St Josephś Staff


Mrs Catherine Swney

Year 3-5 Teacher

I am loving working at St Joseph’s, Paeroa. We have great kids here, a wonderfully supportive parent community and great staff to work with. I have worked in a number of schools in Hamilton and in 2010 I worked as an adviser at the University of Waikato and developed an interest in assessment which I have developed further here; in particular using information about students’ progress and achievement to improve teaching and learning . Besides teaching, my other great interests are my family (husband Allen, and two sons), reading, a bit of running and fishing.


Mrs Annette McWaters

New Entrants - Year 1-2 Teacher

I joined the staff at Saint Josephs in February 2015 and am enjoying working with the community, students and staff. I enjoy working with the junior class, in 2017 I will be introducing play based learning.

I have taught for 20 years and most of that time has been in schools around the Hauraki Plains.

My other interests are my children and my extended family. In my spare time I enjoy craft and reading.


Ms Jane Prescott

Years 3-5 Teacher

I have been teaching in the Waikato since 2013. I previously taught in two Auckland schools for the past fourteen years. I have taught most year levels over that time, thoroughly enjoying the experiences. In addition to being a classroom teacher, I have trained choirs to perform in several Auckland festivals. I am training the school choir to perform in local performances throughout the year. I am passionate about children’s learning with a special interest in literacy. I am also the Curriculum leader in Literacy, Music, Science and Health. I have introduced the Reading Together workshops for parents over the past few years , which was very successful. We will run these workshops again in 2017. I am currently involved in accelerating target students in Writing through the Accelerating Literacy programme. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a one-year graduate diploma in Primary teaching, (The University of Waikato). In 2011, I attained a certificate in teaching English to second language learners, (Celta) from the University of Cambridge.


Mr Michael Treanor

Years 6-8 Teacher

This is my sixth year at Saint Joseph's School, Paeroa as a Teacher. I attended this school as a child. I believe in this school and what it does for our community. Some of my best childhood memories are here at Saint Josephs’. I gained a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching from the University of Waikato. I have taught in South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. I thoroughly enjoy living in this area, there is no place like home! I enjoy the outdoor opportunities that the Hauraki / Coromandel area provides. I am the Physical Education leader and also I am the I.C.T. leader here at Saint Josephs’.


Mrs Margaret Brinkmann - Office Administrator

I am the administration officer for St Joseph’s school and I am usually the first point of contact for visitors. I have worked at St Joseph’s since 2002 in various roles and have been in my current role since the beginning of 2013. I am responsible for the smooth running of the School Office in all its facets and also assist the Principal, staff, parents and students.


Mrs Colleen O'Neale - Librarian (Mary MacKillop Library)

My husband John and I, along with our two children, arrived here in Paeroa in October 1985. Our daughter finished her primary schooling that year and our son moved into Form 2. I volunteered to type up the cards for the library here at school with a number of other mothers using the Dewey Decimal system that required cards. The library has since become computerised, and even though I am no longer typing the cards I am still in the library, and the rest is history...

Mrs Pat Lee - Teacher Aide