Te Moana (Yrs 5 & 6) Teachers

Te Moana – The Sea

The drop of water (kopata wai) leaves the shelter of the Wharemauku Stream and now becomes part of the sea. It is pushed and pulled towards Kapiti Island in the distance and is continuing to gather knowledge on its journey to the Island.

There are six classes in our Year 5 & 6 team.

Room 9: Ottilie Wilson

My name is Ottilie. 
 
I live in central Wellington, which means that I commute on the train and enjoy the beautiful view of Kapiti island each day.  
 
I grew up in rural Hawkes Bay and then travelled overseas to study. I moved to the United States when I was 17 to finish my last year of high school in California. I then stayed in California to complete my first two years of university. I studied a range of different subjects, including astronomy, philosophy, psychology, zoology, and art. I majored in music, with the violin as my main instrument. 
 
Later, I returned home to New Zealand to complete my bachelor’s in music and master’s in teaching.  I have lots of experience as an orchestral violinist, and enjoy bringing my violin with me to school so that I can introduce students to the world of classical music. 
 

Room 10: Damien Walker

I have lived on the Kapiti Coast for 6 years, where I live with my wife and two young children. I graduated with a bachelor of arts in 2013, which I majored in psychology and philosophy. Creating effective relationships within each student themselves, their whanau and within the community is a key priority within my teaching practice.

I am passionate about ensuring my teaching is engaging, builds on the students strengths and prior knowledge, and fosters each child to develop their growth mindset and become effective independent lifelong learners. 
 

Room 11: Hannah Johns

Kia ora, my name is Hannah Johns and I am excited to be starting my teaching journey at Raumati Beach School. Growing up in Plimmerton, I loved living near the ocean, going for early morning swims and walks along the beach. 

I have a Master’s Degree in Primary School Teaching as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. Between Degrees, I spent two years travelling around Europe and living in London. 
 
In my spare time I teach dancing at my local dance school, and have just started taking golf lessons. I love going on walks and adventures around New Zealand as well as spending time with my family and friends.
 

Room 19: Shellee May

Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Shellee tōku ingoa.
Ko Kapiti tōku mōtu 
Ko Rau o te Rangi tōku moana 
Ko Wharemauku tōku awa 
Ko Ngā Puhi tōku iwi 
Ko Mātaatua tōku waka 
No Wairarapa ahau. 
No reira, tēnā koutou katoa
Shellee May teaches in Room 19. She has taught in all areas of the school and also has experience working with adults to develop their literacy needs.  Shellee has lived on the Kapiti Coast for 13 years and now calls Paraparaumu her home.  She has two children attending local schools and loves that the friendly Kapiti community is their home too. Shellee has a special interest in collaboration and believes this is the key to developing independence, respect, a strong sense of self and personal responsibility.  Contact Shellee

Room 20: Kate Hudson-Gill & Rebecca Chisholm

Kate
 
I graduated from the University of Otago in 2009, with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary). I then moved to the beautiful Kapiti coast, where I have been teaching at Raumati Beach School in various year levels, in between maternity and parental leave. I enjoy all year levels, it has given me a good understanding of the students learning journeys, as they progress though the school. 

I am passionate about making learning fun and meaningful for the students. I aim to provide an engaging and motivating environment in which students can develop key life skills alongside Literacy and Numeracy. I believe that relationships with students and parents are the key to creating an environment in which students well-being and learning can develop. 

In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors with my family, especially the beach, parks and cricket grounds. I also enjoy baking delicious treats for my friends and reading books.

Contact Kate

Rebecca
 
In 2002 I graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration majoring in Management and Commercial Law. I went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from what was, Wellington College of Education.   It may seem that moving to primary school teaching from a business degree was an odd move, but it is one I haven’t regretted.

Early in my career I travelled to England and taught there for two years before returning to New Zealand to start a family.  My husband and I now have four children and have been living in Paraparaumu Beach for 13 years.

Since having children, I have been fortunate enough to work in a number of part-time teaching roles allowing me to balance work with being a mum. I have worked as a job-share teacher and a performing arts teacher at other local schools.  I have also taught ballet for a local dance school and have run the accounts for a start-up business that my husband was a founder of.  

In my teaching practice I aim to build strong relationships with students and whānau and create a learning environment that is positive, safe and creative.  I love being part of the Raumati Beach School community and continuing my learning journey.
 

Team Lead – Room 21: Jenni Adams

Jenni is currently teaching Year 5 and 6 students in Room 21 in Learning Street.  
 
She has over 25 years teaching experience working across all levels of the school, and enjoys the rewards and challenges that each age group brings. With a BA in English Literature, she is particularly passionate about reading and writing, and she endeavours to instil a life-long love for learning in her students. 
 
Jenni began her teaching career at Tawhai School in Stokes Valley where she worked for 18 years, followed by two years at Kelson School where her young son attended. Jenni believes in the importance of developing strong partnership ties between school and home, and she embraces the open door policy in her classroom. 
 
Born and raised in Wellington, Jenni spent her teenage years in Porirua before moving to the Hutt Valley. She moved to the Kapiti Coast with her husband and son in 2017, and thoroughly loves living on the Coast. 
 
In her spare time  Jenni enjoys spending time with her family, reading, eating out and catching up with family and friends.

Contact Jenni