Team Wharemauku (Yrs 0-2)
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 0-2 team. We have 7-9 classes in our team (it increases with new enrolments through the year).
Room 1: Angie Jury
Room 2: Emerald Nuttridge
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.
Room 3: To commence in Term 3
Room 4: Ura Mou
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
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 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 philosopy 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 childrens 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 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 9: 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
I have been teaching at Raumati Beach in various roles for the past three years. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching at different levels of the school, it has given me a good understanding of our students’ learning journeys. I believe relationships are key to children feeling settled at school and this is my main focus at the start of the school year. I aim to create an environment where they feel safe and able to take risks in their learning. I encourage questions and curiosity in my classroom and value any knowledge the students bring into the classroom. I am driven by a passion that learning should be meaningful and fun. I strive 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. I feel strongly that creativity is an essential skill to develop alongside literacy and numeracy and it can be integrated through all curriculum areas.
“We have imaginations. As a result we have unlimited powers of creativity.”
-Sir Ken Robson, Out of Our Minds. Learning to Be Creative.
Beth Brady (on leave 2017)
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