Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Neptune Team (Year 2)

Jennifer Dalton

Teacher in Neptune 24 (Tues - Fri)



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My name is Jennifer Dalton and I am a proud member of the Neptune Team.

Teaching is a passion for me and I particularly enjoy watching the children grow and learn over the course of a year. I like to focus on bringing the children together and creating a 'classroom family' where the children are supportive of each other and have a caring and positive attitude.

In my spare time I practice and teach yoga, garden, walk and love to be in the kitchen baking or experimenting with different recipes. My husband Ed, always reacts positively to my endeavours whether they are successful or not!

I'm looking forward to this year and meeting your child and you.

Emma Cathcart

Teacher in Neptune 24 (Monday)



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Kia Ora, my name is Emma Cathcart and I have been teaching at Te Totara Primary School since 2010. During that time I have had the pleasure to teach every year level within the school. I have taken time away from full time teaching to be at home with my 2 children. I am now back at Te Totara part time as a tutor teacher, and team teacher in Matawhero and Neptune.

I feel very lucky that I get to visit different classes and get to know many of the tamariki in our fabulous school.

Please feel free to come and say hello,

Ngā mihi.

Komal Kumar

Teacher in Neptune 25



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Kia Ora, I am Komal Kumar, the classroom teacher of Neptune 25. I love being part of our Te Totara family and I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

I believe unity is what brings about progress and I am looking forward to being able to work alongside my students to make this year meaningful, purposeful, and memorable.

I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Bridget McLaughlin

Teacher in Neptune 26

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Kai ora. I'm Bridget McLaughlin, and I'm loving being back at Te Totara School where I started my teaching career in 2013. I am looking forward to supporting my new class of 2023 learners. I have a passion for gardening, and aim to bring this passion into our classroom.

I'm married to Brendon, and have two teenage sons. I also have Sam, our dog, five chickens and two sheep at home.

I love pottering around in my greenhouses, collecting roses and growing vegetables. I also enjoy spending time in the bush either running or tramping.

I am looking forward to meeting Neptune 26's families, so please come and say hi!

Suzie Goile

Team Leader, Teacher in Neptune 27



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Hi there,
My name is Suzie Goile, and I am the Neptune Team Leader.
I have been at Te Totara since 2008 and I have taught in many areas of the school during this time.
I find teaching in the junior school very rewarding as I aim to give the children a great start to school life. I love to see how quickly they learn and the amazing gains they make over the year.
My husband and I have three children, Charlie who is 11, Rachel who is 9 and Lily who has just started at Te Totara. In my spare time I love to spend time at the beach, read and go on lots of different adventures with my family.

Shontae Black

Teacher in Neptune 28



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Kia Ora,
My name is Shontae Black. I graduated from the University of Waikato with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and a Bachelors of Social Work.

A child’s well-being is very important to me as well as creating a safe and welcoming environment for our tamariki and their Whanau.

In my spare time I love spending time with my family and attending the copious amount of sports games for my nephews and niece. I have a passion for creating embroidery pieces and trialing new cross stitching designs. I love adopting new forms of arts and crafts in a class, as I believe that children can express themselves in their own creative ways.

I am excited to meet you all, please feel free to come and have a chat.