Te Awamutu Primary School - Kia Kaha - Be Strong

Topa Team (Yr 5/6)

Sara Sabin

Team Leader Room 20



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.

Emily Nash

Teacher Room 6



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

Charlotte Brough

Teacher Room 18



General Information

Kia Ora
I am Miss Brough and I am in my 4th year of teaching. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love sports, especially gymnastics which I did competitively for 10 years and dancing which I also did for 10 years and enjoy watching a good game of rugby! My favourite season is summer because I can spend every day at the beach acting like a dolphin in the waves (just not with the sharks at Mount Maunganui). I am really looking forward to learning lots of new things this year alongside you all and sharing all my knowledge with Room 18.

Kelsey Oliver

Teacher Room 19



General Information

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

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.

Brenda Thomas

Teacher Room 21



General Information

Kia Ora. My name is Brenda Thomas and I am in Room 21 this year. I have a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Education and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. These two pieces of paper mean that I love teaching, working with and showing children what they are capable of when it comes to being active learners.

For the past 3 years I have been working at Te Awamutu Primary School as a Teacher Aide, but last year I decided to complete my teaching degree while continuing to work at TAPS.

Through my teaching, I am committed to developing qualities in my students that will support them to become active, considerate, and responsible citizens. As a teacher, I want to create positive relationships with students and yourself, so you as parents, caregivers and whānau are more than welcome in my classroom and I am available for a chat before and after school and look forward to meeting everyone.

Rob Thompson

Teacher Room 22