Pod 1 Staff
Mrs Dove – Room 2
Mrs Dove is the Deputy Principal and teaches in Pod 1, Room 2. Mrs Dove has been teaching at Shelly Park for a long time. She has taught at other schools in NZ, in Wellington. Her favourite subject to teach is reading. Her favourite school events are mufti days and book week (Mrs Dove always has cool costumes). In her free time, Mrs Dove enjoys going for walks and reading. Her favourite colour is blue and her favourite song is walking on sunshine.
Mrs Thomas – Room 2
Mrs Thomas has been teaching at Shelly Park since 2013. She has been teaching for a long time at both city and country schools. Her other important job is being a mum and a granny. Mrs Thomas likes to help children learn how to read. Her favourite school event is Aqua Fun Day. Her favourite colours are pink and purple. and in her free time, she likes to be with her grandies, knit and crochet, and hang out with her new puppy.
Mrs Hales – Room 1
Mrs Hales has been teaching at Shelly Park since 2014. She has always wanted to teach. She worked at the ASB bank for a number of years, she has worked at METLIFE Care and was a Teacher Aide at Sunnyhills. Mrs Hales likes spending time in the sun reading or catching up with her favourite genre of music. Her favourite colour is blue, her favourite drinks are tea and coffee and she loves animals. Her favourite school events are the book parades and athletics.
Mrs Chapman – Room 7
Mrs Chapman has been teaching at Shelly Park for 5 years and has also been an ECE manager, a kindy teacher and a facilities administrator. She likes to teach art and in her free time, she likes to read books in nature. Her favourite event at the school is cross country. Mrs Chapman also likes elephants and lions, the colour blue and any songs by Def Leppard.
Miss Kaur – Room 7a
Miss Kaur lives with her family and her dog called Junior. She teaches in Rm 7a and has taught here since 2017 . She loves to teach and has wanted to be a teacher since primary. She likes Aqua Fun Day and her favourite subject to teach is English. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and family and read books. Her favourite authors are Jacqueline Wilson and Nadia Hashimi. She likes to eat sushi and listen to k-pop. Her favourite colour is green and her favourite k-pop song is Dynamite.
Pod 2 Staff
Mrs Balais – Room 5
Mrs Balais has been teaching here for 7 years and teaches in Rm 5. Mrs Balais has taught at many other schools and has had the job of being an educational psychologist. Her favourite subject to teach is maths and her favourite school event is the pod 1 and 2 Aqua Fun Day. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and going for walks on the beach with her family. Her favourite colour is turquoise and her favourite animal is a horse. Mrs Balais loves strawberry ice cream.
Mrs Hayward – Room 6
Mrs Hayward is the teacher of room 6 and she has been teaching for 7 years. She has also taught at Point View School before that she was an accountant at the Imperial War Museum in London. She likes to teach history and maths. She likes book week at Shelly Park. When she is not at school teaching, she likes to travel and see new parts of NZ. Did you know she has also travelled to 47 different countries? She likes the colour red, and out of all the places she has visited in NZ, she likes Christchurch the most.
Mrs Wood – Rm 4
Mrs Wood teaches in Rm 4 and has been teaching here at Shelly Park since 2011. She has worked in several other places and has been relieved at many other schools. Mrs Wood’s favourite subjects to teach are maths, art and English. Her favourite school events are the school discos. In her free time, she likes to go swimming and likes gardening and ice skating. Her favourite band is SIX60 and her favourite colour is purple. Her favourite animal is a unicorn.
Mrs McKay – Room 3a
Mrs McKay has been teaching at Shelly Park for 3 years and has also worked in human resources. She likes to teach writing and her favourite event at school is Aqua Fun Day. In her free-time she likes to be involved with her children’s sports activities. Mrs McKay also likes the colour green and anything by the band Tool.
Pod 3 Staff
Mrs Bradbury – Rm 11
Mrs Bradbury has been at Shelly Park for 13 years! She has also taught at St Joseph’s in Otahuhu and Katikati Primary. She likes to teach Reading and Literacy and her favourite school event is the Triathlon. When she is not teaching, she likes to do gardening and hang out with her family. She also likes dahlias. Her favourite colours are aqua and purple. She loves dogs and panda’s and she also likes jet skis.
