Topa Team (Yr 5/6)
Room 21 Teacher (Yr 5/6)
I am excited to join the amazing team at TAPS this year. I come from a primary school in Hamilton where I taught in both year 5-6 and year 3-4. Prior to teaching I was a swimming instructor, lifeguard, graphic designer and teacher aid. I was born in Hamilton, however left when I was about 21 to live in Auckland before moving to Western Australia for several years. My husband and I are currently in the process of buying our first home in Te Awamutu. I enjoy being creative, swimming and going on adventures with my husband and beautiful labrador Monty.
Room - 18 Teacher - Team Leader
Bachelor of Applied Science. Gradute Diploma of Teaching.
Kia ora. My husband and I moved to New Zealand in 1996. We lived in Christchurch for 4 years, moved to Wellington where I obtained a graduate Diploma of Teaching at Victoria University in 2007. We also moved to the Mighty Waikato in 2007 and reside in Pirongia. This is my seventh year teaching at TAPS. We have two daughters aged 14 and 9 years, 2 dogs, a cat, a disabled budgie and an axolotl!
Teacher - Room 19
Teacher Room 20
Hi my name is Anita Graham and I have the absolute privilege of teaching Room 20: The Theatre. I live in Hamilton and have been teaching for 10 years. I am new to TAPS and absolutely love it here. I have a husband named John, 3 children aged 22, 21 and 15 and a cat aged 10. I love to sing and act and used to be in a rock band!
I look forward to meeting the lovely community in Te Awamutu. :-)
Teacher Room 17
Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma in Teaching.
Hello! my name is Shannon Newman and I am so excited to be joining the Topa Team at TAPS this year.
I moved to Te Awamutu from Auckland at the beginning of this year to live with my partner who bought a house in this lovely town. I was previously working at a school in South Auckland for the past two years.
Before teaching, I studied Psychology and Spanish at Auckland University. I enjoy travelling and exploring new places. That is why our focus in Room 17 will be learning about the wonderful world. In my spare time I love being active by going to the gym, beach or taking scenic walks.
I am looking forward to getting to know you all, as well as, teaching and inspiring your wonderful children this year.
Teacher Room 22