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Rox Batkins
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Classroom Teacher - Laptop Class

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Hi, my name is Roxanne (Rox) Batkins and I am very pleased to be the classroom teacher in Room 15 this year. I have recently moved back to sunny Hawke’s Bay after living in Whakatane for the past 14 years.

I have been a classroom teacher at Whakatane Intermediate School for the past 2 years and really enjoy teaching emerging adolescents. Digital teaching and learning are a passion and I am very excited to be teaching in a 1:1 laptop class this year.

Other interests and skills are the performing arts and Musical Theatre. Theatre highlights have been playing lead roles in Grease, Chicago and Cats the musical. I hope to play an active part in dance, drama and singing groups at Taradale Intermediate.

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.

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 24 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. The Arts is a passion of mine and I love seeing students achieve success in these areas. This year Taradale Intermediate is entering two Stage Challenge teams, so I'm looking forward to this challenge as well. Bring on 2015!

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.

Matt Bruin
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Classroom Teacher

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Hi my name is Matt Bruin, I am the classroom teacher of Room 3 at TIS for 2015! My strengths include Physical Education, Health and Social Sciences. The big aspect I enjoy about teaching and place a strong emphasis on, is developing student values that can be applied to various aspects of a student’s daily life.

Football is my sport of choice in which I have proudly represented the region in. I am an Arsenal FC supporter which is clearly visible from my classroom walls. My hobbies include fitness, golf, back yard cricket and spending time with family and friends.

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 sixth 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 2015 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.

2015 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. Hello my name is Meredith Ellingham and this year I have taken up the opportunity of teaching one of our three extension classes. I am really looking forward to this challenge and working alongside and extending our top students. This is my sixth year teaching at Taradale Intermediate and I am thoroughly enjoying my experience as Team Leader for Takitimu and being a part of the Senior Leadership Team. I enjoy all aspects of school life and am especially passionate about Kapa Haka and the Arts. I am looking forward to another exciting and rewarding year with a motivated staff and fantastic bunch of learners. Noreira, ka tu, ka ora.

Greg English
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Team Leader - Tech/Arts Team Technology Facilitator

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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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The 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 7 years. I am excited to be taking on a new challenge that will involve more of the Arts curriculum, which means I will be teaching Dance, Drama, and the Visual Arts. Exciting times ahead!

I have been married to my beautiful wife Ariana for 21 years, and we have 3 awesome children, ages 18, 16 and 9.

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, and the fun things I have learnt to the children that I teach.

Louise Gray
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Classroom Teacher

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Kia Ora! My name is Louise Gray and i am excited to be part of the team at Taradale Intermediate. I began teaching in 1996 at Tamatea School and have since taught at Eskdale and Taradale Primary.
I love engaging with this age group of young adults and being part of their journey onto secondary school.
I am a mum to Olivia (13) and Campbell (11).
My strengths are Literacy, Physical Education and EOTC. In my spare time i enjoy running, watching sport - especially Rugby and Cricket. I enjoy movies and reading.

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.

Karen Hogg
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Classroom Teacher - Lead Teacher Science

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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 PB4L Coach

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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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Classroom Teacher - Lead Teacher Maths

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Kia-Orana, I am Ben Martin and the classroom teacher of Room 9. 2015 will be my ninth 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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PRT Support and 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.

Keriana McKee
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Classroom Teacher

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Tena koutou katoa. Ko Hikurangi taku maunga, ko Waiapu taku awa, ko Ngāti Porou taku iwi, ko Ngāti Uepohatu taku hapu.
I am excited about my role as Room 18’s teacher. I am privileged to have had a varied and extensive teaching career having taught in Tauranga, London, Upper Hutt, Rangiwaea, Paraparaumu and more recently in Havelock North. I have experience in teaching all age groups and enjoy the challenges and rewards of teaching.
My family and I moved from Paraparaumu to Hawkes Bay over a year ago. My husband was born and raised in Napier so ‘The Bay’ often served as a holiday destination for our family. When the opportunity arose to make Napier our home we jumped at the chance and are now enjoying the longer summers and fabulous Hawke’s Bay lifestyle.
Our eldest daughter completed her Year 8 year at Taradale Intermediate. As parents we were thrilled with the way Taradale Intermediate catered for her academic, social and developmental needs. She was given a wide range of opportunities and learning experiences, and this was all made possible through the dedication and drive of Taradale Intermediate staff. Our youngest daughter is next in line to benefit from all that TIS has to offer and we know that she too will flourish
I hope to add value to the Taradale Intermediate team through my passion for Te Reo and Tikanga Māori and Kapa Haka. I was a keen netballer but two torn achilles tendons have seen an end to my playing days. I now support from the side of the court. I am really excited to be joining such a hardworking, passionate team.

Lesley Overend
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Food and Fabric Technology Teacher

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This year I'm based in the Food Technology room. In exploring the technology process, we will be able to make use of the food and fabric technology spaces. Students will gain an understanding of the skills and techniques associated with both of these areas. They will focus on a technology challenge, either with a partner or in a group.
My husband I and are interested in Art Deco. This includes both designing and creating Art Deco clothing and preparing themed food for the Art Deco picnic held in Napier. We have an old 1939 Dodge D11 vintage car and a full dress up wardrobe. I look forward to integrating both aspects of food and fabric into the program for 2015.

Natalie Paterson
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Classroom Teacher

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Hi, my name is Natalie Paterson and I will be teaching in Room 7 as a part of the mighty Mohaka Team. I was born and raised in Palmerston North, and I moved to Taradale at the end of 2014 after graduating from Massey University. I’m extremely excited to start my teaching career in such a vibrant school with a fantastic group of staff and students that are so passionate about learning! I’m also looking forward to the challenges of working at Taradale Intermediate, as it is a forward-thinking school with plenty of exciting things going on.

I have a passion for sports, and I have represented New Zealand in table tennis since 2009. I have also had National and International coaching experience. Most recently, I was the Oceania Junior Girls’ Coach for the World Cadet Challenge in Barbados at the end of 2014. I am looking forward to sharing the knowledge and skills that I have gained through representing my country and continent with the students in my classroom and throughout the school.

Bring on a jam-packed, enjoyable 2015!!

Nikki Shakeshaft
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Lead Teacher - Mentoring

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Hi My Name is Nikki Shakeshaft and this is my 11th year at TIS. I am really excited about the up and coming 2015 year at TIS. This is my third year as a Kaweka team member and you can find me in Rm 21. I am a classroom teacher as well as the lead teacher in Mentoring for our staff. On Thursday mornings you will find me in the kitchen working alongside some of our students who are talented foodies and a part of the Culinary Arts group. Outside of school, yes there is an outside, I am also a keen foodie and traveller. At the moment I have a bit of an infatuation with the United States of America and all that is American. Mickey Mouse, Mustangs and the Super Bowl are on the top of my list. 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 at TIS for 11 years, 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 privileged to be teaching in the Tech/Arts team here at TIS. My specialist area is Mixed Materials, and this year we are introducing an exciting new aspect to the program by incorporating electronics. 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!