Te Awamutu Primary School - Kia Kaha - Be Strong

Topa Team (Yr 5/6)

Candy MacWilliams
Role

Team Leader Topa - Rm 21 Teacher - Year 6

Email

candym@taps.school.nz

General Information

Hello,
Prior to starting my teaching career, I was a graphic designer. I lived in Western Australia for a number of years before returning home to become a teacher. Before working at TAPS I was a teacher in Hamilton. I have also completed a masters paper in Inquiry-based learning ‘Mantle of the Expert’. I am passionate about teaching Growth Mindset and embracing students’ diversity.
When I am not teaching I enjoy being creative, reading, swimming and going on adventures with my husband, and labrador Monty.

Jess Scull
Role

Teacher - Room 19

Email

jesss@taps.school.nz

Anita Graham
Role

Teacher Room 20

Email

anitag@taps.school.nz

Qualification

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General Information

Hi my name is Anita Graham and I teach in Room 20. I live in Hamilton and have been teaching for 11 years. This is my second year at TAPS. I have a husband named John, 3 children, Joe aged 23, Catherine aged 22, Ben aged 16 and a cat Tiffany aged 11. I love to sing and act and used to be in a rock band!

Dylan van Deventer
Role

Teacher Room 1B

Email

dylanv@taps.school.nz

Qualification

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary); Bachelor of Music

General Information

Tēnā koutou katoa,

My name is Dylan and I am currently in my second year as a teacher at TAPS.

I was born in South Africa, but migrated with my parents at the age of 11, after which we settled in a beautiful little town called Taumarunui. It was there that I developed my passion for music, which allowed me to gain entrance to (and graduate from) the University of Otago, studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music with a focus on drums.

In 2017, I decided a change of pace was necessary, and enrolled with the University of Waikato to become a teacher.

My aim is to bring my passion for music and digital technology to the kids, and hopefully inspire some young minds.

Nga mihi

Vicki Neustroski
Role

Teacher - Room 22

Email

vickin@taps.school.nz

Qualification

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

General Information

Hi! I'm Vicki and I have the pleasure of teaching the lovely year 5 students in Room 22 this year.

I have recently moved back to the Waikato after living in Auckland for the past 7 years. I am passionate about sports and making my classroom an inclusive and fun learning environment for all of my students. In my spare time I enjoy exercising, soaking up the sun and going on adventures with my husband and 2 year old daughter.

I am looking forward to all of the exciting learning opportunities we have going on at TAPS this year!

Carey Magalei
Role

Year 6 Teacher

Email

careym@taps.school.nz

General Information

Aloha, I'm Carey and I am excited to join TAPS this year as a year 6 teacher. I have worked here at TAPS as a teacher aide for just over two years and have grown to love being a part of such an awesome team.

I have four children, two of which recently graduated from TAPS. My younger two are currently attending TAPS in year 3 and year 5.

I really enjoy sports and love watching my kids play their chosen sports. I also love to travel and learn about other places and cultures.

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