Contact

© 2019 RTLB Cluster 8 

Resource Teachers Learning and Behaviour

Cluster 8 Ngā Manu Ᾱwhina

Royal Oak Primary School

Chandler Ave Royal Oak, 1023.

 

​Tel: (09) 624 2800 (ext. 817)

manager@rtlbcluster8.ac.nz 

 

Cluster 8 RTLB

Team Description 
Cluster 8 RTLB are grouped into 3 office bases or hubs. The RTLBs in each office base are responsible for providing service to designated schools.

The three bases are

  • Royal Oak Primary School

  • Tāmaki College

  • Ōrākei School

Cluster Management

Megan has stepped into the Lead Principal role for RTLB Cluster 8 upon her appointment as Royal Oak Primary School principal.

Lead School Principal

Megan Clotworthy

Roseanne has a commitment to the holistic wellbeing and learning of all and sets the positive, preventative and proactive approach and foundation for the team and cluster with a focus on strengthening the capacity of the system and individuals to empower and reach all. Roseanne’s approach involves: • Fostering the ability of individuals and our organisation to adapt and change responsive to a rapidly changing world. • Practicing inclusivity that values diversity as integral to our approach, values and work. • Being open to and looking for opportunities and possibilities with a growth (and at times fearless) mindset, curiosity and flexibility. • Using a strength-based approach, building onto and stretching capabilities. • Ensuring an accessible infrastructure and ecosystem is in place. • Cultivating a positive and caring climate with productive collaborative relationships. • Supporting all ‘to be at their best’, to not only have the skills to manage difficult times but to have the skills, knowledge, understandings, resources, support and relationships to flourish. • Empowering individuals and communities, walking alongside to partner and build collaborative ventures to implement their ideas and initiatives responsive to their needs and school community environment. BA (Psych and Ed), B Ed (Hons), PG Dip SNRT, PG Dip Ed Psych, M Ed Studies (Ed Psych), M Counselling (Psych). Registered Psychologist.

Cluster Manager

Roseanne Gibson

Anne started her teaching career in south Auckland then returned to the east Auckland area where she originated from. She joined the RTLB service in 1999, working as a Practice Leader in Ngā Manu Āwhina cluster since its inception. Anne has a passion for working with Vulnerable Children within the cluster and in providing processes for providing a multi-agency seamless approach for these children and their families. She also has a passion for providing coaching and supervision seeing the value this can have within the cluster and across services.
Anne has completed the Glasser Advanced training in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management. She also holds an internationally accredited qualification in Growth Coaching. She is a Seasons for Growth and Roots of Empathy facilitator and sees the benefit of strong facilitation skills in multi-agency meeting

Dip Tching, PG Dip SNRT

Practice Leader

Anne Roborgh

Barbara has worked in education for over 20 years across Primary, Intermediate, Secondary and Tertiary environments in roles as a Teacher, Deputy Principal, Principal and as an RTLB. Barbara is a registered psychologist and has worked as a Practice Leader for Ngā Manu Āwhina Cluster 8 RTLB for the last three years. She is particularly interested in assessment practices, professional supervision and appraisal. Barbara has completed the Glasser Advanced training in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management. She also holds a number of internationally accredited qualifications in Growth Coaching, Change Management and Project Management. Barbara is currently training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at Auckland University, as an evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents and their families.

BEd Tchg; MEd; MEdPsych; PGDipEdPsych
Psychological Practice, Supervision and Assessment Lead Practitioner

Practice Leader

Barbara Hannant

Originally from south Auckland, Catherine taught in central and west Auckland prior to joining the RTLB service in 1999. She is particularly interested in student and teacher wellbeing, the promotion of Universal Design for Learning, raising Māori student achievement, and the development of early literacy and maths supports. Having family members who are fluent speakers of Te Reo Māori also challenges her to improve her bilingual skills.
Catherine is an Accredited Growth Coach with a keen interest in assisting others to flourish. She appreciates the power of peer coaching and mentoring within the cluster and in the wider context across services.
BA (Education, Anthropology, Māori Studies), PG Dip SNRT, MEd (Social Psychology)

Practice Leader

Catherine Alpe

Miriam has worked in the RTLB Service since its inception in 1999. During that time she qualified as an Educational Psychologist and also spent over four years as a Cluster Manager in Cromwell. Currently she works .4 with an emphasis on working as a psychologist for the cluster. Her professional interests include emotional health and meeting the needs of children in the school environment.

