Hi, my name is Chris Porteous and I am in Room 28, team teaching with Erin Hooper. I started my professional life working for 9 years as a youth worker/counsellor based out of Greenlane Christian Centre, just down the road. In 2013, I retrained as a primary school teacher and started at CPDS the following year as a beginning teacher. I have loved being part of the team here over the past few years. Something that always stands out for me is the incredibly supportive community that we have, from the staff, to the kids, to the wider whanau. I also seriously appreciate working with such innovative and creative people who are constantly thinking how we can try out new ideas in our practice and do things better. Finally, I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids to work with. As I write this, I am watching my class work through the tech design process to make Rube Goldberg Machines. Their engagement in the learning, creative thinking and the way in which they collaborate to do some pretty amazing things really is a testament to the fantastic school this is.