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Principal I am Hamish Hislop, the Principal at Moturoa School. I began working here at the start of 2019. I am proud to be from Taranaki and enjoy teaching our wonderful tamariki. The calm learning environment and wonderful facilities make our school welcoming to all our visitors. We know our learners, work hard to make a difference to their lives and strive to improve our environment.

Hamish Hislop

Principal

I am Hamish Hislop, the Principal at Moturoa School. I began working here at the start of 2019. I am proud to be from Taranaki and enjoy teaching our wonderful tamariki. The calm learning environment and wonderful facilities make our school welcoming to all our visitors. We know our learners, work hard to make a difference to their lives and strive to improve our environment.

Deputy Principal I am Carolyn Weston, the Deputy Principal at Moturoa School. I love working here with our beautiful, creative and caring children. Moturoa School is special because of its size, its fabulous outdoor environment and its proximity to the sea. We are very lucky to be able to walk to the beach, up to Ngamotu Domain and to other local attractions whenever we want. I love teaching the children who come to Moturoa School.

Carolyn Weston

Deputy Principal

I am Carolyn Weston, the Deputy Principal at Moturoa School. I love working here with our beautiful, creative and caring children. Moturoa School is special because of its size, its fabulous outdoor environment and its proximity to the sea. We are very lucky to be able to walk to the beach, up to Ngamotu Domain and to other local attractions whenever we want. I love teaching the children who come to Moturoa School.

Teaching Staff

Teacher I am very fortunate to co-teach with Zoë in our region’s only Montessori Primary class. I trained as an A.M.I. Montessori teacher in early childhood and primary. I completed my B.Ed, graduate diploma in Early Childhood and Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education. I love being able to teach across the curriculum, supporting the children in working hard together to make our planet a better place. “

Rachel Ammundsen

Teacher

I am very fortunate to co-teach with Zoë in our region’s only Montessori Primary class. I trained as an A.M.I. Montessori teacher in early childhood and primary. I completed my B.Ed, graduate diploma in Early Childhood and Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education. I love being able to teach across the curriculum, supporting the children in working hard together to make our planet a better place. “

Teacher My name is Zoë Robinson and I am very fortunate to co-teach with Rachel in the Montessori classrooms. I have a bachelor of Education and I trained in Wellington 15 years ago. I love working at Moturoa School with such a supportive and friendly team of knowledgeable teachers and fantastic children. I am incredibly proud of our focus on environmental education at our school.

Zoe Robinson

Teacher

My name is Zoë Robinson and I am very fortunate to co-teach with Rachel in the Montessori classrooms. I have a bachelor of Education and I trained in Wellington 15 years ago. I love working at Moturoa School with such a supportive and friendly team of knowledgeable teachers and fantastic children. I am incredibly proud of our focus on environmental education at our school.

Teacher Living in Taranaki is opening all sorts of possibilities for me having made the move from the Capital in 2018. I had visited Taranaki many times but living here is a whole new adventure. Moturoa is the small school with a big heart and spirit that I enjoy most. I feel fortunate to be an educator in New Zealand in all that we are able to access and bring to the classroom and children’s lives.

Kat McDonnell

Teacher

Living in Taranaki is opening all sorts of possibilities for me having made the move from the Capital in 2018. I had visited Taranaki many times but living here is a whole new adventure. Moturoa is the small school with a big heart and spirit that I enjoy most. I feel fortunate to be an educator in New Zealand in all that we are able to access and bring to the classroom and children’s lives.

Teacher I joined the teaching team at Moturoa in 2020. I am proud to be a part of our family focused, forward thinking and welcoming school. I believe my role as kaiako in the junior team is to create a learning space that fosters creativity, imagination and collaboration through Playful Learning. I am passionate about giving our young learners the best possible start to their education based on these key foundational skills.

Max Pringle

Teacher

I joined the teaching team at Moturoa in 2020. I am proud to be a part of our family focused, forward thinking and welcoming school. I believe my role as kaiako in the junior team is to create a learning space that fosters creativity, imagination and collaboration through Playful Learning. I am passionate about giving our young learners the best possible start to their education based on these key foundational skills.

Teacher 2020 A-Z Parent Handbook I have the privilege of working part-time in the New Entrant to year 2 class, in a job share position with Sarah. I love being a part of a child’s first class at school; helping them gain confidence as they settle into school, make friends and begin their adventure with learning. I have been working at Moturoa school since 2018. The family atmosphere, beautiful views and proximity to the beach make it a pleasure to come to school.

Melissa Surgenor

Teacher

2020 A-Z Parent Handbook I have the privilege of working part-time in the New Entrant to year 2 class, in a job share position with Sarah. I love being a part of a child’s first class at school; helping them gain confidence as they settle into school, make friends and begin their adventure with learning. I have been working at Moturoa school since 2018. The family atmosphere, beautiful views and proximity to the beach make it a pleasure to come to school.

Teacher Hi, my name is Charlene Jacobs and I am married to Keith Jacobs. Together, we have two awesome sons. We moved to Auckland from South Africa in 2008. I have taught the 6-9 year olds at Montessori @ Howick Primary for 5 years full time. We moved to New Plymouth in 2019 for a better lifestyle and as a bonus, I was offered a Part Time position to work alongside Rachel and Zoë in Koromiko/Pinatoro class. I also do Relief work around the school as needed.

Charlene Jacobs

Teacher

Hi, my name is Charlene Jacobs and I am married to Keith Jacobs. Together, we have two awesome sons. We moved to Auckland from South Africa in 2008. I have taught the 6-9 year olds at Montessori @ Howick Primary for 5 years full time. We moved to New Plymouth in 2019 for a better lifestyle and as a bonus, I was offered a Part Time position to work alongside Rachel and Zoë in Koromiko/Pinatoro class. I also do Relief work around the school as needed.

Teacher My name is Sarah Oakes and I have had the privilege to be the teacher in Kowhai classroom since 2015. Kowhai is a composite Year 0-2 class. Moturoa School has a beautiful sense of community and I love that it is an enviro school. This is the thing I feel passionate about. I feel fortunate to be part of a small staff who also feel like an extended family. I love the honesty and openness and our commitment to do the very best for the wonderful children we teach.

Sarah Oakes

Teacher

My name is Sarah Oakes and I have had the privilege to be the teacher in Kowhai classroom since 2015. Kowhai is a composite Year 0-2 class. Moturoa School has a beautiful sense of community and I love that it is an enviro school. This is the thing I feel passionate about. I feel fortunate to be part of a small staff who also feel like an extended family. I love the honesty and openness and our commitment to do the very best for the wonderful children we teach.

In 2018, I completed my Bachelors of Arts in Education and Philosophy, and in 2020, completed my Teaching qualification. Born in Taranaki, I feel honoured to give back to my home community through educating our tamariki. Moturoa School is a special place to be and I feel privileged to be a new edition to this whānau.

Harri Burrell

In 2018, I completed my Bachelors of Arts in Education and Philosophy, and in 2020, completed my Teaching qualification. Born in Taranaki, I feel honoured to give back to my home community through educating our tamariki. Moturoa School is a special place to be and I feel privileged to be a new edition to this whānau.
Teacher Aide

Emma Warren

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Kerry Hepworth

Teacher Aide
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Hannah Cassidy

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Office Administrator

Karlene Jones

Office Administrator
Environmental Educator

Bill Clarkson

Environmental Educator
Kapa Haka Teachers

Whaea Wharekuka

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Matua Clive

Kapa Haka Teachers
Caretaker

Kellan Bartlett

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