I am delighted to be back at Parkland School in 2024, having left here as DP in 2015 to begin my own Principal journey. I feel very privileged to be leading such an amazing school, in such a wonderful community. I am married to Damon (who also works here) and both of our children went through Parkland Kindergarten and School. Parkland holds many special memories for all of our family.
I look forward to reconnecting with past families and colleagues, and getting to know the many new faces within our Parkland whanau. Come and introduce yourself when you see me at the crossing, or feel free to pop into my office. Visitors are always welcome. :)
Kia ora! I love being part of such a dedicated team of teachers and staff at Parkland School. The best part about my job is that I get to work with teachers and students from across the school. The amazing parent and community support we have at Parkland also makes this a great place to be. I look forward to the exciting challenges and learning opportunities 2024 will bring.
As well as ‘living my dream’ of being a teacher for the past 20 plus years, I also enjoy time with my family. I am mum to 3 children. We spend a lot of our time at race circuits around the country with my husband's motor racing.
You can find me in the Te Awe Awe office by Room 1.
Learning Support Coordinator
Kia Ora, I feel privileged to be part of the considerate, dedicated and fun teaching team at Parkland School. I have a strong interest in working with diverse learners and ensuring they receive equal opportunities to succeed, at their own level and pace.
I look forward to supporting both you and your child, as they engage in their continued learning journey.
I have 15 years experience within both Early Childhood and Primary Education.
Outside of school, my husband and I enjoy sports and outdoor experiences with our two adventurous sons.
Please feel welcome to visit me in the Te Awe Awe office, next to Room 1.
Megan Wilson - Team Leader
Team Leader and Teacher Room 7
Kia ora koutou, I really enjoy working with students in this team and finding ways to challenge each other, discovering things that we don’t know yet and supporting new learning. My two children Braxton and Talia came to Parkland School as well as Kindergarten so we have grown in the Parkland community for many years now. My husband Terry has helped out with a multitude of sports and thoroughly enjoys it! Sky, is our delightfully energetic collie-staffy cross and she is into digging, chewing and taking us for walks. In our spare time, we enjoy the great outdoors - biking, boogie boarding, walking, camping, dealing with any litter lying around… etc. I go walking regularly and play in a covers band in my spare time! Come and say hello when you have a minute :)
Teacher Room 8
Kia ora koutou,
I feel privileged to be part of the Parkland team and the wider school community as both a teacher and a parent. The people are what makes a place special and there are a lot of incredible students and educators at Parkland.
"A little progress each day adds up to big results" Satya Nani
Teacher Room 11
Teaching and learning here at Parkland School is a pleasure, being a teacher is a joy. My focus as a teacher is dispositional learning, learning to be a learner. I strive to empower young people to be leaders and independent learners. People who take control in their own learning and support the learning in their community.
I believe in the power of a learning community where everyone is a teacher and learner. The learning happens in the mahi, talk and actions of that community. Through this, young people develop skills, knowledge and attributes of a learner.
Our aim in our learning community is to be striving to be independent learners, the learning itself is the reward. Knowing that we are learning with integrity is a key goal for me and the students I learn with.
Teacher Room 12
Kia ora koutou,
My name is Caro Hacking and I teach in Room 12.
I love teaching at Parkland School and I enjoy seeing the children achieve their goals, whether they are big or small. I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures growth in a positive and fun environment.
Outside of school I am a mum to 2 children, Bella who is 9 and Reid who is 7. Together with Paul, my partner, we enjoy travelling to different parts of the country and exploring the outdoors.
Feel free to come and have a chat or email me.
Middle Team Leader, Teacher Room 4
Kia Ora ,
My name is Melissa Young and I teach in Room 4. I originally come from Whanganui. I am a Mum to three boys who have all attended Parkland School. My husband is a teacher and my eldest son is also a teacher. I love working at Parkland. I am the Middle Team Leader and I feel very lucky to lead such a wonderful group of hard working, committed and caring teachers. Parkland is such an awesome school and I feel privileged to be a teacher here. I am looking forward to another awesome year at Parkland.
Teacher - Room 2
Kia Ora, my name is Leana Reardon and I am privileged to be teaching in Room 2 in the middle team.
I attended Parkland School when I was younger and loved the sense of community that comes with the school. This is my first year teaching and I look forward to learning alongside your tamariki. Creating a safe and positive learning environment is important to me as I hope each and every child looks forward to coming to school.
Please feel free to pop in to Room 2 or email me at the address above.
Teacher Room 3
Kia Ora, my name is Rachel Holden and I am excited to be teaching in the Middle Team again this year. Originally from Christchurch, I am a proud Cantabrian, but call Palmerston North home now. I live on a small lifestyle block near Tokomaru with my husband and 11 year old son. We have a few sheep, chickens and two sassy farm cats. When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, travelling, and photography. I am extremely passionate about teaching and strive to create a wonderful classroom environment where children are excited and enthusiastic about learning. Please feel free to pop in and say hi, or contact me on my email at the address above.
Teacher Room 14
I'm Jacqueline Tanner and I am excited about teaching in Room 14 this year with a great group of year 3 and 4 students.
I was born and grew up on a dairy farm situated north of Auckland in Kaukapakapa. I decided to study at Massey University and love living in the Manawatu so have stayed in this area. I love to travel and taught in London, England for 4 years, returning to the Manawatu to continue to teach.
