Linda Wilson

Targeted group Teacher

I have worked at OPS for some years now, in the junior school as well as in Weka Team. I love seeing the children grow and develop during their time at OPS. I integrate curriculum areas to make learning enjoyable, challenging and meaningful. Growing positive, kind, engaged, happy, and healthy citizens for our future world is a passion of mine. In my spare time, I like reading, walking, and camping, with friends and family as well as a newfound hobby - gardening!

Carmelina Taylor - Room 12 & 15

Part time teacher

Kia ora! I'm Carmelina Taylor. 

This year, I am excited to be a part of the Ruru & Kea team. I will be in Rooms 12, 15, and 16, as well as relieving in other classes as needed.  I really enjoy creating relationships with Ōtūmoetai Primary School kaiako, whanau, and ākonga.  I feel very lucky to work with such a wide range of students and love helping them achieve academic success at kura.

Prior to moving to Aotearoa I worked as an intermediate teacher in Wisconsin, USA.  After a few years at home with my children I began teaching at the primary level in Tauranga.  In my spare time I enjoy adventure racing, reading, cooking, and traveling around New Zealand with my husband and two children (also OPS students).

Bernie Macalister - Room 7 & 8

Part Time Teacher

I have taught around the BOP for several years in all areas of Primary school. I have worked at OPS for over nine years, mainly in the junior area but also relieving over the whole school. 

One of the most important things to me is relationships with students, staff and community. From that we can build the foundations for an amazing learning journey at OPS. Although I enjoy teaching all areas of the curriculum, I do have a passion for music and the arts and love teaching and learning Kapa Haka.

My husband and I have two adult children who both live in Tauranga. We love living in the Bay and enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer. We enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Grace Bollen

Tui Release Teacher

Kylie Henley

Literacy and Numeracy Acceleration Teacher

Kia ora
I'm excited to be joining the OPS team running the acceleration programme to support our learners. I am passionate about collaborating with tamariki, whanau, and kaiako to provide strong student outcomes and enjoy creating a learning environment where tamariki love to learn.  
I grew up in Rotorua before studying at Otago University and have since taught in Auckland and London.  My husband, two daughters and I have recently moved to Mount Maunganui to live the active and outdoor lifestyle we love. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my whānau, baking, enjoying the beach and making the most of the outdoors. 

Simon Cade - Room 3 & 23

Part time teacher

My name is Simon Cade and I am a new teacher here at Ōtūmoetai Primary School.  I am teaching in both Rooms 3 and 23 one day a week.  I am a married father of two originally from Bluff with ties to the Waikato through my wife's family.  I have been living in The Bay for four years now and really love the area. I am an avid sports man, currently playing rugby for Greerton Marist.  I am looking forward to integrating into the Ōtūmoetai community and getting to know the students.

Anna Robinson

Dance & Drama Specialist

Matua Jon Baird

Music Specialist

Kia koutou katoa ō te kura tuatahi ō Otūmoetai,

Tēna te mihi kia koutou. 


Ko Tainui tōku Waka

Ko Maungatautiri tōku Maunga 

Ko Waikato tōku awa

Ko Ruapeka tōku Marae

Ko Raukawa tōku iwi

Ko Matua Jon tōku ingoa. 


I am a teacher who supports our students in the learning of te reo maōri me ōna tikanga and music. I am very passionate about my māori heritage and the culture and language it encompasses, and love passing this on to our tamariki. Music plays a significant part in my life where I still regularly perform, and write and record my own music. Sharing my knowledge and experiences with our rangatahi for me is special and something I really enjoy.


I am a huge fan of most sports, but nowadays more about watching than doing! I still play plenty of golf and have been involved in coaching rugby at colts and senior level at some of our local clubs here in Tauranga. 


Finally, I have a wee family who I just adore and love spending as much time as I can with them, enjoying the journey of being a proud father and partner. 


No reira

Tena koutou katoa.

Emily Campbell - Room 22

Part time teacher

Kia ora my name is Emily Campbell and I am very excited to go into my second year of teaching at Ōtūmoetai Primary School. I am very fortunate to be part of the Tui Team, where I am working in Room 21 with an amazing class of students. I am passionate about my ākonga and seeing them thrive in an environment where they feel safe and valued.

Prior to teaching, I gained a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation before joining the New Zealand Police. I spend most of my spare time outdoors, either playing sport or exploring the beautiful Bay of Plenty with my family. I am a volunteer lifeguard for Mount Maunganui Surf Club and I also enjoy playing Hockey.