Glenda Knox

Room 28

Email: [email protected]

My name is Miss Knox. I am thrilled to be working with you this year in Room 28 and as part of team Mahi Tahi.  Together we will learn more about ourselves, each other and the world around us, making sure we have fun along the way!

A Bit About Me…

I was born and bred in Rotorua and have been fortunate to have had a wide range of varying roles and experiences, all of which I draw from when teaching. I originally studied sport, health and fitness, then obtained a degree in business management. I worked for Perry’s, Sport Waikato and Squash Waikato until I decided to follow my heart and pursue a career in teaching.

I have three delightful children who light up my life. Jaimee (18), Kate (15) and Michael (14). I have enjoyed getting to know many Riverlea/Hillcrest families over the past 20 years through being actively involved in Playcentre, local schools, events and various sports as either: a side line Mum, coach, coach developer, manager, administrator or participant.

We are an active family who like to embrace new opportunities and have fun with our extended family and friends. Much of my time is spent as the ‘MUM TAXI’! I do enjoy supporting my children’s sports and interests but if time allows, I opt to keep active. It may be playing sport (especially squash or table tennis), biking, going for walks or trying something new. I love growing my own veges and have an avid interest in overall hauora; our health and wellbeing.

Sport is something I am passionate about and it has always been a large part of my life. I have been involved as a player, club volunteer and regional sport developer in squash and contributed at all levels from grassroots to high performance. I represented NZ in squash many moons ago and was proud to work towards reclaiming my A grade in more recent years. I state this because these experiences have taught me SO much, especially how to manage oneself most effectively, how to work successfully with others and the importance of setting high but achievable goals. I share my learnings and draw from these experiences when I teach. 

Why I Teach?

I find it rewarding working alongside our diverse multi-cultural youth and other teachers, learning, growing and being challenged together, embracing new opportunities and striving to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be. What a way to spend my days!

My role gives me the chance to make a difference to many and to ensure that students are HAPPY when at school! This is essential as this is when the best learning happens!

My Teaching Philosophy…

I aim to create a warm, supportive and family-like feel in class, where students feel safe to ask questions and be true to who they really are.

I genuinely care about my students and their lives as a whole and value family involvement. By keeping in touch with each other we can ensure learning is optimsed. Feel free to email me to share out of school experiences, achievements or challenges, to allow for strong links between home and school.

I encourage my students to be curious, empower them to form their own opinions and support them to develop the confidence to participate in class, the wider school and in their community, now and in the future.

This is going to be YOUR year and it will be my privilege to support you every step of the way!

Glenda Knox