Our Staff


‘Growing a community of lifelong learners within our classroom, our rural environment and in life.’

'Te tipu i te hapori o nga akonga ako-roa i roto i to taatau akomanga, to taiao me to tatou oranga.’

Michelle Calderbank - Principal


Tanya Coogan

Reading Recovery Teacher


Originally from Taihape, I was fortunate enough to begin my first teaching position here at Mataroa School in 2002. Since then I have seen many children and staff come and go, however Mataroa School has continued to maintain its special rural school character. In my twelve years associated with this school, I have taught and relieved in many capacities. At present I work as the Reading Recovery Teacher.

I feel privileged to be a part of this learning environment and I enjoy the challenge of teaching and the variety that each day brings

Tania Spicer

Teacher Aide


Tania has worked as a teacher aide at Mataroa School for 18 years. In that time she has seen many changes within the education sector and has been, and continues to be, an asset to this school running extra support and extension programs and helping with daily organisation around the school. She has lived in the Taihape district for her whole life. She has 2 grown up children and enjoys spending time with them whenever she can.

Anna Coogan

School Administrator


Anna started working in the school office in 2006. She is employed on a part time basis and has lived in Taihape for 21 years. While not at school, Anna is in a farming partnership with one of her three sisters on the family farm, something she really enjoys.

Anna enjoys spending time with family and friends and is fortunate to have all family members in Taihape. She is a keen gardener and loves the outdoors.

Sharon Northover


Sharon has been raised her whole life in the community of Mataroa. She has worked at the School as a cleaner for 36 years. She loves arts and crafts and is often at school sharing her passion with the children. She enjoys spending time with family

Mataroa School 2018