior Management Team. I'm sure 2014 will be a successful year for the Green Team....GO MOHAKA! I am genuinely excited about teaching one of our Extension/BYOD Classes again this year –we are going enjoy many challenges along the way. As the Lead teacher of Literacy I have the opportunity to support teachers in developing fantastic Text Exploration Programmes based on current best practice and student needs.

2014 looks action packed as we all continue on our journey of being the best we can be!

Meredith Ellingham
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Team Leader - Takitimu

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Tena koutou katoa. Ka mihi atu ki a koutou. Ko Meredith Ellingham toku ingoa. This is my fifth year teaching at Taradale Intermediate. I am thoroughly enjoying my experience as Team Leader for Takitimu and working with such an enthusiastic bunch of kids and teachers at TIS. I enjoy all aspects of school life especially Kapa Haka, dance and drama , PE and Art. I am looking forward to another exciting and rewarding year. Noreira, ka tu, ka ora.

Greg English
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Team Leader - Tech/Arts Team

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Hi my name is Greg English and I am the Team Leader of our talented Tech/Arts team! After spending 2 years teaching in a 1-1 laptop classroom I am looking forward to new and exciting challenges ahead. This year I will be teaching Multimedia as part of our Tech/Arts rotation. Students will be learning skills and techniques to create quality digital content to be shared with an audience. This could take the shape of various forms including being aired on our Radio Station or recently updated TV Studio.

Other roles I have fulfilled in the school have included being a Classroom teacher, Video Technology teacher in the Tech/Arts team, Future Learner (Schoolwide ICT) and coordinating our schools TV studio, Taravision. In 2007 with the help of some talented students we created Blog Central, a place for students to share and celebrate some of their digital content. This has grown over the years to include our own school Youtube channel and many classes publishing their own blogs. Our videos have now had over 200,000 views combined! Check out http://taradaleint.com and http://youtube.com/taravisiontube to help us celebrate our success!

I also enjoy working with groups of students developing short films for competitions and giving students the opportunity to share their talents and expertise.

Angela Fraser
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ORS Support

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Hi I'm Angela Fraser and have been a teacher at T.I.S the last 13 years. I'm proud to be a part of this incredible school and all the opportunities it offers. It is a special place. I'm a keen triathlete and a member of the Hawkes Bay Multisport Club. I am a mother of 2 gorgeous boys, and live in Taradale with my wonderful husband. For the last 4 years I have been employed as a part- time teacher. My role involves teaching ORS students and working with their teachers and families.

Bryson Frost
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Visual Arts Teacher

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Diploma in Visual Communications, Bachelor of Art and Design, Diploma of Teaching.

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Hi there, my name is Bryson Frost and I have been the Visual Arts teacher at Taradale Intermediate School for the past four years. I also take a maths class. Prior to Taradale Int', I taught at two other primary schools; here and in Christchurch. I was originally born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, but attended high School in Christchurch, where I remained until 9 years ago before coming to Napier for reasons of work and family. I have been married to my amazing wife for 18 years. We have 3 beautiful children. Outside of school hours I paint for a gallery in Akaroa in the South Island, I like to read, listen to motivational speakers, fish, walk, and we are very actively involved in our Church at 'Bay City Outreach Centre' in Hastings. I have had the privilege of travelling to many parts of the world, including climbing Mt Everest to 21,000 feet, riding elephants on Tiger Safari, driving a Combi' in Europe, and watching Moose walk by in the Rocky Mountains. I have also spent time with my father in the South China Sea, picking up 'Boat People' in the late 70's on a World Vision medical ship, before taking them to the many Refugee camps around Indonesia. I have lived a full and blessed life and try to pass on all the good things I have learnt to the children that I teach.

Louise Gray
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Part Time Release

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Leanne Hanson
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Classroom Teacher

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Hi, I'm Leanne. I have been teaching at TIS since 2008. I find the Year 7-8s a great bunch of students - there is never a dull moment with them! I'm passionate about helping students with their reading and writing skills and helping students become independent learners. I help out with volleyball, drama, book club and anywhere else I'm needed. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, catching up with friends and relaxing with a great novel.

Megan Harte
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Classroom Teacher

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My name is Megan Harte and I am excited to be Teaching Year 7 & 8 at Taradale Intermediate this year. I have taught in the Bay of Plenty for the past eight years at Katikati College. Duirng this time I fulfilled the role as Teacher in Charge of Cricket. I was also on the board for both the Tauranga Junior Cricket Committee and the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Committee. I was Chairperson of the Katikati Cricket Committee for 5 years and I have managed representative teams for the past six years and taken many teams to tournament during this time in Whanganui, Whangarei, Rotorua to name just a few. I truly love cricket and have an absolute passion for developing players. My own children aged 18, 15 and 12 all boys, play for both Bay of Plenty and Western Bay of Plenty cricket teams and have a love for the game also.

I have taught ICT at Katikati College and therefore would be confident in this area to integrate these skills with the classes I teach. I taught the Gifted and talented Mathematicians in Year 7 and the Gifted and Talented Year 9 English class. My students have won several national writing competitions in the past two years the latest competition was the NZ Puffin Short Story Competition 2011 Winner. I have taught English to Year 11, Level one NCEA. During 2012 four of my Year 9 English students had short stories, which were written in class, published by Ocean Books in a Secondary School Competition.

I was the lead teacher at Katikati College for both numeracy and literacy in the Junior School. I enjoy teaching dance and would like to help in this area within the school this year if possible. My classroom philosophy is to create a nurturing environment where students feel secure and confident. Building self-esteem and confidence is integral to learning and taking risks and that is a core focus for my teaching at all times. I love teaching and sharing the excitement of learning with my students in order to set them up for a successful future. I look forward to meeting everyone and thank you for your time.

