Victoria Richardson - Ako Tahi
I am excited to teaching a new entrant class this year. I have had five years teaching in Taipei, Taiwan as well as relief teaching mainly at Victory.
I am excited to be part of such a dynamic team here at Victory Primary.
Rachel Tobin - Room 2
Hi, I'm Rachel Tobin and I am a classroom teacher. I have been teaching for 14 years, most of which I have spent at Victory Primary School. I am currently working three days a week in a job share position with Denise Proctor. Outside of school life I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy reading, yoga, the outdoors and learning new things!
Sarah Petursson - Room 2
Hello, my name is Sarah, I have been teaching for 20 years and this is my third year at Victory School. I am currently enjoying working with New Entrants, I work three days a week in Room 2 where I am job sharing with Rachel Tobin, as well as one day a week in Mahi Tahi. I have two children of my own, a 13 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. I enjoy traveling, adventure sports and swimming.
Ashleigh Della Bosca - Room 3
My name is Ashleigh Della Bosca and I am a new junior teacher at Victory Primary School. I have spent the last three years in Christchurch studying at the University of Canterbury. It is great to be back in my home town of Nelson where I feel we are very privileged to live. I am very excited and looking forward to being part of such an inspiring school with great staff and awesome children. My interests outside of school include both playing and following sport, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Kate Hodgman - Room 5
Hello, my name is Kate Hodgman and I love being a Junior School teacher. I have been teaching for 6 years, at different schools in Blenheim and Nelson.
I have a passion for making learning fun and exciting for all students as well as help them to celebrate their personal and academic achievements.
My interests outside of school include reading, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Mahina Law - Room 9
Tena Koutou katoa.
Ko Mahina Law toku ingoa. He uri au o Ngati Raukawa ki te tonga. No Papaioea au engari kei te noho au ki Whakatu inaianei.
This year I am teaching in Kiekie (Room 9) which is the new entrant class in Nga Mana Kakano o te Wairepo. I love working at Victory School and enjoy the sunny weather in Nelson. I am a keen sportswomen, loving to both watch and play sports.
Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuoho koe he maunga teitei.
Susanna Garlick - Room 10
Tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Whaea Suzy tōku ingoa, nō Tamaki Makaurau ahau. He tino pai ki ahau te toi tuitui me te oma. Ko Ara tāku tamahine, 13 ōna tau. He kaiako ahau i te akomanga tekau, ko te Whānau Koromiko tō mātou ingoa.
My name is Whaea Suzy and I moved to Nelson two years ago from Auckland. Two things I really enjoy are stitching together beautiful things from my fabric collection and running the tracks around Nelson. My daughter's name is Ara and she's 13 years old. I am currently teaching a year one Māori-medium class in Room 10, our class name is Whānau Koromiko.
Kere Scott - Room 12
Hello, I'm Kere. This is my second year at Victory Primary School and I am the teacher in Room 12. After a number of years travelling and working overseas, I returned to Nelson where I completed my training in 2010.
I feel privileged to be part of such a dynamic school and enjoy working with the staff and students. When not at school I try to spend as much time as possible with my friends and family, especially my 2 children Arabella and Sitrling.
Lisa Ward – Room 13
I graduated in Christchurch as a teacher in 1993, moving back to my home town of Nelson to teach for 8 years. Then Christchurch beckoned again and I taught mainly Year 5-8 children there for 7 years. A wonderful opportunity arose to move home again where I began relieving at Victory Primary School at the end of 2010.
Room 13 then adopted me as their teacher after Mr Rankin's exciting move to Tauranga.
I love working with these marvelous young people, especially in the areas of writing and ICT.
Out of work time I love cycling, cooking, photography, reading and tramping. I also organise bike races around the South Island for New Zealand teams wanting a little bit of the Tour de France in the mainland.
Nelson Teariki - Room 15
I am a born and bred Nelsonian and I love living in the sunshine capital of NZ. I have been teaching for 8 years, all of which have been at Victory Primary School. I enjoy working with the staff and children at Victory and think it's a fantastic school. I'm a sports nut but only from the comforts of the couch with a remote in one hand and food in the other. I also love to learn and perform kapa haka with my family. I look forward to continuing to work with the children, parents and staff at Victory Primary School.
