Tokoroa High School Trust Members Bio’s
My name is Dean Tereu and I am extremely proud to be associated with the Tokoroa High School Trust as a trustee. My involvement with Tokoroa High School began in 1989 as Year 12 student and has never stopped! I have had the pleasure of teaching here for 25 years with lots more to come. For me this place is all about memories and friends, my best friends are all ex Tokoroa High and we will often reminisce, full of laughter, about our time here. I believe we collectively have an obligation to make this place the best school it can possibly be, so when our families attend here they are also able to look back with the fondest of memories. Tokoroa High School- the people’s school! I am proud to be able to give back to the school that has given me so much.
My name is Brian Reid and I am currently a Deputy Principal at Tokoroa High School. I was a student here from 1988 – 1992 and then joined the staff in 1996 to now.
I remember my school days as if they were yesterday. There were so many friendships that were created, and more importantly memories built for ever that my final year of high school was still one of the best times of my life. I believe that the old boys and girls of the school have similar memories and together we are able to provide further possibilities to the students of Tokoroa High School.
Willie Ford – Principal
I have had several periods of association with Tokoroa High School. From 1969 till 1971, I attended the school as a student. I served on the Tokoroa High School Board of Trustees as one of the elected parent representatives from 1992 to 1994. In 2003 I joined the school’s teaching ranks and was appointed Principal in 2010. Currently, I have one grandchild attending Tokoroa High School.
Kia Orana tatou katoatoa i te aroa maata o te Atua. As a student of Tokoroa High School, I am honoured to have had such profound role models such as Mama Moeroa Maea, Mama Puroku Hall and Papa Tere Tangaroa who cared with their heart and all that they had. High School is about the relationships formed and the care one received. Being together as Pasifika people and having the freedom to be uniquely that, and because of that joy, I love being a teacher here and know that our people are being served. My name is Teokotai Tarai, former student, present teacher, present parent and present trustee of Tokoroa High School. Tok High for life.
I am proud to say I am Tokoroa born and bred, and not only did my wife and I attend Tokoroa High School but both our sons Clint and Jason have benefitted from the quality education they received at Tokoroa High School. This has enabled them both to pursue their I am proud to say I am Tokoroa born and bred, and not only did my wife and I attend Tokoroa High School but both our sons Clint and Jason have benefitted from the quality education they received at Tokoroa High School. This has enabled them both to pursue their goals of gaining university qualifications, with our youngest son now giving back to the school and community by way of holding a teaching position here in Tokoroa. I am proud to be a member of the Trust for Tokoroa High School as a way of further serving our community and ensuring the provision of a quality learning environment for generations to come.
Jenny Shattock – Chairperson
I am South Waikato born, Tokoroa bred and an alumnus of Tokoroa High School. I attended between 1969 and 1973 and I have very fond memories of my time there and still remember the supportive learning environment that I experienced. I have not ventured far and still live in Tokoroa. I am currently in my second term as Mayor of the South Waikato and have been in local government for 24 years; Tokoroa District Councillor for 9 years, Deputy Mayor for 9 years and now Mayor for 6 years. I am proud to be a member of the Tokoroa High School Trust and as I am retiring at the next election October 2022, I will have more time to commit to progressing the objectives of the trust which are to support and further education in Tokoroa.
My name is Latisha Kelly a past student and teacher of Tokoroa High School. My involvement with the school started in 1992 when I enrolled as a Year 9 student, after completing Year 13 (7th Form), I then returned to the school as a teacher in 2001. 2021 was my final year of teaching at the school, but my involvement continues as a parent, as my oldest son is now a student at the school. I am passionate about the success of the ākonga that pass through the doors of the school and ensuring equity in the educational, sporting and cultural activities they become involved in. It is a privilege to be part of the building of the Trusts funds so that in the not-too-distant future we can support equitable access to events, competitions and educational opportunities for our ākonga.