About Top of The Class

Top of the class is a website designed by the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work to raise awareness and champion the amazing work of teachers throughout New Zealand and the impact that teachers make on the lives of thousands of children.

It aims to reposition teaching in the minds of the those who are driven to make a difference to the future of New Zealand and showcase teaching as a rewarding, challenging, stimulating, influential, diverse, worthwhile career.

Together teachers ...

  • Build stronger communities
  • Grow a great country
  • Build a great future

Put simply, teachers are top of the class. We invite you to contact us if you would like to contribute to this campaign.

Email: info@topoftheclass.ac.nz


The Faculty of Education and Social Work would like to thank the following people and organisations for their participation in the project:

  • Steve Broad, Teacher - Southland Boys' High School
  • Jessica Weller, Intermediate teacher
  • Hinerangi Vaimoso, Communications Advisor - Waitemata District Health Board
  • Matthew Chamberlain, actor - Shortland St 
  • Sam Bunkall, actor - Shortland St
  • Kawhia Chambers, Entrepreneur
  • Lauren Bailey, student - Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • Kathleen Davidson, student -  Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • Dahlia Campbell, student - Faculty of Education and Social Work Early Childhood Centre
  • Tone Kolose, Principal - Manurewa South School
  • Issy and Tito, students - Kings College

  • Kineret Yardena, English Teacher - St Cuthberts College
  • Raenette Taljaard, Teacher - Elm Park School
  • Ranee Prasad, Assistant Head of Mathematics - Papatoetoe High School
  • Daniel Lovatt and the staff at the Mangere Bridge Kindergarten
  • Auckland Kindergarten Association 
  • Caitlin Richardson - Campbells Bay School
  • The team at the Faculty of Education and Social Work Early Childhood Centre
  • Karen Belt - Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy, Point England Primary School
  • Allistair Williamson, Health and Physical Education Teacher and eLearning Coordinator - Pakuranga College