Senior Management Team

Mr Kent Favel
Principal

St Mark’s is such a special place to Kent Favel that this is his second time working at the school. He was the Curriculum Director and Head of Primary from 2002 to 2006, and then returned as Principal in October 2011. Kent’s career has also included roles at Ruawai Primary School and Saint Kentigern School, and he was the Founding Principal of Sunderland School and College in Auckland (now known as ACG Sunderland).
Kent’s aim is to foster the family-focused, friendly atmosphere and culture which St Mark’s is known for. He firmly believes in developing well-rounded young people who will leave St Mark’s armed with important life skills, a love of learning and an understanding that their wellbeing, sport and the arts are just as important as an academic focus.

“Happiness is what we all want for our children and I believe choosing St Mark’s is an investment in present and future happiness. Our students skip into school in the morning because they are keen to learn, eager to see their friends and they love their school – and that is a very good thing.”

Mrs Erica Harvison
Deputy Principal

Erica has been associated with St Mark’s since 2006 when she worked in the admin team for a year while on her OE. This inspired her to become a teacher and following her year in New Zealand, she travelled back home to the UK to complete a PGCE.
Erica taught in Buckinghamshire, England for two years and then returned to New Zealand in 2010 with her husband, James, and was offered a job as a Year 1 teacher at St Mark’s. Over the next 10 years, she taught Year 1 and Year 2 and became the Associate Dean and then Dean of the Lower Primary. Erica became Deputy Principal in 2019 and is also the Head of Religious Education. She teaches religion and theology to Year 7 and Year 8 students and Drama to our Year 2 students.

“Both of my children attend St Mark’s and have thrived here, moving through the Preschool and on into the Primary School. I feel so blessed to be part of this school community where kindness, curiosity and service are valued and encouraged. St Mark’s is and always has been, a special place”.

Mrs Angelee Jarrett
PYP Coordinator

Angelee began her career in education in 2002 in the United States where she taught for four years. In 2006, she travelled to New Zealand where she spent a year or so travelling and falling in love with the landscape, culture and inquiry learning.
Angelee began teaching Year 1 at St Mark’s in 2008. She then became the Associate Dean and then Dean of the Lower Primary and most recently, moved into the role of PYP Coordinator in 2017. Angelee has led several curriculum areas and advocates for change, reflection and strategy within the context of all things learning and teaching at St Mark’s. She has a passion for international education and inquiry learning, and her belief that all students can learn is the foundation of her practice.

“My professional aim is to push the boundaries of modern education, helping students and teachers extend, refine and discover new things about themselves, each other and the world.”

Mrs Charmaine Ramos-Yee
Dean of Preschool

Charmaine’s qualifications include education units taken at De La Salle University in Manila, as well as postgraduate studies and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, with units in Educational Leadership and Management for Early Childhood Education. She has had intensive training in and exposure to the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum – Te Whariki, Reggio Emilia Approach and International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Program (IB-PYP) while working in international schools in the Philippines and New Zealand.

“Moving from my life in Manila, Philippines to the beautiful shores of Aotearoa that I now call home in 2008, has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I believe that a child’s success in the school lies in the trust and partnership between teachers and parents. It is my pleasure to be your partner in your child’s learning journey.”

Mrs Christa Pitman
Dean of Lower Primary

Christa has worked in a variety of Anglican independent schools in Australia and New Zealand, and has been part of a “Future Planning for 2020” education for the Australian government. She has taught all grades and has been a specialist teacher in Music and Gifted and Talented classes.
Christa is especially passionate about inquiry learning and helping students develop agency and risk-taking in their learning. Student well-being is a particular focus for Christa and mindfulness is incorporated into her classrooms as much as possible.

“I come from a family of teachers – my husband and mother are both Principals – and while I’m an Aussie I love our life in New Zealand and so I feel more like a Kwozzie”.

