Our People


Andrew Birchler – Principal



Frances Butler – SENCO, Reading Recovery

I am very lucky to have the perfect job at Mimi School.  I am passionate about helping/guiding children to reach their full potential. As a Reading Recovery teacher and Senco I get to work with children individually and in small groups and can really focus on individual needs.  I have been at Mimi school for the past 6 ½ years.  First as the year 0-3 teacher then as a straight year 0-1 as our roll grew. My family and I live in the local community and love the rural values and sense of community that Mimi provides.

Nicole Megaw – Senior Teacher – Rimu Room Y4-6

This is my third year of teaching at Mimi School after studying at Waikato University. It is great to be back home in Tikorangi where I grew up. I am fortunate to start my teaching career with such a great bunch of senior kids and inspirational and encouraging staff members. Being able to enjoy the outdoors is a personal hobby and one that is valued in Mimi School education, making it very special to have a teaching role in this school.


Helen Amstalden-Baldwin – Senior Teacher – Matai Room Y4-6

Kia Ora, My name is Helen Amstalden-Baldwin (Mrs Baldwin for short).  I have a four year old daughter and a two year old son.  My family and I have recently moved to Lepperton.  It is where I myself grew up and attended primary school.  After living in Western Australia for a little over 7 years, my husband and I decided to return home to Taranaki so that our children could grow up surrounded by extended family.  I have had a variety of teaching and management roles within schools in both New Zealand and Australia ranging size from 17 (Ahititi) to over 700 students.  I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of the Mimi school community.


Emma O’Sullivan – Junior Teacher – Totara Room Y1-3

I teach new entrants to year 3. I have been a classroom teacher at Mimi School for 4 years and was the school’s reading recovery teacher before this. I live in Tongaporutu with my family.