I am proud to be the Tumuaki / Principal of Whareama School and feel privileged to work with a Board of Trustees and Staff who are fully committed to doing the best they can for our students, whānau and members of our learning community. I have been in education for 10 years and spent my previous 7 years at Carterton School. I love seeing students achieve to their potential and the fantastic opportunities and relationships they all have. In my spare time I enjoy getting outside to ride my mountain bike and run walking tracks around our local area.
I have been part of Whareama School for five years now and I love teaching the little ones because I love to see the huge amount of growth and achievement in their learning. I originally come from the outskirts of Gisborne and have been teaching in the Wairarapa since 2002 and have always loved the rural school philosophy and environment having been a rural school student myself. I love farming life and enjoy seeing rural students living in their wonderful environments and am also interested in the well being of students. In my spare time I love walking and travel.
I have been an Early Childhood teacher for the last fifteen years and was pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with school aged children here at Whareama School. Its great to see the children develop their skills and become confident learners. I enjoy working in my garden and the last few years have been paddling with the local Dragon boat team. I am married to Les and we have two children, both of whom attended Whareama School, and we are now on a farm at Tinui.
I have a degree in teaching ECE and have been working within that sector for several years, before and whilst starting my own family. I have enjoyed the jump into primary and believe I have brought many skills over. I keep relationships at the centre of my teaching philosophy- fostering and nurturing trust of the children in my care. I believe learning happens when the child is feeling secure with a strong sense of well- being first. I live rurally with my husband Tim on his family farm about 20 minutes from town and have had three children. When I help out on the farm I enjoy driving the tractors – topping, discing and carrying hay or baleage from one farm to the other. As a family we like to have picnics and days out with the kids.
I have been a teacher for the past 15 years and I have experience teaching a range of year groups. I love my job, and feel so lucky to be able to spend my days with children who make me smile, reflect and learn.
I am wife to Widgy and Mum to Mac, Frankie and Thomas. We live locally on Beaumont Road, where we are currently leasing the Moore family farm. We enjoy spending time at the beach and exploring outdoors together. I also love to spend time with my family in town, walk, watch sports, and read in my spare time.
I have been at Whareama School managing the office for 19 years and thoroughly enjoy my work. I love working alongside the staff and getting to know all the children. I am a local resident and have had a close affiliation with the school with all my children having been students at Whareama School. I also get to work with some of the students and love seeing their progress during their time at school and then see them develop into the amazing teenagers they become.
I grew up in Alfredton and attended WaiCol as a boarding student
so the Wairarapa is very much my home.
I joined Whareama School in 2021 as a teacher aide and school
bus driver after spending four years working as a teacher aide, in
the Wairarapa College Supported Learning Centre. This gave me
a great toolbox of strategies to help support students with their
learning and I love seeing them succeed.
I have two adult sons who both play in pipe bands and I live in
Masterton with my two cats. I have previously worked as an art
tutor at King St Artworks and so in my spare time I love being
creative and enjoy painting, sewing, pottery, colouring and doing
up old furniture.