Teaching Staff - Piako Team
Teacher Room 1
Kia ora koutou,
Kō Mākeo te maunga
Kō Waiaua te awa
Kō Omarumutu te marae
Kō Tutāmure te whare tipuna
Kō Hine-i-Kauia te whare kai
Kō Ngati Ruatakena te hapū
Ko Whakatohea toku iwi
Ko Keryn toku ingoa
I have very fond memories growing up in the Piako district as a child and I have loved raising my whanau in Morrinsville. I believe our small district has many great things to offer.
I are both highly involved in the sporting community and enjoy seeing children flourish within sports. I have had the pleasure to be involved in Basketball, Netball, Dragon Boating, Waka Ama, Touch rugby and Ballroom Dancing over my years.
I am honoured to be a teacher at Morrinsville Intermediate School as well as working alongside such a dedicated staff.
I look forward to meeting with you all.
Teacher Room 2
Across my nearly 21 years of teaching I have taught in schools in Auckland (where I am originally from), Martinborough (South Wairarapa) and Essex (UK).
My inspiration for becoming a teacher stemmed from my three years working for Homes For The Homeless in New York City (U.S.A.) where we took children from the five boroughs and provided them a fun, safe environment to explore the outdoors.
Together with my wife Megan, we have two beautiful daughters.
I look forward to meeting our new families as we work together to create a positive and productive learning environment.
Room 3 Teacher (Mon-Wed)
Room 3 Teacher (Wed-Fri)
I have been teaching at M.I.S. over the past 5 years. Starting as a Beginning Teacher in 2019. I have been on Maternity Leave after having my daughter Fleur and returned in a Part time capacity in 2022.
I enjoy teaching this age group as I believe it is the most fun! Morrinsville Intermediate has so many exciting opportunities to get involved with!
I look forward to meeting you,
Teacher Room 4
My name is Cherie Grant and I have a long association with Morrinsville and the wider district. I completed some of my schooling in the Morrinsville area, as well as teaching at Motumaoho School and Tauwhare School. As a teenager, I left Morrinsville College to study Year 13 at Kitami Fuji Girls High School in Japan. Upon returning from overseas, I completed an undergraduate degree in Japanese and Economics, and then progressed to a Graduate Diploma in Education. Early in my career my interest in literacy led to beginning a Master in Education (specialising in reading difficulties), and this is still a work in progress. 18 years ago, my first son entered this world and now I am a proud Mum to four children and step-mum to two more, a busy household!
My weekends are filled with following the children around the variety of sports and activities they are involved in, as well as managing to be involved in a few sporting pursuits myself. Being busy outdoors is also a passion of mine, and as a family, we do enjoy water skiing and camping during the summer months. I challenge our students to always be taking on new learning challenges, and at present I am currently completing a course in Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori.
Thank you for the opportunity to teach your wonderful children and to be part of their lifelong learning journey. If you are in school, please pop in to Room 4 and introduce yourself, I look forward to meeting you.