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 (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 Maiden (EYFS & KS1 Teacher)
Mrs Billington (KS2 Teacher)
Mrs Billington is an experienced primary school teacher having taught in Trafford for 15 years. Recently she has taken some time out to spend time with her three children and has been busy renovating a former nursing home. Mrs Billington has taught across all primary school year groups and has a particularly interest in teaching Maths. Outside of school she enjoys walking, swimming and spending time with her family.
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 Bullas (Teaching Assistant)