Our teaching staff...
Mrs Johnson (Headteacher, Year 6 Class Teacher and Examination Preparation Teacher)
Mrs Johnson has been teaching for many years, all year groups, special needs, gifted, and talented children. She is married to school Trustee Stephen and has two sons – the eldest attended St Ambrose College and is now taking up a place to study Engineering at University, the younger who attends Stockport Grammar having finished at Stella Maris recently. She enjoys gardening, walking in the countryside, playing the piano, family holidays by the sea in Wales and playing golf. Her MA in children’s creative writing has been put to good use on a daily basis and she’s had various pieces of writing published. Mrs Johnson is passionate about educating children and developing in them excellent skills which will serve them well in their future lives.
Mr Brown (Senior Teacher & Y3/4 Class Teacher)
Mr Brown has been a primary school teacher for over 20 years. He has taught in a number of locations including Essex and Moldova! He speaks Russian and enjoys teaching the children some Russian words for them to challenge their parents with at home! A keen runner he can regularly be seen competing at Parkrun across the North West.
Mrs Hesketh (KS2 Coordinator & Y5 Class Teacher)
No, you’re not seeing double – Mrs Hesketh is Mrs Johnson’s twin sister! Married to husband John, she's been teaching for over 24 years across the whole primary stage from reception to year 6 so certainly knows her way around the classroom. Whilst her favourite things about Stella Maris include its family community feel and the importance placed on meeting each pupil’s individual needs (not to mention teaching her favourite subjects RE and Maths!), she’s also a keen writer regularly contributing to international catholic magazine ‘The Crusader’ whilst currently working on a children’s fiction book, and enjoys gardening, walking in the countryside, and yoga.
Mrs Jones (Pre-Prep Leader and Teacher)
Our EYFS specialist with over 11 years of teaching experience, Mrs Jones is an expert at multi-tasking; when she’s not taking care of her own family (husband, and two young daughters) she’s hugely committed to setting children up for a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards learning and school. Mrs Jones also likes gardening and climbing – more difficult to do at the same time but if we set her the challenge we're sure she’d manage it!
Miss MacCarron (KS1 Teacher)
Miss MacCarron decided she wanted to be a teacher after volunteering in a special needs school. Having already obtained an honours degree in Linguistics and spent a number of years teaching English to non-speakers (TESOL) whilst previously living abroad in Israel, Canada, Dubai and Spain, she went on to complete her PGCE and now enjoys teaching various classes across Stella Maris. Miss MacCarron is also a bit of a super teacher; she has run a marathon, done a solo parachute jump, and abseiled down Manchester Town Hall! She also loves visiting the theatre, skiing, and reading as well as supporting the Anti-Slavery society, Amnesty, Freedom from Torture, and Howard League for Penal Reform.
Miss Davies (KS1 Teacher)
Miss Davies joined us in January 2017. She has over 10 years teaching experience and has most recently worked at a primary school in North Manchester. Miss Davies has a particular passion for Maths and Science and is keen to encourage girls as well as boys to develop a love for those subjects too. In her spare time Miss Davies enjoys reading and drawing. She also enjoys taking long walks with her little dog Poppy who was born on Remembrance Day, hence the name!
Miss Maiden (EYFS & KS1 Teacher)
Mrs Herok (Teaching Assistant and After School Club Facilitator)
Mrs Herok is a qualified teacher with over 20 years’ teaching experience. She moved to England from Poland in 2007 and continues to teach in the UK. Mrs Herok says there is nothing more satisfying than seeing children progress with their learning in Stella Maris' happy, family-like environment. Mrs Herok is a proud Mum of three children: her daughter studies Maths at Manchester University and her twin sons plan to study for degrees in computer science. In her spare time, Mrs Herok enjoys spending time with her family, playing chess, watching films, baking and discovering places across the UK on her many travels.
Mrs Kerns (Teaching Assistant and After School Club Facilitator)
Mrs Kerns has worked at the school since January 2013 as a Teaching Assistant and After School Club Facilitator. She enjoys being able to support the children at the end of a busy day. She has been particularly pleased to share her love of crafts and baking, amongst other activities, with the after-school club children. Mrs Kerns has 10 years’ experience of working with children as a local Scout Leader, which still keeps her busy on a regular basis. Mrs Kerns finds that much of the rest of her time is taken up looking after her two young children. When she can find time she enjoys music and good food with her husband.