Room 1 Teacher, DRS & Senior Management Team
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.
Room 2 Teacher
Talofa. My name is Yasmine Fernandes and it is a privilege and joy to be teaching again at St Josephs. I taught here previously in 2017 and 2018 and am back again teaching Year 6/7. I love helping students to discover their strengths and develop skills and confidence to manage all areas of their learning so that they become more self-motivated and independent. I believe students should have strong academic discipline as well as being confident in their interactions and emotionally competent to deal with challenges. I firmly believe that school should be a place where they can achieve all this and be happy and resilient students as a result.
Room 4 Teacher
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.
Room 3 Teacher
Talofa Lava, E muamua lava ona fa’afoi le viiga ma le fa’afetai ile tatou Tama silisili oi le lagi, aua lona alofa ia tei tatou uma lava. Amene.
O lo’u igoa o Rosie Mauigoa. O a’u ole faiaoga mo le vasega e sili ona aulelei i totonu o St Joseph’s atoa - Ruma Toru e Year 5/6.
This is my first year of teaching at St Joseph’s and I am so blessed and honoured to be part of Ruma Toru’s learning journey as I begin my new career as a teacher. I believe in teaching the whole child. Learning does not stop at the door because your child brings with them a wealth of knowledge from home.
I enjoy meeting new parents and connecting with my learners, through sharing and exchanging stories. I love helping learners build their confidence and find their voice to become more independent and inquiring of their own learning. Through this confidence it is my hope that they also develop a sense of control, where they feel that what they learn and do, can influence things around them and ultimately their future.
I have two beautiful boys’ who are pupils also. When we’re not at school, you will find us out and about at the local parks, riding bikes and running up mountains. I love endurance training for fun and spending time with my aiga.
Room 5 Teacher
Bula, my name is Monica Sukhdeo. This is my first year teaching at St Joseph's after completing one of my placements here last year, and I absolutely love it. I have been blessed with the delightful children in Room 5 to begin my new career as a teacher and look forward to many more.
Vinaka vaka levu.
Room 6 Teacher
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.
Room 13 Teacher (shared)
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.
Room 12 Teacher
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.
Room 7 Teacher
Dia Duit, my name is Rebecca Sutton and I am a teacher all the way from Ireland. I am so lucky to be in Room 7 for the year and am learning so much from the brilliant children I have. St. Joseph's has been so welcoming and is now a home away from home. When I'm not in school I'm either reading or exploring this beautiful country.
Room 9 Teacher
Rm 8 Teacher
Kia ora. This is my second year at St Joseph's and I have the pleasure of teaching the mixed New Entrant and Year 1 class in Room 8. I have a special interest in the curriculum areas of writing, art, social studies and science, and this means I have lots of opportunities to help spark children's curiosity and imaginations. I previously taught at St Matthew's in Westminster, London, and it is a joy to be able to continue helping children to learn and grow as members of God's family.
Visual Arts Lead Teacher, DRS & Senior Management Team
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.
Reading Recovery Teacher/Librarian
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.
Hi my name is Melanie Doubleday. I am currently on Maternity Leave following the birth of my 2nd son Hugo. I believe school is a place where students should feel happy and motivated to learn. I am enjoying spending time with my husband, my sons and dog Fred. I love walking, reading, watching sport, growing veggies and spending time at the beach
I have been teaching at St. Joseph's for a while now. I have been fortunate enough to teach a variety of levels, and for this reason, continue along my students' educational journey as they grow. I am passionate about teaching, and this community of staff and students makes teaching rewarding.