Senior College Staff


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Tracey Dykstra - Principal

Master of Educational Psychology (Hons.), Massey University, Albany, New Zealand
Diploma of Teaching, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Bachelor of Arts, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

As Head of Teaching and Learning and a member of the Senior Management Team at Saint Kentigern College, for the last six years Tracey has lead innovation and integration of modern education practice for Saint Kentigern College.

At the beginning of 2016 Tracey commenced her doctorate studies at the University of Auckland, investigating the leadership practices that make the most difference to students learning in the digital age. At the same time she has been on secondment at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Educational Leadership, where she has worked with Middle and Senior leaders in Auckland to improve leadership practices.

Tracey has extensive teaching experience at a range of both state and independent Auckland schools. She joined the Senior Management Team at Baradene College as the Director of Teaching and Learning in 2007. She completed a Masters in Educational Psychology in the same year.

Tracey studied Psychology at Victoria University before travelling overseas including time in Japan where she taught English and learnt Japanese. On returning to New Zealand she completed her Japanese studies and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Auckland.

Tracey enjoys time with her family, travelling to exotic places and is an enthusiastic language learner who also enjoys time out in the New Zealand bush and sea.



Alan Jones

Alan Jones - Domestic Dean

Master of Arts (Education), London University, London, UK 
Diploma in Education, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Alan was born in Wales but grew up in Dorset, on the south coast of England. After secondary school, he spent a year on an exchange scholarship at Davidson College, North Carolina, experiencing America during John F. Kennedy’s all-too-short Presidency. He then returned to England for his degree course at Cambridge University, before crossing over to Oxford University for his teacher training diploma. During this time he enjoyed playing sport, especially hockey, which included tours to South Africa and South America.

He started his teaching career in London comprehensive schools. In the early 1970s he and his wife (a New Zealander) moved to Sydney, Australia, where he continued teaching. They took the overland route back to the UK in 1974 - travelling through Indonesia, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Israel - before settling into family life and work again in London. Moving to New Zealand in 1996 has brought rewarding new educational roles. Alan enjoys family life and friends, plays sport, sings in a choir and relishes Auckland’s diverse cultural and entertainment scene. He is delighted to be at ACG Senior College, and to be involved with students and colleagues in a stimulating social and learning environment.

Staff Guy Mills

Guy Mills - Librarian

Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland, Auckland , New Zealand
Master of Arts (Hons), University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Master of Library and Information Services, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

Guy has been a staff member here at ACG Senior College since 2014.
Guy started as the librarian here, building on his 15 years’ experience as a librarian, including seven years at an International Baccalaureate school. This year Guy has added the position of University Placement Advisor to his role as Librarian where he ensures that our students are prepared for University academic life.
His experience in finding and sharing information with our students is seen as a real asset in his new role. As a father of three, Guy has great empathy which ensures that he is always looking for ways to help students find a University that will suit them and open the gateway to the career they want.


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 Jordan Eskra - Mathematics

Bachelor of Science, majoring in Mathematics, at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching, the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Thoroughly enjoying the New Zealand school system, Jordan began his teaching career at Auckland Girls' Grammar School. In addition to teaching all levels of Mathematics, he also became heavily involved in co-curricular programs both softball coaching and assisting with school productions. In 2008, Mr Eskra accepted a full time position at ACG Senior College where he began teaching the CIE Curriculum at IGCSE and A level in Mathematics. He has also taught AS Thinking Skills and became the Mathematics Faculty Coordinator in 2009. He was the production manager for the annual school production from 2008-2012. His passion for travelling prompted him to organise a school trip to the 2010 Global Issues Conference in Hong Kong. He subsequently initiated and led the World Challenge program which has seen month long expeditions to Ecuador, Tanzania and Madagascar. In 2011, Mr Eskra changed roles and took over the school timetabling position. In preparation for IB, he attended the IBDP Mathematics Standard Level workshop training in Shanghai, and also the IBDP Mathematical Studies workshop in Pittsburgh. He is passionate about the IBDP and Pre IB programs and values teaching them alongside the CIE programmes. He thoroughly enjoys teaching at Senior College and values the unique and successful learning environment that is offered here.


