Our Teaching Staff

Mrs Barb Leaming - Bethlehem Whanau - Year 1/2

Mrs Leaming has been teaching for 16 years.  She is a Year 1/2 teacher and has been teaching at St Mary's School for four years in the Bethlehem Whanau space.

She takes pride in being part of the St Mary's School staff and the culture of the Catholic character within the school of respect, care and responsibility.


Barb is a Counties girl; born and raised in Pukekohe.  She is a Mum to four beautiful adult children and Granna to seven amazing grandchildren.  She has a twin sister, Mum to twins (boy and girl) and has twin grandsons. 

Truly blessed.

Barb's interests include her family's activities, walking and is a total rugby and netball fanatic.  

Mrs Jay Moodly - Bethlehem Whanau  - Year 1/2

Mrs Moodly is from South Africa.  She came from Durban;  it is South Africa's third largest city with many top attractions and beautiful long beaches.  It's also a haven for surfers.  She taught for over 15 years in South Africa.

Mrs Moodly loves living in New Zealand with her family.  Her husband is Mr Moodly.  They have two adult sons and their daughter-in-law.  Their youngest son is married and they have an adorable baby boy.  It is a blessing to be a grandparent.

Mrs Moodly has been teaching for over 20 years in Auckland.  She enjoys teaching at St Mary's Catholic School.  "We are like a big family.  We nurture the values of respect, care and responsibility through our faith and teaching, with strong partnerships with the children and the community". 


Her interests are reading, theatre, baking, cooking and yoga.  

Mrs Tanya Rowe - (currently on leave)

Mrs Mary Bird - Nazareth Team - Year 3/4

Mrs Bird has been at St Mary's since 2004.  She started as a New Entrant teacher and has taught various year levels at primary school.  She enjoys teaching and enabling children to be the best they can be.  Mrs Bird has a passion for learning and teaching RE, ICT and Te Reo.  

Mary has one son who is married, has his own business, and lives and works in Sydney.  In her spare time, she likes to do gardening, listen to music and work on crafts and decorations.  

Mrs Averil Hiddleston - Jerusalem Team - Year 5/6 

Mrs Hiddleston has been teaching at St Mary's since 2012 and is currently teaching part time in Jerusalem with our awesome Year 5 and 6 tamariki.  She is also the kaiako for Te Kapa Haka o Hato Maria. Te Ao Māori is a huge passion of hers, as well as ensuring our tamariki feel super proud of their culture and who they are. 


Averil is the Co-ordinator for the Children's Liturgy team at our St Mary's Parish and would love to hear from you if you are keen to join the team!  She enjoys spending time with her whānau and upskilling her reo.

Miss Carolyn Quinlan - Jerusalem Team - Year 5/6

Miss Quinlan enjoys teaching at St Mary's and being a part of this vibrant and caring community.  She has two daughters at St Mary's and as a family, they enjoy travelling together and visiting New Zealand beaches and parks.  

Miss Quinlan has taught all primary and intermediate age levels and many years ago, she lived in England and taught for two years near London.  Currently she teaches Year 5 and 6 and is really enjoying this age group.  

Mrs Jelinda Adams - Jerusalem Team - Year 5/6

Mrs Adams is thrilled that she "has been teaching for more than 20 years".  She grew up in Durban, South Africa and graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in 1995 and an Honours Degree in Education Law and Policy from the University of Pretoria in 2010. 


She began her teaching career in Johannesburg, South Africa where she taught underprivileged children for more than 15 years before moving to New Zealand.  This year she is teaching Year 5/6 and loving it!  Currently, she lives in Flatbush with her husband Chris and three boys (Ethan, Liam and Caleb).  

Jelinda enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies and spending time with her family.  

Mrs Anneke Walker - Emmaus Team - Year 7/8

Mrs Walker was born in Christchurch, raised in Australia and lived in Canada for many years.  Her daughter attended St Mary's for six years, so she has been involved in the school from a parent and teacher perspective.  Mrs Walker worked in Event Management and Corporate Travel prior to gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  After graduating and wanting to pursue a career in Social Development, she then completed a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching and hasn't looked back since.  Teaching and developing children is her most rewarding career to date.  She especially enjoys teaching in an Innovative Learning Environment, as the increased engagement of children within this learning philosophy is evident.  Outside of school, Mrs Walker enjoys family holidays, spending time with her friends, running and walking her dog.  

Mrs Jean White - Reading Support / International Students

Mrs White loves books and reading, so she would like to help all children to love books and to enjoy reading. 

Mrs White is privileged to work with St Mary's pupils.  

Mrs Clare Culpan - Regular Relieving Teacher

Mrs Culpan has been teaching at St Mary's for a number of years.  All her children have been through St Mary's and she has had a long association with the school.  Mrs Culpan enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, travelling and loves Pilates.  

Mr Kay Moodly - Regular Relieving Teacher / Maths Support

Mr Moodly has lived and taught in New Zealand for about 22 years.  He enjoys teaching Maths, doing crosswords, sudoku and puzzles.  He spends time reading history and literature.  Mr Moodly's wife, Jay also teaches at St Mary's School and they have two sons, a daughter-in-law, one grandson and a cat.