Principal:  Mr Ken McLeay MEdAdmin(Hons),  MA,  BEd,  DipTchg

I have been at Riverview School for nine years and am delighted to be leading a highly competent and professional team, which seeks to provide the best education possible for the children attending here.  I have been principal in six schools for over 30 years and many of my family, including two of my adult children, are teachers.  It is a profession that helps to shape the future and, particularly, the future of those children in our school.


Deputy Principal / In charge of Years 4 - 6: Mrs Alison Ayr MEd(Hons), PGDipEd,  BEd, DipTchg

I have taught from Year 1 to Year 8, in Northland and Auckland, from small full primary schools to large intermediate schools; I have been a teacher, assistant/deputy principal, principal, and curriculum development facilitator.  My curriculum interests are Literacy and Inquiry, with Writing being a passion; my teaching philosophy is focused on ‘raising the bar and closing the gaps’.  My personal interests range from gardening to sailing.


Assistant Principal / SENCO / In charge of  Years 1 – 3 / Year 3 Team Leader (Team Puketotara):  Mrs Jenny Henderson BTchg, DipTchg

I have taught from Year 1 to Year 8, in both primary and intermediate schools in Auckland and Rotorua.  I have even had time teaching in a boys’ high school.  My curriculum interests are Literacy and Maths.  I love to see all students achieving and having success to the best of their abilities.  I have been living in Kerikeri for 12 years; we have three daughters and five grandchildren who live in Wellington, Waiouru, and Auckland.  My interests range from reading and gardening to travelling.


Room 1 / Year 1 teacher: Mrs Tracy BowronMA, B.Sc (Prim.Ed)

I have been teaching primary school for over 16 years and love what I do. Prior to starting part-time work at Riverview School, I have taught in Macedonia, New York City, Hong Kong, Munich, and Prague.  I am originally from the USA and have a husband and daughter also at Riverview School.  Outside of school, I enjoy having coffee with friends, gardening, reading, travelling, and spending time with my family.

Room 2 / Year 1 teacher / Year 1 Team Leader (Team Kerikeri):  Ms Trish Puharich  B.Ed, DipTchg

I have taught for many years and in many places, including South Auckland, Wellington, London, and Kaihu Valley.  My philosophy is to build up children’s self-esteem, making them feel confident about themselves, their strengths, and their learning.  I am interested in Literacy, Art, Music, Creativity, and making learning fun.   I enjoy teaching and have taught most levels but have a passion for teaching Juniors, as I believe there is a real ‘magic’ and enthusiasm around Years 0 - 4. 

Room 3 / Year 1 teacher:  Mrs Sarah Hallgarth B.A, PGDipTchg

My family and I moved to Kerikeri in 2016 from Hawkes Bay, and I began teaching at Riverview School in 2017.  I have always taught in the Junior School area; I am a trained Reading Recovery teacher, and my curriculum interests are in Literacy.  My teaching philosophy is based on ensuring the best possible transition to school for my New Entrants and their families.  My interests include learning about sub-tropical gardening, exploring the beautiful Far North, photography, and spending time with friends and family.  My son attends Riverview School, too, so I am lucky to see school through two lenses: as a teacher and as a mother.

Room 4/Year 1 teacher:  Miss Katrina Cooper B.Ed

I have recently moved to beautiful Kerikeri and started teaching at Riverview School in Term 4, 2018.  I am looking forward to continuing to be a part of the junior school, teaching Year 1 for 2019.  I completed my B.Ed in 2012 and have taught a variety of year levels; however, I have always enjoyed teaching the younger students.  My teaching strengths include Literacy and the Arts.  I love singing, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.


Room 5 / Year 2 teacher:  Mrs Lyn Draper B.Ed, DipTchg

I have been associated with Riverview School since 1999 when my oldest child started as a 5-year-old.  Both my children attended Riverview School, and I have been teaching here in a variety of roles since 2000.  I particularly enjoy teaching in the Junior School and always encourage the children to be as independent as possible.  My personal interests include living with chemical-free products, reading, and going for walks.