Staff Andrew Strachan

 Andrew Strachan - Head of Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Post Graduate Certificate, University or New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Christchurch Teachers College, Christchurch, New Zealand

Andrew taught at various schools in New Zealand from 1992 to 1996 and then for six years at Auckland Grammar School. Andrew was involved in the New Zealand University Bursary Art marking panel 1997-2000, the Combined Schools panel 2001- 03 and School Certificate panel1995. He has taught Art, Painting and Printmaking at ACG Senior College since 2002 with students achieving outstanding results in Bursary and Cambridge International Examinations. Results achieved by Andrew's students in Art at ACG Senior College in the Cambridge Examinations include twelve “top of the world” in Art and Design (Painting) Andrew's students have also achieved four “top of New Zealand” awards in Art and Design at all levels and high achievement awards in Printmaking in CIE. Of late, Andrew has undergone training in IB Visual Arts and is enjoying the new challenge of having students doing their diplomas with him in this qualification. Andrew has been involved in numerous art exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia and is still a practising artist.

Staff Kerry Ann Boyle


Kerry-Ann Boyle - Graphic Design

Master of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Teaching, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Kerry-Ann gained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Photography and Printmaking at Canterbury University, her Diploma of Teaching at the then, Auckland College of Education in 1990 and her Masters degree from Auckland University in 1998. She joined Senior College in 2003 as a teacher of Art and Photography. In 2004 she introduced the Cambridge AS History of Art programme. Prior to Senior College, Kerry-Ann taught at Epsom Girls Grammar School as Head of Photography from 1991 until 1999. After leaving to pursue her own photographic practice, Kerry-Ann was a long term relieving teacher at Northcote College and Baradene College from 2001 until 2003. "The attraction of Senior College for me is the independent and committed students that we have the privilege to teach. The atmosphere of the College is unique. Teachers and students have an easy rapport in a studious environment and the focus is always on the individual."

Staff Debbie McLachlan


Debbie McLachlan - Photography

Post Graduate Certificate in Art and Design Education, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Textile Design, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

Born and educated in the UK, Debbie moved to France for a year before heading to New Zealand where she started her teaching career at Avondale College. She taught all the disciplines at all levels throughout her time there, helping her students to top grades before being asked to join the national marking panel of Bursary Photography in Wellington, and the Combined Schools marking panel in Auckland. She has taught Photography at Auckland Grammar School and at Kings College before moving to ACG Senior College in 2003. Debbie has been teaching the CIE curriculum at AS and A2 level in Photography since 2004.
After completing her IB training in the Visual Arts, in Florence, Italy, in 2013 Debbie has been teaching the IB diploma programme here at Senior College.

Staff Vanessa Narbey


Vanessa Narbey - Design Teacher

Vanessa Narbey was born in Auckland and studied at The Elam School of Fine Arts from 1985 to 1988 gaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Printmaking. She travelled overseas for five years to the U.K, Australia and Europe and returned in 1995 to study Masters of Fine Arts at The Elam School of Fine Arts from 1996 to 1997.  She gained a Master’s Degree with First Class Honors. In 1999, Vanessa studied at Auckland Teachers’ College and gained a Secondary School Teaching Diploma. She taught at Rosehill College for four years, followed by Macleans College for 11 years where she was Head of The Art Faculty for 6 years. Vanessa has exhibited her work internationally and within New Zealand. She continues to exhibit and produce her work in a range of media.


Staff Rebecca Maher

Rebecca Maher  Head of English

Bachelor of Social Sciences in History, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, Waikato School of Education, Hamilton, New Zealand

Rebecca has always had a love of learning and loves to engage in texts and cultures within the school environment. She received her Bachelor of Social Sciences in History, with the supporting subject of English at Waikato University. She also completed the Speech New Zealand ASB in teaching Speech and Drama. Shortly after completing two years of teaching experience, Rebecca went to engage in the cultures of the world by living in Hong Kong for a short time before moving to London to live. In London she had the experience of teaching IGSCE and AS Language and Literature, while fulfilling the role of temporary Head of English at Hampton Court House. Upon her return to New Zealand, Rebecca became, firstly the assistant Head of Social Science and then later, the assistant Head of English at Hamilton Girls’ High School. Here at ACG Senior College she is not only a part of the English Department, but also teeaches the PreIB Humanities course. She is always planning her next list of countries to visit, books to read and food to cook.

Staff Rose Don



Rose Don English Teacher

Bachelor of Arts in French, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, Christchurch School of Education, Christchurch, New Zealand

Rose comes to Senior College after sixteen years teaching at St Paul's Collegiate in Hamilton. There she was the Assistant Head of English for ten years and was also HOD Learning Recourses for five. Rose taught NCEA and Cambridge English as well as being involved in girl's boarding for ten years. Rose decided she needed a new challenege and as her choice of qualification in Cambridge, Senior College is the perfect place to be. Rose's main interest is playing bridge and she has represented New Zealand many times. This has given her the opportunity to pursue another of her passions, international travel.

