Te Awamutu Primary School - Kia Kaha - Be Strong

Taiohi Team (Y1/2)

Janette Gillespie
Role

Teacher Room 7

Email

janetteg@taps.school.nz

General Information

Hi! I'm Janette Gillespie - Teacher, Mother of three children.
I am married to Ken, and have three children aged between 19 to 22 years. We have lived at Kihikihi for the past 28 years. Apart from Teaching my other interest is Gardening in my large garden.

I love Teaching and am presently at Te Awamutu Primary School with a Year 1/2 class. I have been at TAPS full-time for 13 years now but previously taught here 26 years ago in my 2nd/3rd/ and 4th year out teaching, then travelled to Pukenui in Te Kuiti for 7 years. I gave up teaching then, to stay home and be a good Mum. That only lasted about 5 years before I was desperately needed to relieve in Te Kuiti for 13 weeks and have been teaching ever since.

I am currently Teaching Room 7, a wonderful class of 5, 6 and 7 year olds and thoroughly enjoying this experience.

Vanessa Filer
Role

Teacher - Room 8

Email

vanessaf@taps.school.nz

General Information

Hi, I’m Vanessa and this year I’m in Room 8 teaching a great bunch of kids.

I have been part of TAPS for many years now. I have a 9 year old daughter and 7 year old son who attend TAPS and love it.

I love sports in particular trail running, so if I’m not at school or playing with my kids you’ll find me running around a lake somewhere or up a big hill.

Kim Lester
Role

Teacher - Room 9 - Team Leader

Email

kiml@taps.school.nz

Qualification

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

General Information

My name is Kim Lester and I am the Team Leader of Team 2 - Taiohi. This is my this is my 11th year at Te Awamutu Primary School. I thoroughly enjoy working here and hope to continue to teach the awesome kids at this school for many years to come. On a personal level, I have three sons, twins that are 20 and my youngest is 19.

Kathryn Picard
Role

Teacher Room 10

Email

kathrynp@taps.school.nz

Qualification

Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Teaching

General Information

I joined TAPS in 2009.

I returned to study in 2008 to complete a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. Prior to this I attained a Law degree in 1998.

This year I am teaching a Year 1/2 class.

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