Staff

Principal - Yvonne Blair

Kia Ora. 

I am the principal and feel so lucky to be in such a cool school. I have now been here for four years and enjoying every day. The children are  wonderful, caring, keen learners. 

I have fourteen years principal experience in small rural schools and value a local community and family atmosphere. I am passionate about teaching and learning and am here to support the teachers in providing a range of activities and experiences to enhance learning. I have three adult children and five beautiful grandchildren. I like to travel and have seen most of New Zealand and quite a bit of the world. I still believe New Zealand is the place to be! 

Debra Lydon - Senior Teacher

I am the teacher of the senior room, years 4-8. I have worked at Waikari School since 2008. 

I have a passion for maths and science. I was awarded a Science Teacher Fellowship and spent six months being involved in local environmental projects. This experience has changed the way we think and implement science at our school. I love the outdoors and spend many weekends enjoying our beautiful mountains, rivers and beaches. I am an excited and creative teacher who believes in nurturing a thirst for learning in a variety of experiences and opportunities. 

Caryn Hunt - Secretary/Teacher Aide/Bus Driver

I first started working at Waikari School in 2007. Being in a small school often means wearing many different hats for all staff, and my position is no exception. I enjoy every aspect of my job and the varied role means that I get to know every student really well. 

One of my great joys in life is to dance, and this has been something that I have enjoyed introducing to the children at Waikari. In fact, I think that the end of year prize giving which is accompanied by a dance recital is now firmly a tradition - and something a bit unique to Waikari.

Claire Jevins - Junior Teacher

Wen Haare - Cleaner