Alice Irvine

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After growing up in Invercargill, I made Canterbury my home. I am excited to have headed south again to join the team at Shotover Primary School. I enjoy the arts, cooking, biking and walking.

As a teacher, I am passionate about fostering children’s creativity, individuality and independence. I am enthusiastic about digital learning and providing authentic experiences for children to be connected learners.

Nick Brown


I have been based in Queenstown for the past 7 years, teaching students from Year 5 - 8. I am hugely excited to be at Shotover Primary and for the opportunity to be able to work collaboratively with an enthusiastic bunch of highly skilled and experienced teachers. 

Building a trusting and supportive environment within the learning habitat that extends to the community is essential, whilst having a bit of fun and a laugh of course. I believe that school should be a place that students enjoy and I aim create an engaging, interesting and motivating environment that fosters the students’ love of learning.

I have a passion for the outdoors and led Outdoor Education for the past two years. Connecting our students to their environment through a range of challenging experiences allows students to extend their learning beyond the classroom. I look forward to continuing to develop my knowledge in this area at Shotover.

Physical Education is another area of expertise of mine and incorporating this into the learning programme is something I value. Don’t be surprised to see a stack of car and truck tyres running laps around the field throughout the year…

I look forward to meeting you all and contributing to what is a fantastic community at Shotover Primary.


Adele Gardyne


I am so excited to be a part of the Shotover team.  I studied in Dunedin and completed a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary).  I grew up on a farm in Waikaka, Southland. My family is really important to me and I love spending as much time as I can with my gorgeous nieces and nephews.

I love inspiring students to believe that they can achieve in their learning. It is human nature to be curious about the world around us. I love to harness this curiosity and guide students to inquire into their thoughts and ideas. Students already have opinions and thoughts about why things are way they are and by guiding and supporting them through Concept their ideas or thoughts can be challenged, developed and confirmed.

Kim Duggan


I grew up in Queenstown and began my teaching career in the area as a specialist PE and Health Teacher before venturing to teach in Southland and go on some adventures overseas. I have been pulled back to Queenstown by what the area has to offer, family  and the opportunity to teach in a pretty unique environment!

I had a very positive experience growing up here and hope to pass that onto others. I am excited by the possibilities to grow and develop my teaching at Shotover Primary School by creating an environment where kids can thrive, feel supported and have a sense of belonging.

I am an active person, who enjoys a challenge and I love being in the outdoors as much as I can. I have played a variety of team sports, competed in triathlons and enjoy running the local tracks. I believe it is important to have a balanced and active lifestyle.


Melissa Liddy

Hello, My name is Mel Liddy and I'm very excited to be joining the team at Shotover. 
I started my teaching career in Southland before moving to the Wakatipu in 2011. I have spent the past six years teaching at Arrowtown.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband Shaun and my son Tom. I also play Netball, sew, read and love to travel.

I feel very lucky to be living and working in such a wonderful community.



Sharon Witheford | Release & Specialist Mentor

Kia ora koutou Shotover whānau,

My family and I moved from Invercargill in 2015. I have two children, one of which is starting in Year 7 at Shotover Primary in 2016 and a 14 year old who attends Wakatipu High School. As a family we are loving our new life in Queenstown and cherish the many opportunities it brings. We truly feel we are ‘living the dream'.

I have been teaching for 25 years, mostly at the year 5-6 level. I am Reading Recovery trained as well as having rich professional development on teaching students who have been identified as gifted and talented.

I love teaching and working with children and embrace the challenge of ensuring that every child in my care reaches their potential. I understand that one size doesn’t fit all and the way I work with children reflects this. I am passionate about the use of digital technologies and the world that it opens.  

I am excited about the opportunity to teach at Shotover Primary. I look forward to getting to know your whānau.

Nga mihi,


Rachel Taylor

Rachel joins our team from Remarkables Primary School where she has been teaching a year 1 class. Prior to teaching there, she lived and worked in Auckland where she was fortunate to work in many wonderful schools in varied teaching and management roles. Her last position was at St Cuthberts’ College where she worked for 13 years as a year 3-4 homeroom teacher. 

Rachel is passionate about working with children, their families and growing the relationships we have with each other.  She loves teaching students to love learning in all its curiosities, building confidences and fostering a life long-habit of inquiring. Her particular strengths are in literacy and art.

Rachel and her partner Kevin have 3 beautiful grown up children - two of whom are studying at Auckland University, while their eldest daughter is working overseas. Rachel and Kevin decided to make the move back to the area where she grew up, and they love every moment of being here.   

When not at school, Rachel loves enjoying the outdoors, walking, hiking, skiing and gardening. Her passion is for art and she has been painting and selling her contemporary, textured canvases for the last 10 years.

Jill Hodgson | Teaming Leader | Literacy Leader

 Jill Hodgson | Literacy Leader

Jill Hodgson | Literacy Leader

Before coming to Shotover Primary, Jill held the position of Classroom Teacher/Literacy Leader at Otautau School for seven years. She previously taught at a variety of schools in Southland and Canterbury.