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Val Foley - Teacher of ESOL and NCEA English

Postgraduate Diploma of Business Administration, Victoria University, Wellington. New Zealand
Diploma of Teaching, Massey University, Palmerston North. New Zealand

Val has been teaching English as a Second Language (ESOL) for over 20 years and the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) for the past four years. She has extensive experience in a wide range of teaching fields from general teaching in New Zealand, South Korea and Japan, curriculum development in New Zealand, Taiwan and Indonesia, and Head of English Key Stage 3 in Qatar and Egypt. Val joined Senior College in 2015 and has been proactive in the strengthening and development of the ESOL and NCEA English Level 2 courses. She is enthusiastic and serious about promoting success for all students in their English achievements for entry into tertiary study in any English speaking country. Val also has experience in the business sector as CEO of an NGO horticultural industry group and spent a number of years as a full-time potter and teacher of pottery in Wellington. Outside teaching Val is interested in all National and International news and politics, is an avid movie goer, a keen supporter of most New Zealand sports teams and still pursues her art activities in both painting and pottery.

Staff Tian Huang


Tian Huang - Head of Languages

Master of Professional Studies, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Teaching, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Bachelor or Arts, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Born and raised in China, Tian gained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University in 1989 followed by a Master Degree in Language Teaching & Learning from The University of Auckland at 2005, and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching in 2007. Before immigrating to New Zealand, Tian was a journalist and presenter for ten years at a radio station. After a long time of living in the spotlight, she wanted to settle down and came to New Zealand to turnaround her life and career. She decided to become a teacher of Chinese language and literature which was one of her dreams. Her first teaching job in New Zealand was in Maclean’s College. After six years of hard work, Chinese classes increased from one to seven. Her students achieved CIE Top in the World four consecutive years and CIE Top in New Zealand in the A Level Chinese examination. Her students were also successful for six consecutive years in NZQA Chinese Scholarship examinations, gaining three outstanding Scholarships. In 2013, she was selected as one of the camp leaders to take nearly 100 New Zealand secondary students to visit China at the invitation of Chinese Deputy Premier Liu Yandong. She was also involved as a panel judge and chairperson of the judges for Auckland’s regional Chinese speech competition. In 2014, Tian was elected to be the president of New Zealand Chinese Language Teacher Association (NZCLTA). Since then she has been involved in organizing numerous Chinese language teaching and learning workshops and conferences. At the beginning of 2014, Tian was very excited to become a new member of the teaching staff at ACG Senior College, she teaches both CIE and IB Diploma courses. In 2015 her student Zimo Ye won the Top in the World in CIE Chinese A Level Examination.

Carlos Carmona


Carlos Carmona

Master of TESOL (ongoing)
Bachelor of Arts (English Studies), CLTA
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)
Trinity Certificate TESOL

As a language teacher Carlos enjoys transmitting to others his passion for languages and his intercultural knowledge. After travelling for a decade in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia where he could imbibe different cultures and experiences, he arrived in New Zealand ten years ago with the aim of channeling all these experiences and knowledge acquired into a rewarding career as a language specialist. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (English Studies) in New Zealand with qualifications in different areas such as language teaching, translating and interpreting in New Zealand, he worked as a language teacher in various secondary school settings ranging from semi-rural to private schools. Since he is interested in learning new things and upgrading his English teaching skills, Carlos began studying Master of TESOL in January 2016.
During his free time Carlos enjoys reading, sports, music and world movies. .

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Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Certificate in English for Academic Studies, Unitec, Auckland, New Zealand
Master of Arts (Korean Language and Literature), Kyeong Nam University, Korea
Bachelor or Arts, Kyeong Nam University, Korea

April Hwang – Korean Teacher

April was born in South Korea, where she gained a Bachelor’s degree followed by a Master of Arts degree in Korean language and literature. In Korea, she has been in various teaching roles ever since graduating. She taught Korean language and literature in primary and secondary schools for several years. After moving to Auckland, she taught Korean to Korean students living in New Zealand at Auckland Korean School where she also became the Deputy Principal. From 2006, she worked as a teacher-aid at Mt Albert Grammar School. Then she moved on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Auckland in 2010 and has been teaching Korean to over 600 non-Korean students per week at several intermediate schools since 2012. Having become a new member of the teaching staff in ACG Senior College, she is now teaching Korean and non-Korean literature. She is enjoying the hardworking atmosphere at ACG Senior College and is looking forward to meet more students and help them reach their academic goals.

