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.

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.


Alison Murray

Teacher Aide

My main goal in Teacher Aiding is to ensure children are supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential, in a positive environment.  I love teaching the Junior children Stage Two Phonics. It is a fun and energizing process.  The students can see their progress and  feel good about it.  I have been a tutor for the Basic Sight Word Programme for approximately 5 years.  It is fulfilling to see the pupils persevere, gain confidence and improve.


Tori Foster

Teacher Aide

Hi, I’m Tori and I have the privilege of being on the teacher aide team. I love being able to assist the children who need a little bit of extra support and seeing them excel in their learning. I currently am working in the junior school and am able to draw on my Early Childhood teaching experience when working with the children. I have 2 sons who are in year 6 and year 8. During my spare time I love catching up with friends and family, following my boy’s sporting interests, and shopping. 


Sandy Palmer

Teacher Aide

Hi I’m Sandy and new to Otumoetai Primary School.

I moved from Sydney to Tauranga in 2019 with my husband Charles and our four teenage children. I am privileged to support students with their individual needs or helping the Tui team with their Early Words. I value the uniqueness of all the students at OPS and I am enjoying my current role with the Ruru team. My free time is spent with family and friends, travelling, watching my three sons play rugby and coaching my daughters netball team.


Nephi Sanerive

Behaviour Support Worker

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa

I am new to Otumoetai Primary School having only recently moved to the area from the Eastern Bay of Plenty. I look forward to progressing in my role as Behaviour Support Worker and am grateful for the opportunity to be able to engage with and support the children on their learning journeys. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with whanau and friends, keeping fit and playing most sports. I am currently a member of the Bay of Plenty Rugby Academy.

Ngā mihi

Nephi Sanerive


Jack Nelson

Behaviour Support Worker