Specialist

Miriam Kauders

Ann is an experienced Speech Language Therapist who has worked with children with blindness and vision impairment as well as children with multiple challenges. She is a valued member of our RTLB team, providing specialist support for Speech and Language. She is a creative, resourceful, left-field thinker who values a multi-sensory approach for learning.

Specialist

Ann Keesing

Jean is our specialist counsellor. During a career of over 30 years in teaching and GLU – RTLB work Jean trained in Reality and Narrative Therapy. An undergraduate degree in Social Sciences (Human Services) led to a Masters in Art Therapy at UWS University of Western Sydney 2003-4. She currently holds full professional membership of ANZACATA (Australia New Zealand & Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association); www.anzacata.org, is associated with STANZA (Sandplay Therapists of NZ & Australia) www.stanza.asn.au, and is certified as a Sandplay Therapist with ISST (International Society of Sandplay Therapists); www.isst-society.com Jean’s contribution to the work of the RTLBs in Cluster 8 now includes supporting teachers, parents and children to understand behavioural and learning challenges. Combining creative modalities in therapeutic counselling can deepen cognitive processing. Jean holds teacher registration. Supervision is ongoing and verifiable. She offers children, teens, their families and adults: • Solution focussed counselling through Reality Therapy (William Glasser) • If appropriate, longer term psychotherapy through Sandplay and Art Therapy • Short term EAP counselling with Choice Theory / Reality Therapy / Quality Management MAAT; B Soc.Sci (HS); H Dip. Tching; Dip.STN Registered Art Therapist (ANZATA) Certified Sandplay Therapist (ISST) Registered Teacher (NZ)

Specialist

Jean Parkinson

 

Royal oak hub 

Maree was previously a classroom teacher and a Supplementary Learning Support Teacher before becoming a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour. Her passion and focus for the last nineteen years has been in supporting children who have special learning needs to achieve their potential. She has been the co-lead for the High Learning Needs and In class Support moderation. Maree works with teachers, paraprofessionals and outside agencies to assist students at all levels of school.

Royal Oak

Maree Stenberg

Kathy Reed is Gateway coordinator for the ROPS hub. A member of the Complex Needs Team and specialises in child protection and trauma based learning. Kathy previously worked in England as a DP and SENCo. She has taught in New Zealand taking on various leadership roles, including literacy and SENCO. Kathy is an environmental enthusiast and a marine mammal medic.

Royal Oak

Kathy Reed

Jan is experienced in all areas of Social Emotional Learning, specialising in developing students’ self-management skills. She is the NZ facilitator/trainer of the Bounce Back! Resilience Programme. Jan has worked as an RTLB and Guidance Learning Unit Teacher in various Auckland locations since 1992. A creative resourceful recycler (Op-shopper), Jan continues to cherish her Taranaki heritage.

Royal Oak

Jan Whitham

Rebecca has been a practising RTLB for 18 years. She has taught at all Year levels from Year 0 to Year 8, and across all decile groups. This has given Rebecca a wide knowledge and understanding of the whole range of curriculum and age ranges. Rebecca has a passion for ‘working with’ and ‘working for’ students, families and schools so that they grow to be the best that they can be, to see their own potential and make progress on their learning journey. She is a trained facilitator in a number of programmes that help teach and increase emotional intelligence so that people become more resilient in life and better able to access academic learning. For example: Seasons for Growth; FRIENDS for Life; Roots for Empathy and Incredible Years. Rebecca is a keen gardener, she enjoys being and working outside. She loves photography and travel and combines these two loves to create beautiful photobooks.

