Te Awamutu Primary School - Kia Kaha - Be Strong

Karen Sykes


Deputy Team Leader - Teacher Rm 1B (NE)


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



General Information

Kia ora. My name is Karen and I am married to Richard, who some of you may know as he spent time at TAPS as a teacher aide. We have grown-up children, two of whom live in the Uk and two in Tauranga.
We left the UK in 2004, and two days later I started uni life, completing my degree in Teaching and Learning (Primary) by long distance learning through Christchurch College of Education.
I later completed a post-grad in ECE and have spent the last 14 years working across the age range, newborns to intermediate age children.
In 2013 I was lucky enough to secure a new entrants position at TAPS and have loved every minute of my time in Te Awamutu. The TAPS community are an amazing group of people. It’s great to be part of your childs’ learning journey.
My family and I love many different sports, but football is our passion, with all of us playing. I also enjoy swimming, walking, cycling and riding my motorbike.
We are also all involved with The Trillian Trek, which many of you may know as the Variety Bash. Joining teams driving across the country visiting schools in crazy vehicles, completing community projects and fundraising for children in need.