Staff Andrew Stafford


Andrew Stafford - Mathematics

Master of Professional Studies (1st Class Honours), University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Bachelor of Science, University of Canterbury, Christchurch , New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Christchurch Teachers’ College, Christchurch, New Zealand

Mr Stafford was born in Rotorua, Andrew Stafford and educated at Rotorua Lakes High School. After completing a BSc degree at the University of Canterbury, he began teaching at Cashmere High School in Christchurch, then after four years there made the move back north and taught in Auckland at Avondale College, Carmel College and Manurewa High School. In 1998 he was awarded a Mathematics and Science Teaching Fellowship and spent a year at Auckland University working on the creation of resources for teaching Mathematics. During that time he also taught one class at Senior College then took up a full time position the following year. In July 2002 he and his family moved to England where he taught at Brentwood School in Essex, returning to Senior College in 2005. He has been involved with examination marking both with the University Bursaries Examinations in 1997 and 1998 and in 2006 as an observer on the marking panels for AS and A2 Cambridge Mathematics examinations in England. In 2012 he was awarded an Independent Schools Honours Award for Service to the Wider School Community and later in the year a teaching fellowship in the Mathematics Department at the University of Auckland. He is currently the Dean of International students and teaches across Mathematics.

Buino Vink - Diploma Programme Coordinator; Mathematics

Masters in Educational Administration (hons), Massey University, NZ
Bachelor of Science, Auckland University, NZ
Post Graduate Diploma in Education, Massey University, NZ
Diploma in Secondary Education, Auckland Secondary Teachers’ Training College, NZ

Buino was born in Matamata, and completed his secondary schooling at Kaitaia College. His career in education began as teacher of Mathematics at Gisborne Boys’ High School, followed by Assistant Head of Mathematics at Matamata College. From there he progressed to the Head of Mathematics position at Hutt International Boys’ School, Trentham Upper Hutt. As the school grew, Buino took on the role of Assistant Principal, with responsibilities as both Director of Curriculum and Director of International.

In 2001, with two of his four sons then working and starting university, Buino, his wife and 2 remaining teenage sons moved to Singapore. There Buino taught Mathematics ‘O’ Levels at Catholic Boys’ High School, a local Singapore School. He then moved to the Australian International School Singapore, taking on the role as Head of Mathematics for 4 years, followed by a further 4 years as Head of Senior School. It was there that Buino gained authorization for the IB Diploma Programme for his school, and taught both NSW curriculum and DP Mathematics for some years. He also learned how to play golf, travelled extensively, played a lead role in the Mikado, and worked with students doing Duke of Ed gold and silver. He then moved to the Overseas Family School as Academic Dean for 5 years. There he worked in the IB environment, conducted a full school WASC self-study, and initiated coding into the Primary IPC curriculum. After 16 years away from New Zealand, with 3 sons working in Europe and 1 in NZ, the youngest just having graduated, and with 2 grandsons in NZ, Buino and his wife decided it was time to come home.

Buino’s experiences in education at home and abroad has carried him across 8 different curriculums and in schools ranging from senior secondary through to pre-school. He has also taught and worked with a multitude of nationalities, particularly in international schools abroad. Buino’s passion still remains in the classroom, and he is currently the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator at ACG Senior College and teaches IGCSE and DP Mathematics. But he still finds time for a round of golf, enjoys travelling, and tries his hand at water colour painting.

Staff Dave Meur


Dave Meur – Head of Science

Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Roehampton Institute, London, UK
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Ecology, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK

Dave’s first teaching role was in Sittingbourne in Kent before moving to Ipswich School in Suffolk where he taught Biology and Chemistry and was responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. In 2003, Dave moved to Stockholm, Sweden where in addition to teaching Science, he worked as Head of Department, Head of Year and then Academic Coordinator at the International English School in Jarfalla, a northern suburb of Stockholm. He also produced the school show every year and organised a wide range of school trips, including an annual trip to his hometown of London. Dave moved to New Zealand in 2010 and his first appointment was teaching the International Baccalaureate at Auckland International College. At this time he became an IB Examiner in Biology. Dave then moved to ACG New Zealand International College where he taught Biology and worked as Dean for the Foundation Studies Program for the University of Auckland. He also helped organise the ACG Concert and Cultural Nights combined with Senior College. Dave completed a part-time Masters of Educational Leadership at AUT in 2014 and presented a paper at the AARE/NZARE Conference in Brisbane in December 2014 based on his research. Dave joined Senior College in 2015 teaching Biology. He also helped produced the School Musical, Bonnie and Clyde, organised the Cultural Concert that took place in August and was involved with the Duke of Edinburgh walks. Since 2016, he has been Head of the Science Faculty and is the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) Coordinator for the IB Diploma. In his spare time Dave watches films and plays computer games. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys travelling.

