Our Teachers

Vicky Arnold

Vicky Arnold

Ni Hao,

My name is Vicky Arnold, otherwise known as Mrs A and I am the Deputy Principal here at Somerset. I have been part of the Somerset whanau for 7 years now and I love it.

I am lucky enough to work with all of the tamariki at school and I am looking forward to getting to know all of our new students and their families.

I have a 9 year old boy Troy who is very energetic and keeps me on my toes. My husband is a carpenter and we have a shaggy dog called Zac who is just like me and loves to eat! I have been lucky enough to travel and love trying new and exciting foods. I love reading and baking and I enjoy playing on the PS4 with Troy!


Lisa Kimura

Lisa Kimura

Kia Ora my name is Lisa Kimura (Whaea Lisa).

You will find me in Ruma Tahi, and I am of both Maori and European descent. I have been at Somerset for 11 years and have taught from Year 3 up to Year 6. This year I will be teaching Year 5/6 in room 1. I take Jump Jam as a performance group and love teaching Maths and Art.

I also lead the PE & Sport within the school, which is right up my alley as I love playing and watching sport. I am currently still playing both touch and netball for Linton Army.

I have three children (2 girls and a boy), they range from 24 to 28. I have 3 lovely grandchildren, the eldest just having left our school and Le’Shaye whom is now a year 4 here at Somerset. The baby is 2.


Melissa Day

Melissa Day

Hi, I’m Melissa Day and I teach Years 5 and 6’s in Room 2.

I have been teaching at Somerset Crescent School for 4 years and before that relieved at Somerset while completing my Master's Degree in Education. I enjoy teaching Maths and Literacy and I ensure learning is relevant to the children's lives, interests and needs. I am currently the lead teacher in I.C.T and Inquiry. In my classroom we use I.C.T on a daily basis as a tool to motivate, inspire and extent learning. I am also passionate about fostering creativity and developing a positive attitude to learning.

In my spare time I coach netball. I also enjoy running, swimming and doing classes at my local gym. I love watching a good movie or taking a walk with my husband and my 2 dogs and my cat.


Julie Etuale

Julie Etuale

Talofa! O lo’u igoa o Julie Etuale. Ou te sau mai Samoa ma Tokelau.

Somerset Crescent School has the most amazing kids! I love teaching here and have taught across the school. I have enjoyed my time at each year level however, the Senior Team is where my heart lies. This year I am back ‘home’ with the Senior Team, in Room 4, and am Kahikatea Team Leader. I most enjoy teaching Reading, Art & Math. Teaching and learning alongside Pasifika Pride, is my passion!

I have three truly amazing sons; Caleb, Harley & Elijah. I am blessed to have my 4 siblings and most of our children, live in Palmerston North and spend a fair amount of my free time chillin’ and hangin’ with friends and/ or family. My aiga (family) are everything!


Mara Kean

Mara Kean

Kia ora Whanau,

I am Mrs Kean (pronounced Kane. Weird I know but it is from Irish descent!). This year I am alongside the students in Rima Rawe and feel very privileged to be a part of their learning journey.

I have taught all year levels at Somerset, all of which come with challenges and triumphs. Over half of my teaching career has been here. I was a part of the name change era from Highbury to Somerset (Gosh I’m getting old when I think of that!). I ventured away for a short time to teach at Feilding High and complete our family.

I am blessed to have a very supportive and very patient Husband, two very precious daughters, a fluffy bum cat, and a flemish giant rabbit! I love sharing yummy platters and having a primo cup of coffee with my family and friends at my favourite local cafes. I enjoy going to the Movies and I really like mowing lawns!


lyn Loveridge

Lyn Loveridge

Kia Ora my name is Lyn Loveridge, known as Whaea Lyn, and I am in Ruma whitu. I have been teaching for 5 years, three in New Entrants and am now with year three and four. I love seeing the children grow in confidence and always welcome the whānau to be part of what we are doing in room one. I feel privileged to work with the children and families of Somerset Crescent School.

My husband, Peter, and I have four children. Two boys and two girls who range from 19 to 28. Last year I gained a beautiful grandson and daughter in law. Out of school time is spent with family and friends, biking, cooking, walking and escaping on adventures out of Palmerston North.

