Margaret has been the Principal at Hay Park School for the past 5 years following 18 years training teachers in literacy education at Auckland University. Margaret has a Masters Degree of Education and has taught at all Primary School Levels. While leading teacher Professional Development in Oregon, USA, Margaret realised how fantastic the New Zealand education system is, and how it allows teachers to be creative.
Last year, Margaret travelled to Singapore and Seoul to observe schools and attend conferences. This gave her an opportunity to experience the excitement of Asia and how important it is for our students to be globally aware and take advantage of future opportunities in Asia.
Maxine is involved in the pastoral care of students and enjoys working with children and their families. Maxine is the Special Needs coordinator and works with teachers and groups of students. Maxine has been teaching for 16 years and has taught in Whakatane, Waiuku and Auckland. Literacy is an area of interest and expertise. For Maxine, watching children grow in their learning is the most rewarding part of being a teacher.
Anne is an experienced Junior School teacher and will be teaching our Year 0 and 1 students this year. Anne is very excited about returning to Hay Park School after teaching for several years at Kohia Terrace School and Maungawhau School. She enjoys the creative aspects of teaching, in particular art, music and dance.The most rewarding part of teaching for Anne is being with the children and seeing their happy faces
Hay Park School is Amanda’s first New Zealand School after moving here from the United Kingdom. Amanda has a Masters Degree in Education and was an Assistant Head Teacher in her last teaching position in England, where she worked with Junior School children. Amanda loves being with children, caring for them and watching them grow as learners.
Christina has recently completed her teaching qualification at the University of Auckland after working for 5 years in the office at New Lynn School. Christina enjoys assisting students in their learning and seeing them developing their understanding . Maths and the Arts are areas of interest and Tina wants to learn the guitar this year. Christina is looking forward to a great year with Room 6.
Kama has taught in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Auckland and London. This year Kama will be investigating and trialling different learning spaces and their impact on learning for Hay Park School. Kama enjoys exploring how ICT can be integrated across the curriculum and sees ICT as a powerful tool for learning. Another area of interest is the Arts. Room 7 will be involved with the dance and music Lighthouse Project for the second year running. Kama is inspired by her enthusiastic students and loves that every day is different.
Connie enjoys teaching all curriculum areas, but Sport and Physical Education is her passion. Connie finds many links between teaching and her experiences playing sport. Sport is about being disciplined, and playing better everyday. To be a great player you need to reflect on what you have done and how you can do it better, Connie sees teaching and learning in the same way. While travelling throughout New Zealand and the world, Connie realised that there is more to life than the bubble you live in. There is better and bigger out there and you need to encourage children to find it. For Connie, the best thing about teaching is the spark of understanding that you see when learning is taking place.
Sandy has a wide range of teaching experience, having taught from Year 2 - 6. Sandy has worked with many ESOL students and has completed papers towards a Diploma in Teaching ESOL. She enjoys helping students to develop the confidence to speak English. Sandy works with her senior students to prepare them for the next steps at Intermediate and High School and life long learning. Seeing children began to love learning, develop confidence and become creative and adventurous is the most rewarding thing about teaching for Sandy.
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