Principal:  Mr Ken McLeay MEdAdmin(Hons),  MA,  BEd,  DipTchg, PGCert in Digital and Collaborative Learning

This is my eleventh year at Riverview School; I 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 14 years; we have three daughters and six grandchildren who live in Wellington, Waiouru, and Auckland.  My interests range from reading and gardening to travelling.


Room 2 / / Year 1 teacher / Year 1 Team Leader (Team Kerikeri):  Ms Trish Puharich  BEd, DipTchg, PGCert in Digital and Collaborative Learning

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 BA, 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 BEd

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 2020.  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 BEd, 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: 
Mrs Tracy BowronMA, BSc (Prim.Ed)I have been teaching primary school for over 17 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 8 / Years 3 & 4 teacher / Years 3 & 4 Team Leader (Team Rāngitane):  Mr John Bowron BSocSci, PGDip(Prim Ed), PGCert in Digital and Collaborative Learning

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 Vicki Bell BTchg, PGCert in Digital and Collaborative Learning               

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 returned to our favourite part of New Zealand.  My personal interests are mountain biking, yoga, fishing, and diving.

Room 11 / 
Year 4 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 12 / 
Year 4 teacher:  Mrs Heather Heihei DipTchg

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 14 / Years 5/6 teacher: Mr Andrew Chambers BA, DipTchg, PGCert in Digital and Collaborative Learning

I bring over 25 years experience, teaching both here and overseas.  For the past 20 years, I have taught in the Bay of Islands, specialising in Years 1-8 whilst raising two amazing daughters.  At the heart of my practice is the belief that happy children learn; my approach creates a learning environment in which children are encouraged academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.  My vision for a 21st Century learner is for each student to take responsibility for their own learning.  I have a passion for diving, fishing, tennis, and golf. 


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:  Miss Kemble Doddrell BEd

Kia ora.  I am a beginning teacher; this will be my second year.  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 17 / Years 5/6 teacher:  Ms Dallas Andersen
BEd, DipTchg

I have taught here for many years, teaching across Years 1-6.   I have four boys; Daniel, Ben, and Logan have all moved on from their secondary education, and Joshua is  in Year 9.  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 that others can achieve.  I enjoy teaching across the curriculum, but really love the learning done through sports and the Arts.  If tamariki are happy and positive, they will enjoy learning and be successful.  

Room 18 / 
Years 5/6 teacher / Years 5/6 Team Leader (Team Waipapa):  Mrs Catherine Ross-Taylor BEd, DipTchg, PGCert in Digital and Collaborative Learning

I have taught for 32 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.   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 Mrs Tricia Hodgson BEd, DipTchg, PGCert in Digital and Collaborative Learning

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. 

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, Whangārei, Whakatāne, 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 (26 and 18) and a cat (5).  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 immigrated to New Zealand in 2006 and met my Kiwi husband, Stew, 18 months later.  Our son, Leif, is in Year 6 here; I also have a 23-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 26 years and 6 years, and two girls, aged 17 years and 15 years.  We moved to Kerikeri ten 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 tenth 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 three years ago to a large property with plenty of gardening to do, which we both enjoy.  Before coming to Kerikeri, I worked for the Ministry of Education in Auckland for 17 years, travelling around schools to help students with speech and language difficulties.  I enjoy working here as a 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.