Muireann Carr | Team Leader
I began my teaching career in Ireland before leaving home to seek new experiences and adventures around the world. My travels took me to Queenstown, where I have lived for eight years and which I now call my home away from home. I am very proud of my Irish heritage and have a huge family at home. When I am not working I love to take advantage of the wealth of adventure that Queenstown offers by snowboarding, hiking and biking.
I feel extremely lucky to have begun my New Zealand learning journey at Queenstown Primary School where I developed my knowledge of the curriculum and an understanding of 21st century learners. I am tremendously excited about the next step of my journey at Shotover Primary School and to developing positive and caring relationships with all the community. I hope to bring my passion for creativity to the modern learning environment at Shotover Primary School and I look forward to guiding the children towards becoming lifelong and productive learners.
Before coming to Shotover Primary School, I spent two years teaching at Our Lady of the Rosary School in Lower Hutt. I am fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to experience new teaching approaches through collaborative teaching in a modern learning environment.
Before that, I spent three years teaching overseas in South Korea and London. Originally from Invercargill, I am passionate in the areas of music, art, Maori and ICT, and I'm enjoying a new teaching adventure in this beautiful setting.
Hello, my name is Roanna Dockerty and I am very excited to be part of Shotover Primary School.
I grew up in Invercargill and moved to Christchurch to study teaching. I lived in Wellington and taught a year 3 and 4 class before moving back to the South Island and making Queenstown my home. Previous to teaching I completed a Sport and Exercise Degree. I am a very keen sports person and incorporate exercise and health into my teaching. I try to make my classroom as active as possible and teach in a hands on interactive way.
Outside of school I enjoy running and being outdoors. I also love painting, cooking and baking, especially making cupcakes and cake pops! I am a very creative person and am always trying to make my lessons exciting and different.
I value family involvement in children’s learning, and you‘re always welcome in the classroom for a visit or to discuss your child’s progress. I am very approachable and look forward to getting to know all my students' families.
Darran Ingram | Team Leader
I am joining the Shotover Primary team from Remarkables Primary School where I was a Foundation Teacher, Team Leader, Robotics Technology Teacher and leader in a number of technology initiatives.
I am passionate about creating a safe and engaging atmosphere for young learners, giving them the skills and opportunities to build their own motivation to learn, and develop of sense of deep ownership of that learning. I help develop strategies that our students can use to become creative and critical thinkers.
I took up teaching later in life after 15 years as an aircraft engineer in the British and New Zealand Air Force. This role took me to several conflict and disaster relief situations where I realised I had a passion for teaching.
Since then, I have made a positive impact in the schools I have taught at, fostering safe, happy, interesting and exciting learning environments, self-managing learners and a welcoming collaborative atmosphere.
I am married and have a daughter and a sausage dog called Walter, who is quite well known in the local community. I enjoys the outdoors whether mountain biking, snowboarding or playing football. I am very excited to be part of the leadership team at Shotover Primary School.
After growing up in Invercargill, I made Canterbury home in more recent years. I am excited to have headed south again to join the team at Shotover Primary School. I enjoy the arts, cooking, biking and walking.
As a teacher, I am passionate about fostering children’s creativity, individuality and independence. I am enthusiastic about digital learning and providing authentic experiences for children to be connected learners.
I completed my teaching degree and continued on with post-graduate studies in the field of literacy, numeracy and the education of gifted and talented students. I have had teaching experience in Perth in Western Australian and Alabama in the USA and taught full time at several primary schools in the Manawatu and, this year, Queenstown.
My passion is establishing creative and collaborative working environments that motivate and engage students. I am creative and innovative when implementing curriculum integration across different levels to cater for a diverse range of students.
In my personal time I enjoy spending time in the outdoors (including improving my golf etiquette), reading and studying for personal growth. I am thrilled to be part of the Shotover Primary School community and to bringing teaching into line with modern teaching practices and modern learning environments.
I am an experienced educator who has taught in schools ranging in size from two teachers to a large year 7-13 college. I have leadership experience and have enjoyed my career path to Shotover Primary School. Post-quake Christchurch has been a learning experience, and Fendalton Primary has been brilliant for the last two years, but Central Otago has called me.
I am very excited about the opportunity to work in a new purpose-built environment that will offer superb learning opportunities for its pupils.
My outside interests include tramping and exploring Central’s heritage sites. I know I will have to become a gardener very fast with a new acre property in Wanaka. My husband is a builder, and I expect to spend part of my first summer in a hard hat and steel-caps helping him build our new home (well, holding the tape measure).
In the classroom one of my strengths is my ability to build positive relationships with students so they want to give their best. I have high expectations of children and have found they then hold high expectations of themselves. I am practical and love the challenge of school camps. I go out of my way to find interesting experiences for her students.
I am excited to be part of the Shotover team and to meeting the new community.