Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Whaea Becky





General Information

Kia ora koutou, my name is Whaea Becky and 2018 is my tenth year at Te Totara Primary. I love being part of such a vibrant, busy and dynamic place. My school role is quite different this year as I am supporting English Language Learners for three days a week within our school, then working within the Kahui Ako (Our Community of Learning) with teachers from other schools for the other two days.

My teaching career began in 1997. I have taught all year levels from Year 0-10 and in both mainstream and Maori Empasis classrooms. During this time I have also been involved in adult education, lecturing in Mathematics Education at the UNversity of Auckland for a semester, working as a visiting mentor for 13 Auckland schools for a year and supporting student teachers in Professional Practice tutorials.

I believe that all learners should be encouraged to be creative thinkers, self managers and risk takers with a high level of resilience and initiative - while being mindful that they are a part of a larger community (a classroom, a school, a family). I strongly believe that 'difference' and diversity in culture, learning styles and 'ways of being' should be celebrated, enjoyed and catered for. I try to provide a learning programme which inspires curiosity and excitement, is interactive and allows the students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning.

I have a Masters Degree (1st class) in Education with a dual focus of Mathematics Education and Teacher Supervision / Professional Development. I love learning and take time to study myself, continuing to be a 'lifelong learner' alongside my students. 2018 is my 11th year at university and I am excited to be completing another post graduate qualification in teaching English as an additional language. I will use this to better meet the needs of the learners in my TESSOL roll this year.

My partner and I live in zone. We have two amazing sons, both of whom attended Te Totara. One is at Hamilton Boys' High School and the other is at Rototuna High School. We enjoy watching movies together (especially Sci-Fi), geocaching, and walking our dogs.