St Anthony’s School is blessed with a team of professional and dedicated teachers and support staff, led by Principal Jennifer Ioannou.
Jennifer Ioannou, Principal
Master of Educational Administration and Leadership (Merit); BEd (Teaching)
Kia ora, I am proud to be the Principal of St Anthony's School. I have been at our wonderful school since October 2015. Our children thrive within a warm and supportive community, and are encouraged to be the best that they can be! My passion is teaching and learning and this often involves me being in the classroom to assist the children and teachers. I am also passionate about the development of the curriculum and offering a variety of opportunities for our children at St Anthony's. In November 2016, I completed a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership. I am a keen golfer and now that I have completed my Master's, I am spending more time on the golf course!
Yvonne Small, Office Manager
I have worked in office management now for 17 years, nine of which were with a Catholic parish and the last eight 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.
Denise Johnson, Year 7/8 part-time teacher (Tui Class), Assistant Principal, Director of Religious Studies
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!
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.
Christine Taylor, Year 5/6 (Kea Class)
BEd (Teaching), DipTchg (Primary), Cert in ESOL (Equivalent to DipTEFL)
I am delighted to have joined the St Anthony's School community. I have recently moved to Wellington from Hamilton. I know Wellington well having lived there for over 12 years, teaching Years 7/8 at Karori Normal School. I have been an educator in various capacities, most recently teaching at ACG Pathways in Auckland. Before that, I was a consultant for the IB working in Malaysian schools. Previously, I lived in Dubai for 4 years and taught Year 6 at an international school then in Abu Dhabi as an English Advisor for Cognition Education. After returning from the UAE, I was Director of International Students at Iona College then moved to Queen Margaret College teaching Year 5. I love the Arts, my home and gardening, travel, the outdoors and more recently, walking my mini schnauzer pup, Otis. I appreciate the values a faith-based school offers and look forward to meeting the students, staff and parents, and spending more time with my family and special friends.
Ronan Kelly, Year 3/4 Teacher (Takahe Class)
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 ten years and have spent the last three of these working at a preschool in Wellington. I have also spent time teaching 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.
Deanna Young, Year 2/3 Teacher (Hoiho Class)
PGCertAP (Digital and Collaborative learning); BTchLn (Primary)
Being part of the St Anthony’s School community is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the special character of the school, engage students to become lifelong learners, and partner with whānau. As an experienced teacher, I have taught children from across different year levels. I am passionate about developing children’s literacy and numeracy skills. I like to enhance students’ learning experience using digital technologies. My interests include spending time with family and friends, gardening and exploring the Wellington Region.
Lucy Williams, Year 1/2 (Kiwi Class)
GDipTchg (Primary); BSocSc (Human Resource Management and Psychology)
I am very excited to have returned to Wellington and become part of the St Anthony’s community. I have recently completed my Graduate Diploma in primary teaching in Christchurch and I am thrilled to be joining the fantastic junior team at St Anthony’s. I bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the classroom and believe in creating strong and connected relationships with students and whanau. In my spare time I enjoy being active outdoors and spending quality time with my family and friends.
Samantha Cripps, Specialist ICT Teacher, SENCO
GDipTchg (Primary); BA (English and Music)
I am so excited to have joined the staff at St Anthony's School. I have a really interesting role this year working in all classrooms and I look forward to getting to know all the students and staff better. I am an experienced teacher, coming back into the workforce after being on maternity leave for a year with our gorgeous daughter. I have lots of experience in leadership and ICT and love a challenge. I have a passion for teaching and seeing students develop and grow. In my spare time, I enjoy walking, baking, relaxing in front of a good Netflix series and playing my guitar.
Kirsten Bouras, Teacher Aide & Librarian
DipTchg (Secondary); BA (History)
I am so pleased to have joined the wonderful St Anthony's School Staff. Our family has been part of the school community for the past seven years and we have three daughters currently attending the school in both the senior and junior syndicates. I look forward to supporting 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 17 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.
Jacqueline Ward, Specialist Music Teacher
Dip Religious Studies; Cert Exec Mus; DipTchg; BA
I began my new role as Specialist Music Teacher at St Anthony's in January 2018. I enjoy variety and challenge, and have a particular interest in Music. I have worked in a number of different teaching roles with people from young children to adults.