Unity • Respect • Compassion

St Mary’s Staff Profile

Michelle Holly – Principal                                                                          It has been my absolute privilege to have been principal here at St Mary’s, Northcote for the last two years. I have been a teacher since 1992 and have taught from Kindergarten through to Year 13 in the UK, France and New Zealand. I have two children of my own and live just outside of Auckland on a lifestyle block with Martin, my husband. I am really looking forward to this year and to watching our children grow, both in their faith and as learners.

Amany Morkos – Deputy Principal     
In 2018 I was delighted to join the staff of St Mary’s School as Deputy Principal.  I have been working with children for the last 20 years. Throughout my career, I have taught ages 7 to 16 and I have enjoyed every age group and love working with children. I believe that all children deserve to have a safe educational environment to learn and grow in. I love working in such a fun, supportive and forward-thinking environment. I am very proud to be part of the SMS staff and feel privileged to have the opportunity to work in a community of diverse, happy, hardworking and
talented students.

Charlotte Borowski – Deputy Principal                                                    My name is Charlotte Borowski and I feel very privileged to be joining the St Mary’s School team this year as deputy principal. I have a passion for education with experience teaching children from years 0-6. In my personal time I enjoy cooking and spending time at the beach with family.


Naglaa Al-Darkazly – Teacher Aide




Minjin Batbold – Teacher Aide




Gillett Bay – C3 Teacher
Kia Ora! Kamusta po kayo? (how are you?) My name is Gill. I was born in the Philippines and can speak Tagalog and English. This year 2020, God has given me the opportunity to teach full-time at St Mary’s School, in C3. I graduated at AUT last year and am so honored and grateful to be part of this school with lovely staff who treasure Jesus Christ above all. I hope to be an effective instrument of God to bring the best out of each child in this blessed school.

Laura Bentley – D5 Teacher




Julie Brewis – Part-time Teacher                                                           Hello my name is Julie Brewis.  I have over 20 years teaching experience working at a number of schools on the North Shore, including working part time and as a reliever at St Mary’s since 2016. I am looking forward to working with the teachers and children in C1 Hub and sharing in their exciting learning journey year.

Glenda Campbell – School Secretary                                                      Hi, my name is Glenda Campbell and I have been warmly welcomed into the school at the start of Term 2.  My role is School Secretary and you will find me in the office.  Pop by and say hello sometime. I have a daughter, Ella, who is 12 and attends Northcote Intermediate School. In my spare time I love to travel or holiday at our caravan at Mangawhai.

Rachel Chapman – Head of Teaching and Learning, D5 Teacher                       Kia Ora, I am excited to be beginning another exciting year in the New Entrant/ Year One team. As part of my 7 year teaching journey I have taught in both New Zealand and overseas in the United Arab Emirates. I have done some amazing travel while doing so. I enjoy spending my spare time in Northland with my family and escaping in books


Stephanie Chittle – C3 Teacher                                                                  I am excited to be teaching in C3 with the Year 3’s and Year 4’s! I am looking forward to another fantastic year at St. Mary’s with lots of fun learning activities ahead of us. In my spare time, I love travelling and going to the beach!


Ruth Coombes – Reading Recovery                                                      Kia Ora Koutou, I have been teaching at St Marys for a few years, working as a Reading Recovery teacher. It is very fulfilling helping those children who haven’t quite got their literacy learning together. And so enjoyable to share their delight when they realise they can read! I enjoy travel, theatre, music and reading of course.

Rebecca De Waal – D1 Teacher  
Kia Ora! I am excited to embark on my teaching journey in St Mary’s School. Having taught in South Africa for eight years, it was in 2017 that my family and I immigrated to New Zealand. I then began teaching in an Early Childhood Centre and saw myself ending 2018 with a new opportunity to teach at this fantastic school, St Mary’s. I look forward to being able to provide your children with rich learning experiences and foster their holistic development.

Brooke Fowler – Teacher Aide




Barbara Franklin – Part-time Teacher Aide                                               I have been a part time teacher aide at St Mary’s for the last 20yrs. Outside of school I look after my grandson once a week and I enjoy going for walks with my husband in the weekends.


