Teaching Team

 

We have a team of fantastic educators leading learning at Ararira Springs Primary – Te Puna o Ararira.

 

Andrea Harrison

Andrea Harrison

Teacher / Kaiako

Andrea came to us from Lincoln Primary School, and prior to that, Clarkville School. She is an experienced junior school teacher and is an advocate of teaching and learning in collaborative environments.

Andrea has a passion for child-led learning, especially Inquiry, student engagement and children being given an appropriate choice to direct their own learning. She has a BSc and has undertaken further professional development in leading science teaching.

Andrea chooses to live in our school community in Lincoln with her husband, Stephen and their daughters, Kaetlyn and Emma. Living in the local community, you may bump into Andrea out and about at local venues and family events, where she is always happy to say hi.

You can contact Andrea via andrea.harrison@ararira.school.nz

Angela Shea

Angela Shea

Teacher / Kaiako

Angela comes to Ararira Springs with more than 10 years of teaching experience and a special interest in developing literacy in the junior school. She loves it when children’s faces light up and believes in sparking curiosity by providing engaging, fun learning opportunities. She is committed to ensuring holistic growth in each child so children can reach their full potential through meaningful learning experiences while developing necessary skills in a growing digital world. 

Angela grew up in Dunedin and, prior to moving to Canterbury, lived and taught English in Japan for 4 years. It is there that she met her husband, Patrick, with whom she has two children, Sophie and Michael. She enjoys spending quality time with family, travelling, reading, singing and watching the latest productions at the Isaac Theatre Royal. 

You can contact Angela via angela.shea@ararira.school.nz

April Tougas

April Tougas

Teacher / Kaiako

April has been working in a part time capacity at Ararira Springs since it opened in 2019. This year she is teaching year three and four in Kaunuku.

April likes to create a space that is welcoming, positive and inclusive, where all students feel safe to contribute their thoughts and ideas. She wants her students to be active and engaged in the learning process. April likes teaching all subjects but she especially enjoys teaching maths and art.

April is originally from Southland and has previously taught for two years on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand, four years in England and six years in Alaska. She currently lives in Springston with her husband, Paul, and their three children Isla (13 years), Abel (11 years) and Eben (9 years). She loves spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, and reading. When she has spare time she enjoys sewing and is trying to learn to be a better gardener.

Brooklyn Neame

Brooklyn Neame

Teacher / Kaiako

Brooklyn is a beginning teacher and is very excited to be joining the Ararira Springs community.

She attended the University of Canterbury completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on Education and Māori and Indigenous Studies. She is passionate about incorporating this into her teaching. Brooklyn then gained a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning.  I have also completed three years of night classes towards NZSL which I am excited to include in the classroom.

Brooklyn grew up in Lincoln attending both Lincoln Primary and high school. She now lives in Wigram with her best friends, and her whānau still lives in Lincoln. She loves playing social and competitive sports, including volleyball, touch and netball. Brooklyn enjoys taking the family dog on walks, playing team sports, and hanging out with her friends.

Brooklyn is super excited to begin her teaching journey, to learn and develop alongside the tamariki. She believes that creating positive relationships with tamariki is extremely valuable in ensuring that everyone has a sense of belonging in their class.

You can contact Brooklyn via brooklyn.neame@ararira.school.nz

Carolyn Sutherland

Carolyn Sutherland

Teacher / Kaiako

Carolyn grew up in Christchurch, in the area now referred to as the ‘Red Zone’, and now lives in Rolleston with her partner, Rob, their two children, Emily and Grayson, one cat, and a goldfish too. On the weekends they go mountain biking at the various trail parks around Christchurch and can also be found sampling delicious food at the local eateries. In the longer holiday breaks they also enjoy visiting whānau, and fishing near Picton.

Carolyn came to us after five years at West Melton School, where she had taught both Year 3-4 and Year 5-6 in collaborative, innovative learning environments. She enjoys teaching literacy, science, maths, and is an enthusiastic supporter of te reo me ōna tikanga Māori. She likes to integrate digital tools across learning areas to give students opportunities to create and collaborate. Carolyn believes a supportive learning environment recognizes and promotes the acceptance of diverse needs and that all children should feel encouraged and inspired to strive for success.