Room 6 / Year 2 teacher:  Ms Karen Fletcher BEd, Higher DipEd

I have taught in Christchurch, Auckland, Kent, Oxford, and was a sole-charge principal at Halkett School in Canterbury.  I taught dance and drama at the Christchurch College of Education and have a passion for musical theatre.  I enjoy teaching and have taught all levels, with a preference for Years 0-4.  My teaching philosophy is to encourage children to ‘give things a go’ and to share their successes; being with like-minded people who spark off each other is important for our future thinkers.  Subjects that I really enjoy are Literacy and the Arts.  I love to travel.


Room 7 / Year 2 teacher / Year 2 Team Leader (Team Okura):  Mrs Vicki Bell BTchg               

Kia ora koutou.  I am a passionate teacher and believe in making learning memorable and enjoyable for my students.  My curriculum interests are Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Te reo Māori.  My teaching philosophy is underpinned by ‘involving children in their learning and making it fun’.  My husband and I raised our four children in Kerikeri, and are delighted to have recently returned to our favourite part of New Zealand.  My personal interests are mountain biking, yoga, fishing, and diving.


Room 8 / Year 4 teacher / Year 4 Team Leader (Team Rāngitane):  Mr John Bowron BSoc.Sci, PGDip. (Prim Ed)

I worked in a variety of teaching roles in Hamilton NZ, Hong Kong, Munich, and Prague before returning home in 2014, with my family.  I thoroughly enjoy Science and Maths, and love being part of an exciting and creative environment that stimulates a love of learning.  I am a keen sportsman and, although my competitive days have fallen away,  I still love swimming and fishing, and I enjoy bike rides with my daughter around our neighbourhood as well as walks along the Kerikeri River.


Room 9 / Year 3 teacher:  Mrs Lynda Staples PGDipEdLit, BTchg

My family and I immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 1999 and settled into living happily and safely  in Kerikeri.  I began teaching at Riverview School in 2001 so have been privileged to have been part of Riverview School since then.  During this time, I have taught across Years 1, 2, and 3, and I was a team leader for a number of years.  My interests are varied, ranging from keeping myself fit and healthy to exploring my own creativity, while maintaining special relationships with my family and friends who live both here and all over the world.

Room 10 / Year 3 teacher:  Mrs Rebecca Thomas BEd(Hons)

I have been a teacher for 19 years.  I have lived in New Zealand, with my husband and two sons, for the past three years. We all love living here in Northland and we spend a lot of time outdoors as a family. Previously, I taught at the Bay of Islands International Academy and, this year, I was part-time at Pakaraka School, teaching Years 3-4.  I am passionate about children having the opportunity to learn without limits.  Through inquiry, I enjoy teaching students to explore their world with curiosity and wonder.  

Room 11 / Year 4 teacher:  Mrs Geraldine Pinao MTchg(Primary), MA, BA (Hons)

I grew up in Whangarei and moved with my husband and child to the Far North in 2018.  Prior to teaching, I worked as a researcher in Auckland and London.  I am looking forward to my second year of teaching, and putting my new knowledge into practice.  I have a special interest in the Arts, Mathematics, and Te reo Maori. 


Room 12 / Year 4 teacher:  Mrs Heather Heihei

No degree, so not many letters after my name, but I have over thirty years’ teaching experience, mostly in the junior/middle school.  My passions are the Visual Arts, Music, and Maths.  Personally, I am interested in soccer, rugby, camping, and reading the fantasy genre.  I have three adult children who have all left the nest.  I am a passionate artist who enjoys making mosaics and garden sculptures in my spare time.



Room 13 / Years 5/6 teacher:  Miss Kemble Doddrell

Kia ora.  I am a beginning teacher and this will be my very first year, teaching at Riverview School.  I was raised, and completed my schooling, in Kaikohe.  In 2017, I completed and received my BEd.  I then took 2018 off to have and raise my son.  I am passionate about Māori culture, the outdoors, and teaching in innovative and creative ways.  I am proud to have strong ancestral ties to Te Tai Tōkerau, and still happily reside in Kaikohe with my partner and son. 


