Our Staff

Feel free to contact us via email, call us, or pop in and see us.  We are always happy to make a time to discuss your child's learning or to talk to you about joining our Omihi community.


Maree Lucas


Jennie Manson
Years 1-2

My Story

I am very excited about 2018 and becoming part of the fabulous Omihi School and community, as I have heard many wonderful stories about you all.

For the past 6 years I have been living in Pegasus with my husband Sam and our children Lachlan and Isla, and we are enjoying all that North Canterbury has to offer, from swimming at the Ashley Gorge to hiking Mount Grey.

I have been privileged to teach part-time at our local schools, Tuahiwi School, Kaiapoi Borough School and Waikuku School (before it relocated to Pegasus). Before I had children I was teaching on the hill at Mount Pleasant School and at Mount Aspiring College when we lived in Lake Wanaka.

As a junior teacher I aim to inspire your children to love learning, and grow as an individual who is mindful of others. Our classroom focus is on Play-based learning through which the children can experience a wide range of activities that connect to the classroom programme and create individualised programmes to cater for all of their needs. My door is always open and I welcome your fantastic ideas, thoughts or concerns, and especially welcome any handy helpers.


Katherine Hanna
Years 6-8

My Story

This year I am looking forward to being the senior teacher at Omihi School.

I have taught in North Canterbury for the last 15 years, with 10 years experience as a Yr 7 / 8 teacher. I spent 2017 as a reliever teacher which provided me with the chance to meet some great teachers and work in some fantastic local schools. This experience has really inspired me to get back into my own classroom.

In 2006 I spent a year doing my OE in the UK. During this time I enjoyed travelling and learning how to make the most of living in London. Working as a teacher over there also gave me a huge appreciation of the flexibility of the NZ education system. Although I remember this time fondly I was very happy to return home to North Canterbury. I enjoy making the most of the beautiful environment we are surrounded by. I am currently in training for the school Bike Ride in March and hope to see many of you out there.


Sally Mickleson
Years 3-5

My Story

I am very excited about joining the Omihi whānau and becoming part of the team.

I recently graduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Environment and Society, Majoring in Water Management and I have completed a Post Gradulate Diploma in Primary Teaching at Canterbury University.

I grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the Central North Island and after completing my primary school years, I finished my education at Woodford House in the Hawkes Bay. A mix of both farming and urban lifestyles has been beneficial to me and I feel most at home in a rural environment.

I enjoy fly-fishing, skiing and hiking and I have a real passion for teaching and learning.

I have always aspired to secure a teaching position at a rural school and after working in the district last summer, I was thrilled to learn that a position had become available at Omihi.

I have no doubt I will be joining a highly motivated team and I look forward to becoming a part of your community and meeting you all.


Shannon Heath
Teaching Assistant

My Story

I am very excited to be joining the team at Omihi School in 2019 as a teaching assistant to the excellent staff and children.

I have recently completed my teaching degree at Canterbury University. After graduating I wanted to do something different and out of my comfort zone.

I grew up in Christchurch and now live in New Brighton where I am a hop and a skip from the beach. While some may say a city slicker, I am no stranger to the country and have always enjoyed the thoughts of rural communities and schools.

I grew up camping, boating, traveling and am no stranger to sports with wakeboarding being a very big passion of mine and giving anything and everything a go. I am passionate about children and education and doing my best for the children at Omihi.

I am very excited to see where this year takes me as a teaching assistant and teacher.


Ruth Lowry

My Story

My husband Mark and I farm sheep and beef in the beautiful Omihi area. I am the Board Secretary and also the Administrator at Omihi School.

We have three children, Skye, Angus and Allie who have all attended Omihi School from Year 1-8. Our children have loved the family atmosphere and country setting of Omihi School.

Fi Williams and Tracy Wiltshire
Bus Driver

My Story