Staff

Senior Management

Senior Management

Melissa Bell

Principal

About Me

Melissa I am very privileged to be the Principal at Maniototo Area School. I am new to this area, and have spent most of my adult life in Dunedin. Professionally I have worked in a range of primary and secondary schools, most recently at John McGlashan College as Specialist Classroom Teacher and at St Hilda’s Collegiate School as Principal. I believe this is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and I enjoy spending time walking and exploring the area with my husband Nigel, and black lab Bella. My teaching passions are the humanities, especially History, English and Social Studies. My Master’s degree is in Mathematics education and I am part way through a PhD examining the teaching of local histories. Nigel and I have two adult children. Nico is a primary teacher in Auckland, and Max is a painter in Dunedin.

Lucia Dowling

Deputy Principal (Primary), Year 7/8 Teacher

About Me

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

About Me

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.

Teaching Staff

Secondary School

Secondary School

Izzy Perkins

HOD PE

About Me

Kia Ora, I am Izzy and I completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in 2021 and Masters of Teaching and Learning in 2022. I grew up on a farm in Raes a Junction and have absolutely love getting my hands dirty with farm work. I was rugby player for a large number of years, and played for Varsity at Otago up until I had some ankle injuries. I have co-coached and assistant coaches multiple rugby teams for Dunedin schools. I am a very keen sports player. I am very excited to to be taking over the role as P.E and health teacher and I look forward to getting to know everyone and becoming apart of the Maniototo community.

Anrozelle Lategan

HOD English

About Me

I finished my BA majoring in English Literature in 2018, before spending a few years riding and breaking in horses all over Australia and the North Island. I completed my Masters of Teaching and Learning at Otago last year, while living on the family farm in Balclutha and tutoring Equine Science at Telford Polytechnic. I am very excited to be taking over teaching English at Maniototo this year. I look forward to getting to know all the ākonga and their whanau, and getting involved in the wider community.

Kate Dowling

HOD Science, Biology & Horticulture & Yr 7/8 Science Teacher

About Me

BSc with a double major in Marine Biology and Physical Geography. Graduate Diploma in Secondary teaching from Christchurch College of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching from Victoria University, Certificate in Organic Horticulture. I grew up on a farm within the Richmond Ranges in Marlborough, from there I studied at Lincoln University to pursue a netball scholarship and where I also met my husband Luke, later transferring to Canterbury University to study Marine Sciences. My first teaching position was at Gore High School and later to Lawrence Area School. Luke and I then did our OE through the UK, Europe and Asia and I relief taught in London as well as a nannying position in Shropshire. We now farm in Gimmerburn and life keeps us pretty busy with our young family. I currently teach Biology and Horticulture and Level 1 Science. I am the HOD of the Science Department and our Secondary Schools PPTA representative. I am also responsible for Enviroschools and Duke of Edinburgh within our school.

Deirdre Lithgow

PE & Health

About Me

Nigel Pacey

Maths, Science & Careers

About Me

Clement Lind

Hard Materials Teacher

About Me

Michelle Dowling

Technology, Social Studies

About Me

Coming Soon

Sam Stevens

Agriculture Teacher

About Me

B.A. (Hons) Dip Teaching. Born and raised in Southland on a sheep and beef farm, attended Otago University and then shore some sheep, went to T-Coll and then went and taught in England for a couple of years.I then taught Art History and English at Southland Girls High School in Invercargill. In 2003 we moved to our farm in Poolburn with wife Deb and kids Josh, Harry and Lucy. I am really interested in developing pathways for our Senior students in the Agriculture industry, to this end I am looking to engage with our local Maori groups and continue to work with Beef and Lamb NZ in my role as a Farmer Councillor for the Central South Island. I also have a passion for Art History and have completed my Masters.

Primary School

Primary School

Celine Ferdinands

New Entrant/Year 1 Teacher
Room 1

About Me

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.

Ann-Marie Paterson

Year 2 Teacher
Room 2

About Me

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!

Pip Sutherland

Year 3 Teacher
Room 3

About Me

Hello, my name is Pip Sutherland and I am teaching in the Year 3 classroom this year. I grew up in Owaka and attended The Catlins Area School before studying for my Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Dunedin College of Education. Following graduation I started my teaching journey at Cromwell Primary in 2005. After that I moved to the Northern Territory with Sandy, and taught 3 children through Mt Isa School Of The Air while living on a remote Station near Kununurra. After living in Canada working with horses, I returned to Cromwell Primary in 2010. I started at Maniototo Area School in 2012 until having our first child, Archie, in 2015. Following our time in North Canterbury we were very excited to return ‘home’ to the Maniototo as a family of 4 with Blake joining our family while we were living up there. I was extremely grateful to be able to rejoin the MAS junior team full time again last year with the Year 3 class.

Erica Phillips

Year 4/5 Teacher

About Me

Kia ora koutou, my name is Erica Phillips, the beginning primary teacher at MAS. Last year, I graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) from the University of Canterbury. That makes me a Cantab supporter (and a very proud one at that) as my hometown is Timaru. Before studying I did a stint on Linnburn station and solo traveled around Europe. I am a dog mum to my chocolate lab Tilly. My spare time is spent going on adventures, playing sports, and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to working alongside the MAS kaiako, tamariki, and whānau.

Amanda Graham

Year 6/7 Teacher and Art
Room 5 (Thur-Fri)

About Me

Hi, I’m Amanda Graham. I am a part time teacher sharing the year 6 and 7 class with Gemma Hore and I am also teaching Art from years 4 - 10 this year. I have a Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching). I moved to Ranfurly in 2008 as a beginning teacher and have been teaching at Maniototo Area school since other than a year stint in London where I taught at Lyon Park Junior School and enjoyed traveling through Europe. My family includes my husband Nic and our three daughters, Abbie (7), Briella (5) and Kaylee (3). Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping, keeping active and being creative.

Gemma Hore

Year 6/7 Teacher
Room 5 (Mon-Wed)

About Me

Fiona Dowling

Year 8 teacher

About Me

Coming Soon

Support Staff

Support Staff

Anne Kirk

Office Administrator

About Me

A Southlander at heart I moved to the Maniototo in July 2006. My children Simon, Matthew and Lucy all attended MAS. My interests include my family, patchwork, art, travel, drama and socialising with friends. Ewan and I have purchased a property near Oturehua and are enjoying living in the country with our ever increasing family of fur-babies!

Arlene Marshall

Executive Officer/Finance

About Me

Donna Owens

Casual Office Administrator

About Me

Sue Scott

Teacher aide

About Me

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Jenna Huddleston

Teacher aide

About Me

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Karenne Davis

Teacher aide

About Me

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Kerrin Mulholland

Caretaker

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Murray Morice

Cleaner

About Me

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Tania Cromb

Cleaner

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Sandra Kreft

Cleaner

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Current Vacancies

Teacher Aide/Support Person – Part time position

Maniototo Area School is looking for a part time teacher aide to support an Upper Primary, ACC funded student. The ideal candidate will be supportive, positive, compassionate, and be able to build a good rapport with the student. 

  • For the 2023 academic year (Term time only)
  • 2-3 days/week, during school hours

Please complete the application form (below) and submit with your CV to: office@maniototo.school.nz

 

 
Support Staff Application Form

Non-Teaching Position ApplicationForm 2021 (1).docx

 

*There are no current teaching vacancies

Teacher Position Application Form