Cluey Treating Teachers across Australia and New Zealand

With the 2022 school year ending, we wanted to take a minute to acknowledge all the wonderful teachers that make your child’s learning experience so great. Turns out, with so many out there, we needed more than a minute!

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Cluey Learning Monday, 9 January 2023

In the final weeks of the 2022 school year, we ran a competition called ‘Treat Your Teacher’ where we asked parents on Facebook to nominate an amazing teacher in their child’s life and tell us why they are so beloved. We chose 10 teachers (five in Australia, five in New Zealand) to win a self-care pack full of everything they need to rest and recharge after a long year of shaping young minds. Lord knows they deserve it!

We were completely blown away by the number of nominations we received, making it nearly impossible for us to choose our winners. It’s completely heart-warming to know there are so many kind, caring, patient and nurturing teachers out there, working so hard every day to give their students the best learning experiences they possibly can. Thank you!

The Winners

Congratulations to the 10 teachers below, who will be upping their R&R game these school holidays with a Relax Pack and movie voucher valued at $500.



Meagan Azzopardi, Eynesbury Primary School


Meagan is an amazing teacher. She has such a big heart and is so caring towards her students and families.

Meagan has done wonders for my child’s confidence levels over the year and does everything in her power to get the best out of every child in her care.

Meagan works really hard at helping friendship groups flourish and offers guidance when needed- this is a very tricky part of her job and I take my hat off to her.

Cameron Preston, Westwood State School


I’d like to nominate Mr Cameron Preston of Westwood State School. For the distance he covers to and from school every day, the long hours he is away from his own kids to ensure our kids are educated. Recognition also needs to be given for the way he has turned the school around ensuring his staff feel supported, as well as being community minded.

Outstanding Teaching Principal of our small country school. Thank you

Kylie Judd, Kogan State School

Kylie Judd from Kogan State School. It’s a tiny rural school She works tirelessly for the kids. She is kind and gentle and is such an amazing teacher. During the floods a few yeas ago she slept at the school so the kids in town could still attend class ..

Michael Pickard, Nowra High School

I would like to nominate Mr Pickard Nowra high nsw school special needs unit. He is very caring, has empathy, is an amazing teacher that takes the time to support the kids and is adaptive to find learning styles that suit your child.

This job is so hard and mentally draining. And he always puts in so much effort to engage and talk to both parents and children making sure their learning experience and their social emotional wellbeing is on track.

He is a legend – most special needs teachers are, but this bloke knows how to adapt to needs of each child in his class.

Karen Bell, Dernancourt Primary School

I would like to nominate Miss Bell at Dernancourt Primary School. She has gone above and beyond for my son Jakob. Jakob has juvenile arthritis and requires a lot of extra help. He has pain throughout the day and Miss Bell helps with his pain management as well as supporting his emotional and physical needs. This wonderful teacher has an amazing attitude and cares for her student’s well-being. A favourite part of Jakob’s day is positive circle time where everyone has the opportunity to share their daily positive. What an amazing, supportive, uplifting person that just happens to be a huge part of my sons learning and development.

New Zealand


Janette Gillespie


I’d like to nominate Janette Gillespie from Te Awamutu Primary School. She has turned my shy scared autistic boy into a confident brave superstar who even performed on stage this year! Then my youngest son was failing to thrive, being labelled the naughty child, too scared to go to school, meltdowns constantly – so I asked to have him moved up to her class with his brother for a term. In 6 short weeks she has made him feel safe, has understood his needs, he no longer has meltdowns and has flown up years in academic assessments – he was always smart and so capable but just misunderstood and very mishandled with ADHD and autism – she cares, she reads him, she praises and encourages him and has given him the safety to flourish – and above all my happy, happy giggly cheeky monkey is back – this woman deserves all the accolades that can be given – I spent last term constantly rescuing my child from emotionally destructive traumatic meltdowns and this term he has not needed me once!! He is a different child and it’s all thanks to her making him feel safe, heard, valued, and encouraged to be his best – the world needs more teachers that care and bring out the best in all their children 🥰 Thank you Janette – you have turned his world around and given him a love for school I never thought possible 🥰


