Lemonwood Grove School
Our Team

Sean Bailey
Sean feels privileged and excited to be the the first principal of Lemonwood Grove School | Te Uru Tarata. His past leadership experience has taught him the importance of developing powerful learning centred relationships with a school community - a major focus in this role. He believes Lemonwood Grove will be an amazing learning environment for the whole community and he looks forward to sharing it with you from 2017! Outside of school he is trying to to keep fit in his spare time and his goal is the Queenstown Half Marathon which will hopefully keep him motivated!
Nick Gunn
Deputy Principal
Nick graduated from Massey University's College of Education in 2000. He began his teaching career with four and a half years teaching in London schools. Nick has been Deputy Principal at Shirley Primary in Christchurch. He lives in Christchurch with Katherine and their three children. Nick enjoys spending time with family and friends and riding his mountain bike in the Port Hills and beyond.
Jenni Hodgkinson
Team Leader
Jenni has been at Lincoln Primary School for the last 6 years, having previously taught in a number of schools since graduating from Otago University in 1999. She lives locally on a lifestyle block and has 3 children. Jenni spends her spare time on the sidelines of various sports fields and getting outdoors with her family.
Sophia Erni
Sophia has been at Addington School for the past 3 years where she was a Mathematics Support Teacher. Before this she began her teaching career at Wanaka Primary School. Sophia spends her time outside of the school gate creating memories by exploring the outdoors. She loves tramping with friends, going to yoga, snowboarding in the winter, surfing in the summer and is currently learning how to mountain bike. Sophia is passionate about building strong relationships to support our learners and is looking forward to becoming a part of the new Lemonwood Grove Community.
Jennie Lyall
Jennie is excited to be returning to the Selwyn area, having previously taught at Weedons Primary and growing up in the area. She has spent the past 3 years teaching in Wanaka, leading her school in science. She is really looking forward to being part of the Lemonwood Grove family. In her spare time, Jennie loves skiing, walking her dog, baking and spending time outdoors.
Mel Stenhouse
Reading Recovery and Release Teacher
Mel completed her Diploma of Teaching in 1997, and upgraded to a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in 2011. She loved her time teaching English in Japan in 1998. She has taught at a number of schools in the Christchurch and Selwyn region, most recently at Rolleston Primary, Darfield Primary and Reading Recovery training in the Hororata Cluster in 2016. She settled in Rolleston in 2011 with her family of three boys. She is passionate about literacy and will work hard to promote life-long literacy learning. Mel can often be spotted out walking, biking or scootering locally with her family.
Pip Mcdonald
Pip has recently relocated to Prebbleton from Southland with her husband and three children. She has most recently taught at St John’s Girls’ School in Invercargill. Pip is excited to be joining the team at Lemonwood Grove, and is looking forward to applying her strengths in literacy, inquiry and EOTC. She enjoys all things outdoors, and can most often be found chasing her kids around the local mountain bike trails, heading up the nearest mountain in the winter, and training for her second crack at the Spring Challenge.
Claire Wheeldon
Claire is originally from the UK where she really enjoyed her years teaching Junior School children before having twin girls of her own. She has lived in Tai Tapu Christchurch for 13 Years now with her husband Adam and growing twins. Claire worked for 3 years at South Hornby Primary and then spent the last 7 Years teaching years 0 to 4 at Tai Tapu School. She is passionate about developing the talents and skills of our young learners. When not at LWG Claire loves exploring New Zealand beaches, hanging out with friends, music and snowboarding in winter with her family.
Sarah Lewell
Office Administrator
Sarah Lewell has just relocated from Cambridge with her husband and two daughters to the Rolleston community. She has spent most of her career in various administration and accounts roles with her most recent position at Leamington Primary School. Sarah is excited to be working at Lemonwood Grove School in a role that she is passionate about and she is looking forward to working with the team and helping them with achieving their goals.
Zodie Bonnett
Learning Assistant
Zodie has worked in primary education for the last four years, including six months voluntarily in special education. She has recently emmigrated from Derbyshire in the U.K to start a new adventure in Christchurch with her husband and two boys. Zodie enjoys spending time with her family and walking her two German Short Haired Pointers. She is very much enjoying being part of the Lemonwood Grove Community.