Part time Teachers

Ann Grayson
Dance and Release

Ann Grayson first joined the Long Bay staff in 1996 as a part-time teacher. She returned to teaching after spending 10 years working in the fitness industry. Ann has taught across the school at all syndicate levels in a variety of roles including job-sharing, senior staff release and specialist dance teacher. Ann has run a variety of dance groups in school on Thursday lunchtimes. She also has a passion for art which she enjoys teaching throughout the school and enjoys to painting in her spare time.

Nikki Douglas
Drama, PE specialisation, Sport Lead T, Release

Nikki trained at Auckland Teachers College and taught for a few years before heading to Europe for her OE. On returning she did a variety of jobs ranging from copywriting for a tax and business law publisher, to production and advertising for the National Business Review and finishing a Diploma in Massage Therapy.
Nikki now holds a variety of positions at Long Bay Primary, ranging from drama specialisation and sports coordinator to classroom release.

Anne Kelly
Reading Recovery and Learning Support

Anne Kelly completed a four year Bachelor of Education Degree and then taught as a classroom teacher in East London for 12 years.  She moved to New Zealand in 1998 taking up a classroom teaching position in a school in West Auckland.
Anne is living locally in Torbay with her family and has been teaching Reading Recovery at Long Bay Primary since 2007.

Victoria Koopen
Te Reo Māori Teacher, Release

Victoria graduated from Hamilton Teachers' College and Waikato University in 1990 and has taught in Thames, London, Wellington and Auckland.  Victoria is a trained and experienced Reading Recovery Teacher and has an interest and strength in Te Reo Māori.  She teaches part time at Long Bay Primary in a variety of roles: room teacher, specialist Māori teacher, special needs teacher, and release teacher.  She is a netball coach and leads the Long Bay Primary Kapa Haka.  

Alison Weavers
Release Teacher

Alison has taught for many years, first in South Auckland and then on the North Shore. Having taught in a number of schools over the years, Long Bay is where she wants to be. In 2018 Alison is releasing classroom teachers across the school. Supporting students to achieve their goals and be the best they can be is what motivates her.

When not at work Alison loves spending time with her family, reading, watching a good action movie and travelling. Badminton is her sport but she also keenly follows cricket, rugby, league and even darts.

Briar Porter
Release Teacher

Briar has returned to teach part time at Long Bay Primary after taking maternity leave in 2017.

Briar has worked at Long Bay since 2006. Before teaching she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in Wellington, has lived and taught English in Japan and completed her Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching.

Briar has spent time teaching across the levels within school from Year 1 to Year 6, with the majority of her teaching being with Year 3 & 4. She enjoys getting to know student's individual strengths and talents and watch as their confidence in both their academic and social capabilities grow throughout their time at Primary school. She has a keen interest in e-learning, Māori language and sport.

In her free time Briar enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband and two young children.

Kate Webber
Music specialisation

Kate trained at the University of Auckland, Queensland Conservatorium (Australia), and completed her studies in the United Kingdom. She sings professionally as a soloist throughout New Zealand and abroad with opera companies and choral societies, and regularly adjudicates national vocal competitions. She has worked as a consultant to New Zealand’s leading choirs and runs a private vocal teaching practice.

Kate has been a music specialist in Auckland Schools for the past 6 years.

Long Bay Primary School, Ralph Eagles Place, Long Bay. North Shore, New Zealand. Phone: (09) 473 6077. Email: