Te Ao Mārama

07 595 0595 33 Hare Puke Drive, Hamilton

Teaching Team

Meet our special group of teachers. As a team, we will provide opportunities that inspire, challenge and empower our learners. Each teacher brings their own story, passions and skills.

Alana Cramond
Role

Kāhu Rua Team

Email

alana@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou.

My name is Alana Cramond and I am honoured to be part of the amazing team at Te Ao Mārama School. I enjoy working in a supportive, engaging and positive environment amongst staff, students and whānau that make up our school community.

I grew up in Hamilton and have been teaching here for over 10 years. I love to guide children to make their own learning discoveries and I encourage them to explore their curiosities and wonderings. I find teaching very rewarding and strive to be a lifelong learner to assist me to be the best teacher I can be.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling, both overseas and throughout Aotearoa, hiking to discover new places and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy photography and baking yummy treats.

Nikki McAskie
Role

Kāhu Rua Team

Email

nikki@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou.

My name is Nikki McAskie and I am super excited to be part of the amazing team at Te Ao Mārama. What I’m most excited about is working and learning alongside the incredible staff, students and whānau that make up this school.

Born and bred in Morrinsville, I taught at David Street school for two and a half years before venturing overseas to the UK for a further three years. I was fortunate enough to be able to follow my dreams of travelling and exploring new countries whilst living and teaching in London.
I have a passion for the outdoors and keeping active! In my spare
time, I enjoy running, hiking and spending time with my friends and family.

I’m excited to begin my journey at Te Ao Mārama and get to know the wonderful community here.

Yana Tomich
Role

Kāhu Rua Team

Email

yana@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou!

My name is Yana Tomich, and I feel very privileged and excited to be joining the teaching team at Te Ao Mārama.

I hail from the winterless north, but spent most of my childhood in Auckland. For my final year of school, I went south to Wanaka to attend Mt Aspiring College, which is where my love for outdoor adventures started. I went on to study sport science in Christchurch, followed by some time working as a primary school sport coach. This is where my passion for working with our tamariki started, and
I furthered my studies to become a teacher. After a bit of travel and work overseas, my journey continued to the mighty Waikato, where I now live with my husband on his family farm. On the weekends, you will find me in the hills (either on foot or on a mountain bike), at the beach, or in my vege garden!

Lucy Rush
Role

Kāhu Tahi Team

Email

lucy@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora Koutou

My name is Lucy Rush and I am humbled to be a teacher at Te Ao Mārama school.

I love working in a place that has such supportive, fun and eager teachers and I have learnt and grown so much on my teacher journey so far.

I am born and bred in the mighty Waikato and am the youngest of a family of 5. In my spare time I love to be out exercising, playing sports and spending time with the important people in my life.

Kasey Young
Role

Kāhu Tahi Team

Email

kasey@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora,

My name is Kasey Young and I am very pleased to be back at Te Ao Marama School after taking parental leave in 2020.

I grew up in the King Country and moved to Hamilton to teach after completing my studies at the University of Canterbury.

My husband Frank is also a part of the Te Ao Marama team, and together we have two boys that keep us on our toes! In my spare time in enjoy cooking, playing netball and spending time with friends and family.

Te Ao Marama is a special community that I am very privileged to be part of.

Nicky Marquand
Role

Kāhu Tahi Team

Email

nicky@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou. My name is Nicky Marquand and I am super excited to be back teaching at Te Ao Mārama, one day per week. I feel very privileged to be part of such a special school community.

I currently live on the foothills of Mt Pirongia with my husband Shane, who is also a teacher, and our 3 awesome boys. We love being in the outdoors together - mountain biking, snowboarding, camping and tramping - the more remote the better. My husband and I have travelled and lived overseas for several years, but we’ve always called the Waikato home.

I have taught in primary schools in one of the most culturally diverse communities in the world - in East London. So, I really enjoy the cultural diversity of this special school community.

I’m really looking forward to getting to know you and your children.

Joanna Dawson
Role

Tūī Rua Team

Email

joanna@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou, my name is Joanna Dawson.

I grew up in Matamata and have lived in Auckland and Hamilton. I also spend some time overseas and enjoy travelling and exploring the world.

I have 17 years teaching experience within Hamilton and in Auckland. I am passionate about creating an innovative, inspiring and encouraging space for students to learn. I believe in growing the whole child and focus on the social and emotional needs of students, as well as their academics.

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, baking (especially cakes) and sleeping in!

Te Ao Mārama is my whānau and I love being here everyday!

Ruby Maine-More
Role

Tūī Rua Team

Email

ruby@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora e te whānau,
Ko Ruby Maine-More toku ingoa.