Royal Oak

Rebecca Robinson

Emily is an experienced classroom teacher who joined Cluster 8 RTLB in 2019. Emily has taught in Years 0 – 6 over 20 years and worked in various learning and leadership roles including, Reading Recovery, development of student inquiry, supporting transition to school, team leadership and SENCO. In working with the RTLB team Emily continues her work in supporting students, families and schools to feel empowered and confident to manage learning and behaviour.

Royal Oak

Emily Marurai

Druinie began her New Zealand teaching career at Sacred Heart School in Dunedin in 2004. After completing her Masters at the University of Otago, Druinie taught overseas in Japan and the UK, before returning to NZ to take up roles in Wellington and then Waitara as class teacher and Director of Religious Studies. Her teaching experiences in Waitara led to a career change in 2014 that resulted in her moving up to Auckland to join the RTLB Service. Since joining Cluster 8 RTLB in 2016, Druinie has focused on working collaboratively with schools to increase sustainable teaching and learning outcomes through inquiry-based PLD initiatives that cater to the individual professional needs of teachers and the diverse needs of all their learners.

Royal Oak

Druinie Perera

Jill Watson brings over 20 years’ classroom teaching experience in Years 0 to 8 to her role as an RTLB. During this time, she has held positions on leadership teams and in school-wide literacy and syndicate leadership. As an RTLB, Jill is passionate about supporting children and teachers through her case and project work. She continues to develop her expertise in literacy and has co-written a foundation skills programme Ready Steady. Jill holds a position on the Cluster 8 Well-being team and is a big believer in the importance of both staff and children’s well-being. Jill has a Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Education from Waikato University alongside a Post Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education from Massey University. In her spare time, Jill can be found enjoying time with her son, husband and friends in the outdoors or swimming kilometres.

Royal Oak

Jill Watson

Irene is an experienced and dedicated teacher who has recently entered the role of RTLB. Her decision to specialise and provide targeted support to students, families and schools stems from a firm belief that every student deserves to feel valued, respected and successful. This requires that the individual be provided with every opportunity to reach their full potential and consequently support would include a strengths based approach which caters for the individual’s specific learning style and well-being. Irene acknowledges that each student will arrive in the classroom with a unique collection of past experiences, attitudes, beliefs, strengths and challenges and seeks to provide the knowledge and support required to foster positive self-worth and sense of belonging enabling the student to feel empowered and confident to manage their learning and behaviour.

Royal Oak

Irene Jack

Delia Howard is a secondary trained teacher who taught Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. She has been an RTLB for 11 years and, although working primarily in secondary schools, she has an interest in providing support across all settings. Delia is an Accredited IYT facilitator and has been involved in facilitating a number of IYT programmes across the cluster. She is also a trained Bilingual Assessor (BAS), assessing second language students when appropriate in their first language. Delia Howard has an Advanced certificate in Coaching as well as Choice Theory which support her keen interest in Well-being, specifically with the focus to empower students and build resilience. Delia has recently completed her Masters in Counselling.

Royal Oak

Delia Howard

Titania is an educator who is passionate about engaging in generative, creative partnership with schools to achieve leading edge results with students. Titania's key areas of strength include: *Facilitating strengths based strategic visioning; change management and systems design *Co-development and implementation of universal design approaches that positively impact on the tail of literacy and numeracy *Inter-weaving of PB4L, UBRS, resiliency building and growth mind-set approaches to impact positively on student well-being

Royal Oak

Titania McKenzie

Margaret has 34 years of teaching experience and has taught at all levels from New Entrants to Y13. Margaret initially trained and worked in Primary and Remedial Education. She later taught in secondary schools focussing on Junior Level Mathematics and Economics to Year 13 level. Margaret has a passion for working with students who are experiencing difficulties at school and has Post Graduate qualifications and experience in Deaf Education and Learning and Behaviour. She also has a Graduate diploma in Information Technology in Education and uses this knowledge and skill to find technology to support students overcome barriers to learning. Margaret has a particular interest in supporting students with Autism, their families and school. As an accredited Tips for Autism Facilitator, Margaret is an experienced presenter of Professional Development in this area.

