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Shannon Massari
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Room 1 Teacher, DRS & Senior Management Team

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I’m Shannon Massari and I share the DRS role along with Mrs Anne Kulik. I have been most fortunate to be able to teach Year 7 & 8 girls here at St Joseph’s for many years. I truly enjoy teaching at this level and building on the foundations developed by all the teachers through whose hands the girls have come. Intermediate can be a daunting set of preparatory years however, it is my aim to ensure that we help to open doorways to opportunities for the girls at this level. I am passionate about teaching, and see it as an opportunity to encourage a thirst for learning, a spirit of resilience and above all a strong social and spiritual awareness to support them in becoming engaged members of their community.

Genevieve Krefft
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Room 2 Teacher

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Nga mihi nui, my name is Genevieve Krefft and it is my privilege to teach the Year 6 & 7 students of Room 2. This is my second year at St. Joseph’s and I feel very fortunate to be part of such a close school community. I am originally from Wellington and prior to teaching I coordinated a not for profit running arts workshops for young people with disabilities throughout the region. I get very excited about all of the subject areas and LOVE learning new things. I am passionate about teaching and take every opportunity I can find to foster kindness, bravery and curiosity in my students.

Melanie Doubleday
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Room 3

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Hi my name is Melanie Doubleday and I am excited to be teaching the awesome year 6 students in room 3. I believe school is a place where students should feel happy and motivated to learn. My classroom can sometimes be noisy as I love facilitating discussion and group work. I like to provide a range of experiences to extend students knowledge and grow their independence. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, my son Theo and dog Fred. I love walking, reading, watching sport, growing veggies and spending time at the beach

Jessica Shaw
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Room 4 Teacher

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Kia Ora. I’m Jessica Shaw. I have been teaching at St Joseph’s for a number of years, and love being part of such a friendly and supportive school community. I teach the delightful children in Room 4, and enjoy seeing their enthusiasm and interest in discovering new things, as they investigate new topics of learning. I also teach instrumental music groups in the school: the orchestra, recorder, and ukulele groups. Prior to becoming a primary school teacher I studied music in the Netherlands, and was a full time music teacher and performer in Auckland for ten years.

Yasmine Fernandes
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Room 5 Teacher

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Kia Ora. I am fairly new to St Joseph’s having started in mid-2017 for Mrs Elschot in Room 5. I have been teaching for several years, and have developed a love of children, of learning and of teaching, which passions continue to grow. I hope to be able to share that love with my students.

Sasha Kulik
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Room 6 Teacher

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Hello, I am Sasha Kulik and I am the teacher of the year 3 and 4 students in Room 6. I have been connected the school for most of my life and feel very privileged to be able to teach as part of a very welcoming school community. I enjoy netball and exercise, jump jam, watching movies and spending time with my friends and family. I am very excited to share my passion for learning with my students and to develop self confidence within them.

Sene Henry
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Room 13 Teacher (shared)

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Talofa!
I am one half of the dynamic duo who get to teach the wonderful Year 3 students of Room 13! I am a past student of St Joseph’s and now get to work alongside those who taught me. Apart from the students, one thing I love about teaching here is the Community. I enjoy meeting new parents and seeing old ones too. I have two children and when I’m not at school I love spending time with my family, eating out with friends and listening to music.

Renee Wiggans
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Room 13 Teacher (shared)

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Kia Ora, my name is Renee Wiggans and I am very excited to be part of Team 13 with Mrs Henry. I will be in Room 13 on Thursday and Friday each week. I have been part of the staff on a part time basis for the last 3 years so I am very familiar with the children and the school. This year I am really looking forward to sharing in many fun filled learning adventures with everyone in Room 13. I have 3 children of my own and we love spending a lot of time outdoors exploring our local community.

Yvonne Hartnell
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Room 12

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Kia ora. I have been associated as a teacher with St Joseph’s for eighteen years.
I am a local. I am a proud foundation pupil of Panama Road School. I attended Otahuhu Intermediate and Otahuhu College. I am dedicated to the community of Otahuhu and value the opportunity to add to the education of your children alongside my colleagues at St Joseph’s.

Bronwen Mason
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Room 11 Teacher

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Kia ora. I get a lot of enjoyment teaching the delightful Year 2/3 children in Room 11. I believe each child should be encouraged to develop their unique attributes and use the special gifts God has given them. I aim to challenge my class to achieve their full potential by providing a supportive learning environment where they are all nurtured and valued.

Kristie Larsen
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Room 7 Teacher

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Kia Ora, my name is Kristie Larsen and this is my second year at St Joseph’s. I teach the wonderful Year One and Two children in Room 7. I am looking forward to sharing new learning experiences with the children and watching them grow, learn and progress this year.

Sinead O'Connor
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Rm 8 Teacher

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Kia Ora, my name is Sinead O’Connor and I am the teacher of the year 1 children in Room 8. I am from Ireland but have lived in New Zealand for the last 6 years and have been teaching in St. Joseph’s for nearly as long! I love working with the children seeing them progress throughout the year, the staff who are friendly and very supportive and the wonderful parents that I have come to know. I feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful school community.

Leanne Thatcher
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Room 9 Teacher

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Kia Ora, I have the very special job of welcoming children to St Josephs and beginning their education in New Entrants. I love seeing the children build their confidence, independence and knowledge throughout their time in Room 9. I am originally from the UK but have made New Zealand my home. I enjoy spending time with my friends, exercise and getting out and about exploring new places.

Anne Kulik
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Visual Arts Lead Teacher, DRS & Senior Management Team

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Kia Ora. I have taught at St Joseph’s for many years! Currently,I share the DRS position with Shannon Massari and mentor the beginning teachers. I teach throughout the school and love to see children grow and develop as they progress through the school. My special interest in the curriculum areas of language, art and RE gives me plenty of opportunities to foster children’s spirituality and love of learning.

Sheilagh Fitzgerald
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Reading Recovery Teacher/Librarian

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Kia ora. I feel privileged to teach the children at St Joseph’s. I teach the Reading Recovery Programme and reading groups across the junior school. I am the TLR (Teacher with Library Responsibilities) running the school library. I am also responsible for the Duffy Books in Homes programme. I am totally committed to the children’s learning and enjoy being a part of their journey.

Sr. Ann Neven
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Support Teacher

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Hi there, I'm a Sister of St Joseph - the Congregation founded by Mary MacKillop who was named a saint last year.
I have taught in several schools throughout N.Z. for many years. I am enjoying returning to part-time teaching in the senior school. It's a great school and I enjoy being part of St Joseph's school community.

Pamela L'Estrange
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Singing/Drama Teacher

Colleen O'Halloran
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Release Teacher

Claudia Elschot
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Room 5 Teacher

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Year 4/5 teacher
As a relatively new teacher, I realised quickly that teaching is a passion of mine. I enjoy the learning experiences that St. Joseph’s offers its pupils. I have come to particularly enjoy teaching written language and maths. In both areas there is a lot of ‘problem solving’ used to achieve success.

Marian Wards
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Teacher

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St. Joseph’s is so special to me. I am delighted to ease my way into retirement by teaching a day in Room 8 and supporting Junior teachers by working with small groups. I so enjoy my daily interaction with children and parents alike.