Our teachers and staff
I have over 20 years’ experience as a teacher and principal. I have been a teacher and principal in small rural and large urban schools.
I love teaching and leading smaller schools because of their unique histories, cultures, and landscapes which result in community-based schools that defy categorization apart from our obvious and most important element of being a Catholic school.
In my spare time I like to read (mainly military history books) collect antique cigarette cases (I don’t smoke) watch an awful lot of sport and spend time with my wife and children.
Assistant Principal and Room 1 Teacher
I have just completed my twenty-first year of teaching, ten in England where I was born and eleven in New Zealand. The majority of my experience has been in New Entrant, Year 1 and 2 classes. I love being able to give children the best possible start to their school life. I have very high expectations of academic achievement but more importantly that the children are supportive of their friends and try their best.
At St Bernard's I am the Assistant Principal, Director of Religious Studies and SENCO. I pride myself on the positive relationships I build with our parents.
I am married to Nick who is also a teacher and I have a gorgeous daughter whose inquiring mind keeps me on my toes.
Room 2 Teacher
For the past 20 years I have been teaching primary school children and I love sharing my interests with my students and inspiring them to greatness! Over the past decade I have developed a number of initiatives to extend the students in my class and I am especially proud of developing a programme called Glossary that the children are really excited about.
Apart from teaching, I am passionate about running and cycling. I have been running competitively for the past 4 decades and am extremely proud to have represented New Zealand at a number of world championship events.
My other passions include singing and songwriting. I simply love watching learning come alive with music!
Room 4 Teacher
I Have taught in primary schools for 20 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.
Teacher Aide and After-School Care Coordinator
What a treat to be involved in such a rich and diverse school, as a Parent, Teacher aide, After school care coordinator and Kapa haka helper.
It’s been wonderful to share in the experiences made by all the children so far.
I have 5 years of experience as a teacher’s aide within Wellington.
In my spare time, I am currently studying social work (first year), a Cub leader with the Brooklyn Scout group, I enjoy running, singing, rugby, playing music and spending time with my wife and children.
I have been lucky enough to be a part of this school community for the past 13 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.