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Dr Owen Arnst

Principal

As Principal, I am honoured and enthusiastic to be leading Palmerston North's very special independent school.

Through my career I have been Principal of a range of state and independent schools, and while I bring my own experiences and perspectives to Carncot, I am constantly learning with the pupils, staff and parents as we review, refine and extend the wide range of exciting learning opportunities that set the Carncot experience apart.

I look forward to meeting with you and discussing and how your child will benefit from the multitude of opportunities offered at our great school.

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Mrs Larissa Hogan

Deputy Principal and Year 8 Teacher

I am extremely excited to be part of the Carncot team. It is a privilege to be the teacher of Year Eight and be the Deputy Principal of such an amazing school. I have been teaching Year 7 and 8 for the last eleven years with four of these in an Academic Excellence class. I am passionate about Year 7 and 8 education, outdoor education and students achieving their best.

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Mrs Shelley Driver

Assistant Principal and Year 3 and 4 Teacher

Carncot is a special place with a wonderful, supportive community, and it is a great privilege to be part of it. I have over 25 years of experience as an educator at all teaching levels, and I know that happy children learn and achieve their best. As Assistant Principal and classroom teacher I am committed to creating an environment where students are engaged, motivated and willing to take learning risks as they develop and progress.

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Mrs Raewyn Morris

Year 7 Teacher

I am very excited to be on the staff at Carncot School. I have 20 years experience teaching Year 7 and 8. I enjoy helping students to be their best in all areas and to gain confidence as they progress through school. We have amazing resources and opportunities for the students at Carncot and I endeavour to utilise them all whether it be with my Year 7 class, for electives or during technology.

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Mr Wes Theron

Year 6 Teacher

I am goal oriented individual with 9 years teaching experience. I was born and bred in Cape Town and place a high value on building relationships, respect and academic excellence. I am the father of three boys, and believe that education has the power to change your life. I feel blessed to be part of the Carncot team and the emphasis we place on values. My students would describe me as energetic, fair, driven, fun and approachable

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Mrs Juliet Redmond

Year 5 Teacher

I enjoy being a member of Carncot's vibrant teaching team. Utilising my teaching English as a second language and business qualifications enhances the learning opportunities I provide for our students. In addition to teaching the Year 6 class, I am on the literacy development team and look after the peer mediators; a great bunch of students who are part of the pastoral care team.

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Mrs Sjaan Mekkelholt

Year 2 and 3 Teacher

Teaching is me! With over 35 years in Teaching, I continue to have a passion for teaching and learning; building relationships with people in school communities. My working life comprises a range of rich and diverse connections of people and experiences: teaching in schools in the U.K as well as inner city, regional, rural and culturally diverse schools. For me, building relationships is always at the heart and it is what drives me. I love the opportunity I have been given at Carncot School, to build connections with students, families and staff.

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Mrs Lori Wyczawski

Year 1 and 2 Teacher

I am passionate about student learning, child development and progress. I bring 17 years of classroom experience to this position and feel privileged to be teaching within the Carncot Community. My teaching strengths are in reading, writing, and the arts. I am committed to creating an environment that ensures my students make a seamless transition to school and are engaged in learning that supports their curiosity and extends their capabilities.

Specialist Teaching Staff

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Mrs Vicki Sinclair

Art Teacher

Having been Carncot’s art specialist for thirteen years, it’s rewarding to continue to impart an enthusiasm in art at all levels. Challenging students in all areas of art, results in exciting pieces of work and well-developed skills. I am also the specialist learning support teacher, providing students targeted support and guidance with remedial literacy.

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Mr Roché Marx

PE and Science Teacher

In December 2018 my family relocated to Palmerston North from Krugersdorp, South Africa. My wife Nicolene, is also a teacher and my son Logan attends preschool. I started my teaching career in 2010 at a High School before moving to a Primary and Intermediate school three years later. Science was one of my teaching subjects since making the shift with sport being my passion.
I was excited to join Carncot school with its rich history and quality of staff. It is a privilege to be part of the Carncot community doing what I love: inspiring through teaching and sport.

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Ms Heather de Ridder

Specialist Music Teacher

On the piano music room door there is a sign that reads “Music is for Life”. How true that has been for me. I have had the pleasure and privilege of teaching piano and instrumental music at Carncot for over 30 years. I have witnessed life changes in students as they progress on their musical journeys. Concentration levels increase, confidence in achieving each milestone and mastering the ability to perform and enjoy their music making are amongst the benefits. Every child should be given the chance to have a lifetime enriched by music.

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Mrs Marise McNeill

Specialist Music Teacher

I teach violin at Carncot school, enjoying the one-on-one individual rapport with each student as they grow and develop. Music offers opportunities, experiences, skills, and supports life’s on-going journey. Enriching a child’s world with this long-time gift of the international language of music is an honour and a privilege.

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Mrs Kirsten Clark

Specialist Music Teacher

My Role at Carncot is that of a specialist music teacher. I teach singing. I love having one on one contact with the students and seeing them grow in confidence.

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Mrs Brenda Pinfold

Specialist Music Teacher

I teach guitar at Carncot as an extension of Kevin Downing’s Guitar School. Our philosophy is to teach formal musical knowledge with an enjoyable and layered approach which attains results fast. We teach all students how to play and communicate with other musicians. It is a pleasure to see my students grow in confidence, and totally enjoy the journey.

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Mrs Nery Juarez

Spanish

Hola! I am originally from Mexico and I have lived in NZ since 2002, I have a degree in Architecture, a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, I am the owner of MiCasa Spanish Classes and I am also a NZ registered teacher. I have a passion for teaching. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, and I am very excited to be part of the Carncot Community teaching Spanish to your children. I am committed to teach Spanish to my students in a way that they will love to learn a new language and they will find a passion for the Spanish language and culture.

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Mrs Hiroko Yuzawa

Japanese

Konnichiwa! I have over 10 years experience in teaching Japanese as a second language in a variety of counties. From Japan, to Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand. I am excited and privileged to bring Japanese language and culture to Carncot School.

Support Staff

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Mrs Vicki Smith

Teacher Aide

I am married with 3 adult children and along with my husband have been in business in Palmerston North since 1999. Prior to my role as Teacher Aide I was a Medical Practice Manager for 14 years. Having experienced the Carncot Community as a parent when our daughter Abby attended, it is a privilege to now be part of the dedicated staff who are committed to the development and growth of each Carncot student.

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Miss Natasha Print

Teacher Aide / Before- and After-School Co-ordinator

As an experienced before/after school and holiday programme carer, I am pleased to be able to bring this fantastic programme to the parents and children of Carncot. I love being able to build relationships with the children outside of a classroom setting as well as inside the class as a teacher aide.

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Mrs Lynette Collis

Librarian

I love being part of the Carncot team. I am passionate about my role as librarian and feel so lucky to get to know all our students during their weekly visits to the library. I have been at Carncot since 2014 and it gives me great joy to support our children with their learning and to inspire them with a life-long love of reading.

Administration Staff

Carncot Trust Board