Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Learning Community 3 (LC 3)

Years 3 & 4

Nicki Whyte
Role

Room 7a Teacher

Email

nwhyte@marian.school.nz

General Information

I am delighted to be a part of the Marian community. I am an experienced teacher having taught for many years in Hamilton and other parts of New Zealand. As well as being a classroom teacher in Room 8 (Years 3 and 4), I also have the responsibility and pleasure of being the DRS (Director of Religious Studies) for our school.

I enjoy working with students, getting to know them and creating an environment where they feel happy and eager to engage in their learning. I enjoy teaching all subjects but particularly writing and the maths. Outside of school time, I love spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Hill
Role

Room 8 Teacher

Email

shill@marian.school.nz

General Information

I have taught at Marian Catholic School for a number of years. 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.

Hine Blair
Role

Room 9 Teacher

Email

hblair@marian.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou, I am a passionate and experienced teacher who feels privileged to be in the classroom with learners. I like to use students interests to further develop their learning. I have thoroughly enjoyed my most recent experience working with students in years 1- 4 as they have a spark and curiosity that I love to foster through encouraging learner agency. I believe this allows me to learn alongside my students and cater to the needs of all learners in my classroom.
Building relationships is key to how I work with my students, colleagues and their families. I show
care and concern for all, confidently developing relationships with students and their whānau. I ensure students are listened to and feel valued in the classroom environment.
I enjoy going for walks, gardening and spending time with my friends and family. Whilst I enjoy reading, having young children means I've had difficulty reading as much as I would like to!

Debbie Anderson
Role

Room 10 Teacher & LC 3 Leader of Learning

Email

danderson@marian.school.nz

General Information

Applying to Teacher’s College as a 16 year old and being told to go and gain life experience first, lead me on a path of travel, marriage and motherhood, all of which I relished. I became very involved in my own children’s Catholic education which finally brought me full circle back to the University of Waikato. I juggled taking care of my family and being a Bachelor of Education student, and after graduating in 2011 gained my coveted position at Marian Catholic School as a junior teacher. Being overjoyed to be given this role would be an understatement.

Now, coming up seven years later, I still feel privileged and blessed to be involved in my students’ learning journey. I enjoy the special Character and diversity of our school environment and strive to continue my own pathway of being a lifelong learner, which I endeavour to model for my students.

I enjoy the challenge of delivering programs in all areas of learning in the hopes that all students will be inspired and receive learning experiences that challenge them and help them move forward in their learning pathways. In particular, I am interested in helping our children develop their growth mind set and celebrate alongside each of them as they achieve in whatever area they are working towards.

My family is very important, and spending as much time with them takes priority when I’m not at school. My wee beagle dog is equally as important and we enjoy going for walks and spending time at the beach. Travelling, seeing the world and experiencing other cultures brings me fun and huge enjoyment, and I am always planning my next trip… watch this space!

Archimedes and other great minds have been an inspirational avenue for learning in our class, this quote comes from a modern day great mind, a ‘mind set’ guru, whose work I have enjoyed following in recent times – ‘no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment’. Psychologist, Carol Dweck.

Dael Cullingworth
Role

Room 11 Teacher

Email

dcullingworth@marian.school.nz

General Information

I am currently teaching a Year 3 / 4 class. I am very happy to be part of the Marian Catholic School family and community. My preference lies with teaching junior classes and I have taught a range of levels at this foundation phase of learning.
I find this age particularly rewarding and it’s exciting to watch them meet new challenges and progress along their learning journey. I enjoy their uninhibited sense of humour which adds to a happy classroom.
I encourage a “growth mindset” where resilience and risk taking is part of our learning. As Einstein says, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
My interests include reading, cycling, walking, travelling and spending time with family and friends.