Francine Whitehead - Room 23
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.