New staff welcomed in our economics and English departments

New staff welcomed in our economics and English departments

19 February 2020

Mr Cameron Stapleton, Mrs Caroline Collie and Mrs Therese Fitzsimmons are welcomed new staff to our economics and English departments in 2020.

Mr Cameron Stapleton gained his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at the University of Otago in 2002 and completed his Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of Waikato in 2011. He arrives from Te Awamutu College where he was Head of Department (HOD) of Business. He has begun teaching at St Paul’s as HOD of Economics and will assist in the pastoral care of our boarding boys as Deputy Housemaster of Clark House.

Mr Stapleton was a captain in the New Zealand Army for eight years prior to teaching and served in Afghanistan in 2005. He is also a keen rugby supporter and has played and coached across all levels. He was recently the Chairman of Te Awamutu College Rugby Club and is married with two young children.

Mrs Caroline Collie was educated in the King Country where she was appointed Head Student at Piopio College and awarded dux in her final year. She continued her education, completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and geography at the University of Waikato. After her studies in Hamilton Caroline began work at Maxim Institute, an independent public policy think tank based in Auckland. In 2016, she completed a Masters in Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Auckland and prior to joining St Pauls, taught English at Carmel College and Hillcrest High School.

With a love for both the power of language and ideas, and Ultimate Frisbee, Caroline brings her skills, passion, and commitment to student well-being, to her role as English teacher at St Paul’s.

Mrs Therese Fitzsimmons arrives to cover the position created by Mrs Stacey Stewart’s maternity leave. She has 16 years English teaching experience at Western Springs College and gained her Bachelor of Arts (English and History) at the University of Auckland.

Mrs Fitzsimmons started her working life as a nurse, and also worked in administration roles in the service and wine industry before studying for a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Teaching. Her teaching career began at Sacred Heart College in Auckland. Her family is her top priority and she spends the majority of her time outside of teaching doing things with her family.