Our Teachers & Staff


Nick Small

Room 4 Teacher

I have taught in primary schools for 23 years, mainly in Catholic schools in Wellington. The majority of my teaching experience has been at the year 5 to 8 level. I have also taught years 3 and 4.


I am passionate about teaching children and helping them to achieve their potential in all areas of their learning and school life. One of my aims is to use lots of different learning strategies and resources in my classroom programme to ensure every child I teach has success. It is also great to teach in a supportive Catholic community where we work together with children and parents to develop our Mercy values.

In my spare time I enjoy listening to music and follow the fortunes of Arsenal FC, the Wellington Phoenix (who I write a weekly blog about) and the mighty Canterbury Crusaders. I was born in Ashburton and still consider it my 'Spiritual' home. I also enjoy spending family time with my wife and wonderful daughter.



Office Manager

I have been lucky enough to be a part of this school community for the past 16 years, firstly as a parent and currently as the Office Manager.

My role is a busy and varied one, but I get the most enjoyment out of helping and getting to know all the children (and their families) as they begin their school journey with us, and then all the way through until they finish it as mature, knowledgeable and confident teenagers ready for college.


Joe Green

Lay Pastrol Leader

I have been the Lay Pastoral Leader at the Catholic Parish of Wellington South since February 2016. I work across the whole parish, including its four churches and three schools. What do I do? I do whatever is necessary to enable the people of God to be the people of God! This includes pastoral, spiritual and administrative activities. I work in a team with two priests, one of whom is Parish Leader (Parish Priest).

 In late 2015 I walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. A life changing experience - I resigned from my 32-year career with the NZ Police on my return. Prior to joining Police, I was a primary school teacher at the Catholic school in Island Bay.


I am married to Rosa. I have three adult children and nine grandchildren.

I have been an enthusiastic tramper and hunter, including instructing others in outdoor safety. I still get into the outdoors from time, especially as several of my nine grandchildren also take an interest in our wild places.

Lisa Small


I have worked in schools for 24 years, 10 of those teaching in England where I was born, 13 teaching in New Zealand and recently begin my journey as principal. I have very high expectations of academic achievement but more importantly that children are supportive of their friends and try their best. I consider it important that our Mercy Values are central to all we do. I pride myself on the positive relationships I build with our parents as we work together to build confident, kind children on their ‘pathway to the world’.

I am married to Nick who is also a teacher and I have a gorgeous daughter whose inquiring mind keeps me on my toes.

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Sheldon Wilson

Room 1 Teacher

Kia Ora! My name is Sheldon Wilson and I am thrilled to be part of the team at Saint Bernard’s School. I have been teaching for 9 years within Auckland and Whangarei. I am also Reading Recovery trained. This will be my first year teaching and living in Wellington and I am looking forward to establishing positive relationships with students, whanau and the community.

I am a kind, warm and enthusiastic teacher with a passion for children and their learning. I see my role as one to provide opportunities that encourage and motivate students to push for success, to gain confidence in themselves, to develop effective social skills and work habits that will set them up for life.

I am a wife and mother of two wonderful boys who keep life fun and busy. In my spare time I enjoy going to the beach, reading a good book and baking.  


Treena Tiller

Room 2 Teacher


I have been teaching for the past 11 years, initially in Auckland and for the past 6 years here in Wellington.

I want all students to feel valued and included. I encourage each student to develop a strong belief in themselves as learners and I will help them achieve their full potential.

I am excited to be joining the St Bernard's school community and look forward to growing in faith together.


Alice Harper

ESOL and Classroom Release Teacher


I came to teaching after having my own children and seeing their learning and exploration of the world. I love supporting children as they gain confidence and independence in their learning. Being privileged to work with students across St Bernard’s, I enjoy providing hands-on, practical learning opportunities. As a teacher and parent, I appreciate the individualised support and care we can give students in our small school. More than a school, it is a whānau.