Sally Park - Room 20

New Entrant/Year 1 Teacher Team Leader

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My name is Sally Park and I've been teaching for around 17 years, mostly at Junior level.  I am from York in the North of England and have been living in NZ for 16 years. I began my teaching career in London, where I taught for 3 years before moving to New Zealand. I met my Kiwi husband in Auckland and together with our two boys we moved to the beautiful Bay of Plenty 8 years ago. I have taught across all levels at various schools in Auckland and Tauranga. I love being part of the Tui teaching team at Ōtūmoetai Primary School. Outside of school I love to spend time with my family, especially outdoors at the beach or walking/running/biking and exploring this beautiful country we are so lucky to live in. I also love relaxing with a good book or puzzle, listening to music and playing games with my boys. I am looking forward to getting to know my new class in Room 20. 

Andrea Griffin - Room 22

New Entrant/Year 1 Teacher

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am Andrea Griffin and I have been teaching at Ōtūmoetai Primary for a number of years. I am a trained Reading Recovery teacher and I enjoy teaching Literacy. I have taught all year groups and I particularly enjoy teaching in the junior school. This year I am in the Tui Team and I am looking forward to working with New Entrant/Year 1 children. It is essential to have a supportive and caring learning environment so all children can take risks and feel successful. This year I will be sharing my class with Ms Emily Campbell and she will be teaching in Room 22 each Friday.

When I am not at school, I like to be with my family and friends. My husband and I have two girls who have been through Ōtūmoetai Primary and now attend Ōtūmoetai College. We enjoy biking, walking, swimming and going fishing on our boat.


Fiona McKenzie - Room 21

New Entrant/Year 1 Teacher

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My name is Fiona McKenzie and I have recently moved to Tauranga from Christchurch. I have taught in state and independent schools in Auckland and Christchurch for over thirty years. I am a trained Reading Recovery teacher and have also taught booster maths programmes for small groups of students. I love teaching Literacy and Mathematics and watching students' confidence grow as their knowledge and skills increase throughout the year. I am really looking forward to getting to know the students in Room 18 and their whānau.

In my spare time, I am exploring Tauranga with my dog and I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I paint using acrylics and since I’ve been in Tauranga, I have been learning how to paint using watercolours, which is challenging!

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