Royal Oak

Margaret Muir

Kia ora koutou. Ko Māhūhū ki Te Rangi tōku waka. Ko Tokotoko te Maunga. Ko Kaipara tōku Moana. Ko Ngāti Whātua tōku iwi. Ko Te Uri o Hau tōku hapū. Ko Kiri Hipi tōku mārae. No Arapaoa, no Kaipara ahau. Ko RTLB taku mahi. Ko Michael White taku ingoa Matua Michael is the Kaumātua for Cluster 8 RTLB. He leads the cluster in pōwhiri, strategic planning and Te Reo me ona Tikanga. He has strengths in mentoring secondary students, supporting and working alongside students and whānau to achieve better outcomes, and supporting students with mathematics. He is involved in projects that support cultural performance, e.g. teaching waiata.

Royal Oak

Michael White

 

tĀmaki hub 

 

Dianne is a Primary-trained teacher with a passion for assessment for learning and student agency. She has been an RTLB since 2016, with Cluster 8. She values strength-based approaches, and building teachers’ and learners’ self-efficacy. Her teaching strengths lie in early literacy and mathematics, and oral language development - some of her broader project work is in these areas. She enjoys jaunts out of Auckland, singing, walking and socialising with friends, old and new.

Tāmaki Hub

Dianne Ley

Tēnā koutou katoa. Ko Motatau te maunga, ko Taikirau te awa, ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka, ko Ngati Hine te iwi, ko Ngati Te Tarawa te hapū, ko Motatau te marae. No Whangarei ahau. No RTLB taku mahi. Ko Kimberly White ahau. Kimberly has been an RTLB and teacher in the Tamaki community for 31 years. Her greatest enjoyment is building whanaungatanga and manaakitanga between tamariki, whānau, kura and agencies so the best outcomes for tamariki can be achieved successfully. The strengths she brings to the cluster are her knowledge and passion in developing cultural models of practice, especially with our Māori students and those who are marginalized because of culture or disadvantage.

Tāmaki Hub

Kimberly White

Chris is an RTLB, working mainly in the Tamaki Hub, Auckland. Her strengths and knowledge are working with children who are identified under the ‘Vulnerable Children’s Act’. She works closely with agencies that support these children as well as with whānau and schools. Her role is to ensure access to educational supports for these students, in order to reduce barriers to education. She leads the ‘Gateway’ process for Cluster 8. Her passion is working with Māori, Pacific Island students and their whānau as well as those students who are struggling with disadvantage. She is part of the cultural team in her cluster and provides professional development to strengthen collaboration and understanding.

Tāmaki Hub

Chris Bush

Michele has over 20 years teaching experience as both a classroom teacher and in a specialist role. With a passion for learning support, she has previously worked as a RTLB, Outreach Teacher to support students with complex needs in mainstream schools and more recently as SENCO in a large Auckland School. Her passion and experience include working with students with ASD, ADHD and other specific learning disabilities. She is a SPELD NZ teacher, having completed the Level 5 NZQA – approved Certificate Course in Specific Learning Disabilities in 2018. Michele is experienced in creating individual profiles of cognitive and educational achievement strengths and weaknesses for her students to create individual teaching plans to target students’ needs and strengths. She is skilled in using multisensory approaches, use of Assistive Technology and strengths-based model. Michele is also a trained parent facilitator with the Parenting Place. Her other passions include wellbeing and anxiety, with an interest in Cognitive behaviour therapy techniques. Michele thrives working collaboratively and has experience working in multi-disciplinary settings supporting schools and families to provide positive outcomes for students. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her two beautiful children.

