Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Milky Way Team (Year 5/6)

Niki Collins
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Teacher in Milky Way 18



General Information

Kia Ora, I'm Niki Collins. I have been here at Te Totara Primary School since it opened in 2008. I have taught across all levels of the school and am excited to be joining the Milky Way team this year.

I enjoy all aspects of teaching but particularly love Reading, Art and Physical Education. I'm looking forward to a fantastic year with Milky Way 18.

Rebecca Gardyne
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Teacher in Milky Way 19 (Mon-Thurs)



General Information

Hello, my name is Rebecca Gardyne and I am very excited about 2024. I have been a teacher on and off at Te Totara since 2012. I have taught in most of the blocks and a range of year levels. Now I am the teacher of a fabulous group of year five and six students in Milky Way 19.
I enjoy making learning fun, exciting, hands on and relevant. I love the outdoors and am very passionate about bringing the outdoor environment into my students' learning. My absolute favourite is teaching PE and having sports days! I love being amongst nature, keeping fit and relaxing with friends. But most of all I love being with my husband Kyle and children Theo and Zoey.
I have an open door policy, so if you have any questions, concerns or just want to say hello then feel free to come in any time. I look forward to meeting you.

Morgan Hunter
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Teacher in Milky Way 19 (Fridays)



General Information

My name is Morgan Hunter. I have been teaching for 9 years, working with students from Year 0-6. Before working at Te Totara, I was teaching at a school in Morrinsville and I also lived and worked in London.

Outside of the classroom I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being at the beach and going on hikes.

Kristy Hanks
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Team Leader & Teacher in Milky Way 20



General Information

Kia ora,
My name is Kristy Hanks. This is my eighth year teaching at Te Totara Primary School, and my fifth year with year 5/6. Prior to this I taught in the year 3/4 area of the school. I love being part of the Te Totara community and getting to know my students and their whānau. I have passions in teaching literacy and Digital Technologies, and have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning. My classroom is a safe space for children to take risks and step out of their comfort zone, building confidence and resilience.

In my spare time I enjoy riding my horse, hiking, walking my dog, and spending time outdoors.

I look forward to meeting you.

Jim Baker
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Teacher in Milky Way 21



General Information

Kia ora

My name is Jim Baker and I am lucky enough to have gained a teaching position at Te Totara School in front of the amazing kids in Room 21. I started at Te Totara Primary School as a Guest Teacher in 2023 and before that had been teaching at a Whangarei School for many years. I am just about in my thirtieth year of Primary School teaching and I still enjoy helping everyone in the class to reach their goals. I try to engage students by making the learning fun, meaningful and motivating and I support a collaborative classroom environment.

I am married with two grown children and am also blessed with two wonderful grandchildren. I love birds, comics, gardening, spinning vinyl and discovering family history through genealogy research.

I believe that home-school partnership is extremely important and always welcome all contact with parents.

Rochelle Lingard
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Teacher in Milky Way 23



General Information

Kia ora Koutou

My name is Rochelle Lingard and I am thrilled to lead the Milky Way team. I have been teaching for 22 years and it is still my passion to help children to succeed.

I grew up in Rangiwahia in a farming community. I then moved to Hamilton to study and have made this city my home. Owen Lingard and I have two beautiful girls, Tara and Amber.

Away from teaching I enjoy gardening reading and holidaying at the beach.

I am excited about my journey with Te Totara Primary and look forward to meeting you all.