Downstairs Habitat Teams

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The #oresome educators in LH2 and LH4 are super fun and focused on learning through a balance of play and deliberate acts of teaching.

Learn more about these fabulous Learning Coaches who make the magic happen through provocations, discovery, literacy, maths and heaps of hands on fun.

Meet our “#Oresome” LH2 and LH4 Teams

Shenai Bachu
Shenai BachuLearning Coach - LH4
Shenai joined Ormiston Primary School in February 2017. She graduated at the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Education degree.Thereafter, she travelled to London where she lived and worked for a period of 5 years and has since returned home to settle down and enjoy time with family and friends.

Shenai has worked in a range of schools across East and West London this has helped her gain diverse experience as well as interacting with a wide range of learners with various educational dispositions. Shenai values and appreciates cultural diversity and believes in fostering and encouraging all learners to make valid contributions by sharing their knowledge and experience with their peers.

Shenai enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures and exploring foreign lands. She has lived in 3 countries, visited 19 countries and travelled to 40 cities. She looks forward to collaborating with staff and learners alike working towards achieving common goals.

Sheree Blake
Sheree BlakeLearning Coach - LH4
Sheree completed a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese through Massey University in 2011 after living in Japan for three years. At the end of her Bachelor of Arts study she again returned to Japan for three years on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. During her time on JET she worked in both junior high school (years 7-9) and at primary schools (years 1-6).

After returning to New Zealand, Sheree completed her Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) through Victoria University in 2016. This is Sheree’s first teaching position and she is excited about the opportunities to grow and work with the learners throughout Ormiston Primary School. Sheree has a passion for learning new skills and ways of teaching and encouraging a growth mindset in learners. Sheree is working hard to ensure she reflects on her teaching practice in order to meet the needs of the learners.

Sheree loves to sew, read and sing. She enjoys sewing and reading in her weekends and singing and reading with the learners in the habitat. Sheree has a large family spread throughout New Zealand (and overseas) and enjoys catching up with them via Skype or in person whenever she can.

After returning to New Zealand, Sheree completed her Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) through Victoria University in 2016. This is Sheree’s first teaching position and she is excited about the opportunities to grow and work with the learners throughout Ormiston Primary School. Sheree has a passion for learning new skills and ways of teaching and encouraging a growth mindset in learners. Sheree is working hard to ensure she reflects on her teaching practice in order to meet the needs of the learners.

Sheree loves to sew, read and sing. She enjoys sewing and reading in her weekends and singing and reading with the learners in the habitat. Sheree has a large family spread throughout New Zealand (and overseas) and enjoys catching up with them via Skype or in person whenever she can.

Ellaine Ford
Ellaine FordInclusive Learning Leader and Learning Coach - LH2
Ellaine began her teaching career at St Paul’s Primary School after completing a Bachelor of Education at Auckland University in 2012. During her time at St Paul’s Ellaine taught a range of learners between years 1-6 and led performing arts projects such as School Productions, Stage Challenge and Cultural and Modern Dance Groups.

At the end of 2015 Ellaine moved to London, UK to teach and travel. She taught at Spa School for pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder, where she developed a real passion for working with learners with special educational needs. Ellaine is excited to bring her knowledge and expertise to Ormiston and looks forward to supporting and working with learners who have high learning needs.

Upon returning to NZ, Ellaine spent a term at Pakuranga Heights Primary School as a Senior Teacher, supporting the SENCO with Special Education. She then joined the Ormiston team in Term 2 as our new Inclusive Learning Leader and Learning Coach in LH2.

In her spare time, Ellaine enjoys reading, running and yoga. She loves spending time with family and animals.

After returning to New Zealand, Sheree completed her Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) through Victoria University in 2016. This is Sheree’s first teaching position and she is excited about the opportunities to grow and work with the learners throughout Ormiston Primary School. Sheree has a passion for learning new skills and ways of teaching and encouraging a growth mindset in learners. Sheree is working hard to ensure she reflects on her teaching practice in order to meet the needs of the learners.

Sheree loves to sew, read and sing. She enjoys sewing and reading in her weekends and singing and reading with the learners in the habitat. Sheree has a large family spread throughout New Zealand (and overseas) and enjoys catching up with them via Skype or in person whenever she can.

Tanja Hans
Tanja HansLearning Coach - LH2
Tanja completed her Bachelor in Early childhood education and worked in a early childhood setting for three years while doing her degree. Once she completed this she did a Graduate Diploma in Primary education. Since this she has worked as a new entrant/year 1 teacher at Rongomai Primary and Aka Aka school and has just joined the team at OrmPS in LH4 in term 4 of 2016.

