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 11 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!
I joined the team here at Pokeno School at the beginning of 2015, but I have been lucky enough to have been involved with the school before this, as both an Energizer and FMS deliverer.
My teaching career has seen me work in both a small country school and large city school and my role outside teaching has allowed me to work in schools right across schools in the Counties Manukau area. I love seeing our children develop confidence, do things they didn’t think they could and make progress when it comes to their learning. I am looking forward to celebrating many more successes with our children and our school.
AP / SENCo
Kia Ora Koutou
I'm Karen Houghton and I've been a teacher at Pokeno School since Term 4, 2015 and in that time I have taught from Years 0-4. For the last few years, I have been a Whanau Leader as well as a classroom teacher. In 2020, I am delighted to take on the role of Associate Principal and that of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (Or SENCo). I am excited to be able to support children across the school to access the curriculum at their level and learn in ways that suit them best. Pokeno School is a fantastic school with amazing children and I am super proud to be a part of this wonderful community.
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 8 and Nate who is 5 and they both attend Pokeno School.
In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family, 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.
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 - especially Pokeno.
I am really looking forward to the journey of growing our school as our community itself grows.
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.