Tracey Herewini-Davis

I would like to nominate Whaea Tracey Herewini-Davis of the Te Rangimarie Unit of Stratford High School. She is very hardworking and the most wonderful teacher I have ever known. She is very passionate about her work especially in making sure that students with diverse needs get the best learning and life experience. This will surely make her day. Thanks for the wonderful chance.😊❤

Cara Hughes



Cara Hughes from Weymouth Primary in Auckland has had a rough year personally and professionally however when she walks through those gates in the morning, you’d have no clue. She smashes out the day with new entrant/year 1 students and has them all thriving and learning to love school! She sends photos and texts to whānau every single day, and goes over and above to give her students amazing experiences in class! Not to mention the support and kindness she gives to all the staff. She is a true gem 🥰🥰

Aleisha McAra

I’d love to nominate Aleisha McAra she’s an amazing teacher, she’s extremely caring and appreciates kids for their differences. She’s especially great at finding their passion and helping them grow, whether it’s reading, art or music. We really appreciate her. ♥️

Simon Cary


We would like to nominate Simon Cary from Hoon Hay School. Its his first year teaching at this school, and the kids absolutely love him. He plays the guitar while teaching them pop music, has got them involved in the community doing conservation work, and encourages the kids to try new things all the time.


Shoutout to all the amazing teachers across Australia and New Zealand who were nominated by their adoring fans (parents). We loved reading each and every one of these nominations. Thank you for everything you do:


Kirsten Humphrey, Port Pirie West Primary School

Amanda and Johanna, Arrabri kindergarten

Sharon Lovell Brown, Greenfields Primary School

Louise Murphy, Brightwater State School

The classroom support staff, Eaglehawk Primary School.

Wendy Herbert, St Andrew’s Marayong

Amanda James, Blair State School

Sarah, Amaroo School

Kassie Beresford, Vincent State School

Amy Louise, Mannering Park Public School.

Kerry Hayden, Gawler primary school

 Jo-Anne Smith, Mackillop Catholic College

Mr. Inder, Waterford State School

Mrs McDonald, Fern Bay Public School

Erica Judkins, Gormandale and Districts Primary School

Jan Peace, Hillcrest Primary school

Louse Nichols

Rachael Train, Killarney Vale Public School

Annette Millidonis, Moruya Primary School.

Mrs Gillow, St Leonards Primary

Emma Bates, Kempsey West Public School.

Carly Harris, St Therese’s school Bentley Park!

Mrs Terri-Lee Naden, Gilgandra Public School,

Mr Nic Thomson, SFX Berwick Campus

Miss Hully, Immaculate Heart of Mary School

Mrs Danielle Reeves, Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School

Kamari Westlands, Mulga Street Primary School

Colleen Robertson, Rangeway primary school Geraldton.

Ms Woollens, Grand Avenue State School

Tegan, Sunnybank Special School

Mrs Howard and Mrs Elliott, Parkes Public School

Mrs Amanda Middleton, Emu Creek State School

Mrs Rooke, Aveley North Primary School

Mrs Leanne Bourke, Kororo Public School.

Rhonda Christelow, Early Milestone the Lakes

Fabia, Oak Park Primary School

Michelle Probert, Buninyong Primary School

Ryan Sharman, Grand Avenue State School

David Okeffe, Rydalmere East Public School

Miss Haylee Bishop, Gilgandra Public School,

Megan Naylor, Ashleigh Victoria, Di Sutherland and Kate Loveridge, Innovation Calisthenics Club

Mr Jason Mok, Pacific Hills School

Miss Young, Caboolture State School Prep Class

Mrs Suffolk, Kingston Primary School

Mrs Karen Epps, Rooty Hill Public School.



