There are 17 teachers working within the school, including the Principal. The Principal is the leader of all three strands, however a number of other teachers have leadership responsibilities as well that support school management. Most teachers can be contacted via email - write the teacher's first name, then @otari.school.nz.
Principal/Tumuaki: The Principal is Clifford Wicks. Clifford is responsible for the day to day management of the school, curriculum leadership and pastoral care of students. He also provides teaching support, where needed, in literacy and art. Clifford also enjoys teaching singing and assists with school productions. Clifford has taught all ages, from new yntrants to year 8, in a range of schools, throughout the past thirty years. He thoroughly enjoys being Principal of Otari School, a position he has held for 19 years. Clifford's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deputy Principal: The Deputy Principal is Susan West. Susan is also the SENCO (Special Needs co-ordinator) and the Original Strand leader. Susan teaches years 2 and 3 in Kākāriki classroom.
Assistant Principal: The Assistant Principal is Wairere Ropata. Wairere is also the Māori Immersion Strand leader. Wairere teaches years 5, 6, 7 and 8 in Kaikōmako class.
Montessori Strand Leader: Deborah Sorensen is the Montessori Strand leader. Deborah also teaches year 1 to 4 in Ngaio class.
Year 1 and 2 Syndicate leader: Britta Martini has particular organisational responsibilities pertaining to the education programmes for year 1 and 2 students. Britta is also responsible for facilitating environmental education. Britta teaches year 1 and 2 in Kākano.
Original Strand: (Strand Leader: Susan West)
Years 0 & 1: Britta Martini & Rebecca McKenzie-Pollock teach Kākano class.
Years 2 & 3: Susan West teaches Kākāriki class.
Years 4 & 5: Sacha Fell and Christine Dowell teach Kererū class.
Years 6, 7 & 8: Johanne Wicks teaches Tōtara class.
Teaching support throughout strand: Tom Wild provides support.
Maori Immersion Strand: (Strand Leader: Wairere Ropata)
Years 1 & 2: Lynette Franklin teaches Kōwhai class.
Years 2, 3, & 4: Erana Bouzaid teaches Tūī class.
Years 5, 6, 7 and 8: Wairere Ropata teaches Kāikōmako class.
Teaching support throughout strand: Nichole Craig provides fulltime support. Tom Wild teaches in Kāikōmako on Thursdays.
Montessori Strand: (Strand Leader: Deborah Sorensen)
Years 1, 2, 3 and 4: Paula Crisp teaches Pōhutukawa class.
Years 5, 6, 7 and 8: Deborah Sorensen teaches Ngaio class.
Teaching support throughout strand: Catherine Hope
Reading Recovery Teacher: Ann Kendon and Britta Martini are Reading Recovery teachers, working one to one with children throughout the day.
Classroom Release Teacher: Tom Wild, Nichole Craig and Catherine Hope provider release time for teachers.
Teacher Librarian: Johanne Wicks is responsible for managing the school library.