Te Ao Mārama

07 595 0595 33 Hare Puke Drive, Hamilton

Support Team

Amanda Rodley
Role

Office Manager

Email

amanda@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

I am delighted to be part of the team at such an exciting new education venture and I am enjoying doing my part at Te Ao Marama School.

I am a married mother of three: a daughter and two sons, all now teenagers. I love being part of their busy lives, helping them with homework and supporting them in their sports and other activities. I have lived in Hamilton for 15 years.

My professional background has been in finance, human resources and administration. I also have experience in schools, ranging from teacher aiding, through to office work, running school fundraising events, and also being a member of a Board of Trustees

I love being around children, love watching them grow and fulfil their potential and I feel extremely privileged to be part of the team here at Te Ao Mārama School.

Melissa Langley
Role

Administrator

Email

melissa@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Hi everyone! I’m Melissa & I absolutely love being be part of the Te Ao Mārama team.

I have previously worked in a similar role at Endeavour School & prior to that, I spent 15 years working in the insurance industry.

I particularly enjoy making connections with school families & interacting with the students.

I live close to school with my husband and two young children; Caitlin attends Rototuna Junior High & Harry attends Te Ao Mārama.

I look forward to meeting you in the school office.

Buffy Nepia
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

Email

buffy@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Tēnā koutou katoa, Ko Buffy Nepia tõku ingoa. Ko Tõngariro te maunga Ko Taupo te moana Ko Tūwharetoa te iwi Ko Te Heuheu te tangata! He uri ano no Te Atihaunui a paparangi

Tēnā koutou katoa, Ko Buffy Nepia tõku ingoa. Ko Tõngariro te maunga Ko Taupo te moana Ko Tūwharetoa te iwi Ko Te Heuheu te tangata! He uri ano no Te Atihaunui a paparangi

I'm very humbled and excited to be part of an amazing learning environment Te Ao Mārama whānau as new inclusive learning assistant.

I am mother of 3 adult children and grandmother of 7 mokopuna, four who were foundation students of Te Ao Mārama community.

I have many years of experience working in Kohanga reo preschool and Kura kaupapa Māori both in Turangi and Whanganui. Other areas of skill health disability advocacy oral health educator whanauora family whānau services also volunteer for cancer society.

I enjoy baking, jewellery making, yoga, holistic healing, and quality time with my whānau.

Keryn Steenstra
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

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.

Shannon Millard
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

Email

shannon@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou

My name is Shannon and I have 3 children, Maddi (15) at Rototuna Senior High, Jack (14) at Hamilton boys and Sam (7) at Te Ao Marama.

I have been at Te Ao Marama since term 3 2019. While I have been mainly a Learning Assistant in the classroom, just recently I have also been taking Literacy groups to boost some of our learners and help them to learn strategies to assist in their writing which I really enjoy.

I love working at our school and value the relationships I have made with both staff and tamariki.

Deborah Anderson
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

Email

deborah@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora! Aroha ki te whānau o Te Ao Mārama!

Hello to my family here at Te Ao Mārama school. My name is Deborah Anderson and I am thrilled to be part of an incredible team of learners and staff as an Inclusive Learning Assistant.

My background is in education and I am passionate about learning and language. I look forward to guiding our tamariki with English as a second language and becoming a part of this vibrant community.

My home is Kirikiriroa and I live here with my husband Kris and our two children Eli and Lucy, who are both attending Te Ao Mārama.
As a whānau we are avid gardeners, love exploring nature, enjoy cooking (and eating!) and getting messy with arts and crafts!

I look forward to our journey together. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!

Debbie Messer
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

Email

debbie@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora, my name is Debbie and I am thrilled to be part of the team at Te Ao Mārama.

I have been an Inclusive Learning Assistant for seven years and love being involved in the classroom.

I live in Rototuna with my amazing family. We spend our winters on the sports fields and our summers by the pool. We are also huge Lego fans! In my spare time, I love gardening and knitting.

I love being part of this incredible community!

