Meet the Staff
Mark Harris - Principal

Kia Orana and welcome to Apii Te Uki Ou.
Our School is a place where people are our greatest asset. I feel very privileged to be able to be part of such a fantastic community that all do their best to help our kids get the best education possible. I am an educator that believes high expectations and strong values enable our learners to excel in all areas of their learning. My family also are part of our school. Our youngest two children attend Te Uki Ou and my wife Shannon is the Learning Support Teacher. Our doors are always open, so come to say hi and meet our extended family to see what Te Uki Ou offers.
Meitaki Ma’ata e Kia Manuia

Teiaa Potoru (Deputy Principal - Culture) Specialist Te Reo and Culture Teacher

Kia Orana kotou katoatoa i te aroa maata o to tatou Atua ko Iesu Mesia. My name is TeiA Mataara Teuira Potoru – known to many here at Apii Te Uki Ou as Ms P or Maine Potoru. I am originally from the beautiful island of the birds called ENUAMANU or ATIU. In 2001, I started my journey here at Apii Te Uki Ou and I was the first student from Cook Islands Teaching Institute to take a position at Apii Te Uki Ou. Almost 14yrs later I am still here doing what I am passionate about. I enjoy singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, reading and being with my family and friends. Kia Orana e Kia Manuia… Te Atua te Aroa no tatou Katoatoa

Barbara Moore (Deputy Principal Curriculum) - Kuramo'o Yr 6/7

Kia Orana, my name is Barbara Moore and I am privileged to be teaching Kuramo’o this year. I come from New Zealand and was brought up in rural Canterbury. I have taught and been a teaching principal in a range of schools from South Canterbury, Otago and the Chatham Islands. I have one grown up daughter who is also a teacher. My teaching strengths are in Maths, Literacy, Science and Social Studies. In my spare time, I like to get out on my bike, swim and my creative passion is fabric art in the forms of tie-dying, batik and quilting. I am enjoying the new and varied experiences of teaching in Rarotonga. My door is always open and I look forward to meeting you.

Kathryn Piesse (Senior Syndicate Leader) Kopeka Year 4/5

Kathryn Piesse: Kopeka Year 4 & 5

I’m from Rotorua, New Zealand, although I have lived in many cities throughout New Zealand. I’ve been teaching for 8 years, including one year in the U.K. My three grown children are busy travelling and working. I’m looking forward to getting involved in the sporting scene in Rarotonga.

Danielle Clydesdale - (Junior Syndicate Leader) Kakerori Yr 2

Kia Orana my name is Danielle Clydesdale. My husband Matt, and three girls – Kailey, Tayla and Mackenzie have moved across from Coffs Harbour, Australia. I have been a teacher for over 20 years coming from a variety of settings including schools ,Preschool and working with students from disadvantaged backgrounds at ‘Stewart House’ in Sydney. I have a wide teaching background varying from classroom teacher, Learning and Support, Welfare, and behaviour support. I love teaching, I love my students and I thoroughly enjoy participating and joining in with the students in all activities. You are welcome to visit our classroom anytime.

Shannon Harris: Learning Support Teacher

Kia Orana, my name is Shannon Harris. I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of the Te Uki Ou team. I shifted to Rarotonga at the start of 2017 with my husband Mark (Principal) and our boys Jaia and Jasper. We come from Gisborne, New Zealand and have a love of the outdoors. We are loving the Cook Island lifestyle, climate and friendly people.
I am the Learning Support Teacher and will endeavour to provide students with the support they need to help them reach their learning goals. I am passionate about ICT, the Arts, Inquiry, Environmental Education and strongly promote inclusive learning environments.

Iantha Mutu - Kota'a Year 8

Kota’a Year 8

Tēnā koutou e ngā whānau katoa o tō tātou nei kura, arā, ko Apii Te Uki Ou.
My name is Iantha Mutu and I am of Ngāpuhi descent.
I feel very grateful for the opportunity to teach our wonderfully gifted and talented children here at Te Uki Ou. Our classroom door is always open to everyone.

Aere mai ki Kota’a.

Kim Noovao - Kakaia Yr 6/7

Kia-Orana, I am Mrs Noovao. Teacher of Kakaia, Mum to two girls, Taylah and Alice and wife to Tangata. We moved here from Auckland, and love the island life. We feel very privileged to be part of the Apii Te Uki Ou community. I have been teaching for ten years in a variety of schools. I design learning to ensure it is social, engaging and caters for individual learning needs. I continually explore practices to ensure the success for all learners. Some of my strengths include communication, literacy, ICT and Inquiry learning. Our door is always open in Kakaia, be sure to come and say hi.

