Whaea Sherryl

Kia ora tatou, my name is Sherryl Crawford (Whaea Sherryl) and this is my first year at Mountview School. For the past 7 years I was a teacher at Wairakei Primary School teaching year 4, 5 and 6. Prior to that I was taught for Year 7s for 2 years at Taupo Intermediate and before that I lived in Auckland. All together I have been teaching for 19 years and I am very excited to become a member of the Mountview community.

I have one adult daughter and one 8 year old granddaughter. I have a few animals - 2 dogs, 7 cats and 1 horse (well she's a pony but thinks she's a big horse!) My granddaughter rides the pony and I am relegated to brushing, picking out feet and walking very quickly next to the pony to keep up. My dogs and I enjoy walking and you will often find us at Spa Park which is one of the nicest places I have been to to walk dogs.

My teaching philosophy is quite simple - if children are interested in what they are learning, learning happens. It is important to teach the core curriculum of reading, writing and maths and wherever possible these are integrated into their chosen inquiry topic. Deliberately teaching the skills of how to find information, to be self managing, to collaborate and get along with others, to think and be creative are now recognised as being some of the most valuable things we can teach our children. The world is changing at such a rapid rate that information alone will no longer be enough. Goal setting is an important aspect of learning. If children know where they are they can identify where they need to go to next and learning becomes self driven and ultimately more powerful.

I am looking forward to working with your whanau this year. I am a friendly and approachable person so please come and say hello and introduce yourself. After teaching at one school for many years the challenge for me is to get to know the Mountview community and to learn the names of all my students!

Tena kotou, tena kotou, tena kotou katoa

Posted: Tuesday 5 February 2019