Evelyn Cullen

Teacher Aide

My name is Evelyn Cullen. Privileged to work at Otumoetai Primary School as a Teacher Aide, I support children’s learning in class. I believe every child has the right to an education that meets their needs and encouragement to achieve their potential.
It is rewarding and fulfilling to be part of a team that works to achieve this.

Jacqui Smith

Teacher Aide / ESOL Teacher

It is a pleasure to be part of the Otumoetai Primary team supporting the varied needs of our tamariki.  Over the years I've been fortunate to experience several different roles including Target Maths, Early Words and Basic Sight Words programs working with children in small groups. Recently I have been involved with ESOL with both International and NZ resident students. I have also worked with students individually and find it so rewarding to explore ways to help them achieve their goals. No matter my role, I love the opportunity to help children experience success, grow self confidence and self belief.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family - sharing the journey of our five sons and two delightful granddaughters. My other favourite pastimes are catching up with friends, walking and tramping.


Joanne Curd

Teacher Aide

My name is Joanne Curd. I have had the privilege of working at Otumoetai Primary school for 15 years. I love helping and supporting the children in class. It gives me a huge sense of fulfilment watching the children grow in both their knowledge and confidence.

Tori Foster

Teacher Aide

I find it a great privilege to be able to work in the classrooms as an educational assistant, supporting children with diverse learning needs, and helping them to see their own potential. I have a teaching degree and spent 14 years working in the early childhood setting. A lot of those skills cross over into the primary school curriculum level, as most children learn well through hands on engagement and play. 
I have two teenage sons, and enjoy following their  sporting pursuits. Out of school hours, you’ll probably see me at a local cafe, enjoying good coffee and food with friends. 

Fuchsia Crockford

Teacher Aide

I have been a teacher aide for over eight years. During this time, I have trained in Seasons for Growth, We Thinkers as well as many other programmes. I have a strong interest in catering to the emotional as well as academic and cultural needs of children and I believe the diversity of ethnicities at Ōtūmoetai Primary encourages a sense of belonging for all students. You will also see me in the office throughout the day, assisting with the roll, first aid, and general enquires. When I am not at work, I am busy with my two teenage sons playing uber, tutor, cook, coach and manager.

Lalomilo Lalomilo

Behaviour Support Worker

Jordan Grogan

Admin Assistant

My name is Jordan Grogan. I have been working in the office area saving teachers' time by laminating, photocopying, shelving reading resources and many other small jobs. I have been at the school for five years and really enjoy my many jobs.

Jimmy Pender

Behaviour Support Worker

Nathan Va'atausili

Behaviour Support Worker