My family originate from Croatia from the small coastal village of Podgora (I highly recommend looking up Podgora on google images!). They came to New Zealand and started as gum diggers in the far north Waiharara area. I have two children, my son who is at university in Auckland and a daughter currently at high school. My wife runs a highly successful education centre for girls who cannot cope in mainstream colleges. I love test cricket, am a keen fisherman, handy golfer, and a long suffering coach of every sport my children have chosen!
I graduated from the Auckland College of Education in 1987. I taught at Kedgley Intermediate, Onehunga High School, was Principal at Punaruku School and more recently at Summerland Primary School where I was the foundation Principal.
Ormiston Junior College offers a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to working together with our whole learning community.
I come to OJC from a facilitation role at Evaluation Associates where I supported development of Leadership and Assessment within schools across Auckland. Prior to this I was Deputy Principal at St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School in Blockhouse Bay. I have an interest in Mathematics and am currently President of the Auckland Primary Maths Association (PMA). I love to challenge and engage myself as a learner and am currently completing my Masters in Educational Leadership at Auckland University. I have a particular interest in understanding the neuroscience of the brain to support different learners with their strengths and their challenges.
On the personal front I am married to Mark, have two adult daughters and a son, in his first year at university. I am blessed with one granddaughter, Sophie, 3. I have great enjoyment and pride in sharing my life with my ever growing family in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges, West Auckland. I have a strong background in Sports, have played Basketball, Hurdled and Touch Rugby at Regional and National level, so I actively encourage participation in sports for competition and personal enjoyment, healthy body, healthy mind! I am also a trained makeup artist and have worked on many school productions, commercials and amateur film/stage plays.I am absolutely looking forward to developing a great relationship with this Ormiston, Flatbush, community of learners, whanau and colleagues collectively as we do great things!
Kat B. Liu-Asomua
I grew up in wintery Manitoba, Canada, and came to NZ as a professional snowboarder in 1997 intending to experience an NZ mountain. I ended up staying on for just a little while longer! I have been an Ormiston community local for the last 5 years, and love being a part of a community that is literally growing up around me. My passions outside of work include most board sports, yoga, and plenty of family time with my husband Matalevai who is a Whanau Leader at Alfriston College, and our 3 girls Selestine (8 & a learner at Ormiston Primary School), Satali (4) & Sifiti (2).
I come to OJC from my role as the Head of Independent Learning at Alfriston College for the last decade. Before that, I was also an establishment phase staff member at Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti in Christchurch. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (English, World Religions & Anthropology Majors), a Postgraduate Diploma in Education - Secondary Teaching, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning Applied Practice. This year I am also a Teach NZ Study Award recipient and am completing a Masters thesis on Innovative Learning Environment Curriculum Design in New Zealand. I am passionate about enabling kids to go deep with their learning through advocating for learner agency, personalisation, innovation, and critical thinking skills.
My family links are truly an Aotearoa migrants story (I come from Chinese, English, & Samoan ancestry). I grew up in central Auckland, son of a community Social Worker and a Teacher of English to second language speakers. My passion is community development and empowering families. I arrive at Ormiston Junior College care of Alfriston College where I was Head of Independent Learning and Community partnership mentoring. I have a BA majoring in Social Sciences and have a real belief in this being the true connector of all learning. I have experience working within an innovative, collaborative learning environment developing integrated learning.
My home is kept vibrant and full of life by my four children and the wisdom is found in the words of my fiance Esperanza ( who brings both Filipino and European perspectives to our home) and who is a life coach and all things beautiful. I am a huge basketball fanatic with a love of visual creativity such as photography and videography. I also dabble in songwriting and have worked for the New Zealand music commission teaching composition in schools. My excitement for Ormiston Junior college is the unique opportunity for the rigor of academic excellence to meet the responsive teaching and innovation of the 21st Century.
Talofa! What do we want for our young people in an increasingly complex world? OJC is the perfect pathway and opportunity to transform learning so that every child can succeed and create a future of which they can be proud. As a community, we are in an ideal position to realise the dreams and aspirations of our children.
My journey to Ormiston Junior College has been via Pasadena Intermediate (Deputy Principal), Howick Intermediate (x3), St Dominic’s College (Intermediate Department) and various teaching stints and other work in the UK.
Life is more fun with family and friends and, my partner AJ adds to the happy mix.
