Matawhero Team (Year 0/1)
Teacher in Matawhero 1
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.
Teacher Matawhero 2 (Monday-Wednesday)
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.
Teacher in Matawhero 2 (Thursday &Friday)
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.
Team Leader, Teacher in Matawhero 3
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.
Teacher in Matawhero 4
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'.