Our People

Our People


Sally Potter

Year 0-1 Teacher

Piwakawaka Whanau

Everyday I come to school is not the same as the day before. That is the best part of being a teacher. I have had that privilege for more than twenty years. I have taught in every area of the primary levels and my absolute favourite is the five year olds. I enjoy their freshness and their openness to learning and everything they bring with that. When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring different places in our beautiful country.


Ceinwen Rainey

Year 2-3 Teacher

Kia ora, My name is Ceinwen Rainey. I am delighted to be joining Kaingaroa School in 2021. I am a descendant of Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Te Aupouri and Ngāi Takoto. I am excited about returning to our papakāinga to live after teaching overseas for the past 14 years. After completing my studies in Auckland, I began my teaching career at international schools in Abu Dhabi and Manila. Munich has been home for the past 9 years and both of my daughters were born there. In my free time I enjoy biking, trail running, photography and most of all, spending quality time with my whānau. I look forward to playing a positive part in the learning journey of each child that I am privileged to teach.


Mary Sweetapple

Part time Teacher

Patricia Wentworth

Year 3-4 Teacher

Kotare Whanau

Kia Ora. My name is Miss Wentworth, I was born and raised in Ahipara. I recently graduated from Waikato University. My passion for teaching started when I was a young girl in primary school. Back then I did have doubts in my ability to succeed, but this all changed after one amazing teachers efforts. This is when I knew I wanted to give every child that same opportunity. I am delighted to continue my learning journey at Kaingaroa School.


Paige Scutt

Year 4,5&6 Teacher

Kereru Whanau

I have been at Kaingaroa School for 3 years now, I have returned just recently after having my first child.I was born and raised in the Far North, I love the lifestyle and the people and couldn’t think of a better place to start my teaching career. I have a love and passion for teaching , it is rewarding for me to see students grow and flourish in their learning journeys. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, running around after my son and watching rugby.


Elise Broadwith

Year 5,6 & 7 Teacher

Kotare Whanau

It has been my privilege to teach at primary school level for around 16 years. In my role as a teacher I try to apply the three ‘F’s rule: friendly, firm and fair. I encourage students to hard work, believe in themselves, and support them to develop the dispositions for learning that will help them lead a more successful life, such as developing good communication skills, building positive relationships with others and learning from mistakes.

In my leisure time I enjoy reading, being active, spending time with friends and family, and generally enjoying life!


David Acton

Year 7-8 Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is David Acton. I have been teaching for five years in Auckland. I couldn't resist the temptation to move up North to continue my career and live in a wonderful part of our country. I am excited by this new challenge and can't wait to meet everyone and get started! Outside of school life, I love to play soccer, go trail running and take my dog Jasper out walking.


Robert Metzger (Rob)

Part Time Teacher

My name is Rob Metzger, I am an experienced teacher, having taught for many years at a variety of levels in Auckland including Deputy Principal at Mt Albert School. I have recently returned to NZ after living and teaching in Samoa. I lived there for a few years with my wife Foliga and my son who is now 8 years old and attending Kaingaroa School. My background is in Maths and Science. I also have a University degree from Auckland in Sociology and Anthropology.

I’m keen on a wide range of sports having competitively played football, tennis and squash in the past. I am looking forward to teaching at Kaingaroa School.


Support Staff

Sharon Bassett

School Manager and Principal's Secretary


Cynthia Urlich

Part Time Office Administrator


Amanda Brits

Learning Support Worker

Carol Whitlow

Learning Support Worker

Benjamin McConnell

Learning Support Worker


School Care taker