Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Earth Team (Year 3/4)

Jessica Grimson
Role

Teacher in Earth 34

Email

JessicaG@tetotara.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora Koutou,

My name is Jessica Grimson and it is my privilege to be the teacher of the lovely year three & four children in Earth 34.

This is my fifth year teaching at Te Totara Primary and I am grateful and enjoy teaching within a fantastic school.

I am very passionate about teaching, learning and helping children to become lifelong learners. I encourage a collaborative nurturing environment for children to succeed. I really enjoy their excitement as they discover and learn new things.

When I am not teaching I enjoy every moment with my own family and gorgeous 8 year old boy. I love my photography, the outdoors, especially the beach, kayaking and swimming in summer. I really enjoy cooking, reading, watching movies and gardening.

I look forward to meeting you, so please come and say hi in Earth 34.

Krissy Tantrum
Role

Team Leader, Teacher in Earth 35

Email

KristineT@tetotara.school.nz

General Information

Hello, my name is Krissy Tantrum. It is a pleasure to be part of the team at Te Totara School. I have taught at Te Totara since 2016, the same year I returned home to the mighty Waikato. I grew up on a dairy farm in Fencourt, just outside of Cambridge.

Outside of school I enjoy playing 'old girls' netball and spending time with my gorgeous boys. As a family, we enjoy a variety of sports and camping at Waihi Beach. My personal passions are, as I joke with my classes, all C's (Coffee, chocolate, clothes, cows and custard squares).

I have been teaching since last century (1999) and priror to joining the very special team at Te Totara all my teaching experience was in East Auckland Schools. I have taught across the primary school levels from Years 1-6.

I believe in the process of being a lifelong learner and feel privileged that I get to share my passion for learning with my students on a daily basis.

I look forward to meeting you. Please feel welcome to pop into Earth 35 to chat. I am excited to work with you and your child and enhance their learning journey.

Brendan Gauld
Role

Teacher in Earth 36

Email

BrendanG@tetotara.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora,
My name is Brendan Gauld and I have been a member of the Te Totara teaching staff for a number of years. I am looking forward to getting to know my students this year and welcoming whanau to be part of our learning journey. My classroom is full of learning and also full of fun. I look forward to the unique skills and attributes each child will bring to our learning environment.

I was born in England and I am a passionate supporter of my football club, Newscastle United. Being a Newscastle United supporter, I am used to life being a rollercoster of emotions where patience and perseverance have become key attributes.

I am extremely excited for what lies ahead this year and look forward to continuing to be part of the Te Totara family.

Ashleigh Morgan
Role

Teacher in Earth 37

Email

AshleighM@tetotara.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora,

My name is Ashleigh Morgan and I am excited to start my teaching career at Te Totara Primary School in 2019.

I have recently graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary). I am looking forward to getting to know the staff and students at Te Totara Primary School and to create positive and meaningful learning experiences for the students in my class.

In my spare time I love cooking, hanging out with friends and family, and going to the beach.

I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone in the Te Totara community so please feel free to pop in for a chat.

Chantelle Lindsey
Role

Teacher in Earth 38