Mrs Cathy Underhill
Dean of Upper Primary

Cathy first joined St Mark’s School in 1998 as the Senior Teacher in Year 5 & 6. However, over the years Cathy has also worked as the Art/Technology teacher (across all year levels), a Year 8 teacher and she even once spent a term as Acting Deputy Principal. Cathy is now our Dean for the Upper Primary School and has responsibility for all the staff and students from Years 5 – 8.
Some of Cathy’s highlights at St Mark’s have been the Year 7 and 8 productions, the Year 8 Exhibition, the annual World Vision Runathon and the 2019 Sporting and Cultural trip to Sydney.

“I am so lucky to be supported by my incredible team and the other staff at St Mark’s. I love coming to work each day; I get to work with people I consider as friends, which is such a privilege.”

Mrs Victoria Jarratt-Gibbs
Arrowsmith Director and Dean of Learning Support

Victoria joined St Mark’s in 2011, and moved into The Dean of Learning Support and Director of Arrowsmith position from classroom teaching.
Victoria’s field of interest is around learning differences and understanding these from multiple perspectives. She thrives on unpacking each child’s unique profile and working to facilitate their growth. Her university studies explored the complexities of child’s cognition, and Victoria believes in learning continually. She also believes that development and change are at the centre of ensuring our students have access to the most relevant support.

“We are so fortunate that global awareness of diverse learners is increasing and putting this into practice creates a fantastic learning environment for our students.”

Mrs Sandra Morrison
Business Manager

Sandra is a Chartered Accountant who has been working in the independent school sector for over 10 years. Overseeing the support staff at St Mark’s, Sandra appreciates the variety that the Business Manager role provides – from finance to property, enrolment, IT, marketing and administration.
Sandra moved with her family from the Waikato to Wellington in 2019 and, while taking some time to adjust to the different climate, is enjoying the change of pace from living in a rural town.

“My own children were educated in independent schools and I appreciate the opportunities this has given them.  St Mark’s has been so welcoming to me as a new staff member and this same warm welcome is extended to students in becoming part of the St Mark’s family.  The school is a busy and vibrant place and the enthusiasm of the students makes it a lovely environment to be part of each day.” 

Mrs Kate O’Brien
Director of Admissions / Director of International Students

Kate and her family returned to New Zealand in 2014 having spent 18 years living overseas. She worked as a Primary School teacher in both London and Melbourne, before starting a family.

Kate takes great pride in making the enrolment process as smooth and seamless as possible. She also has responsibility for the international students at our school, and values the warm relationship we have with our families from countries around the world. Kate appreciates what a critical decision schooling is for families and very much enjoys offering assistance and advice to families interested in a St Mark’s education for their child.

“I enjoy gardening, cooking and walking our schnauzer around the town belt with my family. We are so fortunate to be back in New Zealand and appreciate what a beautiful country it is.”

Upper Primary

Mrs Cathy Underhill
Dean of Upper Primary

Cathy first joined St Mark’s School in 1998 as the Senior Teacher in Year 5 & 6. However, over the years Cathy has also worked as the Art/Technology teacher (across all year levels), a Year 8 teacher and she even once spent a term as Acting Deputy Principal. Cathy is now our Dean for the Upper Primary School and has responsibility for all the staff and students from Years 5 – 8.
Some of Cathy’s highlights at St Mark’s have been the Year 7 and 8 productions, the Year 8 Exhibition, the annual World Vision Runathon and the 2019 Sporting and Cultural trip to Sydney.

“I am so lucky to be supported by my incredible team and the other staff at St Mark’s. I love coming to work each day; I get to work with people I consider as friends, which is such a privilege.”

Miss Rebecca Johns

Becky holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) Honours degree from the UK, and has taught across all age ranges in schools in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has also worked as a science curriculum consultant, educational writer and private tutor.

Becky moved to New Zealand in 2015 and joined St Mark’s School in 2016. As well as currently teaching Year 6, Becky is also our Maths Coordinator, Associate Dean for Years 5-6 and Acting Dean of Learning Support.

“I always strive for an engaging and inclusive classroom built on strong relationships. What I enjoy most about St Mark’s School is the fantastic sense of community and the privilege of working with awesome students.”

