Our People

Oromahoe School Staff 2023

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. Tracey has been instrumental in driving a range of exciting projects around the school to benefit academic achievement and student learning environments.  


Kathy Proebstel

Deputy Principal

Year 5-6 Classroom Teacher

Returning to the north in 2017 to live and work, Kathy came to Oromahoe mid 2019.  Originally trained in supporting children with special needs, she then went on to mainstream teaching and learning.  She encourages collaboration with tamariki to develop learner agency, and values whanau being involved in supporting the well-being and achievement of their tamariki at school. Kathy has a passion and broad experience in Education Outside the Classroom.


Del Bailey

Junior Team Leader

Year 2-3 Classroom Teacher

Born in the north and originally from Ohaeawai, Del Bailey and whanau returned to the north in 2018 after 20 years in West Auckland. Curiosity and collaboration is what drives her passion for teaching, working alongside communities, whanau, colleagues and tamariki. She is a true believer of the tamariki creating and being involved in the learning.


Fhiona Wainwright

Senior Team Leader

Year 7-8 Classroom Teacher

Fhiona is an experienced teacher, who has taught in schools both in the UK and in New Zealand. Fhiona is  passionate about sustainability and the environment alongside developing children’s creativity,  sports skills, science skills and the performing arts. Fhiona has directed many productions, singing groups and bands and coached many sports teams in netball, basketball and even rugby!  Underpinning everything is her strong belief that building relationships (Whanaungatanga) is at the essence of everything within a school.


Joseph Lickness

Year 4-5 Classroom Teacher

Originally from Iowa in the USA, Joseph served in the US Navy before gaining qualifications in a range of Outdoor Persuits including Wildnerness Medicine and Rescue.  Joseph has lived in New Zealand since 2016  and worked as a Kayak guide  in the Milford Sound before completing a Post Grad Diploma in Teaching  2021.  


Michelle Harden

Year 0-1 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 teaching in the junior school, and making the transition from early childhood education to primary as seamless as possible. Michelle brings diverse experience to her role as a classroom teacher. She is  a mother of four, and comes from a large  local whanau. 


Lexie Pieters

Year 5-6 Classroom Teacher/ SENCO

Lexie is an experienced teacher who has taught both locally and internationally.  She is passionate about student achievement and guiding children to  take ownership of their learning.  Lexie is dedicated to running a robust  literacy programme and is undertaking training in Structured Literacy to coach and support others. The use of technology in her classroom compliments her programme with the belief that learning is achieved on a variety of platforms.


Clare Mooney

Year 1 -2 Classroom Teacher 

Clare joined Oromahoe School in 2021 and has has taught in a variety of Early Childhood centres and Primary schools both in New Zealand and Internationally. She values the diversity of each child and is passionate about providing rich learning experiences, which support children to develop the essential life long skills for becoming confident and successful learners.


Angela Brewer

Year 3-4 Classroom Teacher

Angela joined Oromahoe School in 2023.  She is an experienced teacher who has taught locally in both Early Childhood Centres and Primary Schools.  Angela has a passion for learning through inquiry and enjoys fostering authentic student agency in her classroom.  


Anna Leigh

Classroom Release/ ORS Teacher


Katie O'Brien

Classroom Release Teacher

Katie is passionate about whanaungatanga and  is actively involved in the community. Katie coordinates the school netball teams and inter-school sporting events. She works across the whole school while teachers are on classroom release. Katie began her teaching career in Auckland and moved back home to the North. She joined Oromahoe School in 2017. 


Erica Blackwood

Classroom Release Teacher

Erica started her teaching career in Paparoa on the Kaipara harbour before taking off to follow her travelling dreams of sailing throughout the world. She has a huge passion for travel, cultural diversity and the natural environment.  Erica has taught in many different schools throughout Northland. Her current passion is a focus on environmental sustainability both within the local and national settings but also with an overall global perspective. 


Clare Ellis

ORFF Music Teacher

Clare is a trained ORFF Music teacher who teaches music twice a week in our junior classrooms.


Nuka Wood


Marion Grange

ORS Specialist Outreach Teacher


Natarsha Christini

Teacher Aide

Vanessa Wilkinson

Teacher Aide

Lisa Green

Teacher Aide

Ursula Medusa


Katy Stott

Teacher Aide

Rachel Van Den Bemd

Office Manager


Daniel Schlecht


Board 2023-2025

Ngapo O'Neil

Presiding Member (Chair)

Tracey Smith


Del Bailey

Teacher Representative

Nicole Adams


Haidee Field


Katie O'Brien


Courtney Cornes


Oromahoe School Board meets regularly. Meeting minutes are in the school office. Our policies are accessible online to the whole school community. For more information see www.schooldocs.co.nz Community Username: oromahoe Community Password: pride

Itinerant Music Teachers

Is your child interested in private music lessons during school hours? Please call or email the teachers below who provide this service at our school.

Marie Mumford


0220680963  mareespianotuition@gmail.com

Murray Sargent

Ukelele and Guitar

0274444006 murraysargeant26@gmail.com

Fiona Murray


021 083 19898