I am very proud to be a Kaiako (Teacher) at Te Ao Mārama School.

Originally I am from Palmerston North and I have lived in Hamilton for a few years now after finding a passion for teaching and my place with my Te Ao Mārama whānau.

I have an interest in incorporating New Zealand Sign Language into my everyday teaching practice and love celebrating the individual differences each learner brings to the classroom.

I enjoy playing netball, exploring Aotearoa, spending time with loved ones and renovating my new house!

Nicole Locke
Role

Tūī Rua Team

Email

nicole@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou,

My name is Nicole and I am incredibly honoured to be part of the Te Ao Mārama Community after starting my teaching career here as a Beginning Teacher in 2021.

I am a Mother to two young boys, grew up in the small town of Morrinsville and am currently completing my Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching at the University of Waikato. I have a strong passion for health and wellness, nature and arts and crafts.

I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Courtney McCulloch
Role

Tūī Tahi Team

Email

courtney@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora!

My name is Courtney and I am so excited to be a part of the Te Ao Mārama whanau!

I started my teaching journey in early childhood education and have been teaching in primary for the last 7 years.

In my spare time I love being with my little family, making pottery and dancing!

Abby Connell
Role

Tūī Tahi Team

Email

abby@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou,

My name is Abby Connell and I joined the team at Te Ao Mārama as a beginning teacher in 2021.

I am Waikato born and bred and come from a family of five; I am the middle child with an older sister and a younger brother. I grew up on a farm in Matangi and am currently completing my Graduate Diploma at the University of Waikato. I love to learn and know I will be a life-long learner!
I am passionate about making a positive, meaningful difference in the lives of our young people and couldn’t be more excited about being a part of the incredible Te Ao Mārama community.

I enjoy spending time with loved ones, exploring our beautiful country, yoga, baking and going to the beach (my favourite is Mt. Maunganui!). I have a passion for all things holistic wellbeing.
I am so looking forward to joining the awesome Te Ao Mārama team, bring on 2021!

Layla Rawnsley
Role

Kererū Rua Team

Email

layla@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora e te whānau,

Hi, I'm Layla and I have been a kaiako here at Te Ao Mārama since 2019.

Previously I have combined being a student, kaiako and māmā. I have 4 children ranging in ages from 21 to 8 years. We love our little slice of rural lifestyle and as a family we enjoy travel and the outdoors, having recently bought a caravan to get out and about more.

I love learning alongside the kaiako here at Te Ao Mārama and building relationships with the beautiful tamariki of our kura.

Danielle Head
Role

Kererū Rua Team

General Information

Kia Ora Koutou, my name is Danielle Head and I am very excited to be joining the Kereru Rua team full time.

I have been at Te Ao Mārama since 2019 and have been lucky enough to work in all spaces within the school sharing my passion for the arts. I love to dance and find creative ways to make learning fun. Literacy is another passion of mine having worked as a journalist before retraining as a teacher. I love sharing the world of imagination with children and seeing them get excited about being authors themselves.

I am married and have two very active children, Olivia and Clark who both attend Te Ao Mārama. Together we love exploring our beautiful country with picnics, bush walks, trips to the beach and more recently hitting the slopes skiing.

Teresa Lincoln
Role

Kererū Rua Team

Email

teresa@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou - Hello to you all! My name is Teresa Lincoln.
I have many years of teaching experience working predominantly in the Junior School as this is where my passion lies. I have taught is a variety of different schools both rural and urban. I also spent 3 years working in the Early Childhood sector while my children were very young.

My husband is a Fitter Welder Engineer and together we have 3 children who keep us busy and entertained. After spending 10 years progressing in the Dairy Farming industry, we have recently returned to city life and built a new home in Huntington.

Together we love spending time away at the beach, where we enjoy the company of our friends and family and lots of delicious seafood.

I am passionate about providing fun opportunities to support children along their learning journeys. I strongly value the concept of ‘Hauora’ and enabling tamariki to develop their physical skill and ability, along with their social and emotional wellbeing. I love children’s art and encouraging confidence through creative experiences. I look forward to meeting you!

Erin Mareroa
Role

Kererū Tahi Team

Email

erin@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Ko Erin Mareroa tōku ingoa and I am incredibly honoured to have started my teaching career at Te Ao Mārama in 2021.

I have recently completed my Bachelors Degree in Primary School Teaching at The University of Waikato and was lucky enough to have completed my final practicum placement in Kererū Tahi.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and learning in an innovative learning environment and am very passionate about teaching collaboratively.

I am originally from Opotiki in the sunny Eastern Bay of Plenty. I moved to Hamilton 4 years ago with my partner and daughter to begin my studies at The University of Waikato.

