Lauren Watkinson

LAC Languages, HOD European Languages

PG Cert SecEd; BA (Hons)
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 825

Originally from Liverpool in the UK and new to NZ Lauren arrived in Wellington in January 2017. Before coming to New Zealand, she worked in a large, co-ed school for six years where she taught French and Spanish and was Head of Year 7. Lauren wanted to be a teacher from a young age, she completed a degree in Modern European Languages at the University of Liverpool and then a PGCE in Secondary Languages.

During her Bachelor degree, Lauren lived in Paris where she studied at the Université Sorbonne. Followed by the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid. she then lived in Andorra where I was an au-pair for a French family.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys travelling, keeping fit and getting stuck in to a good book! She is looking forward to exploring New Zealand with her husband and having lots of new experiences here.


Maria Marquez

Spanish teacher

PGDip Tchg
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 518

Maria is a Spanish teacher in the middle and senior schools. She is a native speaker with 11 years’ experience teaching Spanish and English. She joined Scots in 2016 after living in Vancouver while on maternity leave. 

Prior to her maternity leave she taught for 10 years at Hutt International Boys’ School with a stint before that teaching English in South Korea. 

Maria has a heart for the Latin community in Wellington often involved in many of the events happening around the city. 

Her philosophy for teaching is to create good relationships with her students so they can open up to learning the Spanish language and all the good things the culture has to offer. Her strengths are having first-hand experience with the 20 Latin American countries that speak Spanish and taking service language trips to Chile and Argentina to bring her philosophy and language teaching together. 

Maria believes that language learning goes hand in hand with learning about culture and history creating global citizens with passion and kindness.

Leila Sadat

Leila Sadat

Spanish and French teacher

Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 809

Bonjour à tous! ¡Hola!

Leila Sadat is a French and Spanish teacher at Scots College. She is a native French speaker with 10 years’ experience in teaching French as a foreign language in secondary schools in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Leila has a degree in English and American Civilisation from the University of Nanterre (Paris X) and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education completed at Goldsmith’s University (UK).

She worked in a secondary school for 8 years where she taught French up to A Level and Spanish up to Year 9.

Prior to joining Scots College, Leila was a French and a Spanish teacher at Onslow College. She also had the opportunity to work at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School and St Mark’s Church School in Wellington.

Leila thoroughly enjoys teaching her love and passion for her language and her culture to students here in New Zealand. She believes that it is important to open our students’ eyes to a different language and way of life and most importantly encouraging understanding and tolerance of others.


Glenn Wilson

French teacher

Phone: 04 388 0850  ext 898

Glenn is a teacher of French and English as a Second Language in the middle and senior school. He joined Scots College in 2016 after completing a Master of Teaching and Learning at Victoria University. He is also a Mackenzie House tutor and looks forward to taking an active role in the cultural and sporting life at Scots College.

Prior to training as a teacher, Glenn worked for two years as the office manager at the Alliance Française Wellington, a not for profit French cultural and language centre. In this role he met learners of French from many walks of life, giving him a broad knowledge of different social, cognitive and professional benefits that can be gained by learning a language.

Glenn’s own passion for language learning was kindled when learning French at secondary school. He has since lived in France two times, firstly as an exchange student in the Midi-Pyrénées, then as an English language assistant at a secondary school in Poitou-Charentes. More recently, he has continued his own language learning journey by studying Te Reo Māori and Spanish.


Gerald Yang

TiC Chinese Mandarin

B.PhED, Grad Dip.Teaching (Secondary), Cert.TPDL
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 506

Originally from Shanghai in China. Gerald gained his first degree from Shanghai university of sport. He has taught at tertiary institutions and was a government officer for a while in Shanghai.

Gerald moved to New Zealand in the mid 90’s and has taught at another three New Zealand schools before joining Scots. He loves his teaching job and always wants to see his students obtain excellent results.

Gerald believes that learning a foreign language is a powerful way to open up your mind and brighten your future.

In his spare time, he loves to play volleyball, listen to classical music, cook nice meals for his family and read a book. He has never missed watching AB’s game and is a great supporter of the All Black and Hurricanes teams.


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Wellington 6022
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PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243
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