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Teaching staff

Hi my name is Jo and I currently teach year 3/4's in Room 7. I have been teaching since 2005 and have been at Nelson Central since 2008. I am on the maths team and the special needs committee, I aim to make kids feel empowered and in control of their learning. We work hard but have a good balance of fun while we do it. I am married and have one beautiful daughter who keeps me busy when I'm not at work.

Tēnā Koutou
Ko Exmoor tōku maunga
Ko Horner tōku awa
Nō Ingarangi ahau
Ko Whakatu tōku kainga inainei
Ko Tuatahi o Whakatu tōku kura
Ko Robertson tōku whānau
Ko Ray Lewis tōku matua
Ko Liz Davies tōku whāea
Ko Robbie tōku hoa rangatira
Ko Joe, Ella, Hannah aku tamariki
Ko Kathryn tōku ingoa
My name is Kathryn Robertson and I am originally from Somerset, England but now call Nelson my home. I currently teach year 2 and 3 students in Room 9. This is my fourth year teaching at Nelson Central School but I have been involved in the school since my own son started in 2006. In the classroom my goal is to create a safe environment where students feel able to take risks with their learning and develop a can-do attitude. Knowing our whanau and building a strong partnership is key to the success of our students. In my spare time (not a lot!) I am busy with my family of three teenage children and husband Robbie. I love camping, tramping and generally being in the wonderful Nelson outdoors, especially walking our black Labrador, Ollie, up the Grampians or on the beach.
My name is Helen Zachariassen. I have been teaching at Nelson Central School since 2006 and am Team leader of Pohutukawa Syndicate (Year 2/3 classes). Before moving into Primary teaching I taught children with Special Needs and also taught English as a Second language to children and adults of various nationalities. I am passionate about teaching and getting to know the children and whanau at our school. Outside of school life I enjoy spending time at Golden Bay, with a perfect weekend involving kayaking, fishing and a bonfire on the beach.

Hi! I am Choi and have been teaching at Nelson Central School since 2007. I was fortunate to start my NZ teaching career in Te Pouahi, the bi-lingual unit at Nelson Central School and found that this was an amazing introduction to NZ culture. I am currently teaching in Kahikatea Syndicate, in a year 3 and 4 class. I am passionate about teaching and like to create a fun and stimulating learning environment. Outside of school, my family is heavily involved with Gymnastics Nelson. We have two boys who are competitive gymnasts. When we are not travelling around the country to competitions, we enjoy exploring the amazing New Zealand outdoors and try to do as much camping and tramping to huts as possible.

Kia ora koutou, Ka ū a Takitimu ki Aotearoa nei Ka takahia te mata o te whenua Ka piki au ki te tihi o Kahurānaki Ka titiro iho ki te waipuna a Tukituki e rere ana Ka tau mai ki runga i a Matahiwi te whare whakaruruhau Ko te reo maioha tērā a Ngāti Hāwea Ngā uri o Ngāti Kahungaunu E ko koia E ara e! Ko Erina Tuhakaraina tōku ingoa Ko aku kāwai heke, nō Te Matau ā Maui, engari I tipu ake au ki Whakatū. Kei Whakatū hoki tāku ngākau. Kia ora koutou, My name is Erina, I have been teaching at Nelson Central since mid-2004. I am currently teaching in a year 3/4 class in our bilingual unit which is called Te Pouahi. Te Pouahi and the philosophy behind it hold a special place in my heart. I too, was a student in the whānau unit back in the late 80's, early 90's. My senior responsibilities are syndicate team leader of Te Pouahi and Mentor teacher for two PRT's. My interests outside of work are chilling with my whānau, holidays and kapa haka. I also enjoy watching my whānau play sports; Rugby, League and Netball in the winter time and Touch in the summer.

Kia ora, My name is Neroli Sullivan. I have been teaching at Nelson Central School since 2007 and am the Team Leader of the Kowhai syndicate (Year 0-1). I am passionate about teaching in this area of the school. The energy and enthusiasm the children bring to school each day is inspirational and infectious. I am committed to enhancing children's overall development at school and in the community. I feel privileged to be part of such a supportive and successful school such as Nelson Central. Outside of school I have many interests. I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my family.

Kia ora, my name is Lynley I graduated from Canterbury University and began my Teaching career at an Intermediate in Christchurch before relocating to sunny Nelson in 2010 and since then I have been teaching at Nelson Central School.
I started teaching New Entrants in the Kowhai Syndicate and then joined the Pohutakawa Syndicate in a Year 2 class. Alongside my teaching role, I am also Syndicate leader, part of the ICT/E Learning lead team and the leader of the newly formed Enviroschools team.
In my spare time my family and I like to go tramping/camping, diving, fishing, kayaking and generally enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities that Nelson so freely provides.

Hi I am Sally and have been teaching for six years. I began my teaching career here at Nelson Central School in 2008. In this time I have taught from New Entrants through to Year 6. I enjoy creating a fun, and caring learning environment in which children are challenged and simply encouraged to do their best. Being a part of children's progress on a daily basis is very rewarding. I have a passion for ICT and lead the E-learning team here at Nelson Central. Outside of school I have a number of interests. I particularly enjoy being in the outdoors running, mountain biking and water-skiing with friends and family. My large whanau are a big part of my life along with the community at Annesbrook Church.

Kia ora. I am Tracy and I started my career as a teacher in the UK in 1989. I spent 10 years working with 8-11 year olds before heading overseas to Romania and Cambodia where I taught 4 and 5 year olds in British International schools. On my travels I met my kiwi partner and in 2007 I moved to Nelson to be with him. I was very lucky to be offered a job at Nelson Central School and have worked as part of the Kowhai New Entrant team ever since. Guiding children and their families through the first year of school is a special privilege full of fun, laughter and special moments as the children discover their potential and see themselves as learners. I also have a passion for Special Needs Education and am pursuing this through study on a Specialist Teaching postgraduate diploma. My aim is to support staff, children and families at Nelson Central through the knowledge I gain from this study.