Director of International Students

Sharon Hines - Director of International Students
 Sharon Hines

Sharon Hines is Northcross Intermediate's Director of International Students. She has been working at Northcross since 2005. A passion for teaching English,and interest in other cultures led Sharon to gain a Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults. She has also worked for the Volunteer Migrant service and The ESOL Home Teacher Service.
Sharon thoroughly enjoys her role as Director, working with the International students and their parents to ensure the children receive the best possible in pastoral care and a worthwhile NZ experience. She retains a genuine interest in other cultures, languages and travel.

Sharon's Qualifications are:

  • Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults
  • Travel and Tourism Diploma (Australia)

DDI: + 64 (0) 9 477 0342
Mobile: + 64 21 2527 465

Accommodation Manager

Tammy Frankland - Accommodation Coordinator
Tammy Frankland

Tammy is our Homestay Coordinator and has worked at Northcross since 2018.  Tammy is also one of our Learning Support Mentors.  Tammy enjoys meeting new people and working with students.  She has once daugher who is currently studying Veterinary Science. 

Tel: 64 (09) 9 477 0167

Mobile: + 64 21 083 59607

Head of ESOL

Fiona Lander - Head of ESOL
Fiona Lander

I have always been passionate about teaching English and love sharing this with people from all over the world. It is a very rewarding job and fantastic to see how much progress learners make in a very short time. I am learning to speak Korean and this experience has made me appreciate the challenges of learning a new language.


  • Higher Diploma in Education – Senior Primary
  • Trinity College, London – Certificate in TESOL
  • Reading recover certificate
  • Diploma in Ceramic Art

ESOL Teacher

Annette Thomas - ESOL Teacher
Annette Thomas

Annette Thomas has been teaching ESOL at Northcross for many years, she brings a wealth of experience to the English Language Program.

Annette has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Graduate Diploma in TESSOL
  • Diploma in Special Education
  • Diploma in Education. 

Annette's personal comment ;"I find it interesting to meet and get to know students from other countries.I enjoy helping these students improve in their English skills so they can cope with their class work. It's very rewarding to see how their English improves so much during their time at the school!"

Korean First Language Support

Kyung ae Sim - Korean First Language Support
Kyung ae Sim

Mrs Sim is part of our Learning Support Staff here at Northcross Intermediate and is a valued member of the International Student Department supporting our Korean students.  Kyung ae has extensive experience in working with students of all ages. She has had more than 20 years of experience teaching maths through academies and private tutoring.  Kyungae can be contacted via email nzsim(at) or kyungaesim(at)




Chinese First Language Support

Melanie Yang - Chinese First Language Support
Melanie Yang

Melanie Yang is our Chinese Support Person. Melanie works as one of the Learning Assistants at Northcross Intermediate. She works at the school Monday to Friday. Students can see Melanie at school and parents can contact Melaine via her email address.

Mobile: + 64 (0) 21 163 7792
WeChat: godlovesmelanie

After School Support Teacher for International Students

Helen Woodhouse - After School Support Tutor - International Students

Helen is a Learning Support Mentor at Northcross Intermediate and in 2023 took over the class from Ethne de Bruin who has been in charge of the programme for many years.  Helen really enjoys working with the international students and understands their learning needs.  Helen makes the learning fun and focuses on the students overall needs: academic, cultural and social.