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Teaching Team


Estelle Moore

Estelle Moore (Year 0-2 Team Leader)

I have lived and worked in Wānaka for 10 years, settling here with my husband Jason and son Luka. Prior to living in Wānaka, we returned from 8 years in Wellington and a 5 year OE stint based in the UK. We chose Wānaka because of the wonderful outdoor environment (let’s keep it this way) and close proximity to family, which has resulted in us finding our forever home!

Previously, I taught at the wonderful Hāwea Flat School (in the roles of AP, team leader and teacher). My passion for incorporating children’s interests, investigating rhythms, systems, and wonderings underpins my life in the classroom. The magic for me lies in connecting children to their lives as they make sense of it and the local environment. I love partnering with children to build new knowledge whilst solving problems and developing emotional, academic and social literacies.

We teach who we are and you will find me doing a few key things: hanging out with my family, riding my bike, devouring a pile of books on my bedside table, or tinkering with with our classic car. What makes an impression seeks expression! I look forward to meeting you and unleashing the potential future successes of the learners who make up the Take Kārara family.

Anna Mulconroy

Anna Mulconroy

I am in my fourth year of teaching and I have joined the Take Kārara team after 3 years in the Junior Syndicate at Highfield School in Timaru.

I love working with younger children and watching them grow into independent learners. My strengths lie in literacy, numeracy, science and the arts. I am excited and feel privileged to be a part of  the teaching team at Take Kārara. I grew up holidaying in Wānaka so it is very exciting to now be living and working in this beautiful place.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, dining out, baking, reading and  getting creative with art and crafts. I love spending my summers at the lake swimming and paddle boarding and look forward to snowboarding in the winter season.


Anita Presbury (Maternity Leave)

I have had such a great start to being part of the Take Kārara team. I moved to Wānaka with my husband, Hamish in 2019. We moved from Christchurch with our dog Theo to start a new adventure in a location we have always wanted to live in.

I previously taught at Clearview Primary in Rolleston where my last role was as a Team Leader for Year Two and Three. I am absolutely passionate about teaching, learning and building positive relationships with each child and their family. My expertise lies in the Junior School where I have taught a variety of year levels and love watching the development and transition of children from an ECE centre into the school environment. Setting children up with a positive start to school, arming them with a solid foundation of skills necessary to flourish in an ever-changing world, is something I believe to be vitally important.

In my own time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, vacationing in tropical climates, skiing, mountain biking and exploring the outdoors as well as baking and cosying up with a good book.

I am loving being a part of a fun and dynamic team, with a role in establishing and moulding a brand-new landscape. I can’t wait to get to know you and your whanau.

Teaching Team

Jean Padget

I am elated to be joining the incredible team at Te Kura o Take Kārara. It is exciting to be back teaching in Wānaka with such talented teachers and a wonderful community.

I have lived in Wānaka since the age of four. Recently, I taught in the UK for two years and explored the world along the way. Previous to my OE, I began my teaching career at the fantastic Hāwea Flat School, where I  established that teaching is the pathway for me.

I am a passionate, driven teacher who wants the best for all students and appreciates the unique qualities each child brings to the classroom. My driving goal is to understand each child as an individual learner as this leads to what engages and motivates them. I wish to help you as whanau and your rangatahi on their journey of discovering their own self identity as well as developing their numeracy and literacy skills.

Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, drinking tea, and making the most of the outdoors. I love visiting other countries, exploring their cultures and tasting their food.

I look forward to becoming part of the whanau at Take Kārara in the Junior Syndicate.

Tī Kōuka

Caitlin Buttle

Caitlin Crampton (Year 3/4 Team Leader)

I am delighted to be a foundation teacher at Te Kura o Take Kārara. What an exciting venture to be undertaking alongside a team of passionate educators.

I am currently in my eighth year of teaching and have taught across a range of year levels, from New Entrant to Year 8. Prior to this position, I was lucky enough to embark on a very similar journey opening a new school in Christchurch at Knights Stream School. My passions lie within Literacy and Numeracy and The Arts and I highly value relationship building with my learners and their whanau and exploring and unleashing creativity.

While I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, discovering new walking tracks, running and spending time out on the water. My fiancé and I are both eagerly exploring what this beautiful place has to offer following our move from Christchurch last year and are excited to be building our new home in paradise. I am very much enjoying helping to establish a new school culture and build a sense of community while immersing myself within the wider Wānaka community. If you see me out and about, please come and introduce yourself!


Joe Miller

I am really excited to be teaching at Te Kura O Take Kārara. It’s so exciting to be part of a brand-new school from the outset and to be a foundation staff member.

As a teacher, I really enjoy working with new people with a range of different experiences and viewpoints and I love building positive and meaningful relationships with the students, their whānau and the community. I am also passionate about sporting activities, PE and Health, and a developing interest in mindfulness.

I was born in Cardiff, Wales, but moved to Dunedin with my family at the age of 2 where I spent the rest of my childhood and university years. After graduating from Otago University and the Dunedin College of Education, I moved over to London to do my big OE for a few years. When I returned to NZ, I settled in Auckland where I taught at Intermediate level for 15 years. During my childhood, I spent a lot of time in Central Otago and I’ve always loved the beauty of the area. At the end of 2015, my wife and I decided to move our family down to Lake Hāwea and we’ve never looked back!