Mrs Atkin – Room 13
Mrs Atkin is the teacher for room 13. She has taught for 8 years at Shelly Park and a lot of years in other places. She has taught at Anchorage Park School, Point View Primary, Baverstock Oaks, and Owairoa Primary School. Before she was a teacher (at university) she worked in a cafe. Mrs Atkin likes to play netball, read, spend time with her family, and scuba dive. Some of her favourite subjects to teach are reading, writing and art. Her favourite school event is the Colour Fun Run. Some of her other favourites are the colour turquoise, she likes to listen to Wham and George Michael and her favourite dish is creamy chicken fettuccine.
Mrs Kirkup – Room 9
Mrs K has been teaching at Shelly Park for 6 years and has also managed pools and recreation centres like Lagoon Leisure and Fitness in Panmure. She likes to teach P.E and writing and in her free time, she likes to go for walks, go to the gym, read and spend time with her family and friends. Her favourite event at the school is the triathlon. Mrs K also likes eating chocolate, the colour pink and hugs.
Mrs McCracken – Room 11
Mrs McCracken has been teaching at Shelly Park for 15 years and is one of the coolest teachers at Shelly Park. She has also taught at Howick Intermediate and her favourite subjects to teach are Art and Maths. She likes the Colour Fun Run, and when she is not at school, she likes to go on long walks and spend time outside with her friends and family. She likes the colour cobalt, cats, and chips and cheese. She has a cat called Maximus McCrackapus! And when she was little she wanted to be a dentist because she wanted to pull teeth out.
Miss Page – Room 14
Miss Page has been teaching here at Shelly Park for 7 years. Miss Page was a tennis coach before she started teaching. Her favourite subject to teach is writing and her favourite school event is the triathlon. She enjoys reading books and taking her dog for walks. Her favourite band is Six60 and her favourite colour is yellow. She likes to eat pizza and her favourite animal is a dog.
Miss Garcia – Room 8
Miss Garcia has been teaching at Shelly Park for 3 years. She used to teach English at an international school called E.F. Her favourite subjects to teach are Art, Reading, and Digital Technology. Her favourite thing that we do at the school is Book Week. When she is not teaching at Shelly Park, she likes to play video games, take care of her indoor plants, and spend time with her family. Her favourite colour is pink, she loves to eat sushi, likes rabbits, and her favourite drink in the whole world is coffee.
Mrs Jones – Rm 10
Mrs Jones teaches in Rm 10 and has been at Shelly Park for two and a half years now. Mrs Jones always makes learning fun. Her favourite subjects to teach are Maths and Music. Mrs Jones loves any schoolhouse events and she always dresses up really cool. She likes to teach Maths, Music, and Inquiry. Her favourite songs are We Will Rock You, and she also likes crayfish mornay.
Ms Woodman – Room 12
Ms Woodman teaches in Room 12 and has been teaching for 2 years now. She has also been a preschool teacher for 13 years, a road safety educator for 5 years, and worked at Police comms for 18 months. Her favourite subject to teach is Art and she likes the school’s swimming sports and our Colour Fun Run. When she is not teaching at school, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, drive her FI50 Truck, and go for holidays at the beach. Her favourite bands are Six60, Sola Rosa, and L.A.B. Her favourite colour is Marine Blue.
Mrs Bayly – Room 13 & 10
Mrs Bayly teaches in Rm 13 and 10 and has been teaching at Shelly Park for a long time – she has been teaching here for over 30 years! She taught at a lot of other schools but has always been a teacher. Her favourite subject to teach is maths and her favourite Shelly Park event is the Kids for the Kids music festival. Mrs Bayly enjoys gardening, playing the piano, going for walks and exploring new places in her free time. Her favourite colour is green.
Pod 4 Staff
Mrs Rolfe – Room 17
Mrs Rolfe has taught at Shelly Park for a long time and came back again in 2007. She has had lots of other jobs, especially when she was at university. Mrs Rolfe has taught in schools in Waikato, in Auckland and overseas in Kuala Lumpur, Port Moresby and Apia in Western Samoa. Her favourite subject to teach is writing.
