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.

 

Jenny Bentley – C4 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 Junior School, D3 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 – D2 Teacher                                                                  I am excited to be teaching in D2 again with the Year 1’s and Year 2’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 – D6 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.

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!

Jessica Han – D5 Teacher                                                                         This is my third year at St Mary’s and I am very excited to be teaching Year two this year in D5 with Miss Park. In my spare time, I like spending time with my friends and family and going for a walk along the beach.

 

Pauline Hibbert – C4 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 3-4 in C4 with Maria Mistlberger. I have a SENCO role within the school (Yr 4-6) sharing the role with Kristen Vodanovich (Yrs 0-3).  It is a pleasure and a privilege to be part of this school community.

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.

Gillett Kabigting – C1 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 2019, God has given me the opportunity to teach full-time at St Mary’s School, in C1. 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.

Laine Katzin – ESOL Teacher
I started at St Mary’s in March 2019 and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and the learning.  I have been involved in education for the last twenty eight years and I look forward to my time at this wonderful school.

 

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.

Clare Letting – C1 Teacher
Kia ora koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula, mabuh Ko Clare Letting ahau. I have come from Hobsonville School, where I taught year 6 and year 1/new entrants. I am a member of St Mary’s Parish 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 specialising in cardiothoracic intensive care. I love to read, cook, walk and eat chocolate! I am looking forward to getting to know the children in C1 and working with Mrs Matthews and Miss Kabigting.

Marie Lombard – D1 Teacher 

 

 

 

Maria Matthews – DRS and C1 Teacher                                                    I have been a teacher at St Mary’s for 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 – 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.

 

Jessica Morrison – Teacher Aide
I am very excited to join St Mary’s School as teacher aide supporting C3.  Having recently moved to New Zealand from the UK, I’m really enjoying exploring this beautiful place and meeting new people.

 

Kathryn O’Brien – C3 Teacher                                                              This year is my fifth year as a member of the St Mary’s School community and I am excited to be continuing my teaching journey in C3 with year 3/4. This year I will be working alongside Miss Winspear and Miss Skiff as we explore some very exciting learning opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Miles Palmer –  Teacher Aide 

 

 

 

Seon Jin Park – D5 Teacher
I started teaching at St Mary’s School in 2016. This year I am in D5 teaching year 2 alongside Miss Han. 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 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.

 

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 – C3 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.

 

Michaela Smith – Part time Teacher Aide
Hi, my name is Michaela Smith and I am excited to embark on my first year as an acting teacher aide at St Mary’s school. I have been working in childcare going on three years and am in pursuit of a career teaching biology at a high school level. I am thrilled to expand my teaching knowledge and settle within the welcoming school community.

 

Sue Toombs – Executive Officer and International Student Manager   
Hello, I have been a part of the St Mary’s School community for 11+ 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 – D4 Teacher and SENCO (Yrs 1-3) 
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 – C3 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 3 and 4 with Miss O’Brien and Miss Skiff. 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 – C2 Teacher                                                                       Kia ora, this is my third year working as part of the St Mary’s team. I am excited to be teaching Year 6 alongside Miss McLeod 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.