St Josephś Staff

Principal

Catherine Sweny

The Nook Year 0-1 Teacher

Lesley Hale

Year 2-3 Teacher

Brenda Wright

Year 3-5 Teacher

Jane Prescott

Year 6-8 Teacher

Whaea Sheryl Brown

Office Administrator

Margaret Brinkmann

Teacher Aide

Tania Ratana

Teacher Aide

Pat Lee

Principal

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.

Email: principal@stjpaeroa.school.nz

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.

Email: jane@stjpaeroa.school.nz


Whaea Sheryl Brown

Year 6-8 Teacher

Sheryl Brown is a highly experienced classroom teacher with strengths in Te Reo, Classroom management, Literacy and Numeracy and Science. She brings warmth and wisdom into her class. Sheryl understands the importance of connection and belonging and she goes above the call of duty to make her students feel accepted and included at school. Having her as our Director of Religious Studies is an asset to our school. She has a deep and very real sense of faith and she is dedicated to helping students develop their own faith journeys. Sheryl is a very warm and ‘real’ person with a great sense of fun. She is experienced with surf life saving, scouting and school camping so she brings a diverse and extensive range of skills with her to our school. Sheryl teaches in the senior area of our school, working alongside our Year 6-8 students.

Email: sheryl@stjpaeroa.school.nz

Mrs Brenda Wright

Year 2-3 Teacher

Brenda Wright (Mrs) returns to the area after 12 years teaching at Saint John Catholic School in New Plymouth. Having started her teaching career with juniors in Tauranga, building her career with middle school and senior children over the last 10 years, she is now back with the Year 2-3 children in Room One. Brenda ia a reading recovery trained teacher with skills in Literacy, Numeracy and the Arts. She is passionate about engaging children in learning and making school an inspiring place to be. Brenda is a faith filled person with a real desire to see children understanding and living out the words and values of Jesus. She understands the importance of both fun and fairness and works hard to gain the trust and confidence of the children and families in her care.

Email: brenda@stjpaeroa.school.nz

Mrs Lesley Hale

Year 0-1 Teacher ('The Nook')

Lesley is a very experienced and competent classroom teacher. She is a highly dedicated and efficient classroom teacher with a calm and confident manner. Knowing how crucial literacy skills are to becoming a successful learner, Lesley works hard with her Year 0 and 1 students to ensure they have the literacy and numeracy skills needed to help them thrive in the future. Lesley returns to us from the South Island, back to the area where she grew up and has a deep connection with. Lesley is a very active person and she loves the outdoors. She comes from a sporting background and loves all manner of sport and recreation. Lesley works from Monday to Thursday in The Nook with the new entrants.

Email: lesley@stjpaeroa.school.nz

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.

Email: office@stjpaeroa.school.nz


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

Mrs Tania Ratana - Teacher Aide