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Welcome to our new staff

our new staff —

Kia Ora!

My name is Laureline Harris and I am teaching Year 7 this year I am originally from Belgium but moved to New Zealand almost 15 years ago. The Bay of Plenty is definitely home for me! In my spare time, I am pretty busy running around after my one year old son, Theo. We love going to the beach, exploring nature and going on adventures with our dog, Bowie. I am excited to be part of the team at Katikati College! 

Kia ora whānau,

My name is Stephen Flude and I am teaching Year 7. I am originally from Tauranga, however have spent the past five years teaching in the Hawkes Bay. Last year my partner and I started our own little whānau welcoming our baby girl, Eden, into the world. We decided it was time to move back to be closer to family and friends. I am passionate about sport and wellbeing and enjoy spending time outside trying new things. I am excited to be a part of the amazing team at Katikati College and I am looking forward to the rest of the year!

Kia ora,

My name is Cara Howie and I am the SENCO at Katikati College. My family moved from the Manawatu just over two years ago and I have enjoyed different teaching roles at both Katikati Primary School and the College. I have two young children, Jack who has just started at KKPS, and Charlie who goes to Katikids. My husband Marcus works for the rugby union and is also involved in coaching the Katikati Stags this year. We are loving living here in Katikati and are enjoying finding our place in this lovely community.

 Kia ora,

My name is Kylie Backhouse-Smith and I am a Drama and Dance teacher who is HOF of Arts here at Katikati College. I am originally from South Auckland but have lived in Ashburton for the last 9 years and made the move to Waihi to be closer to family and friends. My husband, who is also a teacher, and my two young children have joined me to enjoy what the Bay of Plenty has to offer. I am passionate about the performing arts and still act, direct and choreograph within the community. The team at Katikati College has been an amazing support so far and I’m excited for the journey ahead. 

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko Patariki tōku ingoa.

E ngā kau nui ana ahau ki te manaaki tangata mā te tunu kai.

Greetings all!

My name is Patrick McMahon. Outside of teaching, one of my passions is cooking for friends and family. Originally from North Queensland, my family and I moved to the BOP at the start of last year. I love the community spirit that Katikati College has and look forward to contributing to the team. 

My name is Shana Carlan-Riddell. I joined the staff last year in Term 2 to cover a maternity leave position, teaching Visual Arts Painting, Design, Photography, Printmaking and the Junior Arts programmes. I previously was the Head of Arts at Rotorua Lakes High School for 16 years, and am pleased to be able to help out here at Katikati College. I feel very privileged to be a part of the students’ creative education, and I am looking forward to helping them with their work this year, and seeing all the wonderful Visual Arts they produce! I also have a lovely Year 7 form class which I take, 7HMM, and I am looking forward to spending a fun year with them as they begin their journey at college. Please contact me at sriddell@katikaticollege.school.nz if you wish to get in touch about anything. :)

Hello, I’m Ben Parker, the newest full time member of the Health and P.E. faculty here at Katikati College. After doing a couple of years of relief at the school, I am excited to make a start in my own classes. Originally hailing from the Hibiscus Coast (Orewa), I have been living in Waihi Beach for the past few years. I am a very passionate sportsperson in particular enjoying surf lifesaving, swimming and surfing. I am currently the head coach of the Waihi Beach Lifeguards sports programme. Looking forward to being a part of the KKC team!

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Mauao te maunga

Ko Wairoa te awa

Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Ngāi Te Rangi te iwi

Ko Ngāi Tukairangi te hapū

Ko Hungahungatoroa te marae

Ko Faulkner te whānau.

Ko Pouerua te maunga

Ko Waitangi te awa

Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi

Ko Ngati Hine rawa ko Ngare Hauata te hapū

Ko Oromahoe te marae

Ko Lemon te whānau.

Ko Emmy taku tamāhine

Ko Cooper taku tama

Ko Amanda toku hoa rangatira

Ko Katrina Lemon tōku ingoa.

I’m feeling really blessed to be joining the leadership team at Katikati College as Deputy Principal. I was raised in Waihi Beach, attended Waihi Beach Primary School and Waihi College. It has been an aspiration of mine to return to Waihi Beach to be with whānau and teach within the Ngāi Te Rangi rohe. My career has seen me work across the tertiary and secondary sectors - I’m trained as a Physical Education and Health teacher. Our whānau enjoys fishing, surfing, snowboarding, travelling and volunteering. I’m looking forward to meeting kanohi ki te kanohi with whānau and the community.