Mrs Aaliyah

Mrs Aaliyah started teaching in 2016. She lives with her husband Zaid and loves baking, cooking, reading and playing the violin!! Mrs Aaliyah has always enjoyed David Walliams (the children's author) because he is funny and she loves science because it's hands on and fun. Mrs Aaliyah's favourite colour is purple and her favourite song is Believe.  When Mrs Aaliyah was younger she wanted to be an actress and did you know that she can speak three languages?! If you see Mrs Aaliyah around school don't be afraid to say Hi!!

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Mrs Allen

Mrs Allen shares Room 17 with Mrs Rolfe in Pod 4 at Shelly Park School.  When she was younger she had ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher and has accomplished her dream.  She started off her teaching at Papatoetoe Central, which is a primary school.  Mrs Allen’s favourite colours are blue and pink, and she loves to listen to any type of music (except heavy metal) with her children, Kahlan and Sam.  She loves to run, sew, knit and especially read and her favourite book is Alex by Tessa Duder.

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Mrs Atkin

Mrs Atkin shares Room 13 with Mrs Mills in Pod 3 at Shelly Park School.  She has also taught at Anchorage Park School, Point View and Owairoa.  Her favourite colour is turquoise and she loves to listen to ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars.  Mrs Atkin’s favourite children's authors are Lynley Dodd and Eric Carle, and the whole web crew were quite surprised that she could flare her nostrils. She loves to read, play netball, hang out with kids (Gabby and Trent - who also go to Shelly Park), and scuba dive.  Did you that she loves to scuba dive on old ship wrecks? Mrs Atkin wanted to be an archaeologist when she was younger!  We all love having Mrs Atkin as a teacher.  Be sure to say hi when you see her around the playground.

By Becs

Mrs Balais

Mrs Balais began teaching in Pod 2 in 2015.  She has been teaching for over 16 years and has also taught in Europe.  Mrs Balais isn’t just a teacher, she is also a mum of two children.  Her daughter Luana and son Alex are students at Shelly Park School.  Before she was a teacher, Mrs Balais was a pschycologist.   She loves reading Lynely Dodd because she has a way of rhyming things, and her favourite colour is turquoise.  Every summer Mrs Balais goes shark fishing.  

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Mrs Bayly

Mrs Bayly lives with her husband and has four adult children, the youngest two are twins. She has been teaching Shelly Park students for over 30 years but had a break while her children were young. She enjoys sailing, photography and gardening. Mrs Bayly loves to play the piano and enjoys training the school choir. She loves reading inspiring biographies and her favourite children’s author is Roald Dahl because of his entertaining stories and humorous characters. Her favourite colour is green and her favourite subject is maths.

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Mrs Bradbury

Mrs Bradbury is the head of Pod 3. She lives with her husband Wayde, and her two children- Neve and Max. In their family they also have a dog called Shelby and two cats - Sid and Stu. Mrs Bradbury has been teaching for over eight years and has taught at St Joseph’s School. When Mrs Bradbury was younger, she always wanted to be a doctor but she decided she really wanted to be a teacher. Mrs Bradbury’s favourite song is ‘Viva La Vida’ by Cold Play and her favourite colour is purple. She has an obsession with cute and fluffy pandas and her favourite book is The Magic Far Away Tree by Enid Blyton.

By Kendra

Mrs Brown

Mrs Brown lives in Dannemora with her husband Cameron and her two boys Braden and Josh. She has been teaching for over 20 years at Pigeon Mountain Primary and Shelly Park School. Before she was a teacher Mrs Brown worked in a club called ‘Grapes’ where she enjoyed the loud music and disco atmosphere. Mrs Brown’s favourite song is ‘Up Town Funk’ because she likes the beat and the funky words. Mrs Brown loves to travel around the world with her husband who is a triathlete. Her favourite colour is blue and she loves collecting original art. Mrs Brown adores the children’s author Enid Blyton because of the interesting characters and the adventure plots.

By: Nicole & Ashley


Miss Cullum

Miss Cullum works in Pod 4 in Room 16 and Shelly Park School is the first school she has taught at.  Miss Cullum likes to hang out with her family and friends, and she loves cooking. Her favourite children's author is Roald Dahl and her favourite song is Heart of Life by John Mayer.  Blue is her favourite colour and when was a kid, she wanted to be a photographer.  Miss Cullum’s special talent is to sing and she has a beautiful singing voice.

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Mrs Dove

Mrs Dove lives with her lovely family: Tony, Sarah, Katie, her two cats Iris and Pearl and her grandson Benjamin. She has been working for over thirty years and has taught at other schools in New Zealand and also helped in Australian schools. Her favourite author is Eric Carle because he is a very good illustrator. When she was little, Mrs Dove wanted to be a writer and before she was a teacher, she was a journalist. Her favourite song is ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and her favourite colour is blue.

