Year 3 - 4 Teacher
Nga mihi mahana tena koutou, Ko Kate Fergusson taku ingoa…..my name is Kate Fergusson and I am very happy to join the Toko Kura Whanau for 2019! I was born and raised in Kaimata, Taranaki and attended Kaimata Primary School and Inglewood High School before completing my Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Education at Massey University in Palmerston North. I then headed overseas to live in Honolulu, Hawaii. On my return I spent time teaching at a small country school in the Manawatu, and then owning and operating a private Swim School in the Waikato for 5 years. I returned to Primary School Teaching in 2004 and have taught since then primarily in Taranaki country schools- which are my absolute teaching passion! In recent years I have taught all levels of primary school, and often all at the same time (country schools are like that, huh?) In 2014 I completed my Tohu Maramatanga (Certificate in Maori Language) focussing in particular on the Taranaki Dialect, and in 2016 & 2017 have completed graduate papers in Psychology at Massey University. I am married to Matt and have 5 children and 1 whangai (foster) daughter. I love to cook, and spend time with all our family and extended family- they are my joy. My focus for teaching is to really ‘see’ each child for who they are, and help them on their way to recognise their learning potential.