Karen Hogg
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Hi, I’m Karen! (Yes, I’m still here!). My teaching career started at Mayfair School in Hastings in 1997 where I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the delightful students of Year 3-4. In 2000 I made my move to Taradale Intermediate and now teach a class of humourous Year 7-8’s. I love to teach and interact with this age group and find it extremely rewarding to see the progress and successes they make. I have been involved in coaching netball and volleyball and organising the school science fair. My spare time is spent with my family, catching up with friends and watching a good movie!

Viv Le Comte
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Team Leader - Kaweka

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Hi my name is Viv LeComte and I am Team Leader for Kaweka. I thoroughly enjoy working at intermediate level and the variety of talents and personalities this age group bring. The last couple of years I have being part of a team responsible for establishing PB4L (Positive Behaviour For Learning) within our school. My other curriculum responsibilities include Health, PE and EOTC where I work with groups of teacher to establish programmes that will benefit our students . When I am not at school I spend time in the outdoors with my family and make the most of the living in the Bay!

Ben Martin
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Lead Teacher Maths

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Kia-Orana, I am Ben Martin and the classroom teacher of Room 9. 2014 will be my eighth year as a teacher, all of those being here at Taradale Intermediate. The thing I enjoy most about my job is working with people, both students and adults. The people at Taradale Intermediate are what make it such a special school and why I am so happy to be a part of the team.

At school I am leader of the Mathematics Curriculum team. This has been a role I have really enjoyed, as it allows me to work alongside all students, and teachers, on a regular basis. My other real passion is sports and outdoor education. I have coached a number of different sports teams here at school from Ki-o-Rahi to Table Tennis. I also love getting involved in playing games at lunchtime, when the body lets me. I have had the pleasure of being a facilitator in our Education outside of the classroom programme, allowing me to take groups underground into caves, over cliff faces and through gorges out at Opouahi.

Outside of school I enjoy catching up with mates, listening to music, gaming and sports – mainly watching these days. So if you’re in our neck of the woods, don’t forget to drop by and check out what Room 9 is up to.

Felicity Martin
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Performing Arts - Music

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Hi, my name is Felicity Martin and I have been a teacher here at TIS since 2004. Last year I took maternity leave at the end of term one to have my first child. This year I will be working part time, mainly based in the Performing Arts Centre. I am really looking forward to getting back to work although I will miss being at home every day with my wee boy! I have a passion for the Performing Arts and this year I will get the opportunity to share my musical knowledge with all children and staff as each class attends music lessons. I will also be working closely with our rising stars through a wide variety of cultural opportunities like Orchestra, Choir and the school production. An exciting year for me to be able to focus on the Arts and have a little break from being a full time classroom teacher and team leader.

Valerie McLeod
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Classroom Teacher

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Bachelor Education

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Kia Ora, I have the privilege and pleasure of teaching the exceptional students of Room 15! I’m excited about teaching a Laptop class this year as I believe meaningful integration of technology in our everyday lives is a key focus in education today. This is my fifth year at TIS – and I love the dynamic of intermediate level. I am new to the Mohaka Learning team this year and am looking forward to working with the fabulous students in our team. Outside of school, I love spending time with friends & family, enjoy reading, shopping, the outdoors and fitness.

Lesley Overend
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Fabric Technology Teacher

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This year I'm returning to another one of my passions--sewing!
The Fabric Technology Room has had a make over and I am pleased to report that with the new furniture and paint work the room looks inviting and exciting. The students will learn the basic skills and techniques related to the textile room and they will pass a sewing machine license before they are introduced to the brief. This will encourage students to design, plan and create their first project. I am looking forward to an amazing variety of outcomes. It has been 13 years since I was last in this room and already I am finding the enthusiasm of the students has encouraged me to start sewing for Art Deco, which is a hobby for both myself and my husband. We have an old 1939 Dodge D11 vintage car and a full dress up wardrobe and so do our grandchildren! 2014 is going to be a great year for me.

Nikki Shakeshaft
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Lead Teacher - Mentoring

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Hi My Name is Nikki Shakeshaft and this is my 10th year at TIS. I am really excited about the up and coming events at TIS during 2014. At the top of my list will be being involved in our 2014 school production ‘Fame’. Having grown up during the 1980’s this is a show that reminds me of my own pre teen years. You will find me in team Kaweka and in Room 21. I am a classroom teacher as well as the lead teacher for Mentoring of our staff. On Fridays you will find me in the kitchen working alongside some of our students who are talented in their culinary skills and passionate about food. Outside of school, yes there is an outside, I am a keen cook and love to travel. My husband and I are attached to travelling to the United States recently and hope to explore it a bit further during this year. I have a very understanding husband who allows me to indulge in my passion for shoes and a Labrador named Buster who rules the roost at home. When thinking about why I have been teaching here so long I would have to say it is the staff, student and opportunities (for both teachers and students) that has kept me here so long.

Jamie Wickham
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Mixed Materials Technology Teacher

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Hi, my name is Jamie Wickham and I am in my second year of teaching. I have had the privilege of teaching in the Tech/Arts team, with my area being Mixed Materials. I am excited about helping students grow and succeed in areas outside of the core subject that some students struggle with.
I have always been very hands on person, build and constructing many things during my childhood right up to the present. I tried engineering, horticulture, hospitality and may other areas of work before settling on teaching and I have not looked back since.
Outside or work I enjoy biking, tramping, gaming, reading, movies music and working on my classic cars. Feel free to pop into the mixed materials room and see what awesome work the TIS students get up to in there!