Victory Primary School Senior Staff

Helen Taylor-Young - Principal

Tēnā koe
Nō Whakatū ahau
Ko Robert Taylor tōku hoa tane
Ko Pīata rāua ko Māhina ā māua kotiro
He tūmuaki ahau ki te kura tuatahi o Wikitoria
Ko Helen Taylor-Young tōku ingoa.

My name is Helen Taylor-Young. I have been involved in education for the past 24 years in Christchurch. I have been most recently in leadership at Tuahiwi School, North Canterbury and working at the Ministry of Education.

I am so excited about working with the Victory Primary School team. I am privileged to be able to lead as principal. Please feel free to call in and see me, phone or email me at:

Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe e kore tō tātou waka
e ū ki uta.

Let us all row in unison so our waka will reach the shore.

Rachel Edwards - Deputy Principal - Pastoral

Kia ora. Nō te uri o Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Ātiawa ahau. I tipu ake au ki Heretaunga. Nō te Tai Rāwhiti ahau. My name is Rachel Edwards, I am from the East Coast and grew up in Hastings. I have been teaching at Victory Primary School since 1997 and have taught English & Māori medium at all levels of the school. I am one of the Assistant Principals and lead Ngā Mana Kākano o te Wairepo, our bilingual unit.

Working at Victory Primary School is more than a job, it's a huge part of my life, and I consider it to be my extended whānau. I have considerable experience in Māori Medium education and in 2011 was awarded a scholarship and attained my Poutāhu Whakaakoranga (postgraduate diploma) from Te Wānanga o Raukawa. My interests include yoga, walking, fashion and travelling.

Anei he whakatauki pai ki ahau:
'Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngāhere. Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao'

The bird that partakes of the miro berry reigns in the forest.
The bird that partakes of the power of knowledge has access to the world.

Glenda Rapley - Deputy Principal - Strategic/EM Curriculum

Glenda rapley

Kia Ora, Namaste, Na Dam Maw, Mingalar bar, Hello,
Victory is a dynamic and exciting school where everyone matters and I am very pleased to have been part of this team since 1998. During my teaching career I have taught most age groups, from Intermediate to New Entrants.

I enjoy working with children, helping to develop their knowledge and skills and helping them to recognise and celebrate their achievements. I value developing partnerships with parents, whanau and the community, where we can work together to make each student’s time at school a positive and rewarding experience.

I coordinate the programme for our English Language Learners and work closely with our Bilingual liaison tutors, support staff and various community organisations to support wellbeing and achievement.

I am married to John and have two sons in their late twenties. My interests include reading, gardening and many of the activities Nelson and Marlborough have on offer.

Wendy Taylor - Deputy Principal - INCO

Kia Ora, I am Wendy Taylor. I have been at Victory Primary School for seventeen very happy years. Before coming to Victory I taught in several Dunedin schools. I have a husband Dave and two grown-up sons who have both become teachers. I believe the time I have spent at Victory has been amazing!

As a team we have grown our school's capacity in many ways. We encourage and support our students and families to be the best they can be as individuals, families and as a community. This is an exciting place of positive people and energy.

Lynda Duncan - Senior Team Leader - Library & Resource Room

This is my fourth year teaching at Victory and I find being part of the Victory team one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. Teaching in this school is like being part of a village where we support and celebrate the progress made by all our children. I am passionate about learning and teaching and enjoy finding ways to engage and extend my students. I'm married to Mark and we have two great kids Ella and Perry. Great job, wonderful family, beautiful town it just doesn't get any better.

Kerry Mathieson - Junior Team Leader - Reading Recovery Suite

Ko Kerry Mathieson tōku ingoa.

I have been part of Victory Primary School since 2009. I have taught all ages from New Entrants through to Year 8 and have recently taken on the challenge of leading the Middle School.

My own children have all gone through Victory Primary School and benefitted from the vibrant learning environment and diverse cultural mix that is central to our schools unique character.

Nelson is a great place to live and Victory Primary School is an exciting school to work in. I enjoy meeting and getting to know the families and children I work with each year and I believe together we can do great things!

Regan Joass - Whanau Ti Kouka - Māori Medium Team Leader

Tēnā koe
Ko Maungataniwha te maunga
Ko Awanui te awa
Ko Kurahaupo te waka
Ko Waimanoni te marae
Nō Whangarei ahau
Ko Regan tōku ingoa
Ko Rico Joass tāku tamatane

This year I am excited to be teaching in Tī kōuka (Room 8) of Nga Mana Kakano o te Wairepo. I aim to be a positive role model that inspires, encourages and empowers learners to achieve to the best of their abilities. I believe that helping children make connections within their world is a key part of them, developing and valuing their own sense of identity and self-worth. Helping children create and maintain meaningful relationships is one of my priorities as a teacher.

'Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngāhere.
Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao'

The bird that partakes of the miro berry reigns in the forest.
The bird that partakes of the power of knowledge has access to the world.