You can contact Carolyn via carolyn.sutherland@ararira.school.nz

Danielle Jackson

Danielle Jackson

Teacher / Kaiako

Danielle is originally from Blenheim, but made Christchurch her home 18 years ago and now considers herself a Cantabrian. She currently lives in Lincoln with her partner Nathan and their 3 children, Amelia, Heidi and Hunter.

Danielle has come to us after working at Waimairi School for 10 years, primarily teaching year 5 & 6. She is passionate about helping every student be the best person they can be. Helping them to be caring, curious and capable citizens in today’s world; to believe in themselves and have effective practices to enhance their wellbeing. She enjoys teaching and learning alongside the whole child and helping to create opportunities for students to lead their own learning.

Danielle enjoys playing netball, running, and doing word puzzles. She is an avid rugby fan and loves quality time with her whanau.

You can contact Danielle via danielle.jackson@ararira.school.nz

Deb Wesley

Deb Wesley

Teacher / Kaiako

Deb is a passionate teacher with over 27 years of teaching experience. She came to us at the start of 2020 from Lincoln Primary School where she taught New Entrants and Year 4’s. Prior to Lincoln Primary School, Deb taught at Somerfield Primary for 18 years and Banks Avenue School. 

Deb believes in the best outcomes for all students by having high expectations. She seeks to inspire students through authentic, innovative and rich learning opportunities particularly through play. She encourages children to be brave and take risks with their learning. Deb can often be found learning alongside children and their passions. Māori values are very important in the spaces where she teaches- aroha, manaaki, and children learning with and from each other are the norm.

Deb is originally from Southbridge, grew up in Halswell and attended Lincoln High School. She has lived in Lincoln with husband Cary and their two children Leah (16) and Henry (12) for the last 17 years. When Deb is not at school, she is a regular at the Lincoln Rec Centre, enjoys reading, spending time with the family and running. She is often out and about in the community and loves living and working locally.

You can contact Deb via deb.wesley@ararira.school.nz

Kelly McIntyre

Kelly McIntyre

Teacher / Kaiako

Kelly grew up in Oamaru then trained in Dunedin where she met her husband, Grant. They have two teenage children and live in Prebbleton. Kelly taught at Prebbleton Primary School for 9 years before moving to South Hornby School. She likes to knit and enjoys baking and gardening. As a family, the McIntyres often holiday in Twizel, enjoying water sports during the Summer months.

Kelly is passionate about teaching; her ultimate goal is to get children excited about coming to school each day. She strives to develop student confidence so that they feel comfortable taking risks and can foster an innate curiosity. Kelly loves creating an environment where whānau feel welcome and part of their child’s learning journey.

You can contact Kelly via kelly.mcintyre@ararira.school.nz

Larissa Jay

Larissa Jay

Teacher / Kaiako

Larissa’s teaching career began in Auckland over 17 years ago, after being a dental therapist in a school for 6 years. Larissa taught both in the primary and secondary sectors in a variety of roles.  Larissa has a love of dance and has a wealth of experience in the arts after completing a post graduate in performing arts and gaining a Masters in Education majoring in dance education and leadership. Larissa thrives on learning and is passionate about sharing her love of learning with students in a calm, child-centred environment. 
 
Larissa returned to her home town of Lincoln with her two children to be closer to family. Larissa has been working at a variety of schools as a reliever or in part-time roles. Now all the family attend Ararira Springs Primary School and it is exciting for them all to be part of this dedicated, diverse and inclusive school community.

Larissa believes in encompassing the whole child as holistic learning is key to lifelong well-being. This is a way of developing every child’s unique spirit or wairua. She fosters interest and care for others, wonder and a lifelong passion for learning. She is passionate about inclusive education and believes everyone should be given the opportunity to learn.

In her free time, Larissa enjoys family time, exploring the great outdoors, supporting her children in their various activities, yoga and reading a good book. You can contact Larissa via larissa.jay@ararira.school.nz.

