Lemonwood Grove School
Our Team

Sean Bailey

Sean was appointed in late 2015 as the Foundation Principal of Te Uru Tarata. He feels incredibly privileged to be leading one of the most innovative schools across New Zealand. He values the importance of growing and developing a community of learners to realise our shared vision:  the ‘best of you as you’. Outside of school he enjoys running, travel and spending valuable time with whānau and friends.

Troy Landrebe
Deputy Principal

Troy Graduated from Dunedin College of Education in 2000. He and his new wife, Tracy,  moved to Te Kuiti to start their teaching careers. After 16 years in the North Island, Troy and his family moved back to the mainland. He joined Lemonwood Grove at the start of Term 4, 2019 to take up one of the  Deputy Principal positions. Over the years he has been involved in many aspects of leadership within his schools. He currently lives in Lincoln and outside of school, he enjoys spending time with his family and trying to stay active. 

Jen Hodgkinson
Deputy Principal |

Jen joined the Lemonwood Grove team in the foundation leadership team back in 2016 before the school opened.  She began her teaching career in 2000 and has taught in multiple schools across NZ since then. She is passionate about collaborative teaching and learning, authentic learning and developing student agency. Jen lives in Selwyn with her husband and their three children. She spends her spare time on the sidelines of multiple sports fields and getting out and about with her family as often as possible.

Sophia Erni
Kahurangi | Maunga - Learning Leader

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.

Sophia is currently on maternity leave

Claire Wheeldon
Kahurangi | Maunga - Learning Leader

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.

Jane Wood
Kahurangi | Maunga - Learning Leader

Jane is originally from Wales, completing her teaching degree in 1999 at the University of Wales and has many years of teaching experience. She has spent time in various year groups in Junior Schools throughout the UK, Cyprus, Australia and NZ. She has a husband and a daughter and has now settled in the Selwyn area. She is enthusiastic about developing a fun learning environment and building strong caring relationships with her learners. Jane enjoys exploring New Zealand and catching up with family and friends.

Lisa Collier
Kereru- Learning Leader

Lisa has recently moved to Rolleston with her husband and three children. Prior to joining the Lemonwood Grove team, Lisa taught for over six years at Selwyn House School and before this at Lincoln Primary School. Lisa is passionate about inquiry learning and Robotics. She is also a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and brings these skills into the classroom.

Andrea Walker
Kereru - Teacher

Andrea returned to Christchurch after teaching up North for 8 years.  She has taught in USA and Australia and specialised in Gifted and Talented Education.  Andrea is very passionate about teaching and loves to be very creative. In her spare time she loves to exercise and help others to achieve their goals and aspirations.  Andrea joined the Lemonwood Grove Team in Term 4 2019.

Jana Fodie
Kahurangi | Maunga - Teacher

Jana grew up in Oamaru and attended Waitaki Girls’ High School. She then moved to Dunedin to study teaching at Otago University. Jana wanted to be a teacher she could have the same positive impact on children’s learning, as her teachers had on hers. Jana’s favourite subjects growing up were art and literacy, and now she loves giving learners the opportunity to let their creativity flow. Jana feels very privileged to be a part of this amazing, growing community.

Theresa Koorey
Kahurangi | Maunga - Teacher

Theresa joined the Lemonwood Grove team in early 2019 as a reliever. Before that she taught for 6 years both in Oamaru and Christchurch. In her spare time Theresa loves singing, playing ukelele, quizzes and watching shows movies or live music. She lives in Christchurch and enjoys the lovely countryside commute each morning into Faringdon.  Theresa is currently working in the junior team and loves working in this unique environment.

Hayley Kilday
Kahurangi | Maunga - Teacher

Hayley joined LWG at the beginning of 2019 after relieving throughout the school the previous year. She has many years of teaching experience. She enjoys getting to know the students and guiding them through the learning journey. Her strength is teaching maths and she enjoys sharing her knowledge with the learners. Outside of school Hayley likes to spend time with her family and read a good book.

Lynda Priscott
Kahurangi | Maunga - Teacher

Lynda joined LWG at the beginning of 2019 after relieving from July 2018. She has many years of teaching experience in New Zealand and Melbourne Australia. Lynda’s strengths are in Literacy and the Arts. She moved to Faringdon to be close to family and is enjoying making new friends. Outside of school Lynda likes spending time gardening,listening to music and painting. She enjoys travelling and experiencing new things.

Emily Glendenning
Kahurangi | Maunga - Teacher

Emily grew up in North Canterbury. She graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2018 and relocated to Selwyn after being appointed a position at Lemonwood Grove School. Emily is passionate about developing fun, authentic opportunities for learning through play. She is dedicated to building meaningful  relationships with learners and encouraging them to celebrate and work to their strengths.

