Room 1: Whaea Michelle

Tena Koe

My name is Michelle Van Schadewijk, I am the new entrant teacher at Mamaku school. I have been at Mamaku for just over two years.

I am from Rotorua and have spent many years in early education.

I am passionate about teaching and have taught for 20 years, mostly in early childhood/montessori. I feel as if the new entrant age is where I am best suited, I feel comfortable and confident supporting children here.

I have copious amounts of knowledge with this age and stage.

I have a strong understanding of children's needs and I build relationships easily. I have great initiative and communication skills. I am kind and bubbly children are drawn to me, I believe I build trust and provide a learning environment that encourages intrinsic rewards as well as confidence. I believe identity and culture is important and practice tikanga and te reo practices daily.

I am big on peace and kindness , I believe education is the best weapon for peace.


Nga Mihi Michelle

What's Happening in Room 1:

Term 1 2021

  • Settling in the first term has been just wonderful. All of our friends have continued to grow in their shared learning environment respectfully. The focus has been choosing work and using our supportive language with our friends. We have started a trend of playing memory with each other, this has provided many laughs.