Introducing our new staff

By OBHS | Posted: Monday January 30, 2023

We would like to welcome our new staff to the Otago Boys' High School community.

Tim Adler

Kia ora, my name is Tim Adler. I am honoured and excited to be teaching Mathematics and Statistics at OBHS this year. 

I am an old boy of OBHS, attending from 2012-2016. After leaving, I studied in Minnesota, USA for three years before transferring to Otago University and graduating with a BSc in Mathematics in 2020. 

After study, I worked for a year as a data analyst at the Southern District Health Board before returning to OU to study a Masters of Teaching and Learning.

When I am not studying/working, I enjoy rock climbing, playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, and spending time with my family and dog. I hope to bring my passion for these activities to the OBHS community.

Steve Brown

My name is Steve Brown and I am the new Director of Sport.

As an old boy it is a privilege to be able to come back to school and help give the boys the sporting experiences and opportunities that I had at OBHS.

Sport is a huge passion of mine and I am looking forward to this opportunity. Away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my better half Belinda, our 3 children, our puppy Teddy, as well as watching/coaching our kids sport teams.

Shane Capon

I grew up in the North Island. I finished teachers college in 1981 and began teaching a couple of years later. 

In 1986 I joined the NZ Army and was a Senior Instructor for about 10 years. While in the Army, I graduated with a PhD. I left the Army in 1995 and moved to Dunedin to marry Amanda, and was the Director of International Students at King's High. Amanda worked teaching English and ESOL in a similar role at another school.

In 2000 we wanted a change and we both went to teach English in Brunei for four years. When we returned to NZ, I worked at Otago University for about five years teaching English Communication skills. We then went to Abu Dhabi to work with Arab teachers and really enjoyed the experience. Upon returning to NZ in 2012, I have been working at John McGlashan and Otago Boys' as a relief teacher. I was offered the opportunity to be a full-time teacher of English and Social Studies for this year; I readily accepted, and am looking forward to working with the school's students and staff.

Amanda retired from teaching a couple of years ago and does some relief work. We both love reading, gardening, travel, reading, spending time with all our pets, and catching up with our friends. I have two step-daughters and five grandchildren.

Max Graimes

Kia ora Koutou,

Having spent the last 5 years teaching Mathematics and Science in Auckland and Coromandel Township, we relocated to Dunedin in May of last year… a decision that we wish we had made much sooner! My passion for education continues to grow and I am excited to help in shaping resilient lifelong learners who are always striving to improve.

With my daughter starting Primary School this year, one Otago winter under my belt, and fortunate to be at Otago Boys' High School, I look forward to the year ahead and getting to know the community more.

When not teaching, you will find me adapting my Auckland green thumb to the Dunedin climate, spearfishing or experiencing the many opportunities Dunedin has to offer with my family.

Richard Harvey

Kia ora,

My name is Richard Harvey and am excited to have been appointed to the Assistant Principal role this year.

Originally I am from Hawkes Bay and since training as a teacher in 2000 I have held teaching jobs in England, Wellington, Bangkok, and for the last three years, I was the Assistant Principal at Geraldine High School.

In my time in education, I have taught Geography, History, Social Studies, Economics and Environmental Systems.

My wife, Hannah and our two boys, Sam and Noah, are looking forward to settling into our new lives in Dunedin and making the most of the amazing beaches in the area and our proximity to Central Otago. I enjoy travel, fishing, tennis, coaching my boy's sports teams and spending time with my family.

I am excited to join such an excellent school with a long-standing strong tradition in boys' education and look forward to becoming part of the wider school community and contributing to the school's further success.

Tim Hyslop

Kia ora, my name is Tim Hyslop, and I am a new Accounting and Economics teacher at this school.

I initially grew up in Geraldine and completed all my schooling there. While growing up, I enjoyed the closeness to the mountains and the wealth of outdoor activities in the surrounding area.

After completing my schooling, I spent two years in Canada participating and being involved in summer camps and an outdoor leadership program. This was thoroughly enjoyable.

I completed my training at the University of Otago and got my Master of Teaching and Learning in 2020. Since then, I have been teaching History at Katikati College in the Western Bay of Plenty. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching there and experiencing what the Bay has to offer, however, I am glad to be back home.

I am excited to begin teaching at Otago Boys’ High School and to bring my experience and passion into this upcoming role. Otago Boys' is a great school and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.

I am glad to be back living in Dunedin with my wife Bethany and can’t wait for all this year will bring.

