New Teachers at TCAS for 2022

New Teachers at TCAS for 2022

In 2022 we welcome three new teaching staff members, Amanda Smith, Fiona Wilkinson and Billie McHardy.

Amanda S

Amanda Smith. It's really exciting to be joining the team at TCAS as Deputy Principal! I've come from South Otago High School where I was head of the English Department, Principal's Nominee and, in 2021, had an SLT support role. 

I am looking forward to teaching History and English as part of my role here. I was born in South Otago, so it felt like coming home when my husband and I moved to Balclutha for his job (he's also a teacher) 14 years ago or so. We have three children: 2 adult boys and a daughter who has started high school this year. 

Fiona W

Fiona Wilkinson. Kia Ora everyone, it's great to be back once again! It seems I can't keep away from this great little school.

Coming back 2 days a week and working with students from 5 to 15 years old in a Physical Education and Health role, is very exciting for me. Getting students active and enjoying sport is a passion of mine and something I really developed as the South West Otago Sports Activator last year.

Living in Kākā Point, our family has developed a passion for water and waves, which I hope starts to rub off on a few others too! I look forward to working in the pool again and will be asking on parents to help me deliver a quality swim programme. 

I'm always happy to chat with parents about sporting opportunities available in our great community. There's so much on offer when we start to look!

Billie M

Billie McHardy. I have recently moved back to South Otago where I am originally from. I am excited to be joining The Catlins Area School where I will be teaching in Room 2 during Term 1 and Term 2. I have spent the last few years teaching in Hokitika and before that I was lucky enough to live in England for nearly four years and teach there.

I love animals. My favourite animal is a fox. In my spare time I enjoy getting out in nature for walks, spending time with my whānau and reading.

I'm sure you will join us in welcoming Amanda, Fiona and Billie to our school community.