Keryl Lee was born in Apia, Western Samoa but sadly only spent her first 18mths in this paradise where her parents were teaching. Keryl grew up in Matawai, Haumoana and finally Hastings. Following her parents’ footsteps she became a teacher, training at Palmerston North and Massey University.
Her first three years of teaching were at Warkworth Primary School before heading off on the big OE. After living in Canada for a year and traveling in Europe she finally settled in Melbourne Australia where she continued her B.Ed studies while relief teaching.
On her return to New Zealand she became principal of Makuri School. Two more schools, Waiwhare and Te Mahia, followed before her husband became manager of Ngamatea Station so with two young daughters they settled in the North Island High Country for nine years.Keryl returned to teaching becoming principal of Makuri her very first rural school and was there for eight years before gaining the position at Tapora School in 2016.
Her daughters are now grown up with one settled in Canada with her Canadian husband and two daughters and the other having just completed her Bachelor of Agriscience.
Keryl has a deep love for the rural area, the school communities and students. She enjoys exercising her dogs along the beach, cycling, kayaking and skiing when the opportunities arise along with visiting her daughters and granddaughters.