Kelly Kinghorn

My name is Kelly, and I am the new librarian here at Otago Boys'.

I was born and raised right here in Dunedin and although I have left a few times I always end up back here. I have a strong connection with Otago Boys' High School. My dad is an old boy and a current teacher here and both of my brothers are old boys as well.

After completing my BA at Otago, I worked for a number of years in local government. In 2020 I completed my MTchgLn at Otago, specialising in English, history and social sciences. I will be a familiar face to many in the Otago Boys' High School community as I have been a relief teacher here over the last couple of years. Now I am excited to take on my new role in the library.

I live in Andersons Bay with my husband and two boys. My husband runs a painting company, and the boys are both at intermediate school, so things can get very busy! We enjoy getting out and about around Dunedin and making the most of everything our city has to offer. My own interests include walking, music, history and a bit of knitting in the winter months.

As is appropriate for a librarian, I am also an avid reader and a bit of a book hoarder. I am passionate about literacy and promoting the value of reading to our boys for both learning and leisure.  

Scott Manson

I'm excited to be at Otago Boys' High School and looking forward to experiencing a new school.

I grew up in both Mossburn in Northern Southland and Cromwell in Central Otago. I moved to Dunedin to study in 2007. I began teaching in 2010 at Kaikorai Valley College where I was teaching Year 7 and 8 Homeroom classes and Junior Physical Education along with being a Year 9 Dean and Assistant HOD of Junior College.

Rugby is a passion of mine. I played club rugby for Alhambra Union for 8 seasons and played for Otago for 6 seasons. In 2015 I played a season in Spain and in 2016 I had the opportunity to play in Japan. When I returned from Japan I got into coaching with the Otago U19's before becoming the Head Coach of the Otago Spirit side for the last 5 years. I have had some awesome coaching opportunities over the last few years with a range of High-Performance sides and I am looking forward to working with the teams here at OBHS.

My wife and I have a one-year-old daughter and a three-year-old daughter. Our three-year-old believes that I have come to teach at a dance school because her dance group performed in the OBHS auditorium over the holidays. 

Scott Mouat

My name is Scott Mouat and I’m a new Media Studies teacher at OBHS. I’m an old new teacher having spent last year at the University of Otago studying a Masters in Teaching and Learning. Prior to that I spent 15 years working in the TV industry specialising in documentary work. I’ve also dabbled in drama, I’m a keen photographer and I’ve a passion for the great outdoors and our native wildlife. Prior to TV I was an officer in a Scottish Infantry regiment before returning to NZ where I gained a Post Graduate diploma in Natural History Filmmaking and Communication.

I live in Sawyers Bay with 1 dog, 3 chickens, 6 fish, a number of native birds, a variety of small vegetables (I’m still learning to garden) and 2 wonderful kids. Please note these are in no particular order, not favourite to least favourite. Although sometimes...

Looking forward to helping the boys get creative, tell their stories and make some awesome digital media.

Brenna Sinclair

Kia ora,

I was born and raised in Ōtepoti, completing my Bachelor of Science with an Ecology major and Marine Science minor at the University of Otago in 2019. I then went on to work in various jobs, before completing my Master of Teaching and Learning last year.

Part of my teaching philosophy is that I believe all students have the potential to learn, but no two students learn in the same way. This means as teachers we need to utilise different methods including varied and exciting pedagogy, utilisation of technology advancements, and an understanding of students' needs and learning preferences to reach all needs in the classroom. I will continue to refine my philosophy and implement teaching practices that promote positive relationships with students and their learning.

Otago Boys’ appealed to me as it has a great mix of academic success and co-curricular importance. I am grateful to be a part of the staff, helping the students to reach their full potential and contributing to a society of lifelong learners. 

I look forward to the year ahead with my Science and Biology classes.

Regan Turoa

Kia ora my name is Regan Turoa, Ngati Tuwharetoa and I have been coaching at Otago Boys' High School for 7 years, 5 as the 1st XV Head Coach. I feel very honoured and excited with my new role as High Performance Coach and overseeing the new Rugby programme.

My wife Amy and I have 6 children together, with one of our sons finishing OBHS in 2020 and another currently in Year 12. I also have 3 nephews at school, so very much a whanau connection for me here, which I am most proud of. 

We live in beautiful Warrington and love swimming, all water sports and outdoor activities, but it is our faith in God that drives us as a whanau and keeps me humble. I look forward to being a part of the incredible staff here and serving in our OBHS wider community. 

Nga Mihi