Hollie Cooke

Room 24

Email: [email protected]

Kia ora,

My name is Hollie Cooke and I teach in Room 24 which is a part of the Mahi Tahi team. This is my first year teaching at Berkley Normal Middle School, having previously taught year 5 and 6’s at Tamahere Model Country School.

I was born in Auckland but quickly made the shift to Hamilton where I carried out my schooling locally at Tamahere, Berkley and Hillcrest High. I find this a unique position to be in as my own journey was so similar to the journey of many of our students. I then decided to further my education at the University of Waikato where I studied a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary).

Growing up, sports have been a huge part of my identity. It wasn’t until high school that I discovered Lacrosse and my passion for playing, coaching and officiating really sprung to life. This is where my desire to be a teacher was born. Coaching and officiating gave me a sense of purpose and seeing the way I was able to help people achieve their goals fascinated me. I am currently coaching a school Netball team and in Term 4 I aspire to facilitate the schools Lacrosse teams too.

Berkley has such a diverse range of opportunities on offer which means there is something for everyone to get involved in. I will always encourage my students to “Take Up the Challenge” and try something new, because I believe that stepping outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens.

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Hollie Cooke