KERIANA McKEE - Team Leader Mohaka - Room 9

Ko Hikurangi, ko Pukemaire nga maunga 

Ko Waiapu, ko Reporua nga awa 

Ko Ngati Porou te iwi 

Ko Ngati Rangi te hāpu 

Ko Keriana ahau 

Tēnā koutou 

I am the teacher of Room 9 and the team leader of Mohaka Whānaukura and am excited to be part of the 2022 learning adventures.  

I am an experienced classroom teacher having taught in Tauranga, Wellington, Taihape and London. This year will be my 8th year at Taradale Intermediate. I am passionate about te reo Māori and tikanga Māori. Last year I was fortunate to be awarded a Primary Teachers’ Study Award where I worked towards Te Pōkairua Reo (Rumaki). I am looking forward to sharing and growing this new learning with both students and staff. 


Tēnā koutou katoa,

I have 2 sons, Jack who is 20 and Cooper who is 10. My husband is a boat builder and as a family, we enjoy spending time on and around the water. I was a competitive swimmer and still can be found on a netball court now and then.

I look forward to supporting our learners to be the best they can be in 2021, working closely with the parents and whanau to make a real difference!


Kia Ora, my name is Matt Murtha and I am in my fifth year of teaching. I began my journey teaching in Auckland for two years before returning to Hawke’s Bay in 20219 where I was at Hastings Central School. I am very excited to be teaching here at Taradale Intermediate where I was a student. I am very passionate about sports, especially Rugby, Basketball and Cricket, and I play rugby for the Napier Pirates Rugby Club. I really enjoy teaching mathematics and also P.E, as I love to get kids active through sports and recreation. I am looking forward to being a part of Taradale Intermediate Community and Mohaka whānau kura. ​​​​​​​


Hi, I’m Kelly Hutcheson and you will find me in Room 50 this year, co-teaching with Leah in our collaborative space.  Originally from the UK, I settled in NZ in 2007 after initially coming for a year’s working holiday.  This is my sixth year at Taradale Intermediate and I love working alongside such an amazing group of collaborative, committed colleagues.  When I’m not at school I’m fairly busy with my family or testing the limits of just how much you can do yourself with home renovations.  Looking forward to a fantastic 2022!


Kia ora, my name is Leah Breeds and this year I am excited to be teaching in Room 50.  I have been teaching at TIS for far too many years to count because it's a great school with awesome students and I can't think of anywhere else I'd like to teach!

One of my passions is language and language learning and I have recently completed a BA in linguistics and French. My other passion is Performing Arts and you will find me involved in many cultural activities at school including orchestra, choir, and bands. I am also the itinerant music co-ordinator.

VINKA DONKIN - Tareha Team Leader - Room 1

Tēnā koutou 

This year you will find me in Room 1; the lucky teacher of one of our Extension Classes.  I am looking forward to leading the fantastic group of learners and teachers in the Tareha Learning Team.  Our team is proudly named after the local chief Tareha.  I cannot wait to see what we are all capable of we are eyeing up the Whānaukura Trophy! 

 I am an experienced classroom teacher with 25 years’ experience as a teacher and a leader in intermediate school settings.  The last twelve of these have been at Taradale Intermediate.   I have had a variety of roles while I have been here including Acting Deputy Principal in 2018 and two years as Learning Leader working on various special projects, 2019-2020. I was also lucky enough to be awarded a TeachNZ Sabbatical in Term 3, 2020 where I researched ways to build genuine learning partnerships with parents and whānau to help meet the learning and wellbeing needs of all learners. 

 I am passionate about developing learners as agents of their own learning.  I have high expectations and enjoy developing powerful relationships with parents, whānau and learners.  I love all areas of English - especially debating, Lit Quiz, public speaking and writing.   

2022 is going to be another exciting year as we all journey together on our discovery of something new.  We have an exciting vision for our place I hope you are all ready to come along for the ride. 

Mā te wā! 

See you soon! 


Kia ora, my name is Natalie Paterson and I will be teaching in Room 2 this year. I’m excited to be rejoining the Taradale Intermediate Teaching Team in 2022, after teaching for the past two years across the ditch in Melbourne. Taradale Intermediate is such an exciting place, where students are encouraged to innovate, explore their interests and try new things! 

I’m passionate about students taking charge of their own learning and achieving their learning goals. I’m particularly enthusiastic about maths, PE and inquiry learning.

Outside of the classroom, you may find me playing or watching sports, going to the gym or tap dancing! I have spent a significant period of my life representing NZ at table tennis (both as a player and a coach), so am looking forward to sharing these experiences with the students in my classroom.



Kia Ora, my name is Bertie Bassett-Foss, and I am excited to be continuing my teaching career here at TIS. I have grown up in the Hawke’s Bay and am excited to be back after finishing my studies at Waikato University. I am enthusiastic about learning and everything that TIS has to offer. I am passionate about sports and all outdoor education, in particular surf lifesaving, surfing, and anything to do with the water. I love to get kids enthusiastic about their learning in all aspects of school life. I am looking forward to an awesome year in Room 3 and the rest of Tareha whānau kura 


Kia Ora. My name is Ashleigh Isaacson and this is my fourth year at Taradale Intermediate. I am excited to be a part of the Tareha whanaukura this year as well as being in Room 4 for 2022.. My interests are literacy, P.E and the Arts. I love watching children grow as learners and seeing them achieve their goals. This year, I am really looking forward to being involved with our school production.  

