St Anthony’s School is blessed with a team of professional and dedicated teachers and support staff, led by Acting Principal Denise Johnson.
Denise Johnson, Acting Principal
It is my pleasure to take on the acting principal role for this term. We have a dynamic team, who have developed their innovative practice in order to create the best learning opportunities for all students. I have a long association with St Anthony's School and community. I am married to Mark and our four daughters completed their primary schooling here. I am passionate about teaching and learning, and love the freedom to teach and work from a faith based perspective. As a family we are passionate about sport, particularly tennis as well as enjoying some wonderful times water and snow skiing. Mark and I are now trying our hand at golf so are experiencing the joys of being learners in a very technical game!
Yvonne Small, Office Manager
I have worked in office management now for 18 years, nine of which were with a Catholic parish and the last nine within a Christian school environment. My passion for helping others allows me to assist our wonderful Principal and staff enabling them to work better and teach children in a supportive, innovative and exciting way. I love helping people, enabling them to succeed, especially and indirectly watching the children grow in character, personal strength and knowledge.
Helen Revill, Year 7/8 part-time teacher (Tui Class); Release teacher
I am delighted to be part of the St Anthony's School Community. I have been teaching at St Anthony's since January 2017. Previous to that, I was at Queen Margaret College in the Junior School for 19 years, where I established the Junior Art Programme. Prior to working there, I taught for 6 years in London and before that in Sydney where I was trained. We have two gorgeous grown up children and a humorous wire haired fox terrier named Timmy, who keeps us fit and makes us laugh a good deal. I enjoy all things creative from painting to sculpting, sewing and drawing. I adore teaching and the joy of working with children and look forward to saying hello.
Francesca von Lanthen, Year 5/6 Teacher (Kea Class); Director of Religious Studies; SENCo
GDipTchg (Primary); BA (English Literature and History)
I am very excited to have joined St Anthony's School as the Year 5/6 teacher, Director of Religious Studies and SENCo. Previously I have been at Our Lady of Kāpiti School, I feel fortunate to have come back and teach at the school I used to attend. I aim to create a warm, friendly and nurturing environment in the classroom where students feel safe to explore and extend their abilities. In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading, travel and spending time with my family and friends.
Ronan Kelly, Year 3/4 Teacher (Takahe Class); P.E./Sports Coordinator
PGCE Primary; Master of Arts (Drama and Theatre Studies); BA (English and History)
I started teaching at St Anthony’s in May 2017. I have been teaching for eleven years in Wellington and in London. I enjoy finding ways of making learning fun in the classroom and often incorporate children’s interests into my planning. I love working with children and helping them to achieve their goals. In my spare time, I like swimming, walking, cooking and reading.
Jeannine Winton, Year 2/3 Teacher (Hoiho Class)
BA; DipTchg (Primary)
I am thrilled to have joined St Anthony’s School in February 2019. Formerly lead teacher in the Junior School at Queen Margaret College, I am excited to make new connections within the St Anthony’s community and rekindle relationships with past colleagues and friends. Student wellbeing is paramount to me and I am excited about creating a dynamic and empowering learning environment where my Year 2/3 students can flourish academically and socially. The arts, design and yoga are personal interests I enjoy in my leisure time.
Sam Cripps, Year 2/3 Teacher (Hoiho Class)
Currently on Maternity Leave
GDipTchg (Primary); BA (English and Music)
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English and then a Diploma in Teaching, I began my teaching career in 2008 at Trentham Primary School in Upper Hutt. I was a young teacher and the school was very excited to have me on board. I was extremely lucky to be offered a leadership role very early on in my teaching career, becoming the ICT Leader. I then became Syndicate Leader and a Teacher Mentor for a number of student teachers. I also had plenty of opportunity to do some very exciting professional development, which has made a positive impact on my teaching and leadership practice. After my time at Trentham Primary School, I went on maternity leave for a year and then accepted an exciting position at St Anthony’s in May 2018. I have now entered another period of maternity leave and look forward to returning to St Anthony’s to teach Hoiho Class in Term 3, 2019.
Lucy Williams, Year 1/2 Teacher (Kiwi Class), ICT Leader
GDipTchg (Primary); BSocSc (Human Resource Management and Psychology)
In April 2018, I completed the Graduate Diploma of primary teaching in Christchurch and was thrilled to return to Wellington to become part of the St Anthony’s Community, joining the fantastic Junior team. I bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the classroom and believe in creating strong and connected relationships with students and whānau. In my spare time I enjoy being active outdoors and spending quality time with my family and friends.
Kirsten Bouras, Teacher Aide & Librarian
DipTchg (Secondary); BA (History)
I am so pleased to be part of the wonderful St Anthony's School Staff. Our family has been involved in the school community for the past seven years. We have two daughters currently attending the school in both the Senior and Junior Syndicates, with one daughter now at College. I support both the teachers and the children of St Anthony's in my role as Teacher Aide as well as using my time in the library to help foster a life long love of reading.
Angela Clark, Reading Recovery Teacher
Reading Recovery Training, Dip Tchg (Primary), Dip TESL
I am an experienced primary school teacher who has now specialised in Reading Recovery teaching. My role at St Anthony’s is to provide early intervention, 1:1 teaching for six year old children who need extra support with literacy. It is very satisfying to work with the children, parents and teachers to assist children as they become readers and writers.
Denise Whiteley, Release teacher
I am a passionate teacher who brings over thirty years’ teaching experience to my new position at St Anthony’s. I have taught in State, Integrated, Correspondence and Independent Schools with my last permanent position being in Year 1 at Queen Margaret College, Wellington.
I aim for each child in my class to achieve their ‘best’, remembering ’best’ will be different for each of them. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, walking, gardening and cooking.
Maureen Folan, Release Teacher
GDipTchg (Primary); BA (English Literature and History)
I have been working at St Anthony's as a release teacher for the last 18 years. My own children attended the school and it is a real pleasure to be involved in the learning of the wonderful children who attend St Anthony's.