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!
Kia Ora! I have recently returned to New Zealand after five years in India where I co-led an international school seeing it through to international accreditation. I grew up in Auckland and attended Mount Albert Grammar School and the University of Auckland. I have a Bachelor's degree in History and a Graduate Diploma in teaching. I am currently working towards a Masters in Educational leadership. I have taught in the UK, NZ and Asia in public, private, co-ed and single sex schools.
I believe that social and emotional learning plays a significant part in the foundation of a solid education and in future proofing of our young adults. I am passionate about supporting teacher development through coaching and growing strong school cultures that are underpinned by reflection, flexibility and rigour.
My wife Anna & our three sons were privileged to experience life in Asia in a community steeped in history, cultural heritage and enormous potential. I love learning with students from years 7-13 in history, social studies, economics and art history. My family’s ancestry is from Germany and the British Channel Islands. I coach junior football, watch cricket and fall-off my mountain-bike in the forest. I will attend any meeting that has curry and aloo paratha. I can’t wait to engage with the student, parent & teacher community in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
My name is Asha Tupou-Vea and I have been working with youth since I left school myself. I love learning and being part of the teaching profession.
An ‘ethnic fruit salad’ is the best description of my heritage. My mother is Filipino/Chinese and father Indian/Sri Lankan and were both brought up in Malaysia. They studied in New Zealand and brought the family up here so I have been lucky enough to appreciate and affiliate with many cultures. My children also benefit from a multicultural background as my husband is Tongan and so our household is a potluck of language, food, art and culture.
I live at the Dilworth Rural Campus where I previously worked as a Cabin Coach, Teacher and Outdoor Instructor with my husband. Mythree boys, Jair, Dominic and Vaima’ali get to enjoy a rural life of swimming in rivers, skimming rocks and roaming endlessly. We spend a lot our time with extended whānau and value the importance of family.
Being a lifelong learner is important to me and I am currently studying, pursuing a programme through Monash University for female leaders in education. I have worked as a Team Leader and Core Curriculum leader atAuckland Normal Intermediate in Mt Eden and taught in West Aucklandat St Paul’s School.
Being part of OJC is an exciting adventure I am looking forward to contributing and learning from.
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.
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.
Te tai ra,
Te tai ki runga,
Te tai ki raro,
Te tai ki uta,
Te tai ki waho,
Tihei mauri ora.
Ko Maunga Piko te maunga,
Ko Parengarenga te Moana,
Ko Waihuahua te awa,
Ko Te Reo Mihi te marae,
Ko kurahaupo te waka,
Ko Ngati Kuri te iwi.
My name is Rewi Norman and I am Māori through my father and European through my mother. My Māori roots are in the north and in the Waikato. My English roots are in Kent south east of London. I am married and have a dog and a cat.
I worked as a lifestyle coach in a Māori health organisation for many years providing support through exercise prescription, nutrition and stress management. I most recently helped to run a Physical Education department in a men’s correctional facility.
I have recently finished my studies and this will be my first fully fledged role as a qualified educator.
I have a passion for learning, exploring and helping people. I am looking forward to working with the people of this community.
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.
I am from sunny Durban ,South Africa.I started my teaching career at V.N Naik School for the Deaf. I emigrated to New Zealand with my husband and two daughters in 1999. I taught at Manurewa East Primary School and thereafter joined Kelston Deaf Education Centre in 2000. I
was based at various Deaf Provisions in West and South Auckland and have gained vast experience teaching students from Y0 to Y13. I enjoy walking and cooking.
I'm passionate about developing language and literacy skills for our deaf and hard of hearing learners. I believe that both spoken and sign language is essential for all deaf and hard of hearing learners in order to communicate, interact and collaborate with those around them. I believe language serves an important function not only in terms of communication but developing a strong sense of identity as well as building and maintaining healthy positive relationships.
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.