Manuka Team

We have an 'open door' policy at our school. This means you are always welcome to pop down and see us if you have any queries or concerns. If we are not immediately available, we will arrange a mutual convenient time to talk with you.

Manuka class teachers have set up websites for you to keep up with our learning and programmes. These can be accessed by clicking here.

Dianne Mayall
Manuka Team Leader, Teacher Room 12, Year 2/3 class

Dianne completed a Bachelor of Social Work and Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching at Massey University in Albany. She has been teaching for ten years and during that time had experience teaching at all year levels. Prior to coming to Long Bay Primary, Dianne worked at Gulf Harbour School and Takapuna Primary.

She is passionate about using an inquiry approach in her classroom that encourages wonderment and curiosity so students become excited and inquisitive about their learning.

Katherine Aitken
Community of Learners, Within School Lead teachers, Teacher Room 11, Year 2/3 class

Katherine is very excited to be part of the Long Bay teaching team. She started her teaching journey in 2007 at Favona Primary School and then joined Upper Harbour Primary in 2009, before starting new adventures at Long Bay in 2017.
Katherine is particular passionate about Literacy, Numeracy and Science learning in the classroom, as well as driving each student's learning through their interests and passions. She wants to nurture the students’ love and excitement for the world around them, bringing it into their everyday classroom experiences.

At home, Katherine is a mum of two and with her husband lives locally in Okura.  She loves spending time with her family - paddle boarding, camping, exploring the beach, snowboarding or just chilling at the park.

Adele Montgomery
Teacher Room 10, Year 3 class (co-teaching with Kate Porter)

Adele Montgomery joined the team at Long Bay Primary in 2015, moving from Wellington where she had taught Year 4, 5 and 6 classes over the previous 7 years. She also spent 3 years teaching English in Japan prior to training as a teacher. She has a Bachelor of the Arts in Japanese and Linguistics and then completed her Post Graduate Primary Teaching Diploma at Victoria University, Wellington. 
Japanese and languages are one of Adele's passions. Others are IT use to enhance education, sport and dance. Adele leads the eLearning Team at Long Bay Primary. She particularly enjoys the holistic nature of primary school teaching.

Kate Porter
Teacher Room 10, Year 3 class (co-teaching with Adele Montgomery)

Kate is a beginning teacher who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Education in primary teaching from AUT. Kate is very excited to be joining the team at Long Bay and starting her journey as a teacher. 

Kate is particularly passionate about Literacy and the Social Sciences. She hopes to encourage students to share her love for reading. She believes it is important to create a learning environment where students feel confident and supported. 

Kate lives on the North Shore and enjoys spending her spare time outdoors, especially at the beach. 

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