This week it is my pleasure to introduce to you our Year 4-6 classroom teachers:
Angie has been has been teaching for many years and six of these at St Cuthbert’s College. She is currently co-leader of Mathematics in the Junior School. She enjoys travelling and she has taught in Brunei, Qatar, Oman, Vietnam and England. Angie is particularly interested in exploring how we can further promote a growth mindset in the girls and how digital technologies can engage and enhance learning. In her free time she enjoys exploring Auckland’s parks and beaches with her partner and her dog, she enjoys reading and doing pilates.
Originally brought up in the South Island, Nirelle now enjoys the sunny weather and range of outdoor activities that Auckland has to offer. She has taught in a range of schools with leadership responsibilities both here in New Zealand, and overseas. She is currently in the role of Junior School Values Coordinator as well enjoying teaching in Year 4. In her free time, she takes part in various sports, yoga and spending time with her partner, family and friends.
Sue has been teaching in Year 5 for a number of years and she enjoys the connection she has with her students as she is now teaching the daughters of previous students. She has a passion for the age and stage of her girls and takes pleasure from seeing the growth in both their confidence and skill during their year with her. She is a keen tennis player, loves riding her bike through Cornwall park and tending to her
garden. She provides the occupants of the apartment building where she lives with fresh produce throughout the summer months. Sue is a great aunt with four great nephews and one great niece so holiday times are spent with family.
Leigh has a degree in languages from the Auckland University and she has been teaching for 23 years. She has taught in state schools, all multicultural, for all that time, teaching both boys and girls, covering a range of year groups and subjects. This is Leigh’s second year at St Cuthbert’s College and she is enjoying the differences and challenges that come with a new school and students. Leigh is married to Gary, an engineer and they have a 28 year old daughter, Laine, she is a journalist. Leigh has a dog and two cats. In her spare time Leigh loves to read and work in her garden .
Dean Year 4-6, Junior School classroom teacher and Professional Learning Lead
Lis joined the staff at the St Cuthbert’s College in 2004. As an educator, Lis has enjoyed teaching many levels within the Junior School, finding challenge and fulfilment in the different stages of development. Her passion is seeing the girls grow in independence and resilience, as they reflect on how to strive to be the best version of themselves. Lis thrives on seeing the love of learning fostered in the culture she works in.
Lis values time with friends and family, especially those that help to build a strong network around her two children. Her daughter is an old girl of the College, attending from Year One and has just completed her second year at the University of Otago, studying Medicine. Her son will be finishing his school years at Auckland Grammar School as a Year 13 student in 2017. Lis enjoys sport and music of many genres. Her years growing up in Asia have also instilled a love of travel.
Cyndy is an educator, author and a Canadian Mom. Cyndy has a Master of Education (Hons), a Bachelor of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons). Cyndy’s career has focused on improving the lives of young people in a variety of educational settings. She has also taught in Canada. Cyndy is passionate about educating the whole child, ensuring each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. She believes that teaching young people is an excellent avenue to help create a world in which everyone can thrive. As an intrepid traveller, she came to New Zealand in 1996 and fell in love with the country and its people. She is now a proud mother of one daughter and an aunt to seven nieces and nephews. As a daughter of two European immigrants, she was brought up watching her parents grow fresh produce and cook for family and friends. She now enjoys sharing her family’s traditions with her daughter, and extended family and friends. She has a love of the water and anything to do in, on or around our beautiful lakes and oceans.
Shelley hails from Whakatane in the sunny Bay of Plenty. She has been teaching for 32 years of which 27 of these have been teaching at St Cuthbert’s College. Her early teaching years were in Te Awamutu and Hamilton. Shelley taught Year 7 for her first 20 years at the College and she has been teaching Year 6 for four years. She has a passion for travel having planned, organised and led senior St. Cuthberts College girls to Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Argentina. Shelley has participated in representative levels in hockey, badminton, tennis, swimming and indoor cricket. She has coached Waikato and Auckland Collier hockey teams as well as Auckland U15 teams. After coaching the St Cuthbert’s Year 7 and 8A hockey teams for 12 years, she now manages the St Cuthbert’s College 1st XI hockey team.
Shelley is looking forward to a great 2017 working along side your daughters.
Originally from Cambridge, England, Amy moved to New Zealand to settle here with her New Zealand fiancé.She is currently in her third year as a Year 6 teacher at St Cuthbert’s College, and she has also taught Years 3, 5 and 6 in a primary school in England. Amy studied English Literature at Newcastle University, and also completed a Master of Education at the University of Cambridge. Over the past two years, she has enjoyed teaching girls to knit blankets at lunchtime for the SPCA.
In her spare time she loves walks along the beach, listening to music and watching football and cricket. Throughout her time at school and university Amy enjoyed playing the flute in orchestras, and this is something that she would like to become involved in again in the future. In the term breaks she enjoys travelling and catching up with her family and friends in England. Since coming to New Zealand she has tried her hardest to become acquainted with the kiwi lifestyle, which has even stretched as far as learning a little about rugby! Finally, she is learning about horses through her fiancé’s involvement in the equine industry.