Toko School Staff

Meet the Toko School Team

Kim Waite

Hi! I am Kim Waite.  It is my absolute pleasure to be the Principal at Toko School.  We have amazing students, the best staff, a wonderful community and a future focused Board of Trustees.  Ihave been the Principal of Toko School for coming up eight years. The opportunity to continually learn, make a positive contribution to the education of others and to see our students grow in many ways is extremely important to me and at the heart of what we do at Toko School. I grew up in Hawkes Bay and completed my Teaching Diploma at Palmerston North Teachers College and my Bachelor of Education at Massey Universtity.  Most recently I have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Administration and Leadership at Massey University and am working towards completing my Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Sasha Hancock

Associate Principal - Year 7 & 8 Teacher
Hi, I’m Sasha Hancock and I’m currently teaching Year 7 and 8. I began teaching at Toko School in 2013. Prior to that, I’ve taught in Australia, England and other Taranaki schools. I grew up in Christchurch and completed my teacher training at Christchurch Teachers College before heading overseas to teach and travel for 7 years. While overseas I met my husband, a local Toko boy, and we decided to come home and raise our two boys in Taranaki.  I enjoy incorporating technology into my classroom and seeing where it can take us and am passionate about ensuring students leave Toko School as confident, life-long learners who have the skills to be successful in life.  My areas of responsibilities include leading e-Learning, Literacy, Technology as well as Pastoral Care and Well-being. I am also the staff representative on the Board of Trustees.  

Rebecca Jury

Year 6 Teacher
Hi! I am Rebecca Jury and this year I am teaching Year 6 in Room 4. This will be my second year at Toko School and I’m looking forward to the year ahead. I grew up within our local rural community and have really settled back in after living abroad. I completed my Graduate Diploma of Teaching at Waikato University. After I completed my studies, I spent some time relieving throughout a number of schools in Stratford, Hawera and Inglewood. I then ventured off to England for 2 years on my big OE and taught in London. I absolutely love to travel and enjoy exploring and learning about new and different countries. Within my 2 years in England, I managed to visit around 34 different countries! I also enjoy sports and play as many as I can! I have also become the crazy bee lady at school and am loving the enviro journey the children and I are on with establishing our own hives.

Maree Stark

Part-Time Teacher
Hi. I am Maree Stark.  I worked at Toko school for 8 years full time before changing to part time work here at Toko. This was so I could spend some more time with my family. Last year I worked for three terms as a long term reliever in Room 6 and this year I am working in Room 5 with the Year 4 and 5 children.I love teaching and the children challenge me everyday to make their learning fresh and exciting. Toko has a wonderful learning environment and community and this is why I choose to keep working here as much as I can in a part time capacity.

Alison Eagar

SENCO - Special Needs Education Co-ordinator
Hi. I’m Alison Eagar. I am the schools SENCO – Special Needs Education Co-ordinator. I have been a part of this vibrant school since 2010. I grew up in a small rural town of Te Kauwhata, North Waikato, spending all of my childhood on a dairy farm. I am the eldest of four, having a sister and twin brothers.  I now live in the Toko Community and am married with beautiful twin daughters. I spent four years at Hamilton Teachers College, completing my Bachelor of Education. After two years teaching I spent two and a half years on my big OE. I was based in London and travelled extensively. I have been teaching in the Stratford area since returning. My strengths in teaching revolve around literacy and physical education.

Sue Fergus

Associate Principal - Year 3 - 4 Teacher
Hi.  I am Sue Fergus. I grew up in the small rural town of Putaruru (in the Waikato), and for many years was a financial controller, after completing my Bachelor of Business Studies.  However I left this vocation, to do what I always wanted to do growing up – and that was to teach. I completed my teaching degree in Whangarei, back in 2001.   Since then I have taught in numerous school in the Bay of Plenty and now, Taranaki.  I have recently completed my Post Graduate Certificate in  Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative learning) as well as a certificate in Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities.  My class is in charge of distilling plant material at Toko School which we currently use in cleaning products.  My areas of responsibilities are Mathematics, Literacy and Assessment.

Jolynne Mancer

Year 2 Teacher
Hi. I am Jolynne Mancer. I am teaching Year 2 in Room 2. This will be my first year at Toko School and I’m really excited about teaching here. I grew up in New Plymouth. I attended Massey University College of Education in Palmerston North. After getting my Bachelor of Education (Teaching) I moved back to New Plymouth where I taught at a couple of Taranaki schools before moving out of the region to teach in Whanganui in 2005.  I have just recently moved back and I am excited to be back in Taranaki and looking forward to the year ahead.  

Rebecca Bright

Year 1 Teacher
Hi, I am Rebecca Bright.  Hi all. I am Rebecca Bright and am very lucky to be the New Entrant teacher at Toko School.  I went to a small country primary school in the Manawatu and have always wanted to teach at a lovely country school. I am so fortunate to have found one with such a magnificent view!  I trained in Perth, Western Australia where I met my husband.  We have 4 children, 2 of whom are now enjoying Toko School.  We had been living in Marton for the last 10 years and have now relocated to the beautiful Taranaki.  I have taught New Entrants for most of my teaching career with some time in Kindergarten and also working as a parenting counsellor.  I love welcoming new children into school and supporting them to get off to a great start at school, to love learning and to be the best they can be.  

Annette Hinton

School Secretary

Treena Cullen

Support Staff

Karen Bellamy

Support Staff

Debbie Stone

Support Staff

Margaret Mason


Anna Smith - Maternity Leave

Support Staff

Delwyn Taylor

School Cleaner