Summit Academy is dynamic and constantly growing, with a dedicated team whose specialist training in multi-sensory teaching place them at the forefront of special needs education in New Zealand.

Rebecca Elias
Tanya Thorogood

Management team

Rebecca Elias
Academic director
Rebecca is a registered teacher with a masters degree in education and specialist training in multi-sensory teaching. She believes in the potential of every child and is passionate about supporting students with dyslexia. Email Rebecca

Tanya Thorogood
Head teacher
Tanya has taught twice-exceptional students since 2002. She has a degree in English and Psychology, and post-graduate diplomas in Secondary Teaching and Educational Psychology. Tanya believes passionately that relationships are at the core of students' success. Email Tanya 

Isiah Elias
Paula Duffy

Meet the team

Kendra Weir
Kendra is a registered teacher and runs the in-school release role at Summit Academy. Email Kendra
Isiah Elias
Teacher assistant
Isiah is teacher assistant for the Summit Academy. Email Isiah
Paula Duffy
Administrations officer 
Paula manages the Summit Academy office, please contact her with all queries including absences and new enrolments. Email Paula