Samantha is originally from Plymouth in the UK, and with her parents, moved to New Zealand and attended Long Bay College on the North Shore of Auckland for her senior years. She was very passionate about basketball which took her on a scholarship to the United States to complete a BA at Radford University, Virginia, via Casper College, Wyoming. She then returned to the UK and completed a Master’s degree at the University of Exeter. After volunteering for a year at a large children’s home she trained to become a teacher. Samantha and her husband moved to Manchester where she was Head of Department at two large high schools and was also an Advisory Health Education Teacher. In 2008 with her husband and two daughters she moved back to New Zealand where she joined the staff at Te Aroha College. Here Samantha was a Dean, Teacher in Charge, Assistant Principal and Deputy Principal. While she was there she completed a Masters of Educational Leadership at the University of Waikato and began her doctorate but has put that currently on hold.
Samantha is especially interested in driving equity and excellence for all. Throughout her career, she has always been passionate about engaging with a diverse and varied range of people both at school and in the local community. Samantha has been involved in driving and supporting a variety of school initiatives including hauora and wellbeing, junior curriculum development, restorative practice, special education, student leadership, among others.
Rowan Haigh grew up on the West Coast in Hokitika and is hugely passionate about seeing Greymouth High School rangatahi achieve success in all areas of their lives.
Rowan believes in a research-based approach to teaching and learning with a strong focus on building relationships. Fairness is at the heart of his educational philosophy as he believes all learners should have access to a high-quality education.
Outside of school, Rowan enjoys accessing the outdoors and pushing himself physically through martial arts and fitness.
Rowan has taught in Christchurch, Napier, and London, in a variety of learning environments. He has now been living back on the Coast for the past seven years and takes great pleasure in his daughter attending the same primary school he went to.
Ian has recently joined Greymouth High school and brings wide-ranging experiences from teaching in schools in Christchurch and internationally. He has taught Health & Physical Education as well as pastoral roles of Dean and Head of House at Rangiora High School. Internationally, Ian has taught in Qatar, Thailand and more recently in Myanmar. In 2018 Ian completed a Masters in Education specialising in Leadership through the University of Canterbury. Ian is married to Lisa who is also a teacher and they have two daughters at university in Wellington and Dunedin. Recreationally, Ian is looking forward to the outdoor options that living on the west coast provides and hopes to make the most of the great biking, tramping and walking tracks in the district.
Ian believes that a “learning adventure” is a great way to view a young person’s journey through school and encapsulates the ideas of striving toward a goal, success, failure, resilience and experiencing the unknown. All of which will equip young people with the skills they need as they make their way in the world.
Raewyn is a West Coast local. Although from here, she lived for a time in Northland, attending Whangarei Girls’ High School. After leaving school she worked primarily in the health and education sectors, including School Library Service, Tai Poutini Polytechnic and West Coast DHB. At the DHB she was a senior leader managing services across the West Coast.
A desire for a work direction change brought her to Greymouth High School as Executive Officer, a fancy name for School Business Manager. She manages non-teaching functions like finance, property and support staff. Property is a very large part of her portfolio with ongoing developments at the school. The role is incredibly diverse and satisfying and supported by an amazing team of people in the background.
She has travelled extensively and is studying for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Executive Management which will formalise her work-life experiences.