Tāmaki Hub

Michele Hucker

Jake is an experienced educator in both the Primary and Secondary sector. Specialist subject areas include Maths, English, The Performing Arts and P.E. Jake is Co-Lead for IT, part of the Complex Needs Team and a certified Bilingual Assessor. Jake has a passion for coaching and mentoring students and families requiring individualised assistance. Other passions include Assistive Technology to overcome barriers in learning, mindfulness and wellbeing. He is currently undertaking study in Psychology and Leadership Coaching.

Tāmaki Hub

Jake Taplin

Jo is the Go To Person for Behaviour in Cluster 8. She is passionate about helping students and the adults who support them, to understand and teach the skills/strategies of self- management, executive function, emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills. Challenging behaviour poses many dilemmas and can cause varying levels of anxiety in schools. Jo has experience and training in delivering Incredible Years for Teachers, UBRS (Understanding Behaviour Responding Safely), SWPB4L, Safe Crisis Management and MAPA. Another passion is the application of the growing body of knowledge of neuroscience to learning and behaviour. This is an exciting area she is curious to research and apply to RTLB work.

Tāmaki Hub

Jo Turner

Robert has 20 years of experience in Education both in the Primary and Intermediate levels. He is a Pasifika RTLB with a Samoan background and currently co-leads our Culturally Responsive RTLB Pasifika team. He enjoys working with our fanau and their tamariki providing them with the best service possible to achieve their potential. He runs the Learning Through Adventure programme with another RTLB, providing the opportunity for tamariki to problem-solve in adventures and culturally responsive activities. He is committed to building positive learning environments based on students’ strengths, culture and background. He consistently focuses on collaboration with fanau, establishing respectful relationships and making them feel included and supported. He is able to communicate and interpret in the Samoan language when needed.

Tāmaki Hub

Robert Rasmussen

Len Rust has more than thirty-eight years teaching experience in NZ and overseas schools. Class teaching and management roles across a range of schools have given Len an in-depth understanding of the processes of school improvement. He has a good understanding of Tikanga Māori and what works for Pasifika families through working closely in these communities since 1999. He is particularly interested in the areas of Mathematics, managing students with behavioural and social difficulties and mentoring as a strategic teaching tool. Len works collaboratively, builds strong partnerships and is committed to better outcomes for all students.

Tāmaki Hub

Len Rust

Georgia has been an RTLB since its inception in 1999. She brings to her work a wide range of skills and expertise including specialisation and accreditation in delivering IYT, Restorative Practice, BAS, Feuerstein, and Glasser. She is passionate about helping special needs learners accessing support and resources and feels affinity with parents and caregivers who are attempting to navigate educational and health services for their children.

Tāmaki Hub

Georgia Jensen-Procter

ŌrĀkei hub 

 

Christine is a qualified and experienced Primary School Teacher. She is also an experienced RTLB and has been with the service since it was established in 1999. She has a Graduate Diploma in TESSOL and has recently completed an LLB from Auckland University. Christine has worked to support schools across a wide variety of contexts. She enjoys the challenge of working in multi-disciplinary settings supporting schools to make a difference for students and their whanau.

Ōrākei Hub

Christine Holland

Claire’s teaching career began in South Auckland. She worked in both mainstream and special education, including permanent teaching roles in Sir Keith Park Special School, and Assessment Classes in both Newmarket and Parnell District Schools. Claire is extremely interested in challenges and engagement in Inclusive Education within the RTLB role. She believes that individuals learn best when they feel accepted, when they enjoy positive relationships with other learners and teachers, and when they are able to be active, visible members of the learning community. This is her professional focus. She is an Accredited Facilitator of the Incredible Years Teacher programme, and has co-facilitated the Incredible Years Parent programme. Additional Professional Development has included understanding and developing Resilience in students– with the Friends for Life and Bounce Back programmes. She is also committed to the importance of Early Intervention in the life of young learners.

Ōrākei Hub

Claire Murphy

Kia ora koutou. Ko Ngati Kahu raua ko ingarihi oku iwi. Ko David toku ingoa. David has been working as an RTLB for the past 6 years. Previously, he taught at primary level in Auckland and London. He holds a Bachelor of Education and a PGDip in Specialist Teaching. He is currently studying for a Masters of Educational & Developmental Psychology. He enjoys helping people and strives to underpin all his practice with the Tātaiako framework.

