Our People

Kelly Barker (Whaea Kelly)


It is a real privilege to be leading and working alongside an amazing learning community where we inspire curiosity, identify strengths and passions and grow people to thrive!

Passion, purpose and people is what has guided my educational leadership. I am passionate about teaching and learning.  It is important to me that everything we do has real purpose that contributes to best educational outcomes for students.

People are at the heart of learning for me. I am committed to improving student learning and outcomes through strong learning based relationships and quality teaching. Connecting, engaging and collaborating to create a learning environment where a culture of inclusiveness and diversity is celebrated is super exciting.

My husband Jeremy and I are real hunter gatherers. In our spare time we love to spearfish and Jeremy is a keen hunter.  We also have a productive little vegetable garden that adds to our ideal of being self-sufficient.  We are very lucky to have two gorgeous wee dots (Mahinarangi and Tamatia) and a special family dog (Tai) who keep us on our toes and keep us honest.

Abbey Corich

Deputy Principal | Room 7 Teacher (Yrs 2-3)

Kia ora koutou,

I joined the teaching team at Hampton Hill in 2016. Prior to this I have spent time teaching at various other schools mainly in the Wellington area. I started my first teaching job in 2003 and feel very blessed to have a job where I love getting up to go to work every morning. I enjoy working with whānau to help children develop the skills and characteristics to be lifelong learners. I strive to make learning an engaging and rewarding experience where children feel confident taking risks and trying new things. When I am not at school I enjoy exploring the walkways of Wellington, visiting cafes and spending time with my friends and family

Chris Clare

Room 8 Teacher (Yrs 4-5)

Kia ora!

My name is Chris Clare and I am excited about the opportunity to join the Hampton Hill family for 2016. Born and raised in Auckland but since moving to Wellington early last year I have come to love anything and everything this great city has to offer.

When teaching, I seek to stimulate the curious minds of kids and enjoy bringing my interests into the classroom to heighten children’s learning and add variety to the curriculum.

In my spare time, I enjoy getting outdoors and being physically active as well as pretending to be a rockstar in the weekends on my drum kit. I also have a passion for reading, art and good coffee!

Natasha Culevski

Room 2 Teacher (Yrs 2-3)

Kia Ora

I am Natasha Culevski and I have been so fortunate to have been a part of Hampton Hill since early 2016 as a practicing teacher and now as a teacher of year 2/3. I am very excited to be working in the junior part of the school as I really have a passion for being creative in the classroom. I enjoy getting to know every child as an individual and making learning relevant and fun. 

I have always lived in Wellington and enjoy exploring new parts of it in my spare time. When I am not planning or at school, I will be spending time with my family and friends, usually enjoying a walk or some good food.


Amy Hardyment

Room 9 Teacher (Yrs 5-6)

Kia Ora. I joined the Hampton Hill School teaching staff in 2016. I am originally from the Manawatu and moved to the vibrant city of Wellington in 2016. I love getting to know children and finding out what really gets them excited and motivated in their lives and then relating this into the classroom. I think this makes teaching and learning a fun and enjoyable experience for all. Outside of school I spend time with my son, friends and family, and experiment with cooking and get creative through drawing, painting and the occasional furniture up-cycle!

Joanne Speight

Room 3 Teacher (Yr 1-2)

I have had a long association with Hampton Hill School. My own children attended this school and have very pleasant memories. I have been involved in many ways: first I was a parent helper, then a student teacher, then a “real” teacher, then an advisor of mathematics and back to being a teacher again. I obviously love working in this environment! I have taught at all the year levels and currently I am standing in as deputy principal. Out of school I enjoy Scottish Country Dancing which is a fun activity and helps keep me fit.   I enjoy playing golf and exploring the walking tracks around the area.

Rebecca Quirke

Room 1 Teacher
(New Entrant – Yr 1)

Hello, I’m Rebecca Quirke and I am the new entrant teacher at Hampton Hill School.  I have taught at Hampton Hill for about seven years in a range of different roles.  I love teaching and inspiring children to learn by making the experience of learning as fun and enjoyable as possible. When I’m not at school I love to spend time with my amazing family.  I enjoy being creative – to paint, mosaic, scrapbook and like learning new crafts.  I am also a bit of a back yard farmer and enjoy growing my own vegetables and raising chickens.

Maria Osborne

Room 5 Teacher (Yrs 3-4)

Hello. . .

My name is Maria Osborne and I have had a relationship with Hampton Hill school for two years now and am looking forward to continuing this partnership in 2017.

