Meet The Teachers

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Meet Our Teachers

At the top of the list when measuring the quality of a school has to be the quality of the teaching staff. St Mary’s is beyond fortunate to have a team of teachers truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership & Administration

Kate Quin

Kate Quin

Principal

I love coming to work each day at St Mary’s. I feel very privileged to work alongside such a professional, hardworking and committed staff, a very supportive parent community and fantastic children who bring a smile to my face as I watch them grow, learn and play. I love the culture that exists at the school. There is such a strong sense of welcome and we pride ourselves on building strong, positive relationships with and between families, students and community members. Our staff truly put students and families first in everything they do. I am indeed very lucky to be the leader of such a great school! When I’m not at work, I really enjoy spending time with my family, travelling to new places and reading.

Jason Perry

Jason Perry

Deputy Principal

I am very proud to work at St. Mary’s and feel incredibly lucky that I am the Deputy Principal of such a fantastic school. Our school is known for having a welcoming and inclusive culture that values contributions from all in our community. Our professional and dedicated staff always live out the motto, ‘Every child matters, every day’. We value the partnership we have with our parent community to ensure we work together to create the best outcomes for our students. I have a real passion for technology and I enjoy my role at school as the Digital Technology Leader. I am extremely proud of the innovative way our school makes use of technology to allow our students to become creators, not just consumers. I see our students as the future leaders of our community and I am excited to see what contributions and achievements they make in society. Outside of school I love relaxing at home with my family, playing golf and football with my friends and watching Collingwood in the AFL.

Mardi Hall

Mardi Hall

Curriculum Leader

I enjoy planning with our committed staff to provide rich and authentic learning experiences for all our students across all curriculum areas.
I thoroughly enjoy my Boost role and seeing the positive reading progress and self-confidence our children achieve.
I enjoy spending time with family and extended family in Noosa.

Belinda Davies

Belinda Davies

Religious Education Leader & Year 3 Teacher

I am passionate and really privileged to be a part of the wonderful warm and welcoming community of St Mary’s. Everyday I strive to make a difference in the lives and learning of every child.
I enjoy participating in a range of sports in my spare time especially netball.

Maree McLean

Maree McLean

Business Manager

I have been at St. Mary’s School for 30 years. I have seen many changes over the years but what has always remained the same is what a amazing place it is to work.

When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family including my grandchildren.

Toni Meney

Toni Meney

Administration

The community spirit within the school makes work an enjoyable place to be.  I am in the office Monday through to Wednesday.  My job involves general office duties and various general accounting processes.  Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family.

Nola O'Shannassy

Nola O'Shannassy

Administration

I love seeing the happy faces of our students and staff every day.  My role is reception, looking after student medications, helping staff  organise Camps & Excursions and general office duties.  Away from school I enjoy camping at the river with family and friends.

Emma Brown

Emma Brown

Administration

I am lucky enough to be on the front desk at the school office.  The staff at the school are all friendly, caring and approachable, it’s a great environment to work in.  Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Ebony Free

Ebony Free

Administration Assistant

I love working in the office at St Mary’s, every day is different and I love the variety of work that comes my way.
Outside of work I love to spend time with my family, potter in the garden and cook up a storm.

Prep Teachers

Beth Caruso

Beth Caruso

Foundation Unit Leader

I love being a Foundation teacher at St. Mary’s. It’s a privilege to teach the first year of a child’s educational journey and see such growth in a fun and stimulating environment. Away from school I love spending time with family and keeping active.

Deborah Parsons

Deborah Parsons

Foundation Teacher

I love seeing the development in the Foundation students and the enthusiasm they have for learning new things. Each day is a new experience for them.
Outside school I love playing netball and watching our 4 children in their chosen sports too. I like going for walks by the river.

Rachael Smith

Rachael Smith

Foundation Teacher

Hi, I’ve worked at St. Mary’s for over 10 years & I am a past student. I’m passionate about Early Years education. Foundation is a level where you witness incredible growth in many areas, including social and emotional. I enjoy keeping active, playing netball and being with my family.

Stacey Pearse

Stacey Pearse

Foundation Teacher

My name is Stace, I am a Foundation teacher at St. Mary’s. I love getting creative and outdoor activities. My students always say their favourite thing about me is my prize box.

Ashlee Polinelli

Ashlee Polinelli

Foundation Teacher

I am a Foundation teacher at St. Mary’s Primary School. I have a strong passion for working with children, and love coming to school everyday to see the smiles on the staff, student and teachers faces. Outside of school I enjoy cooking and keeping active anyway possible.