Ōrākei Hub

David Blazey

Lil Reynecke is experienced in the Early Years to the Secondary Years including Adult education. Her particular interest is in holistic wellbeing for students and teachers including behaviour and anxiety with mentoring and coaching. Her passion is in providing practical tools to empower all involved for sustainable outcomes. To achieve this goal, she is an Incredible Years for Teachers facilitator, accredited Resilience Doughnut Framework facilitator as well as trained in the culturally appropriate Mana Enhancement. She has Level 1 Basic Feuerstein accreditation for metacognition development and is passionate about supporting Universal Design for Learning for inclusion. Her knowledge of the Early Years curriculum, Te Whariki, provides invaluable support for foundation work and learning through play in all areas of the curriculum including a passion for Numeracy. Her capacity to come alongside schools and teachers to provide timely support, provides a calm and positive environment for success for all.

Ōrākei Hub

Lil Reynecke

In Sue’s teaching career she has taught at all junior and middle year levels, both in New Plymouth and Auckland. She has always been interested in students who have behaviour and learning needs and has been on that trajectory for some time. She was an Assessment Class teacher before moving into Guidance Unit Teaching, and now RTLB. Sue’s passion is behaviour management and she is currently the 'Go To' person in Cluster 8 for the suite of programmes developed by Dr Caroline Webster –Stratton: "Incredible Years Teaching and Parenting Programmes" on behaviour management. She is fully accredited in both Programmes. She has also trained in the Dina Dinosaur programme for students with severe behaviour issues. One of her strengths is building relationships, with both students, teachers and colleagues.

Ōrākei Hub

Sue Cameron

Michelle Grey-Lamont started her teaching career in 2004. She has worked with a range of special educational needs children both in NZ and London classrooms. Michelle’s passion for neurodiversity led her to RTLB work in Cluster 8 – Ngā Manu Āwhina in 2014. She believes there is no one rule for all, and it takes an eclectic mix of methodologies to meet the needs of the diverse learners in today’s classrooms and considers that working collaboratively as a team with colleagues is invaluable to expand the learning for all. Her other interests include: her two beautiful children and hubby, the arts, food, fitness, socialising and travel.

Ōrākei Hub

Michelle Grey-Lamont

Pat is in her 7th year as an RTLB. Prior to this she was a Supplementary Learning Support Teacher for 8 years. She is a fully qualified and experienced ECE and Primary school teacher, who is committed in supporting students with diverse learning and behaviour needs and collaborating with the people who support them. Pat’s belief is that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ in education and that every child can achieve success, given the right learning opportunities at their learning level. Pat is a calm, positive, organised, flexible and collaborative person, who can plan and facilitate effective learning outcomes for both mainstream students and those who have learning and behavioural challenges. Pat’s passion area is in working with families/ whanau, school personnel and outside agencies, to support students. Pat was lead facilitator for the ICS initiative, until the end of 2018. She has recently trained as a Bi-Lingual assessor.

Ōrākei Hub

Pat Clemo

Sandiyao Sebestian (Sandi) is an RTLB with Cluster 8, Auckland. He was a Ministry of Education Special Education Adviser based in Hamilton prior to joining the RTLB service in 2010. His academic background is in special education and educational psychology. He has been training in the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Programme and is now a practitioner in the Basic and Standard programme. He is also a certified LPAD assessor. Since July 2018 he has become Feuerstein Basic programme Trainer and has conducted several workshops in New Zealand. His vision is to continue serving children/with special educational needs proficiently and efficiently, having worked for children with diverse needs in different roles (nurse, teacher, head teacher, education director, lecturer). He continues to grow, exploring and providing the best practice in the field. His current commitment and study is in helping children to realise their maximum potentials, lead a significant life and be productive.

Ōrākei Hub

Sandiyao Sebestian