Rachael Rowley - Room 15

Year 3 Teacher & Team Leader

I love teaching at Ōtūmoetai Primary School. This year, I am the Team Leader for a new team called Ruru (the NZ Morepork). I have a Year 3 class in R15 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.

Jenny Chapman - Room 11

Year 3 Teacher

I am Jenny Chapman, privileged to be the teacher of an enthusiastic bunch of Year 2-3 children at Otumoetai Primary. I enjoy teaching all curriculum areas, growing children's learning skills and moving them forward in each subject so they become confident and connected on their learning journey.

Kathy Nicholson - Room 14

Year 2 & 3 Teacher

I have a delightful group of Year 2 and 3 students in Room 14 this year. They are learning to become more independent and challenge themselves to meet new goals. It is exciting to watch their progress. The children love hands on activities and using their wonderful imaginations to create a variety of arts, crafts, models and stories. They also enjoy physical activities and feel proud when they improve their 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 swimming, hiking, biking and exploring new places with my family and friends. 

Carolyn Andrews - Room 16

Year 2 & 3 Teacher

I am very privileged to be teaching a fabulous year 2/3 class in the new Ruru team this year. 
I have taught at Otumoetai 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.


Kaaren O'Neill - Room 17

Year 2 Teacher

Kia ora kia koutou, Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa hoki.

I have had the privilege of teaching at Otumoetai Primary for a number of years. I have a passion not only for literacy but also for Mathematics and enjoy seeing the children achieve success in all areas of the curriculum. I aim to develop children’s curiosity and sense of self as they begin their journey of being life long learners.  

Fran Stephens - Room 18

Year 2 & 3 Teacher

I have enjoyed teaching at Otumoetai Primary School for a number of years. I originally taught in the Junior school but for the last four years have taught in very enthusiastic Year 3/4 classes, which I love. I have ten years experience as a Reading Recovery teacher, however, my big love is teaching Art and seeing how I can intergrate it into other Curriculum areas. I believe every child can feel successful through art and it makes our room an exciting, fun environment to work in.

When not at school I enjoy spending time with my three young grandsons, walking the dog, watching my husband fly fishing and reading a good book.