My name is Ariana Williams and I am of Ngati Kahu and Ngati Whatua descent. I have been in Education for over 12 years. I am happy to be home after spending most of my life in Auckland and I also lived in Wellington for a couple of years.
I feel extremely honoured to be the principal of such an incredible School with wonderful students, parents and staff. I love teaching and leading. I am passionate about all students achieving success in our educational system so that they can have plenty of choice in terms of their future pathways and goals.
I am from Toatoa which is a small place just outside of Taipa. I live with my partner and two children aged 13 and 10 in Mangonui.
My name is Jo Hay and I have been a teacher for many years. I took a break from teaching to raise our four children, and returned more inspired and passionate about education. I love the outdoors, and keeping fit. Cycling, swimming and running are my hobby sports. I occasionally enter events, but mostly just participate for fun, and I love encouraging children to participate in an active lifestyle too. My husband and I have returned to the north to settle after living and teaching overseas. I am looking forward to being involved in our school community, exploring the beaches, and encouraging our friends and family to come and enjoy this beautiful part of the country with us.
This is my third year at Peria School and I am loving it. It’s wonderful working at such a small school and getting to know all the children within the school. Please come and say hello and let me know what’s on top for you! I grew up in Whangarei and have wanted to live in a rural environment since I was a child so Peria is a dream place for me.
My family originally comes from Austria and I grew up speaking German at home and English at school. I love gardening, cooking and nutrition, and spending time in nature. I own a tortoiseshell cat named Jade. It’s fair to say I have a love for animals and all things living. Hence why I studied biology which has given me an interest in teaching science to young children and getting them excited about protecting our environment. Reading is another interest of mine and I am determined that every child that leaves Te Puna is well on their reading journey! Coming from an early childhood background has also made me very passionate about learning through play and all it encompasses.
Please feel free to come to me if you have any questions. I look forward to working together with you!
I started Teacher Aiding at Peria School 19 years ago, but I was involved with the school as a parent before that. My children were 4th generation pupils on my husbands side to attend Peria School, so there is a strong bond and connection to this awesome little country school. My job now covers a wide range from Teacher Aiding to running fundraising activities, school canteen, KidsCan & Duffy book co-ordinator to name a few. I love helping children to learn and see them grow in confidence throughout their time at Peria School