Nyree Hanna - Room 7

Team Leader

I am in my third year teaching at OPS.  I enjoy teaching in Kea Team and am lucky to have a great class of Year 4 and 5 students this year.  I am passionate about teaching and get excited seeing children progress in their learning. 

I was born in Tauranga and having moved away for a few years was drawn back to spend time with my family.  In my spare time I can be found on the golf course, giving my new love of triathlons a go or watching a variety of sports.

Chris Taane - Room 8


Kia ora Koutou

I am looking forward to my second year at OPS and the opportunity to work with the wonderful Year 4 and 5 students and staff of Kea team. After working with year 5 and 6 students for the last few years, I am excited at the prospect of returning to year 4.

When not at school, I am a keen Avocado orchardist, guitar player and dad of twin boys and a daughter. My wife works at Waikato University and between us we run a highly efficient taxi service for our 3 children who are always needing transport to one sporting event or another!

Wayne Miller - Room 9


This is my fourth year at Otumoetai Primary, having previously taught at Tauranga Intermediate School after returning from an extended time overseas teaching and travelling. I'm really enjoying teaching in Kea team and love seeing the kids excited smiles each morning. I'm passionate about my sport and look forward to contributing my skills to help students enjoy and get the most out of their sporting experiences. As well as sport, I love teaching in the classroom and guiding students to greater achievements with their core subjects. I aim to encourage students to develop into confident, responsible, life-long learners. 

Outside of school I love spending time with my family and in the outdoors. I enjoy spending time at the beach, swimming, surfing or supporting my daughters at surf lifesaving. Equally, I love getting away from it all up in the Kaimais, exploring the many great tracks at our doorstep, or camping at some remote location. You may also see me out running around my local community, Otumoetai.


Jo Denny - Room 10


I have been a teacher at Otumoetai Primary School for over ten years. During this time I have had the opportunity to teach at every year level of the school. This year I am teaching a magnificent class of year 4 students. I am passionate about learning and fostering students’ natural curiosity about the world around them. I have a degree in Science and use this curriculum area extensively in my classroom teaching, integrating Science where possible with Maths, Literacy and the Arts.

Annabelle Yeoman - Room 12


Kia ora!

I am Annabelle Yeoman - a bubbly, positive and enthusiastic teacher here at Otumoetai Primary School. I previously studied a Bachelor of Sports at Lincoln University and hold a Masters of Teaching and Learning. I am passionate about seeing ākonga thrive in who they are as individuals and develop the love for being a lifelong-learner.

I spend my spare time surfing, playing netball, touch and running. I am originally from Christchurch but love living in the Mount after moving since studying. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to love, support and encourage students to push themselves to their limits and achieve more than they could ever imagine.