Teaching Staff

Paula Malins


Kia ora koutou, Greetings
Welcome to Te Uku School. Our school vision is " Expanding Hearts and Minds - Whakawhanake i te Ngakau i te Hinengaro".
I am delighted to be the Tumuaki of Te Uku School.
I am married to Stephen, and have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren.  I live in Hamilton, but will be moving to Raglan early 2023. I am excited to be part of the community.
We are a vibrant rural school situated 5 minutes from Raglan. Our staff are caring, dedicated educational professionals who provide a quality, wide range of learning opportunities. 
Our school works collaboratively together in our well-resourced Innovative Learning Environments. We are part of a strong, supportive and caring community. There will be many opportunities where you will be able to engage in your students learning and school life.
Enrolments in all year levels are welcome. Please contact me if you wish to have a look around our school.
Ngā mihi
Paula Malins

April Orleans

Teacher of Middle School

Kia ora koutou, my name is April Orleans. I am very excited to be joining the vibrant Te Uku School Community. I have lived in the local Raglan area for about 4 years, I spent 2.5 years living around the Lorenzen Bay area and now live on a rural lifestyle block in Te Mata.  

 I started my teaching career working in the Caribbean. I have spent time working in the island nations of St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and briefly in Dominica. I worked in partnership with local nonprofit organisations, ministries of education and schools to develop and implement programs in public health, marine ecology, environmental education and renewable energies. I have also worked with a variety of age levels when teaching in the United States in Virginia and California. I have spent the last three years working at Endeavour Primary School in Hamilton. 

 Fun fact, I took a couple of years off from teaching to have an adventure in Alaska, where I spent 2 years working on commercial fishing boats and developing my off-grid lifestyle block.

 When I am not teaching I enjoy being a member of the Raglan Volunteer Coastguard, gardening, reading, surfing and a wide variety of outdoor activities.


Cynthia Lickfold

Teacher of Middle School

Kia ora families of Te Uku! My name is Cynthia Lickfold and I started teaching here in Term 3 of 2020. Being in the Middle Discovery is always an exciting adventure and I am privileged to teach such a talented group of learners alongside committed and inspiring colleagues.

Before coming to Te Uku I taught at Horotiu School, and before starting in teaching worked in student recruitment and career guidance for The University of Waikato, Tertiary Education Commission and Taratahi Institute of Agriculture. 

I enjoy sharing my passions for literacy, science, physical education and the arts with my learners. I love seeing children discover their own passions and helping them develop their skills and interests.

My husband Carl and I live in Hamilton and outside of school I love to dance, play sport and read.




Catherine Lynagh

Junior Discovery Teacher

I have been teaching at Te Uku School since 2006, and I love working in such a supportive, challenging and inspiring environment.  I live nearby on a small lifestyle block in Waitetuna, and my ongoing project is developing gardens and planting trees around my section. I have two adult children (both former Te Uku students), and four entertaining cats.  I'm a big reader and enjoy all sorts of books.  Some of my particular teaching interests are literacy, art and learning through play.  This year I will be working mainly with the youngest children in the Junior Discovery.  I'm looking forward to getting to know all the different personalities in the group and helping the children develop their imagination, creativity and self-belief as learners.  

Charlotte Hablous

Teacher of juniors

Kia ora koutou!

My name is Charlotte Hablous and I am very excited about joining the Te Uku School teaching team in the Junior Discovery. I have been living in Raglan for just over six years with my husband Nick. We have three beautiful children, Louie, Isla and Taylor and really enjoy the wonderful lifestyle that Raglan offers. We spend a lot of our time at the beach or in our native bush. My husband and I love the outdoors and adventure, we try to get out and about with our children as often as we can.  

I have been teaching for twelve years and love nothing more than being in the classroom with my students. Seeing children become confident, empowered learners with a growth mindset brings me so much joy. During my career as a teacher, I have taken a keen interest in developing target programmes for students to boost academic achievement in writing and mathematics. I have experience writing individual, class-wide, and school wide programmes specifically focused on plugging the ‘gaps’ students may have in their learning. This passion led me to start my business ‘Raglan Tutoring,’ which I have been operating for the past three years alongside a few part time teaching positions.

I am looking forward to working closely with our tamariki and Te Uku School whanāu.

Semonne Hogg

Deputy Principal and Teacher of Years 7 and 8

Kia Ora koutou, My name is Semonne Hogg. I have been with Te Uku School for four years now. I believe in ensuring, through teaching and learning, that our children today gain a love of learning that leads them to be succossful in all aspects of their lives. I am a strong advocate for learning outside the classroom - it is relevant, engaging and provides many opportunities for children.

I have been teaching intermediate level in full rural primary schools for over 15 years and it is still my passion to help children to succeed.

I grew up travelling around New Zealand and have spent some of my early years in England, training and teaching in early childhood.  I adore the country lifestyle, how country kids think, play and engage with each other. 

Carol Carlson

Teacher of Years 7 and 8 technology; Classroom Release Teacher, (CRT)

Kia ora koutou.

I live locally and have been teaching in different roles at Te Uku School for many years. I have been  responsible for the Year 7/8 technology programme since 2004. Our school offers on-site senior technology classes. The Year 7/8 technology programme covers food technology and a variety of design projects using different materials. 

This year I am teaching senior technology on Wednesdays. On Tuesdays I am in other classes, releasing classroom teachers.

I enjoy the variation and challenge of my part-time role, and it is great to have the opportunity to teach all age levels at Te Uku School.

I have a particular interest in hands-on learning, especially through the integration of art and technology into the other curriculum areas.

I firmly believe all learners need experiences where they can use the power of imagination and wonder. I encourage students to think creatively, outside the box. It is also important to me for our learners to appreciate and understand the world they live in, developing lifelong skills while expanding their hearts and minds. 


Rowena Crowhurst

Teacher of Juniors

Kia ora to the families of Te Uku School, my name is Rowena Crowhurst. I am thrilled to be
teaching at Te Uku School this year. The Te Uku community is very close to my heart. I have
a daughter in Year 2 and I really enjoy living in Te Uku. Working and living in the school
community has been a long-time dream come true for me.
I have 13 years teaching experience. I began my teaching experience in Australia, teaching in
junior classrooms at a diverse range of schools across Sydney. I was then privileged to teach
at a high achieving school in London for two years. After that, I moved back to Sydney and
enjoyed working in the Independent school system, before moving to New Zealand four
years ago, with my husband and children.
I am very passionate about teaching children how to read. It is such a privilege, teaching
these lifelong skills to children. When I am not teaching, I enjoy pilates, running, reading,
and spending time with my three beautiful children and husband Jay on the farm.

Support Staff

Basil Turnbull


Jo Wallis

Teacher Aide

Hi I am Jo Wallis,
I support learning in both the Junior and Senior discovery groups. Working alongside teachers to develop learning plans that fit the individual needs of our learners is fun and exciting. 
I love to see our Tamariki enjoy school and make good connections with teachers and peers. While learning about themselves as learners and channeling their talents to develop their learning. 

Kellie Priest

Office Administrator