MEET OUR STAFF

Vanguard Military School employs highly experienced and passionate teachers who show total buy-in to the different protocols that are put in place to ensure the success of each and every recruit.”

ROCKLEY MONTGOMERY

Principal
  • B.A (ED), Physical Education UPE
  • Certificate in Effective Practice in Gifted Education
  • 20 + years teaching experience
  • 3 years South African Air Force (SAAF)
TYRON MONTGOMERY
  • Deputy Principal Level 3
  • Teacher of Te Reo Maori and Physical Training

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise, Massey University
  • Post Grad Diploma in Education, Auckland University of Technology
  • 6 years of teaching experience
SAM COOKE
  • Deputy Principal Level 2
  • Teacher of Mathematics, Recruit Development Course and Physical Training

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Paisley, Scotland
  • 15+ years of teaching experience
ELISE MACADAM
  • Head of English

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Science, (Hons) Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 20+ years of teaching experience
JOHN WILSON
  • Head of Engineering

Qualifications

  • Masters in Educational Leadership (MEdL) - Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in school management (PGDipSM)- UNITEC
  • Diploma of Teaching (DipTchg) - Auckland College of Education
  • Cert CIMCAD Management
  • Advanced Trade Certificate - Boilermaking and Boilermaking and Welding
  • 20+ Years teaching experience
QUENTIN OPPERMAN
  • Head of Biology & Science

Qualifications

  • B.Ed Degree (Snr. & F.E.T phase) North West University, South Africa
  • B.Ed Hons. Degree (Educational Management, Law and Systems)
  • 3 year Hostel S.S.T. (Hostel Father)
  • 10+ years of teaching experience
PATRICK GRIBBLE
  • Head of History
  • Teacher of Recruit Development Course

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Auckland University
  • Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • 15+ years teaching experience
JACQUI POTGIETER
  • Teacher of Science, English and Recruit Development Course

Qualifications

  • Higher Education Diploma in Biology, English and Physical Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa 
  • Certificate in Management in Education, University of South Africa
  • 20+ years teaching experience
DONNA TAYLOR
  • Teacher of English

Qualifications

  • AUT Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching
  • Massey University, B.A Major in English, Minor in Te Reo Māori
  • 10+ years of teaching experience
LOUISE MOORE
  • Head of Mathematics

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics), University of Auckland
  • Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), University of Auckland
  • 18 years of teaching experience 
MILES HARRINGTON
  • Head of Physical Training
  • Teacher of History and Recruit Development Course

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Youth Work and Community Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History and Mino in Anthropology (Massey University)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching (AUT)
  • Over 10 Years’ experience in Youth Development and Youth Work
  • 6 years experience in High Performance Sport as an Athlete development Coach
  • 8 years of teaching experience
MARILIZE ERASMUS
  • Principal’s Nominee
  • Head of Business Administration and Computing

Qualifications

  • B. Tech. Degree Post School Education, Tswane University of Technology, South Africa
  • B. Tech. Degree Business Administration, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
  • National Diploma in Commercial Administration, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
  • 10+ years of teaching experience
FAITH GALE
  • Office Administrator

Qualifications

  • MA in Adult Education
  • Diploma in TESOL, Trinity College London
  • 10+ years Office administration and management for Unique New Zealand English Language School
BROOKE CLARKE
  • Office Manager

Qualifications

  • 2 Years Office Management in London
  • 2 Years in Property Management Administration
  • 5 Years in Administration for Ministry of Social Development
Steve Mueller
  • Deputy Principal Level 1
  • Teacher of Defense Force Studies, Recruit Development and Physical Training

Qualifications

Charmaine Snyman
  • Accounts

Qualifications

  • NQFL6- Financial Accounting
  • CFAlcb(SA) Accounting and Finance 2014-2016
Martin Holder
  • Teacher of Mathematics

Qualifications

Rebecca Mehew
  • Teacher of Physical Education and Physical Training

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Physical Education, De Montfort University, Bedford, UK
  • 20+ Years of teaching experience
Alyssa Thomson
  • Teacher of Physical Education, Science and English

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise Physiology), Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), Auckland University of Technology
ALAN CURTIS

Qualifications

Experienced school board member. Background in IT management in accounting and leadership roles. Now almost 30 years on boards of trustees with expertise in governance, finance, property and strategic planning. Engaged by the Ministry for new school developments, mergers and transitions and support for boards of trustees.  Engaged by NZ School Trustees Association for board support and training. Engaged by boards for individualised training and support, principal appointments etc.

KIRK RICHARDSON

Qualifications

Kirk has a background in business and is Director of a business advisory firm. Kirk also has a background as an Insolvency practitioner. Kirk has been a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand since 2003 and is also a member of the Institute of Directors (UK).

KATENE ERUERA

Qualifications

Katene Eruera is an Anglican Minister.  He is of Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Kaharau, Ngāti Kuri and Te Rarawa descent.  Formerly a lawyer, he has been involved in Anglican ministry and education for over 20 years, serving as a minister, military chaplain, educator and as a member of various charitable trusts. 

JONATHAN GALE

Qualifications

Jonathan was posted for a year of National Service initially at the Artillery Air Defence School at Youngsfield and then to 10 Anti-aircraft Regiment in Cape Town. Jonathan is an Archdeacon in the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. He has worked as a secondary school teacher, subject advisor, senior education specialist, project manager in the education and health sectors in the world of development banking, investment advisor in the Tertiary Education Commission, as an Industry Manager for Competenz and as the Vicar of St Peter's Anglican church in Takapuna. He has been a member of various education and community advisory boards and is a keen mountain biker

NICK HYDE
  • CHAIRPERSON

Qualifications

Nick has spent the last 20 years involved in Education and Training. 

At first with the Hyde family business that ran Advance Training Centres (ATC) and then in 2013 when he founded Vanguard Military School by using all the knowledge gained from ATC and moulding it into a working model as a Senior Secondary School under the Charter School model. 

He has previously worked within the school as a teacher, deputy principal and CEO.