International Department Staff
Ms Rachel Fenton - Director of International
Ms Fenton is responsible for the development and execution of the international marketing strategy and plan to meet the internationalisation objectives of Auckland Grammar School.
She oversees daily operations and is responsible for the general management of the International Department, including ensuring best practice and compliance to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice.
Ms Fenton spends time travelling to key recruitment markets and working alongside agents and partners to diversify the international student enrolment at Auckland Grammar School. She has an extensive background in international education and marketing at the university level, has travelled to over 35 countries, and lived in Japan and England.
Ms Fenton has been elected to the 2020 Governance Committee of ISANA NZ - https://www.isana.nz/ and is a member of the ATEED - Auckland Futures Group of Study Auckland - https://www.aucklandnz.com/study-work-and-live.
Please contact Ms Fenton regarding, admissions, marketing, advertising and promotion, international relations and partnerships, agency agreements and School visits.
Phone: +64 9 950 2183
WeChat ID: Rachel-AGS
Mr Paul Easingwood - Dean of International Students
Mr Easingwood was educated at Loughborough Grammar School in the United Kingdom, and graduated in Politics from the University of Hull, achieving his Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Leicester in 2008. He is a teacher of Geography.
As Dean of International Students, Mr Easingwood is responsible for monitoring the academic performance of international students and providing them support that will enable them to learn effectively in a safe environment.
Mr Easingwood has a strong understanding of the challenges faced by international students having recently moved to Auckland from England, and from his work in inner-city London schools. He is also a Debating, Cricket and Rugby coach within the School.
Phone: +64 9 623 5400 extn 557
Mrs Misook Kim Rylev - International Relationship Manager
Mrs Rylev is responsible for promoting Auckland Grammar School in key markets including China, South Korea, Japan and SE Asia. She has extensive experience working in the high school sector and assisting students make the successful transition to New Zealand.
Mrs Rylev is of Korean decent, is married to a Dane, and speaks Chinese having studied at Nanjing University. She enjoys travelling, cooking- fusion, walking the dog, meeting new people, and painting.
Please contact Ms Rylev for information and assistance as a prospective international student, parent or recruitment agency.
Phone: +64 9 950 2186
WeChat ID: MisookNZ
Ms Sandra Heslin - International Student Welfare Manager
Mrs Heslin has a 24/7 role managing and monitoring the welfare and pastoral care of approximately 90 International students which includes individual term interviews.
Her role also comprises sourcing and auditing their homestay carers and most importantly listening to our students and acting appropriately on their needs.
Mrs Heslin has worked at Auckland Grammar School for 16 years and values the opportunity to interact and learn from our international students from many different cultures. She is originally from Glasgow, Scotland and has lived in New Zealand for 45 years. She has been a trainer, marketer and counsellor.
Mrs Heslin manages the Breakfast Club for our Pacifica boys, she also enjoys walking, reading, travel, writing poetry, cooking, entertaining, movies and fund-raising in her spare-time.
Please contact Mrs Heslin for student welfare and support and homestay placements.
Ms Momo Ding - International Student Administrator
Ms Ding speaks English, Mandarin, basic Cantonese and a little bit Japanese. She is responsible for the administration of international student applications for Auckland Grammar School.
Ms Ding is originally from China and studied at the University of Otago (Computer Science) as an international student.
Ms Ding has a strong background in administration management and guides students through the enrolment process, responding to inquiries and sending relevant information. She also manages student visa renewals and insurance.
Ms Ding enjoys reading books, traveling around the world and painting.
Phone: +64 9 950 2181
WeChat ID for parents only: AGS_international
Ms Jina Kim - International Student Liaison
Ms Kim speaks English, Korean and basic Japanese. She is responsible for supporting international students living with a designated caregiver or parent residing in Auckland.
Ms Kim is originally from South Korea and has lived in New Zealand for more than 10 years. She is a trained ESOL teacher and has a background in pastoral care support and guiding international students for successful integration. She is additionally enrolled in a Postgraduate Certificate of Education at the University of Auckland.
Ms Kim enjoys all sort of music, art and culture, outdoors, travelling and walking captured by the beautiful New Zealand nature and meditating.
Phone: +64 9 623 5428
Ms Irina Itriyeva - Headmaster's International Committee
Ms Itriyeva is part of the Headmaster's International Committee, launched as an effort to build relationships between domestic and international students, while promoting cultural awareness, communication and leadership skills.
Having moved to New Zealand from the United States in 2019, Ms. Itriyeva understands both the challenges and opportunities faced by international students, and hopes to replicate the support and kindness she has enjoyed from her colleagues and friends in the committee. Prior to her move, Ms. Itriyeva taught for seven years in New Jersey, where she also advised the student newspaper and coached the debate team.
Ms. Itriyeva teaches English and Media Studies, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, running, gardening, and traveling.
Mrs Susanne Sasagawa (nee Zhang)
Mrs Sasagawa speaks English, Mandarin and Hokkien. She is originally from Xiamen, China and has lived in New Zealand for 18 years.
She completed four years of secondary school in the South Island and obtained a Bachelor's degree from Massey University as an international student.
Mrs Sasagawa has worked as an administration support staff in the education sector for over nine years.
Mrs Sasagawa enjoys all sort of music and travelling.