Leonie Pengelly

Leonie Pengelly

Teacher / Kaiako

Leonie grew up in the Manawatu and moved to Lincoln with her family almost 3 years ago. She comes to us with over 17 years teaching experience, having taught across all ages in the Manawatu, Auckland and more recently Lincoln and West Melton. 

She is married to Cam and they have 2 busy girls, Georgia and Emerson, 2 guinea pigs and a handsome greyhound named Codie. As a family they spend time together biking, walking and camping. Leonie enjoys walking, reading and gardening in her spare time and is a volunteer for GAP (Greyhounds as Pets). 

Leonie believes in creating a positive learning environment where children feel valued and can develop a love for learning. She works alongside children to foster their needs and interests, developing their independence and sense of agency. Leonie believes building strong relationships is the key to a successful partnership between home and school.

You can contact Leonie via leonie.pengelly@ararira.school.nz

Lesley Earnshaw

Lesley Earnshaw

Teacher / Kaiako

Lesley grew up in England where she initially trained in singing, dance and drama. Her passion for the arts took her all over the world before she settled here in New Zealand. Halswell is now home, where she lives with her husband Kyle and her two young children Jacob and Emily. 
 
Lesley has been relieving locally for the past few years after graduating in teaching and is very excited to join Ararira in 2023. 
 
Lesley is passionate about building strong relationships with her learners and their whānau and believes this is key to creating a happy, welcoming space. She truly feels that if the children are happy, learning will happen. 
 
Lesley loves spending time with her family and will often be found in local walking spots, at the gym or drinking a cuppa over a good book. 
 
Make contact with Lesley via lesley.earnshaw@ararira.school.nz
Lydia Borlase

Lydia Borlase

Teacher / Kaiako

Lydia Borlase is a newly graduated teacher from Nelson. Over the course of her study, she was involved in the organisation of childrens’ holiday camps and the implementation of a leadership programme for youth at Teapot Valley Camp. Until the end of 2017, Lydia spent two years living in Lincoln and is excited to be joining the community again.
 

Lydia has a strong love of learning and is passionate about conveying this to tamariki and fostering it within them. As an avid reader and English tutor, her strength lies in literacy. She is also enthusiastic about teaching and learning within the arts and social sciences. Lydia is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that emboldens student agency and the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. In her free time, Lydia enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, playing the piano, watching musicals, drinking tea, and making the most of local tramps and beaches.

You can contact Lydia via lydia.borlase@ararira.school.nz

Meeghan Coetzee

Meeghan Coetzee

Teacher / Kaiako

Meeghan comes to Ararira Springs from Lincoln Primary School and prior to that West Riding Primary in Cape Town, South Africa. She has many years of teaching experience across different age groups in South Africa as well as in the United Kingdom. She relocated to Christchurch in 2018 and lives in Lincoln with her family.

Meeghan is passionate about teaching and learning and creating a positive learning environment.  She encourages her learners to get involved, ask questions and always do their best.

 Meeghan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors and exploring New Zealand whenever possible. You can contact Meeghan via meeghan.coetzee@ararira.school.nz 

Megan Newton

Megan Newton

Teacher / Kaiako

Megan comes to Ararira Springs from Halswell School and prior to that, Lincoln Primary. She has had lots of experience teaching in collaborative environments and enjoys working with children of all ages.

Megan is passionate about her learners and they are at the centre of everything she does. She makes it a priority to build relationships with all learners, finding out who they are, where they come from and what makes them unique. She recognises the importance of positive home-school partnerships and is committed to collaborating with parents and whānau to help each child reach their full potential. Megan particularly enjoys teaching mathematics, literacy and the arts, while also meaningfully integrating E-learning/digital technologies to enhance learning.

Megan grew up in Christchurch and has two ‘fur babies’, Buddy (dog) and Scooter (rabbit). In her spare time she enjoys taking Buddy for walks, spending time with whānau/friends, being creative and reading.