Susan Richards - Room 16
This is my eighth year teaching at Victory Primary School after teaching in South Auckland and Cambridge. Most of my teaching has been in the Middle Syndicate and in multi cultural schools. In my spare time I like reading, gardening, fishing and enjoying the many events Nelson has to offer.
Sam Atkins - Room 18
Kia Ora. I've been in the Nelson region for the best part of fifteen years and have just recently graduated as a teacher via the University of Canterbury. Born an Eastender (London), I feel right at home living in the similarly culturally diverse community that the Victory community has become.
I live locally with my son and love anything to do with the Performing Arts, having worked both as a musician and actor over the years as a performer and a tutor. My interests include playing football, reading, swimming, and studying social law.
I'm excited to begin my journey at Victory Primary and looking forward to meeting everyone and contributing to school life.
Monika Burrows - Room 19
My family and I really enjoy being part of the Victory Primary School Community. I love the fact that I come to school and not to work. Everyday something happens to make me smile as children learn and discover life in and out of the classroom. When I'm not at work I enjoy the outdoors with my family and try to make time to renovate out art deco cottage.
Jane Lawson - Reading Recovery
Hi - my name is Jane Lawson. My husband and I have two daughters. Isabella who is seven and Olivia, who is 5. They go to Stoke Primary School. I have been teaching at Victory Primary School for the past ten years, in between looking after my children. I really love teaching in such a positive school.
Dawn Richardson - Reading Recovery
Hello, I'm Dawn. I teach Reading Recovery which is an accelerate programme, individualised to help Juniors reach their age-appropriate level in reading and writing. Originally from England, I have taught Juniors for many years and have held the role of Assistant Principal.
I moved to Nelson to be close to three young and precious grandchildren and was delighted to be offered a part-time teaching position at this vibrant, multicultural Victory school. My other interests include walking, gardening and travel.
Oz Risner - Maths
Hi, I'm very excited to be the Maths Support Teacher at Victory Primary School this year. Maths has always been a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with the children. Originally from London, I have been living in Nelson for the last 7 years and have been part of the Victory team as a parent, Teacher Aide and Teacher since arriving. I am married to Jim and have one daughter who attends Nayland College.
"Mr Science" (aka Sterling Cathman)
Hi, my name is "Mr Science" (aka Sterling Cathman) and I teach science at Victory Primary School. My job is to excite the students with fun science and teach them to use their natural curiosity for life long learning, and I love what I do.
I am originally from St.Paul Minnesota, USA. We have been in New Zealand for 16 years and Carol and I have three wonderful children, 15,13, and 5yrs old.
Sue Riley - ORRS/Special Needs TA - Room 19
Until these last 3 years most of my teaching was in Golden Bay where I lived on a dairy farm and raised four children - 2 daughters and 2 sons.
I've also had a very memorable time teaching in the Cook Islands.
I love visiting different parts of the word and with one of my daughters in Foreign Affairs have had the chance to visit her on postings hence my Christmas holidays trip to Spain this year which was magical.
I love it here at Victory School, especially because of the different ethnicities and cultures, I think we have a very talented and dedicated staff.
Sharon Tarapipipi - Kaiawhina Room 7
Ko Sharon Tarapipipi tōku ingoa.
No Waimeha ahau
Inaianei e noho ana ahau ki Whakatū i te Wai Pounamu
I have been involved with VPS for almost 20yrs, firstly as a parent and then as a kaiawhina for the last 7yrs in the bilingual syndicate. I have four children who have attended VPS, Alicia(25), Damien(21), Rhiannon(16) and Jakson(11)and he is currently a Yr 6 in Matua Paul's class. I am lucky enough to be working as a Kaiawhina with Whaea Miranda again, in Rm 7 with Yr 3s. My role is to tautoko the kaiako and the learning of the tamariki. I also attend a night class at NMIT in Level 2 Te Reo Māori so I can better support the language needs of the tamariki within the bilingual syndicate.
Ka mutu noa iho ngā korero mo tēnei wa
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.
Scott Smithline - School Volunteer
Kia Ora. It's a privilege to be at Victory and a joy to work with kids. I'm beginning my 4th year as a school volunteer. The two mornings each week that I work with your children to build reading skills are some of the happiest hours of my week.
The diversity and multiculturalism at Victory guarantees a vibrant and exciting place. I'm humbled by a brilliant staff: dedicated, talented and creative. It's nice when you're on a winning team. I hope to be at Victory for many years to come.