Jane Hazelton, Year 8 Dean
Teacher PE, Health, Food Technology, Textiles Technology
Jane has been teaching at Marsden for more than 21 years. She started as a reliever when her children Maddy and Gus were small, and has been with us teaching full time since 2007. Jane has been the Year 8 Dean since 2015 - so we’d say she knows middle school girls really well!
Our students appreciate Jane’s approachability, the fact that she knows them by name, and that she can tell when someone is having a bad day and in need of a bit of a boost. Jane says her main goal as the Dean of Year 8 is to make sure the girls are able to have a great day at school - to do their learning, see friends and be happy.
I love watching the girls really get to know and support each other through these middle school years, they end up developing lifelong friendships.
Teaching and Learning Background
Jane attended the University of Otago gaining a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences concurrently (BCapSc). She spent some time overseas in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom where she met her husband Andrew. She then did her teaching training at Leicester University where she completed a post-graduate certificate in teaching.
Her experience teaching at Marsden led Jane to enrol her own daughter as a student. “Even as a reliever I would go to Assembly and appreciate the traditions and history of Marsden. I loved seeing the Old Girls recognised on Old Girls Day, and the sense of family and extended community that gave the current students. I wanted Maddy to be a part of that.”
Professionally Jane is a member of HETNZ (Home Economic Teachers of New Zealand), PENZ (Physical Education New Zealand), and the Health Teacher Network.
Life's too short ...
When she isn’t at school Jane enjoys playing golf, tennis and social netball, skiing, going to the gym, walking the dogs, knitting, sewing and book club. One of her life mottos is something her mother always said, encouraging her to make the most of life, “Life’s too short to walk slowly”. Jane’s VIA character strengths are Perseverance, Zest and Gratitude.