Outside of school I enjoy playing netball, going to the gym, travelling and spending time with my friends and family.  

I am looking forward to the year ahead with lots of learning and exciting opportunities that TIS has to offer. 


Tēnā koutou

Kua tae mai tōku whānau mā runga i te HMS Beagle

Ko te kohatu Maratoto e pupuri ana tōku manawa

Ko te awa Hikutaia e tiaki ana tōku whānau, ā, e tiaki ana tōku whānau i te awa hoki.

Nō Hauraki ahau.

Ko Fraser Quinn tōku ingoa

Kia ora koutou,

I'm very excited to be the kaiako in Room 5 this year. After joining Taradale Intermediate in Term 3 last year, I am looking forward to starting the year in the awesome kura and having a full year with my students.  Aside from teaching, you'll see at the squash court, at the pools for under water hockey, in the hills hunting or at the ocean looking for kaimoana. My love of te reo Māori stems from wanting to be the best teacher possible for all my tauira - students.

​​​​​​​Ngā mihi mahana

LOUISE GRAY - Team Leader Tākitimu - Room 13

Kia ora, my name is Louise Gray. I teach in Room 13 and am team leader of Takitimu whanaukura.
My passions are Maths, Health, PE and EOTC. I am teacher in charge of football and help with swimming and cricket.
My interests out of school are all sports, reading, dog walking and spending time with my family.
​​​​​​​I am looking forward to another fantastic year of learning, sporting and cultural opportunities at Taradale Intermediate.


Kia Ora! Ko Brittney toku ingoa. I am in my fifth year of teaching. I started my teaching career in New Plymouth and have loved returning to Hawke’s Bay to teach at TIS.

I am a past student of TIS and it is such a rewarding experience to return to TIS as a teacher and teach the amazing tamariki we have here. My passions include Literacy, PE and Netball. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and friends, working on my fitness and reading a good book. 

I am looking forward to a fantastic year and getting to know all the new learners joining Room 12 and TIS.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Kia ora!  Ko Leanne toku ingoa.  I have been teaching at TIS for a few years now as I absolutely enjoy this Year 7/8 age group and what our kura can offer them.  I'm passionate about literacy, inquiry learning and wellbeing.  In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, walking, catching up with friends and relaxing with a great novel.  


Kia ora koutou, ko Nikki toku ingoa. This is my fourth year teaching at Taradale Intermediate and I can be found in Room 17 in the wonderful Takitimu whānaukura. I am passionate about all things teaching and learning and can also often be found coaching netball and volleyball teams. I love the outdoors and when I'm not at school, my fiance and I occupy our time hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with loved ones. I am looking forward to an exciting 2022 with Room 17. 

CHASE BATY  - Room 18

Kia ora. My name is Chase Baty and I am excited to be starting my second year here at Taradale Intermediate in 2022. I grew up Tūranganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay before moving to Auckland to complete my study and I am excited to have found a new home in Hawkes Bay. I am passionate about science, music/instruments (particularly rock instruments) and sports/motorsport. I am excited and looking forward to getting to know the students of Taradale Intermediate, share interests and passions and create positive learning relationships throughout 2022!

VIV LECOMTE - Team Leader Kaweka  - Room 22

Tena koe!  
Ko Viv LeComte taku ingoa.  I happily continue to lead our Kaweka Whānaukura in this wonderfully busy learning environment that is intermediate! TIS is a great place to be, with capable, caring staff and learners.  Other curriculum areas that occupy my time are EOTC and Health. I have a keen interest for Restorative Practices and support the implementation of this philosophy across our school. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband and family in the great outdoors partaking in the adventure it offers us. 

HUGH REED - Room 6 
​​​​​​​I look forward to working with the teachers and students towards meeting their goals. When I am not at school I am kept busy with my two young boys aged 3 and 5 and my newborn daughter. I also referee rugby most weekends. I am originally from Darfield which is a little town in Canterbury. I moved to the Hawkes Bay in 2008 and have lived here ever since. 


Kia Ora koutou, ko Tania Walters toku ingoa. Hello everyone, I am Tania Walters. I am excited to be teaching in Room 21 this year alongside mighty Kaweka. This is my fourth year at TIS and I love experiencing learning and growth from all my students. I am involved with Basketball and Kapa Haka, and my favourite subject is Math. 

In my free time, I love spending time with my partner and our 4 kiddies (they keep us very busy), I love BBQ's and summer with our friends and family, I play netball and like to go on holidays around NZ and the world - when we can. 

GINA EAGER - Room 23


Kia ora,

My name is Gina Eager and I'm excited to be returning to TIS this year where you'll find me in Room 23 for 4 days each week. Year 7/8 is my favourite age to teach and the subjects I'm most passionate about are literacy, film, and digital technology. I can't wait to meet the awesome team of learners that will make up Room 23 this year.

