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St Mary’s Staff Profile

Catherine Adler – C3 Teacher                                                                Kia Ora! I am teaching year 2 and 3 in C3 with Miss Park and Miss Winspear. I joined St Mary’s last year, also teaching year 2 and 3, and am delighted to be back this year. 2018 is shaping up  to be a great year!


Jayne Arthur – Library / Resource Manager                                            I am excited to join St Mary’s school this year as the Library and Resource Manager. I love books and am looking forward to creating a vibrant library where all students love to come and spend time reading. In my spare time I like to make crafts, bake and read!


Justine Bishop – Part time Teacher                                                        This is my second year working at St Mary’s as a release teacher.  I have taught in Auckland for many years as a classroom teacher. I am enjoying the opportunity to work in different classes across the school and supporting our children’s learning. I take pleasure in spending time with family and friends and love outdoor pursuits.

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.

Rachel Chapman – D4 Teacher                                                                  I am excited to have joined the St Mary’s team this year in the  Year One/ New entrants class. I have taught in Northland where  I come from and overseas. I enjoy spending time with my family  in Whangarei and travelling.


Stephanie Chittle – D2 Teacher                                                                  I began teaching at St Mary’s last year and I am excited to start a new school year in D2 as a Year 1 teacher. Outside of school I enjoy spending time going for hikes, travelling and bike  riding. 


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.

Maxine Cunliffe – Part time Teacher                                                           I have been part of the St Mary’s School community for two years. I have taught both in the UK and in New Zealand.  During my teaching career I have worked in a variety of capacities and I particularly enjoy the arts. This year my role is classroom release teacher and I’ll be running the school Harmony Group.

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! It is my first time to work in a school environment and help the teachers, 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!

Jessica Han – D3 Teacher                                                                         This is my second year at St Mary’s and I am very excited to be teaching Year One class again this year. During my spare time, I like spending time with my family and going for a walk along the beach.


Peter Harpur – Leader of Learning and D5 Teacher                           This is my second year at St Mary’s and will be teaching Year 5 in D5. I have been teaching since 1998.



Sonia Hart – ESOL & Literacy Teacher



Pauline Hibbert – C1 Teacher and SENCO (Yrs 4-6)                                 I have been part of the St Mary’s school community since Term 3 2015.  I have taught in a variety of class levels and very much looking forward to teaching Year 4 in C 1.  I am also involved in sharing the SENCO role with Kristen Vodanovich.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to be part of this school community.

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.

Nikki Ive – C4 Teacher
Hello, Howzit, Sawubona, Sawatdi Kha, Kia Ora! I am incredibly privileged to have joined the wonderful, dynamic and progressive St. Mary’s family this year. I have taught for two years in South Africa, where I come from, and Thailand and I plan on settling in New Zealand; the people, places, food and animals are too lovely to resist. I am so lucky to be collaborating with Mrs. Vodanovich and Mrs. Rebello in the Year 2-3 class as they have vast amounts of invaluable knowledge and experience between them. Outside of school I really enjoy surfing, yoga, travelling and spending                            time with friends and family.

Lisa Judge – Sports & School Activities Co-ordinator                            I have been working here at St Mary’s as the Student Activities Coordinator for a year and a half now, and have so much fun with your children! I look after the extra-curricular activities that the school provides for 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 – Deputy Principal                                                       This is my fourth year working at St Mary’s. I began working at the school as part of a cluster who were looking into future focused education, then was appointed to the role of Deputy Principal. After being a small part of the journey St Mary’s has undertaken to date I am about to go on parental leave. Amany Morkos will be acting in my position as I begin a very new chapter in my life!

Clare Letting – C2 Teacher
Kia ora koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula, mabuh
Ko Clare Letting ahau. I have come from Hobsonville School where I was teaching year 6 and I have previously taught year 1/new entrants. I am a member of St Mary’s Parish Northcote and have four children three of whom have attended or are currently attending St Mary’s. Prior to teaching I was a nurse for sixteen years and I specialised in cardiothoracic intensive care. I love to read, cook, walk and eat chocolate! I am looking forward to getting to know the children in C2 and working with Miss O’Brien.