My love of travel has not diminished and my OE was typical of many NZers out to change the world. At the moment I’m totally immersed in the house renovation thing but my interests are pretty eclectic and include music, film, sport and keeping fit-ish!
I love my work and have a particular passion for transforming learning and what it should look like in this modern age; I look forward to working alongside you and creating something really special at OJC. Manuia.
My love for teaching began when I was working in England, helping to educate the community about the importance (and ease) of recycling their waste. Sitting in my office, I was planning a session I was to facilitate at a local primary school later that week and came to the realisation that I really “buzzed” off the teaching and learning aspect of my job. Soon after, my partner and I returned to NZ where I trained as a primary school teacher. I have worked in the primary sector for 12 years, across all year levels taking on many roles and responsibilities. However I do enjoy the older year groups as the connections made and conversations had are so real and fulfilling.
Originally from the North Shore, I ventured across the Auckland Harbour Bridge to East Auckland, where I now call home. I attended the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Environmental Science before heading to the U.S.A to take part in a summer camp counsellor programme. From there I spent three years in the United Kingdom before returning home to NZ to become a teacher, taking part in the Post-Graduate teaching programme at the University of Auckland.
My husband and I have two children who are 5 years and 2 years old. We love to head out fishing on a weekend and have purchased season passes for Mt Ruapehu with the hope that we’ll be able to get on the snow this year! Before we had our kiddies we were avid travellers and now our little guy is old enough to walk and talk we are set to increase our travel opportunities again.
I am excited to be working alongside a future-focused team of Learning Coaches and Designers at OJC and equally excited to be working with this brand new Auckland community. The curriculum design at OJC is refreshing and inspiring and I am looking forward to seeing how I continue to grow personally and professionally. The experiences I have had and shared along my travels and teaching career have opened me up to a world of unique possibilities, with my role at OJC being one I am very much looking forward to being a part of.
Kia Ora and 你好!
I am a New Zealander, with all of my grandparents and most of my great grandparents born here. I was born in Palmerston North but spent most of my school life in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast. In 2017 I returned from 5 years of teaching in an international school in Ningbo, China. I was the IB MYP (Middle Years Programme) coordinator there and Mike (my husband) and I absolutely loved our time in China, it was hard to say goodbye but coming back home to join the team at OJC made it a lot easier!
Before going to China, I was a PE and Science teacher at Putaruru College in the South Waikato. I graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Education. I really believe that collaborative teaching and learning through authentic, relevant contexts is the best way to equip our young people with the skills they will need for their futures, and that is why I am so happy to be a part of the team at OJC.
I love to play sports, I play netball, have played a bit of basketball, and touch rugby for fun. I also love the outdoors, and enjoy beach days, sailing, tramping and camping trips.
As a graduate with a BA in Politics, I initially trained as a secondary school teacher in 2002 and for my first role in the classroom, took on the challenge of becoming the Head of Classical Studies at Orewa College. Over the following years I developed curriculum while embarking on ambitious extra-curricular activities, such as Stage Challenge. In 2007 I left for my OE and decided to pursue a business career in commercial shipping. During 5 years overseas I managed to combine my passion for education with what I had learnt of business, working for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. I worked with an international team of people globally across 25 international branches and 17 education centres. I’ve also been lucky enough to be published several times over across a number of international shipping publications on the value of education and lifelong learning.
I returned from overseas at the end of 2011 and was lucky enough to enjoy another position at Orewa College, this time leading their History department. During my second stint at Orewa I became a Specialist Classroom Teacher and a member of the school’s Professional Development Committee, supporting other teachers through the task of up-skilling for 21st century learning. I’m thrilled to be part of the foundation team at OJC and am very much looking forward to embracing the challenges of opening a new school - one that fosters learning, focuses on student needs, and embraces the community.
My partner Kieran and I live in Conifer Grove and enjoy our local community very much. In my spare time I knit (very badly), love food and enjoy walking, travel and reading.
