Francine Whitehead - Room 23

Team Leader

Kia ora


I have the privilege of teaching new entrants to Year 1’s in Room 23, along with leading the Tui Team.  I also represent Otumoetai Primary within the Otumoetai Community of Learners/Kahui Ako as an in-school teacher for oral language.  


In 2015, My family and I moved to Tauranga from Masterton so I could to join the Tui Team. I have a Bachelor of Education with a major in Early Years Education, as well as Playcentre training.  My passion is teaching in the early years, as I believe that all children require a solid foundation of fundamental skills to develop their love of life-long learning. It is highly rewarding supporting and transitioning students and their families into school life - I love my job!   Over the years, I have developed an interest in literacy, which led me to complete Reading Recovery training.


Outside of school, I have a supportive husband, Andrew, and we have three adult children. I like to keep active, enjoy travelling, reading and spending quality time with friends and family.  

Andrea Griffin - Room 20


Hi, I am Andrea Griffin and I have been teaching at Otumoetai Primary for a number of years. I am a trained Reading Recovery teacher and I enjoy teaching Literacy. This year I am very privileged to be in the Tui team and working with an enthusiastic class of new entrants. I value teaching this level as they transition from preschool into school because I can assist each child to grow and develop in their own learning.  It is essential to have a supportive and caring learning environment so all children can take risks and feel successful.

When I am not at school, I like to be with my family and friends.  My husband, Glenn, and I have two children who also have been/still are at this school. We enjoy biking, walking, swimming and going fishing on our boat.

Emily Campbell - Room 21


Kia ora my name is Emily Campbell and I am very excited to start my teaching career here at Ōtūmoetai Primary school. I am very fortunate to be part of the Tui Team this year, where I am working in Room 21 with an amazing class of year one students. I am passionate about my ākonga and seeing them thrive in an environment where they feel safe and valued.

Prior to teaching, I gained a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation through AUT. I spend most of my spare time outdoors, either playing sport or exploring the beautiful Bay of Plenty. I am a volunteer lifeguard for Mount Maunganui Surf Club and I also enjoy playing Hockey. 

Jane Foster - Room 24


Kia ora koutou,

I have been teaching since 2009 throughout New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I am excited to be teaching in the Junior School this year.

Travelling is a passion of mine and I have spent a number of years exploring many countries around the world.

In my spare time I enjoy CrossFit, fishing, and hiking. 

My goal as a teacher is to inspire lifelong learners to reach their full potential in a positive and stimulating learning environment.

Mauri ora,

Jane Foster 

Kerri Kearvell - Room 22

Year 1 Teacher