2023 Staff Profiles

Sandy Stirling – Principal

Kia ora e te whānau. It is my great privilege to be the principal of our awesome kura. Everyday I come to school so excited to connect and learn with our exceptional tamariki, our incredible teaching and learning team, and amazing community. I am from Derby in England and have lived in New Zealand for 20 years now. I live with my wife Sarah and our four children in Huia now. Previously we lived in Te Aroha in the Waikato for four years where I was the principal of an amazing little rural school, and previous to that I taught at a couple of incredible schools in South Auckland. I am passionate about progressing and developing our fantastic school and am so excited about the journey ahead. 

Marie Feasey – Deputy Principal, SENCO

Kia ora Don Buck Community. My name is Marie Feasey and I am a passionate teacher and educator with a strong sense of caring within the community. I was born in Wellington then moved to Levin and later Whangarei and finally Auckland where I live with my husband and son. I have three grown up children and eleven awesome grandchildren. They say it takes a village to raise a child which we have taken to heart.  We have created a multi-generational  living arrangement with nine of our grandchildren, their aunty and parents as neighbors. My main interests are enjoying the company of friends and family, reading and creating in the kitchen for the whanau. It is a great joy to be part of the Don Buck Community and I look forward to continuing our journey together.

Angie Riggs – Assistant Principal, Year 5 /6

Kia ora koutou, I’m Angie Riggs and I love being a part of our Don Buck Kura. In my role as a kaiako (teacher) and Tumuaki Kaiāwhina (Assistant Principal) I wear many hats. Supporting tamariki through their learning journey is awesome, and of course working with whānau is a super part of that journey also. I was born and bred in Kawerau, Bay of Plenty and have been living in Tāmaki Makaurau for quite a while now. I’m a proud Māmā of 2 ‘grown up tamariki’, and am so lucky to also have 3 teenage mokopuna!! We live locally, in Massey. Whānau is a big part of my life, and we’re spread throughout Aotearoa and Australia. I love camping at the beach down on the East Coast, being with friends and whānau. And of course, being able to go home to Kawerau… You’re always welcome to come into our kura for a kōrero and cuppa… Nau mai haere mai.

Heydon Hohaia – Assistant Principal, Community

Tena koutou whānau!KoTapua Heydon Hohaia toku ingoa, my name is Tapua Heydon Hohaia and I am really excited to be a part of our Don Buck school whānau. I have a young family with two tiny kids, that keep me and my wife on our toes. Music, art, exploring movies and stories are what I absolutely love to do and bring to the way I connect with tamariki. I truly believe that school should be a place filled with energy, excitement and experiences and I can’t wait to build that together. I can’t wait to connect with you all!

MaryAnne Carr-Neil – Ruma Tahi, New Entrant

Kia ora everyone my name is MaryAnne Carr-Neil. I am the New Entrant teacher at Don Buck School. I am passionate about teaching this level and I endeavour to ensure each student feels welcomed and a valued member of our school. The New Entrant class, is a place to transition from kindy to school and where we start to build the foundations skills together. In my spare-time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, watching netball and walking my dog.

Aimee Bates – Ruma Rua, Year 1

Kia ora everyone! My name is Aimee Bates and I am a Y1 teacher at Don Buck Primary School. It is my passion to form reciprocal relationships with my students and watch them flourish as learners. I was born in Auckland and live on the North Shore. My hobbies involve riding my mountain bike and going for hikes around the country. Please come and visit me in my class to tell me about your hobbies too! 

Ivy Sequeira – Ruma Toru, Year 2 /3

Kia Ora! My name is Ivy Sequeira. My passion is to teach my students the Values of Our School and show that I genuinely care and am concerned with their learning. I am from Goa, India, but have lived in New Zealand for the past twenty years. I have two lovely children. I live in West Auckland. I love my profession, psychology, music, dance, and cooking.

Nikki Hayes – Ruma Whā, Year 2 /3

Kia Ora everyone, my name is Nikki Hayes and I joined Don Buck Primary School in 2021. I absolutely love being a teacher and I know I have the best job. Learning alongside amazing children is the best work environment I could ask for. In my spare time I play Netball and also Play and Umpire Hockey. I hope I can inspire the next generation to love being lifelong learners.

Tasmira Begum – Ruma Rima, Year 4

Kia ora everyone! My name is Tasmira Begum. It is my privilege to be a part of Don  Buck Kura. Teaching is my passion. I enjoy being with children. Originally I am from Bangladesh and have been living in New Zealand for the last 26 years. I am married with one son. I love my family and enjoy spending time with them.

Bansri Govind – Ruma Ono, Year 5 /6

Maggie Pivac – Year 5 /6 Team