You can contact Megan via megan.newton@ararira.school.nz

Melissa Rennell

Melissa Rennell

Teacher / Kaiako

Melissa’s teaching career began in Christchurch in 2011 after graduating just months after the February 22 Earthquake. Prior to that, she worked as a Landscape Architect in Australia. Melissa channels her life as a designer in her teaching practice and has a passion for educational architecture and designing learning programmes and experiences for the needs of all learners. 

With over 12 years of experience working alongside the learners of Ōtautahi, she believes in a relationships-centred approach that caters for personalised learning that is fun, authentic and meaningful. She believes in connectedness, choice and student agency, and knows that this empowers students to strive for and achieve the unimaginable. Melissa loves developing learning landscapes that showcase effective collaborative practice, modern learning pedagogies, and hold technology and innovation at the forefront. 

Melissa has had close ties to the Lincoln community her whole life, from visiting her grandparents as a child and spending numerous days at the bowling club, to attending Lincoln High School and University, to now recently moving into the Lincoln community with her family (Chris, Henry, and Molly, their five-year-old Maltese X Shih Tzu). Melissa enjoys spending time with her whanau and friends and is always on the lookout for the next houseplant purchase. If you see her out and about, feel free to offer your houseplant recommendations or just stop to say hi – Molly would love the extra pats!

Feel free to contact Melissa via melissa.rennell@ararira.school.nz

Michael McDermott

Michael McDermott

Teacher / Kaiako

Having completed his first year of teaching back in his hometown of Masterton, Michael is excited to move back to Christchurch to be reunited with his wife, and get actively involved in the Lincoln community. His first year of experience at Lakeview School has only increased his passion for teaching and he is excited to join our school and continue to support akonga in a centred approach to teaching and learning.

He has a strong passion for building positive relationships with akonga, kaiako and whanau and strives to give the akonga a safe positive learning environment, where every child feels valued and they can explore their cultural identities.

He is an enthusiastic teacher who enjoys getting competitive when it comes to sporting activities and the students love when teachers take a step out of the teaching role and engage on their level both inside and outside the classroom. Michael has developed his knowledge of the Maori language and culture, so that he can better provide akonga with a learning environment that embraces te reo Māori. 

Michael grew up in Masterton and enjoyed playing various sports including football, softball, and basketball. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym and playing sports. 

You can contact Michael via michael.mcdermott@ararira.school.nz

Nicky Harding

Nicky Harding

Teacher/ Kaiako

Nicky came to Ararira from West Spreydon School, Christchurch where she was the team leader of the Year 0-2 Junior team. Nicky has a passion for teaching and learning and sets high expectations for behaviour and learning. She believes in a child-centred developmentally appropriate approach to learning. Nicky engages learners in a fun way using authentic learning activities where possible. She has strengths in using modern teaching practices to deepen learning. She loves the children she teaches and quickly makes connections with children and whanau.

Nicky grew up in Halswell. She has also lived and worked in Dunedin and Reading, U.K. Nicky lives “locally” in Prebbleton with her partner Wayne. She has three children – Jack (17) who attends Lincoln High and Holly (14) and Brooke (11), who attend Halswell Primary. In her spare time, Nicky loves spending time with her family, walking her naughty dog Oscar, biking and the occasional run! Nicky is currently learning NZSL.

You can contact Nicky via nicky.harding@ararira.school.nz

Pamela Marshall

Pamela Marshall

Teacher/ Kaiako

Born and raised in Blenheim, Pamela moved to Christchurch in 2007 where she studied for a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Canterbury. Pamela started teaching in Wellington and from there moved home to Christchurch teaching at Avondale and Papanui Primary Schools. 

Pamela loves the challenge that teaching and learning present each day, getting to know ākonga and their whānau and designing memorable opportunities through which tamariki can experience joy and success in learning. She has a keen interest in digital technologies and the authentic and purposeful use of digital platforms for enhancing learning opportunities.

Pamela lives in Rolleston with her husband Craig and their 3 year old daughter Genevieve. They love to be out and about at the beach in the summer and the mountains in the winter. They are a pipe band family. Pamela began playing the bagpipes 23 years ago, most of that time playing with the Canterbury Caledonian Society. Currently, on hiatus from playing while raising Genevieve, they can still be found following the bands and supporting her husband who plays in the drum corp.