Maria Matthews – DRS and D1 Teacher                                                    I have been a teacher at St Mary’s for almost ten years. Before this my children all attended the school and I hate to think how they are now all in their twenties! This year I am continuing in my role as the Director of Religious Studies as well as working in classes to support teachers and their students.  I enjoy the outdoors, being active and travelling when and where I can. I also enjoy curling up in a quiet corner with a good book or cooking something new.

Catriona McLeod – D1 Teacher 



Maria Mistlberger – Leader of Learning and D5 Teacher                         I have been part of the woodwork at St Mary’s for some 20+ years. I have taught at all levels of the school and am now working with Year 5 students in a collaborative Hub with Mr Peter Harpur. My passion is being creative and spending time with my young grandsons who bring me such joy and laughter..


Amany Morkos – Deputy Principal                                                            I am a deputy principal at SMS. I have been working with children for the last 20 years. I believe all kids deserve to have a safe educational environment to learn and grow in. We are making a great team at SMS with incredible passion for each individual child. I feel very proud and lucky to be part of such a great group of professionals.

Kathryn O’Brien – C2 Teacher                                                                    Kia ora, My name is Miss O’Brien and this is my fourth year as a member of the St Mary’s School Community. This year I will be teaching in Year 6 with Miss Naititi and am looking forward to some exciting learning opportunities for both the students and myself! Outside of school I enjoy heading to the beach with family and friends and exploring the great opportunities and experiences Aotearoa has to offer.

Angela O’Grady – Part-time Teacher Aide                                                I have been a part-time teacher aide at St Marys for 16 years. I enjoy walking, boating/fishing and spending time at the beach with family.



Seon Jin Park – C3 Teacher                                                                    I started teaching at St Mary’s School in 2016. This year I am in C3 teaching year 2 and 3 alongside Miss Winspear and Mrs Adler. I am looking forward to doing a lot of fun learning in our hub! I will also be running the chess club during lunch time.


Danielle Portella – Teacher Aide                                                           I’ve been a teacher aide at St Mary’s for only two years and some kids know me as Dani and others as Mrs Portella because I also have two kids at school at year 3 and 6. I come from Brazil and I have been in NZ since 2004.


Leena Rebello – C4 Teacher                                                                     Kia Ora, I’m Leena Rebello and I am eager to work collaboratively with Mrs Vodanovich in C4. I like to sing and listen to music. This is my first year at St Mary’s and I hope that it will be an exciting one for me as well as the students.


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. I have now assumed the role of Curriculum release teacher whereby I am now looking forward to sharing my experience in education with the children.


Sandra Shilham – Part-time School Secretary                                   Hi,This is my second year at St Mary’s and my first introduction to working in a school environment. Last year was a great year and I enjoyed working with the students, teachers and parent. I’m looking forward to working with you all again in 2018.


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

Sue Toombs – Executive Officer and International Student Manager   
Hello, I have been a part of the St Mary’s School community for over 10 years.  From 2016 my role changed to Principal’s PA, including accounts and International Student Manager.  It’s a very rewarding position to help and support my fellow colleagues and school community.  I enjoy time with family and great friends plus going to the beach, our favourite, Tawharanui.


Norman Turner – Caretaker                                                                  Being the caretaker at St Mary’s has been a real joy, especially the interaction with teachers, parents and children. If my first year here has been the standard, then this year is going to be extra special with the changes and improvements happening. Outside of school, I enjoy helping at church, reading, travel and tramping.

Kristen Vodanovich – C4 Teacher and SENCO (Yrs 1-3) 
It is my pleasure to be teaching here at St Mary’s. This is the beginning of my third year here.  I have two daughters attending Carmel College and a son here at St Mary’s.  I am looking forward to working alongside Leena Rebello in C4 and learning more about my new role as SENCO for years 1-3.


Colby Winspear – C3 Teacher                                                               Hello, my name is Miss Winspear and I am from Canada. This is my first year teaching at St. Mary’s School. I am in C3 teaching year 2 and 3 with Mrs Adler and Miss Park. 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.

Anna Wood – C1 Teacher                                                                         Kia Ora, this is my second year working as part of the St Mary’s community. I am excited to be teaching Year 4 with Mrs Hibbert and Miss Skiff this year. I’m looking forward to exploring the new learning opportunities BYOD makes possible.