Room 14 / Years 5/6 teacher / Years 5/6 Team Leader (Team Waipapa):              Mr Andrew Chambers BA, DipTchg

I was born in Upper Hutt, schooled in Lower Hutt, and completed a BA and  DipTchg at Victoria University in 1993.  In 1996, I headed off to the UK, where I taught in both Aberdeen and London.  I returned home in 2000 and have taught in the Bay of Islands for the last 16 years, across Years 1-8.  I have two daughters: Abby, in Year 13, and Eva in Year 10.  Diving, fishing, tennis, and golf are my passions.  My vision for a 21st Century learner is for each student to take responsibility for their own learning. 


Room 15 / Years 5/6 teacher:  Ms Vic Phillips  BEd(PrimTchg)

I first began teaching in Auckland in 2001 before moving to the UK for five years.   While there, I trained as a dispensing optician, completing a Diploma in Dispensing Optics (FBDO).  I have three children, two of whom attend Riverview School. I am passionate about teaching Visual Art, dance, and drama.  I enjoy camping in my renovated 1970s caravan,  spending time at the beach, and paddle-boarding.



Room 16 / Year 5/6 teacher:  Mrs Karen Josephs BEd, DipTchg

I have been teaching at Riverview School since 2004.  My teaching interests include Literacy and the Arts.  I particularly enjoy incorporating hands-on learning and social skills into the learning programme.  I am committed to being a learner, using  new ideas and thinking.  Through technology, I keep up to date with current practice, looking for ways to help and support children with their learning.  On a personal level, I enjoy walking, sewing, genealogy, music, and spending time with my family.


Room 17 / Years 5/6 teacher:  Ms Dallas Andersen BEd, DipTchg

I have taught at Riverview School for many years, teaching across Years 1-6.   I have four boys; Joshua and Logan are at Kerikeri High School, Ben (having completed Year 13) is having a working “gap year”, and Daniel is in his third year at Waikato University.  My teaching philosophy is to create a safe and supportive environment where tamariki can: develop independence, take risks, get on well with others, and be supportive so others can achieve.  I enjoy teaching across the curriculum, but really love the learning done through sport and the Arts.  If tamariki are happy and positive about learning, they will be successful

Room 18 / Years 5/6 teacher / Years 5/6 Team Leader (Team Wairoa):                    Mrs Catherine Ross-Taylor
BEd, DipTchg

I have taught for 31 years, from New Entrants to Year 7, from a small school in the Manawatu to a large full primary on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula before starting here in 2012.   Over the years, I have also been Acting Assistant Principal, Team Leader, Curriculum Leader, and a Reading Recovery Teacher.  In my classroom, I am passionate about Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and the Visual Arts. My interests include cooking, gardening, reading, boating / fishing, bike riding, and playing the guitar and ukulele.  I have two bonus daughters (step), and three grandchildren.


Teacher (aka the Super Science Girl): Mrs Tricia Hodgson BEd, DipTchg

In my teaching career I have been very fortunate to have worked across the year levels in most of the Bay of Islands primary schools.  I have also been a volunteer, teaching English in Russia.  In 1998, I assisted in a pilot study in education curriculum change for Santo, Vanuatu, and, for three years, I assisted with workshops for school leaders in Santo.  In 2004, I was the regional recipient of the National Excellence in Teaching award, placing fourth nationally.  My interests include cycling (road and mountain), gardening, cooking, and reading.


Release teacher :  Miss Angela Sime  DipTchg, GradDipEdTech

Kia ora, I taught in Auckland for 20 years before moving north; during that time, I taught at all levels from Years 1-6 and held a variety of roles including leading curriculum areas, team leader, and associate principal.  While I enjoy teaching all areas of the curriculum, I do have a passion for Inquiry learning.  I am a huge believer in making learning exciting, interesting, and relevant to our learners of today.  My personal interests include walking, cooking, and reading.

Te reo Māori teacher: Mrs Leone Cooper  BEd, DipTchg

I have been at Riverview School since 2014, having previously taught full-time at intermediate and primary schools in Palmerston North, Gisborne, Whangarei, Whakatane, and Taumarunui for over 20 years.  My teaching passions include EOTC, Te reo Māori and Literacy.  I am a life-long learner, having learnt to ride a motorcycle (both road and then trail) in my 30s, and how to SCUBA dive five years ago, gaining my Advanced Open Water  certificate in 2015.  I enjoy many crafts, including sewing, knitting, and cross stitch, and I am an avid gardener.  

