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.

Shani Simmons
Relief teacher

Shani has been living in Auckland since 2015. She moved here from Christchurch where she studied a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE) at UC. She then worked at a community early learning centre for two years with ages 6 months to 5 years. Shani then completed a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Primary) and moved to Auckland with her partner to be closer to family.

Shani is passionate about interest based learning, supporting children's learning and critical thinking through curiosity, creativity and exploration.

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