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.

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.

Lisa Steptoe - Room 4

Teacher Aide

Kia ora

It is a pleasure to be part of the Otumoetai Primary School community. I grew up in Tauranga and attended local schools in the area, I am Primary teacher trained and have previously worked across all year levels, either through relieving or classroom teaching. I am extremely excited to have joined this wonderfully inclusive school as a teacher aide. I thoroughly enjoy supporting students to achieve success with their learning, exploring creative ways to enhance student understanding, and seeing their confidence in their own abilities develop.

Outside of school, I enjoy drawing, reading a good book, and spending quality time with my husband and two young boys. We love to get out and about with the dog, explore the lovely city we live in, and support the boys with their sporting interests. 

Jimmy Pender

Behaviour Support Worker

Nathan Va'atausili

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.