Pokeno School

Karen Houghton


Tui Whanau Leader



General Information

Kia Ora Koutou

I'm Karen Houghton and I'm super excited to be teaching in Room 11 (the old library) in 2019 and leading our new middle school whanau - the Tui Whanau.

My family and I moved to Pokeno early in 2015 and we love the community and way of life here in Pokeno. I am married to Bevan and we have 2 young children; Ava who is 6 and Nate who is 4. Pokeno School is a fantastic school with amazing children and I am super proud to be a part of this wonderful community.

I'm an experienced teacher, having been a Senior Teacher for a number of years in previous schools in South Auckland. This is my third year being a Whanau Leader at Pokeno School and this year I am going to be lucky enough to teach some students again who I taught 2 years ago. My passion for teaching comes from my love for children and their learning. I believe building positive relationships and developing a fun and safe learning environment are key to helping children achieve in their learning. I love to have a joke with my students and believe laughter is an important part of the classroom.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and our little dog Dexter. When I have time, I also enjoy playing the piano, reading and doing crafting/making things.

I look forward to getting to know you all a little better this year.


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