Senior Dean for Year 7 & 8
Peter began his teaching career in Wales after completing his master’s degree in Heath and Exercise Science. Before moving to New Zealand, he was a Year 11 Dean and had six years’ experience teaching General Science, Information Technology, Biology and Chemistry.
For the past 9 years at Pinehurst, Peter has been the Year 8 Dean. Before officially starting his current role, Peter stepped in to cover a sudden staff absence and taught Year 9 and IGCSE Mathematics for two terms. He has also taught Year 7 and 8 Science, Digital Technology and Eudemology. He is currently the Senior Dean of Year 7/8 and is teaching Year 7 and 8 Science, IGCSE Physics and AS Biology.
Peter has championed the use of digital technology and was one of a small team of teachers who helped introduce the Blended Learning approach to devices in the classroom. He was also instrumental in the introduction of Schoolbox as a schoolwide Learning Management System and is one of the teachers charged with ensuring its successful implementation.
Peter lives on the shore with his wife and daughter. He loves the outdoors and enjoys nothing more than getting away with his family and exploring New Zealand. Peter is also a keen skier and has organised the Year 8 Winter Ski Camp for the past 9 years. In his spare time, he also enjoys playing football and helping to coach the Junior Football and Futsal teams.
College Art Teacher
Elyse is originally from Central California. A few years ago she relocated from Hong Kong with her family where she taught Art at Kellett School. Over the past 16 years she has lived and taught in a range of places including California, Hong Kong and the Middle East. She loves being part of an international community and is very thankful to be settled in New Zealand. At Pinehurst, Elyse is loving teaching Art & Design in the college. She is also the Dean for Matai House and loves working with the POD Mentors, teachers and the students in that House.
Elyse feels Pinehurst has provided her the opportunity to be part of a great Arts Department as well as strong community of Deans. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors of New Zealand with her family. They love to hike and camp when they can and the sun is shining.
Head of Department - Mathematics and Technology
Peter was fortunate enough to have had a clear career path from early on: teach Mathematics. He thought it would be more rewarding to try to help people make progress in a subject that he enjoyed… and rewarding it has certainly been. He started his teaching career at Westlake Boys for 8 years, then moved on to Dilworth School for 5 years and then Takapuna Grammar School for 16 years. He started at Pinehurst in 2017 and has found the change of school and students to be refreshing and challenging.
One of the highlights of his career to date was a year out of school on leave under a Fellowship funded by the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology. This gave him the opportunity to see first-hand the work of Mathematicians in a range of practical situations. He was attached to the Centre for Maths in Industry at Massey University (Albany) and was actively involved in a range of projects attempting to solve problems that different businesses were having, as long as they could be modelled mathematically. Problems ranged from modelling washing machine spin cycles to finding the best price to charge for competing products owned by the same brand. Sometimes the result of the work was that there was no solution, but most of the time the client gained valuable insight into their processes. For Peter himself, the result was a huge increase in his understanding of where Mathematics can go for students once they leave school and a shot in the arm for his enthusiasm in the classroom.
Primary & College Teacher
Biec has been a part of the Pinehurst community since the end of 2005 when she and her husband enrolled their daughter at Pinehurst, having recently returned to NZ from Hong Kong. During their time in Hong Kong, Biec worked in Human Resources for local companies as well as global conglomerates. After their children were born, Biec decided to combine her HR training skills with her love to work with children and went back to study and became a Cambridge qualified ESOL teacher. She taught at the English Foundation School Services as well as started up her own English tutorial company.
Once back in New Zealand and her two children were at Pinehurst, Biec returned to university to complete her post graduate diploma for teaching and she joined the Pinehurst staff team to start the Mandarin programme. Apart from Mandarin, Biec has also taught PE, Art, Social Science and Health. She is currently teaching Mandarin to students from New Entrants through to Year 9. During her early time at Pinehurst, Biec initiated and developed the lunchtime gymnastics programme with another parent and today she is the teacher in charge of the programme.
Head of Visual & Performing Arts
Hadley Ronayne joined Pinehurst in 2022 as the new College Music teacher and the Head of Visual and Performing Arts. An experienced teacher from schools around the North Shore he has taught at Rangitoto College and most recently Long Bay College where he has been the head of Music for the past 11 years. A keen performer, Hadley has played the piano professionally for nearly 30 years and used to tour New Zealand with singer Suzanne Prentice as the Musical director and keyboard player for the World Vision “Kids for Kids” concerts. He particularly enjoys teaching practical Music classes and is loving his role as Musical Director for Pinehurst’s 2022 College Production of “Annie” and also as the new Conductor of the College Orchestra.