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.

Ngawai Haitana-Tuhoro teaching Te Reo Māori

Ngawai has joined the VLN Primary School to support Kōkā Jules delivering Te Reo Māori. Tēnā koutou katoa’Tōku reo, tōku ohooho ”My language is my awakening’ Kia ora whanau, ko Ngawai Haitana-Tuhoro ahau. I grew up under the protective arms of Mt Ruapehu but now live in the embrace of Taitokerau (Northland). Teacher of Te… Read More

Madlen Kunath, e-Learning Support & 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

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

Shona Salomen – Japanese

Shona has been teaching Japanese with the VLN Primary School since 2015 and enjoys the flexibility teaching online offers. One of Shona’s highlights while teaching online with the VLNP is outlined below. On my last trip to Japan I was able to skype my VLNP Japanese class from Tokyo. As it was only 6.30 in… Read More

Rick Whalley – Digital Technologies

Previously our extension maths teacher, Rick returns to teaching online with the VLN Primary. He will be teaching our Digital Technologies programme. Rick is an experienced teacher, principal and educational leader. He was the foundation principal of the VLN Primary and has been a long standing member of the Governance Group. Rick is keen to… Read More

Campbell Potter – Digital Technologies

Campbell is a part time teacher, farmer and family man. He is an experienced, digitally fluent teacher specialising in outdoor education and social studies. Campbell’s particular area of interest is in self development. This interest grew out of a background in Outdoor Instruction and Adventure and the deep personal learning he experienced and facilitates for… 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

Learn Korean Online with Sunny Yang

Sunny, our new Korean teacher, is excited to be teaching her native language here in New Zealand with the VLN Primary School. 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.  “I was born and raised in… 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

Sofie Jacobs – French, Spanish, Italian & Visual Art

Bonjour, my name is Sofie Jacobs. I am Belgian who moved to New Zealand in 2012.  As a NZ registered teacher I have taught French to Year 4, 8, 9, 10. My academic training was in Visual Art and Teaching. I have been teaching Visual Art and Languages for several years. I love languages! The… Read More

David Pirie – Astronomy and Mathematics 

David is an experienced classroom teacher living in Dunedin. He has a background in small country schools as a teacher of everything.  The VLN Primary Astronomy class is an opportunity to explore the fascinating subject of space with wonderment and awe. Both classes promote curiosity and inquiry, and students are encouraged to be self-directed and… 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