Tōtara Team

Welcome to the Tōtara syndicate.

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.

Tōtara class teachers have set up a website for you to keep up with our learning and programmes. This can be accessed by clicking here.



Ellis Walker Bell
Team Leader of Tōtara, Teacher Room 8, Year 5 class

Ellis joined the Long Bay primary teaching staff in 2017 having spent the previous 5 years teaching in West Auckland. She graduated from Massey University in 2011 having decided on a change in career. She has taught from year 3 up and enjoys the excitement and curiosity that teaching brings.

When not teaching, Ellis enjoys gardening and growing veggies, loves walking and spending time at the beach. She also loves enjoys cooking and sharing food with family and friends.

Ellis lives locally with her husband and two teenage boys.

Diane Edgoose
Community of Learners Within School Lead teacher, Teacher Room 6, Year 4/5 class

Diane has worked at Long Bay since 2005. She has spent time teaching in both Year 5/6 and Year 3/4. She has a love for teaching children and enjoys being a part of children achieving in different areas.

Diane has been teaching since 1998. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching. She started her career teaching at Mt Roskill Primary, then moved on to Long Bay. She has a passion for sport, numeracy and using Assessment for Learning effectively in the classroom.

Diane loves spending time with her husband James and their children, Jake and Emma.

John Keoghan
Teacher Room 7, Year 5 class

John joined Long Bay Primary in 2017, after 6 years at Forrest Hill School and more recently, 3 years at Windy Ridge Primary.

He has experience teaching a range of levels from years 2-6 and is involved in our school E-Learning and Sports curriculum teams. John has a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching, a New Zealand Certificate in Architectural Design and prior to teaching spent 13 years as an Architectural Designer in the commercial industry.

John lives locally and has 2 young children that attend Long Bay and outside of school enjoys getting out in the boat for a fish and a quick surf with the kids.



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