Introducing our new staff



Alexandra Kelly

Kia ora, I am Alexandra Kelly and I am teaching Health and Physical Education. My beliefs are guided by the whakatauki "whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou", seek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing. I am extremely happy to be back in the north as I am a proud born and raised Northlander and I am passionate about all aspects of health and spending time outdoors.


Alice Croskery

Hi, I am Alice. 
I am originally from the mighty Hawkes Bay and recently have moved from Auckland to Kaiwaka to get back to a quieter lifestyle and enjoy the things that this beautiful part of the world has to offer. I have been teaching for 9 years, mostly across Auckland, but also spent 2 years abroad in the UK. I enjoy the beach lifestyle and love to cook


Dylan Algie

Kia ora
I grew up in the Tararua area, a farming community. I studied marine and environmental science in Tauranga and then later finished a teaching diploma at Otago University. I have worked in construction for a number of years as well as being a teacher in Otago. I enjoy New Zealand’s great outdoors and helping people look after our environment. I have a range of work experience that I like to draw on to help students and am excited about the move to Mangawhai Heads. 



Gretchen Dainty

I have taught mainly English in schools in Auckland (where I am from), Whangarei and Russia. I live in Parua Bay and live with my husband Lee, our super Border Collie, Hartley and our daughter's crazy cat Torna. I love to swim, hike and practice yoga. Reading, travel, decorating and gardening are other hobbies.



Tatiana Fonseca Bulla

Hola! Salut! My name is Tatiana Fonseca Bulla. I teach Spanish, French, Y8 Social Science and Pathways. I am from Colombia and I have been in New Zealand since October 2019. I have also lived in the United States and in France. I love to teach, read, learn new languages and travel. I also love to learn about and interact with people from different cultures. I am so excited to be at Otamatea High School, I am sure we will have a great time together! 



Nazila Khan

I am originally from Fiji, currently residing in Maungaturoto. My qualifications are Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate  Certificate in Education-secondary. I am teaching financial literacy and business studies this year. My goal as a teacher is to encourage children to be curious, always wanting to expand their horizons more than they thought originally possible. 



Grant Weston 

I was born in Whangarei and attended Whangarei Boys High School. I have a Science degree from the University of Auckland which includes Mathematics. I have spent most of my life in Auckland half in teaching and half in industry. My interests are mainly in sport, which includes golf, cricket, indoor basketball and rugby. I will be teaching Mathematics.



Jo Heron

My family and I are moving to Paparoa shortly from Waipu. I have been working at Waipu Primary School as a teacher aide for the last 3 years. I am looking forward to being a part of the support staff team and working with the students and teachers in the classrooms.

Kia ora koutou katoa.

My name is Murray Emson and this year, I am joining Otamatea High School as the Laboratory Manager in the Support Staff team. I will be working closely with the science department staff members to help ensure that practical activities in science go smoothly and safely.

I have been teaching for a number of years, and I’m looking forward to taking on this new role. I wish to express my gratitude for the moving powhiri that I was privileged to receive, and I am looking forward to a constructive and positive year working at Otamatea High School.

Ngā mihi nui