Management Team



Principal - Mark Smith BMus Dip Tchg

I have been teaching for 19 years. My first association with Papakowhai School was in 1993 when I was a student teacher in Catherine Church’s room. It was a great school then and it still is today.

I began my teaching career in 1994 at Discovery School. I have also taught at Tawa School, worked as a researcher at NZCER and I was seconded as a Numeracy Facilitator to Victoria University in 2006. I was Deputy Principal at Papakowhai School from 2003 - May 2011.

I enjoy all aspects of teaching and learning but I am especially interested in students enjoying success in mathematics and inquiry learning.

I was educated at Tawa College and Victoria University. I live in Whitby with Lisa and my three children.