Teaching Staff

Rachel Allan


My husband Stuart and I live on a small lifestyle block near Hamilton.  I have been  principal of Te Uku School for the last 10 1/2 years.  It has been exciting working with the Board and the staff over the last 3 years to develop our classrooms into open and flexible learning environments.  This an exciting phase in education in which teachers and children are able to work and learn together in different ways.              

 rachela@teuku.school.nz     07 825 5815 Ext:12

Bernard Butler

Teacher of Years 3 and 4; Deputy Principal and Senior Teacher of the Junior School
  Junior Discovery

Kia ora. I am the Deputy Principal and will be teaching Years 3 and 4 in Discovery 2.   I live in Hamilton and enjoy going to the gym, pottering in my large garden and experiencing new cultures through my travel experiences.  I have previously taught in primary schools in Auckland and also worked for the University of Auckland and Waikato in the Health and Physical Education learning area. I am looking forward to getting to know all the students across the school this year and having lots of interesting and positive learning experiences together. 

Lee Clarkson

Teacher of Years 7 and 8; Senior Teacher leading school-wide project on 'growth mindset'
  Discovery 4

Hi, I am part of the leadership team for Te Uku School and teach in Discovery 4. I am passionate about improving teaching and learning at our school and strive to provide learning experiences that both challenge and engage the students. I believe it is a privilege to be learning alongside the Year 7/8 students as they embark on their journey to becoming young adults and I can't wait to see what discoveries we make as the year unfolds.

Catherine Lynagh

Teacher of Years 1 and 2

I have been teaching at Te Uku School since 2006, and I love working in such a supportive, challenging and inspiring environment.  This year I will be working alongside Lisa Wheeler with the children in Year 1 and 2.  I live nearby on a small lifestyle block in Waitetuna, with my 17 and 19 year old sons (both former Te Uku students).  I plan to spend more time in my somewhat neglected garden this year.  I'm a big reader and enjoy all sorts of books.  I love learning about learning, and am excited about the direction our school is moving in.  I enjoy getting to know all the different personalities in the class and helping the children develop their imagination, creativity and self-belief as learners.

Bev Turilli

Teacher of Years 5 and 6: Senior Teacher of Senior School
  Discovery 3

I have been a teacher at Te Uku School since 2003. I spent my first 10 years here, teaching in the junior school and moved to the senior school in 2014.  I love teaching at Te Uku School. I come all the way from Hamilton every day and love the trip over the divi. I find the staff at Te Uku School extremely supportive and I have loved watching the positive changes happening in our school over the years. I feel that our school is growing in strength from year to year. I love teaching all learning areas but my favourite is definitely Maths. I also enjoy teaching art, writing and reading, and getting my children stuck into some awesome inquiries. I love seeing children excited and engaged in their learning. This years focus on Growth Mindset is really exciting and I strongly believe that it will strengthen learning capabilities throughout the school - teachers included.

 bevt@teuku.school.nz     07 825 5815 Ext:21

Oli Ryks

Teacher of Years 5 and 6
  Discovery 3

Kia ora, my name is Oli Ryks and I am excited to be working alongside Bev Turilli in the Discovery Three learning spaces with the year 5 and 6 students. This is my third year teaching at Te Uku School. I feel privileged to be teaching in such a supportive and progressive school that puts student learning first. I live in Raglan with my husband John and daughter Maia (who attends Te Uku).  Out of school I love spending time with my family, going to the beach and cooking.  I keep active through stand up paddle-boarding, yoga and running. In the classroom, I love working alongside students. I value a collaborative, caring, challenge-seeking classroom culture and am really looking forward to us working together to establish this in 2016.

Lisa Wheeler

Teacher of Years 1 and 2

Kia ora koutou.  This is my fourth year of teaching at Te Uku School and I love being part of this future thinking and caring community. I will be teaching year 1 and 2 students in Discovery 1.  I am passionate about teaching and learning alongside our youngest students and seeing them develop into fantastic learners.  I live in Te Kowhai, am married to Colin and we have two teenage sons.  In my spare time I love going on bike rides with my family, going to the movies and getting out in my garden.  I enjoy running and yoga, but this year I am challenging myself to learn some new skills; playing the ukulele and pilates.  I am looking forward to another fun, busy and rewarding year at Te Uku School.