Having a fine arts background, I find my passions in communicating and interacting with others through art. I hold a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, where I paired the creation of art to learning, through trial and error. I am an advocate for equipping learners with critical thinking and empowering them with the means for innovation.My experience of teaching in the classroom started in France where I worked as a high school English teaching assistant. I was blessed with the richness of culture, art, and socio-political affairs that were inseparable from education. With further experience in working with international learners at Unitec, I was inspired to drive impact and work in the secondary sector. Prior to OJC, I taught at Paraparaumu College and ACG Parnell College where I focussed on developing goal-achieving, confident youngsters through practical, relevant, and personalised learning experiences, in the fields of Art, Digital Photography, Thinking Skills and ICT.My parents saw the promise of excellence in New Zealand and emigrated from Taiwan in hope of a better educational outcome for their children. And now I cannot be happier to be in a position where I can contribute to the learning whanau at Ormiston. I live locally in East Auckland with a young family and I am excited to be able to connect and grow with the community.
I consider myself a cultural fruit salad at times, raised by my New Zealand European Mother, and Step-Father. My biological Father is of English, Samoan/German descent, and recently I have been interested in learning more about my father’s side and origins as well as learning basic Te Reo. My Husband is Chinese from Beijing and we have a daughter, Stella who starts her educational journey this year as I start here at OJC.
I am Auckland born and raised. As a child I grew up in West Auckland and spent my high school years in Mangere Bridge and attended Onehunga High School.
I Studied a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Technology at AUT and when complete I had still had a passion to become a Teacher and completed study at MIT in Secondary Teaching and Learning.
I have taught at a variety of schools since 2004 and arrive at OJC care of Alfriston College where I spent the last 3 years. I have taught a variety of Technology areas and these include Graphics, Soft Materials, Food Tech and Hospitality.
I am looking forward to the challenges that OJC will bring and I believe in fostering lifelong skills and habits to ensure success. While I have a passion for Technology I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and seeing the journey the learning may take us.
Everyone can do anything, you just have to work hard to get it.
Dr Sarah Morgan
I grew up in the beautiful Taupō and Havelock North, but consider Ōhope to be home: the best place for grandparents and school holidays! I came to Auckland for a postdoc at the University of Auckland in 2014 and have been chasing the dream up here ever since. I have a dog who runs my household, and enjoy swimming, walking, quilting and embroidery in my down time.
I have a Bachelor of Science with Honours, a PhD in Molecular Genetics (Otago), and a strong background in Science Communication. My Research Fellowship at the University of Auckland was investigating science education translation-interventions and science literacy in 11-18 year olds from New Zealand, Tonga and the Cook Islands. I completed a GradDipT (primary) with the University of Waikato in 2017.
I am currently the STEM Manager at COMET Auckland, a Council Controlled Organisation and Charitable Trust, which focuses on making education more equitable and accessible across the Auckland Region. Within my role I run the Auckland STEM Alliance, and SouthSci: a NZ Government initiative under the Curious Minds suite of programmes, which aim to engage New Zealanders with science and technology.
I’m excited to be working with OJC part-time, in a STEM Project-Based Learning Coach capacity.
My first teaching position was at Papatoetoe North School in Mangere. From there, I moved to Manurewa High School where I taught in the Integrated Learning Centre as well as Junior Social Sciences and Drama. In 2006 I left for my OE, and with a British passport (courtesy of my Scottish father), was planning on seeing Europe. Instead, my husband (then partner) and I settled in Manchester, UK and got teaching jobs. Four years later, I returned to New Zealand and went back to Manurewa High School. I taught English and was the Literacy Co-ordinator for the school. At the end of 2011 I was asked to help set up and teach in the Te Pae Tawhiti Learning Area. This was a highlight of my career as it was solidifying a long held belief that learning should be collaborative and students should be given more agency. It was hard to say goodbye, but the opportunity to further develop this belief by coming on board at OJC was too big to pass up.
On a more personal note, I am married to Jeff and have two children, Lucas and Alyssa. We live in Maraetai and enjoy all that the beach community has to offer. I love to travel, am an avid reader, and really enjoy baking and cooking.
Kia ora!Ko wai ahau? Who am I? I am the youngest of five children. Four boys and one girl. I was born andraised in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty and then moved to Mount Maunganui where my mother’s family isfrom. My mother’s iwi (tribe) is Ngai te rangi and my father's is tuhoe and tuwharetoa.I am a keen surfer, a frustrated golfer and a lover of music. I have been in two bands, one as thedrummer and one as the singer. I played high school volleyball as part of the successful WesternHeights High School team and shifted my focus to club rugby after that. I was fortunate enough to finish my rugby playing in China. I love travelling and have been fortunate to see much of the world, mostly with my wife Lesley who also a teaches at OJC.We recently moved back from China last year, where I worked as a PE Teacher/sports coordinatorand coach for five years. Since moving back to New Zealand in August of 2017 I have worked as a learning coach and sport coordinator at Ormiston Junior College, where I will continue to work into2018. I am passionate about encouraging participation of students in sport, and enabling them todevelop their skills and reach their goals not only in sport but in life. I believe in the OJC philosophy and I am excited for whatever the future has in store.
