Our staff

Meet St Mary’s Kaikorai Staff

The ‘Dunedin Catholic School on the Hill’ has a dedicated teaching and support team, who provide quality catholic education and demonstrate Christian moral values to your children.  Read their short profiles below.



Deanne Barton  – Teaching Assistant
Hello, I have been working at St Mary’s since 2007 and I enjoy developing relationships with
the children that promote trust and motivation.

My goal is to help the school achieve better outcomes for children who require extra assistance. Some of my other responsibilities are to assist with reading and writing in the Junior classroom. I also work 1-1 with new entrants teaching them letter names, sounds and high-frequency words. I also assist in the preparation and delivery of Discovery Time on a Thursday afternoon.

St Mary’s is a great school for anyone seeking individual attention in a caring environment.




Karen Crawford – School Administrator



Linda Hartstonge – Our Wonderful Volunteer

My name is Linda.  I have volunteered at St Mary’s for 6 years.  I enjoy helping both teachers and children. I do Tutor Reading, help with the Discovery Time programme, file and mend books and work with the children in their gardens and orchard.  I am an older person who is happy to pass on skills that I have learnt throughout my life.

I love being a ‘Grandmother’ figure to the children.


Rachel Deerness – DRS and Year 0-3 Teacher


Hi, I have taught at St Mary’s since 2007, I  am the Director of Religious Studies and at present I am the Principal.
I’m excited to be teaching your children in the junior class.

I have three children, two of which attend St Mary’s – Will, (in Room 2), Sophie  (in Room 3)

I enjoy planing the Discovery Time programe with Deanne on Thursday afternoons and
invite all 4 year old to come along and have some fun with us.



Jeremy Morgan –  Year 4-6 Teacher


I joined the St Mary’s team in 2017.



Thank you to Ray at McRobie Studios for our staff profile pictures