Pokeno School

Leadership Team

Laura Turton
Role

Ruru Whanau Leader

Email

l.turton@pokeno.school.nz

General Information

My name is Laura Turton and I am really excited about being a teacher at Pokeno School.

I am thrilled to be a New Entrant teacher who starts all the new students on their learning journey. I am looking forward to leading the junior school whanau - The Ruru Whanau. You will find me in Room 1 with a welcoming smile.

I moved to Pokeno with my family in 2016 and thoroughly love being part of the Pokeno community. I am married to Shaun and have two beautiful daughters, Jessie-lee who is 22 and Jamie who is 11.

I am an experienced teacher of 20 years and I have a real passion for teaching. I believe building positive relationships and developing a fun and safe learning environment are essential in order for children achieve in their learning. I love to have fun with my students and believe laughter is an important part of the classroom.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and to go for walks. I love reading and take every opportunity to read a book. I also love spending time at Waihi Beach with all of my family.

I am really looking forward to getting to know you all a little more during the year!

Karen Houghton
Role

Tui Whanau Leader

Email

k.houghton@pokeno.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora Koutou

I'm Karen Houghton and I'm super excited to be teaching in Room 11 (the old library) in 2019 and leading our new middle school whanau - the Tui Whanau.

My family and I moved to Pokeno early in 2015 and we love the community and way of life here in Pokeno. I am married to Bevan and we have 2 young children; Ava who is 6 and Nate who is 4. Pokeno School is a fantastic school with amazing children and I am super proud to be a part of this wonderful community.

I'm an experienced teacher, having been a Senior Teacher for a number of years in previous schools in South Auckland. This is my third year being a Whanau Leader at Pokeno School and this year I am going to be lucky enough to teach some students again who I taught 2 years ago. My passion for teaching comes from my love for children and their learning. I believe building positive relationships and developing a fun and safe learning environment are key to helping children achieve in their learning. I love to have a joke with my students and believe laughter is an important part of the classroom.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and our little dog Dexter. When I have time, I also enjoy playing the piano, reading and doing crafting/making things.

I look forward to getting to know you all a little better this year.

:)
Karen

Michele Watson
Role

Kea Whanau Leader

Email

m.watson@pokeno.school.nz

Stephanie Lee
Role

Deputy Principal, SENCO

Email

s.lee@pokeno.school.nz

General Information

I have a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Waikato. I initially began my teaching degree in the Secondary programme which would have seen me graduate with a double degree in Science and Education. However, when I saw the enthusiasm and excitement for learning in my friends who were enrolled in the Primary degree I asked to be transferred – it was absolutely the right decision. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 20 years teaching in Franklin primary schools and have been fortunate enough to have been teaching Year 7 & 8 and Year 5 & 6 learners at Pokeno School since 2007.

Despite the New Zealand curriculum offering so many vehicles and avenues for learning and for our Ako (learners) to achieve success I am most passionate about teaching and learning in English, Mathematics and Physical Education. At the Year 6, 7 & 8 level I believe that it is essential that we support learning and challenge the learner in order to develop the key competencies needed for study, work, and lifelong learning; students who will become confident, connected and have the skills, knowledge and values to participate in their
communities and the wider world.

We strive to enable all our Year 6, 7 & 8’s learners in Room 8 with the tools that they will need in order to leave a legacy of growth and change that not only our school community but the Pokeno community will look back on positively.

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!

Blair Johnston
Role

Principal

Email

principal@pokeno.school.nz

General Information

I feel very privileged to be the Principal of Pokeno School.

I came to Pokeno School in 2010 after 15 years of teaching and leadership positions in a variety of schools across Auckland. I have taught everything from year two to year eight and have worked in schools as small as 100 children to schools with more than 600 children.

At Pokeno School I have the pleasure of working with a dedicated team. The staff, BOT, and PTA are all committed to providing 'our' kids with the best possible opportunities to learn and grow.

As a school, we are also fortunate enough to be supported by the wider community and local businesses.

I hope you enjoy our website and invite you to visit us in person one day.

** In the photo I'm the one on the right! Just in case you couldn't tell the difference between All Black prop Nepo Laulala and me!!

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