Victoria Cooper

Teacher of Years 3 and 4
  Junior Discovery

Victoria is currently on Parental Leave - July 2016 to December 2017


I am very excited to be joining the team at Te Uku this year. I have been teaching for the past 8 years, 7 of which were in Auckland and last year I was teaching at Rotokauri School in Hamilton. I have taught children from the age of 5 right through to 11 years old. I grew up in a little coastal town west of Auckland called Piha. I lived in Piha for 28 years where I have grew to love the ocean. I have been a lifeguard and travelled to Huntington Beach in America for a life guard exchange and am also a keen surfer. My dad got me into surfing when I was very young and I have been doing it ever since. I have been living in Raglan for the past year and absolutely love it.  I am looking forward to meeting all of the children, parents and staff at Te Uku School.

Carol Carlson

Teacher of Years 7 and 8 technology; CRT teacher for Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4

I live at Waitetuna with my husband Bill. I have two adult children, both attended Te Uku School some time ago!  I have been teaching at Te Uku school since 2001, teaching senior technology classes from 2004. I love the variation and challenge in teaching food technology as well as materials technology using paper, fabric, wood or whatever! This year my part time role will be varied. I will be teaching senior technology on Tuesdays and releasing teachers from Years 1-8 on Mondays and Wednesdays. I am passionate about creativity and the power of imagination. Some students and I will be installing some junior mosaic art around the school this year. Please contact me if you have access to materials for our art or design projects at school. I am always on the lookout for recyclable materials we can put to good use. If you have resources, knowledge or skills to share, I would love to hear from you.

Scott Johnson

Teacher of Years 3 and 4

Hello Families of Te Uku School, I am pleased to say that I am the new teacher, alongside Bernard Butler, starting in Discovery Two on Monday 25th July.  I come from the sunny town of Whakatane and moved to Hamilton in 2011 to pursue a career in teaching, where I have been living for 5 years.  I absolutely love working with children because of their creativity, enthusiasm and desire to learn at every opportunity. Outside of teaching I am a big sports fan and absolutely love playing music, especially guitar.  I look forward to getting to know all of the students of Te Uku School and begin learning with them. 

Alison Hewett

Part-time teacher

Kia ora! I live in Raglan with my husband and two children. I am originally from Scotland but have been in New Zealand for over 12 years with about half that time spent in beautiful Whaingaroa. I have a wide range of teaching experience both here and in the UK. I enjoy walking, reading, travel and spending time with my family.  As a teacher my main goal is to motivate students to do their best and achieve their full potential. I believe students have a right to be in an effective and positive learning environment where their individual learning styles and needs are addressed.  I am very excited to be joining the Te Uku team and looking forward to getting to know all the students and their whānau.

Anna Woolston

Teacher of Years 5 and 6

Kia ora koutou, I am excited to be the newest teacher at Te Uku School. I will be working alongside Bev Turilli teaching the Years 5 and 6 in Discovery Three.  I have over 10 years experience in education and I am still passionate about teaching and learning collaboratively with my students. I enjoy teaching all learning areas, but my favourite areas are reading and art. 

I live in Hamilton with my husband Grant, our two sons, Alex and Johnny, and a cat named Avenger. In my spare time I enjoy reading a good book, going to the movies or catching up with family and friends. 

I am looking forward to getting to know you all. 

Support Staff

Rachel El Kamraoui

Office Administrator

Hi, I live in Te Mata with my three children and a growing menagerie of animals. This will be my fourth exciting year supporting the learners at Te Uku School! I have been involved in a variety of programs since starting in 2013 as Whaea Rachel, and if I’m not working one-on-one or in small groups with those requiring extra support, you will find me trying to keep ahead of jobs in the library or supporting in the office and sickbay. I am looking forward to any of the new challenges that come my way this school year.

Basil Turnbull


Maioha Kelly

Teacher Aide

Kia ora, my name is Maioha Kelly.  In my working career I have taught pre-school children and adults.  I have just been appointed teacher aide for Te Uku School, I am looking forward to working with the staff and children!

Jo Wallis

Teacher Aide

Hi I am Jo Wallis. I am supporting Discovery Two learning times in the mornings, Monday to Friday. It is great to see children’s minds growing and developing. I live in Okete and have 3 children here at Te Uku.

Brianna Goodwin

Social Worker in School

Kia Ora, ko Brianna ahau. I have the pleasure of being the new Social Worker in Schools here at Te Uku and at Raglan Area School. I have just recently completed my social work degree at Wintec and I’m looking forward to working alongside the staff, students and community in Te Uku and Raglan. I live in Hamilton with my husband, Vance, and our four very naughty cats. In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading, working in my vegetable garden and spending time at the beach with my whanau. I am at Te Uku on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and you can find me in the small office off the main reception area.