Staff

Staff

Gene Moore

Principal/Room 1 Teacher

Room 1

About Me

I grew up in Upper Hutt and attended Mangaroa School, a 34 pupil rural school for my primary years before finishing my schooling at Upper Hutt College. After I completed my barber apprenticeship in 1997 I went on to study and obtained my teaching qualification through Wellington College of Education and Victoria University. I have two children, Taylor and Lucy who are both now at Secondary School. I have taught across all levels of primary education, including some time in Nelson where I taught at an Area School before returning to my old Primary School where I was the Deputy Principal. I joined the New Zealand Police in 2008 serving predominantly in the Wairarapa for nine years before returning to the teaching profession in 2018. I'm loving the opportunity to be the Principal at Pirinoa in this amazing part of the Wairarapa! My interests include the outdoors, rugby, cooking, music, classic American cars and movies. I am a member of the Wairarapa Land Search and Rescue and the Lake Ferry Volunteer Fire Brigade . I enjoy getting into the bush, camping or going for a dive (in summer) whenever possible.

E: principal@pirinoa.school.nz

Natalie Lagah

Year 6-8 Teacher

Room 3

About Me

Tena koutou katoa, I grew up on a range of dairy farms around the North Island. I am the second of six children and am a proud Aunt to 3 nieces and 3 nephews. I attended Napier Girls' High School where I boarded for five years before moving to Hamilton to study at Waikato University. I worked on dairy farms as a relief milker, reared calves, sprayed weeds, did fencing and contracting work and worked as a nanny. Following my graduation, I moved to Taumarunui. I taught children aged between Year 3 and Year 6 for five years, coached sports, organised trips, planned productions, sports days and field trips, and managed the school gardens. In 2018 I moved to the Wairarapa and began working at Pirinoa School. My aim is make learning fun and interesting, while allowing children to explore outside of Pirinoa and New Zealand. I love the idea of play-based learning across all levels of the school and enjoy teaching the children about places around our country and around the world.

E: natalie.lagah@pirinoa.school.nz

Elizabeth Rudd

Year 4/5 Teacher

Room 2

About Me

I grew up in Dunedin, where my parents and younger sister still live. My older brother is a chef in London. As a family, we love cooking, playing board games, and playing croquet! I went to Tomahawk Primary, Tahuna Intermediate, and Otago Girls' High Schools. After I finished high school in 2010, I travelled Europe for six months. Then in 2014 I gained my undergraduate degree in Human Geography. While I was studying I worked as a carer in a hospital level rest home. I have also worked in Environmental Health in the Solomon Islands, as a cook in a childcare centre, and as a tour guide in a craft brewery. I have spent a lot of my early 20s travelling - some memorable experiences include La Tomatina in Spain, scuba diving shipwrecks in the Solomon Islands, climbing Sri Pada in Sri Lanka to see the New Year's sunrise, volunteering at a surfing school in South India, and working in a chandlery on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. In 2019 I gained a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning. As a teacher at Pirinoa School, I aspire to create rich and varied learning experiences in order to help my students find the joy in learning and the world.

E: elizabeth.rudd@pirinoa.school.nz

Sissy Pickering

Year 0-3 Teacher

Room 1

About Me

I grew up in Martinborough and attended Martinborough School and then boarded at Solway College. After college I went overseas for 5 years working as a Nanny in London, a chalet girl in Switzerland and numerous other O.E jobs. I trained at Wellington Teachers College. I had a son James (who is now 23) and when he was 4 years old we travelled to Thailand and England to work in an international school for a couple of years. I have had the opportunity to teach every year group and I love them all. I enjoy playing tennis, taking on projects, discovering new places and spending time with friends and whanau.

E: sissy.p@pirinoa.school.nz

Jess Donges

Office Administrator

About Me

I was born in Upper Hutt and went to school over there until I came over to the Wairarapa in Year 11 to board at Wairarapa College. My husband, Aaron, and I have three children, Lily, Jackson and Hadley who are all lucky enough to attend Pirinoa School. I started working at Pirinoa School in 2018 after being home with my children while they were preschoolers. I love all sports and being outside hanging out with all the kids and just having a good laugh 🙂

E: office@pirinoa.school.nz

Alison Sim

Relief Teacher

About Me

I grew up in Buller and lived in Granity during my childhood and then in Westport. I joined the fire service at 16 following the rest of my family. While in Westport I trained as a teacher through the Christchurch College of Education and gained a Batchelor of Teaching and Learning degree in 2000. That year I also moved to Ngawi with my boys who both attended Pirinoa School as well as my step-son. I have taught at most of the schools in the region over the past 20 years and am now doing teacher release and casual relieving. My husband Andrew is a cray fisherman at the coast and we also own the Captain's Table food caravan. I love being busy I quilt, fish, cook, hunt, golf and am also a firefighter.

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