Staff Megan Davies

Megan Davies

Master of Arts in Education, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, UK
Professional Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Bath, UK

Megan graduated as a teacher in 2008 and taught Chemistry and general Science in Welsh language schools in her home country of Wales for four years before embarking on her world travels. After exploring parts of Africa and South-East Asia she settled in Australia for two years where she taught primary aged pupils on remote outback cattle stations in Queensland and the Northern Territory. From there she moved to Busselton in Western Australia to work as a High School relief teacher. She believes in the importance of having a wide understanding of various education systems which prompted her work in Australia before moving to New Zealand at the end of 2015.

Megan is teaching the CIE AS and A2 Chemistry courses this year at ACG Senior College, along with IGCSE Biology and the Pre-IB science course. She strongly believes in the importance of a good all-round education. She enjoys incorporating extra-curricular activities into her teaching when opportunities arise to allow her students to experience science outside of a classroom environment.

In her spare time Megan enjoys salsa dancing and cooking and is hoping to travel extensively around New Zealand during the school holidays.


Staff Sue Tearne


Sue Tearne - Science Technician

Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

After graduation, Sue worked first in the Research Division of British Gas Corporation as an analytical chemist, then retrained as a State Registered Medical Lab Scientist in Lincolnshire hospitals, specialising in Chemical Pathology. Later she was a Special Project Researcher for the Personnel Division of North Lincolnshire Health Authority. After having a family, she worked as technician at the largest comprehensive school in Lincoln.
Sue moved to New Zealand in 2001, and joined ACG Senior College that year. She has qualifications in Chemical Safety from Otago University and has been a trained First Aider since 1978.
Sue enjoys seeing young scientists gain in confidence as they acquire practical skills, which equips them to do well in science at tertiary level. When not at work, Sue enjoys singing at folk clubs and festivals, gardening and family history research.


Staff Jonathan Shearer


Jonathan Shearer – Chemistry

Bachelor of Arts, Grinnell College, Iowa, USA
Master of Natural and Applied Sciences, Missouri State University, Missouri, USA

A traveller from the beginning, Jonathan was born in Germany and grew up in Hawaii. He received his bachelor's degree from Grinnell College and a Master of Natural and Applied Sciences from Missouri State University in the USA. His teaching experiences range from historic Elgin Academy in the USA, John Abbott College in Canada , two years as a volunteer teacher in rural Kenya and summer programs at Yale University. He came to New Zealand in 2007 to teach at ACG Strathallan College and joined the Senior College staff in 2011. Jonathan is a passionate tramper and environmentalist, so he spends much of his time planning his next trip into the New Zealand wilderness.  Jonathan also runs the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award programme and loves introducing young people to the outdoors. 

Dr Thierry Lints

PhD in Medical Biology, University of Melbourne, Australia
Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Massey University

Thierry’s interest in biology began with scuba diving as a teenager in Northland, New Zealand. He had his first taste of biomedical research during his Master’s degree at the University of Auckland, working on cell signalling in a breast cancer cell line. A Commonwealth Scholarship allowed him to subsequently pursue a PhD at The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia. In the course of his doctoral research, he identified a key genetic regulator of vertebrate heart development. In 1993 Thierry moved to New York City, working at Columbia University on mechanisms controlling the differentiation of sensory and motor neurons during embryonic development. He then moved across Manhattan to The Rockefeller University, in order to study behavioural, cellular and molecular aspects of songbird vocal learning. Thierry continued this work at The City University of New York and at Texas A&M University and has an abiding interest in the neuroscience of learning and memory, cognitive development and disorders such as speech apraxia, autism and schizophrenia. In 2015 Thierry returned to New Zealand with his family and trained as a secondary school teacher. In 2016 he taught junior science and chemistry at a high school in Whangarei and, in 2017, joined ACG Senior College. As a teacher, he hopes to encourage in his students a fascination for the beauty and complexity of the biological processes supporting life. Out of school, he can often be found searching in the rough for errant golf balls, or sitting in a kayak wistfully awaiting fish to take a bait.




