Room 3: Whaea Jo

Dr Seuss has a quote “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” To me this epitomises my learning journey as a singer, musician and teacher. Performance Arts are my passion and this includes interest and enthusiasm for waiata as well as Music, Dance and Drama.


I came to Mamaku School enthusiastic about being selected as an experienced teacher. I am committed to promoting te reo Māori me ona tikanga so I also include this whakatauki: Rukuhia te mātauranga ki tōna hōhonutanga me tōna whānuitanga. To pursue knowledge to its greatest depths and broadest horizons.


For the past 27 years, I have had the privilege of teaching around Aotearoa from Tai Tokerau, Tamaki Makaurau through to Te Waiariki rohe. I moved down from Whangarei, Te Renga Paraoa in July 2018 and worked in Whakatāne for the second half of that year before buying a house in Rotorua at the beginning of 2019.


My teaching experience began in 1994 at a two teacher school near the Waipoua forest. In those days I only had a Diploma of Teaching. I then completed my Bachelor of Education upgrade and graduated in 2014. After completing my Master of Indigenous Studies degree in Education in 2017, I sought new challenges, which resulted in my move to Rotorua. As a Pākehā, studying with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi I learnt the value of cooperation and teamwork. I am a lifelong learner who values the opportunity to continue professional learning and development.


I have an adult son and a teenage daughter, along with one mokopuna. I play the flute and have taught flute, recorder and ukulele in the past. Singing and dancing are a component of my teaching approach as well as the importance of being a culturally responsive practitioner.


At Mamaku School, I love sharing my passions with the students and I am always enthusiastic about finding out what passions the tamariki have too. I feel honoured to be chosen to help educate your tamaiti and to being a member of the Mamaku School whānau, which brings me great pleasure. Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui.


Mauri ora,

Whaea Jo Collyer

What's Happening in Room 3:

Whiria te tangata

Weave the people together (Unity is strength)

A related whakataukī is:

Mā tini mā mano ka rapa te whai.

By many, by thousands, the work will be accomplished (Many hands make light work)

A strand of spaghetti represents the strength of a single person. A single strand may not be strong, but many strands working together may hold a lot of weight.

Students needed to work out if spaghetti strands have the same or different tensile strength?