Meet our staff

Mr Michael Fletcher


I believe in striving for excellence as we travel the learning path together.

My favourite whakataukī is:

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe

Me he maunga teitei

Aim for the highest cloud so that if you miss you will hit a lofty mountain.


Mrs Carmen Lafaele

Teacher Y5 & 6, SENCO

Every student is precious and one of a kind. My job is to inspire, encourage minds to think, hands to create and hearts to love. Kids must enjoy school, be challenged, be involved and be successful.                                                                                                                     

“Everybody is a Genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein


Mrs Carol Kingi

School Secretary



Ms Karen Griffin

Executive Officer

I have been working at Chaucer since 2004. I have many years accounts/office admin experience. I am the Executive Officer at Chaucer.

I love working here because it's a great school with a nice friendly atmosphere, where everyone makes great progress.


Ms Alanna Molloy

Senior Teacher Junior School & Room 15 Teacher - Year 1/2/3

Teaching is a great job - the children’s enthusiasm and excitement for learning is infectious!

I love working with the fantastic kids at Chaucer School, watching them grow and make amazing



Ms Jane Woodill

Senior Teacher Middle School & Room 10 Teacher - Year 3 & 4


Mrs Suraya Esau

Senior Teacher Senior School, Sports Coordinator & Room 3 Teacher - Year 5 & 6


Mr Paul Simmons

Room 13 Teacher - Year 0/1


Mrs Sharon Hayward

Room 16 Teacher - Year 2


Mr Jag Patel

Room 11 - Y3 & 4 Teacher

I have been teaching at Chaucer for 23 years and I love inspiring children to be the best that they can be.

I now have the privilege of teaching some of my former student’s children.

I am passionate about teaching children the investigative aspects of science and technology, making it fun, practical and linked to everyday contexts.


Ms Kelly Simon

Room 1 Teacher - Year 4

I started at Chaucer School in 2014. I love the diverse mix of cultures, and the values our students display in all aspects of their lives. I have a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and have had over 15 years experience in schools in many different capacities.

A favourite quote of mine is 

“When you teach what you love,

And share what you know,

You open eyes, minds, hearts and souls

To unexpected worlds.”


Mr John Zhao

Room 2 Teacher - Year 5 & 6 

I am from China. I enjoy teaching because I love to help my children to thrive.  I enjoy reading, music and all sorts of sports.


Mrs Sharon Hanna

Room 15 Release Teacher - Year 1/2/3


Mrs Nancy Lee

Esol Teacher, Mutukaroa Co-ordinator


Mrs Shanthi Gamage

Librarian And Assistant Teacher

I started at Chaucer in 2007. I have a National Diploma in Teaching from the College of Education in Sri Lanka. I also have a Certificate for Teacher Aides from Massey University.

I am a Teacher Aide and Librarian. I taught for 14 years in Sri Lanka and I love working at Chaucer because the staff are friendly and supportive and the children are lovely and caring. 


Mr Shane Akauola

Performing Arts Teacher

I am a former pupil of Chaucer School and have been a Teacher Aide at Chaucer since 2012.  I have volunteered coaching rugby teams and helped in the performing arts area with the school production. I have a certificate in the performing arts and have sung at Coca-Cola Christmas in the park for 5 years. 

My other performing experience includes performances at the Sydney Opera House and roles in theatre productions at the Auckland Town Hall. I enjoy coaching hip-hop dance groups and soccer at Chaucer. I also enjoy teaching because I love seeing the progress that students make.


Ms Ruchi Chowdhary

Assistant Teacher


Ms Muwah Moo

Assistant teacher


Ms Pauline Akauola

Assistant Teacher


Mrs Nilam Chhima

Assistant Teacher


Mr Steve Joyce

School Caretaker






Mr John & Mrs Ann McNaughton



Mr Andrew Kidd

Room 4 Teacher


Ms Anamika Khrishna

Room 14 Teacher


Mr Tim Ashworth Part-time teacher




Chaucer School 

Chaucer Place
Blockhouse Bay

P:  +64 (9) 626 6699
F: +64 (9) 627 2291