Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Orion Team (Year 1)

Julianne Wink
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Teacher in Orion 7



General Information

Kia Ora Koutou. Hello my name is Julianne Wink. I am excited to fulfil the role of teaching the Year 1 children in Orion 7 and be part of the wonderful Orion Team at Te Totara Primary School.

I have teaching experience in both the Early Childhood and Primary Sectors. I am married with two children. We enjoy exploring New Zealand and visiting places new to us.

I look forward to providing many valuable experiences which engage children as they begin their learning journey here at Te Totara Primary School and "Reach For The Stars."

Shontae Black
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Teacher in Orion 8



General Information

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.

Sarah Gill
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Acting Team Leader, Teacher in Orion 9



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Kia ora, my name is Sarah Gill. I am part of the Orion Team at Te Totara Primary School teaching in Room 9.

I am looking forward to meeting all the children and their families who are starting in this class. I come from both an Early Childhood and Primary Education background having taught in both sectors for a number of years now.

I bring with me a passion for teaching, lots of enthusiasm and knowledge about how young children learn and develop. I am excited to make the children's early school experience one that is positive and enjoyable.

My partner is Gareth and we have two children Riley, Mila and our large German Shepherd Zeus. I love spending time with my family at the beach fishing or hunting and exploring together.

My door is always open so feel free to pop in anytime and say hello!

Julia May
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Teacher in Orion 10 (Tues-Fri)



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Kia ora, my name is Julia May.I have been lucky enough to spend the past 2 years at home with my daughter, Sophie. My husband is the principal of Tauwhare School on Scotsman Valley Road, so we love spending the school holidays together as a family.

I have been teaching new entrant / Year 1 students for the past 10+ years. My hope is to help you and your child/ren transition as smoothly as possible into school life at Te Totara. I like to nurture and encourage children through their learning journey and help them develop the social skills they need to be happy at school. Please come and talk with me about how best to settle your child into school.

Mary Silverton
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Teacher in Orion 10 (Mondays)



General Information

Kia Ora.
My name is Mary Silverton (many of the children know me simply as Mrs.S). I have spent my entire teaching career working in Hamilton schools, most recently at Knighton School. I have previously been a Resource Teacher Special Needs (now known as Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour), and especially love working with Junior School children - they are naturally intrigued about the world around them and are such excited learners. While working for many years across the curriculum at this level, I have a particular strength in developing children's early literacy skills. I am also very focused on growing their self-awareness and levels of independance, helping them on their journey to become Te Totara STARS.