Naomi  Bowd

Naomi Bowd

Foundation and Music Teacher

I teach Foundation and Music at our school.  I love that the children have access to a range of different musical instruments and are able to learn through Creative Arts.

Year 1/2 Teachers

Wes Harrison

Wes Harrison

Year 1-2 Unit Leader

Every year I work at St Mary’s it enables me to reflect and learn how to become a better person, teacher and leader.
The kids make each day fun and packed with learning and it’s enjoyable to be able to positively impact the lives of the young members of society.

Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith

Year 1 Teacher

I am so lucky to be working at St Mary’s along side other amazing staff and students. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends and keeping active outdoors.  

Belinda Angus

Belinda Angus

Year 1 Teacher

I love working at St. Mary’s because of the wonderful staff and students we have here- which makes everyday enjoyable.
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and being active.

Jacob Cleeland

Jacob Cleeland

Year 1 Teacher

I enjoy building positive relationships with students and getting to know them. I enjoy teaching students new ways of learning and try to make lessons fun and engaging. At home I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Gemma Watts

Gemma Watts

Year 1 Teacher

I enjoy getting to know the students and building positive relationships with the students and families at St. Mary’s. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and travelling.

Zoe  Fuller

Zoe Fuller

Year 2 Teacher

My favorite thing about working here at St Marys is being able to work with such amazing students who are so motivated to succeed in their learning. It’s also a bonus to be surrounded by such a supportive and insightful staff.

Codie Brown

Codie Brown

Year 2 Teacher

I love working at St Mary’s because it is such a supportive and dedicated work environment. I enjoy teaching the students because they are engaged and always willing to succeed in their learning.

Sarah Skinner

Sarah Skinner

Year 2 Teacher

I love St Mary’s because we get to work with amazing children and their families every day! Every day is full of fun & learning and there is so much on offer. Outside of school I love spending time with my family and catching up with friends for coffee.

Jacquelyn Forster

Jacquelyn Forster

Year 2 Teacher

I love working at St. Mary’s because of the structured programs we provide, the values we instill in our students and how each child is committed to bringing their best self to school. My child goes to St. Mary’s. I am enjoying teaching Year 2 after 4 years teaching Foundation.

Year 3/4 Teachers

Kyle  Doran

Kyle Doran

Year 3-4 Unit Leader

What I love most about St Mary’s is working alongside friendly and supportive staff. We’re extremely lucky to have such a great group of people here working together. Outside of school I like all sports and enjoy staying fit and healthy.

Daniel Cruickshank

Daniel Cruickshank

Year 3 Teacher

I love teaching at St. Mary’s and seeing the smiles on all the children’s faces each morning. I love seeing the children grow both academically and socially throughout each year.

Outside of school I really enjoy being outdoors, playing golf and going fishing and camping.

Karen Jobling

Karen Jobling

Year 3 Teacher

I’m a Year 3 teacher.  I have been at St Mary’s for 10 years in the middle and senior area.  I love  my job teaching kids at our amazing school.
Outside of school, I have 3 beautiful girls. In my free time I enjoy reading and going on walks.

Jessi Gleeson

Jessi Gleeson

Year 3 Teacher

I love St Marys because all the staff and students are welcoming, friendly and supportive. It makes building positive relationships easy!
Outside of school I love spending time with my husband and 2 children 🙂

Leighton Dullard

Leighton Dullard

Grade 3 Teacher

St Mary’s is a fantastic place to work because the staff are all very friendly and supportive and the students are respectful and willing to learning. Outside of school I am a very active person. I love most sports, some of my favourites include football, basketball, golf and snow skiing.

Teagan  Lawry

Teagan Lawry

Year 4 Teacher

I work one day permanently in year 4 and my role is shared effortlessly with my fellow year 4 Teacher.
I am a mum of 3 children, 2 of whom are currently at St Mary’s and the 3rd will be joining St Mary’s next year.

Arren Smith

Arren Smith

Year 4 Teacher

I love my job because sharing my knowledge with others is very rewarding.  Every single day we make a difference in someone’s life which goes far beyond knowledge. We inspire, support, mentor and get the chance to discover and share some of the best parts of ourselves as human beings.