Mrs Tomlinson – Room 18
Mrs Tomlinson likes to teach maths and has been teaching for five years at Shelly Park. She used to work as a travel agent and in school admin. When she is not teaching, she likes to go for walks, read, have family time, and watch the movie The Green Mile. Mrs T’s favourite colour is blue, and her favourite songs are ‘My Girl’ and ‘Wonderful World’.
Mrs Allen – Room 17
Mrs Allen has been teaching at Shelly Park since 2005. She has also taught at Papatoetoe Central School for a couple of years. Her favourite subjects to teach are English and Maths. Mrs Allen is a mother of two kids, Kahlan and Sam. In her free-time, she likes to craft like scrapbooking, sewing and knitting, read, and go on bush walks with her family. Her favourite school event is camp. She likes places in New Zealand like Queenstown and Taupo. Her favourite colours are blue and pink and her favourite thing to eat is almond croissants.
Mrs Wansbury – Room 20
Mrs Wansbury has been teaching at Shelly Park for 3 years. She has taught in a number of different places including London, South Africa, and Tanzania. She has also owned an animal rehabilitation centre. Mrs Wansbury likes to be with her family and animals on her farm. She also likes going to the beach. Her favourite subject to teach is topic because there are lots of different topics and she learns new things too. Her favourite colour is green. She likes to read the Witches by Roald Dahl and her favourite animal is a giraffe.
Miss Higham – Room 15
Miss Higham teaches in Rm 15 and has been teaching here for 7 years. She has had a job as a babysitter in the past. Her favourite subject to teach is P.E and maths and her favourite school event is cross country. She has taught younger Shelly Park students in the past although now she teaches year 5 and 6. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and go for runs on the beach. She loves all kinds of music. Especially SIX60 Miss Higham enjoys watching rugby and loves making kids want to come to school.
Mr Rjins – Room 21
Mr Rjins has been teaching here at Shelly Park since 2017. He has not had any other job teaching at any other school but has had a part-time job as a physiotherapist assistant at a genatric care centre and as a respite carer. Mr Rjins favourite subject to teach is math and his favourite Shelly Park school event is interschool athletics. He enjoys playing FIFA, likes to exercise and go out for food with Mrs Rjins. His favourite type of music is classical relaxing music and his favourite colour is blue. He likes burgers and fries and whatever food Mrs Rjins cooks. His favourite animal is a peregrine falcon.
Recovery & Extension Staff
Mrs Brown has been teaching at Shelly Park for 10 years. She has a Labradoodle puppy named Cola which she loves very much. Mrs Brown’s favourite subject to teach is literacy. Mrs Brown has also taught at Pigeon Mountain School before she had her children. Prior to that, she worked at a nightclub called Grapes. She loves to travel, and her favourite places in New Zealand are Whangamata, Taupo, and Queenstown.
Mrs Wessels has been teaching at Shelly Park School since 2004.
She is a Reading Recovery teacher for the Junior School and also helps out with relieving. Before this, she taught in South Africa, was a kindy teacher in NZ and taught swimming too.
Mrs Wessels lives with her husband Sean and her two sons Bryce and Matthew, both of whom attended SPS. Bryce is at AUT and Matthew is at Howick College. She also has a fat cat called Coco. Her favourite colour is teal. In her spare time, Mrs Wessels enjoys reading and watching her sons play cricket.
Mr Roper – Principal
Mr Roper has been at Shelly Park since Term 4 2020. He is the new principal after Mr Rolfe retired. He has worked at two other schools – Bucklands Beach Intermediate and Brookby Primary School. His favourite subject to teach is maths. Mr Roper’s favourite school events are cross country and athletics day. When he is not at school he likes to play sports, go camping, read and go fishing.
Mr Corbett is our caretaker at Shelly Park. He lives with his wife and his cat.
Before he was a caretaker, he was a linesman, a water carrier and a poultry specialist. His favourite colour is purple. Mr Corbett wanted to be in the army when he was 6 because he lived in Hong Kong. He enjoys reading and his favourite author is Isaac Asimov. His favourite song is Bolero. Did you know that he can fix almost anything?!
By Madeleine, Kahlan & Stephanie