Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Learning Community 1 & 2 (LC1 & 2)

New Entrants to Year 2

Brigid Casey
Role

Room 1 Teacher

Email

bcasey@marian.school.nz

General Information

I graduated from the University of Waikato in 2020 and began my teaching career at Marian Catholic School in 2021. I love the supportive community that Marian Catholic School offers and getting to know my students and their families.

I am passionate about teaching and helping my students to reach their full potential. I love the arts especially music, singing and drama, these are my favourite subjects to teach!

In my spare time, I love hanging out with friends and family, singing, swimming and spending time at the lake water skiing.

Nicki Whyte
Role

Room 2 Teacher & DRS

Email

nwhyte@marian.school.nz

General Information

I am an experienced teacher who has taught in a number of schools both in NZ and England. I have enjoyed teaching at all levels and am now working with younger children in the Junior school which is particularly rewarding.

I am passionate about teaching and learning and enjoy working alongside students and their families to ensure positive learning outcomes are achieved. I feel that developing a nurturing learning environment is crucial for children to feel safe and happy to take risks.

Being both a teacher and DRS (Director of Religious Studies) at Marian is such a privilege. As a Catholic School, our special Character is at the heart of all we do. We draw inspiration and strength from the gospel to be the hands, face and voice of Jesus.

My interests include reading, walking, music, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Anna Gerritsen
Role

Room 3 Teacher

Email

agerritsen@marian.school.nz

General Information

I am an experienced teacher who has taught at various schools in the Waikato and overseas. I am passionate about teaching and learning. I feel very blessed that I get to work with such a wonderful group of students every day. We laugh a lot in our class and love learning together.

Outside of school I love spending time with my friends and family. I practice yoga and like walking along the river paths. My goal this year is to read more.

Marion McKoy
Role

Room 4 Teacher & Leader of Learning

Email

mmckoy@marian.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora te whanau!
I love teaching the little people at Marian School. I love the energy and excitement that the children bring to their learning, and I love to see the absolute joy on their faces when they master a new skill! I want the students in my class to get excited about coming to school and about their learning. I believe that learning should be great fun!

I have been a junior school teacher for many years, and although I enjoy teaching all areas of the curriculum, I have a special passion for Literacy, Music and Art. I also LOVE a good picture book, and I have worked alongside the University of Waikato to develop New Zealand picture book collections.

In my spare time, I like to read and run. I live with my family - my husband Arron, our 3 children and our 3 very noisy chickens. I love to explore the world and have spent many years travelling and teaching overseas and in New Zealand.

Mariette Els
Role

Room 5 Teacher

Email

mels@marian.school.nz

General Information

After teaching overseas for close to 30 years, I started teaching in Hamilton in 2019. I have experience working in all the areas of the primary school sector, but my great love lies in teaching junior students.

I am very passionate about Junior Mathematics and Structured Literacy. I love seeing students grow in these areas. I see teaching as a calling, and I take the responsibility of nurturing and developing every student’s unique personality and talents as a whole, very seriously and as an honour.

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have 2 married children and a beautiful granddaughter. We all live in Hamilton. Making memories by visiting different parts of beautiful NZ, reading, walking, gardening, visiting coffee shops and watching a good movie with my husband are some of my favourite things to do.

My motto: It is all about the legacy we leave behind for future generations.

Delwyn McNamara
Role

Room 6 Teacher

Email

dmcnamara@marian.school.nz

General Information

Tēnā koutou katoa

I specialise in teaching within the junior school. I am passionate about teaching children to problem solve, take risks and manage themselves within the school environment. My strengths are in literacy, reading, technology, sport and health. I enjoy working alongside children and encouraging them to grow in confidence within their own learning ability.

I love all sports and encourage young children to participate in a team sport or activities for team spirit and physical health and wellbeing. I particularly love walking, jogging, mountain biking and swimming.

I have two daughters who have both successfully completed their primary schooling here at Marian and now attend Sacred Heart Girls College.

Janice Bullen
Role

Room 25 Teacher

General Information

I have a passion for helping all children reach their potential and love to challenge students to be curious and take chances when learning. Teaching excites me as no two days are ever the same. I love working with children and seeing their eyes light up when they discover something new.

In my spare time, I love to bake, read and be outside, spending as much time as I can with my husband and our two children, who both keep us very busy with their various activities :)