Rachel Thompson

I began teaching part time at Wairakei Primary School in January 2017. My daughter attends this school, so it is interesting to be here as a parent and teacher. I also have twins who attend Taupo Family Playcentre, where I am the leader of the planning team. I have been involved in running the Taupo multiple birth club over the past few years and I am also on the committee for Little Angels, which run the St Patricks School pre-school activities. I enjoy baking, cake decorating, travelling, skiing, snowboarding and doing bush walks. Having three young children has put some of these activities on hold, but I hope to get back into them soon! Hopefully, as my children get older they can join me in some travel and outdoor adventures.

In the past, I have spent time in Japan, as a student, and as a teacher. I have also worked as a ski instructor in a children’s ski school in California. Most recently I have worked for the Northern Health School teaching students with mental or physical health problems which prevent them from attending regular school. This job allowed me to liaise with many different agencies and I enjoyed learning more about how these services work. Over the past few years, I have been spending time with my own children and have used this opportunity to do the Playcentre courses and learn more about the Early Childhood curriculum and childre's development in the early years.  This has been very interesting for me as a primary school teacher and has added another aspect to the way that I look at educating our tamariki. I have also taught at Reporoa Primary School and Waiouru Primary School. I enjoy working at rural schools, as I grew up on a family dairy farm and attended rural schools myself. My husband teaches at Taupo-nui- a-Tia College and my mother is a teacher too.

I’m excited to be part of the Wairakei Primary School community as a both a teacher and as a parent.

2017 Wairakei Primary School Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson