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 overseas in Asia dealing with many nationalities, which has lead her to becoming our ESOL Teacher Aide.  

Teacher Aide: Wendy Proctor

Wendy has worked as a Teacher Aide for over 10 years and joined the learning support staff at Raumati Beach School in 2013. Wendy runs the STEPS spelling programme and assists in literacy, reading and children who benefit from behavioural support. She loves her job.

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: Jess Galloway

Jess and her young family Immigrated to NZ from South Africa in 2016. With two busy preschoolers and two border collies, Jess finds that she fits right into the fun at school. Jess studied Communication Science and then found a passion for children and adolescents with special needs. She has 10 years experience in many areas of learning, cognitive and behavioural difficulties, and after taking a few years off to start her family, has absolutely loved returning to the field. When she is not at school, you can find her at any op shop or in the wine isle at countdown, toddlers in tow.

Teacher Aide: Dee Litherland

I started working at Raumati Beach school at the beginning of the year, I immigrated from South Africa 9 years ago where I ran my own transport /logistics company.  I have completed my teacher aide certificate and have been teaching aiding for the last 8 years. I believe in building and nurturing relationships and find it extremely gratifying working as a teacher aide. I am married and have two children who keep me very busy. I enjoy running, going to the gym and playing hockey. 

Teacher Aide: Amanda Ludlam

Amanda has joined Raumati beach school at the beginning of term two and is working in a new entrant class. She was a TA at Te Horo school for eleven years and worked with children from year one to year eight. She is a mother of two girls and enjoys gardening, being in nature and spending time with family and friends.