In teaching and learning Jill has found her purpose. She is passionate about education and is an advocate for everyone to be the best they can. In teaching and in leadership she endeavours to foster an environment that values the individual strengths and personalities of all.

She is excited to be part of the Shotover team and enjoys her new role with the challenges that it brings.

Outside of school she is an avid gardener. She enjoys feeding friends and family, spending time in our great outdoors, and reading for enjoyment and to extend her knowledge.

Emma Watts | DATS Mentor


Kia Ora! Ko Emma Watts tōrku ingoa.

I am the Shotover Primary School DATS Leader (Design, Arts, Technology & Science). 

I believe that learning is our core business and that everyone is capable of learning. I am passionate about our community developing growth mindsets to cultivate curiosity, inspire passion and foster reflective thinking.

DATS is a fantastic way to grow future innovators and inventors. Through DATS we can foster children's creative problem solving and teamwork skills. It provides opportunities to learn by thinking with our hands, working with readily available materials, getting our hands ‘dirty’, and failing and bouncing back from that failure. It's a great opportunity for our children to practice climbing into and out of the ‘learning pit’, to foster ‘grit’ and develop a growth mindset within real-life and fun contexts. Embracing DATS within our school fosters future-focused learning.

I am passionate about developing our children’s confidence and ability to talk about their learning so that they can identify where they are at, where they are going and how they will get there, thus enabling our children to see themselves as the key drivers of their own learning. I find it incredibly rewarding to work alongside all akonga and to be part of their journey growing into confident, connected and actively involved life-long learners.

In my spare time I can be found outdoors tramping, exploring, snowboarding, kayaking or indoors reading, tinkering and creating. 


I began my teaching career in Ireland before leaving home to seek new experiences and adventures around the world. My travels took me to Queenstown, where I have lived for eight years and which I now call my home away from home. I am very proud of my Irish heritage and have a huge family at home. When I am not working I love to take advantage of the wealth of adventure that Queenstown offers by snowboarding, hiking and biking.



I am so excited to be part of the amazing journey that is Shotover Primary School. I have two children at the school.

I love the collaborative environment we learn in and as a relative newcomer to teaching I believe that this innovative learning space will enable me to bring out the best in our wonderful children.

My passions include maths, science and technology, and I’m curious about anything to do with learning.

Your child may have told you stories about the “one-legged teacher” and these are true! I had my leg amputated below the knee in 2004 after a random blood clot. This in no way effects what I can do, as I love to ski, swim, bike and take advantage of all the other amazing opportunities we have for getting out and about by living here.

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I am an experienced educator who has taught in schools ranging in size from two teachers to a large year 7-13 college. I have leadership experience and have enjoyed my career path to Shotover Primary School. Post-quake Christchurch has been a learning experience, and Fendalton Primary has been brilliant for the last two years, but Central Otago has called me.


I completed my teaching degree and continued on with post-graduate studies in the field of literacy, numeracy and the education of gifted and talented students.  I have had teaching experience in Perth in Western Australian and Alabama in the USA and taught full time at several primary schools in the Manawatu and, this year, Queenstown.  


Hello, my name is Roanna Dockerty and I am very excited to be part of Shotover Primary School.

I grew up in Invercargill and moved to Christchurch to study teaching. I lived in Wellington and taught a year 3 and 4 class before moving back to the South Island and making Queenstown my home. Previous to teaching I completed a Sport and Exercise Degree. I am a very keen sports person and incorporate exercise and health into my teaching. I try to make my classroom as active as possible and teach in a hands on interactive way.



I am thrilled to be part of the Shotover team and to be working in such an exciting space.
I grew up in Dunedin where I completed my schooling and tertiary education. My family and I moved to Queenstown at the beginning of 2016. Both of our sons attend Shotover Primary.

Every child deserves the chance to succeed and to become an independent lifelong learner. I am passionate about developing meaningful relationships with the children and their whānau. I bring to the classroom an element of challenge that helps drive the children to succeed. My aim is to develop life-long learners who are inquisitive and strive to achieve their personal best.

My family likes to get outdoors. We enjoying camping and mountain biking together. I enjoy reading, anything crafty and running, and am looking forward to exploring Queenstown and its beauty.


My teaching career started with five years primary teaching in London. From there I travelled extensively, gaining wonderful insights into different cultures. I returned home to New Zealand and settled in Christchurch where I was full time teaching until I had my two children.

With a qualification in working with children with special needs, I worked in part-time ORS (special needs) positions. I returned to study in 2012 completing a post-graduate qualification in specialist teaching, with my endorsement area being deaf and hearing impaired. I worked for two years as a Resource Teacher of the Deaf.

In 2013 our family took a break from kiwi life to go on an adventure and live in Laos, South East Asia, for a year, where I taught part-time as an early years teacher at the International Baccalaureate School.

With my husband's and my own family being based in Queenstown, we felt it was time to return to the district and take advantage of all it has to offer. I am excited to be part of the team at Shotover Primary School and to be part of an innovative, empowering and learner-centered learning environment.