Lorrayne Nowland, Kihikihi School

Charli Luff, Glenavon School

Kaylah Bermingham, Hurupaki Primary School

Diane Ford, Little Steps Early Learning

Stevie Douglas, Kaipara Flat’s School

Dianne Christenson, Heather Stevens and Darren Kerr, Whareama School

Joanna Huntley and Jennifer Taiapa, Waitohi Kindergarten Picton

Jackie Williams, Cherie Nicholson, Chanel Reid and Erin Staples, Tamariki Station Ainslie

Pare Eparaima, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Whatatutu

Cecily Mills, South Wellington Intermediate School

Kaiako Hiten, Kelly, Caitlyn 2 and Kashmira, Happy Turtle Childcare

Sylvia Fidow, West Rolleston Primary School

Tanz Manooehhra, Clendon Park School

Whaea Jamie Rose Brown, Coromandel Area School

Maureen Toki, Firth Primary School

Chris Senior, Chanel College

Rachel Stewart, Pohutukawa Tutoring 

Heather Long, Coromandel Area School

Lisette Charlton, Bell Block Primary School

Rachel McLaughlin, Akaroa Area School

Juliet Stoddart, St Mary’s School in Hastings

Catherine Hood, Vardon School in Hamilton

Tineke Dippenaar, Sandspit Road School

Beverly, Room 8, Mt Richmond Special School

Maria Frew, Ōpāwa School

Amanda Smith, Treetops ELC

Inge Pienaar, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School,

Reremoana Potts, Kaitaia Primary School

Jo Whitehouse, Clifton School in Bulls

Mrs Smales, Southland Adventist School

Lexie McLachlan, Te Uru Tarata Lemonwood Grove School

Whaea Karima, Wellsford School

Kylie Haynes, Winchester Rural School

Emz Riley, Central Normal School – Te Kura Tuatahi O Papaioea

Kathryn Picard, St Patrick’s Te Awamutu

Jackie Williams, Tamariki Station Ainslie

Dean Emily McHalick, Heretaunga College

Kylie Haynes, Winchester Rural School

Debbie Douglas, Tamariki Station

Briar Shackleton, Sandspit Road School

All the teachers from Murupara Area School

Mrs Fale, Grey Lynn Primary School

Tamelia Blackburn, Avalon Childcare Hamilton

Lauren Periam, Orakei School

Rangi Lockington, Tainui Full Primary School

Whaea Nicky, Insoll Avenue School

Whaea Georgia, Knighton School

Emma Stalker, Mrs S’s Super-learners – Riverton Primary School

Stick-Simon Pedersen, Cullinane College

Tanya Nilsson, Wellsford School

Trixie Gan, Te Wharau School

Kerry Hawkins, Waverley Park Primary School

Jackie Mealings, Mayfield School (Blenheim)

Mrs Pullins, Ratapiko School

Simon Hera Mcqueen, Fairfield Primary

Atawhai Lily Allison, Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Pi’ipi’inga Kakano mai I Rangiatea

June Crawford, Mayfair School

Tegan Edwards, Carterton Preschool

Sherry, Milson School

Melissa Seumanu, Central Normal School

Mr Baylie Bright, Coastal Taranaki School

Rachel Sutherland, Mornington School

All the teachers at Alpha Preschool

Vandhana Chandra, Redoubt Road kindergarten

Jess DeMench, Carterton Preschool

Megan Brearley, Fairburn School

Lisa Harris, Annabels Educare

Liz Seaton, Kamo Intermediate School

Mrs S, Waipu Primary School

Whaea Julie, Kamo Intermediate School

Kirsten Bell, Northcross Intermediate

Liz Hooper, Te Mahia School

Mrs Tina Tuten, Bathgate Park School

Ashley Greenem, Gonville School

Miss Wood, Fairfield Intermediate

Linda Marie, Taupiri School

Nicola Fannin, Maunu School

Sabrina Wati, Kelvin Road school

Michelle Julian, St Patrick’s Inglewood.

Nicholas Stevens, Raglan Area School

Harpeed, The Gardens Early Childhood Centre

Lisa Hastie, Ramanui School

All the teachers and LSA’s at Patricia Avenue Specialist School

Elizabeth Davies, Leamington Primary School

Mrs Beard, James Street School

Alicia Armstrong, Opoutama Tolaga Bay Area School

Laura Rees, Fernworth Pimary

Linda Kramer, Waipu Primary

Sarah Ong, New Shoots Children’s Centre

Rachyl Collins, Wellsford Primary School

Rachel Goodin, Puketaha School

Ross Meecham and Kate Vander Ply, Hillview Christian School

Vanessa Silafai, Naenae Primary School

Kelsey Goliath and Robyn-Leigh Alexander, Kindercare Botany

Debbie Coutts, Richmond Preschool

Casey Empsall, Pukeoware School

Julie Small, South Featherston School

Sarah Sofala, Whangarei Primary School

All the teachers at Active Explorers Kaiapoi

Shaye Harkin, River Head School.

