I have lived in Cambridge for 7 years now and both my younger children attend Leamington Primary. I am, currently, the Head of English at Cambridge High School but also have a background in Gifted and Talented Education, pastoral care, and too many extra-curricular activities to count! We have loved the education that Leamington has given our girls to date, and I am keen to continue to support the school. I really enjoy being on the Board; getting to know some staff better and being involved in strategic decisions that I think benefit all our aakonga at Leamington. My intent is to constantly ask how the Board can help the staff to maximise the educational experience of all the students to allow them all to reach their full potential.
I am married to Matt and we have three children, with 2 currently at Leamington School. My extended family has a long history of association with Leamington School and I have a genuine interest in contributing to the School and helping to ensure its continuing success. My employment background is in law, practicing in the areas of dispute resolution and family law; and education, teaching at primary level. My teaching background has given me an understanding of both the day to day school environment and the wider education system while my legal experience has equipped me with an understanding of the regulatory and legal environment in which schools operate. Facilitating the oral healthcare recycling scheme here at Leamington School is a passion of mine, as is my motivation to see all children reach their full potential.
I live in Leamington with my Wife and two children, my eldest has been through Leamington and is onto Middle School. My youngest started his journey in 2021, we had always been very impressed with Leamington Primary School so when the chance arose to give something back I jumped at it. I initially joined the Board part way through a term and right before the Covid Employment restrictions took effect, this was a trial by fire and I feel we did a great job of Navigating those changes. The Board and Senior Leadership team at Leamington are a great bunch of people and I enjoy being a part of it. During the week I work in Aviation Engineering at Hamilton Airport, the variety within General Aviation in NZ means no two days are the same. With a couple of old cars, an old house and two kids, I keep myself fairly busy in my 'spare time'.
My name is Alex Ball. I have three children at Leamington; Evie, Charlotte and Isla. My background is as a Physical Education, Health and Outdoor Education teacher before moving to my current role as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). As an RTLB I work within schools giving support and providing assistance to teachers of students who are at risk of not achieving or achieving at a low level because of their learning or behaviour difficulties. This means an RTLB's major aim is to improve what a student gains from their education. I am grateful to be able to bring my experience and passion for all children succeeding in their education to my role on the Leamington BoT.
My name is Amy Featonby and I have been a part of the Leamington School community for the past five years. My husband, son and I moved to Cambridge in 2014 and we absolutely love the community. I am in senior leadership at a secondary school in the area, and have worked in education for 14 years. I am fortunate enough to still be in the classroom and teach English Literature to the older year levels. I love education and everything related to helping our students to become confident and competent learners - finding the right approach, strategies, and direction for each student is integral. In my spare time I enjoy drinking tea, reading books, playing board games, or spending time in nature with my family.
My wife Hope and I have lived in Cambridge for the majority of our lives and all of our four kids have attended Leamington and our two youngest are current students. This will be my second term on the school Board and I've appreciated working alongside the Leamington faculty and contributing to the advancement of our school, community and people. I have worked in the power industry for over 15 years and have experience in a number of areas, I bring that to the board table to provide an alternative perspective. I enjoy watching sport and playing table top and digital games when I have a few moments to myself.
My name is Jo Griffin and I am the BOT secretary as well as working full time at Leamington School as the SENCo (Special Education Needs Coordinator). I have a passion for supporting all students in their education and making a difference. I have been teaching for 16 years, mainly around the Waikato and a few years in the deep south of Invercargill. I am a proud Mum to four grown children, that are all on their way in their chosen careers. I am very proud to be new to being a Nana. I value time spent with family and friends, while working in an amazing caring community.
I am a farm girl at heart who still loves getting back on to the family farm in my spare time. My primary school education took place in a very small rural school called Waikaretu School, before I finished my senior schooling at Te Kauwhata College. My teaching journey started at Leamington School as a Beginning Teacher 2018 and I have since purchased a house here and live here with my Husband and puppy Tui. I have worked within both Nikau and Kahikatea Teams since then and currently within Kahikatea as the Team Leader. In 2023, I am making the move back in to Nikau as Team Leader which I am very excited about. I have enjoyed many experiences in my time here at Leamington and I am very grateful to be a part of the current Board of Trustees as Staff Trustee and working with a great team!