Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Marama Team (Year 5/6)

Angela Sweeney

Teacher in Marama 12



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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.

Renee Morgan

Team Leader, Teacher in Marama 14



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My name is Renee Morgan and I'm looking forward to another exciting year of teaching and learning in 2021.

I have been teaching for 16 years and have taught all levels from Year 0-6. As well as being a classroom teacher I have also been a support teacher in the area of Digital Technologies. Recently I completed Postgraduate studies in Digital and Collaborative Learning as well.

Prior to teaching at Te Totara I taught in Morrinsville and I also lived in London for two years. I taught while I was there and loved travelling around Europe, learning about the history and experiencing new cultures.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, relaxing outdoors or at the beach, and spending time with my husband, children, family and friends.

Tracey Smith

Teacher in Marama 15



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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

Teacher in Marama 16



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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.