Fiona Mitchell

Fiona Mitchell

Talofa lava, my name is Fiona Mitchell and I have joined the Somerset Crescent whanau in 2018. I will be teaching Year 3/4 in Room 8.

I am excited to join the team here at SCS and look forward to sharing the learning journey with our students. I enjoy providing opportunities within learning to grow creativity and a love for learning. I especially enjoy teaching Literacy, ICT and The Arts.

In my time away from school, I love hanging out with my four gorgeous nieces (14, 11, 4 and 2). I also love to read, bake, do arty crafty things, and keep active.


Wendy Bevan

Wendy Bevan

Kia ora koutou. My name is Wendy Bevan.

I am the teacher in Room 9 and I have been at Somerset Crescent School for 9 years. I enjoy teaching all curriculum areas but have a passion for Literacy and Art. I am Team Leader for Rata team, which is our middle school area.

I am married and have 12 grandchildren. I love reading, gardening, cooking and travelling.


Ruth Alefaio

Ruth Alefaio

Talofa and Bula Vinaka

My name is Ruth Alefaio, I am in room 10 this year, teaching years 3 and 4. This year is my fourth at Somerset Crescent School.

I love teaching maths and literacy. I bring my Pasifika flavour to my classroom.

I believe in teaching children to become life long learners

I am married with two boys and two girls. I like spending time with them, travelling and reading a good book.


Darnielle Wright

Darnielle Wright

Tēnā rā koutou katoa

Ko Mataatua te Waka
Ko Matiti te Maunga
Ko Opeke te Marae
Ko Waioeka te Awa
Ko Irapuaia te Whare Tīpuna
Ko Ngati Ira te Hapū
Ko Whakatōhea te Iwi

Kia ora and hello, my name is Darnielle Wright.

I am the bubbly teacher in Room 11 also known as Ruma Tumeke Tekau ma tahi. I have been working at Somerset Crescent for 6 years. A total of 12 years of education experience. I am also the Te Ao Māori unit leader and I teach Kapa Haka with a passion. I enjoy teaching all areas of the curriculum however, reading is one of my many strengths.

I am open minded and I live to inspire and be inspired.

I have two boys that keep me strong. We enjoy bike riding, swimming and singing.

Nā reira, wairua mauri ora.


Raylene Johnston

Raylene Johnston

Kia ora my name is Raylene Johnston and I am the Kowhai Team Leader.

This is my second year at Somerset Crescent School and I am looking forward to getting to know the students, friends and families of the school. I am teaching year one and two students in Room 12 this year and will be working alongside Clare McIlhatton and Kayhla Cousins.

I have taught all year levels in the past and I enjoy coaching and playing netball, spending time with family and friends and travelling.


Clare McIlhatton

Clare McIlhatton

Talofa lava! here! My name is Clare McIlhatton (aka Mrs M). I am in ruma tekau ma rua and teach our amazing year ones.

2018 will be my fourth year at Somerset Crescent School. I love anything arty and have an enormous passion for literacy and learning through play. I adore teaching 5 year olds although I have taught at all levels and overseas.

In my spare time I like scrapbooking, movies, geocaching, reading and exploring Aotearoa with my whanau. We live on a farm with a lazy greyhound, 2 cats, 2 naughty goats and some chickens.


Kayhla Cousins

Kayhla Cousins

Kia Ora Whānau, My name is Kayhla Cousins.

I am teaching years 1-2 alongside Mrs.J and Mrs. M this year in Room 12. As a beginning teacher I feel so incredibly privileged to be starting my journey supported by the wonderful staff at Somerset Crescent School. I enjoy teaching and learning in all areas, however I find particular enjoyment in Science and Technology as these areas drive our future.

I live near a stream, so my little boy, my partner and our pup often go exploring to see what wonders we can find. My other interests include reading, cosplay and any outdoor activity!

Ka kite ano


Mahina Law

Mahina Law

Tēnā tātou kātoa,

Ko Tararua te maunga.
Ko Tainui te waka.
Ko Hokio te awa.
Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi.
Ko Ngāti Pareraukawa te hāpu.
Ko Ngatokowaru te marae.
Ko Mahina Selby-Law tōku ingoa.

Kia Ora,

My Name is Mahi Selby-Law and I have recently moved back to Palmerston North after teaching in Nelson.

This year I’m teaching New Entrant class in room 13.

Ngā mihi ki a koutou.



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