She is excited to get involved in the school community and help in any way she can. Tanja’s passion for teaching lies in the early years and the early development of learners. Coming from an early childhood background she believes in the philosophy that children learn through play and hands on based learning experiences. Fostering the learners curiosity and interests is Tanja’s main priority in LH4.

Outside of school Tanja enjoys baking, playing sports and spending time with friends and family.

Sudha Jacob
Sudha JacobLearning Coach - LH2
Sudha Jacob began her teaching career as a trained primary teacher and later, became an Early childhood educator. She returned to Primary teaching after working in the Early childhood sector for a while. She believes teaching is a lifelong process. She aims to create an environment that encourages curiosity, collaboration and determination for the learners. She enjoys working alongside the learners as they investigate and modify their theories.

She loves science and mathematics. Coming from an Early childhood background, she values play based learning. She tries to motivate the learners to reach their full potential, ask questions, learn from their mistakes, find reasons and support each other.

She has two daughters. She likes gardening, travelling, church activities and spending time with her family.

Trudi Kareko
Trudi KarekoLearning Coach - LH4
Trudi enjoys collaborating with and learning with and from amazing educational professionals and has been doing so within the Manawatu and Horowhenua regions for over the last 10 years! Having recently moved to the ‘Big Smoke’ she is very excited at the opportunity to work alongside the team at Ormiston Primary School. Trudi enjoys collaborative environments, which places emphasis on learner engagement, innovation, and personalised learning! Having over 10 years teaching experience, 6 years leadership experience, in addition to experience as SENCO and as Specialist ORS teacher, Trudi looks forward to sharing and enhancing her experiences within our school community as well as learning with and from our learners, whanau and our professional teams. Trudi is a mum of two, sister to four and friend of many! She loves spin classes, sometimes enjoys running running and most of all enjoys spending time with her favourite people!
Michelle Lennon
Michelle LennonLearning Coach - LH4
In July 2016 Michelle joined the Ormiston team as a Learning Coach in LH2, and is extremely excited to experience all the new challenges in an innovative learning environment.

In 2006 Michelle completed a Bachelor of Education from Auckland University, which started her teaching and learning journey, however before this she worked for a range of private and Government based companies in various administrative roles in both Auckland and Wellington.

Michelle began her teaching career in 2007 with a Year 2 class at Rowandale Primary School, from there she moved onto teaching Year 7 and 8 at Pakuranga Intermediate School, later moving into a specialist role teaching Spanish and then onto Elm Park School teaching a range of junior school learners from year 0-3.

In 2009 Michelle discovered a passion for teaching and learning languages, gaining a qualification in teaching Spanish in 2010; was awarded a Ministry of Education Language Scholarship Programme to study in Argentina in 2011; and gained a Graduate Diploma in teaching English as a second language in 2014. This led to senior roles in leading and facilitating, ESOL, Spanish Language and International Students.

As a true ‘Howickian’, Michelle was raised and educated in the Howick area and, after a time away, has returned to live in Howick with her own family. When she’s not working Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, studying, learning new things, reading and baking.

James Morrow
James MorrowLearning Coach - LH2
James completed his Bachelor of Education from Te Wananga O Aotearoa in 2015. James has always been envisioned himself working in an Innovative Learning Environment and is extremely excited to be apart of the Learning Habitat 4 and Ormiston Primary School family. He looks forward to developing not only himself but the learners he interacts with in both LH4 and the rest of the school.

James’ attraction to the teaching profession was that he had great role model teachers while attending Dilworth College. They demonstrated great learning styles and also had the ability to guide him for both academic and personal growth. This inspired James to begin his career which would enable learners to strive for being the best they can be.

Margaret Patrick
Margaret PatrickLearning Coach - LH4
Margaret Patrick has 30 years teaching experience in both primary and secondary schools in South and West Auckland. She has worked in Special Education for the MoE and was awarded a scholarship to go to university to specialise in teaching Deaf and hearing impaired learners. Margaret is passionate about New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and how it enables Deaf to develop language and access learning opportunities.

Mrs Patrick is a Learning Coach and a member of the Board of Trustees at OrmPS. She loves singing, classic minis, gardening and her family. On the weekends she can’t wait to go to her cottage at Waiwera. She swims right up to July in the sea, and regularly goes fishing, walking in the bush and along the beaches with her husband.

Mrs Patrick is able to teach using NZSL. She is excited about working collaboratively with other Learning Coaches designing learning opportunities for such amazing learners.