I moved out to New Zealand from Britain 13 years ago, and along with my family (husband Barry, Oliver 11 and Isabelle 14), have made Aotearoa our home. As well as my British and New Zealand cultural background, I am also proud to add my Greek heritage to the melting pot.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching children with their unique personalities and ideas, every day is different. You can’t beat the eureka moment when a child discovers something new or figures something out for the first time and is filled with pride in their accomplishment.

When I am not teaching I love spending time with my family and friends. Family values are important to me.

I love food, both making it and eating it for myself and others and enjoy experimenting with different cuisines.

Carol Brieseman

Room 4 Teacher (Yrs 4-5)

I have been involved with the school for quite a number of years, with our two daughters and son having all gone through the school.  As well as teaching my class, I am in charge of Science and was fortunate to spend 6 months at NIWA on a Primary Science Fellowship in 2012.This was an awesome experience and I came away from that with a new passion for Science and for kids to develop a curiosity about the world around them.

I am also involved in our Enviro Schools programme, PE and School Hockey. My interests include walking – the longer the better; music- I lead church singing, play the viola and bass guitar; gardening; and my own gorgeous family (that is growing up way too fast!)

Scott Hammer

Room 6 Teacher (Yrs 4-5)

Since starting my career in teaching, I have been involved with Hampton Hill School. As a teacher  I really enjoy helping students grow as they understand what they are learning.  

In 2014 I had the opportunity to grow my own knowledge by being involved with the Primary Science Teacher Fellowship. I focussed my studies on understanding the nature of science and looking at how to be more curious about the world around us. I find Science is a great way to help our kids grow as they understand the world around them 

Outside of school I have taught myself to play  guitar. (I play in my church band.)

Leah Merewater

Part Time Teacher

Kia ora Koutou

Ko Leah Merewater toku ingoa, my name is Leah Merewater. I am the new classroom release teacher in Rooms 2 & 7 and I am so excited to be part of such a great team of teachers and such a wonderful school of tamariki.

I’ve been teaching since 2008 and I love it! I’ve taught from New Entrants up to Year 5/6 kids and I’m still not sure what my favourite age group is. What I enjoy about being in the classroom is seeing tamariki light up with their learning.

I’ve travelled all over the world but now proudly call Titahi Bay home. My husband, Karl and I, have three gorgeous energetic sons and a lovely adventurous dog called Rudi. When I’m not teaching you will find us walking Rudi, visiting parks and play grounds or out in the garden.

Clare O’Connell

Room 1 Extension Teacher
(New Entrants)

Kia Ora,

 I am excited to be joining the Hampton Hill team in 2017. I moved to Wellington in 2016 to complete my Masters of Teaching and Learning, after falling in love with teaching when I was living and working in Europe. I enjoy building fantastic relationships with children and using these to bring about the best learning possible for them! 

Duncan Murray

Part Time Teacher

Duncan is a valuable part-time teacher who works on a Monday – the children enjoy Physical Education programmes, and Kapahaka with him.

Liz Crowe

Reading Recovery Teacher

I was really pleased to be offered the Reading Recovery position at Hampton Hill School. It is a privilege to work with children one-to one and have the opportunity to accelerate their progress in reading and writing.

I have lived and taught in the Porirua area for over thirty years. In 2008, I trained as a Reading Recovery teacher and have taught mainly in this field since.  Being an avid reader myself, it is wonderful to teach a subject I love.

My husband, Chris and I, have four children – a son and three daughters. All four are happily married and we have been blessed with eight beautiful grandchildren. I am also lucky to have my elderly father living close by. In my spare time, I love to read, swim, walk, garden and learn French.

I am looking forward to working with the awesome children and dedicated staff of Hampton Hill School.

Jenny Pearl

Part Time Teacher
– Classroom Release

I retired from Hampton Hill School in 2015 as Deputy Principal but am enjoying being back in a part -time role as a teacher.

I have much more time for my hobbies and family now, and enjoy swimming, scrapbooking, patchwork – my favourite thing is skyping my grandchildren.

Victoria Burton

Part Time Teacher
– Classroom Release

Kia ora koutou,

I am Victoria Burton and I am very happy to be joining the Hampton Hill teaching team.

I specialise in teaching Philosophy for Children (P4C).

P4C puts into practice all of the Key Competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum, taking children on an adventure in thinking; building on their own sense of wonder and curiosity.

