Lee Newland – Rm 3 – New Entrants
I have had the pleasure of teaching at Vogeltown school for a number of years.
I teach in the Junior area of the school in the New Entrant Room and have the wonderful job of welcoming new 5 year olds into the school as they begin their school life at Vogeltown.
I aim to create a classroom environment that is welcoming, vibrant and conducive to learning and enjoy working in partnership with our families to ensure each 5 year olds start to school life is a happy and successful one.
I am looking forward to 2016, continuing the learning journey with some children and beginning it with others.
Adrienne Treadway – Room 1
I began my teaching career in England where I trained to teach and then taught for 7 years in an Infant School teaching 4-7 year olds. After moving back to NZ with my young family I found myself in New Plymouth and am delighted to be working at Vogeltown School. It has an amazing supportive staff and fantastic kids.
I love teaching the younger children and getting them off to a great start on their learning journey. This year I am excited to be developing a Play Based Learning classroom and will be working on developing the outside learning environment.
Heather Oliver – Room 2
I am currently teaching Yr 1 children at the Junior school.
I have taught across all levels up to Year 8 and I still love the spontaneity and fun-loving nature of the younger children. We have lots of laughs, and the progress they make in a year is amazing! This year is going to be another great year of learning and fun.
I look forward to getting to know my new class of children and their families, and building positive relationships to foster great learning in a vibrant and stimulating environment.
We have a wonderful little school and fantastic teachers who care about kids, and want to have fun!
I am a Naki girl, born and bred so it is a great pleasure beginning my teaching career back in New Plymouth at Vogeltown School. I have been in Dunedin at the University of Otago for the last 4 years completing my teacher training.
I love being outside, taking part in sports and exercise as well as spending time with family and friends! I can’t wait to be a part of the Vogeltown family and get to know everyone.
Joanne Harold – Room 5
I began my teaching career way back in 1984 at Marfell School in New Plymouth, where I spent 3 1/2 very happy and rewarding years. I then moved to Hawera where I married the lovely Mr Harold and taught for another 3 1/2 years before starting our family. When my youngest of 3 sons turned 4, I began part-time work at Vogeltown School and have been here ever since!
My aim is to create a classroom environment that promotes positive learning experiences. We like to have fun and smiling and laughing is compulsory. Our classroom walls are bright and colourful and filled with the children’s quality work. You are welcome to visit us any time!
Linda Sleep – Room 7
I have been teaching at Vogeltown School for a few years, most of them at the junior school. Last year I moved to the senior school and taught a year 4/5 class. It was hugely rewarding seeing these children grow and learn so much throughout the year. I have had some great experiences at Vogeltown.
Our school has terrific kids, supportive parents and community as well as hard working dedicated staff, who all help to make teaching very interesting, rewarding and, always lots of fun. I am looking forward to working with our year 3/4 children in 2016!
Laura Seed – Room 9
I am a Taranaki girl, having lived here all of my life. My family is very sporty and you will often see myself, my husband and our 3 children out and about at various sporting arenas. My teaching career began at Vogeltown School 5 years ago and I have been lucky enough to teach students in the senior and middle school.
Vogeltown has such a warm and friendly vibe and I love to reflect this in my classroom, aiming to always have the walls full with my student’s bright and colourful learning.
Nathan Ransfield – Room 10
I have been teaching for 8 years, I have done most of my teaching in Years 3 & 4 and 7 & 8. I am looking forward to teaching Vogeltown School’s seniors as I know they have a lot of potential.
Although I am fairly new to Vogeltown, I already feel like I have been here for years. Vogeltown School has a warm friendly, positive feeling to it and I am glad that I have the opportunity to be a part of it.
Sheila Parker – Room 11
I think I am one of the luckiest people because for me going to work is an absolute pleasure. I love teaching and yes it is true, the students in my class hear it lots…. when I’m not in the room with them I miss them!
Teaching at Vogeltown School is something I have done for a l-o-n-g time and I love it! Our daughter and son came through VS so my association with this school is long and varied. During my time teaching here I have taught all levels, held various management positions and even had a term as Acting Principal! But my true passion is being in the class.
Parents, our door is always open! Friday Morning is our Creative time where we especially love and appreciate parent help! I’m looking forward to getting to know the students and families of the 2016 class!
Josh Stirling – Room 12
I am in my third year of teaching following a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching and previously completing a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science.
I have recently moved to New Plymouth from Hamilton to take up this amazing teaching job at Vogeltown School. My motivation for teaching comes from personal experience of wanting to be a role model and make a difference. I am very excited to be teaching in the senior school, and collaborating with the children to build a positive learning environment.
Tom Lancaster – Room 13
Hi, I am now in my third year of teaching at Vogeltown School after being lucky enough to land a job straight out of Uni. Originally I am from Hawke’s Bay but was persuaded (rather easily) to move here by my partner who is also a teacher. I love Taranaki and am privileged to teach at Vogeltown School. I enjoy squash, running and cycling outside of school and try to encourage my students to be active in their daily lives.
Rachel Pretty – Room 14
Teaching has been a late but very rewarding career choice for me. I started at Coastal Taranaki Area School in 2005. This was a great experience as it was a brand new school. After a few years at Coastal, I got a job at Vogeltown. I am very privileged to work with such a supportive team. They are dedicated, professional teachers with the student’s best interests at heart.
I am also lucky enough to have had my daughter attend. I offer a safe learning environment where the children are encouraged to have a go through different experiences. I believe if a child has confidence they will succeed. All children deserve the best and that is what they get at Vogeltown School.
Mike George – Rm 8
Kia Ora Vogeltown whanau. I am married to Kathryn and we have three wonderful daughters, Sarah 20, Laura 18 and Sophie 15. I love everything about Vogeltown School and have been a teacher here for the past 8 years. I have taught in the Junior, Middle and Senior areas of VS. Before completing my teaching degree I was a Bank Manager with TSB Bank.
In 2017 I am the Deputy Principal and the Senior Team leader and teacher in Rm 8.
Kia Ora whanau, I am proud and honoured to be the Principal here at Vogeltown School. I spent the last 11 years as Deputy Principal at Highlands Intermediate and it is great to be back in a Primary school which is where I started my teaching career.
I grew up in Hawera where both my parents were teachers and they both continue to educate people with their wonderful Tawhiti Museum which aims to ‘bring history back to life’ through modelling, dioramas and ‘kid friendly’ stories of yesteryear. My wife is a teacher too, so I guess teaching is definitely in the blood!
I love our school vision of ‘care for the land, care for the people and go forward’ and model this each day through interactions with kids, staff and community. My door is always open if you want a chat, or come out and have a kick around with the kids at lunchtime on the field!
Vogeltown has a history of being a great school with great kids and awesome teachers. This will continue while I am here and we will continue to do things the ‘Vogeltown way’.
Ka Kite ano.