When I'm not at school I'm spending time with my two small humans, husband, and many farm animals. ​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​JAIMEE LACK - Room 23

​​​​​​​Kia Ora, my name is Jaimee Lack and I'm teaching in Room 23 on Wednesdays this year. I'm excited to be returning to the classroom after a year of maternity leave. I grew up in Taradale and I'm an ex-student of the school (many years ago). I love supporting tamariki to achieve their goals. I'm passionate about Health/PE, Maths, EOTC, Science and Art. In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends, travelling and taking adventures in the great outdoors. I'm looking forward to a fun, positive and successful year at TIS. 


Kia Ora I’m Caitlin Murphy. I am a fourth year teacher in room 24. I gained my teaching degree at EIT Taradale. I was lucky enough to be accepted into such an amazing, hands on course which allowed me to learn and teach alongside some amazing teachers and children in all areas of Hawkes Bay. I enjoy all sports, singing and all hands-on learning in the classroom. I am very lucky to have the support of my kaweka team and my amazing colleagues. As part of my leadership learning I am the teacher responsible for implementing HERO in the classrooms.  I hope to be doing some whānau sessions around this in 2022 when the traffic light settings allow us to meet.  I am excited to be entering my fourth year of teaching at Taradale Intermediate School. 

MANDY BARBER - Specialist Team Leader - Mixed Materials

Kia Ora. My name is Mandy Barber and I am a proud and very lucky member of the Technology team. I've taught TIS leaners for a long while now and I have spent some time teaching overseas too. You can find me in the Mixed Materials workshop where I have the privilege to provide students with the opportunity to design and create using hard materials. They learn a variety of safe machine and construction skills. as well as digital design for our Laser Cutter and 3D printer. My teaching passions lie with technology, maths, science and EOTC. I love helping students learn how to make sense of the world they live in and encourage them to improve it for our future. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, playing and coaching hockey, reading and travelling whenever I can. This year I think I will mostly be off to Auckland to visit my two girls at university!

ROX BATKINS- Performing Arts

Kia ora, I'm Rox Batkins. I'm very lucky to be the Performing Arts Teacher in the Specialist Team. I am passionate about the Performing Arts and enjoy the opportunity to help our learners express their creativity,  work collaboratively and take safe risks.  I look forward to facilitating performance opportunities outside of the classroom this year. In my spare time I love performing in Musical Theatre productions and attending dance classes.  ​​​​​​​


I have been part of the teaching staff at TIS for many years as I love teaching this age group.  I am a specialist teacher of P.U.N.K which stands for Physical Understanding and Nutritional Knowledge. I am also in charge of co-ordinating all the sport at TIS and EOTC (learning in the outdoors)  

My passion is get our learners to live a healthy lifestyle, make healthy choices and include daily physical activity into their lives through sport and recreation.  

My interests outside of school are Mountain Biking, road cycling, running, swimming, kayaking and canoe polo. 

WARWICK HILL - Food Technology

Kia ora. I’m Warwick and have been teaching for about 9 years. I came to TIS from Hastings Intermediate where I taught food Tech. I have also spent time teaching in the classroom. Prior to being a Teacher I was a professional chef.  

My passion is food of course! But I also love music, drama and martial arts. 

KAREN HOGG - Science

I have been teaching at TIS for many years as a classroom teacher and laptop class teacher. This is my fourth year in the Tech Team where I am a specialist teacher of Science. I am looking forward to connecting with our learners, sharing my science passion with them and encouraging and challenging them to take risks in learning something new science! I also enjoy teaching literacy and helping with volleyball. My interests out of school are enjoying time with my family and friends, walking, watching a good movie, anything chocolate and travelling. 

TERRI ANN PAY - Digital Technology

Kia Ora.  My name is Terri Ann Pay and this is my sixth year at TIS.  I am the specialist teacher of Digital Technology and you can find me in the Innovation Centre (the hub).  I am looking forward to getting learners interested and engaged with coding, understanding basic computational thinking and get learners to be on their way to becoming digitally capable citizens. 

Personally, I enjoy spending time with my two wonderful children, camping, gaming, coding and continuously learning.


Kia Ora. I have been at TIS for many years and I am our Art teacher. I am looking forward to being responsible for developing in each learner an interest in and the ability for creative expression in art: making art accessible so the magic can start happening. Being an artist will create a chance for learners to be themselves instead of more like everyone else.​​​​​​​


Kia ora, I’m Katie Moodie. Sports is a huge passion of mine. I have coached and competitively been a part of Surf lifesaving for nearly 20 years. This passion led me to study and gain a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. I then went on to study a postgraduate diploma of teaching. I started my teaching career in Auckland in 2017, where I taught for two years. I moved back in 2019 to teach in my beautiful hometown.  At school I am very passionate about Health/P.E, EOTC and Mathematics. In my spare time I enjoy playing Netball and Basketball, spending time with my friends and family, travelling and going to the beach! I am looking forward to a fun, engaging and successful 2022! ​​​​​​​