Miss Elvynia Tseng

Elvy is a true global citizen. She was born in Taiwan, grew up in Christchurch, has taught English in France, studied for a Masters in Bilingual School Counselling at New York University, and worked as a school counsellor in New York and London!

Her Master’s degree focused on children’s rights for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and she worked with the refugee population in London before moving back to New Zealand in 2017.

Since 2018, Elvy has been teaching in Year 5 at St Mark’s School. She is also the pastoral care coordinator for international students.

“I place a lot of importance on mental health and wellbeing, and I am very interested in child development. My personal interests include travelling and true crime.”

Mr Milan Mrdalj

Milan taught as an ESOL teacher in China before moving into IB teaching in an IB PYP school in Shanghai, China. He taught there for 4 years before moving to New Zealand in 2018.

At St Mark’s School, Milan has taught a range of year groups and is currently teaching Year 6. Milan is also our ICT coordinator.

“What I enjoy most about working at St Mark’s is the culture of kindness. I try to make a safe and trusting class environment where it is okay to take risks, fail and learn from it. I enjoy sport and like to make sure there is laughter and fun in the classroom while we learn.”

Miss Rebecca Cobeldick

Rebecca is currently teaching in Year 7 and is also our Sports Coordinator and Year 8 Specialist PE teacher. Her main interests lie in any and all sports, and she loves applying this passion to the classroom through fun competition, teaching the importance of being a team player and staying active.

Rebecca’s personal highlights of working at St Mark’s School include the Year 7 camps, the new quad tournament and our school-wide events, athletics, cross country and swimming sports, and dance club.

“I love working with intermediate age children as they navigate this exciting time of their lives, helping them to find out who they are and develop confidence in this.”

Mr Quintin Moolman

Quintin holds a Bachelor of Education Degree (Intermediate and Senior Phase), majoring in Geography and Afrikaans. While studying he worked as a Boarder Master and a Teaching Assistant at Primary and Secondary independent schools.

Quintin taught Year 7 and 8 Mathematics and Afrikaans in South Africa, and he moved to New Zealand at the end of 2018.

Quintin’s areas of interest include multiple sports and he has coached swimming, hockey, rugby, football and cricket. Outside of school, he enjoys running, music and spending time with his family.

“I enjoy working with all the students and building strong relationships within the school community. I am very optimistic, which is evident through my teaching and everyday life.”

Ms Lynette Kitney

Lynette has over twenty years of teaching experience across all age groups, including working in an international PYP school in Hong Kong. She is currently a Year 8 teacher at St Mark’s, as well as our Year 7 and 8 Specialist Technology teacher.

Lynette’s highlights of school life include working on school productions, assisting children in gaining skills and enjoyment across all aspects of sport and PE, and encouraging a love of literature. Outside of school she enjoys singing with a large Acapella group, artistic endeavours and running.

“I am delighted to be a part of the St Mark’s family. I really enjoy working with the students and encouraging them to enjoy the leadership and other opportunities available to them.”

Lower Primary

Mrs Jemima Southey

Jemima has worked in a variety of schools in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand, and first joined St Mark’s School in 2004 as a Year 3 class teacher. The following year she became the Dean of Lower Primary and an integral part of the Senior Management Team. She has also held the positions of Head of the Maths and Social Studies Department and Acting Head of Science.

Jemima is now our Associate Dean for Years 0-2 in the Lower Primary School. She oversees Learning Support and Pastoral care and is currently teaching in Year 1. She strives to create a seamless transition into school for the students and their families, and a happy beginning to life at St Mark’s School.

“I am passionate about teaching and helping all students access their personal learning journey. It is about having a safe, secure place to learn and grow. A place to take risks, give things a try and have fun along the way.”

Miss Sarah Griffiths

Sarah joined St Mark’s in 2019 as a Year 1 teacher, and in 2020 she moved to Year 2.

Sarah especially loves the challenges of teaching this age group, building knowledge, establishing good work habits and capability in these learners. She is a strong advocate for the needs of children in all areas – academic, personal, social and emotional wellbeing. She is passionate about getting students to learn through physical activity and is also dedicated to using Art to create a warm and stimulating classroom environment that encourages all students and learning styles.

