Resident teaches Te Reo



Once a Teacher, always a teacher.


74-year-old teaches te reo at te Hopai.

You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but you can't take the teacher out of the rest home - at least that's the case for Lillie Simmons.

Lillie has taught te reo Māori at Upper Hutt College, Wellington Girls’ College and to men in Rimutaka Prison. Now, her room at Te Hopai Home and Hospital in Wellington's Newtown has become her classroom.

But this environment is better, the 74-year-old says. “I’m happy not to be yelling.”

Lillie has a few students she teaches one-on-one. There was no specific structure, she said.


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