Teacher Year 6
Bachelor of Teaching (primary) BTchg
I was born and educated in Zimbabwe and have close on thirty years of teaching experience in Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
I believe that education should be a stimulating, challenging, positive and rewarding experience which allows children to develop as individuals and gives them the opportunity to reach their full potential. Learning is a wonderful experience an I would like to inspire my students not only in reading, writing and maths, but in the arts where they can show their creativity and be innovative.
Teaching Year 4 & 5 in Karamu
Bachelor of Teaching
I’m a dad of a pigeon pair, both of whom attended Ngahinapouri School. It’s an enormous privilege to work at our school and even after many years it’s still my dream job. The kids here are truly fantastic, and the feeling of community and support from parents and the other staff is outstanding. I love to see siblings growing up through the school - you get to know the family really well.
I have fairly old-fashioned values – I like to teach children about respect and thinking of others. Writing is a big passion for me - particularly story writing (narrative). I think it's a good creative pursuit, but also has practical applications for the future. I love science and mathematics for their value in real-life problem solving. I also like to have the occasional laugh – school should be fun too!
In my spare time I love to get out in my little yellow mini (called Edmond), and finding places of beauty to photograph (you don’t have to go very far in New Zealand!). I've been known to swing a hammer from time to time as well. Family time is hugely important to me, and together we support my wife in her role as a professional musician.
Year 0-2 teacher and Assistant Principal.
Bachelor of Education (Primary) 1994. A mother of two children. Lots of patience and a loving but firm teaching style.
I studied and taught in South Africa prior to immigrating to New Zealand, with my family in 2005. I started teaching at Ngahinapouri school in 2006 and am grateful for the privilege of being able to teach at a school where every child is known personally, where children get to be children, where big kids look after little kids and where staff are made to feel appreciated and valued. I really enjoy the caring, family orientated ethos of our school and both my children have been educated here. I love my job; and find teaching spontaneous, enthusiastic and innocent 5 year old children an extremely rewarding profession. I enjoy being a part of the children's lives and look forward to many more happy years at Ngahinapouri.
Testimonies from the kids:
Mrs Denne is a very nice teacher. She does heaps of fun stuff and is really funny.*
Mrs Denne is a nice teacher She teaches us times tables. When I first came to room 4 i thought that times tables would be hard but they are easy and she teaches us fractions wich are easy!
In Ngahinapouri School in room 4 there is a teacher Not an ordernery techer Mrs Denne. Mrs Denne is funny.*
In term 3 we did fractions and it wasn’t as hard as I sort, we did art which was some fun. Mrs denne has not bited or scrached which is lucky. She likes to read in all her spear time.
In Room 4 the class in funny. We have 25 people.
We do art and crafts.
We watch fraction videos and do Sumdog.
We go out to Rosie for writing.
We LOVE Mrs Denne!
* It is under debate as to whether this is funny humourous or funny weird. Odds are on the later ☺
Teaching Year 2 & 3
Many years experience, mother and grandmother
I pride myself on finding the one thing that makes individuals tick, then helping them achieve their goals. The Arts are my greatest passion. I have directed and produced five productions for Ngahinapouri School over the last 10 years.
D.P. Tawa Teacher
Bachelor of Education
I started teaching in South Africa and continued my career when I immigrated to New Zealand with my daughter in 2005. I have experience across the spectrum from New entrants to Year 8 and am still enjoying my chosen career. I love teaching the senior class and always look forward to preparing them academically and socially for the big leap to high school.
Teacher in the Centre
I am a down to earth mother of a wonderful daughter. I have a passion for making all children feel like they have a special place in the world. I trained at Waikato University and for the last five years I have taught as a reliever in many schools, experiencing different teaching and learning styles and meeting and working with many different people. After relieving at Ngahinapouri School frequently I soon realised it was a school with a passion equal to mine for making children feel valued and celebrated. I feel very fortunate to now be a permanent member of the Ngahinapouri family and very blessed to be teaching our wonderful year 1 and 2's in the Centre
Learning Resource Teacher
Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), Dip. Teach
I worked as a Social Worker (in Health) for several years, before retraining as a teacher. I have worked as a Primary School Teacher for about twenty years now, teaching mainly in the junior school. I trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher in 2010 and when my own children were younger, I was also involved in tutoring primary school students.
I love my role at Ngahinapouri, working with students in Mathematics and/or Literacy. It is very rewarding to see students progress and feel more confident, in subjects which they have found difficult.
Bachelor of Teaching
I grew up in Camping, and have always had a passion for working with kids. I am married with three energetic children. I love teaching year 7, while also leading ICT and PE at Ngahinapouri.
Teacher in the centre - Kowhai
Diploma in Education with Distinction
I was born in South Africa, where I was raised, studied and taught until immigrating to New Zealand in 2015. I lived and taught in Wellington for 13 months, then moved to Cambridge in February this year. My teaching career began 17 years ago, and I am still passionate about it. Both my grown up daughters live in the U.S.A. with their spouses.
I began relieving at Ngahinapouri School in Term 2 and am excited to now be teaching in Room 5 until the end of the year. The friendly, nurturing atmosphere at Ngahinapouri, makes it a pleasure to teach here.
My teaching philosophy is to provide the best possible education for each child by developing positive and trusting relationships with them, provide engaging activities to build on their strengths while working on improving any areas of weakness, setting routines and making learning fun!
Release teacher for Tawa
Bachelor of Education
I trained and taught in Christchurch before heading overseas to explore the world and teach. On returning to New Zealand I worked for Sport Canterbury then Sport Waikato as an Energizer where I was lucky to work with Waipa schools. Taking a break for two beautiful girls, I am happy to be back here in Ngahinapouri School in a different role.