Te Awamutu Primary School - Kia Kaha - Be Strong

Timatanga Team (NE)

Maree Parkes
Role

Teacher Room 3 (NE) - Team Leader

Email

mareep@taps.school.nz

General Information

I completed my teacher training at Auckland College on Education in 1986 with a diploma of teaching in Early Childhood. I have been teaching for 16 years in Early childhood and have been privileged to work at TAPS in the new entrant team. This year I am a full time teacher in Room 3 so I can continue to follow my passion of working alongside children and their families who are transitioning into school.

Toni Densem
Role

Teacher Room 5a (NE)

Email

tonid@taps.school.nz

Qualification

Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)

General Information

Welcome to Room 5A!
My name is Toni Densem. I started teaching in 2004 and have taught a range of year levels throughout my teaching career.
After having my own children my passion and knowledge for the early years of a child's life began to grow. I am passionate about the transition between early years into school and preparing students' for the start of their primary school learning journey.
I have had the pleasure of teaching our new entrant students here at TAPS coming up 5 years this July.
Their excitement, smiles and love for learning is infectious.
I am very excited to meet all of our new five year olds and their families, who will be joining TAPS this year.
I look forward to meeting you all soon!
Nau mai, haere mai

Nicola Edwards
Role

Teacher - Room 5b (NE)

Email

nice@taps.school.nz

Qualification

BSc, MA, Diploma Teaching - Primary

General Information

I am loving being a New Entrants Teacher here at TAPS! The enthusiasm for learning of our new entrant students is so inspiring and motivating, and being a part of the start to their amazing learning journey is a wonderful privilege. I am a Mum to two wonderful children, who are both here at TAPS too. I enjoy spending time outdoors and exploring this wonderful country.

Karen Sykes
Role

Teacher Rm 6a (NE)

Email

karens@taps.school.nz

Qualification

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, Grad Dip teaching, early years

General Information

I am having fun learning with an amazing group of New Entrants. I am mum to 4 grown up children, have 3 adorable grandsons and I am married to a boy I met in primary school many, many years ago. I love sport, especially football which I still manage to play at the weekend.
My family are also lucky enough to be involved with the Trillian Trek, which are an amazing group of people that help children achieve their potential.

Caroline Jones
Role

Teacher - Room 6b (NE)

Email

carolinej@taps.school.nz

Qualification

Bachelor of Teaching

General Information

Hello there,
My name is Caroline and I am proud to be a teacher here at TAPS in the fabulous Room 6b this year. I am originally from Rotorua and made the move to TA in 2018. I love learning alongside our wonderful children and being apart of their journey with school.

I am excited about this year ahead and look forward to meeting all the new students and having fun with them while learning.

In my spare time, I love baking, spending time with my family and friends, and also having cuddles with my cheeky little kitten.

Karen Holland
Lanah Gibbes
Role

Teacher - Ruma Kōwhai

Email

lanahg@taps.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou.
I am Mrs Lanah Gibbes.
I am an experienced teacher who has been teaching for 24+ years.
I enjoy supporting and preparing children the best I can for school life and I am always amazed to see how quickly children can settle into school life and routines.
I get professional satisfaction from creating rich language experiences for the children and relish using technology as effective classroom tools.
I am a mum to 2 gorgeous girls (Ashley-Jayne and Brylee-Ella) and I am married to Chris. We value our family and friends and we like to enjoy everything that life has to offer.

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