Rachael Rowley - Room 15

Year 1 & 2 Teacher & Team Leader

I love teaching at Ōtūmoetai Primary School. This year, I am the Team Leader for Ruru (the NZ Morepork). I have a Year 2 class in Room 15 and work with a wonderful group of teachers.  Teaching students of this age is very rewarding especially when seeing their confidence, skills and knowledge grow as the year progresses. I like to foster creativity, collaboration and leadership within my classroom. I have a passion for Writing and The Arts along with teaching across the curriculum. 
In my spare time, I like to walk my two dogs, garden and spend time with my family and friends.

Kathy Nicholson - Room 14

Year 1 & 2 Teacher

I am an experienced junior school teacher and love teaching at this level. It is a delight watching my class grow in their independence, self belief and seeing the children challenge themselves to meet new goals. 
I like the children to be engaged in a wide range of hands-on activities and for them to use their wonderful imaginations to create a variety of arts, crafts, models and stories.
Physical activities are a daily part of my programme. The children always feel proud when they develop and master new skills. 
I believe in nurturing the whole child and creating an environment where we learn from each other. 
In my free time, I love being physically active. I enjoy biking, hiking, swimming and exploring new places with family and friends.

Anika Abbott - Room 16

Year 1 & 2 Teacher

I really enjoy starting children on their school journey and love their curiosity and inquisitive natures. It is really rewarding seeing the gains the children make in their learning in such a short period of time. Children are like sponges and soak up so much new learning through play, social interaction, reading, writing, maths and trial/error with experiments. 

I have a strong passion for literacy and have been a Reading Recovery teacher in the past and have studied Specialist Literacy Education. I taught in Rotorua for a number of years and then moved and taught at Bethlehem Primary for 16 years in years 0-3. Last year I worked for Resource Teachers ofLearning and Behaviour.

I enjoy reading, walking and baking with my children who are 7 and 11. I also spending time with my family and friends.

I look forward to this new exciting journey at Otumoetai Primary school in Room 21.


Emma Sherratt - Room 17

Year 1 & 2 Teacher

This is my third year teaching at Ōtūmoetai Primary School. I am very excited to be joining Ruru team, having taught the last two years at year 3 and 4 level. Prior to teaching, I worked as a solicitor in both Auckland and Tauranga. 

I am passionate about creating a positive, engaging, and fun classroom learning environment where everyone finds success. I love working with children as their energy is infectious and curiosity is contagious!

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.


Carolyn Andrews - Room 7

Year 3 Teacher

I am very privileged to be teaching a fabulous year 3 class in Kea team this year. 
I have taught at Ōtūmoetai Primary for a number of years mainly in the junior area. I am passionate about teaching 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, developing all aspects of the child as a whole, in my teaching. Relationships are integral to  my teaching and I acknowledge the variety of experiences, values and abilities the children and their whanau bring to our class. 
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.