Team Wharemauku Iti (Yrs 0-1)

Wharemauku – House made of flax
A drop of water (kopata wai) flows from the Maungakotukutuku Valley over the land through the township of Paraparaumu along the Wharemauku Stream. As it moves along the stream it gathers knowledge and grows on its journey to the sea (Te Moana).
We are the Year 0-1 team.  We currently have 4 classes in our team (it increases with new enrolments through the year). 

Room 1: Beth Brady 
Beth is part of the junior team at Raumati Beach School.  She graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2009 and has since taught in both New Zealand and England.  She has a special interest in working with younger children and building relationships which enable her to help them to meet their learning potential.  In her spare time, Beth enjoys being outdoors, swimming and walking.  She also has a passion for travelling and has visited many countries around the world.  Her favourite countries to travel to are the Greek Islands and Norway.
“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” – Dr Seuss

Room 2: Tansy Sharp
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Tararua tōku maunga
Ko Waikanae tōku awa
Ko NZ1 tōku waka
Ko Tasman tōku moana
No Kapiti ahau
Ko Sharp tōku whanau
Ko Tansy tōku ingoa
No reira, tēnā koutou katoa

Tansy has been teaching at Raumati Beach for the past five years.  She puts play at the centre of our curriculum,  encouraging purposeful play and authentic inquiries as part of the school day.  Tansy believes relationships are key to children feeling settled at school. She aims to create an environment where children feel safe and able to take risks in their learning.  Tansy is driven by a passion that learning should be meaningful and fun. She strives to bring creativity into school to help foster a stimulating and engaging learning environment where students interact with meaningful learning that has relevance to their own lives. 

“We have imaginations. As a result we have unlimited powers of creativity.”  -Sir Ken Robson, Out of Our Minds. Learning to Be Creative.
Team Leader, Room 3: Allie McHugo
I attended Wellington Teachers College quite a few years ago and then later while having children, studied for a Bachelor of Teaching through Massey University.  I later completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Literacy. I have lived and worked on the beautiful Kapiti Coast, at a number of schools and at a variety of levels for the last 20 years. I enjoy being part of a management team and have worked in as Team leaders, AP. DP and Principal. This has given me a good understanding of the educational process and student learning journeys.  I am passionate about making learning fun and meaningful for the students. I aim to provide an engaging and motivating environment in which students can develop key life skills. I believe that relationships with students and parents are the key to creating an environment in which students well-being and learning can develop. 

Room 5: Michelle Abraham
Tena koutou katoa. I am the Transition teacher here are Raumati Beach.  I have taught in a range of year levels but my speciality is in the juniors.  The transition class is a chance for students new to school to discover what it means to be a learner at school. I graduated from Victoria University and the Wellington College of Education in 1997.  My husband and I moved to the Kapiti Coast 19 years ago.  We have two teenage girls : as you can imagine, I'm constantly a taxi service to them!  However, in my spare time I like to garden, cook for friends and love interior design (I love shoes and clothes too!). I believe learning is about the journey, not just the destination.  Part of my philosophy is a strong belief in my own on-going learning: I am constantly on the search for better strategies to increase the effectiveness of my learning programmes . "A great teacher is someone who can learn from their students; who can learn with them, and learns for them" R J Meehan

Team Wharemauku (Yrs 1-2)


Room 6: Mariee Mear
Mariee is the Team Leader for the Junior 'Wharemauku' team. Mariee is one of our four senior teachers at Raumati Beach School.   She graduated from Massey University in 1999 and has work in several schools in the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua areas working with New Entrants to Year Four.  She has a special interest in teaching younger children, helping them build confidence in their own ability both academically and socially. In her spare time, Mariee enjoys reading and spending time with her extended family.  She also has a passion for horses and ponies and loves to spend time at the local riding school or going to gymkhanas.      

Room 8: Molly Daube
I began studying in 1996 at Palmerston North College of Education and completed a diploma in teaching at the end of 1999.  I completed my qualification with a Bachelor of Education in 2000 then moved to the Hutt Valley at the beginning of 2001 to resume a teaching position at Tui Glen School.  I taught there for almost seven years across all primary year levels then moved to Paraparaumu to teach at Raumati Beach School and marry my husband, who already lived on the coast.  I have been teaching at Raumati Beach School since 2007 at my favourite year 1-2 level!  I grew up mostly in the Manawatu area.  I have two daughters, a step son and two grandsons.

Room 7: Michaela Dear
Michaela is part of the junior team. She has a bachelor in Education and has been in teaching for 16 years, with 14 years in Year 1 and 2. 
Michaela has adapted a rotation approach in her class and likes the philosophy of the Montessori way of learning which allows children to develop their curiosity into learning experiences. She believes that building relationships with both children and parents is essential for children's learning and well-being. In her spare time Michaela likes to garden, cook and spend time with her husband and 5 children on their lifestyle block in Manakau. 
Room 9: Angela Milsted 

I have been involved with Raumati Beach School since 1999 when my eldest child started at the school. Teaching is a second career for me. I went to Waikato University and qualified in 2011 with a Bachelor degree in teaching.
I started teaching at Raumati Beach School in term 4 2013 to cover illness in a year 7 and 8 class. Following this, I taught for two years as a year 1 and 2 teacher. My passion for literacy and reading and an unexpected opportunity took me along the reading recovery path. I trained and had two years teaching reading, writing and learning support in the junior school. Last year in term 4, I returned to the classroom to cover maternity leave and this year I have returned to a year 1 and 2 class.  
Reading Recovery: Jo Humphries 
I grew up in Wellington, and have taught in various schools in the Hutt Valley and here on the coast for the last 22 years. I have taught all age levels, and am now really enjoying teaching Reading Recovery with 6 year olds. My interests are around teaching literacy and languages, and I recently completed a Postgraduate qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. My other passion is health and nutrition, and I love to spend time coming up with healthy recipes that my family will enjoy!

Emerald Nuttridge (maternity leave)
Kia ora, I’ve been teaching at Raumati Beach School for 7 wonderful years. I’ve taught every year level, predominately in Year 7&8. I began my Junior School teaching and learning journey in 2015 while relieving on maternity leave. I love the rapid and exciting developmental growth that happens during Year 1 & 2. 
I have a student-centered approach to teaching. I work hard to create a learning environment that caters to my student's and classroom's learning needs.  I enjoy encouraging students to try their best and have fun while learning. I have a very close family, who live locally and in Christchurch. My immediate family moved to Kapiti when I was in Year 8. I’ve attended Beckenham Primary, Raumati South School, Kapiti College and Victoria University. Outside of school, I enjoy being outdoors with my partner and two young daughters.  I have a new passion for growing vegetables and fruit. My favourite place to be is with my family, eating delicious food while listening to good music.

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Beth Brady
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Allie McHugo
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Michelle Abraham
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Mariee Mear
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Michaela Dear
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Molly Daube
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Jo Humphries
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