MaryAnne Carr-Neil

Ruma Tahi, New Entrant

Kia ora everyone my name is MaryAnne Carr-Neil. I am the New Entrant teacher at Don Buck School. I am passionate about teaching this level and I endeavour to ensure each student feels welcomed and a valued member of our school. The New Entrant class, is a place to transition from kindy to school and where we start to build the foundations skills together. In my spare-time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, watching netball and walking my dog.

Get to know MaryAnne

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I enjoy working with children and feel I can play a part in helping them to grow and become confident unique individuals.

What do you enjoy most about working at our school?

I enjoy working in the new entrant classroom where I help students transition from kindy into the school environment. I take pleasure in watching students grow and build their foundation skills. I enjoy working with whanau as I believe school and home are a partnership.

How do you keep your students engaged and motivated in learning?

One of my first steps is to develop a relationship with each and every one of my students. I notice what my student’s interests are and gather resources so I can develop meaningful learning which keeps them engaged and motivated. I endeavour to have a variety of interesting activities.

How do you incorporate parent and community involvement in your classroom?

I like to make whanau feel welcome in my classroom when they bring their child on their preschool visits and encourage them to stay on the 1st day so that I can get to know them as well as their child. I am constantly reaching out to whanau at the beginning and end of the day. I regularly visit our local kindergarten and they visit my classroom. I enjoy being involved in community activities that are connected to our school.

What is one of your hidden talents?

I am a reflective person and I enjoy problem-solving.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to spend time with family, especially my two gorgeous grandsons and friends. When at home you will often find me potting around in my garden. I have a large dog called Leo who I take on walks and this gives me the opportunity to admire other people’s gardens. I am passionate about watching netball.