We’re thrilled to welcome eight new faces to our Aquinas staff team. Together, they bring an array of talents that will bolster our impressive staffing lineup and further benefit students. Welcome to the team!
A familiar face for some, Kevin Elder returns to Aquinas in 2022 as a Yr 8 teacher. He previously joined the staff in 2020 as a teacher aide, PE teacher and assistant sports coordinator before taking a teaching position with Te Kuiti High School. Kevin is filling in for Rebekah Thompson, who is on maternity leave.
Making science matter is Paul Ferris, our new Science teacher (Physics.) Paul was the HOD of Science at Rototuna Senior High School in Hamilton for the past three years, and this year steps into the shoes of Mat Synge, who is on study leave.
Paul Kirkham has joined the Aquinas team as an English and Media teacher for the year while Rebekah Holmes is on leave. Paul taught Philosophy and English at Brisbane Boys’ College and, most recently, worked at Otago University.
No stranger to many of our Mt Maunganui students, Katherine Nelson has joined the Aquinas ranks as a Year 7 teacher. Katherine comes to us from St. Thomas More Catholic School where she was the DRS, and brings a strong environmental and marine science background.
Jo-Anne Landeg is the Mathematics Department’s latest recruit. Coming to Aquinas from ACG Tauranga, Jo-Anne is originally from Mount Maunganui and has taught at several Auckland schools. She joins the team as a Mathematics teacher.
Lorraine Schofield is the College’s new Communications Manager and Receptionist. She brings a wealth of journalism experience, including a decade in Washington DC where she also served as the NZ Embassy’s congressional liaison.
Kiahani Strickland is the Sports Department’s newest team member. She is filling in for Sports Coordinator Caitlin Tarr, who is on maternity leave. Kiahani has professional experience in a range of outdoor pursuits in New Zealand and Australia
Our new Assistant LOL Social Science is Andrea Thwaites. She moved to the Bay of Plenty four years ago, teaching at Te Puke High School. Andrea has spent the bulk of her career teaching at Catholic schools in Auckland.