Prior to teaching at Te Kura O Take Kārara, I taught for three years at Goldfields Primary School in Cromwell. I have three daughters (Carys -12, Lenni – 11 and Maggie – 7) and we’re proud to be part of the Wānaka community. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family. In the summertime we spend lots of time at Lake Hāwea swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding. In the winter I like to ski and I also play a bit of social volleyball.

Olivia Pearce

Olivia Pearce

I have lived in Wānaka since I was four. Prior to starting at Te Kura O Take Kārara, I spent three years at the University of Otago studying for a Bachelor of Teaching endorsed in Primary Education. In my free time, I enjoy making the most of the Wānaka outdoors by running, walking, swimming or playing netball, and I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

I love working with children, their families and the community. My teaching experiences have come from my University placements in a variety of schools within Dunedin and Wānaka. These were amazing learning experience for me as a new teacher and they confirmed my passion for teaching and the rewards you get from creating positive learning pathways for children.

Teaching at Te Kura O Take Kārara has been incredible. The opportunity to start at a new school alongside experienced staff has been extremely insightful. As a beginning teacher, the enthusiasm is endless and it has been exciting to learn and grow in this collaborative environment. Wānaka is a great community to be a part of, and it has been amazing to build relationships with students and whānau within the school.


Fergus McLean

Fergus McLean (Year 5/6 Team Leader)

I am a teacher who is passionate about equipping children with the knowledge and skills to be creative and passionate life-long learners. I enjoy integrating the interests of individual learners into their learning programs to engage and invigorate their learning experience. In class, I have high expectations for all learners and enjoy celebrating success with humour and fun.

When I am not at school I like to get out into the great outdoors. I am a keen hunter and fisherman as well as being a fan of all things sporting. I try to fit in a little of each around spending the majority of my free time with my beautiful wife and young family.

I am enjoying the opportunities that working in a newly established school provides. Working in flexible, future-focused learning spaces is providing many positive chances for our young learners who I am loving being involved with.

Jillian Macfie

Jillian Macfie

After growing up in Auckland, I spent my last 3 years of high school at Mt Aspiring College before completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology at Otago University. I then set out to travel and experience life around the world before embarking on the challenge of setting up my own business here in Wānaka.

Throughout my life, my most rewarding experiences have involved teaching in many different forms. My passion for teaching starts with seeing joy and success in every student. This is achieved through building relationships, and by providing rich learning experiences.
Outside of the classroom I love keeping fit, snowboarding, playing netball, hiking, running, biking and spending time with family and friends.

I am embarking on a new and exciting challenge of my own as a beginning teacher and I feel honoured to be a part of this incredible new journey within our community by being a member of Te Kura O Take Kārara foundation teaching staff. I look forward to encompassing the emerging values of Te Kura O Take Kārara both in my teaching and my involvement in the community.


Anna Murdoch

I am loving being back in Wānaka and feel privileged to be a part of such a passionate and talented team here at Take Kārara. My favourite part of teaching is getting stuck into hands-on projects that contribute to the world around us, especially when we need to combine multiple subject areas to succeed. I am also really excited about how well the Enviroschools curriculum integrates with our own local curriculum and school values and look forward to some engaging projects in that area too.

When I’m not at school you can find me climbing at Hospital Flat, tramping up the Matukituki Valley, mountain biking in Sticky Forest, skiing in the hills or at home playing my guitar and singing. If you see me at school or out and about in Wānaka, feel free to say hello!

Part-Time Teachers

sarah scurr

Sarah Scurr

Alongside my regular role as mother and farmers wife, I am thrilled to become a part-time member of the 2021 Te Kura O Take Kārara junior whānau, helping out and supporting Estelle and her team in Tuna with the Year 0-2 children.

Previously, I have taught abroad, spent a few years teaching in Mt Maunganui and Christchurch before permanently settling here in 2009 and teaching at Wanaka Primary School.

Raising our children and farming took centre stage from 2015 until 2019 when I was able to take on various part-time work back at Wanaka Primary and more recently here at Take Kārara.

Raising our children has strengthened my understanding of learning and development and I am delighted to become part of a school that shares similar approaches and values to my own. Facilitating children to navigate their emotional and academic pathways through real-time exploration, problem-solving, and creativity inspires me and here at Take Kārara I see opportunities for it all.

When I’m not at school you’ll see me supporting my whanau out and about in the community, walking in the mountains or hidden away with a good book.

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Renee Tsang

Kia Ora! While relieving at Te Kura O Take Kārara in 2020, I developed a love for the students and school community and have a deep admiration for the dedicated and diligent team of educators. What I find wonderful about the Wanaka community is the vested interest parents have in their child’s education – it shows in the learner’s positive attitude, joy at school, and emotional wellbeing. Tino pai te whanau! Well done, mums and dads!

As a new mum, part-time teaching allows the perfect balance: I can continue my passion for life-long learning, and still spend time with bubba. I am delighted for the opportunity to develop a supportive relationship with your child, alongside the kaiako team.

Previously, I relieved for all year levels in North Canterbury and taught in Kaikoura High School and Kaikoura Primary School. Teaching is my second career, as my first was in broadcasting and advertising where I produced and project managed commercials, films, and campaigns for television and digital platforms in Toronto, Canada.

My interests lie in practising mindfulness, mindful parenting practices, continually learning about social-emotional awareness, and adventure and underwater photography.

In 2021, I look forward to supporting the children and teachers in Tī Kōuka and Weka.