By Kendra

Mr Fan

At the start of Term 3 in 2016 Mr Fan began teaching at Shelly Park School. Mr Fan has lived in three places: Taiwan, New Zealand and London. He taught at a school in London then moved back to New Zealand to teach at Papatoetoe North Primary, and now he teaches here. His favourite book to read to his students is The Gruffalo. When Mr Fan was younger he really wanted to go to the Olympic Games because his favourite thing to do is exercise and while he is exercising he loves to listen to all types of music except heavy metal! Did you know that Mr Fan used to come to our very own Shelly Park School when he was younger? If you see Mr Fan around be sure to say hi!

By Bec & Alex

Mrs Hales

Mrs Hales started teaching at Shelly Park School in 2014 in Pod 1. She lives with her husband, Pat, and three kids, Kelly, Matthew and Bianca. Enid Blyton is her favourite author because she makes you want to be one of the characters. Mrs Hales always wanted to be a teacher when she was little and she worked at ASB Bank before starting to teach. Her favourite song is ‘All about That Bass’ by Megan Trainer. Blue is her favourite colour and she’s also involved in musical theatre!

By Elyssa

Mrs Hayward

Mrs Hayward started teaching in Pod 1 and is now in Pod 2. She lives with her husband Joe, children Ariana and Tyler, as well as her father-in-law Steve and her step children Keegan and Caitlin. Mrs Hayward has been teaching for 10 years and before she was a teacher, she wa an accountant in London for 5 years. When she was little, Mrs Hayward wanted to be a traveller or an author. Her favourite children's author is Rick Riordan because of the links to history and the adventure. Mrs Hayward loves the colour fire engine red and her favourite song is "We are the Champions" by Queen. In her spare time, Mrs Hayward enjoys reading and making cool cakes for birthdays.

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Miss Higham

Miss Higham is a new teacher at our school and you can find her in Room 8, in Pod 1. She comes from South Africa and lives with her mum, dad and younger sister, Kerryn. When she was younger, Miss Higham wanted to be a photographer and she still loves to take photos of children. Her favourite author is Roald Dahl because he writes exciting stories and Miss Higham’s favourite song is “Happy” by Pharrell. She loves the colour turquoise and her favourite thing to do is watch the All Blacks play live on TV, and also chill on the beach.

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Mrs Kirk

Mrs Kirk is a favourite teacher in Pod 4. She has two children called Jemma and Mark and says she has been teaching for way too long, but she loves it! For a few years Mrs Kirk worked as a flight attendant and was also a Life Education educator where she was Harold the Giraffe’s mum. Mrs Kirk loves C.S Lewis because she enjoys the stories of Narnia. Her favourite colour is aqua blue and her favourite song is ‘Take It Easy’ by Stan Walker. A few years ago Mrs Kirk learnt to water ski but it took her two summers to get up on the top of the water because she fell a lot!

By Lauren, Elyssa and Kendra

Mrs Kirkup

Mrs Kirkup started teaching in 2016 in Pod 3. She lives with her husband Mark, and her two sons - Connah and Zane. In her spare time Mrs Kirkup enjoys exercising, going to the movies, reading, relaxing on the beach and hanging out with friends. Her favourite author is David Walliams because he is so hilarious and she really loves the colour pink. If you are wondering what band she likes listening to, it is Ed Sheeran. Mrs Kirkup also loves the PE focus we have at Shelly Park School and did you know that she can do the splits?!

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Mr Lyford

Mr Lyford

Mr Lyford started teaching at Shelly Park School in 2014. We discovered that he is a cool, sporty guy who loves maths, pizza and rugby. Mr Lyford completed his teaching degree at Auckland University. When he was little, Mr Lyford wanted to be either a fire fighter or a policeman but decided on becoming a teacher while at college. Did you know that Mr Lyford went to Shelly Park School? (And so did his three younger brothers). Now for some fun facts... Mr Lyford's heroes are the All Blacks, and his choice of super power is invisibility! Could the students and parents of Shelly Park School please say "Hi" to Mr Lyford  if you see him around, and give him a warm Shelly Park welcome.

By Kim and Izzy

Mrs McCracken

Mrs McCracken is one of the coolest teachers at Shelly Park. She has two daughters and a cat called Maximus McCrackapus. When she was little she wanted to be a dentist because she wanted to pull teeth out. Creative and artistic things are her favourite things to do, and Mrs McCracken likes to listen to the song 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams. She likes eating mushrooms, hokey pokey ice cream and purple wine gums. Her favourite book is Pride and Prejudice. She thinks all colours are cool except for orange.

By Elyssa and Ella

Mrs Mills

Mrs Mills is a favourite teacher at Shelly Park School, and you can find her in Pod 3. She loves dogs and enjoys reading. The Dove Keeper is the most memorable story she has ever read. Her favourite colour is blue and favourite sport is netball which she stills plays from time to time. In the holidays Mrs Mills enjoys going to Taipa, in the far north, and when she was a young girl, loved watching 'Mr Ed' the Talking Horse. Mrs Mills also enjoys cooking, eating, walking and just blobbing around the house. Her lucky number is 2 and besides teaching she would have loved to have been a hair dresser, or even a singer (and she does have an amazing voice).

