Our People

Our staff enjoy and celebrate our students. They are knowledgeable in their field and are committed to searching out the latest teaching techniques, strategies and resources to provide our students with the best possible opportunity to succeed.

The staff are fun to be with and creative. They are committed to meeting the individual needs of students and their families. Staff are empathetic and energetic, kind and supportive. Tauranga Special School has a team of specialists who travel to all locations to provide both advisory and hands on service. Together they form our Specialist Team.


Speech Language Therapists

Billie Hampton Edwards (Mon to Fri) billiehe@taurangaspecialschool.nz

Rebecca Scott (Mon to Fri) rebeccas@taurangaspecialschool.nz

Kit Hardy (Wed, Thu, Fri) kith@taurangaspecialschool.nz

Kathleen Faulls (Mon, Tue, Wed) kathleenf@taurangaspecialschool.nz


Occupational Therapists

Erin Connolly (Mon to Fri) erinc@taurangaspecialschool.nz

Kate MacLean (Wed, Thu, Fri) katem@taurangaspecialschool.nz 

Amy Prouse (Wed, Thu) amyp@taurangaspecialschool.nz



Karen Porter (Tue, Wed, Thu) karenp@taurangaspecialschool.nz

Megan Munro (Wed) meganm@taurangaspecialschool.nz


Specialist Teacher - Kaiārahi Hauora

Penny Gee (Mon to Thu) pennyg@taurangaspecialschool.nz


Specialist Assistants

Awhina Brown - Physiotherapy Assistant

Kim Harris - Physiotherapy Assistant

Marcia Martin - Occupational Therapy Assistant

Wider Leadership Group

Nicky Henderson (Professional Learning Leader) nickyh@taurangaspecialschool.nz

Jay Rotarangi (WSL) jayr@taurangaspecialschool.nz

Penny Gee (WSL, PLL) pennyg@taurangaspecialschool.nz

Pip Jonathan (Professional Learning Leader) pipj@taurangaspecialschool.nz



Naomi McDonald - Executive Assistant

Jillian Peck - Finance Officer

Michele Hughes - Office Administrator

Serena Stock - Resource Assistant



Our Board:

Presiding Member: Sandra Peter

Parent Representatives: Malcolm Poppe, Daisy Togo, Mike Nuku, Maria Veronese

Staff Representative: Amy Bisley

Board Secretary: Barb Turley

Our Leadership Team

Barrie Wickens



Andrea Andresen

Assistant Principal


Billie Hampton Edwards

Specialist Team Leader


Dale Megson

Deputy Principal


Alice Webb

Outreach Service Leader


Classroom Teachers

Base School


  • Room 1: Michael Woodnut michaelw@taurangaspecialschool.nz
  • Room 2: Gayna Paris gaynap@taurangaspecialschool.nz
  • Room 3: Charlene Irving charlenei@taurangaspecialschool.nz
  • Room 4: Cat Banks catb@taurangaspecialschool.nz
  • Studio 5: Hayley Goodger hayleyg@taurangaspecialschool.nz


Satellite Classes

Te Kuro o Manunui: 

  • Jay Rotarangi jayr@taurangaspecialschool.nz 


Welcome Bay: 

  • Nicky Henderson nickyh@taurangaspecialschool.nz
  • Anna Dowd annad@taurangaspecialschool.nz


Tauranga Intermediate: 

  • Cathryn Fox cathrynf@taurangaspecialschool.nz
  • Sara Thorburn sarat@taurangaspecialschool.nz


Papamoa College: 

  • Jennifer Banks jenniferb@taurangaspecialschool.nz
  • Kirsty Chambers kirstyc@taurangaspecialschool.nz
  • David Norman davidn@taurangaspecialschool.nz


Devonport Road Campus: 

  • Ilse Pretorius ilsep@taurangaspecialschool.nz
  • Yasumi Kobayashi yasumik@taurangaspecialschool.nz


Community College Class: 

  • Brendon Oates brendono@taurangaspecialschool.nz
  • Margaret Briasco margaretb@taurangaspecialschool.nz


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