School Office

Paula Pengelly - Administration

Hello, my name is Paula and I am the newest person to join the administration team. This is the first time I have worked in a school so I am on a steep learning curve and definitely enjoying getting to know how the school runs.

It is a delight to see how many amazing children and staff are involved at the school and I look forward to getting to know everyone.

Jo Purcell - Reception







Bilingual and ESOL Staff

Mon Maya Magar

My name is Mon Maya. I was born in Bhutan and I left in 1992 to go to Nepal.

I lived in Nepal for 18 years as a refugee. I went to school there for 7 years and learnt English, then I got married. I have 2 sons. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to come to New Zealand. I came here in 2011.

In Nelson I got the opportunity to go to school at the Adult ESOL class and am working at Victory Primary as a Bilingual Tutor and Liaison Worker. I help the Nepali children in class and assist with translating or relaying any school related issues or concerns.

Sushma Subba

Kia ora. Namaste.

My name is Sushma Subba. I am from Bhutan and stayed in Nepal for more than two decades as a refugee. I spent most of my life working in the schools in Nepal.

I love my language and culture very much and I think they are the identity of any society. I feel privileged to be a part of the staff at Victory Primary School.

I am looking forward to working with you all.

Zam, Deih Cin (Theresa)

My Name is Ms. Zam, Deih Cin. They call me Theresa. I come from Myanmar/Burma and I am Zomi. Tedim is the Zomi language and is my mother tongue. I can speak Burmese and English. I am able to write in Burmese and English pretty well on the computer. If you need translating/Interpreting for Zomi and Burmese I am ready to help you.

I worked as Bilingual Liaison /Tutor at Nelson College, Nelson College for Girls and the Homework Academy Programme for Secondary Students last year. I also worked at Yikes International Nelson for kids.

Kei kamin pen Lia. Zam, Deih Cin ka hi hi. Theresa hong ci zong om hi. Kawlgam pan hong hong pai ka hi aa Zomi ka hi hi. Tedium pau a ki ci Zomi te pau ka pau hi. Kawlpau zong ka pau thei aa, Kawllai leh keimalai zong computer tawh hoih tak in ka at thei hi. KAWLMI peuh mah leh ZOMI peuh mah te aa ding in Lailepna/Paulepna ding a ki sam na om uh leh Victory Primary Sang leh Nelson Intermediate Sang te ah a kigingsa in ka om hi.

Abeisa kum sung tengin sang tuamtuam te ah Bilingual a ki-ci Laihilh huh na ah zong ka sem ngei aa sangnaupang te Innlai bawl na ah zong laihilhhuh mah in ka sem ngei lai hi. Kawlgam pan ka sepngeisa nasep tuamtuam te zong tampi tak septheih ding in ka hongpua lailai hi.

Sue Leya

Hi, I'm Sue Leya. I love working at Victory Primary School. I have worked here for six years now. I started working here shortly after arriving in Nelson as a refugee. I am blessed to have the opportunity to assist new learners and their families from my community settle into education in Nelson as a bi-lingual liaison.

Sarah That

Hi Im Sarah. I work at Victory school and Nelson South Kindy as a Chin Bilingual liaison worker and tutor. I speak Burmese as well as Chin.I have had the opportunity to learn in NZ using creative inquiry and enjoy helping children discover the joys of this method of learning.

I also am passionate about retaining our language and culture so I teach children in Chin on Saturdays. I love the work I have with such wonderful children. It brings me such happiness. Seeing the new children settle in, makes us feel like one great family. I am very glad to be able to help in our community. I workTuesday to Friday.

Victory Primary School Teaching Staff

Victoria Richardson - Ako Tahi

Kia ora. I am Victoria Richardson. I love being part of our exciting and dynamic school and feel very privileged to work with such a dedicated and highly skilled team of teachers.

I have had over ten years experience teaching both here in New Zealand and overseas. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and making the most of the excellent outdoor activities Nelson has to offer.

Jane Lawson - Mahi Tahi

Kia ora, I’m Jane Lawson. I have been teaching at Victory Primary School for many years now in a variety of roles. This year I am working in the New Entrant syndicate. I really love teaching in such a positive school.

My husband, Craig and I have two gorgeous daughters, Isabella and Olivia. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends in the outdoors or participating in some sort of sporting activity.

Mike Spence - Room 2





Elise Strickett - Room 3





Kate Hodgman - Room 4

Kia ora, I'm Kate Hodgman (known by students as Whaea Kate) and I am teaching in Room 4 with a Year 1 to Year 3 class this year. I have been teaching for 12 years mainly in Nelson area and love see students develop their knowledge and skills.

I believe learning happens best when there are positive relationships between the students, whānau and teacher and when learning is fun and creative.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, gardening and walking the beach.

Katrina Raven - Room 5

Kia Ora, I’m Whaea Katrina. I am very happy to be teaching and learning with the children in Room 5 this year.

I have been a primary school teacher for 10 years. Before that I taught English as a second language in Mexico and Japan.

My family moved here a year ago, so in my spare time I love getting out and enjoying all the great things there are to do in and around Nelson. I am looking forward to meeting you.

