Senior leadership

Janet Watt – Deputy Principal

 Janet Watt is the Maitai School Deputy Principal. Janet has worked at Maitai school since 2005 in a variety of roles including Behaviour Support, Coordinator of the Specialist Teacher Outreach Service and Assistant Principal.

Prior to working at Maitai, Janet worked in Special Education in the UK and Australia, specialising then, in working with young people with Autism. Originally from Northern Ireland, Janet studied at The University of Warwick in the UK and at Greenwich University in London.

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Ellie Salcin-Watts – Assistant Principal

Ellie Salcin-Watts is the Assistant Principal at Maitai School, and Head of Therapy – overseeing the school’s therapy team. She came to Maitai School in late 2011 from Christchurch, where she has lectured at the New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education for three years. Ellie worked as a music therapist for eight years in the United Kingdom, Bosnia and Romania, following her graduation from the University of Bristol with a Post-graduate Diploma in Music Therapy in 2000.She gained her teaching qualification in 1997 at the former Auckland Teacher’s College, and studied for five years at the University of Auckland to gain her degrees in music and psychology. While Ellie is the Head of Therapy at Maitai School, she continues to provide music therapy to our students.
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