Anna Graham
Kereru - Teacher

Anna has been teaching for 8 years now. She taught her first 3 years in the middle of Wellington at a school where there were only 50 students! Anna moved to Christchurch at the beginning of 2016 when her partner Travis got a job here. I grew up in Christchurch so it is great to be back! A passion of Anna’s is sport, she lives and breathes netball! Anna has been with the LWG team since the beginning of 2018.

Jo Silvey
Tui - Teacher

Jo has been teaching for 20 years at a variety of awesome Christchurch schools and a school in Auckland. Before that she worked for Hertz and Contiki and lived in London for a year. Her husband is in a band and she has three children, Ben, Millie and Jackson, and two cats, Crafty and Mittens. Jo’s passions are art, reading, going to the gym, walking and baking. Her favourite subject to teach is writing because she loves reading the amazing stories, poems and facts that children imagine and retell. She lives in Rolleston and you may see her shopping or enjoying a coffee at a local cafe.

Rachael Stephens
Tui - Teacher

Rachael joined the Lemonwood Grove team in Term 3 2019, having worked previously as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) based at Lemonwood Grove. Rachael is passionate about and fascinated by Neuroscience and Neuro-motor development and how we can use research and findings to better support learners (and ourselves).. In her spare time, you can find Rachael out and about on her family’s lifestyle block with her husband and son - weeding the many gardens, feeding the family pig Wilbur, on the ride-on lawn mower, DIY-ing and relaxing in the sun with a good book. Rachael is also interested in mindfulness and wellbeing practices, and loves an episode of Coronation Street every now and then.

Mel Stenhouse
Reading Recovery and Learning Support

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. Mel has been a member of the team since 2017.

Maree Ford
Kopara - Teacher

Maree joined the Lemonwood Grove Team, in 2018. Maree has taught locally for over 10 years and spent 7 years in London before that. She lives in the Faringdon community with her 2 beautiful girls. They all love the outdoors, snowboarding/skiing, swimming and taking the boat to the local lakes. Maree enjoys working with students of all levels and challenging the learners to reach their full potential through play.

Jacob Facer
Kopara - Teacher

Jacob grew up in the South Island in a family of educators. He spent time working in tourism and travelling, then spent six years working in the insurance and finance industry before becoming a teacher.

He enjoys music as well as most sports and art. He will often be found playing basketball, working on a painting or playing the guitar.

Jacob joined the Lemonwood Grove team in 2018 as a classroom helper and started teaching full time at the beginning of 2019.

Hollie Stone
Kopara - Teacher

Hollie grew up in Auckland and studied a Bachelor of Business before completing a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. She began her teaching career in South Auckland and then spent 2 years in London teaching and travelling. A year after returning from London Hollie moved to Christchurch for the brilliant lifestyle the South Island has to offer.  She loves getting outdoors and exploring with her dog Lola. Hollie has been part of the LWG team since the beginning of 2019.

Steph Kibblewhite
Learning Support
Annette Browne
Learning Support

Annette relocated from Auckland in 2019 and is very happy to be living in Rolleston. She has a beautiful family living nearby.

Coming from a family of 13 siblings it was obvious children will always be a high priority in her life.

Annette is loves going that extra mile and brings a positive attitude to her work. She feels very proud and privileged to be part of Lemonwood Grove School team and the wider school community.

Annette is a big fan of travelling and loves family time and watching sports.

Michelle Yelavich
Learning Support

Having worked 90% of her working life in call centres Michelle decided to challenge herself to a new path. 2 years now working for Busy Bumbles in before and after school care, Michelle was excited to be given the opportunity of working at Lemonwood Grove School as a Teacher Aide.

Michelle believes it takes a community to raise a child and is excited to be doing this along side of the teachers and management of Lemonwood Grove. 

Michelle has 3 children who keep her busy and entertained.

Sarah Lewell
Office Administrator

Sarah Lewell relocated from Cambridge with her husband and two daughters to the Rolleston community in 2016. 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.

Tracey Masina
Office Support

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Tracy is very excited to be a part of the Lemonwood Grove community.  Tracy and her family moved to Christchurch from Wellington 5 years ago.  Tracy comes from an Administration background. She loves to play Touch Rugby and Boxing, exploring the outdoors with her husband and 2 boys.  Checking out the surf at the beautiful beaches in Canterbury. Tracy looks forward to connecting with Learners and their Whanau.

Helen Devlin
Office Support

Helen has worked in a wide range of administration and customer service roles in New Zealand and Australia. She has recently moved to Rolleston with her husband and two young boys and is loving being part of such a great community. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, home DIY, travelling to new places and spending time with her family and friends. Helen is looking forward to getting to know all of our learners, their families and the wider Lemonwood Grove community.