Suzy Garlick - Whānau Harakeke

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko Whaea Suzy tōku ingoa, nō Tamaki Makaurau ahau. He tino pai ki ahau te toi tuitui me te oma. Ko Ara tāku tamahine, 13 ōna tau. He kaiako ahau i te akomanga tekau, ko te Whānau Koromiko tō mātou ingoa.

My name is Whaea Suzy and I moved to Nelson from Auckland. Two things I really enjoy are stitching together beautiful things from my fabric collection and running the tracks around Nelson. My daughter's name is Ara. I am currently teaching a year one Māori-medium class, our class name is Whānau Harakeke.

Susan Pritchard - Room 8





Nelson Teariki - Whānau Koromiko

I am a born and bred Nelsonian and I love living in the sunshine capital of NZ. I have been teaching for 8 years, all of which have been at Victory Primary School. I enjoy working with the staff and children at Victory and think it's a fantastic school. I'm a sports nut but only from the comforts of the couch with a remote in one hand and food in the other. I also love to learn and perform kapa haka with my family. I look forward to continuing to work with the children, parents and staff at Victory Primary School.

Miranda Hart - Whānau Koromiko


Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngāti Whawhakia te hapū
Ko Waikato te iwi
Ko Te Ōhaki te marae
Ko Miranda tōku ingoa
Ko Hananuirangi rāua ko Bailee āku tamahine.

I have been teaching at Victory Primary school since 2007 and really enjoy being a part of the Victory Community and teaching within Ngā Mana Kakāno o Te Wairepo. Outside of school I like to spend time with my whānau and friends, play sport and perform with Te Whatukura kapa haka rōpū.

Ashleigh Della Bosca - Library & Resource Room

My name is Ashleigh Della Bosca. I have spent the last three years in Christchurch studying at the University of Canterbury. It is great to be back in my home town of Nelson where I feel we are very privileged to live. I am very excited to be a part of such an inspiring school with great staff and awesome children. My interests outside of school include both playing and following sport, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Dylan Turnbull - Room 13

I am very happy to be beginning my teaching career at Victory Primary School. For me this a very special school and the completion of the full circle. As a former student Victory has helped and supported me in many ways and I look to give back anyway I can. I am delighted to be teaching in the senior syndicate with such a great team and am really relishing the opportunity of the year 5 and 6 students.

In my spare time I enjoy spending my time playing rugby, netball, basketball along with many other sports. I am in the process of learning the guitar and very much enjoy music.

Scott Davis - Room 14

Kia ora, my name is Scott Davis and I love teaching at Victory Primary School. I have lived in Nelson now for over twenty years and love what Nelson has to offer. I really enjoy playing and coaching football and spending time with my family. My wife and I have four children James, Jessica, Cameron and Brooklyn.

I am a passionate teacher who likes to use technology and materials to provide students with an engaging and interesting learning environment. I believe that building strong relationships is the key to bringing out the best in students and creating an ongoing desire to learn.

I look forward to meeting the students and their families this year. Please feel free to come in and say hello.

Abbe Amohanga - Room 16





Deane Taylor - Room 17

Kia ora, my name is Deane Taylor and this is my first year at Victory Primary School. I am a passionate teacher who is excited about seeing my students meet their potential. By providing a stimulating and innovative environment I hope to promote high achievement across the curriculum. I particularly enjoy teaching Writing and Physical Education and incorporating digital technology into my practice.

I have recently moved from Clearview Primary School in Christchurch and I have been teaching for eleven years. I am married to Anna who is a nurse and we have four wonderful children.

Outside of school I enjoy fly fishing, landscape photography and mountain biking.

Steven Pritchard - Room 18

Kia Ora – My name is Stephen Pritchard (Steve) and I am the new teacher in Room 5. I have recently moved back to Nelson with my wife and two sons after being away for 20 years. I have been a full time relief teacher at Victory School for the last year and now I am extremely excited to be fortunate enough to have my own class.

As a teacher, my main goal is to motivate students to do their best, extend their own personal limits and to assist them to reach their full potential whilst having fun along the way.

Please feel free to come and have a chat with me at any time.

Melissa Corlett - Room 19

Melissa Corlett

Tēnā koutou
Nō Whakatū ahau
Ko Matthew tōku hoa tane
Ko Lola rāua ko Hadley ā māua tamariki
Ko Melissa Corlett tōku ingoa

My name is Melissa Corlett. I grew up in Nelson and after leaving to study and then to teach in Japan and South Korea I returned to raise my family here. My family and I are proud to be a part of the vibrant and diverse Victory Community and I am excited to be teaching at this very special school.

Diane Homer - Room 20 - Adult ESOL





Room 21 - Childcare - Marion Malcolm, Michelle Crawford, Fiona Griffith





Dayanira Rodriguez - Room 22 - Adult ESOL





Room 23 - After-school Programme - Yikes





Ali Alder - Reading Recovery Tutor





Kirsten McGhie - Reading Recovery Suite