Leslie Goddard - Head Teacher
Tena Koutou Katoa
Ko Leslie Goddard tōku ingoa
Ko Werneth Low tōku maunga
Ko Etherow tōku awa
Nō Manchester, Ingarangi ahau, kei Rotorua ahou e noho ana anianei.
Nō reria, tēnā tātou katoa.
Greetings to you all
My name is Leslie Goddard
Werneth Low is my mountain
Etherow is my river
I am from Manchester, England and now live in Rotorua.
Therefore greetings to you all.
NNEB National Nursery Examination Board, 1994
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Te Ara Reo Māori Level 1, 2003
The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Diploma in Teaching Early Childhood Education, 2005
University of Canterbury Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Early Childhood, 2011
Since leaving school, I have studied and worked in early childhood education in England and New Zealand. Since being in New Zealand, it has been important to me to learn ‘the kiwi way’ including Playcentre training, supervision, committees and a role on the executive team of the Rotorua Playcentre Association. I also studied Te Ara Reo Māori with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, which has helped me to appreciate and understand a new language. I believe it is important we keep our native language alive and living in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
In 2011 I celebrated my tenth year of teaching at Lake Okareka Preschool. We have a fantastic teaching team, a fantastic community and a pai rawa group of tamariki. What is the secret to my success? The child and whānau unity, whanaungatanga and partnership. Getting to know each child as an individual; unique with their interests, skills and experiences. We have daily adventures, make new discoveries and experience amazing learning together.
My true passion is teaching and I aim to make learning fun. I do this by listening to our tamariki, what are their needs and desires. I love to have fun, dress up and take on a challenge like when I was asked by a child if I could read a story upside down on Wacky Wednesday. ‘Why not?’ I replied.
I am married to David and we have two awesome daughters Jordan and Kelly. I love sailing and spending time with my whānau. Living life to the fullest it is so gratifying and rewarding!
Na Leslie Goddard