“I have a strong interest and experience in literacy and am the Junior Literacy Leader. I enjoy teaching ESOL students, having spent 4 years in Brunei and I am envious of anyone who can speak another language!”

Ms Wendy Hannagan

Wendy is a specialist English Language Learning (ELL) teacher with a Masters Degree in TESOL Leadership and a Post Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching. She is also an experienced classroom teacher and educator of more than 30 years, with a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching.

Wendy has taught in international schools in South Korea, China and Russia as well as in NZ schools around the country, including many years in Wellington. She is an experienced IB educator and has been a workshop facilitator for second language learning. Wendy has learned 4 languages to varying degrees and considers herself internationally-minded and a global citizen.

Mrs Jennifer Denham

Jennifer graduated in 2007 with a BEd in Primary Teaching (Distinction) from Bethlehem Tertiary Institute in the sunny Bay of Plenty. She has taught in a number of schools both in Wellington and in the Bay of Plenty, both full-time and as a relief teacher across all year groups.

Jennifer joined St Mark’s School in 2019, and is enjoying developing her knowledge of teaching in an IB school, especially since she has lived overseas for many years and completed her own primary education in an international setting. During her career Jennifer has also been involved in additional roles including TIC Year 6 council, Enviroschool, learning action leader and Chapel musician.

“I believe teaching is supporting students to make meaning of the world around them. Providing positive authentic learning experiences and the opportunity to reflect and grow. Recognising that learning is a shared and life-long process. Engendering implicit rather than explicit motivation.”

Mrs Jacinta Zogg

Jacinta has been teaching at St Mark’s School since July 2010, in both the Upper and Lower Primary areas. She has taught at a variety of schools during her teaching career. Her professional Educational background is in Psychology, Classroom Teaching in the New Zealand Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Teaching English as a Second Language, SPELD. She also has qualifications in Jazz Theory/Harmony and Ear Training from Berklee School of Music, USA. She enjoys learning about, practising and teaching growth mindset, student agency, and embracing cultures of thinking in a multisensory classroom environment.

“Technology in learning has become a major focus for me this year as we all upskill with the new and challenging demands of the changed Covid-19 world we live in now. I look forward to an exciting journey ahead with our inquiries in this collaborative environment here at St Mark’s School”

Mrs Andrea Pawley

After teaching in the UK for five years, Andrea joined St Mark’s in 2008. She is currently teaching in Year 4, and is also the Associate Dean for Years 3 & 4 as well as Head of Science. In her role as Head of Science at St Mark’s, Andrea believes firmly in making science fun, accessible and real for students. In 2015 she spent six months working at GNS, alongside some of the country’s leading scientists in the Natural Hazards team. This incredible experience has really allowed Andrea to bridge the gap between what scientists actually do and what children learn in school.

“What I love most about St Mark’s is working with our very special community of families and students. I love the Christian values which the school is based on, and I also really enjoy teaching the International Baccalaureate.”

Mrs Sophie Berry

Sophie trained to be a teacher as a mature student having already worked with children and families from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of needs, both as an ESOL teacher and also as an Occupational Therapist. Her Primary School teaching career began in an International school in Dubai, where she taught Year 2. She then moved to New Zealand with her family and has since taught New Entrants and Year 4. Sophie joined St Mark’s in 2019.

“My passions, as a teacher, lie in language teaching and art. I believe in providing a creative and enriching learning environment and building the self-esteem of students through developing strong relationships with them and their whanau.”

Preschool

Mrs Charmaine Ramos-Yee
Dean of Preschool

Charmaine’s qualifications include education units taken at De La Salle University in Manila, as well as postgraduate studies and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, with units in Educational Leadership and Management for Early Childhood Education. She has had intensive training in and exposure to the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum – Te Whariki, Reggio Emilia Approach and International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Program (IB-PYP) while working in international schools in the Philippines and New Zealand.