Tina Tuten, Bathgate Park School

Irie OTI, BestStart Educare

Ewan Starkey, Ōwhango Primary School!

Tamara Mark, Fairfield Primary

Tanya Thom, Riverton Childcare

Te Paea Paterson, Te Waha o Rerekohu Area School

Whaea Jodie, Crawshaw School

All the teachers at Tamariki Station Child Care

Lauren Trass and Daniela Cook

Charles Prescott, Te Aoatea

Stuti Patel, Pukekohe Central Kindergarten

Claire Suter, Inglewood Primary School

Christine McDonald, Otautau School

Matua Hare, Insoll Avenue School

Jasmond Grech, Greenmeadows Intermediate School

Carmen Kaye and Emma Collins, Paraparaumu School

Reremoana Potts, Kaitaia Primary School

Dorinna Nina Fleming, Harakeke Early Learning Centre

Rachel Carson, Te Pahu School

Shiree Rakei, Tauhara Primary School

Michelle Ryan, Firth Primary Matamata

Miss Hayley Howett, Vardon Primary School

Whaea Shannon, Pukekohe Hill School

Kate Fox, Mayfair School

Sarina Foote, Tauranga Adventist School

Mrs Craig, Pukekawa Primary School

Paige Petersen, Whanganui Intermediate School

Sam Ellis, Tainui School

Miss Love and Whaea Kara, Titahi Bay North School

Steve Biggins, Blossoms Preschool Rangiora

Gemma Keen, Lakeview School

Mrs Ashley Freeman, Horsham Downs Primary School

Stuti Patel, Pukekohe Central Kindergarten

Wayne Hippolite, Nelson College

Natalie McAuslin, Rosehill School Papakura

Amy, Kamo Primary School

Sharla-Maree Hohepa, Clayton Park Kindergarten

Tara, Fairburn School

Natasha Gunson, Whangarei Primary

Eme Sefo Malo, Eme Sefo Malo

Shona Standish, Lakeview School

Karen Cate, Homai Primary School

Miss Randal, Waingaro School

Pietta Wright, Darfield Preschool and Nursery

 Oraiti Albert, Tamariki Ora Learning Centre in Massey

Mrs Glasgow, Kaurihohore Primary

Emily Bates and Jason Debronsey, Stratford Primary

Kate Hollings, South Hornby

Louise Bell, Kenakena School

Mrs Donally, St Mary’s Dunedin

Whaea Leeli, Flaxmere College

Mr Masters, Waipawa Primary School

Tina George (Tuten), Bathgate Park Primary School

Jenny Canty, Maunu School

Heather Clark, Tuakau College

Karen Swenson, Learning Support Unit – FAHS Feilding High School .

Mr Russ, Clive Primary School

Hope Wright, Anja H, Rhiannon Schroeder and Chrisy, Farm Friends Early Childhood Centre

Robyn Harris, Kimihia School

Dawn Louman and Haanz, Manurewa High School

Manu Otene, Chertsey School

Staff Tahiwi, Queen Elizabeth College

Meredith Bladen, Point Chevalier Primary

Mrs White, Inglewood Primary School

Freya Malia, Rotorua Intermediate School

Dani Snowden, Feilding Intermediate

All the teachers at Te kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre

Annapere Waugh, Centennial Park School

Jo Mcconnell, Fairhall School

Matua Bas, Tikipunga Primary

Michelle Middleton and Cherise Crerar, Orewa Primary School

Trishelle Sikma, Annabels Educare

Elizabeth Carter, Norfolk School

Whaea Aggie Tipene, Moerewa School

Di Barrett, Mohaka School

Johanna Keogh, David St School

Matua Shannon, Maeroa Intermediate School

Kelly Scott, Homeschool

Sonia Rova, Stratford Primary School

Brent Taylor, Silverdale Normal School

Michaela Dear, Manakau School

Matua Ian Marino, Alfriston College

Mrs Macbeth, Onekawa primary school

Tracey Ogle and Darren Guthrie, Westown Primary

Julie-Ann Terekia and Kahurangi Kutia-Coleman, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga

Sarah Wilson, Aparima College

Siobhan Harrison, Ruawai Primary

Victoria Brookland, Linwood Avenue Primary School.

