As a Teaching Principal the focus should always be about the “kids”. Part of the balancing act in a small school is ensuring that what you say you’re doing is what you are actually doing and needs to be in sync. The Small School setting allows for this, and it is a platform to trial and implement different learning approaches that fall in line with current theory. Learning ultimately however requires “ getting amongst it” and putting actions to words, which in turn encourages kids to be actively involved in their learning. The old adage that you are only as good as the people next to you sits well for me and the philosophy of sport and teamwork are at the centre of what we do. Whether this is students, parents or staff, it is the principles and values that underpin the real beliefs that promote teamwork, goal setting, honesty, fairplay, competitiveness, perseverance and ultimately fun. During my time as a Teacher and Principal one of the most important ingredients to a child’s learning is the importance the school and wider community plays …………….. not only a successful school but also in developing lifelong learners.
Over the past twenty years I have had the privilege of working in three rural schools across the Mackenzie District and have undertaken a range of roles including; Teacher Aide, ORRS Teacher, Classroom Teacher, Principal, NZEI Representative and Board of Trustees member (currently a Proprietor's Representative). I have a reignited passion for education, specifically in small rural schools. I enjoy making connections with children and their families, developing partnerships and watching a child's learning journey as they mature. I get joy from seeing a child grow in confidence and self belief as a learner. I find the professional role of a teacher invigorating and love learning from my colleagues. With over half of my career as a Year 0-3 teacher, I am enthusiastic about teaching in Godley and feel honoured to be joining the team at Lake Tekapo School.
With a sound background involved in English as a Second Language (ESOL) and a High School teaching background I bring a passion for both pastoral care and actively supporting the individual needs of a learner. I have a strong belief that there are more similarities than differences. I am enjoying my time teaching here at Lake Tekapo School, and look forward to what the future brings here at school.
Office Manager/Learning Assistant
Having previously worked in School Offices at Waitaki Valley School, Geraldine Primary and Geraldine High School, with a few other office and accounting roles in between, I am lucky to be working here - it is definately the best office view that I have had! Living on a sheep and beef farm at Haldon Road with my husband and animals, I have been a member of the St John Ambulance Service for 13 years. I still run around the netball court, and I am a bit of a fitness freak. I have five children, which includes triplets, so life has been very busy and had some interesting times along the way.