My partner and I love to go on motorbike rides and I enjoy being the pillion or passenger. We have been fortunate enough to travel extensively around the New Zealand on our motorbike. I am looking forward to further adventures this year as we plan to travel to Auckland to go to our Ulysses A.G.M, where my partner Murray is the Manawatu Branch Coordinator.
We also enjoy relaxing at our permanent caravan situated in the Manawatu Caravan park, walking along the estuary, reading a book, walking along the beach or enjoying a coffee in a cafe.
I am excited about working in the Middle Team again with a group of teachers that are passionate about teaching and learning.
You can contact me on my email address, or through our Seesaw app. Please remember that I am only contactable before 8:30am and after 3:15pm.
Junior Team Leader - Teacher - Room 10
Kia ora. My name is Anna Ousey and I am very lucky to be teaching in Room 10 as the ‘big’ 5 year olds start their schooling journey. I have been working with New Entrants at Parkland School for many years! I also have a background in Early Childhood Education. I am passionate about the early years of childhood, especially play and preparing the child’s brain for formal learning.
I am married to Bryan, who is on our school Board of Trustees, and have two gorgeous girls - Ella and Mia. When away from school I enjoy spending time with my family, being out and about in Palmerston North and heading to the beach when we can.
Feel free to come in or contact me at any time using the email above.
Teacher Room 9
Tēnā koutou katoa. My name is Amanda Hildred and I am super lucky to be teaching our youngest tamariki in Room 9 as they begin their school journey. I am passionate about setting our learners up for the best start possible, developing their sense of belonging, confidence and happiness.
I am married to Phil and have two children, Jack and Ellie. I am originally from Nelson and love getting back there anytime I can. I enjoy playing Netball and Badminton when I can find the time! Please feel free to pop and have chat anytime or email me.
Teacher Room 5
Kia Ora, my name is Aimee Dyason and I am excited to be teaching an amazing bunch of Year 1 & 2 students in Fabulous Five! I highly value relationships with my students and their whānau and love to see students rising to the challenge and the progress that they make throughout their time here. I am married to James and have two young children who keep me busy outside of school! Parker is in Y4 at Parkland and my daughter Oakley goes to Parkland Kindy and turns five in April. I enjoy the outdoors, reading, playing netball and spending time with my family and friends. Please feel free to pop in and say hi, or contact me on my email.
Teacher Room 13
Kia Ora! My name is Arlene Els and I am very excited to be teaching a fantastic group of Year 2 children in Thriving Thirteen this year. Teaching is something I am very passionate about and I feel very lucky to be working in such a great school. I absolutely love seeing children giving things a go and seeing how proud their faces are when they achieve steps in their learning. I really enjoy being a part of the fantastic Parkland community, both as a teacher and as a mum. My son Noah is in Year 5 this year and my daughter Amelia has just graduated from Parkland and begins her new journey at Ross Intermediate as a Year 7. Both children have had a wonderful experience at Parkland School. Outside of school, I love spending time with my friends and family, pottering in the garden and travelling. Feel free to come and see me in Thriving Thirteen or email me at the address above.
Teacher Room 6
I believe it is important to follow your instincts, be curious, dream big, love what you do, keep an open heart and have fun. These aspects are embedded within our school culture which makes me feel so privileged to be at Parkland School. My girls, Lily and Esta have been through Parkland School and Archie is still here! We are busy with the girls Artistic Rollerskating, a love for the speedway, family visits to the Wairarapa, the odd game of netball and of course we have to splash in the pool. I look forward to getting to know you and your families.
Hi, it is a privilege to be part of the Parkland School Community, an association I have had for 30 years, as a teacher and as a parent. ‘Rise to the challenge’ is a strong focus of the extension programme that I run in the senior school where small groups of children are chosen to enter inter school competitions for engineering, mathematics and children’s literature. Children may also be chosen for robotics, coding, and reading activities. It is wonderful to be able to offer such exciting learning opportunities to the pupils at Parkland. I am also privileged to oversee the programmes and learning opportunities for our pupils with special needs. It is so lovely to see the inclusive interaction between all of our children.
Part Time Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Sarah Hatch and I am thrilled to once again be working in Fabulous Five one day a week. I am also very lucky to work alongside many of our precious Parkland School tamariki across the age groups, when in my relief teacher role. Outside of school I love spending time in the garden, reading a good book and creating in my kitchen. My family and I enjoy downhill mountain biking in the hills around the Manawatu and visiting our extended whanau across the lower North Island. My children all started their schooling at Parkland School and the nurture they have each received from their inspiring teachers has been such a wonderful foundation for them all. Our family is continually blessed by being part of the fabric of Parkland School. I love connecting with our wonderful Parkland community so flag me down for a chat when you spy me zipping around the school.
Part Time Teacher
Kia Ora Koutou, I am very lucky to be a Part Time Teacher at Parkland School working mainly in the Middle Team but occasionally you might see me in the Junior or Senior Team.
I have four children; Ani, Mila, Indie and Taika who all went to Parkland Kindergarten and Parkland School. My youngest child, Taika, is a Year 6 this year so this will be the last year that there has been a Retemeyer at Parkland! When I'm not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music, reading and of course, watching my children play all of their different sports. Feel free to say hi and have a chat with me when you see me around the school.
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10.50 – 11.20am Morning Interval
12.50pm – 1.00pm Lunch in class
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