Office Manager:  Mrs Judith Payton

Prior to moving to Kerikeri, I worked as the Office Manager in a community newspaper in Hawera, South Taranaki.  In 1996, I moved to Kerikeri with my family; our three children all attended Riverview School.  I am very passionate about the personal development of children and have a keen interest in watching them progress.  My interests include netball, football, rugby, tennis, and ukulele.



Resource Manager / Receptionist/ Librarian:  Ms Jo England

I was initially  employed here as a teacher aide and librarian then, in 2014, I became receptionist, and resource manager.  I really enjoy my role, meeting new parents and students, and being there to help.  Being a support person to so many people is very challenging but also very rewarding. It is very rewarding seeing children catch the reading bug; once they are hooked, there is no going back!  I have two children (24 and 16) and a cat (3).  Being creative is a big part of me being me and I like to show this as much as possible.

Receptionist: Mrs Michelle Tweedy
BA(Hons), PGDipHRM

I graduated in the UK in 1997 and spent the next nine years working in Human Resources.  I emigrated to New Zealand in 2006 and met my Kiwi husband, Stew, 18 months later.  Our son, Leif, is in Year 5 here; I also have a 22-year-old step-son, Aidan.  I became more interested in education as a parent helper in Leif’s first year at school.  I love working with the children, watching them develop and grow.  My interests are walking, pottery, learning to surf, and anything to do with the water!


Financial Officer: Mrs Pania Roberts

Prior to moving to Kerikeri, I worked as a project manager for a global company, managing a myriad of projects ranging from IT products  through to, and including, training and risk assessments.  I moved to Kerikeri in 2017 with my husband, Danny, and our adult son, Dwayne, for a change of pace and the opportunity to own our very own little slice of heaven.  I am an avid crossword and wordplay addict; have an impressive collection of elephants from all over the world, love all sports, and am a very competitive lawn bowls player.


Caretaker:  Mr Adrian Cookson

I’m proud to be the caretaker of Riverview School.  I grew up in Auckland, where I worked at a hire firm for ten years, before my wife and I moved north to Houhora, where I worked as a greenkeeper  and we started a family.  We now have two sons, aged 25 years and 5 years, and two girls, aged 16 years and 14 years.  We moved to Kerikeri nine years ago for better opportunities for our children.  We have met some wonderful people here, and love living in Kerikeri.  I enjoy fishing, playing golf, and spending time with my family.  


Learning Support Assistant (LSA):  Mrs Zara Harris

This will be my ninth year working as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) at Riverview School; prior to this, I worked in the Special Needs Department at Kerikeri High School.  I am also a retired gymnastics coach.   I love working with children of all ages and seeing them overcome their fears and achieve their goals.  My other passion is sailing, which I enjoy with my husband, Phil, and son, Alex.

Learning Support Assistant (LSA):  Mrs Jan Dick

My husband and I moved from Auckland two years ago and have bought a large property with plenty of gardening to do, which we both enjoy. Before coming to Kerikeri, I had worked for the Ministry of Education in Auckland for 17 years travelling to different schools helping students with speech and language difficulties.  For the past ten months, I have enjoyed my time at Riverview School as Learning Support Assistant.  I enjoy the school environment and helping the children in all areas of literacy and vocabulary development.  When not at school, I love to read, work in the garden, make patchwork quilts, bake and visit cafes to enjoy a nice coffee.

ESOL Teacher / Learning Support Assistant (LSA):  Ms Jeanine Walker

Teaching children is a real pleasure for me.  I have worked in early childhood through to tertiary education in different capacities.  I am a mother of three boys. When they are not keeping me busy, you will find me in the garden. 

OSCAR Supervisor:  Mrs Shelley Robinson

My family and I immigrated to New Zealand in 2009 when Dermot was only 6 months old.  Iona was born here in 2010 and is a true Kiwi!  Prior to having Dermot, I worked as a secondary school Geography teacher in a busy London school.  Using my teaching skills and my love of helping children to flourish, I gained my first job in New Zealand as a Playcentre Extended Session Supervisor.  Once the opportunity arose to work at Riverview OSCAR, I grabbed it, and now I supervise the entire programme.  When I’m not working, I enjoy yoga, swimming, exploring Northland’s gorgeous beaches with my family, and SCUBA diving.