He aha te mea nui?
He tangata. He tangata. He tangata.

What is the most important thing?
It is people, it is people, it is people

Learning online wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful team of eTeachers. Not only will your learners experience new languages and meet new people, our knowledgable experts will support your learners to become confident and connected in the online space.

Jo Wilkinson

Kia ora I’m Jo Wilkinson an experienced teacher from Taranaki. I have taught at all levels over the past twenty years and I am currently teaching in a small rural full primary. I enjoy teaching STEM, art and being part of Enviro Schools.  I live in New Plymouth with my family and in my spare… Read More

Jen Hammonds

Kia ora whanau! My name is Jen and I’m originally from Taranaki, although living in Alaska during winter (making it an endless summer with endless Alaskan salmon).  I’m a registered NZ teacher, but also work as a graphic and web designer, among a few other education related bits and pieces. I’m currently completing my Masters… Read More

Carolyn Drahohs – Visual Arts & Literacy

Hi I’m Carolyn, an experienced classroom teacher living in Lower Hutt with my family and three dogs. I am kept extra busy with my two daughters hectic lifestyle, Jorja and Jemma, who love to swim and dance. In my spare time I am a personal taxi service driving the girls to swim training and the… Read More

Madlen Kunath – Spanish

Madlen grew up and studied in Germany and has been living and teaching in New Zealand since 2011. Madlen is passionate about languages and trained to teach ESOL, German and Geography. She has also studied Spanish, Russian, Latin and some Mandarin. MadIen has taught at a variety of schools in Germany and New Zealand and… Read More

Lucie Lindsay, e-Learning Support & Digital Technologies

The VLN Primary School welcomes Lucie as our eLearning Support, National Coordinator and Digital Technologies lead teacher. Her areas of expertise include science and digital and collaborative teaching and learning. Lucie is a Primary trained, NZ registered teacher, experienced in teaching and providing professional learning development for teachers.   Kia ora te whānau. I value learning… Read More

Alia Malik

Welcome to Alia who will be teaching Mathematics. Kia ora koutou, My name is Alia Malik and I was born and raised in London. I have been in NZ for 6 years and I currently live in Auckland. I have spent time all over the North Island especially in Hawera, Taranaki. Last year I was… Read More

Bonjour et Buenos Dias Gayleen Mackereth

Nau mai ki Gayleen Mackereth who will be teaching our Spanish & French classes until Sofie returns to work in Term 2 Bonjour- Je m’appelle Madame Gayleen Mackereth Buenos dias- me llamo Senora Gayleen Mackereth Let me introduce myself. My name is Gayleen Mackereth.I have been Head of Languages at a number of Auckland and… Read More

Mandarin eTeacher: Su Yang

Welcome to Su who will be relieving for Lisa Wang who is on maternity leave for Semester 1 (2018). Nĭ Hăo everyone! My name is Su Yang, a Mandarin teacher. I came to New Zealand in 2014 working as a Mandarin Language Assistant at 3 primary schools in Auckland, which fired my enthusiasm for working… Read More

Sunny Yang – Korean, Japanese & Maths

Sunny, our Korean teacher, is excited to be teaching her native language here in New Zealand with the VLN Primary School. She also teaches Japanese and Maths online. Sunny emigrated to NZ in 2003 and lives in Dunedin with her husband and 2 young children. Sunny loves interacting with children and people from different cultures. … Read More

Learn German online with Frau Michel

Some pretty exciting things have happened in our German classes and there are always spaces for new faces. Was geht ab? “Was geht ab?” is the German equivalent of “What’s up?”  It’s used as an informal greeting. If you are a teenager, you might also be able to pull off the even shorter “Was geht?”… Read More

Julie O’Donnell – Te reo Māori

Nau Mai, Haere Mai-Welcome, Welcome Te tūranga motuhake o te reo Māori, The importance of learning te reo Māori Kia ora koutou katoa ko Julie O’Donnell toku ingoa By learning te reo Māori young New Zealanders ‘s become much more aware of the role that Māori identity, language, and culture play in our country’s identity.… Read More

Lisa Wang – Mandarin

Ni hao, my name is Lisa Wang. I was born in Taiwan and moved to NZ with my family more than 20 years ago. I am a NZ registered primary school teacher. I have taught Mandarin Chinese for the last six years (Years 0 – 9) in both public and private schools. Before I was… Read More

Olivia Graham- Japanese

Konnichi wa, my name is Olivia Graham and I am a Taupō native and classroom teacher at Wairakei Primary School in Taupō. I studied Japanese throughout college and university, and spent four years living and teaching in Japan. I have taught Japanese to students throughout my teaching career. I am excited to be a part of… Read More