I have been teaching, yes teaching for 37 years across the full range of levels from New Entrant to Y8. I love working with children and feel that it is a real honour to help each child to achieve their very best. This is my first position as principal where I do not have to teach my own class each week and then try to fit in my other principal’s responsibilities .
My family come from the Waikato area. There are four of us now, one sister and two brothers. I have spent about eight years teaching in different places around the world. This I found to be a great experience and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. Not too many places that one would go on holiday either.
I have a four legged family of two dogs and one cat. The dogs being Anneke aged three years and Mazie, just one year. Bobby Sox the cat is Mazie and Anneke’s cat who enjoys coming on early morning walks with us.
Hub 1 Teacher / Deputy Principal
After teaching for 19 years at schools in the Hutt Valley and Wellington, I am enjoying the change to working in a beautiful, rural setting.
I grew up in Upper Hutt and live in Te Marua with my husband and some four-legged friends. We have one son who lives at RNZAF Base Woodbourne, where he is training to be an Aircraft Technician.
I love being a teacher and am passionate about finding ways to engage students in their learning, and to challenge them to be motivated and inspired by what they learn.
A lot of my out-of-school life is centred around music. This includes many years of singing backing vocals in covers bands, competing at karaoke, performing in musicals, and entertaining at local cafés and events. My classroom learning programme includes as much music and art as possible because they promote individuality and give students the opportunity for self-expression, creativity and imagination.
Part Time Teacher (Hub 1)
I have been teaching on and off since 1997 and I live on a lifestyle block near Carterton. I am so pleased to be at Kahutara School and look forward to working with Eli and the Year 7 & 8 class!
Hub 2 (Mon-Wed)
I was brought up here in the Wairarapa, and lived locally until moving away after High School. Long story short after 18 years and countless weekend and holiday trips back to surf, hunt and spend time with friends and family I’m finally back for good.
I have at schools in both Gisborne and Wellington. I value working alongside other teachers as well as developing learning environments that inspire and motivate students. I look forward to continuing to build the collaborative environment of the Hub and developing learner agency.
I enjoy teaching and trying to engage and assist students in their learning. Challenging students to think creatively and critically is something I always strive to do. I’m passionate about the outdoors and getting students outside, active and thinking about their environment. I have, and continue to, enjoy many exciting adventures here at Kahutara School.
I was brought up in the South Wairarapa and attended Kahutara school as a pupil.
I taught at several Wairarapa schools before beginning work at Kahutara school. I have done full time and partime over the years and I just love the small rural setting and family atmosphere.
I grew up on a dairy farm and I love the outdoors. In the past I played and coached a lot of netball and played tennis. Now my interests include swimming, yoga, walking, reading, and designing (houses, kitchens). Lastly, socialising with family and friends is important to me. My husband Paul and I have 3 lovely daughters who are now grown up and have left home.
I have always loved teaching. I have even taught some of our present pupils’ parents! I am passionate about helping each child reach their potential. I believe all students have so much to offer in many areas, not just in the academic areas. My students soon find out I love Maths but I enjoy teaching all areas.
Ngātahi Learning Hub
Room 4 Teacher
I am the Room 4 teacher for Kahutara School.
Originally from South Africa, I have lived in New Zealand for most of my life. My husband and I relocated to the Wairarapa and have called this beautiful place home for the past six years. We are so very happy to have left the ‘big smoke’ behind us and moved to the Wairarapa community that has so openly welcomed us.
My aim is to provide a rich learning environment filled with many hands-on, literacy and numeracy rich activities for the children to explore. Through exploration, learning occurs naturally. My passions for literacy, dance, music and art translate into the teaching experiences that we have in our classroom.
I love being a part of how every child develops in Room 4 and also being a part of their wider school journey in the years that follow! Bring on the fun times ahead Kahutara School!
Brooke van den Beuken
Room 5 Teacher
I have recently returned from my OE in Canada, where I spent two years living and working in a ski town called Fernie. Before then I was teaching at a semi-rural school in Canterbury for three years.
I was born in Taranaki, and moved to the South Island when I was 8. My parents are Dairy Farmers, so I grew up in the country, racing around on my motorbike, tending to my numerous pets and helping out in the calf pens.
I now live in the hills, on a Sheep and Beef farm with my fianće, who grew up out in Tuturumuri.
Teaching has always been my passion, and all I ever wanted to do since I was 5 years old. I thoroughly enjoy teaching the New Entrant level, there is never a dull moment. I love absolutely everything about Kahutara School and I am excited to make the Wairarapa my home.
Part time Teacher
Riki Te Tau