I have been teaching at Wairakei Primary School in many different roles since 2013. During this time I have shared classes, worked in a release position and taught New Entrants full time. I am now full time in the classroom with year 3 and 4 students.
I enjoy the dynamics that exist between our staff and, most importantly, with the children. It’s great hearing the children share their experiences with our class and build relationships with each other. Showing an interest in what they love and having fantastic conversations helps to build great relationships and encourages children to be motivated and confident to share. I am a talker and I relish being able to chat with our parents and community members, to get to know our local whanau too.
I was born and raised in a farming community just out of Taihape and enjoy being in a school with a country feel. I have been teaching since 1997 in the Taupo district, with a bit of time out for travel to Camp of America in 2000, and to the UK and Europe in 2005, as well as breaks when I had my two children. I am married to Stephen who is facilitator at Waikato University. Our son and daughter both attend, and love, Wairakei Primary School. As a family we enjoy the activities that Taupo has to offer. Particularly the fantastic opportunities to indulge my passion of horse riding and competing in this sport. As well as getting outdoors I also like to spend time reading and having time with family.
Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
– Author UnknownCarla Ross