Specialist Teachers

Kate Lloyd

Kate Lloyd

I am delighted to be working with the enthusiastic and talented team here at Take Kārara. 

I have been lucky enough to call Wanaka home since I was born. I grew up on a farm up the Cardrona Valley and now live in Albert Town with my husband Graeme.
We have two daughters who have flown the coop and are out living their best lives!

I have been involved in education all of my working life.This has involved classroom practice, management roles and, after co-writing two literacy programmes, implementing these in many different schools in the South Island.

In 2011 our family moved to the beautiful country of Vanuatu. This was meant to be a one year experience, but ended up being a seven year adventure. I worked at Port Vila International School as the Deputy Principal, in between exploring the country and helping out the local people.

I returned in 2017 and taught at Holy Family School until the end of 2022.
As a teacher, I am committed to helping all students become literate, numeric, self managing, lifelong learners and endeavour to support all my students on this journey.

This year I am indulging in my passion by specialising in teaching students in a 1-1 setting who have identified learning differences. Building positive relationships and tailoring a programme to best meet their needs is paramount to successful outcomes.

I am looking forward to supporting students at Take Kārara.


Helen Carter

I moved here from the UK in 1998 and fell in love with the Southern Lakes area. Although I spent some time working in Wellington, this area has always felt like home and I live here now with my husband, son and 2 dogs.

Music is my passion and I’ve worked as a musician and music teacher for most of my life. I love passing on my knowledge to the next generation and seeing their enthusiasm grow as they play together and learn new material.

Although I spend most of my working time teaching music at Mount Aspiring College, I really enjoy working with younger students and see the value and advantages in starting them on their musical journey before they reach secondary school. Consequently, I am really looking forward to working with the students here at Te Kura O Take Kārara.