Suit-Keen Mihi Slide

Mrs Suit-Keen Kovati-Waru

Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor of Education: University of Waikato

Kupe Scholarship for Māori & Pasifika High Achievers (2016)

Talofa Lava

This year I have the privilege of being one of the teachers in Uenuku. I am excited to be teaching in the school which I attended as a child. My family have lived in Glenbrook for just over 30 years with a long history of involvement within the community. My husband is Karl and we have two awesome boys, David who attends Glenbrook School and Daniel who will join us in 2019. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my fanau out at the park or taking a stroll at the beach. I also enjoy any spare moment to take care of my health and fitness at the gym.

I began my journey as a teacher because I am passionate about being able to support others to achieve their goals and fulfil their potential. I value AKO as I know that together we can learn from one another if we are open to new learning. I am continually learning everyday and love the fact that each day presents a new challenge and learning experience for all.

Rochelle Mihi Slide

Mrs Rochelle Keown

Professional Qualifications:

2006 – Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching: University of Waikato

2004 – Bachelor of Law: University of Waikato

2004 – Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours: University of Waikato

Kia Ora tatou

My name is Rochelle Keown. I started teaching in 2006, after a career change from family law. I have taught across all year levels, but I have spent the majority of my teaching career teaching and leadership positions in the junior syndicates. In 2015-2016 I also worked as a lecturer in the School of Education at Waikato University.

I am a mother to an amazingly creative and headstrong daughter, and a more chilled out son. When I am not at school I enjoy being in nature and spending time at the gym.

I care deeply for the well being of others and aim to support others on their educational journeys, both children and adults alike. I value authentic connections, honesty and integrity.

I believe that education is a journey, not a destination.

Kara Mihi

Mrs Kara Thornton

Professional Qualifications:

Diploma in Teaching:University of Auckland

Kia Ora Koutou

My name is Kara Thornton and I started teaching in 1993 as an early childhood teacher, teaching in a Kindergarten in Papakura. I then worked in Waiuku at George Street Kindergarten until I had my own children. My husband Colin and I have three children. They are Trent who is in a building apprenticeship, Tayla who is at University training to be a Physiotherapist and Kadia who will be in her last year of college in 2019. We are a very active and sporty family. I enjoy running and challenging myself by completing two marathons and many half marathons. As my children have grown up, I was drawn to work in junior classrooms and my passion for teaching has grown since then. I have worked in many Waiuku Schools opening classrooms and relieving for teachers on leave. I choose to be a relief teacher as my husband is a dairy farmer and I need to help him on the farm. I love the balance between them both. My passion for teaching is strong and I enjoy the challenges and triumphs it brings.