Teaching Staff – Middle School

Heidi Trott – Kahikatea (Rm 5) — Year 3/4 — htrott@mapua.school.nz


I grew up on the West Coast of the South Island but went to boarding school in Nelson and I have gravitated to the area ever since – mostly because of the beaches and sunshine, but also because it’s so easy to be out adventuring within an hour or so of the front gate.

I’ve had an exciting career in law, marketing and management and now teaching. I find teaching  a very rewarding and great career to have while also tackling the challenge of raising two boys, both of which have attended and loved Mapua School. My passion for teaching is fuelled by being  able to be there for kids who aren’t as confident as others and might need that bit of support to give things a go, take some risks with their learning and back themselves.

In my spare time I love the outdoors, surfing, tramping, harakeke weaving, and collecting and listening to vinyl!


EMMA RYDER – Manuka (Rm 6) — Year 3/4 — eryder@mapua.school.nz

briar-15I started teaching at Mapua School in 2014.

I grew up and went to school in Motueka. I’ve lived in Christchurch, Wellington, London and Edinburgh, and spent a year travelling South/Central America. I now live on a lifestyle block in Pangatotara over looking the Motueka river.

In my spare time I like reading, walking dogs, swimming, getting outdoors, taking photos and dancing-especially in the dark at No Lights No Lycra (ha ha shameless plug).

I really dislike rats and other things with gross tails. I’m also not very fond of sunshowers, acronyms and bellybuttons.

Working and living in this part of New Zealand is great because of Whanau, cool communities, the outdoors & weather.

PHILIPPA JACKSON – Mahoe (Rm 7) — Year 3/4 — pjackson@mapua.school.nz

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Nga mihi nui Koutou

Ko Ngati Kahungunu taku iwi, Ko Te Mata taku maunga, Ko Tukituki taku awa, Ko Matahiwi taku marae, No Heretaunga ahau. Ko Philip raua ko Amanda toku mātua, Ko Philippa Jackson ahau.

Kia ora. My name is Philippa but the students call me Whaea. I teach yr 3/4 and have been at Mapua since 2013. Prior to that I taught in Wellington and Hamilton. I have been brought up around schools with my Dad being a teacher and later principal and my mother training when I went to Waikato University (we actually did the same papers together!).

I have two children. Omar is 19 who is working in Wellington and Asher is 16 and is a Year 12 at Nayland. We also have a cat Maggie and two goldfish who are called Gus and Scout.

My partner and I have some land along the Buller River which I love to go to most weekends. We are surrounded by native forest and it has opened my eyes and imagination to opportunities for creating gardens and playing the rural life. We have 7 goats which are fabulous pets and broom eaters!

I have a particular interest in visual art and like to incorporate it into as many areas of learning as I can. I like to attempt new ideas with my class and very often the outcomes of the children’s hard work are impressive and then there are the times where we learn that we shouldn’t do that again! My other interest and responsibility within Mapua School is Tikanga and Te Reo Māori. I feel it is so important to expose the children to one of our official languages of NZ with positivity and fun activities so that they may pursue learning of the language and culture at a higher level as they move through life. I also co-teach the Kapahaka Roopu which is a rewarding responsibility.

I detest littering and aggressive drivers and I love to read, watch movies and do gardening in my time out of school. I have even begun riding my mountain bike which is exciting.

Coming from the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne area, I was spoilt with gorgeous beaches and hot weather. The Tasman area is certainly competitive in regards to naturally beautiful landscapes and long summers. Bliss.