Paul Morehu, Wairakei Primary School

Michelle Evanz, Morningdide School

Mily Roberton, Riverlands School

Ami Ong, Insoll Avenue School

Monique Henry, Pukekohe High School.

All the teachers at Maunu School

 Kiri Tremwan, Tamaoho School Pukekohe

Tina George, Bathgate Park School

Tanisha Murray, Little Farm Preschool and Nursery

Renee Vaz, Little Farm Preschool and Nursery

Michelle van Cruchten, Little Farm Preschool and Nursery

The principal of Kings Gate School

Nikki Walker, Little Farm Preschool and Nursery

Tegan Wells, Salford School

Fiona Moselen, Purua Primary

Robyn Dane, Paparore School

All the teachers at Loburn School

Mrs Hamilton and Mrs D, Te Puna Primary

Shannon, Little Farm Preschool and Nursery

Trista Carter, Oropi School

Jordan Williams, Oropi School

Cherie Craig, Marewa School

Karilea Chasland, About Kids

Mrs Pollard and Mrs Cleland, Ngongotaha Primary School

Rachel Judd, Inspiring Kids Early Learning. Also

Lucy Riddell-Green, Kayanne Wilson

Miriama N Muriwai, Murupara Area School

All the teachers at Mini Miners Daycare

Shelley Scott, Little Farm Preschool and Nursery

Tamelia Blackburn, Avalon Childcare Hamilton

Anita Newlynn, Waimamauku School

Toni Kaiwai, Kamo Intermediate School

Matua Skye, Crawshaw Primary

Awahou School trudi blinkhorne

Lisa Burrell, Mahora School

Emma Tylee, Ōwhango Primary School.

Lisa Handley, Rahwiti School

Miriama N Muriwai, Murupara Area School

Mrs Ah Chong, Brucemaclaren Intermediate

Renee Hiko, Wairoa Primary School

Matua William Mannering, Te Kura O Hiruharama Primary School

Sadie Jane

Tash King

Ruth Webb

Tanya Powell

Steven Mills

Belinda Brosnan

Marty Gibbs

Rachel Purcell

Carolyne Waddell

Jason Palmer

Michelle Bourke

Mrs Melanie Lindsay

Belinda Hawker

Liz Taute

Tracy Gasnier

Trishelle Sikma

Vanessa Hyde

Sarah Gilogley

Tamara Mark

Bridget Patrick

Jolene Barclay

Julie Cowan

Niki Medhurst

Faylyn Milne

Katie Lauren

Sarah Fox

Raewyn Houia

Diana Read

Alida Venter

Mari-Elize Offer

Linda Van Eeden

Rachel Tetley-Jones

Hester Myburgh

Cherylize Janse van Rensburg

Ilna Esterhuyse van Schalkwyk

Clare Humber

Liana Gough

Rosemary Aukett

Edwina Davis

Daphne Martin Takarangi

Jayzana Harris-Pont

Kararaina Davey

Terehia Marie Martin

Bridget Kanawa

Brooke Silich

Louise Moeke

Kate Painter

Connie Keegan

Vicki Evenson

Claire Boden

Abbey Taylor

Alice Lucy

Kaye Pratt

Selina Hargreaves

Ashlee Woodhouse

Crystal Tinkler

Claire Boden

Halie-Marie Graham

Cassie Therkleson

Sophie Smith

Bridie Horsfall

Jody Davis

Sacha Perkins

Kim Campbell

Michelle Rochester

Sheryl Ivar

Odette Wilson

Fiona Watts

Carmen Gray

Billie Mchardy

Linda Swallow

Raechel Thompson

Danielle Auld

Fiona Witemu

Shanan Gray

Jackie Williams

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