Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Marama Team (Year 5/6)

Angela Sweeney
Role

Teacher in Marama 12

Email

AngelaS@tetotara.school.nz

General Information

Hi my name is Angela Sweeney and I am excited to continue my journey here at Te Totara School. I am working with the wonderful Marama team this year teaching Year 5 and 6 students.

Before I started teaching here, I spent seven years teaching all age levels at St. Columba’s School and also travelled overseas throughout this time.

I live in Raglan and I enjoy the drive to Te Totara each day.

I look forward to meeting you.

Kurdt Webber
Role

Teacher in Marama 13

Email

KurdtW@tetotara.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora,

I'm Kurdt Webber and I am ecstatic to begin my teaching career at Te Totara Primary School in 2021! I am passionate about education and developing a learning environment that is conducive to success for all children.

Outside of the classroom, I love skateboarding, reading, op-shopping and writing.

I'm excited for 2021 and all that it has in store for myself and my students. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Suzanne Robertson
Role

Team Leader, Teacher in Marama 14

Email

SuzanneR@tetotara.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora I’m Sue Robertson.

At 17 I was selected by the American Field Scholarship for a year’s experience. I spent my year in Indonesia and continue to speak the language fluently and live the memories. From 1994 until 2001 I lived in London and traveled extensively throughout Scandinavia, Russia, Europe and some Eastern Europe destinations. I worked for some of the largest Merchant Banks in the world and enjoyed every minute of my time there. On my return to New Zealand I continued my education, first gaining a degree in Social Sciences then onto a Post Graduate Primary Teaching Diploma. I began my career in Hamilton then moved to Tuakau where I taught in a country school of just over 300 pupils for four years. Returning to Hamilton I gained employment at Te Totara Primary.

I have been at Te Totara School since 2009 and have predominantly taught in the junior school. The children in our community are a delight and watching them all develop and grow throughout a year is inspiring. My husband is a qualified teacher and my daughter and step-son keep me very busy with their extra-curricular activities. As a family we enjoy going to the beach, swimming and outdoor activities. On a cold miserable day sitting in front of the heater with a good novel is the way to enjoy the day.

Part of my responsibilities within the school is as a Team Leader in the Marama Pod and being part of the Sports Committee. I am also passionate about, and have been involved since the beginning at Te Totara, with activities around the Environment and am looking forward to taking part in Arbor Day once again this year.

Tracey Smith
Role

Teacher in Marama 15

Email

TraceyO@tetotara.school.nz

General Information

Hi, my name is Ms Tracey Smith. I've been teaching for a long time now since I was 21, starting my journey in Howick, Auckland. Since then I've taught at several Hamilton schools, teaching Year 0's right through to Year 8's. I took a break when I had little children, taking on relief/release/roll growth positions, the last of which was at Aberdeen School over the past 5+ years. My passion is maths, having tutored on and off since I was 14 years old. I also love any choirs and dabbled in playing several intruments, and use music often in my classroom. I've also been told I'm a bit book mad and love a good picture book.

I have two beautiful children and my partner, Mike, has a son too. Also to add to the mix is cats and recently two bunnies to keep life interesting. We enjoy getting outdoors for walks, bike riding, day trips, going to the beach and swimming. I'm very close with the rest of my family, often getting together for BBQ's and catch up's. People say I'm a little crazy over chocolate, russian fudge and brocolli.

Come and have a chat with me anytime, I have an open door policy. I am a friendly and fun person, thriving on providing a safe environment to guide students to their full potential.

Dori Villasol-Alonso
Role

Teacher in Marama 22

Email

DoriV@Tetotara.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou

My name is Dori Villasol-Alonso, I am thrilled to have gained a teaching position at Te Totara School and I am looking forward to getting to know the school community.
I am originally from Spain but I have lived in NZ for the last 25 years. I have two adult children, Alex is a marine technician in Auckland and Sofia is at university in Wellington. I am married to Dave and we enjoy spending time at home and travelling whenever we can.
I have taught at St Columba's Cathlolic School for the last eleven years. I believe as a teacher I have the privilege to be part of a child's life. I enjoy supporting students to help them realise their potential and experience success. I see myself as a "life long learner" having recently completed a postgraduate certificate in the teaching of mathematics to priority students.