Archana Patney

Archana Patney

Year 4 Teacher

This school is great because of the supportive environment. The students are a happy lot and every face has a place. I am a Rotarian and passionate about contributing and building bridges within the community. I host a radio show called ‘Harmony Hub’ to promote multicultural understanding.

Olivia  Scarce

Olivia Scarce

Year 4 Teacher

I love the supportive, energetic and dedicated staff that I work alongside here at St. Mary’s. I am lucky to have the opportunity to build such positive relationships with my students and their families. Outside of school I love spending time with family, friends and keeping active.  

Year 5/6 Teachers

Mark Bonney

Mark Bonney

Year 5-6 Unit Leader

St Mary’s is a fantastic school to work. The staff are all so welcoming and we have wonderful students who enjoy coming to school each day.
Outside of school, I love family time with my wife Kelly and son Bobby, football and fishing.

Teagan Devereux

Teagan Devereux

Yr 5 Teacher

What I love about St Mary’s is the staff and students I get to work with each day. They make it easy to look forward to coming to school. Things I enjoy doing outside of school include sport, spending time with friends and family and travelling.

Caddie Palmer

Caddie Palmer

Yr 5 Teacher

What I love about St. Mary’s is coming to school each day and working alongside my fantastic and friendly co-workers. In addition to that, I get to spend time with my bubbly and charismatic students whilst having fun, exhibiting banter and learning enthusiastically. Outside of school I love to run!

Tarsha Brady

Tarsha Brady

Yr 5 Teacher

St. Mary’s is a supportive and vibrant school to work at. I enjoy being able to work closely with the students and the wider school community. The school’s focus and journey to improve sustainability makes for exciting times ahead.

Annalie  Gilmour

Annalie Gilmour

Yr 5 Teacher

I love seeing all the friendly students and staff on Tuesdays when I teach.
Outside of school I love spending time with my family, exercising (mainly running) and reading books.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

Year 6 Teacher

I love being a classroom teacher as I get to interact with my students on a daily basis. I love seeing their smiling faces as they walk through the door and greet me with a ‘Good Morning Mr A!’

As most students know, I love running!!

Deanne Dacey

Deanne Dacey

Year 6 Teacher

I love teaching at St.Mary’s because it is like a big family.  Everyone cares for the children in our school and the staff care about one another.
Outside of school I enjoy going for walks and playing with my dog Gertie.

Corey Daniels

Corey Daniels

Year 6 Teacher

I love working in a school that is community orientated environment where everyone supports each other. Teaching in Year 6 is great with a wonderful team of teachers. It is great building relationships with the students and seeing them blossom. Outside of school I enjoy playing sports.

Specialised Teachers

Sonia Kelly

Sonia Kelly

Italian Teacher

I love teaching Italian at St. Mary’s as the students are so enthusiastic to learn about another language and culture and I get to witness the progress they make along the way.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as reading and walking.

Renita Holyoak

Renita Holyoak

Italian Teacher

I love teaching Italian because I began learning Italian at St. Mary’s as a student. I am privileged to teach another language because it goes beyond the classroom, it connects the students with the local community, another country, another culture.
I also love to cook for my family at home.

Barb Croft

Barb Croft

Italian Teacher

I really enjoy learning about the Italian language and culture and how enthusiastic our students are about their learning. Outside of school I love spending time with my family, especially our beautiful grand children and relaxing!

Janine Dow

Janine Dow

Visual Arts Teacher

Teaching Art at St Mary’s is a joy.  Every student that enters the Art room is enthusiastic and excited.  I get so much pleasure witnessing the pride in students faces on completion of an art piece.
Outside of school I love exercising and watching my four boys play sport.

Annemaree Stacey

Annemaree Stacey

Visual Arts Teacher

I teach Visual Arts from Foundation to Grade 4. I love teaching art. I believe that art speaks all languages, there are no barriers. When not at school I like to spend time in the garden with my succulent collection.

Kate Dunstan

Kate Dunstan

Music Teacher

Music is my lifelong passion. I love working at our school seeing young people develop their musical and creative skills.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, exercising and walking our dogs.

Sarah Clark

Sarah Clark

PE Teacher

I love that the children at St Mary’s are enthusiastic about PE. It is a great feeling knowing when I come to work each day the children love being active and are keen to learn in PE.
I love playing Golf and Tennis and seeing my dog in Melbourne.

Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson

Library Technician

I’ve been working at St. Mary’s for fifteen years, I have three sons. I love coming to school everyday and seeing all of the children and their happy faces. We are so lucky to work in a school that has such an amazing staff and beautiful grounds.

