Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Matawhero Team (Year 0/1)

Jodie Hansen

Teacher in Matawhero 1



General Information

Kia ora, my name is Jodie Hansen. I am excited to be joining the Matawhero team at Te Totara Primary School in Room 1 and meeting all the children and their families who are starting in this new entrant class. I come from an early childhood education background having been a Head Teacher with the Waikato Kindergarten Association for many years. I bring with me a love of teaching and lots of enthusiasm and knowledge about how young children learn and develop. I look forward to supporting the children and their whanau in Room 1 and helping to make their early school experience one that is positive and enjoyable.

I am married to Greg, and we have two children, Keegan 19 and Ella who is 16. I love spending time with my family and together we are a very active and fit family who are involved in multiple sporting activities. I look forward to getting to know the community of Te Totara Primary School so please call in and say hello.

Anna Littler

Teacher Matawhero 2 (Monday-Wednesday)

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Kia Ora, my name is Anna Littler and I am very excited to be back working at Te Totara with the Matawhero team again.

In 2017 I had the pleasure of working as an English Language teacher, helping children to acquire the English language. I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside a range of students from many cultures and looking closely at how each individual learns. I feel the knowledge I gained was valuable to the young learners I had in room 2 last year.

I have two small children of my own, Ollie who has recently turned 5 and Chole who is 3 years old. As a family, we love spending time together and exploring the outdoors.

Rachel Corbin

Teacher in Matawhero 2 (Thursday &Friday)



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Kia Ora,
My name is Rachel Corban. This year I have the pleasure of teaching in Matawhero 2 on Thursday & Fridays. I started teaching in 2005 in the senior primary school and over the years I have moved down the year groups to New Entrants/Year 1 and love it!

I am married to Ron and we have 3 children. Our oldest son is just about to start school, our little girl is 3 and our youngest son is 2 so the rest of the week I am immersed in the world of preschoolers! As a family we enjoy being outdoors or spending time with friends.

Bridie Carr-Neil

Team Leader, Teacher in Matawhero 3



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Kia ora, my name is Mrs Bridie Carr-Neil.

I am looking forward to working with the fabulous Matawhero team and supporting your children as they transition to school and begin their journey as life long learners.

I enjoy the inquisitive nature of young children and how they are excited about the little things in life.

I began teaching in 2003, teaching mainly in the junior end at country schools. Before I joined Te Totara Primary in 2011, I taught Year 0-2 at Kaihere Primary School and was also the Reading Recovery teacher.

I am married to Zane, an engineer, and we have two children, Keira aged 9 and Jackson aged 11. As a family we enjoy renovating our home, establishing gardens, and working on our few acres. In our spare time we also enjoy camping and going to the beach.

Maria Batters

Teacher in Matawhero 4



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Kia ora Koutou, my name is Maria Batters. I am looking forward to working at Te Totara Primary School and getting to know the amazing community of teachers, tamariki and whaanau.
I have a real interest in transition, in particular the transition to school process. I look forward to supporting our whaanau and tamariki in Room 4 and helping to make this a positive and warm experience.
I come from an Early Childhood background (Waikato Kindergarten Association) where I taught mainly 3-4 year olds. I have a good understanding of a child's prior learning and look forward to continuing to foster their love of learning in the New Entrant class.
I am married to Robert, and we have 3 amazing children, Corban 21, Mackenzie 18 and Brooke who is 16. I also have my cute wee dog Louie. I like to keep fit and active and spend time at the beach.
My door is always OPEN. Please pop in and say 'hi'.