Team Learning Support
Our Learning Support Team is coordinated by our SENCo and responds to the varied needs of our students.
SENCO: Shona Pengelly
Shona is our SENCo (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator) who works with students, staff, whanau and outside agencies to support learning. She graduated from W.A.I.T (now Edith Cowan University) in 1980 and has continued to frequent the halls of academia off and on as her passion for education and teaching evolves. Shona has taught in both Australia and New Zealand, public and private, secondary and primary, single sex and coeducational schools.
Her early teaching career was arts-based until she lived on Kapiti Island for seven years and adopted Marisol from the Dominican Republic. Happily, her work as a mother and teacher led to an extreme interest in dyslexia and the rest as they say, is history.
If you mention such words as dachshunds, opera or My Food Bag her ears will prick up!
Teacher Aide: Shell Finderup
Shell joined the staff at Raumati Beach School in 2013. After many years working in Auckland, Wellington, Canberra & Melbourne in Accounts Payable/Receivable roles she currently assists our Bursar Jackie Corbett.
She is also a member of our Teacher Aide team which sees her working with children who have Maths, Reading, Literacy & Behavioural difficulties. Shell recently lived oversea
Teacher Aide : Tracey Judge
Tracey is part of the learning support team. She moved to the Kapiti Coast last year with her husband and three children after spending 12 years in Brisbane. Tracey was a legal secretary for 12 years in Wellington before starting her family. She was able to stay at home with all her children while they were little as she has always managed their family painting & decorating business.Tracey loves working with children and being in the school environment, her special interests are children with autism and adhd and helping them to learn new skills so they can manage and thrive in their learning environment.When she is not at school she manages the business, colour consults, loves baking with her daughter, gardens, reads and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Teacher Aide: Marisol Pengelly
Marisol is a teacher aide at RBS specializing in high needs students.
She graduated from UNITEC in 2013 with a B. Performing & Screen Arts (Contemporary Dance Major) and since then has added a qualification in Therapeutic Dance to her CV. Currently she is studying for a CBT (Cert. in Ballet Teaching) from RAD London.
Marisol has a professional interest in mixed ability dance and strongly believes that dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart is another.
Teaching dance consumes most of her time outside school and even here she is busy teaching many RBS students! Occasionally Marisol gets to walk her 3 dogs on the beach and watch cooking documentaries.