Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Learning Community 3 (LC3)

Years 3 & 4

Suzanne D'Cruz

Room 7 Teacher & Leader of Learning


General Information

Kia ora whānau, my name is Miss Suzanne D'Cruz.

Teaching our Marian Catholic School students has been my passion since I was welcomed into the whānau in 2018.

I thoroughly enjoy seeing the students I work alongside connect and get excited about their learning. I love the energy and love for learning that grows and builds when 'light-bulb' moments happen in our learning space.

I believe in making our learning environment a safe space where everyone feels that they belong. Our classroom will always be filled with love, laughter, fun, challenges and will be a space for you to grow and be YOURSELF.

At school, I love to read aloud to the tamariki, get them involved in the range of Arts and celebrate the successes we witness in our classroom.

In my downtime, I love to cook new recipes, curl up with a cup of coffee and a good book, and watch Disney movies!

A favourite quote to live by is:
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

So I believe it is very cool to be kind everyday.

Caitlen Parry

Room 7a Teacher


General Information

I have taught at Marian Catholic School since 2020 and am currently teaching Year 3 and 4 students. Teaching excites me as I enjoy being a part of students' growth and progress, developing alongside them on their learning journey. I enjoy teaching all subjects, especially Mathematics and Physical Education. I believe in teaching the "hidden curriculum" where students develop the skills to become responsible, respectful, and valuable lifelong learners.

In my spare time, I like to play squash and netball. I enjoy tramping, taking my dog for a walk, and riding my motorcycle.

David Pierson

Room 8 Teacher


General Information

I have been teaching in Aotearoa since 2009. I began teaching in LC3 at Marian Catholic School in 2020 and have the honour of gaining a full-time position as of this year.

Throughout my 10 plus years of teaching, I have predominantly taught years 3-4, although as a relief teacher I taught new entrants up through the intermediate school.

My initial degree was in Anthropology. I have always been intrigued by the diversity of cultures in our world and in seeing things from different perspectives. This interest informs my practice as a teacher. I strive to teach acceptance, love and appreciation of all people. As a citizen of New Zealand and inhabitant of Aotearoa it is my responsibility to teach the tamariki about te ao Maaori to the best of my abilities. I include tikanga (“customs”) and te reo Maaori in my practice and try to familiarise the aakonga with the concept that we have a unique opportunity here in Aotearoa due to te Tiriti o Waitangi. We can all help to strengthen and uphold the Maaori worldview regardless of our origins.

Marian Catholic School provides a perfect place for the tamariki to grow both academically and socially. Our Charism to Live Christ through being his hands, voice and face in our world provides a strong foundation with which we can all learn and grow together in a safe and supportive environment.

Some things that take up my time outside of school are: bicycling long distances and track riding at the Avantidrome, Tai Chi, Shaolin Kung Fu, meditation, making electronic music, doing projects around the house and hanging out with my family.

Brooke Goodwin

Room 9 Teacher


General Information

Kia ora e te whānau,

I was welcomed into the Marian whānau in 2017 as a student-teacher, and straight away knew Marian was the place for me. Shortly after, I was blessed to join the junior community, where my exciting teaching journey began!

I pride myself in creating a safe and nurturing learning environment where my students build the courage to have a growth mindset and take risks in their learning. I love seeing students develop the confidence to explore their curiosities and wonderings, realising their incredible potential as learners. Every child has something so meaningful to offer, and I value the experiences each child brings to my ākomanga.

Being an avid organiser, I enjoy getting creative and often make new resources, decorate, and re-organise my classroom. I love creating an inspiring, exciting and fun space for my tamariki to learn in.

Outside of school, I can be found out on the lake on the boat, jet skis and spending time at the beautiful beaches in Aotearoa, Whangamata being my family holiday spot from a young age. I value quality time with loved ones and keeping active. I have a passion for learning new languages, Japanese and te Reo Māori being my current interests. I am eager to try new things and always ready for the challenge!

My passion and enthusiasm for teaching grow each day. I absolutely love what I do!

Sarah Hill

Room 10 Teacher


General Information

Kia ora koutou.

I have been teaching since 2009, mostly at Marian Catholic School. I am currently teaching Years 3 and 4. I am passionate about teaching and learning and love watching the children I work with get excited about learning and grow in confidence. I enjoy teaching all subjects but Mathematics and Art would be my favourites.

Teaching, three children and four pets keep me pretty busy but in my spare time I enjoy reading, creating, fitness and spending time with my family.

Dael Cullingworth

Room 11 Teacher


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.