Ruru Whanau Leader
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!
Tui Whanau Leader
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.
Kea Whanau Leader
Deputy Principal, SENCO
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!
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!!