Our teaching staff...
Mrs Norah Johnson (Headteacher, Year 6 Class Teacher and Examination Preparation Teacher)
Mrs Johnson has been teaching for over 30 years, and has taught all year groups, as well as special needs, gifted, and talented children. She is married to Stephen and has two sons. Both her sons attended Stella Maris School for their primary education, her eldest son moving on to St Ambrose College and then graduating in Engineering. Her younger son is currently in his final year at Stockport Grammar School, working towards his GCSE's. 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 and guest writes for the local Moor Mag. Mrs Johnson is passionate about educating children and developing in them excellent skills which will serve them well in their future lives.
Mr Ken 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 Sarah 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!
Mrs Kim Ashworth (Year 5 and Part-time Year 1/2 Teacher)
Mrs Ashworth has over ten years primary school teaching experience and has taught all year groups. She has also worked in computing consultancy and training for 15 years. After volunteering at her children’s school she enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to re-train as a primary teacher. She is married to David and has a son and a daughter. In her spare time Mrs Ashworth loves gardening, cooking, reading and playing the piano.
Mrs Claire Ash (Year 1/2 Teacher)
Mrs Ash trained to become a primary school teacher 18 years ago, after the experience of working at 'The American International School' in Israel. She has worked at Alderley Edge School for Girls for many years teaching Years 1/2 for 7 years. After her two sons were born she worked part-time in supply teaching, where she gained experience teaching many different year groups, in a variety of schools across Manchester and Stockport. Mrs Ash enjoys nature and walking in the hills, where she can often be seen leading/dragging her family out. She has recently also enjoyed trying out paddle boarding and cold water swimming! Four years ago Mrs Ash embarked on a course to teach Yoga and Mindfulness to children. This has enhanced her teaching as children’s mental health and wellbeing continues to be her main passion.
Miss Dolor MacCarron ( Assistant Teacher and SEND)
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.
Mrs Kazimeira 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 Julie Bullas (Teaching Assistant and Admin Support)