Here at Central Normal School/Te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea, we are fortunate to be surrounded by an incredible Support Team who carry out a range of jobs to support both our community, students and staff.

Angela Burton-Brown


Office Manager
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Emma MacDonald


Office Manager
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Bruce Bryant


Caretaker

Bridget Higson


Intervention Teacher
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Talofa, my name is Bridget Higson.  I have spent the last two years studying Masters papers around how to teach students to be powerful mathematical thinkers. This year, I am excited to show new groups of tamariki how fun and rewarding maths can be. I will also be releasing classroom teachers and am looking forward to building new relationships.

Out of school I am a wedding celebrant and Mum of four where most days you will find me on the sidelines at sports games coaching, managing and cheering! If you see me please come and introduce yourself as I look forward to getting to know everyone.

Deb Fitzgerald


Resource Teacher of Literacy
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Kia Ora, my name is Deb Fitzgerald and I am the Resource Teacher of Literacy for a cluster of 19 schools within the wider Palmerston North area, and Central Normal School is my host school. I work with referred students, and their teachers, to accelerate  student learning for children with significant literacy difficulties. I am a passionate literacy specialist who is committed to promoting evidence-based literacy instruction, that aligns classroom practice with the science of reading, to my cluster schools.

Marianne Brown


Intervention Teacher
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Hello, my name is Marianne Brown. I am both the Specialist Reading Intervention teacher and the ESOL teacher here at CNS. Half of my time here I work with children in small groups to accelerate their reading abilities by using evidence based literacy approaches. The other half of my working day is spent working with children who have English as their second language. I am married with 3 children, two of which are still at home. Our family enjoys travelling and exploring new cultures. As part of this, we usually host international students at our house as well.

Hine Rokosuka


Teacher
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Ko Hikurangi te maunga, 
Ko Waiapu te awa, 
Ko Horouta te waka,    
Ko Awatere te marae,
Ko Tuwhakairiora te hapu,
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi,   
Ko Hine Moana Rokosuka tōku ingoa.
Tēnā ra koutou katoa.

Kia ora e te whanau o te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea. I am happy to be part of an amazing team, teaching across the kura. I will be away on study leave this year and look forward to returning at the end of the year.

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nōnā te ngahere, ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōnā te ao.

Nāku noa,
Whāea Hine

 

Emma Lees


Release Teacher
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Kia Ora, my name is Emma and I've lost track of the number of years I've been a teacher at CNS - I think I'm into my 10th year! What a great school to be a part of. I’ve recently returned from maternity leave and currently enjoying a mix of spending time at home with our wee boy Thomas as well as two days working each week. You’ll see me each Thursday in Miss Mason’s classroom taking her team leader's release. I look forward to working with the amazing kids in Akomanga 7 as well as seeing lots of familiar faces around the school. I love the Arts, literacy and PE. I like playing sport (my big passion is football) and being outside enjoying nature.

 

Louise Drummond


Release Teacher
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Kia ora, my name is Louise and this year I'm lucky enough to be working three days each week in Whārite, releasing classroom teachers.  I look forward to working with lots of the same students I got to know last year, and also building new relationships with those I am working with for the first time.

Outside of school I am a mum of three, and enjoy supporting my children in their various music, dance and sporting endeavours.  In my spare time  I love reading, running, and bush walks.

 

Mandy Parkinson


Librarian

Hiromi Okada


Cleaner & Gardener

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