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Learning Support STAFF & Teacher Aides


Lesley Bath - Learning Support - Senior School, Director of International Students

Lesley is qualified and experienced teaching at Primary and Early Childhood level and has been working in the Learning Support field since 1985. She has been at Medbury since 1996 and holds a Remedial Diploma from the University of South Africa.


Cathy Chambers - Learning Support & Extension - Junior School

Cathy has been teaching for over 20 years at Medbury in the Learning Support field in the Junior School. She has also guided boys in the Enrichment program since 2003. Prior to Medbury she was a Junior classroom teacher. She is Reading Recovery and Speld trained.


Anne France - Learning Support & Extension - Year 7

Following her initial three years of teaching, Anne changed her career by joining Air New Zealand and held a senior frontline position. She returned to teaching in 2000 with her appointment at Medbury School as a new entrant teacher. During her time at Medbury, she has taught in the Junior, Middle and Senior areas of the school. Anne holds a Diploma of Teaching from Christchurch Teachers’ College.


Jenelle Hooson - Counsellor

Jenelle is a Registered Provisional Member with NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors). Prior to Counselling, Jenelle has been teaching Classical Studies and History for 15 years, at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and Burnside High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons) from Otago University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from the New Zealand Graduate School of Education.


Anne Talaska - Learning Support & Extension - Middle School

Anne completed a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in 2000 and taught at New Brighton Catholic until 2009. After that Anne relieved in local schools. She began relieving at Medbury in 2013. Currently Anne is covering a maternity position in Learning Support.


Gaylene Allen - Teacher Aide

Gaylene has worked at Medbury School since 2008. She qualified as a Kindergarten teacher at Christchurch Teachers College in 1982. She taught in Christchurch for several years before travelling to work and live in the UK. Gaylene gained her full teacher's registration in 2006 on her return to New Zealand. She taught at the University of Canterbury Student Association Child Care Centre before coming to work at Medbury as a Teacher Aide.


Tracy Curry - Teacher Aide

Tracy has a Diploma of Teaching from North Shore Teachers College in Auckland and received her Trained Teachers Certificate in 1984. She taught in Auckland for several years before travelling to the UK. On her return to New Zealand in 2008, she began working at Medbury as a Teacher Aide. Tracy provides literacy, numeracy and ESOL support throughout the middle and senior school areas.


Kathryn Pride - Teacher Aide

Kathryn has been a Teacher Aide at Medbury since 2005. She graduated with an Honours Degree in Business and Finance, gained a postgraduate Degree in Psychology from Massey University, and then a Certificate in Learning Support from Canterbury University. Kathryn currently works with the middle and senior school groups providing literacy, numeracy and ESOL support.


Tanya Satterthwaite - Teacher Aide 


Karen O'Connell - Teacher Aide

Karen has been a Teacher Aide at Medbury since October 2016. She comes to us from Avonhead School where she worked as a Teacher Aide supporting students in specialised programmes. She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Otago, and worked in community pharmacy before moving into the education sector. Karen works in the Senior School providing literacy and numeracy support.

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