I have been part of Wairakei Primary School since 2006. I was a full-time teacher across the school for 11 years before taking on a part-time position as Special Education Needs Co-ordinator in 2018. I have really enjoyed this slight change of direction and working in a supportive role with our teachers, students and their families.
Children are unique and learn in many different ways which mean we have to find the best way to support their progress whether this is socially, emotionally or academically. I believe that the foundation for this is a strong, positive and trusting relationship with the adults here at school. When this happens children feel safe and valued in their learning environment and they are happy to take risks, give things a go and realise what they are capable of.
When I am not at school, I enjoy being with my family which consists of my husband Brian, four sons, one daughter and one grandson. This involves a fair bit of travelling as they are spread over the country although they love to come home to Taupo. We enjoy living in such a beautiful place and try to make the most of this environment walking, swimming and biking. These activities along with spending time in the garden and yoga help me de-stress and thrive. I believe when we feel nourished, we can then help nourish those around us at home and at work.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.
– GoetheClaire Smith