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Welcome back to ACG

Our two newest teachers at ACG Tauranga have worked previously at other ACG schools. It’s great to welcome them back to the ACG family.

Tatyana Duffin

Year 7 tutor and teacher of Mathematics, English, Humanities and Primary Science

Originally from Auckland, Mrs Duffin spent seven years teaching at ACG Strathallan in Karaka. A mum of two teenage boys who went through ACG Strathallan Primary, she moved to Tauranga at the end of 2015 and couldn’t wait for a role to open up here!

 What brought you back to ACG?

I really wanted to return to ACG, I love working here. I believe that the students here come to class ready to learn, so they’re easy to inspire. They are passionate about absorbing knowledge yet they’re also prepared to think creatively – they have the right balance. We also have beautiful surroundings and a collegial, supportive team.

We’ve built a house out by McLaren Falls and I have my horses at home for the first time ever. We love the lifestyle in Tauranga.

What do you enjoy about teaching?

I believe that my role as a teacher is to offer students a positive environment where they can develop self-confidence and a passion for learning. I encourage them to appreciate their personal strengths, explore their individuality and take responsibility for their own learning. I hope to inspire students to become engaged, lifelong learners.

I’m lucky because I get to teach a variety of subjects to a range of ages, which I love. I would find it hard to pick between them!

What plans do you have at ACG Tauranga?

At ACG Strathallan I was involved in many extracurricular areas. I initiated and coordinated music groups and coached many successful Maths problem-solving teams. At ACG Tauranga, I look forward to getting involved in a range of activities, including helping out with AIMS Games and Year 7/8 cluster sports.


Nicky Gawler

Year 8 Tutor, Year 8 English, Year 9 and Year 10 Humanities, IGCSE History, AS Level Business

A Tauranga local, Ms Gawler has had a stint working abroad, including three years at ACG in Vietnam, before coming back to her hometown. She has a degree in Economics, German and European Studies and specialises in teaching Economics.

What do you enjoy about teaching?

I love watching kids grow and click, finding out about their interests and passions, and helping them delve into those.

What made you return to ACG?

It’s been really great to see how ACG has grown. It’s exciting to be part of something as it starts – I enjoyed it in Vietnam and I’m enjoying it here. It’s nice to have the chance to build the culture the way you want it. I particularly love the way students here interact among themselves and with the teachers.

It’s early days, but what plans do you have at the school?

I’d love to expand the Humanities programmes at IGCSE and A Levels, get Economics and Geography up and running and grow History and Business. It would be great to build interest in those subjects. Eventually, as we grow, I’d like to get Young Enterprise going and get our students involved in Business and Enterprise competitions.