Taiohi Team (Y1/2)
Teacher Room 7
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.
Teacher - Room 1
Hi, I’m Vanessa and this year I’m in Room 1 teaching year 1 and 2s.
I have been part of TAPS for many years now. I have a 10 year old daughter and an 8 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.
Teacher - Room 9 - Team Leader
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
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.
Teacher Room 10
Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Teaching
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.