James Thomlinson

Kia Ora, I’m Mr T and I teach Year 5 in Ruma Wha,

So here’s a little bit about me.

I am a plumber by trade and literally stumbled into teaching after a rugby injury took my All Blacks dream away. Well … that and the fact that I wasn’t any good. After finishing my Bachelor of Education at the University of Waikato, I made the journey from Mount Maunganui to Auckland. Apart from a quick O.E. to London, I have been teaching around Auckland since 2012.

My pedagogy may be continually changing with the times, but the reason I teach always remains the same — to make a difference. Since taking the plunge into the wonderful world of teaching, I have never wanted to do anything else. It’s an amazing feeling being able to not only steer a student’s waka in the right direction but give them the skills needed to paddle towards any star they choose.

I look forward to seeing where this year takes us. Please come say hello if you see me floating around.