Bern  Mahon

Bern Mahon

Instructional Coach / Boost Teacher

St. Mary’s has been a part of my life for nearly 25 years – I love the beautiful and calming school grounds and the kind, hardworking inclusive staff. To see children progress in their reading is a joy. My Leisure pursuits include walking,cooking and Richmond/Tigers!!

Andrea Woodburn

Andrea Woodburn

Boost Teacher

Being a Boost teacher at St Mary’s Primary School allows me to support children with their reading to help them develop the skills needed to become confident, independent readers.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and my two beautiful girls.

Denise Jordan

Denise Jordan

Instructional Coach / Boost Teacher

I enjoy my role as I get to work in many different areas of the school, along side staff as well as individually with children. I enjoy watching their confidence grow, their skills develop and building strong relationships built around trust.

Lauren Martin

Lauren Martin

Roving Teacher

I am a roving teacher at St Mary’s and I enjoy my role as I get to work with students of all levels at various times. It is very rewarding. Outside of school I love to play Netball and spend time with my family.

Melita Sartori

Melita Sartori

Casual Relief Teacher

I love the warm feeling that I get when I’m at St Mary’s. The passionate staff and the friendly and respectful students help to create this. Most of all though I have lots of fun!

Ginny Gook

Ginny Gook

Learning Diversity and Wellbeing Leader

I enjoy my role of being able to work with an amazing group of teachers and support staff to provide the best learning outcomes for children. Outside of school I love to read, relax and watch my ‘Blue boys’. My greatest joy is spending time with my three beautiful grandchildren.

Classroom Support Assistants

Brenda Ford

Brenda Ford

Wellbeing Support

I love the diversity of my position and the relationships I have the opportunity to build with students. Helping children feel positive about themselves and their learning.
I love catching up with family and friends, gardening, yoga, being in nature, kayaking and reading.

Jordan Morris

Jordan Morris

Wellbeing Support

I enjoy being apart of the St Mary’s community because of the friendly staff and students i see each day. I love being in the Wellbeing team and supporting children to be their best.
When I’m not at St Mary’s I love to spend time with my family and friends.

Krishell Wilson

Krishell Wilson

Wellbeing Support

I love being able to support children in finding their inner strength and calmness whilst on their schooling journey. Outside of school I am a yoga teacher and mum to 3 busy children.

Melinda Evans

Melinda Evans

Learning Support Officer

I enjoy support the child the who struggle  with any aspect of education. My main passion is helping kids read, it’s so important. Being with my kids, gardening and walking.

Maureen Kennon

Maureen Kennon

Learning Support Officer

I love working at St Mary’s with a fantastic staff and wonderful, inquisitive children. I really enjoy supporting students in the classroom and also taking small groups in literacy and numeracy.
Outside of work, I enjoy walking my dog  and spending time with my family especially my precious granddaughter Posie.

Anna Hobson

Anna Hobson

Learning Support Officer

I love working in this friendly learning  environment with all these bunch of lovely students. Having the ability to help the students and witnessing their growth is most exciting thing for me.

Danielle Hedley

Danielle Hedley

Learning Support Officer

I am very fortunate to be apart of the St Mary’s family, I get the opportunity to develop my skills whilst sharing a school day with some extraordinary children! I also get to work with other inspirational educators.

Outside of school I love hanging with my family.

Trudy Travaglia

Trudy Travaglia

Canteen Manager

I work in the canteen at St Mary’s. I love working with the people and kids that help out each day. When I’m not at school you’ll find me in my garden.

Aileen  Wait

Aileen Wait

Learning Support Officer

As a LSO in Foundation I feel privileged to work with students beginning their educational journey.  My position is to support students in their learning and it is wonderful to see their smiling faces and eagerness to learn.  I love being a grandmother, growing roses and photography.

Yvonne Kelley

Yvonne Kelley

Learning Support Officer

I love working with children and helping them to learn and grow into positive, caring and independent individuals with their own talents and ideas.
Outside of school I enjoy walking my dogs and spending time with my family.

Renee Hirst

Renee Hirst

Learning Support Officer

As an LSO I enjoy building strong relationships with children and their families. I love the sense of belonging and the community spirit that St Mary’s embodies. I respect and value how the school accepts and caters for all children and their own unique way of learning.

