Years 7 & 8
Room 17 Classroom Teacher
Room 18 Teacher & LC5 Leader of Learning
I have taught for a number of years, 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.
Room 19 Classroom Teacher
Room 20 Teacher & LC5 Leader of Learning
I love teaching at Marian 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 LC5 sports programme) math, 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 Maths 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 labrador. Oh yes, besides children, I love animals and nature.
Room 20 Teacher
Room 21 Teacher
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!
Room 22 Classroom Teacher