Ramon Gabito – Teacher Aide                                                                   Mabuhay! This is my second year working at St Mary’s School helping the teachers and especially the students in their learning as teacher aide. Aside from that, I also help Mr. Turner to ensure that the St. Mary’s School grounds and facilities are in order and safe. I am from one of the 7,641 tropical islands of the Philippine archipelago, and happy to be part of the growing St Mary’s School family!

Malica Gore – C2 Teacher




Lisa Judge – Sports & School Activities Co-ordinator                           I am St Mary’s School’s Student Activities Coordinator.  I look after the extra-curricular activities that the school provides for our students, such as music and drama lessons, and any sports which are played out of school hours. I also coordinate sports teams for inter-school competitions such as swimming, rippa/tackle rugby, cross country and athletics. In my spare time I enjoy walking, spending time with friends and family and participating in adventure and travel activities.

Emma Kingston – Instructional Teacher                                                  I began working at the St Mary’s School as part of a cluster who were looking into future focused education, then appointed to the role of Deputy Principal in 2017. I took parental leave during 2018 and have returned in a part-time role as Instructional teacher.


Liz Kwon – D5 Teacher




Kelsey Mc Master – C4 Teacher



Catriona McLeod – C2 Teacher 
Kia Ora! My name is Catriona McLeod and I am from Leeds in England. I have six years teaching experience in the UK and I am excited to continue my teaching journey in New Zealand. Outside of school, I am part of a dragon boat team and love travelling to explore all that this side of the world has to offer.


Michelle Nel – C3 Teacher




Miles Palmer –  Teacher Aide 




Danielle Portella – Teacher Aide                                                            I’ve been a teacher aide at St Mary’s for a few years. Some of the kids know me as Dani and others as Mrs Portella. My daughter is still at St Mary’s and my son just left. I come from Brazil and I have been in NZ since 2004.


Kelly Reilly – ESOL Teacher




Megan Robertson – Part time Teacher 
I have taught in NZ and in the UK and have over 20 years teaching experience.  I joined the St Mary’s School family in 2013 and have worked both full-time and part-time.  I’m a keen sailor and enjoy travelling and spending time with my family and grandchildren.


Bronya Scott – Part-time Teacher                                                         For several years I have taught all levels and subjects at St Mary’s School. This year I am teaching the Arts Curriculum with an emphasis on Music throughout the school.


Jemma Skiff – C1 Teacher                                                                        Kia ora, my name is Miss Skiff and I am so excited to be one of your year 3/4 teachers this year! This will be my second year in the St Mary’s community. I love spending time with my family, getting to know new people and learning about different countries and cultures.


Jordan Strydom – D6 Teacher  



Lalli Tiddy – C4 Teacher



Sue Toombs – Executive Officer and International Student Manager   
Hello, I have been a part of the St Mary’s School community for 12+ years.  My role is rewarding, supporting the leadership team and teachers. I have two grown up children and a White West Highland Terrier, Louis who emigrated from the UK with us! My husband, Paul and I enjoy the summer months visiting our favourite beach, Tawharanui and socialising with friends.


Norman Turner – Caretaker   
Do we interact and improve the environment we work in or do we allow ourselves to stop achieving? After two years at St Mary’s as Caretaker I have appreciated the changes made, especially with the involvement of staff, parents and children. Outside of school, I enjoy helping at church, reading and travel.

Kristen Vodanovich – Director of Religious Studies & D4 Teacher 
I started teaching at St Mary’s in 2016. It has been a pleasure to teach in a variety of year levels and to have met many of the families here at St Mary’s. I am a Parishoner at St Mary’s Church and enjoy my role as assistant to the Director of Religious Studies. I have three children, two daughters at Carmel College and a son here at St Mary’s.  This is my second year working as a Learning Support Coordinator and I am enjoying working alongside my colleagues and with people who support our school.

Colby Winspear – C1 Teacher                                                               
Hello, my name is Colby Winspear and I am from Canada. This is my second year teaching at St. Mary’s School. I am in C3 teaching year 5 and 5 with Miss Skiff and Miss Wood. I am excited about all the learning that will be happening this year in our hub and all the amazing activities planned throughout the year to help your children grow.

Anna Wood – C1 Teacher                                                                       Kia ora, this is my third year working as part of the St Mary’s team. I am excited to be teaching Year 5/6 alongside Miss Skiff and Miss Winspear this year and look forward to some great learning experiences for both the students and myself. Outside of school, I enjoy exploring our gorgeous country, completing puzzles and getting out on the water.