Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Team 4, Years 7/8

Raewyn Casey
Role

Room 17 Teacher

Email

rcasey@marian.school.nz

General Information

This is my 8th year of teaching (I have taught in both junior and senior rooms as well as in single cell and open plan classrooms) but my first year at Marian Catholic School. I am lucky enough to be teaching year 7 and 8 students this year in room 17.

I have a passion for art and enjoy teaching students new art skills and techniques and exposing them to different artists and art styles. I also enjoy making learning meaningful and relevant by incorporating real world problems/ideas into the learning programme. For example, this in Term 2 the students in Room 17 carried out tasks like an engineer in order to design a prototype for a pest trap. Furthermore, I also place a great emphasis on supporting students with developing soft skills such as problem solving, team work, resiliance etc which will be useful skills throughout their life-times.

My main hobbies outside of school include fishing and water skiing. I have finally mastered the single ski so enjoy getting out on lake Taupo or Lake Rotoiti whenever I get a chance. I also enjoy baking, spending time with family and friends and going for walks. I grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Taumarunui and always look forward to heading back to the farm to help out during the holidays.

Vania McKeown
Role

Room 19 Teacher

Email

vmckeown@marian.school.nz

General Information

This is my seventh year teaching, combining both secondary and primary experience. I started teaching at Marian Catholic School in 2017, in Term 2. I love teaching at Marian as it is a school that provides the students with a myriad of experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. I join in with the other amazing staff members who personally strive to make this school caring, inclusive and meaningful.

I have a passion for being creative with the curriculum and want to engage students and help them achieve their best in every subject using what is relevant to them now. All students in my mind have huge potential and the most favourite part of my job is to untap that potential and help them grow. I also like to ensure that all students have a wide variety of learning and with my added interests and skills in Physical Education and Dance, I allow my students opportunities to thrive with all round education. I do love teaching reading and writing in addition to PE and dance as the written word is powerful and believe students can benefit hugely from harnessing its qualities. I readily get inspired from quotes and this is one of my favourites: “With God all things are possible”, Matthew 19v26 . Being positive is one attribute I hold onto to and help the students aim do the same.

Outside of school I enjoy reading, baking, dance exercise classes and spending time with my family and friends.

Nicole Higby
Role

Room 20 Teacher

Email

nhigby@marian.school.nz

General Information

Out of my 15 years teaching, this is my 7th year at Marian Catholic School and I love it for many reasons. I love learning, and have a great team of teachers around me that I really enjoy working with. I have many interests which involve sport, (i lead the Team 4 sports programme) and art. I also enjoy developing students’ self expression skills through writing, and completed my master’s degree on motivating boys’ in writing. In maths I really enjoy extending children’s thinking around the ‘why’. There’s nothing like a challenge! I have lead ALIM programmes and promote Messy Math sessions across the school.

I believe that my strengths and passions in the classroom involve creating meaningful hands on learning experiences. I thrive on variety and difference, and believe every child has something to offer to our classroom and our changing world. I find that learning in a catholic school inspires children to develop their spirituality and hauora like no other environment can.

My four adult children still keep me busy and time outside work is spent with my family, in the garden, hiking, traveling or running my large black labrador. Oh yes, besides children, I love animals and nature.

Ryan Jordan
Role

Room 21 Teacher

Email

rjordan@marian.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou!

I am from Hamilton East. I grew up across the road from Marian and attended during my Primary and Intermediate years. My family have a strong connection to the school so I feel privileged to continue it as a new teacher in 2018.

I still live in Hamilton East with my wife Emma and our three young children. We enjoy venturing to local parks and gardens. We also spend a lot of time in Raglan and the Coromandel where I try to surf some sneaky waves around exploring with the family.

I have been a teacher for 5 years. I have also taught at Te Totara Primary and Bankwood Primary in Hamilton. Before teaching, I was a builder working for Urban Homes constructing residential houses.

I have a passion for language and believe developing it is essential for enhancing our lives. I have also learnt some spanish while living in Chile, which motivated me to learn te reo upon returning. One of my jobs is to help encourage and grow te reo Māori me ngā tikanga at Marian.

Nō reira, kōrero mai! Whakanuia te reo!

Feel free to come and chat to me anytime!

Katarina Dale
Role

Room 22 Teacher

Email

kdale@marian.school.nz

General Information

After over 20 years of teaching at a range of levels and positions, I still love my job - at the ‘chalkface’!!
Since having my third son, I opted to work part time to ensure I was giving my very best to my students, my school and my family. I love my work-life balance which leaves me energised and refreshed so I can be a positive motivator of learning and a good mum.
I enjoy all subjects and levels but have a particular passion for teaching Year 7’s and 8’s.
I completed my Masters in Educational Leadership during my periods of maternity leave and this sparked a special interest in developing student leadership and building the capacity of those around me. I facilitate the Student Council who develop wonderful leadership skills each year and who have made many effective changes in response to student voice over the years. I really enjoy seeing students reap the rewards of their hard efforts as well as the joy on their faces when they have been inspired to do something new and it worked!
I enjoy tramping, gardening and have played a range of sports over the years. My weekends are spent following my boys’ cricket, football and futsal. Futsal is a new found interest of mine, it’s a great sport to watch and maybe one day I might find my very own team to play in!!

Jill Rimmer
Role

Room 18 Classroom Teacher

Email

jrimmer@marian.school.nz