I have recently joined the CPDS whanau and am already enjoying the spirit of the school and its community. I’m eager to become more involved throughout the year with the school activities especially the kapa haka group, as Te Ao Maori is a passion of mine. I am also very fortunate to have a diverse range of ethnicities in my classroom as it allows me and the children to learn about and celebrate all of our cultures together. Although my immediate family all live in Australia, I have no shortage of family here in Aotearoa. I have an encouraging partner who understands my enthusiasm for teaching and working with children, to help them realise their potential. I have supportive grandparents that continually offer advice and love, and I have as many nieces and nephews as I do fingers and toes. My weekends are spent with my whanau whether it is relaxing at home with a big family lunch or dinner or swimming all day at a beach.