Rainy Lee
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

Email

rainy@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Hi ! My name is Rainy Lee and I feel very privileged and grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Te Ao Mārama team.
I enjoy working with Children and have been doing so for few years. I am joining the Te Ao Mārama team as an Inclusive learning assistant. I am currently a part of the Te Totara primary school before and after school care programme as well.

I was born in Malaysia but have been in New Zealand for over 30 years. I am happily married and living with my four children in Rototuna. Two of my sons have recently graduated from University and two younger sons are currently in High School. In my spare time, I enjoy attending yoga sessions and exercising regularly.

Looking forward to meeting all the kids and parents in this community.

大家好!我的名字是 Rainy Lee, 我非常的幸运以及高兴有这机会成为Te Ao Mārama 学校的团队成员,我将会是学校其中一位学习助理.
我喜欢小孩、所以喜欢做与小孩相关的工作,曾经也在TeTotara小学当学习助理,以及在课后辅导中心工作.
我出生在马来西亚,定居在这新西兰已经 30 多年,已婚以及有四个孩子,我们住在Rototuna, 两个大儿子最近大学毕业,两个小的儿子目前正在上高中. 业余时间我喜欢参加瑜伽课程以及定期锻炼.
我很期待在学校可以与大家相识.

Kylie Scott
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

Email

kylie@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Hi, I'm excited to be part of the team at Te Ao Mārama as an Inclusive Learning Assistant.

I have previously worked as a Teacher Aide/ Learning Assistant in Hamilton and have a background as a qualified chef. These skills bring a range of experiences and knowledge that I can share with the children and staff here at Te Ao Mārama.

My husband Craig and I have two girls aged 13 and 10, and our favourite family activity is to explore the wonderful towns, cities, and beaches of this beautiful country. We especially look forward to eating out at great restaurants.

We live on a rural property that has plenty of room for our vegetable and herb gardens. I particularly enjoy harvesting our homegrown crops and turning them into chutneys, pickles and delicious meals.

Hayley Smith
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

Email

hayley@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Hi, I'm Hayley. I joined the Te Ao Mārama team in 2021 as an Inclusive Learning Assistant.

I feel so privileged to be a part of the incredible team and community that Te Ao Mārama have created. I have come from Te Totara Primary where I worked part time as a Teacher Aide over the last five years.

I enjoy so many aspects of my role, in particular making special connections with the children under my care and I am so passionate about being a positive part of the growth in these children.

I am married to Dan and we have three children, with my eldest starting Year 7 and youngest starting school this May. Our middle child also attends Te Ao Mārama.
But ... I can’t forget our newest member, our Border Terrier puppy, Ben, who is full of energy and so much love!

In our spare time we love hanging out with our extended family and always look forward to our big camping trip each year at Ōhope!

Te Ao Mārama has a great name in our community and I am so excited to be a part of their amazing future.

I am looking forward to seeing all the smiling children and getting to know the families of Te Ao Mārama.

Ngaroma Waudby-Teao
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

Email

ngaroma@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Tena koutou katoa
Kia Ora, my name is Ngaroma and I am excited to be part of the Te Ao Mārama whānau as an Inclusive Learning Assistant.

I have previously worked as a Learning Assistant in Hamilton and enjoyed my time working with children.

I am married and have 2 beautiful children.
I look forward to getting to know the tamariki and whānau of this kura.

Kimai Nepia
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

Email

kimai@teaomarama.school.nz

General Information

Ko Tongariro te maunga.
Ko Taupo te moana.
Ko Tūwharetoa te iwi.
Ko Te Heuheu te tangata.

Tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Kimai tōku ingoa.
Ko Alf tōku hoa rangatira.
Tokowhā ā māua tamariki.

My name is Kimai.
My partner is Alf and we have 4 children.
As a whānau we enjoy music, sports, outdoor adventures and exploring Aotearoa.

I’m happy to be a part of the team and look forward to meeting more of our Te Ao Mārama whānau.

Ally Smit
Role

Inclusive Learning Assistant

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.

James Dott
Role

Caretaker - Spotless