I am very passionate about teaching and helping our wonderful tamariki. I really enjoy meeting whānau and connecting with the community of Te Ao Mārama.

My interests include, physical activity, the outdoors, arts and crafts, spending time with family, and baking (and eating it of course!).

Ngā Mihi,
Erin

Bridget Hubbard
Role

Kererū Tahi Team

Email

bridget@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou, my name is Bridget Hubbard and I am hugely excited to be part of the Te Ao Mārama community.

I grew up in Kawerau, moving to Hamilton at the end of my primary school years. I completed my schooling in Hamilton and studied at Waikato University (psychology and then education). After some time in Wellington and Auckland I returned to Hamilton and have lived in the Rototuna/Flagstaff area for the last 18 years.

My background is in early childhood and I love being able to utilise that knowledge and experience to help children transition into a new schooling environment and develop their joy of learning.

Mark Craig
Role

Kererū Tahi Team

Email

mark@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora Koutou, my name is Mark Craig and I am very excited to be joining the Te Ao Mārama team in 2022. I spent some time relieving at Te Ao Mārama during 2021, before opening a New Entrant class at Te Kauwhata Primary in Term 3. The amazing culture created by the staff, students and whānau motivated me to join this vibrant community.
I am a passionate teacher who seeks to create fun meaningful learning experiences for children, creating a safe environment for students to work and express themselves, whilst accepting everyone for who they are.
I have a 9 year old daughter and my family and I love to get out tramping in the Waikato’s fantastic bush , visiting the amazing beaches on both coasts and have recently been exploring the Te Awa cycle trails. I look forward to meeting you all in 2022.

Donna Lee
Role

Pūkeko Rua Team

Email

donna@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou, my name is Donna Lee and I am very excited to be part of the team at Te Ao Mārama.

I have taught at lots of schools around New Zealand and currently teach at Rototuna Primary School. My husband, Jason and our three children live in Rototuna, where we have been for 16 years.

I am passionate about education and love watching children grow, sharing their fun and excitement as they discover and learn new things. I feel extremely privileged to be part of this amazing team.

Keryn Steenstra
Role

Pūkeko Rua Teacher

Email

keryn@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora, my name is Keryn and I feel very privileged to be part of the Te Ao Mārama family.

Working alongside children has been my passion for many years as my background is in early childhood education. I originally come from Auckland but have been in Hamilton for 15 years. I live in the Flagstaff community with my husband Chris and our two 5 year old boys, Will & James, who both attend Te Ao Mārama.

As a family we enjoy camping, going to the beach, and exploring different parts of NZ in our motorhome.

As an educator I am passionate about extending children’s development, interests and social competencies through fun, hands on experiences.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your tamariki.

Linda Neville
Role

Pūkeko Tahi Team

Email

linda@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Hi, I am Linda Neville and I love being part the amazing teaching team at Te Ao Mārama School.

I have over 8 years experience in the Early Childhood sector, so I feel very privileged to share my expertise in the Primary sector.

I am originally from South Africa and have been living in New Zealand with my husband & two children for 13 years. I feel very lucky to be able to call this beautiful country our home.

I am passionate about creating an environment where children feel a sense of belonging and develop a love for learning. Building relationships is incredibly important to me, so I am truly excited to work with you and your children.

Sara Morrow
Role

Pūkeko Tahi Team

Email

sara@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora,

My name is Sara Morrow and I really enjoy being a part of the amazing team at Te Ao Mārama. I am a mother of four children ranging in ages from 10-18 years, who keep me very busy when I am not working. In my spare time we enjoy going on holidays or working on our renovation project just past Gordonton in the country. I have a love of art and enjoy painting and visiting museums and art galleries. While having my own children I became a playcentre parent and completed early childhood studies, working in both the primary and early childhood sectors over the years.

I look forward to meeting everyone.

Ally Smit
Role

Pūkeko Tahi Team

Email

ally@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora Koutou!

My name is Ally Smit and I feel humbled to be joining the teaching team and community at Te Ao Mārama.

I have grown up in Hamilton and come from a family of six. I was fortunate enough to travel overseas and teach in a summer camp in New York City, prior to beginning my teaching career.

I have a passion for the outdoors and anything adventurous. During the weekends, I love spending time with my friends and family.

I am super excited to begin my journey at Te Ao Mārama. I look forward to meeting and connecting with you all.

Frank Young
Role

Teacher, Community of Learning

Email

frank@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora, my name is Frank Young and I am honoured and excited to be part of the Te Ao Mārama team.

I grew up in rural Gisborne, eventually moving north to Hamilton where I attended Hamilton Boys’ High then Waikato University to complete my studies as a primary teacher. I have been in education for the better part of12 years.

