Our People

Oromahoe School Staff 2018

Tracey Smith


Tracey is an experienced Principal, Teacher and School Management Advisor who over the past 30 years has worked in a variety of schools both in New Zealand and internationally in the UAE, Indonesia and Vietnam. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Oromahoe School and loves being back in NZ working in a rural school with an environmental and arts focus.


Chanda Pinsent

Deputy Principal

Year 6-8 Classroom Teacher

Chanda Pinsent grew up in rural communities in Canada and has worked as a primary school educator, researcher and education consultant for more than 25 years in New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia and The Bahamas. She is passionate about the inquiry approach to learning and supporting children’s creativity through the arts, science and mathematics.


Katie O'Brien

Year 4-5 Classroom Teacher

Katie is passionate about whanaungatanga and is actively involved in the community and supports the students in the whole school to take action in the community. Katie began her teaching career in Auckland and moved back home to the North where she took up a teaching position in Kaikohe.


Del Bailey

Year 3-4 Classroom Teacher

Born in the north and originally from Ohaeawai, Del Bailey and whanau have returned to the north after 20 years in West Auckland. Curiosity and collaboration is what drives her passion of 15 years teaching, working alongside communities, whanau, colleagues and tamariki. She is a true believer of the tamariki creating and being involved in the learning, developing their strengths and creativity to achieve success as a learner.


Michelle Harden

Year 1-2 Classroom Teacher

Michelle joined Oromahoe School in 2017. Prior to teaching at Oromahoe School Michelle worked with students with special needs in a variety of schools. She is passionate about the application of digital technology in supporting students learning. Michelle brings diverse experience to her role as a classroom teacher. She is a mother of four, and comes from a large local whanau.


Kate Moss

Year 0-1 Classroom Teacher

Kate has been teaching at Oromahoe School for the past 3 years. She has trained in Steiner education and is passionate about the Arts, specialising in drama. Kate brings experience as a sports degree graduate and leads the school in this area.


Nan Parker

Classroom Release/ Specialist Art Teacher

Nan Parker is our visual art teacher. With over 30 years as a primary teacher and visual art specialist in New Zealand, China and Malaysia her love of art has brought her back to NZ to continue her own personal artistic practices, in painting, drawing and ceramics. Her desire to inspire others, including parents and teachers, to take up the challenge of developing their own artistic side has bought her to Oromahoe School.


Jane Francis

Reading Recovery Teacher

Jane is a New Zealand trained teacher who has also completed reading Recovery training in 2017. Janes first degree in event management is a strength when we organise our festivals. She is currently on maternity leave for two terms after giving birth in January to her wee son Max . We look forward to having Jane back taking Reading Recovery from Term 3 this year.


Raewyn Kurth

Resource Teacher of Literacy


Ray Downing

Part time Teacher

Ray joins Oromahoe School as a part time teacher and brings many strengths to his role. He has an undergraduate degree in screen and media studies, and has a background in both design and web design.

Lisa Green

Teacher Aide

Ursula Medusa

Teacher Aide

Felice Tombs



Heather Gee

Office Manager


Sam Freeman


Pauline Ashby


Board of Trustees 2018

Ngapo O'Neil


Tracey Smith



Staff Trustee

Nicole Adams


Mel Yeates


Marty Robinson


Oromahoe School Board of Trustees meets the 3rd Monday of the month, 4pm in the staffroom. Meeting minutes are displayed in the school office. Our policies are accessible online to the whole school community. For more information on access, and the school community username and password please contact Heather at the school office on (09) 4077834 or office@oromahoe.school.nz