I live locally with my partner, Logan and our two fabulous children, who fill my heart with joy and my days with fun.

If I’m not with my friends and family, you’ll find me out being a Zumba Queen!

Ruthanne Kennedy

ESOL teacher

I am the ESOL coordinator at Hampton Hill School. I help teachers determine students’ level of English using the English Language Learning Progressions and ensure that the ESOL funding applications are completed at the beginning and middle of each year. I am also available as a resource person to help adapt classroom activities and programmes for ESOL students.

Sue Kelly

Office Manager

I have worked in education administration for many years and am excited to be part of the Hampton Hill School community working with the staff, the children and their families.  I have lived in Tawa for over 21 years where I help my husband Michael run his plumbing business.  We have two amazing children – Liam (20), Amy (17) and two adorable cats – Kira and Larry. I enjoy gardening, pilates and travel – especially family holidays around New Zealand and overseas when we are lucky enough!

Bo van der Lugt

Office Assistant

I have a strong background in education and administration and a genuine interest in children so I am very pleased to have joined Hampton Hill School after taking some time out to raise a family.

Born and raised in Wellington, I spent many years overseas until returning to Tawa with its fabulous family friendly community.

I enjoy spending my spare time walking, swimming, biking and exploring the gorgeous beaches in and around Wellington with my family. When the sun isn’t shining (and sometimes even when it is) I enjoy reading and crafting and playing board games with my children.

Irene McDonald

Teacher Aide

I value lifelong learning and am so happy to be in a job where I learn something new every day. I have been associated with the school for quite a few years – firstly as a parent of three awesome children who have all gone on to become very successful and happy young adults; secondly as supervisor of the After School Care when it first started; and thirdly as a Teacher Aide.

I appreciate the fact that I am part of a dynamic, caring environment and I love all aspects of my job –  the people, the children and the community. The work I am involved in at Hampton Hill School is challenging, interesting, professional and very rewarding and I am grateful for the opportunity to help and assist wherever and whenever I can.

Staying in touch with family and friends is very important to me and in my spare time I also enjoy walking the dog, exploring our beaches, reading, drawing and writing poetry.

Jill Fahey

Teacher Aide

I started working here in 2013, I work with the junior children. I have three children who have all been to this school. I also work and support my husband Steve in his own business. I really enjoy my time here with the children and feel we have a great supportive community.

It’s great to see the children progress as they learn and grow up. My interests are my children’s sports, going to the beach, reading and catching up with friends.

Lisa Murdoch

Teacher Aide

Hi I’m Lisa and I’m a mum to three boys.

I have been part of Hampton Hill since 2009, when my eldest child started school. I started volunteering in my children’s classes, then decided to train as a Teacher Aide, as I loved being able to help the children.

I am passionate about helping children to become the best learners that they can be. I especially love reading and I love being able to help the children to learn to read also.

My interests are spending time with my family and friends; reading; baking; and walking.

Sarah Opie

Teacher Aide and Parent Volunteer

I am passionate about helping and supporting students so that they can reach their potential, and enjoy working as a Teacher Aide.
I am also a parent of a daughter who attends our school and I like to help in her classrooms during the week. I am also involved on the fundraising committee and other ways around the school.
Before having children I trained as a Youth Worker and worked in Lyall Bay, I have supplemented that with admin roles as well as Teacher Aiding in both primary and secondary schools.
In my free time I like to sew, bake, read, catch up with friends and taxi my girls around to their different activities.

Barbara Scott-Hill

Volunteer Librarian

Barbara is our Volunteer Librarian who helps the Teacher in Charge of the Library.

I’ve been a parent of Hampton Hill School since 2007 and have been increasingly involved with the school over the years with fundraising.  More recently since 2011 I’ve got more involved with the library and have become the volunteer librarian.  I also run the second hand store in the old Dentist Clinic.  I have one child still at Hampton Hill School and my other two boys are x-students.

I enjoy giving my time to the school as a volunteer, and get satisfaction that any help I give helps the school; and the teachers spend more quality time teaching.  Its great to be part of Hampton Hill being part of the community with the teachers, parents, and of course the children!

Ollie Goulden

Teacher Aide Volunteer

Hi, my name is Ollie Goulden and I have been volunteering at Hampton Hill School since early 2014. I help out in the junior school 3 days a week mostly with reading, writing and maths. I really love getting to know the awesome kids and helping them on their journey.

In my spare time I enjoy getting outdoors, especially shooting and fishing. I also play the drums and taking Sunday school at my church in Porirua.