Te Awamutu Primary School - Kia Kaha - Be Strong

Topa Team (Yr 5/6)

Sara Sabin

Room 20 - Team Leader



General Information

Tēnā Koutou Katoa
Ko Puwheke te maunga
Ko Tokerau te moana
Ko Kahutianui te tupuna
Ko Te Parata te tangata
Ko Māmaru te waka
Ko Haiti-tai-marangai te marae
Ko Ngāti Kahu te iwi
Ko Christine raua ko John ōku mātua
Ko Sara Sabin tōku ingoa

Kia Ora - My name is Sara Sabin and I moved down from Auckland half way through 2020. My close whānau are spread all around the North Island and I love spending time with them! In my spare time I love hunting, fishing and working on different vehicles.

Before coming to TAPS, I taught for a number of years at two different schools in South and West Auckland. I have taught everything from new entrants right up to the seniors and everything in between!

In the classroom, I love giving children choices with their learning and the tamariki taking ownership of what they learn.

I am passionate about lots of different things in the classroom, in particular Te Reo Māori, Health and PE, Maths and Literacy.

Mā te kimi ka kite, Mā te kite ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio ka mārama.
Seek and discover. Discover and know. Know and become enlightened.

Candy MacWilliam

Room 21



General Information

My name is Candy MacWilliam (The kids call me Mrs Mac). This is my fourth year at TAPS and 6th year as a teacher. Prior to my teaching career, I was a graphic designer. I enjoy using my creative abilities when teaching children. This allows me to think outside the square and make learning fun and meaningful for all students. In 2018 I completed a masters paper in Inquiry-based learning ‘Mantle of the Expert’. I am passionate about teaching Growth Mindset, mindfulness and embracing students’ diversity.
When I am not teaching I enjoy being ceiling creative, reading, swimming and going on adventures with my husband, and labrador Monty.

Emily Nash

Room 22



General Information

Kia Ora koutou,

My name is Emily Nash and I am delighted to have started at TAPS in 2020. I studied a Bachelor or Primary School Teaching and completed my first few years of Teaching in Palmerston North, where my family live. Moving up to Te Awamutu and starting at TAPS has been an amazing opportunity and an exciting step in my teaching career. I am extremely passionate about working with children, teaching them to be the best versions of themselves, and helping them find their sparkle.

Outside of school I enjoy going to the gym, playing golf, tennis, squash, reading books and playing with my future puppy that I am still trying to convince my partner we need…

My door is always open, so please feel free to pop in any time for a chat!

Emily Nash

Dylan van Deventer

Year 5/6 Teacher - Room 6 (17)




Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary); Bachelor of Music

General Information

Kia ora koutou e te whānau.

Ko Dylan van Deventer tōku ingoa - ‘though the kids tend to call me Mr. V or Mr. Vundy. I am a third-year teacher and I‘ve had the privilege of beginning my career right here at TAPS.

Although I was born on the east coast of South Africa, I’ve lived in the heart of the King Country since I was 10, experiencing and growing to love rural Aotearoa first hand.

I have a passion for all things musical, having graduated with a Bachelor of Contemporary Music way back in 2012, and I enjoy sharing that passion with the tauira in my class. I also enjoy exploring mathematics, culture/languages, and the arts.

I’m looking forward to having a great 2021, and rising to any challenges the year may bring with the staff and wonderful students at TAPS.

Carey Magalei

Year 5/6 Teacher - Room 18



General Information

Aloha! My name is Carey Magalei and I teach Year 5 and 6 in Room 18.
I started teaching in Hawaii where I lived for 13 years, and have been here in Te Awamutu for the past five years.
I am a Mum to four pretty cool kids, all of whom have attended TAPS and two still do. I love sports (especially watching my kids play) and travelling. I also really love learning about other cultures.
I love being a part of the TAPS team both as a parent and teacher. I am a lifelong learner and my passion is encouraging this in my students and helping them be their best selves.

Kelsey White

Year 5/6 Teacher - Room 19



General Information

Kia Ora - my name is Kelsey White and I am in Room 19 this year.

I have lived in Hamilton my whole life and moved to Te Awamutu in 2018 after completing my studies at the University of Waikato. I began my teaching career at Maihiihi School and am now continuing it at TAPS.

In my spare time I like hiking, playing badminton and going for runs, and also at the moment planning for my wedding with my fiance in 2022.

I am passionate about teaching art and maths and I enjoy extending students capabilities and watching them grow.

Vicky Neustroski

Maternity Leave

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