Judy Nietvelt

Judy Nietvelt

Learning Support Officer

I have been extremely lucky for the last 10 years to have been working with such a supportive and positive team, and wonderful kids
Apart from work I love spending time in my yard attending to my menagerie of animals, and Knitting,crocheting, many other kinds of arts and crafts.

Jo Kick

Jo Kick

Learning Support Officer

I love working with the children and watching them grow smarter every day!
And I love cooking them toast in the mornings at brekky club !! Love going for a walk with my friends.

Kerrie Seymour

Kerrie Seymour

Learning Support Officer

St. Mary’s is truly a wonderful place to work. I am grateful to be apart of a team of dedicated and caring staff, that work collaboratively to ensure all children reach their full potential. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Katrina Conway

Katrina Conway

Learning Support Officer

I love working as an LSO at St Mary’s because I work within a motivated team, who are dedicated to each childs individual learning needs.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors and reading.  

Janelle Hogan

Janelle Hogan

Learning Support Officer

St Mary’s is a fantastic school, it’s culture is a great reflection in the way the teachers, LSO and staff members work together and provide a positive environment for the students to learn.  Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and friends and hitting up the golf course.

Chaz Talboys

Chaz Talboys

Learning Support Officer

Currently studying to be a teacher and I am working as an LSO. I know that everyday I am helping to mold and shape students lives in some small way. You are constantly helping to broaden their minds, so that they can think in new ways.

Jenna Jenkins

Jenna Jenkins

Learning Support Officer

I love working at St Mary’s because I am surrounded by dedicated, encouraging staff who want the best for everyone in our school community. Outside of school I enjoy spending time outdoors with my friends and family.

Burton Roberts

Burton Roberts

Learning Support Officer

I really like working with the kids in the school, and I find that the job itself is quite rewarding and challenging at the same time. I like working with the friends that I have made in the school also.

Dung Mai

Dung Mai

Learning Support Officer

I love to help children those find challenge in their studying. It is so happy to see their improvement each time I meet them.
Out of the school side, I love to do gardening or travelling with my family.

Joanne  Rogers

Joanne Rogers

Learning Support Officer

I am a busy mum of 3 boys. I love to spend time with my family doing many things. I enjoy walking, going to the gym and baking.   I feel very lucky to be working  as a learning support officer,  watching children learn and grow more with every day.

Hui Ping  Tan

Hui Ping Tan

Learning Support Officer

My name is Ping and this is my first year being a learning support officer. The part I like most about my job is how I can help lead the students down the right path. It brings me great joy seeing them improve and grow to be better people.

Rose  Waterson

Rose Waterson

Learning Support Officer

My role is helping Vietnamese students to improve their language in particular and support other children in class. I love seeing the children to improve with their learning and built a good relationship with them.

Outside school, I love to work in the garden and go out for walks.

Rachel Moroney

Rachel Moroney

Learning Support Officer

St Mary’s Primary School is a wonderful place to work and I am thankful to work alongside a friendly and supportive staff.  I enjoy helping students learn and seeing them succeed. I enjoy cooking new things and spending time with family and friends.

Shandilee Nicholas

Shandilee Nicholas

Learning Support Officer

I am a mother of a beautiful little girl and I love animals and working with children. I started at St. Mary’s as an LSO this year in Foundation Blue and Green. I love my job because it is very rewarding seeing the children progress in their learning.  

Julie Croton

Julie Croton

Learning Support Officer

I love being able to assist children in the learning process, seeing growth and reaching their goals. I love spending time with my family members, playing scrabble and words games on my I pad.

Mary Eade

Mary Eade

Learning Support Officer

I really enjoy helping the children learn and succeed. It is rewarding to see the children achieve their goals. At home I enjoy cooking, travelling and having fun with my family.

Susan Domaille

Susan Domaille

Technology Support

I enjoy it when the kids come and talk to you about their day etc and I like to see the kids playing together and I enjoy the work I do.

Tim O'Sullivan

Tim O'Sullivan

Grounds & Maintenance

I have worked at St. Mary’s for five years. I take pride in maintaining the surrounds of our school. I’m lucky I get to see my grandchildren attend here each day along with my daughter. I barrack for Geelong, enjoy being outdoors, water skiing, motorbike riding and restoring classic cars.

John Taylor

John Taylor

Maintenance

I like getting to know the students and teachers, it’s a good atmosphere to work in, and helping out the staff.
I like fishing, being with family and friends, and being on the river.

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