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 special-needs education in New Zealand.

Rebecca Elias
Stephen Slater-Brown
Leonie Bloor
Kendra Weir

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   

Stephen Slater Brown
Senior school teacher (team leader)

Stephen is an experienced classroom teacher. He holds a bachelors degree in teaching, a psychology degree and has been responsible for extension science classes for gifted and talented students. Also a specialist numeracy teacher, Stephen has a passionate approach to differentiated modes of teaching and learning. Email Stephen

Leonie Bloor
Middle school teacher (team leader)
Leonie has 11 years experience teaching at an intermediate school level and has been actively involved in Kapa Haka for a number of years. Leonie leads the Food Technology program at Summit Point School. Email Leonie
Kendra Weir
Junior school teacher (team leader)
Kendra is a registered teacher and runs the in-school release role at Summit Point School. Email Kendra 
Joshua Pinho
Tanya Thorogood
Ruby Nunan-Baird
Isiah Elias

Meet the teachers 

Joshua Pinho
Middle school teacher
Joshua joined the Summit Point team in 2016. He recently completed his Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) through the University of Auckland. Beyond Joshua’s teaching qualification, he brings two years’ of experience with Spectrum Care Trust, working alongside young adults with Autism. He is a gifted musician, with a passion for Te Reo and a drive to provide equitable opportunities for our students with diverse learning needs. Email Joshua
Tanya Thorogood
Part-time teacher (Summit Academy head teacher)
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 
Ruby Nunan-Baird
Teacher assistant and 1:1 instruction
Ruby joined the Summit Point team in mid 2016 to support the teaching staff. Ruby has recently been trained in the Orton Gillingham approach to teaching and works on a 1:1 instructional basis with students. Email Ruby
Isiah Elias
Teacher assistant and 1:1 instruction
Isiah is a part-time teacher assistant at Summit Point School. Email Isiah
Anna Schurink
Administration officer and teacher assistant for 1:1 instruction
Contact Anna for school enquiries. She manages all incoming queries including absences and new enrolments. Anna is an experienced ESOL and Orton Gillingham teacher, so also works on a 1:1 instructional basis with students. Email Anna