By Kendra and the Web Team

Mrs Morris

Mrs Morris started teaching at Shelly Park in 2016 and you can find her in Pod 4. She is originally from South Africa (but also taught in England) and she lives with her husband, two teenage sons and a chocolate Labrador called Woody. Mrs Morris enjoys books by Michael Morpurgo and music by Keith Urban. Her favourite colour is purple and her special talent is baking. In her spare time, you will find Mrs Morris reading, working out at the gym or watching Netflix.

By Khalisa & Yasmin

Miss Page

Miss Page began teaching at Shelly Park School in 2014. She is a lovely teacher who originally wanted to be a physiotherapist. Miss Page went to St Heliers and studied at Auckland University. Some of her hobbies include reading, writing, shopping and netball. Above all, she enjoys teaching writing the best. Miss Page has a favourite author... Roald Dahl. Her fears are flying (in a plane) and thunder. We all hope Miss Page has a fantastic time teaching at Shelly Park.

By Elyssa and Hayley.

Mr Rijns

Mr Rijns started teaching at Shelly Park School in 2017 after being a student teacher in Room 17. In 1999 Mr Rijns immigrated to NZ from South Africa and after school, he went to Auckland University where he got a Bachelor of Health Sciences and then a Masters in Teaching. When he was younger Mr Rijns wanted to be a surgeon or a paediatric doctor. He loves reading Dr Seuss's books and his favourite colour is blue. Mr Rijns enjoys exercising and listening to music for relaxation. Supermarket Flowers by Ed Sheeran is one of his favourite songs, but he also likes Rosen Aus Dem Sϋden Opus 388 by Andrē Rieu. His special talent is playing the guitar and he loves to play music for his sister while she sings.

By Bec, Anne & Khalisa

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Mrs Robson

Mrs Robson is a teacher in Room 3a this year and before that she used to teach in Christchurch.  She lives with her husband Darren and her two sons Zarnder and Fox.  When she was younger Mrs Robson wanted to be a hairdresser.  Her favourite colour is green and her favourite song is 'Titanium' by Sia.  Mrs Robson loves Joy Cowley’s book Greedy cat and her special talent is cooking.  For fun Mrs Robson enjoys fishing at her local beach. Did you know that Mrs Robson has two cats, Friday who has 3 legs and Juno who has one eye?

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Mrs Rolfe

Mrs Rolfe is the head of Pod 4 and lives with Mr Rolfe and 2 naughty grey cats called Thomas and Patrick. She also has two adult children who visit regularly. Mrs Rolfe started as a young teacher at a small school in Waihi Beach, and has taught in countries including Papua New Guinea, Kuala Lumper in Malaysia, and Western Samoa. David Walliams is her favourite kids author because he’s a clever writer - some of his stories are funny while others are sad, but most of all he really knows how to hook the reader in. When Mrs Rolfe was young, she wanted to be an architect, and used to carry around a book of sketches of houses that she liked. Mrs Rolfe had a few jobs as a student, but her most favourite job was working for a vet. She loves animals! Her favourite colour is deep, dark, purply blue and she loves any music by Freddy Mercury or the rock band ‘Queen’. Did you know that Mrs Rolfe lived on a kibbutz in Northern Israel? We hope that Mrs Rolfe will be teaching at Shelly Park for a very long time.

By Elyssa and Hayley

Mrs Thomas

Mrs Thomas is a full time reliever in the Junior School, and she shares Room 2 with Mrs Dove. She had always wanted to be a teacher when she was younger and has taught for many years around New Zealand (but she loves Shelly Park the most). Mrs Thomas has a busy life at home too, where she lives with her mini zoo which includes chickens, rabbits, fish, budgies and a couple of cats and a husband. She has five grandchildren who keep her entertained and she enjoys handcrafts like knitting, sewing and crocheting in her spare time. Mrs Thomas loves music of any kind and her favourite colours are pink and purple. Pamela Allen and Jez Alborough are two authors Mrs Thomas admires and any other author that makes people read.

By Yasmin

Mrs Tomlinson

Mrs Tomlinson started teaching at Shelly Park School in 2016 and you can find her in Pod 4. She lives in with her husband , her sons Matthew and Nicholas, and her twin daughters Sophie and Chloe. Her hobbies include cooking, reading and sewing, and her favourite children's author is David Walliams because he is so funny. Mrs Tomlinson's favourite subject to teach is maths because it is logical. A favourite song of hers is ‘Superheros’ and she loves the colour blue. Mrs Tomlinson, who originally comes from England, has lived in many different countries around the world and has also worked in schools in Australia.

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Mrs Wood

Mrs Wood

Mrs Wood taught in Pod 4 for five years and is now teaching in Pod 2.  She lives with her husband Justin, her two daughters Rachel and Caity and two kitties called Gypsy and Pixie.  When Mrs Wood was younger, she wanted to be a marine biologist, a hairdresser, or a teacher.  Before she was a teacher, she was a photographer and she still loves taking photos of children, animals and the beautiful scenery in New Zealand.  Mrs Wood loves the band Opshop and her favourite colours are purple and teal.  During the summer, Mrs Wood enjoys camping with her family and ocean swimming with her husband.

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