Our People

Kiaora Koutou

I am Mike Turner Principal - Tumuaki of Duntroon School and very proud to be.

This school is a unique place with a committed staff, board of trustees and community all with the common goal of being the 'Best we can be'. Ko te Pai e taea e tatou! Our aim is to improve outcomes for every child that walks through our gate. We live by our school values of RESPECT, CO-OPERATION and INCLUSION, PERSEVERANCE and HONESTY.

When I'm not at Duntroon School I like to spend time with my whanau. I have two daughters, a son and a very supportive partner. We live in Oamaru which is about 40kms from the school. I also like to run. It keeps me fit and I love the thinking time when I'm doing it.


Kia Ora,

I am Henry Hannagan and I will be joining the Duntroon School team in 2021.

I will be teaching the year 4, 5 and 6 students in Ruma Rua this year and am very excited to immerse myself in the school culture. I have fortunately had the previous opportunity of teaching in a multi level classroom and can see how valuable they are. Particularly for building relationships with students as well as being able to further understand their learning needs over time. I’m originally from Dunedin and have just moved to Oamaru with my partner.

When I’m not at Duntroon this year I will be exploring the Waitaki region and all it has to offer!



My name is Hannah Parsons and I joined the Duntroon team at the beginning of 2018 as a beginning teacher where I teach in Room 3 with our Year 2 and 3 tamariki. I feel very privileged to be part of the Duntroon community, building relationships with the tamariki, whanau, and my colleagues to support learners to continually fulfil their potential and to develop a lifelong love of learning. I am very passionate about creating learning programmes which are hands on, engaging and relatable for the children in my class.

When I am not teaching you might find me immersed in a good book, cooking something delicious, keeping active, or planning trips to go to different parts of our country. I am a very fun, active and outgoing person, always on the lookout for a new adventure! I enjoy learning new things, travelling, reading, socialising, and being creative.


My name is Jane Simpson and I have been teaching for 35 years, including three years in Auckland and four years in Western Southland before moving to Duntroon School as the then Deputy Principal. I trained as a Reading Recovery teacher when I first moved to Duntroon School. I am incredibly lucky this year 2022 to have been offered the opportunity to work with the Canterbury University Team in training and teaching the Better Start Literacy Approach. I feel very privileged to be teaching New Entrants and Year 1 children in Room 4. I find supporting students and their families transitioning into school life is highly rewarding and welcome them to share in what Room 4 has to offer. It is important to offer a supportive and caring learning environment so all children can take risks and feel successful.

I am married to Michael and we have three adult children (and 3 wonderful grandchildren) who we enjoy spending time with.


Kia ora,

I am Frances Campbell and I have just started teaching in the senior room at Duntroon school in 2020. I have come here after spending 10 years teaching in an Intermediate, but I have taught all year levels in my 20+ year career. So far I am loving the supportive community and staff, and the school has an amazingly inclusive feeling. The students at Duntroon come to school wanting to learn and make the most of the opportunities, which makes my job as a teacher so rewarding.

I am very passionate about teaching students life long learning skills, especially resilience as this is so vital to all aspects of life.

When I am not teaching I am busy with my husband and our three children. We are originally from the North Island, so travel up there a lot to see our extended family. As a family we are very active - horse riding, cycling, running and motorbike riding are what you will find us doing in our own time.


My name is Janette Fielding and I am the Office Administrator at Duntroon School. I have been in my current position for the past 5 years but previously to that, I was a teacher aide for 5 years.

I am responsible for the day to day running of the school and ensuring that new families are welcomed and supported upon their arrival.


My name is Loretta (Lou) Tait and I have been living in the area for nearly twelve years with my husband Hamish. We have two children, Connor and Alaina. We own and run Taits Transport Duntroon Ltd which is a small transport business for which I also do the books.

I applied for the teacher aide job at the school as I was doing riding lessons at home for a few kids and love the reward you get from just a smile when you have helped a child achieve something.

I love horses, dogs cooking and really love singing and music.



I’m Paige Wills and I work as a teacher’s aide 4 mornings per week. My role is to support the classroom teaching programme and provide extra support for student learning in various classes.

I really enjoy the varied role, specifically seeing the childrens’ progression and the look on their faces when they succeed learning challenging skills. I have two daughters who also attend Duntroon School. Outside of school I live a very busy life with family, farming, working as a florist, and spending lots of time outdoors.