Ko Takitimu toku waka
Ko Poukawa te wai u
Ko Te Wheao toku maunga
Ko Te Rangikoianake toku hapu
Ko Ngati Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Catherine Ross taku ingoa
I began my teaching adventure in 1992 with many different roles including Teacher Aide, Kohanga Reo, Pre-school, Daycare and Teacher. I have an Early Years qualification which allows me to teach from age 0-8 years. I firmly believe that children in the early years learn best through play and it is my responsibility to weave the curriculum into their play.
I have three fabulous children of my own and enjoy watching and supporting them in their many interests. A keen sports person, I also dabble in netball for fitness and social interactions as well as yoga to help me deal with the challenges of a full-on but enjoyable job.
I love being a part of our fantastic school and look forward to meeting new families who also think our school is pretty cool.
In 2010 I arrived in Hawke’s Bay and was fortunate enough to become involved with Poukawa School. Needless to say I fell in love with the way the teachers care about the kids and decided to send my own children here. I have taught a wide range of age groups (both here in NZ and in the UK) and love seeing children find their strengths and talents.
Outside of school hours, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing and exploring in the outdoors, tramping and on occasion participating in the odd run or mud slide. Netball is another physical activity which I enjoy, however although the mind is still willing, from time to time the body tends to disagree!
Hi, I am very excited to be starting at Poukawa School in 2018 as the Year 5/6 teacher. Married to Tony and having 4 children and 3 grandchildren means an interesting home life! My dad lives with us and we usually have an international student who attends Hastings Girls with my youngest daughter. I love animals, socialising, music and travelling. We live in what is affectionately known as the Frimley Zoo and I enjoy having animals as part of my classroom. My background is in nursing and counselling with a wee bit of ambulance on the side but then decided to go teaching with that being the most intense and rewarding career so far.I have been teaching for the last ten years in CHB and Hastings and enjoy all topics but have a talent for the Arts and Digital Education. I look forward to singing, dancing and dramatically continuing to educate all students to be the best they can, at this gorgeous country school.