One of our best resources at Tamatea Intermediate is the quality of our Staff. We have great blend of experience, enthusiasm and energy amongst both our Teaching and Support Staff.
A unique feature is that we have a 50/50 gender split of teachers, which provides positive role models for all our students.
Jo Smith, Principal
As a past student of Tamatea Intermediate myself, I am extremely proud to be the Principal of this innovative and supportive school. I have recently returned to Tamatea Intermediate after spending several years in Australia and it is great to be back in this fantastic, future focussed learning community.
Our motto 'Learning for the future in a supportive environment' reflects the way we guide our learners to achieve their personal best. Tamatea Intermediate has a dedicated team of teachers and support staff that are passionate about providing exciting learning opportunities for our students.
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Jude Lineham , Deputy Prinicpal
Jemma Thorogood, Assistant Principal
My name is Jemma Thorogood. I began teaching at Tamatea Intermediate in 2004 as a beginning teacher and have not looked back!
I hold high expectations for myself and all learners. I expect learners to get out of their comfort zones, try new things, and take risks with their learning. I want learners to have fun while providing opportunities for them to investigate, create, connect, collaborate, communicate, participate, and contribute at school, community, and global levels.
Working together we can create life-long learners who are willing to question, explore and make decisions about their journey in life.
"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel."
Dean Quate, Room 17 (Year 7 Team Leader)
Franz Groom, Room 3
I enjoy teaching intermediate age students and Tamatea Intermediate provides many challenging and rewarding activities for students during their two year stay with us.I first taught at Tamatea Intermediate in the late 80’s for two years, returning in 2007. I especially enjoy teaching Social Studies and Science and watching students develop their knowledge and skills in these subjects. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, golf , aviation, travel and meeting new people.
Lejani Eksteen, Room 4
Dan McAleese , Room 13 (Year 8 Team Leader)
Year 8 Teacher/ Year 8 Team Leader
Meredyth Howie, Room 9
I have taught intermediate age students for about 26 years, the last 6 years at Tamatea Intermediate. I enjoy working with this age group and no two classes are the same. I particularly enjoy seeing the students ability to form opinions and use reason develop with greater confidence. I have a passion for reading and have read aloud to students all my career, although not always with success when the school day becomes crowded.
Kirsten Morrison, Room 10
Kia Ora. My name is Kirsten Morrison and I am part of the amazing Year 8 Team at Tamatea Intermediate School. This will be my 12th year at the School and I am as excited about this year as my very first!
I am married with 3 children, host 2 boys from Vietnam that attend Napier Boys High School, and have a 2 year old grandson to keep me extra busy.
My roles within the school include being the lead teacher of Mathematics and Rugby. I am passionate about both!
Each week you will find a Mathematical Mind Mover challenge that I encourage all of our learners to participate in - especially if they can solve this with whanau as it is great to hear them using these skills outside of the classroom. I also work closely with Sarah McPhee to offer ALiM (Accelerated Learning in Mathematics) classes to those that may need extra support within their mathematical learning. This is hugely rewarding to both my learners and myself as over a term a learner can totally change their mindset and skillset to develop new found confidence that spills into all learning areas.
I strongly believe in risk taking, goal setting and surrounding yourself with supportive people that will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and reach for all opportunities that excite you.
Damien Izzard, Room 12 Head of Sport and PB4L
Valerie McLeod , Muriwhenua
Kia ora. I have been lucky enough to have been teaching at Tamatea Intermediate since 2016 and prior to this have spent eight years teaching at two other local intermediates. An 18 month stint at the primary school levels left me in no doubt that teaching intermediate age students is where my passion lies.
I love helping students learn how to become independent learners; making sense of the world they live in and seeing how they can be part of improving it for the future. Tamatea Intermediate is a fantastic teaching and learning environment. Students are given support as well as amazing opportunities to grow and challenge themselves. I am passionate about students being able to pursue a range of old and new interests outside the classroom. At school, I am involved with drama and dance, orienteering, netball, and book club.
In my spare time I enjoy being out and about with friends and family, the outdoors, shopping, and relaxing with a great novel.
Hohepa Cooper, Muriwhenua
Kia ora e te whanau! My name is Hohepa Cooper and this is my first year teaching at Tamatea Intermediate. I grew up in Napier attending Henry Hill, Wycliffe Intermediate and Colenso High Schools. I have 2 young children, which prompted the move back to Napier for great Hawkes Bay family lifestyle.
I have been teaching at the Intermediate level for the last 10 years with particular interest in Science, Maths and Inquiry learning.
Lauren Pitts, Muriwhenua
Kia Ora. My name is Lauren Pitts. I am a co - teacher for Muriwhenua.
This is my first year at Tamatea Intermediate. I have been teaching in Hawkes Bay for the last 20 years, in many different positions and schools. Most recently I have been a full time staff member at Tamatea Primary School. I am really looking forward to the change in teaching ages - relieving at this school has shown me that this will be an enjoyable and engaging time.
I love helping people learn and realise the potential that they have and can share with others. My motto for teaching is “If you don’t challenge yourself, you don’t change yourself”. We all have our own personal strengths, I love to see the light-bulb flick on!
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my family, friends and my three cats! A good book, a soft chair, a cosy fire, quiet music - my idea of relaxation.
Jude Cheer, Multi Materials/ Head of Technology
Jamie James, Metal & Plastics
Originally from Auckland Jamie James spent 13 years in the boat building industry before deciding to make a career change and go teaching. Over the past 10 years he has taught all primary levels as a classroom teacher, but finds the intermediate years the most rewarding. Now he combines his past practical experience with classroom experience to deliver the Hard Materials Technology programme.
Jill Kennett, Art
Alister Gear, Food Technology
Alastair Richards, ICT
Kia Ora. I am Alastair Richards and I have been at Tamatea Intermediate since 2009. I started my working life as a Surveying Draftsman then progressed to working in the ICT industry. It was while working in ICT that I discovered the enjoyment of teaching and so here I am. I enjoy teaching intermediate age students as they provide many challenging and rewarding moments as I like to encourage my students to think outside the square. I want t o be able to support students to become independent learners where they can explore and ask questions in a safe environment. I have a saying - DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL. BE AFRAID NOT TO TRY! My interests at school are in the ICT fields with Green Screen technology and Coding along with becoming an Apple Certified Teacher as well as Maths. In my spare time I like to play football (come on the Spurs), cycle (semi competitive) and enjoy spending quality time with my wife and two young kids
Vicki Strachan - Home Liaison/Pastoral care/Attendance
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Tracey Hall, Teacher Aide
Hi my name is Tracey Hall, I have been with Tamatea Intermediate for 9 years now. First as a librarian and now as Teacher Aide for Technology. I have a passion for Books, Art, Steampunk, Polymer Clay, Jewellery and PUGs. I love to create anything handmade and get a kick out of helping our students create something unique.