Ruth Macquarie - Kukupa Teacher Yr 4/5

Rarotonga has always been one of my favourite places to visit. Firstly, because it is so beautiful and relaxing and secondly as I have family here. When the opportunity arose to teach in Rarotonga I lept at the chance and have loved every step of my new adventure.
Teaching is a long-term passion of mine and I have not only taught in the classroom but I have been a music teacher and also a computer trainer. It is exciting to be able to bring all of these skills together in the classroom. I know my time at Apii Te Uki Ou will be filled with laughter and joy and I treasure the opportunity I have been given to work alongside your lovely children.

Chanel Prasad: Kukupa Year 3

Hi everyone my name is Chanel Prasad and I am the teacher for Kotuku 3 for 2018. I am blessed to live here in the fantastic Cook Islands with my two daughters Aiyana and Monique and my wife Kirsty. I was born in Fiji and my mum is Tongan and dad is Indian, however, I grew up in New Zealand and have been teaching for 24 years over a range of levels and still enjoy the daily challenge of teaching. My interests are sports, cooking, music and family and coming back to a tropical island has always been a dream for my family and I.

Camilla Brotherton - Kuriri Yr 1

Kia Orana, my name is Aunty Cam and I have moved to be a part of the Apii Te Uki Ou family this year with my sons Ruben and Reed and my husband Tristan. We left Waiheke Island, New Zealand to live and work in Rarotonga and we are enjoying learning about Cook Island culture and exploring the island and many of it’s sporting clubs and activities. Earlier this year I completed my Masters of Education, specializing in Global Studies in Education and I am enjoying being able to share my new knowledge at Te Uki Ou School. I feel very lucky that I am the teacher in Kuriri because I get to spend my days with some amazing 5 year olds as they begin their learning journey at big school.

Tina Mitchell - Office Manager

Kia Orana, my name is Tina Mitchell and I am so excited and passionate to be working in the office at Apii Te Uki Ou. It is a privilege to be working at the school, where I have the pleasure of meeting everyone, seeing the amazing children every day, and working with some great people. My number one passion is being a mother to three beautiful girls and for many years outrigger canoeing, Cook Islands dancing and singing. This will be my third year to be working at the school. Looking forward to your support!
Kia Manuia

Saireni Pekepo-Poila (Senior Preschool Teacher)

Senior PreSchool Teacher

Charlee Lowe - PreSchool Teacher

Kia Orana, everyone! My name is Charlee Lowe. I’m a Cook Islander, I spent most of my life in New Zealand and some time in Aussie but the Island has called me home. I feel so blessed working and living in Rarotonga with family and culture! I’ve had 10 years worth of fun, laughter, craft and adventure working with young people. This year I am teaching in Preschool (where all the fun happens!) and I’m excited for an awesome year ahead exploring, creating and growing!

Tata Potoru - Teacher's Aide

Kia Orana my name is Tangata Potoru but most people at Te Uki Ou know me as Aunty Tata.
I am the older, smarter and better looking sister of Teiaa Potoru…but she thinks it is the other way around (ha!).
I love the children of Te Uki Ou, my church, my family, singing and a good kai kai. Did you know I was once the third fastest runner in a race around Rarotonga…man I could run.
At Te Uki Ou I am a Teacher’s Aide, teaching Maori Culture and helping the Principal Mr H…he is the best!

Hayley Anderson - Teacher's Aide

Kia Orana, I’m Hayley Anderson and I am delighted to be a teacher’s aide in Ms Piesse’s Kopeka class this year. My husband Rory and I have 5 beautiful children, Angus, Savannah, Robbie and twin boys Patrick and Gavin. I have a lot of experience working with children having worked in preschools, holiday and afterschool programmes, and children’s hospitals. I love keeping fit and active and was very lucky to have been exposed to many different sports growing up. I would love to pass on some of the skills I have learnt to the children of Api’i Te Uki Ou. Swimming, tennis, hockey, squash, and gymnastics, are some of my favourites. My goal is to nurture our children and help them grow into happy, passionate, caring young people.

Eru Riini - Teacher's Aide

Kia ora, my name is Erueti Riini and I am from Whangarei, Aotearoa and have moved to Rarotonga for a new adventure. So far, this adventure at Te Uki Ou has made me feel welcomed as all the kids are choice and the staff are tumeke. I am a Teacher’s Aide in Mrs Piesse’s class for a boy named Reed. This is the Kopeka Year four and five class at Te Uki Ou.
The groovy classroom with the most musical learning environment. However, when not aiding you will most likely find me playing basketball, as this has always been my childhood passion.
This looks to be an exciting year ahead, may the journey be as just.

Gillian Francis - Teacher's Aide

Teacher’s Aide

Ani Mason - Teacher's Aide

Teacher’s Aide


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