Room 2 Teacher & SENCO co-ordinator
During my teaching career I have taught a range of levels, and I am drawn to the junior area, I believe this is where many children's educational journey’s begin. As a teacher at this level I work to inspire children to develop a positive attitude towards their learning.
I enjoy working with the families and community to develop a nurturing environment where the children are confident to explore their worlds and know they have the support.. A core part of our school is the special character , through this I work to teach the children how unique and loved they are. As St. Catherine of Siena says, “ Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire”.
Together with my family I enjoy the outdoors, whether it is cycling, walking, gardening, or helping out on the farm Time spent supporting my own children in their pursuits is another one of my favourite things.
Room 3 Teacher
I currently teach Year 1’s in Room 3 - 3 days a week with Christine des Forges.
I’ve been privileged to be part of the Marian School family since 2010, teaching New Entrants-Year 4 as a relief teacher and for the past year as a part- time classroom teacher.
I hold a B.Ed. (Early Years). I chose this specific qualification as I love working with juniors. My qualification has equipped me with sound understanding of the dispositions encouraged and nurtured before children begin primary school.
I believe that teaching is primarily about relationships. Knowing children as individuals who embody a range of cultures, talents, interests and learning styles enables me to provide opportunities and experiences in which all children are meaningfully engaged. Promoting an inclusive learning environment which celebrates diversity and fostering mutually respectful relationships with my colleagues, students and parents/whanau, values everyone in the learning community.
I love seeing happy smiling faces come through the door every morning and of course, the daily hugs! I want my students to feel great about who they are, comfortable enough to take risks and ultimately develop into capable, independent life-long learners.
Room 3 Teacher
This is my second year teaching part time at Marian Catholic School. I am delighted to be team teaching with Sally Swart in Room 3.
I am an experienced New Entrant / Year One teacher having taught at this level for 20 years before coming to Marian Catholic School. This level is my preferred level to teach and it is a privilege to observe the amazing progress every single one of these young people make in such a short time at school.
It is also a privilege to teach in a Catholic School and to be able to share my faith and faith experiences with the children.
Room 4 Teacher
I began my career in the state system and then moved to Marian in 2001. I have been here, in various capacities, ever since. I really value teaching in a Catholic school, as we are able to build relationships and teach the whole child - intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Happy, valued children, with a team of support (both at home and at school), love learning, do their best and then go on to share their gifts with the world.
Room 5 Teacher
Room 5 Teacher & Teacher Release Cover
This is my ninth year teaching at Marian Catholic School, teaching between Years 1-4. I am currently teaching one day a week in Room 5 as well as doing some release time in other classes around the school. I love teaching Maths and Art.
I live with my husband, 3 children and 2 cats. In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with family.