Te Miro School is here, in partnership with our community, to inspire, challenge, and empower learners.

We are a small team, but we’re held and supported by our community. We are proud of our staff. They are professional, talented, reflective and caring. Our teachers engage in robust ‘teaching as inquiry’ practice, ensuring the teaching and learning at Te Miro School is exceptional.

Teaching Staff


Michaela Phillips

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I'm a family woman. A nature enthusiast and a strong supporter of environmental initiatives. I have had a varied 20 years as a teacher and a principal committed to a vision of education that is focused on the growth and development and wellbeing of the whole child. Acquiring the skills and attributes as indicated in the curriculum is absolutely necessary, but children will not grow into their futures with confidence and self worth unless they develop as empowered, whole, well-rounded people. It has been a great pleasure and privilege to have had opportunities to explore what this kind of education looks like both as the teacher in a Steiner school where children are viewed as spiritual beings and here at Te Miro where country values and a family atmosphere is valued. But in all education I hold the same vision as Dr Lesley Murrihy laments, “that all students experience what it is like to be fully human and continually grow their potential”.

I love to work at the crossroads of theory and practice - where theory informs practice and practice informs theory. Because education is constantly evolving, and the generations strengths and needs change, I believe that teachers and administrative staff need to adapt. I continue to grow and develop my approach to leadership in a flexible way, but one thing will always remain the same, and that's my commitment to children and their learning; creating a safe, fun, and nurturing environment that parents can feel comfortable leaving their children in.


Fiona Ruthven

Hello there, 
My name is Fiona and I am proud to teach at Te Miro School in Kowhai Class. I have been teaching for almost 10 years and have always taught Year 1 to 4 students where I feel happy. I strongly believe that teaching is all about relationship and I am passionate about developing child focussed learning so I can help each student shine in their own special way.

I am currently the SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator) at Te Miro School and I have under gone additional training and study to learn all I can to support students with dyslexia and other learning needs. 

In my spare time, I love gardening, spending time with my family and friends, and also walking my beagle Molly.



I have been teaching for 14 years and am a qualified MST teacher. (Math Support Teacher). I have effectively accelerated the learning of students who were well below and below their expected standards in maths successfully. I have been for many years a team leader in literacy and maths, and was responsible for drawing up school expectations around numeracy knowledge for all levels. I have recently completed 7 post graduate papers, including: Raising Student Achievement, Teaching Methods for Students with Diverse Needs, Mixed Methods and Quantitive Research in Education, Leadership, as well as two maths papers. I also hold a certificate in Davis Dyslexia and use these methods with in my classroom. I consistently participate in and promote extra-curricular activities that enhance the learning experiences of students. I have coached cricket, netball and football sports teams. I have been involved in gymnastic competitions and “kids for kids” for many years. I am adept at individualising the curriculum to meet each child's needs and designing resourceful lesson plans that accommodate differing learning abilities and interests




Sharise Pistorius

Office Manager

George Taylor

Board of Trustees Chairman


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is accountable for student achievement, sets the vision of the school and ensures that the school complies with legal and policy requirements.

We have a new board as of June, 2019.

George Taylor

Peter Renshaw

Chris Truscott
Health and Safety

Michaela Phillips

Annie Gould
Staff Representative

Carwyn Mellow