Room 1: Whaea Michelle
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