Born in Oamaru to Dutch immigrants. Married to Margaret a French teacher, who is a 5th generation Kiwi. We have 5 children and now 7 mokopuna. I completed a BA in Art History and then a Teaching Diploma.
I have taught at Massey High, Baradene and St Peter’s College. I also have had a housing company. For a period I worked on Xena set building. I built fantastic cars with my hot rod business. For the the last 7 years I have been building and designing sets for NZ Opera.
I am a compulsive maker and will use anything. I am currently building a chopper, making furniture, designing a small opera set and working on some sculptures.
I am excited to join OJC and be part of the team to work with our students.
I am a lover of people! My favourite thing to do is spend time with the people I love. I come from a very multicultural family - my father is Samoan and my mother is NZ European and as you branch out you will find that there are many different shapes, sizes and colours throughout my family. I am a born and bred Aucklander and have recently moved into the area. I have particularly enjoyed trying out all the delicious food spots!
I come to OJC as a beginning teacher. I graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Education Primary in 2014. Since then I have been teaching in Alternative Education in West Auckland where I worked with 13-16 year old girls. Previous to this I was a member of a hip hop dance crew called ‘ReQuest’ who dance out of The Palace Dance Studio. I have a genuine interest in supporting students to succeed in their passions.
I am extremely excited to be a part of the OJC foundation team. The opportunity to learn, experience and grow as a teacher in a 21st century school is invaluable.
Bula vinaka! I'm Vivita Rabo, I'm a true Fijian at heart, apart from my love of sun, sand and sea, (like my fellow Fijians) I'm crazy about rugby 7's! I began my teaching career in Fiji and taught at several primary schools in the Central Division (Suva) as well as a special school. In 2009 I migrated to New Zealand. Being an immigrant from the Pacific can be difficult in terms of searching for a suitable teaching position. Hence, my journey began with a relieving teachers workshop at Kelston Deaf Education Centre (KDEC). Since then, I have worked in the Deaf Provisions at Papatoetoe High School, Kelston Primary School and Mission Heights Junior College.
I have a Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology) from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching from University of Canterbury, a Postgraduate
Certificate in Digital and Applied Practice from UNITEC and a Master of Education from University of Auckland. In 2015, I was fortunate to be selected as one of Core Education's e-fellowship recipients.
I strongly endorse Vygotsky's socio-cultural theory that learners thrive in socially rich environments (physical and virtual) where there is interaction, collaboration, innovation and problem solving with fellow peers, teachers, whanau and community. As KDEC senior teacher, I am confident that OJC provides an ideal inclusive learning space where learners who are deaf and hearing impaired are respected, cared for, inspired, empowered, their sense of identity enhanced so that they can be the best person and make a difference in the world they live in.
I began my teaching career as a Montessori Preschool Directress, then moved onto further studies to obtain my Bachelor of Education at the University of Auckland, specialising in primary teaching. Thereafter, I worked at Kelston Primary School and worked simultaneously, towards obtaining my Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching at the University of Canterbury, working and specialising within the field of Deaf education.
Thereafter graduating, I worked at Ormiston Primary School, supporting learners who were Deaf and hard of hearing to access the curriculum and enrich their language learning and comprehension, as their ‘communication modality’ were seen as the primary focus to support their social, emotional and academic growth.
This year, I will be joining our new team here at Ormiston Junior College as I continue to support many of our learners to become capable, connected, curious and collaborative learners. I aspire to be a positive role model for our OJC learners as I too, share in their socio-cultural identity as a Deaf person also.
As a learning coach and a teacher of the Deaf, I aspires every learner to feel a sense of belonging in an inclusive setting, to achieve a sense of self actualisation, and to experience success and joy within their individual learning pathways. During my spare time, I likes to go on nature walks, play badminton, read books, and spend time with my 12 year old daughter, family and friends too.