Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Learning Community 5 (LC5)

Years 7 & 8

Caitlin Oakes
Role

Room 17 Classroom Teacher

Email

coakes@marian.school.nz

Kelly Gonano
Role

Room 17 & 18 Release Teacher

Email

kgonano@marian.school.nz

Emma Scarle
Role

Room 18 Teacher

Email

escarle@marian.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora

I have taught at various schools both here in Hamilton and in the UK where I was an English teacher at an inner city secondary school. Prior to becoming a teacher I worked in the Banking industry for over a decade. I'd always wanted to be a teacher so when my family and I migrated to Aotearoa in 2008 it seemed the perfect opportunity for a change in career.

My belief is that positive relationships underpin all learner success and that we collectively contribute to the growth of a child. One of my favourite whakatauki is that ma te iwi anoo te tamaiti e whakatupu - it takes a village to raise a child. I am passionate about ensuring that my teaching is underpinned by the Catholic Church's values and key competencies. I encourage my students to develop an understanding of how they can make a difference as local, national and global citizens in our 21st Century world.

Outside the classroom I love spending time with my husband, teenage children and our friends. My hobbies are gardening, reading, watching Rugby and driving our 1974 Mustang.

I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to teach at Marian Catholic School and look forward to meeting and working with you and your child to support them in reaching their potential.

Vania McKeown
Role

Room 19 Teacher

Email

vmckeown@marian.school.nz

General Information

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.

Nicole Higby
Role

Room 20 Teacher & LC5 Leader of Learning

Email

nhigby@marian.school.nz

General Information

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 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.

Judi Clark
Role

Room 20 Teacher

Email

jclark@marian.school.nz

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!

Nicola Cook
Role

Room 22 Classroom Teacher

Email

ncook@marian.school.nz