Get in touch with Pamela via pamela.marshall@ararira.school.nz

Sam Isaacs

Sam Isaacs

Teacher / Kaiako

Sam returned to Christchurch from Auckland where she had been teaching at Pukekohe Intermediate in South Auckland for three years, teaching in an innovative learning environment. She has been learning more about tikanga Māori and how to speak te reo Māori.

Sam is passionate about integrating technology into the classroom to motivate and engage all learners. She has experience in helping students to explore all areas of the curriculum and to discover their interests and passions. Sam enjoys teaching drama and has had an active role in all aspects of full school productions.

Sam grew up in Timaru with her family, who have since relocated to Christchurch. Sam has a love of reading, enjoys playing tennis and can often be found skiing with friends and family during winter.

You can contact Sam via sam.isaacs@ararira.school.nz

Shelley Smith

Shelley Smith

Teacher / Kaiako

Shelley comes to us after many years of teaching at Templeton School. She has worked in a variety of year levels but considers herself an experienced junior school kaiako with recent experience in year 1-2 learning spaces. Shelley is passionate about being part of the learning journey with tamariki and implementing authentic child-centred learning opportunities which spark curiosity and a love of learning. Shelley believes in the importance of creating a welcoming and supportive learning environment where everyone feels valued, respected and has a sense of belonging. She makes it a priority to develop positive reciprocal relationships with all tamariki and their whānau. Shelley has strengths in current literacy and mathematics practices, science and physical education.

Shelley grew up in the rural community of Ladbrooks and she still enjoys being part of the farming lifestyle with her parents living rurally. She has lived in a variety of places including England and the Central Plateau, North Island. Shelley now enjoys being part of the Lincoln community and lives here with her husband, Geoff and tamariki, Zachary and Alexia.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing netball, gardening, reading and taking her lovely dog, Meg for walks. She also enjoys being active with her whānau and likes to go bike riding, walking and exploring new places around Ōtautahi with them. 

You can contact Shelley via shelley.smith@ararira.school.nz

Tash Scoble

Teacher / Kaiako

Tash has been working at Ararira Springs in a part-time capacity since 2020. She came to Ararira Springs with more than 10 years of experience teaching in the junior school including specialist literacy training. 

Tash believes in establishing quality relationships where tamariki and their whanau feel welcome to share their ideas, experiences and understandings.  She loves to motivate tamariki to take the lead in their learning and to help them to learn about themselves as rangatira in their learning journey. 

In addition to junior literacy, Tash has a passion for growing children’s thinking skills. She aims to help tamariki have fun while making connections, building on curiosities and thinking creatively. 

Tash grew up in Kirwee, Canterbury. After spending time overseas, and up in Te Ika-a-Māui, Tash and her whānau returned to Te Waipounamu because it is simply the most amazing place for tamariki to grow up in!

You can contact Tash via tash.scoble@ararira.school.nz

2022 Ako Class Structure

2022 Ako Class Structure

Class Composition and Teacher Allocation

Teacher Year Level Space
Angela Shea 0 & 1 Huarapa 1
Lydia Borlase 1 Huarapa 2
Larissa Jay 1 Huarapa 3
Nicky Harding 1 Huarapa 4
Deb Wesley 2 Teretere 1
Andrea Harrison 2 Teretere 2
Shelley Smith 2 Teretere 3
Sam Isaacs 3 & 4 Kaunuku 1
Kelly McIntyre 3 & 4 Kaunuku 2
Megan Newton 3 & 4 Kaunuku 3
April Tougas/Leonie Pengelly 3 & 4 Kaunuku 4
Meeghan Coetzee 5 & 6 Hikuwai 1
Blair Cook 5 & 6 Hikuwai 2
Michael McDermott 5 & 6 Hikuwai 3
Carolyn Sutherland 7 & 8 Hikuwai 4
Danielle Donehue 7 & 8 Hikuwai 5
     

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