Therapy Team
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Amanda Morgan

Speech Language Therapist

Hello, I’m excited to join the Parkside therapy team and looking forward to working alongside students, families/whanau and teaching staff.   I have previously worked for the Ministry of Education, in early intervention and school teams.   For many years, I covered Pukekohe and surrounding areas, so coming back to Pukekohe feels a bit like coming home!  More recently, I have worked with Autism NZ’s early intervention service, delivering individualised programmes for pre-schoolers with autism, and the adults who support them.   I have a Master’s degree in speech language therapy from the University of Auckland.  I firmly believe that communication is a basic right, and everyone has their own unique style of communicating.  I enjoy finding out what works best for every child I work with.  It is very satisfying to see students progressing towards their goals – and witnessing those ‘aha’ moments when they successfully communicate something for the first time.


Jennya Charomova

Speech Language Therapist

I am grateful for the opportunity to join the team at Parkside. I got my Master’s degree in Speech Therapy from the University of Canterbury last year. I worked at the Ministry of Education as a contractor before coming to Parkside. I was born in Russia and came to Auckland when I was a child. I am passionate about Speech Language Therapy and I enjoy working with other therapists, teachers, teacher aides and parents to support children throughout their journey. Being able to work with children and help them achieve their goals makes my job very special to me.

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Speech Language Therapist

Kia Ora, my name is Katie. I finished my Masters of Speech-Language Therapy from the University of Auckland last year, and I am excited to be working here at Parkside. Born and raised in Waiuku, I am grateful for the opportunity to work amongst the community I know and love.

I am passionate about providing all students with a voice, and empowering them to participate actively in the world around them.

When I’m not working, I can often be found at the piano, enjoying the outdoors, or spending time with family and friends.

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Therapy / Teacher Aide

San is one of our specialist teacher aides supporting therapy programmes across the school.

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Sara Everitt

Occupational Therapist

Kia Ora, I am Sara and I have been an Occupational Therapist for many years, having worked in the UK, Australia and NZ.

I am passionate about Occupational Therapy and take pride in striving for best practice. I relish working with students and their families to achieve functional and meaningful goals, which lead to success in everyday tasks, whilst having fun along the way.

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Michelle Thompson

Speech Language Therapist

 I have had the privilege of working at Parkside since 2016, and within this time I have developed a huge interest and passion with working with our students and families. I trained as a Speech therapist in my home country of Australia. I am passionate about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and literacy. I feel very strongly about empowering individuals to have a voice and ensure that they can communicate with whoever they want to, whenever they want to, however they want to and wherever they want to. I have my CAT level 1 accreditation allowing me to trial and apply for publicly fund communication devices through the Ministry of Health.

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Occupational Therapist

Kia Ora! I moved to New Zealand in January 2022 from Ireland to work, broaden my experiences and explore a new country.  I graduated from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2014 and have worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in Ireland since then. In the seven years before I moved to Pukekohe, I have worked with children aged between 0-18 years with additional needs. I have worked in Primary Care and in Disability services which has expanded my knowledge, experience, and perspective. I have always enjoyed working with children and adolescents to support them and their families in reaching their potential. I believe strongly in building relationships with the families of students and developing therapy goals that will benefit the student in both school life and in family life. Outside of work, I’m a musician and play the fiddle. I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes, growing vegetables, and travelling.

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Therapy / Teacher Aide

Tazmin is one of our specialist teacher aides supporting therapy programmes across the school.