Nyree Hanna - Room 8

Year 3 & 4 Teacher & Team Leader

I am in my fourth year teaching at OPS.  I enjoy teaching in Kea Team and am lucky to have a great class of Year 3 and 4 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.

Carolyn Andrews - Room 7

Year 3 & 4 Teacher

I am very privileged to be teaching a fabulous year 3/4 class in Kea team this year. 
I have taught at Ōtūmoetai Primary for a number of years in the junior area. I am passionate about teaching in this area of the school and love being a part of a child's early learning. The enthusiasm they bring is infectious and the growth they make in all areas of their development is so exciting. 
I endeavour to foster a love of learning and inquiry in the children I teach while acknowledging the variety of experiences and abilities they all bring. 
Outside of school, family and friends are very important to me. I also enjoy following different sports, going to the beach, fishing, reading and socialising with family and friends.


Emma Sherratt - Room 9

Year 3 & 4 Teacher

Kia ora

This is my second year teaching at Ōtūmoetai Primary School. Prior to teaching, I studied law at the University of Canterbury and worked as a solicitor in both Auckland and Tauranga. 

I was drawn to teaching because I love working with children. Their energy is infectious and curiosity is contagious. I am passionate about creating a positive, engaging and fun classroom learning environment where everyone finds success. 

Outside of school you’ll find me somewhere near the ocean either surfing, swimming or walking my two dogs down the beach. I also enjoy cooking and love getting stuck into a good book.

Jo Denny - Room 10

Year 3 & 4 Teacher

I have been a teacher at Ōtūmoetai 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 3 and 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.

Wayne Miller - Room 11

Year 3 & 4 Teacher

This is my fifth year at Ōtūmoetai 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 Kaimai ranges, 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, Ōtūmoetai.


Fiona Brown - Room 12

Year 3 & 4 Teacher

Kia ora

Having been a part of the OPS community for a number of years, I feel very privileged to be joining the Kea teaching team. I am excited to engage with a fabulous bunch of year 3 & 4 students. I believe developing manaakitanga is crucial so children feel secure in their environment and can actively learn.

Outside of school, family and friends are very important to me. I love socialising, being outdoors, exploring magical local spots, and enjoying all the sunshine Bay of Plenty has to offer.  I am genuinely excited to be a part of a welcoming community that nurtures, encourages, and challenges children to grow emotionally and intellectually.