Thursday, 30 January 2014

Welcome to Room 8

Mrs Berry
I’ve been teaching for 8 years. I grew up in Marton, but have spent the last 11 years in Wellington. I completed my Psychology Major and Diploma of Primary Teaching there. My first four years were spent teaching at Karori Normal School, and the last four years were at Owhiro Bay School, where I was acting Deputy Principal. During my 8 years I have taught levels NE through to year 6.
I am passionate about teaching and learning. My goal is to have children enjoy school and be switched onto learning through motivating them, and encouraging them to follow their interests. I understand that learning can be challenging for some students, and I always endeavour to teach in a way that suits their learning style. I have spent three years as a Reading Recovery teacher. It is this experience that gave me a real love for junior reading. Making progress with the children is what spurs me to be a teacher!
Sport has been a big part of my life since childhood. I started Smallbore Rifle Shooting when I was 12 and have been in the New Zealand Junior and Ladies Teams. I represented New Zealand at the Oceania Games in 2001. I have also played hockey on and off over the years, and I am a terrible surfer; but I am working on this! Art and dance are also keen interests of mine. I am married, and have a 1 year old son. My family and I have moved to South Taranaki for a lifestyle change.