Staff Justin Peters


Justin Peters - Head of Social Sciences

Master of Sociology,  University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Bachelor of Science, London Guildhall University, London, England
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Greenwich University, London, England

Justin is currently Head of Social Sciences at ACG Senior College, and teaches both Sociology and Psychology across CIE and IB. He was previously Head of Psychology at Avondale College, after moving to New Zealand from the UK, where he taught Psychology and Sociology in London. He has been an examiner in Psychology and Sociology in the U.K. In 2015, he was a curriculum consultant for CIE for the proposed syllabus changes. He has recently been given the honour of being recognised as one of New Zealand’s most inspiring teachers, being selected by the judges from a pool of over 5000 nominations. For years he has run the ‘Film club’ at Senior College.

Outside of school, Justin is a self-confessed gym nut. He also enjoys reading, watching movies, following politics and is working on his thesis, which is in the area of the sociology of mental illness.

Carrie King


Carrie King - History

Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland, Auckland , New Zealand
Diploma of Teaching, Auckland College of Education, New Zealand

Carrie comes to ACG Senior College after ten years teaching at Napier Girls’ High School in Hawkes Bay. There she was a Dean, Assistant Head of Learning of Social Sciences and a teacher of History to all levels, including Scholarship. She also taught English to senior levels and Drama. Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from The University of Auckland and Teaching Diploma from The Auckland College of Education. She has also continued her own learning by completing English papers extramurally from Massey University. Carrie began her teaching career in Sydney where she lived for four years, and then in the UK where she taught GCSE English. Along with the return home to Auckland, Carrie’s love of history and dedication to teaching and learning has brought her to the new and welcome challenges of teaching Cambridge and IB History at Senior College.   

Staff Bethan Powell


Bethan Powell - Psychology/Classics

Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

Originally from the UK, Bethan arrived in New Zealand 13 years ago. She gained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, majoring in Psychology and History. She is incredibly passionate about both subjects, and is especially interested in how the two interact – psychology provides the theories for human behaviour, while history provides the fascinating examples. Bethan has a wide range of interests and also enjoys drawing, painting and travel. In 2014 she studied visual art in Melbourne Australia, and enjoyed the experience of exploring the arts in a new city. More recently Bethan has completed her diploma in secondary teaching at AUT University. She joined ACG Senior College at the beginning of 2016, teaching Psychology and Classics.  

Staff Alex Marshall



Alex Marshall - Head of Commerce

Masters of Business Administration (Distinction), Warwick University, Warwick, England
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Data Processing, Sunderland University, Sunderland, England
Diploma in Secondary Education – Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Alex's home town is Auckland, New Zealand, but he was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He has worked in Scotland, England, and New Zealand for the last twenty years. He is an experienced teacher in New Zealand and has taught Economics and Business and was previously Head of Economics at Westlake Boys in Auckland. He has worked in the commercial sector for many years and has substantial business experience to bring to the classroom.

In his spare time Alex likes to read and watch sport, primarily rugby and cricket. He enjoys cooking, eating out and going to the movies. 

Staff Philip McGarry


Philip McGarry

Bachelor of Business Studies (with a double major in Finance & International Business), Massey University, NZ
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), The University of Auckland, NZ

Philip is a new addition to ACG Senior College. Having had a wide range of business experience across roles as diverse as investment operations and accounts, he has now decided to bring that experience into the classroom. Philip joins the commerce department where he will be teaching Business, Accounting, and Mathematics. In his free time Philip collects rare and out of print New Zealand books, and is also an avid motorcyclist.

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Paul Godfrey

Economics, Global Perspectives and Thinking Skills; Director of International Services

Sixteen years ago Paul came to Senior College on one year's leave from his previous school, and has never regretted the decision to stay. He enjoys teaching Economics and introducing Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives to students who are keen to learn and discuss as well as looking after the international students at the school. Highlights have been the trips with the Business students to New York, London and Wellington. Paul has been involved with a number of aspects of Economics education in New Zealand: marking, writing and moderating external examinations for NZQA, helping develop the Achievement Standards and Scholarship for NCEA, and the new Social Sciences Curriculum. Until they moved to the Epsom Campus he also did the subject specialist training for secondary school Economics teachers at the University of Auckland. Prior to Senior College Paul was been a Dean, Acting HOD and taught Economics, Accounting and Maths at Rangitoto College, sold computers for three years in Sydney and worked as an economist for a government department in Wellington where he grew up and completed his degree..







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