Part time Teachers

Nikki Douglas
Drama, PE specialisation, sport lead teacher and leadership 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.

Ann Grayson
Dance and leadership 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.

Anne Kelly
Reading recovery and leadership release

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.

Claire Dowson
Leadership release

Claire has worked at Long Bay Primary since 2005 in a part-time and relieving capacity.  She has worked in all levels within the school from New Entrants to Year 6. Claire has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Education, a Teaching Diploma and is Reading Recovery trained.  She has also taught in England and Japan.

Claire lives locally with her husband and two teenage sons.

Victoria Koopen
Teacher Room 14, Year 5/6 class (with Miranda Kelly), Kapahaka lead, learning support and leadership 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 Maori.  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.  

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: