I began teaching at Wairakei Primary School in January 2017. My eldest daughter attends this school and my twins will start school this year too. I enjoy being part of the Wairakei Primary School whanau as both a teacher and a parent. This year I am excited to be teaching in Room 3, a Year 3 and 4 class.
I enjoy cake decorating, travelling, skiing, snowboarding and doing bush walks. It is extra fun now that my children are old enough to join me, and we love exploring the beautiful Taupo region as a family, skiing together on Mt Ruapehu and camping at the beach.
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 children'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 enjoy working at rural schools, as I grew up on a family dairy farm and attended rural schools myself. My husband was a teacher at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College for many years and my mother is a teacher too.
I love sharing the joy of learning and fostering creativity in my students. I especially enjoy seeing my students become curious about the world around them, asking questions and searching for the answers to them.Rachel Thompson