Key Personnel

Peter Kehayioff (ASL)

Peter Kehayioff is a New Zealand born educator currently working as an English Teacher at Marlborough Boys College. He has a wide and deep experience in Primary, Secondary and Teacher training and mentoring within culturally diverse settings in NZ and overseas. Peter provides leadership in Literacy and Numeracy development and in establishing effective Communities of Learning.

Chelle MacGibbon (ASL)

Kia ora koutou. Ko Chelle toku ingoa. I am the Acting Deputy Principal at Renwick primary school and have been teaching for 15 years, having taught Years 1-8. I have been involved with our Kahui Ako from its beginnings as a Within School Lead and then Across School Lead and am very excited about the collaboration this has inspired in our region.I have a Masters in Fine Arts and enjoy creating artworks in various media. I also have three amazing school-aged tamariki who attend Primary and College, and am passionate about achieving equity, excellence and belonging for all of our tamariki as well as positive transitions throughout their education journey.

Christee Dalzell (ASL)

Kia Ora everyone. My name is Christee Dalzell. This year I’ve been lucky enough to be appointed as an Across School Lead for the Piritahi Kahui Ako and I look forward to working with such motivated, enthusiastic and hard working educators from around the region. For the past 20 years, I have been a Teacher, Team Leader and am now the Deputy Principal and SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator) at Whitney Street School. I enjoy connecting with others, walking my dog (Ted) and stormy days inside. We have an amazing community in Marlborough filled with passionate and diverse learners and I look forward to supporting them wherever I can. Please touch base with me if there is anything I can do to support you or your kura.

Phil Funnell (ASL)

Kia ora koutou. Ko Piripi (Phil) toku ingoa. I am the Deputy Principal of Witherlea primary school here in Blenheim and I am excited about the journey that I am undertaking with our Kahui Ako. I have been teaching for 17 years and have taught learners from New Entrants to adults, as I also see myself as a lifelong learner. I have undertaken numerous academic qualifications over the years, all celebrating the diversity of our beautiful country, from Certificates in Te reo Māori, tikanga and Māori history, Mindlab / Digital Technology, Teachers Professional Development in Languages and learning Japanese. I am excited about helping our schools, teachers and our ākonga across the region thrive towards equity, excellence and belonging.

Cathee Wilks (ASL)

Kia ora koutou. I am the Assistant Principal of Springlands primary school. I am excited to be back as part of the Across School Team, having been part of the initial ASL team when Blenheim’s Kahui Ako was first established. During my teaching career, I have taught learners from New Entrance to adults. I have been fortunate to be involved in a number of professional learning opportunities such as Envio Schools Facialtor, MST (Maths Specialised Teacher study) Poutamu Pounamu Blended Learning and Leading Adult Learning. For the past two years, I have been seconded by Massey University to work as part of the DMIC team (developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities) which was a fantastic learning opportunity for me to grow as a learner. I am passionate about achieving equity, excellence and belonging for all of our tamariki and am looking forward to working alongside you.

Giselle Otway (ASL)

Kia ora Koutou. I’m a teacher at Rapaura School, collaboratively teaching year 3 and 4 students in an ILE. I adore teaching collaboratively, within a great team and school. I got my degree in education and psychology many moons ago and started my teaching journey in the tertiary sector. I’m thoroughly looking forward to building onto the skills and knowledge I gained as a WSL to support teachers and schools as an ASL.

Deepa Chand

(MGC Combined WSL/ASL)

Dr. Deepa Chand is a science educator in the Science Department at Marlborough Girls College. She has widespread experience in teaching science at high school and university, facilitating professional learning, and mentoring staff within schools. Deepa is an active researcher and her research spans around professional learning, science and maths curriculum and pedagogy, inquiry, building the capacity of teachers to teach science and integrated STEM effectively. She is keen to support teachers through professional learning communities to enhance student engagement (affective, behavioural and cognitive).

Jo Grady - RTLB Liaison