Room 1 Teacher, Year 1/2
I have been teaching at Marian Catholic School for 14 years and during that time have been part of the Junior and Middle teams in the school. This year I moved to Room 1 which has allowed me to meet up again with some welcoming past parents, which can be reassuring in the cycle of life. I am now working alongside children who I last saw as cherished newborns being brought into the classroom with their older siblings. With my lovely class I am being reminded daily. just how eager and friendly young souls can be.
I have had the opportunity in my career to teach at all levels in South Waikato, Huntly, Auckland (Music position at Howick Primary), and then back to the Waikato (Catholic and non-Catholic schools).
In 2013 I received a Study Award for a year to attend Waikato University to finish my Bachelor of Teaching degree. This was a refreshing time in my career as I became immersed in campus life, especially when it offered lunchtime concerts at the Performing Arts Centre.
Last year I took another year’s leave to go on a working holiday in UK to teach in Oxfordshire, again an area of such rich history and culture.
I have always been passionate about teaching reading and writing in my classrooms especially when I can help to raise the achievement of the children in my classroom which spills over into other areas of the curriculum in an holistic way. I also love teaching RE as it allows me to work with the children on a spiritual level and allow for great discussions.
My other big passions lie in Music and Drama and how it can easily capture the children’s imagination and allow them to express themselves in an exciting medium ( very often a confidence boost). I have be part of local choirs, Cantando and Civic Choir, and several shows with Hamilton Operatics over the years.