“Moving from my life in Manila, Philippines to the beautiful shores of Aotearoa that I now call home in 2008, has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I believe that a child’s success in the school lies in the trust and partnership between teachers and parents. It is my pleasure to be your partner in your child’s learning journey.”

Mr Gian Carlo Del Rosario
Foundation Room Lead Teacher

Gian Carlo Del Rosario was born in Manila in the Philippines, and completed a Bachelor of Science Major in Early Childhood Education, at De La Salle University. He taught Kindergarten in Manila before moving to New Zealand in 2008. In his spare time, Gian loves going running with his wife, playing basketball, fishing and enjoying the beauty of our country.

“I am really excited to go on a journey with you and your children. I look forward to knowing you better and working hand in hand to let your child reach their fullest potential.”

Miss Amanda Symonds
Foundation Room Teacher

Amanda studied at Victoria University here in Wellington and has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Studies and Education as well as a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching. While studying, she worked alongside children as a holiday programme supervisor, babysitter and nanny.

After graduating Amanda worked at Brooklyn Kids for two years and also completed two terms at Lyall Bay School as a New Entrant teacher. She is now one of our Foundation Room teachers.

“In my spare time, my partner and I enjoy baking, spending time outside, going for walks, taking out our inflatable kayak, camping and planning our next holiday!”

Catherine Campbell
Preschool Room Teacher

Catherine is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher, completing her Teaching Diploma and registration in 1995. Since then, she has taught in New Zealand, UK, and the Middle East, in between raising three children. Catherine is also trained in therapeutic massage and kids yoga.

“I feel very privileged to be working with a fantastic team of committed professional teachers at St Mark’s. I am a dedicated early childhood teacher, passionate about contributing to the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of young children, making sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve.”

Ms Alexandra Munro
Preschool Room Teacher

Alex graduated from Otago University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Education studies majoring in PE, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary). She has since taught in both the early childhood setting in primary schools. In 2019 Alex returned to Wellington from overseas where she was lucky enough to travel around Europe and teach at a primary school in London.

“I have a strong interest in sport and it has always been a huge part of my life. In my spare time I love to catch up with friends, exercise, play hockey and travel. I am really looking forward to getting to know you and your wonderful children”

Specialist Staff

Drama – Mrs Susan Hayworth (Year 3 – 8) / TBC (Year 1 – 2)
Music – Miss Anya Nazaruk (Year 1 – 8)
Physical Education and Sport – Mr Mark Leggett
Religious Education – Mrs Erica Harvison and various homeroom teachers
Science (Year 7 & 8) – Mrs Andrea Pawley
Spanish – Mr Jose Domenech
Sports Coordinator – Miss Rebecca Cobeldick
Technology and Engineering (Year 7 & 8) – Ms Lynette Kitney
Visual Art
– Mrs Markelle Archer (Year 3 – 8) and various homeroom teachers

Learning Support Staff

Arrowsmith Director and Dean of Learning Support – Mrs Victoria Jarratt Gibbs
Arrowsmith Teacher – Mrs Alison Koeck
Reading Recovery – Mrs Marie Ward
ESOL Teacher Assistant – Christine Kelly
Teacher Assistant and Arrowsmith Educator – Mrs Vivienne Poultney
Teacher Assistant – Ms Cindy Cole
Teacher Assistant – Mr Daniel Mangin
Teacher Assistant – Mrs Sandra Polaczuk

Administration and Support Staff

Business Manager – Mrs Sandra Morrison
Accounts Clerk – Mrs Christine Kuper
Caretaker – Mr Bernard Quinn
Den Director – Mrs Gina Lim
Director of Admissions and International Students – Mrs Kate O’Brien
Executive Assistant – Mrs Caron Lancaster
Gap Tutor – Miss Aneke Jansen van Vuuren
Librarian – Ms Paula na Nagara
Director of Marketing and Development – Mrs Wendy Hughes
Network Administrator/Support – Norrcom
School Administrator – Mrs Persephone Georgiakakis
SMART Director – Mr Daniel Mangin
Website Administrator – Mr Dieter Fourie