Joe Ferdinands: Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucia Dowling: Deputy Principal (Primary). Year 7/8 Teacher email@example.com
I am a local lass – born and bred here in the Maniototo. I attended St John’s for my Primary schooling then came to MAS for my Secondary education. I have travelled throughout and worked in, many countries but came home to the stunning Maniototo where most of my family live. In 2017 I was awarded an Area Schools Study Award which gave me a year away from the classroom to complete my Masters in Education. I am currently the Deputy Principal of the Primary School and I team-teach with Katrina Hunter for Literacy and Maths. I am also the BoT rep on the Board of Trustees. I love my job, and I am a proud member of the MAS team.
Nikki Meyer: Deputy Principal (Secondary). Business Studies, Science & Chemistry teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
BSc – Major in Chemistry, BBS – major in Management, Graduate diploma of teaching – trained at Massey University in Palmerston North. I grew up on the Kapiti Coast 45min North of Wellington. I have two Dogs – Spot and Gilbert, a sheep – Frank, 6 alpacas – Kevin, Percy , Cyril, Tina,(also a boy) Gordon, Louis. Moved to the South Island in 2012 after doing the Rail Trail in 2011 and falling in love with Central Otago.
After a downturn in the building industry took up teacher training following which I ended up in Invercargill at Collingwood Intermediate for 24 years. Main area of teaching was materials and a 15 year stint in charge of school camps and outdoor education. After the closure of the school taught at The Terrace primary for 15 years as a workshop teacher and the last three years have been at Maniototo.
Have a whole range of hobbies and interests. My wife calls me compulsive as I will pursue an interest to a great depth then move on to another. Some of these interests are Flying model aircraft, boat building, fishing, cycling, stone and bone carving. Lately I have been restoring classic outboards and Japanese farm bikes. I have enjoyed my time as a workshop teacher as it allows me to share and provide the means for me to follow my passions. Moving to Maniototo is been a fabulous step even if it means being away from home four nights a week.
B.A (Hons) Medieval Early Modern European Studies. Grad Dip Tch. Born and raised in Auckland- I worked as a Costume Designer and in the Wardrobe Departments of the NZ Film and Television Industry before becoming a Teacher. I am passionate about Literature, History, Art and Design. I moved to Poolburn to marry my husband and live on the family farm nine years ago. I have a 21yr old son James and all together we have moved part-time to Ranfurly. I love this friendly and interesting community and value the small classes and close relationships which our amazing school fosters. I love to read, sew, shop and collect vast quantities of vintage ceramics and assorted junk. I would love to be a competent gardener and look forward to keeping something green alive in the near future.
Kylie McSkimming: Science Teacher email@example.com
BSc Major in Chemistry, Graduate Diploma of Teaching from Christchurch College of Education. I went to High School at Waitaki Girls in Oamaru and then on to Otago University before working for Fonterra in the Chemistry Laboratory at their Clandeboye site. After doing a vintage at Church Road winery in the Hawkes Bay I moved to Christchurch and completed a Teaching Diploma. My last placement of training was at Maniototo Area School and I never left! Now married to Matt, a local farmer and with three boys all attending MAS I work part-time in the Maths and Science departments.
I have been the New Entrant teacher at MAS since 2013. I have a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early years 0 – 8, from Massey University. I have taught in schools in India, Dubai and Sharjah. My family includes my husband Joe, and my daughters Candice and Abigail. We moved from Dubai to New Zealand 16 years ago and we have loved living in the mighty Maniototo!! I enjoy cooking, sewing, drama and playing table tennis and badminton.
I have a Bachelor in Education, endorsement in Teaching and teach Year 2 in Tawa. I grew up in the Bay of Plenty before my family moved to South Canterbury, where I met my husband and now live in Gimmerburn with my husband, Craig and our three children, Charlotte, Vanessa and Nathan. I enjoy gardening, baking, being creative and active, dancing and online shopping!
I am back teaching in the Junior School in Year 3 after having my children. I have a Bachelor of Education with a Diploma in Teaching and I graduated from the University of Otago. I grew up in Dunedin and had my first teaching post in a small school in England. I returned to NZ and got my job teaching at Maniototo Area School, 17 years later, I am still here and are now married to a Ranfurly local and have two boys, Tom (10) and Harry (7). I enjoy doing Rogaines, participating in the local Drama, Reading and spending time with family and friends.
I joined the Junior School as a Beginner Teacher in 2019. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching Endorsed in Primary Education gained from Otago University. Outside of School my interests revolve largely around family life and include music, drama, art, fishing and exploring the outdoors. Our family now live in Waipiata having moved from Dunedin in 2016.
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