My wife Kasey is also a primary teacher and together we have 2 boys; Felix and Hayes.
One of my passions is the outdoors, more specifically adventure racing, another is digital learning and technologies.

Sandra Humphry
Role

Teacher, Community of Learning

Email

sandra@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Tēnā koutou katoa, kam na mauri.
Ko Sandra Humphry tõku ingoa.
Arau Nei Sandra Humphry.

I have been teaching for over 10 years at Nawton School, spending most of my teaching in the Reo Rua junior school. I have also spent the last 2 years as a Kaahui Ako (Community of Learning) Across School Leader meeting and supporting teachers and leaders.

I love engaging tamariki, working alongside them as learners and ensuring that every one of them feels success.

My mother is from the islands of Kiribati and has instilled in me a passion for language and cultural identity. Even though I was born in New Zealand I can speak the Kiribati language and have a good grasp of Te Reo Māori.

I have 3 children, 2 girls and a boy who keep me busy with their extra curricular activities. I enjoy coaching, watching and playing various sports including touch, basketball, netball and rugby. I also enjoy watching movies in my PJs!!

Pamela Bishop
Role

Learning Support Coordinator

Email

pamela@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou and hello.

My name is Pamela Bishop and I am the Learning Support Coordinator for Te Ao Mārama Kura.

I am originally from Auckland and moved to Hamilton 9 years ago with my family, son Ashton and husband Ben. Education has been my career since day dot and I have many years teaching experience in schools in Auckland and Hamilton. My passion is inclusive learning for all tamariki, ensuring our learners get the support they need to be their best versions of themselves at school. My absolute favourite whakataukī is "Tūngia te ururua kia tupu whakaritorito te tupu o te harakeke." "Clear away the overgrowing bush so that the new flax shoots will spring up."

My other interests include spending time with family on our lifestyle block, fur babies and friends, renovation, reading and relaxing in the sun.

Kyla Kerby
Role

Specialist Arts

Email

kyla@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora koutou!

My name is Kyla Kerby, and I have the lovely privilege of working within all of the learning spaces at Te Ao Mārama, where I can share my love of The Arts. It is amazing to be able to get to know all of the children across the school, and learn and be creative alongside them.

I grew up in Hamilton and have been teaching here for many years whilst also raising my own children. The things I love most are being with my family, the beach, books, camping, food, dance, photography and exploring new places.

I feel very lucky to be a part of the wonderful team at Te Ao Mārama.

Sarah Corkill
Role

Classroom Release Teacher

Email

sarah@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou, my name is Sarah Corkill. It was a real privilege to have been part of the foundation team at Te Ao Mārama School and now back as a classroom release teacher after parental leave.

I began my teaching career in 2008, spending six years at Te Kowhai School and four and a half years at Te Totara School. I have taught a range of year levels from Year 0-8 and have a special interest in Digital Technologies. I am really passionate about teaching and consider myself a lifelong learner.

A bit about me... I grew up in Kerikeri in the beautiful Bay of Islands. I studied at both Otago and Waikato University and have also completed studies through Wintec and The Mind Lab. I love learning!
My interests include running, swimming, reading, traveling, hiking, the beach and spending time with my husband, three children, family and friends.

I really value getting to know families of students and the wider community and look forward to meeting you soon!

Sally Clarke
Role

Classroom Release Teacher

Email

sallyc@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora,
I’m Sally, and I’m thrilled to be back at at Te Ao Mārama Team after parental leave, in a teacher release role.

I am originally from Hamilton, but after finishing my studies I spent 5 years living in Wellington with my husband, where I taught at an inner city primary school for the duration of that time.

I have been lucky enough to step back into teaching through relieving at Te Ao Mārama School, and am thoroughly enjoy my time here.

I have a passion for learning through the arts, in particular drama. I am excited to work in a role where I can weave this passion into the children's learning experiences. I look forward to continuing working alongside the staff and children throughout the school.

Ngā Mihi.

Jaden King
Role

Classroom Release Teacher

Email

jaden@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora everyone,
My name is Jaden and I am thrilled to become a part of the Te Ao Mārama team! I finished my Bachelor of Primary teaching at the end of last year. Since the start of this year I have worked in an Early Childhood Centre. I am so excited to be teaching in a primary school, and especially one that integrates play-based learning school-wide.
I have lived in Hamilton for the majority of my life, and am looking forward to teaching at a school so close to home. In my spare time you will find me spending time with my friends and family. I also love card or board games, being out in nature, and eating, baking, or cooking as I’m a huge foodie!
I am looking forward to meeting all of the children, parents, staff and wider Te Ao Mārama community!