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Staff – English

Staff – English

Specialist Subject - English

Ashleigh Martin

Community Leader, English / Assistant Specialist Subject Leader

About Me

I am an English and social science teacher. I found my way into teaching in 2016, after a career in public relations and a great OE in Canada. In my spare time you’ll find me on a squash court, at a concert, or exploring different countries.

Alexandra McKellar

English

About Me

I am a passionate English and Performing Arts educator and have greatly enjoyed my time at ASHS since starting here late 2019. I love the art of storytelling and exploring the different mediums we can use to draw an audience into a new world. Outside of school I work as a Director and Performer for professional and community theatre companies around the country and run a music theatre pre-professional development course

Becky Milford

English / Democracy, Liberty & Justice / Social Anthropology (Maternity Leave from Term 3)

About Me

I am passionate about encouraging curiosity, autonomy, and critical thinking. Therefore, it is a privilege to teach in a school that promotes healthy debate, encourages critical thinking, fosters resilience, and facilitates mastery. When we allow students to explore their interests, celebrate their diversity, and take responsibility for their own learning, we create lifelong learners and good human beings.

Debbie Mansell

English / Media (Maternity Leave)

About Me

Coming Soon

Deborah McClurg

English (Maternity Leave)

About Me

Coming Soon

Jordan Stanley

English

About Me

George R. R. Martin said, "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," so I must live a thousand more being an educator too! I am an English and Media teacher who loves texts from all genres, particularly Psychological Thrillers, Dystopian, Horror, or a 90s rom-com. When I'm not teaching, you'll find me with my kitten, a coffee and a great book.

Kieran Craft

English

About Me

I’m an English teacher who moonlights as a playwright. I love the ability to dive deeply into a text, explore ideas, highlight diverse perspectives, and show students that the skills they learn in English class don’t stop being useful the second they leave the room.

Laura Hunter

English

About Me

I am a Biology and English teacher, currently living the dream in the ASHS English department. I love being around young people and helping them to think critically and creatively. I live locally with my husband, Rich, our beautiful kids and nutty old dog. When not at school I love to walk in the bush or by the sea, swim, or lose myself in a good book.

Madison Wilson

English / Democracy, Liberty & Justice / Social Anthropology

About Me

This year I am fortunate enough to be accepted into the ASHS community starting in July 2020. Working in the English and Humanities department is extremely rewarding and I am excited to work with such an inspiring forward thinking team. I passionately strive to make my lessons fun and interactive. I wish to guide students to individual success but to also support them through their journey and create a pathway for lifelong learners.

Nikky Bain

English / Media (Maternity Leave)

About Me

As a trained English and Media teacher, I am passionate about the way in which we communicate and the power of language in all forms. I love to integrate my love of learning, love of history and building social consciousness into my teaching. Currently on maternity leave, I am still involved with ASHS through Impact Projects on Wednesdays and have been using my skills as a small business owner to use in my mentoring.

Nathan Garton

English/ Assistant Specialist Subject Leader

About Me

After several years dithering about at university and exploring the wynds of Edinburgh, I heard the unmistakable call of secondary school teaching and completed a BA followed by an honours year reading English Literature and Medieval and Early Modern European texts. 2020 is my tenth year in this crazy profession. As an English teacher, I love exploring texts with students: both challenging them with new ways of reading the world, and being challenged by them in return. When I’m not teaching, I can be found playing guitar for a couple of rock bands and collecting records. I live in West Auckland with my beautiful wife, my daughter, Abby, my bro, Len, and two silly dogs.

Philippa Wintle

Specialist Subject Leader English

About Me

I began teaching in 2007 and have taught in several schools on the North Shore, across the bridge and broader afield in London. I have also worked in tertiary teacher education and am passionate about teacher development alongside teaching. I am fortunate to lead a team of outstanding educators in the English department who are committed to understanding and responding to the needs of our learners. I live in west Auckland with my husband, son, dog and cat.

Raewyn Donnell

English

About Me

Originally from Wellington, I am an English teacher who has taught in a wide variety of schools and arrived here at ASHS midway through 2019. I love the challenge of working in more diverse and interesting encountered. I live in West Auckland and love the warmer weather when I can paddleboard and enjoy the beaches in my downtime.
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