Our Staff

Summit Point School is dynamic and constantly growing, with a dedicated teaching team whose specialist training in multi-sensory teaching place them at the forefront of specialised education in New Zealand.

Rebecca Elias
Tanya Thorogood
Paula Duffy
Anna Schurink
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Rebecca Nancekivell
Cassey Prentice
Kayleigh Hall
Zoe Nunan

Management team

Rebecca Elias
Head of admissions and academic leadership
Rebecca is a registered teacher with a masters degree in education and specialist training in multi-sensory teaching. She believes in the potential of every child and is passionate about supporting students with dyslexia. Email Rebecca   

Tanya Thorogood
Associate Principal (TSA and SPS)
Tanya has taught twice-exceptional students since 2002. She has a degree in English and Psychology, and post-graduate diplomas in Secondary Teaching and Educational Psychology. Tanya believes passionately that relationships are at the core of students' success. Email Tanya 


Meet the teachers 

Leonie Bloor B.Ed
For Leonie, joining the Summit Point School in 2017 was a dream come true. She has always wanted to make a difference with children with specific learning differences, and her passions are phonemic targeted literacy, social sciences, emotional regulation, and Health and Safety. Leonie has the philosophy that every child can believe in themselves and take risks in their learning. Email Leonie

Kendra Weir B.Sc, P.G.Dip.Prim.Tchg
A registered, experienced classroom teacher with a strength in helping children with complex learning profiles to develop literacy skills. Kendra has a background in Science and Mathematics, and particularly enjoys extending twice-exceptional children. Email Kendra

Joshua Pinho B.Ed, Cert. Mus.Perf., Dip.Event Management
Josh’s personal approach to teaching is to ensure every child feels seen, safe, and happy, as these are the foundations of successful learning. Josh is an active musician, and he has a passion and expertise in Music and the Arts. He also has an intense interest surrounding the national languages of Aotearoa – Te Reo Maori, NZSL, and English, and will be incorporating these into all daily curriculum areas. Email Joshua
Cassey Prentice B.Ed., P.G.Dip.Digital Leadership
Cassey is a mother of two and has been involved in education for over ten years. She is passionate about Science, Mathematics, Technology, and seeing the exciting things that children think of through these subjects. Email Cassey
Kayleigh Hall B.A (Hons)
Kayleigh hails from the U.K., with a background in English Literature and a passion for reading. Her past experience is as a learning support mentor with primary school children aged 6-11, especially students with AD/HD, autism, and social and emotional needs. Kayleigh is supporting students with complex learning profiles. Email Kayleigh
Rebecca Nancekivell B.A.Sc.Ed, P.G.Dip.Spec.Ed, Dip.Digital Media, Dip.F.A.
Rebecca was trained in the U.S. and transplanted to Aotearoa in 2009, with a particular passion for differentiated learning and twice-exceptionalities. Creativity, in many forms, are a mainstay for her, including tradition arts, primitive handicrafts, cake decorating, and photographing. Email Rebecca
Zoe Nunan ECE
Zoe brings her considerable experience and innate ability in working with young children. She is working in The Summit Academy One Day School classes, and also assisting the teaching staff in Summit Point School. Zoe’s role is to support each child in their learning so that they get the extra input they need to be successful. Email Zoe