Meet Our Team


Paul Shand

Teacher Year 5 - 8

Kia ora. Ko Paul taku ingoa. I feel very privileged to be Principal here at Mahana School. We have a fantastic community and location from which you can really feel the Mahana warmth. This is truly a great place with great people. My wife Suz is also a teacher. We have three wonderful children and love living in the Tasman District with all it has to offer.

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Carolyn Scorrar

Ngåkaupai Class

Deputy Principal
Teacher Year 3 - 5

My name is Carolyn Scorrar. For the past 10 years my husband and I have lived in Dovedale with our three young daughters. We own 5 acres and a number of animals, including sheep, chickens, pigs, dogs, birds and a cow. I spent my first two years teaching in England and the last 10 at Mahana. Outside of school I love to watch movies, bike, keep our property tidy (an ongoing mission!) and eating curry.

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Jane Bosecke
Manawanui Class

Teacher Year 6 - 8

Kia ora. I’m Whaea Jane and I enjoy teaching in the Kōtuku class. I am married to Steve and we have four sons. I love playing sport, especially touch rugby, hockey and more recently golf. Music is great and I enjoy playing a few instruments and doing lots of singing.


Shaelea Moorhead
Råhiri Class

Teacher Year 1 / 2

My name is Shaelea Moorhead. It is a privilege to be working with new entrants to year 2 students and to be a part of Mahana school whanau/community. I grew up in Nelson and love all the wonderful activities kindly provided in our outdoors. When I'm not teaching you'll find me exploring New Zealand's beautiful nature and beaches. I enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, eating and spending time with my family and friends.


Jenny Robinson

Office Administrator

Hi, I’m Jenny Robinson and I’m the School Administrator. I answer the phones, pay the accounts, sort emails, write the newsletter, help those that are feeling unwell or injured, maintain the school management system for all students, sort any payments made to school and a multiple of other tasks. I have worked at the school since 1998 and enjoy the daily interactions with the children, staff and Mahana community. I live in Richmond and have two children, Logan and Teneil. Having come from a farming background I would be lost without animals around me. I have a beagle named “Clifford”, 3 cats, 2 rabbits, several birds, tropical fish and Teneil’s papillon “Oliver”. I enjoy playing hockey, working in my garden and creating in my craft corner!


Diane Taylor

Teacher Aide

Hi, my name is Amy. I live locally with my husband Paul, two children Gabriella and Charlie and a small dog and large cat! When I'm not at Mahana I work as a nurse on the children's ward in Nelson. If I have any spare time I enjoy walking my dog, reading and cooking.

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Ian Benbow

Teacher Aide

I'm Ian, I live on a small sheep farm in Rosedale.  I like going to areas of Aotearoa that are 'less travelled', like our stunning backcountry and the outer Marlborough Sounds.


Annie Simmons

Reading Recovery Teacher

I am Annie and I work with six year olds teaching Reading Recovery. I live locally with my husband Sylvan and I have two grandchildren living in Richmond. My background is in Special Education. I work part time, focusing on the parts of the job that I love... Reading Recovery.