GEMMA GOODYEAR

I love my role at St John’s. I believe the role of the Principal is such a privilege and honour, your children amaze me with the discoveries they make, the wonderings they have and the questions they raise. Everyday I learn more about my own faith and the many faiths represented at St John’s. I am passionate about responding to the world we live in and I am eager not to repeat the past. I had a great experience at school however the traditional model I experienced would simply fail our children in today’s day and age.  When I went to school we all had a table and chair and we all learnt the same thing at the same time. The world has changed and every experience requires greater problem solving, initiative, people to think outside the box and we need inventors.. We need creators and thinkers beyond compliance. Through this we continue to strongly focus on Social and Emotional needs of children in this fast paced world. Capabilities to learn is always our first consideration.

I love to spend time with my family (Chris, LJ, Winnie, Lex and Isla). I love to read books and I spend many hours cooking with my children. My children all enjoy sports and outdoor activities therefore our car is on the road most weekends.

HAYLEY LEE

Hello everyone, my name is Hayley and I am thrilled to be joining the team at St John’s in 2017 as the Physical Education Teacher. I will be working at St John’s every Thursday and Friday.

I have worked as a Classroom Teacher and Physical Education Specialist since 1998 and I love working with children. My passion is sport and physical activity and I love playing netball, mountain bike riding, swimming and running. I look forward to working with all the students at St John’s and hope to develop in each of the children, a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.

On the weekends, I love spending quality time with my family visiting parks, riding bikes and swimming. We love going on holidays in our caravan and recently travelled around Australia. My husband, Brendan is a Firefighter with the MFB and we have three children, Chelsea, Olivia and Jackson.

I look forward to meeting all the children and parents at St John’s and I know 2017 is going to be a fantastic year!

NATALIE BROWN

My role at St John’s is the Special Needs Leader. I strive to make sure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. My key learning interests are Special Education and Student Wellbeing. I love to watch children being creative and curious about their learning.

I get great pleasure in meeting and learning about all the families at St John’s and feel privileged to work in such a multi-cultural community. I have two boys, Harrison who is 11 and Lachlan who is 10. They are involved in a lot of sports, therefore my husband, Cameron and I keep very active in our attempt to keep up with them. We love holidays, anywhere! My favourite part of the day is an early morning run on the beach. I love the ocean.

RITA TOTINO

One year on, I still feel very fortunate and privileged to be working in such a beautiful school community such as St John’s. My role as Learning and Teaching Leader/ Deputy Principal affords me opportunities to work with friendly and passionate leaders who strive to cultivate a learning culture which promotes inquiry, confidence, curiosity, collaboration, communication, discovery and creativity. Learning is such a wonderful gift and is endless – there is so much to learn, so much to explore. The ability and freedom that we have to do this together is such a marvelous experience. I look forward to continuing this journey with everyone in 2017.

My leisure time for me is important. I love to listen to an eclectic mix of music and regularly attend gigs. My ‘squad’ (aka nephews) are great company. I enjoy walks – especially near the bush or sea.  My family and friends are also significant people in my life – I love to spend time with them.

CAROL HENDERSON

Hi, my name’s Carol Henderson and I’m the St John’s farm teacher. I’m part of Cultivating Community (www.cultivatingcommunity.org.au), I run 2 other school food garden programs and think I have the best job in the world.

I love sharing discovery, creativity and food in the garden. In my spare time I play the fiddle and enjoy spending time with friends, family and our 3 chickens. I’m looking forward to working with the children and community of St John’s to design and build an amazing new farm. (Tuesdays in 2016; Wednesdays in 2017)

KATHRYN TAYLOR

I was lucky enough to join the Staff at St John’s in March 2011. I previously worked at a large Catholic secondary college and prior to that worked at the Catholic Education Office for 13 years. The transition to a small primary school has been a wonderful experience.

I feel as an Administration Officer/Bursar in a smaller school, I am able to have a close relationship with staff, the children and their families. The size of our lovely school enables everyone to know each other on a more personal level which feels more like a family. St John’s is a multi-cultural school which I feel adds a special dimension to our community and allows us to embrace differing beliefs, cultures and traditions.

My husband David and I have two daughters and a son. We are also very fortunate to have three wonderful grandchildren. We enjoy spending time with our extended family, going to the football, spending time on the Bellarine Peninsula and having family holidays.

It has been very exciting welcoming the 2017 Prep children and their families to St John’s. The excitement and enthusiasm the children have is wonderful.

MARIA NATOLI

Hi, my name is Maria and I’ll be joining the St. John’s team in 2017 as a Specialist Music/Arts teacher. You’ll see me around on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

I have worked as a specialist music teacher in Brisbane as well as here in Melbourne at St. Monica’s, Footscray. When I moved to Melbourne in 2010, I decided to explore another creative passion I had, and studied gold and silversmithing. Since then, I’ve been designing and making contemporary jewellery in addition to teaching which keeps me busy but I love it!  I’m really looking forward to working with the children at St. John’s, and sharing my passion for the arts with them!

On the weekend, my husband and I love exploring the city and enjoying the many exhibitions, festivals and music events that Melbourne has on offer. I also enjoy making friends with all the cats in my neighborhood!

ANGELA FLINT

My name is Angela and I am returning to St. John’s in 2017 after having some family leave to care for our baby son Cameron. My husband Wayne and I are the parents of three boys, two of which, Thomas and James, will be attending St. John’s too!

I look forward to continuing my teaching and learning journey at this wonderful school which has been part of my life for 13 years! I love to laugh and discover and look forward to doing this with the amazing children, staff and parents of St. John’s.

Bring on 2017!!

ASHLEE OWEN

My name is Ashlee Owen. In 2017 I will be returning to St. John’s after having a year off on Maternity Leave. At the end of 2015 I had a son, Connor who has been keeping me busy especially now that he has just learnt to walk! My husband Brendan and I are just so in love with him. On weekends we enjoy visiting family and friends and spending time outdoors. We love camping and trips to the beach.

Like the children at St. John’s, I have a love of learning. I recently completed a Master of Education (Wellbeing and Inclusive Schooling) which deepened my understanding of the importance of social and emotional learning alongside academic learning. I’m passionate about helping children to learn and practise resilience, positivity, problem solving and good relationship skills.

I look forward to working with the children and families at St. John’s in 2017.

VIN HALLORAN

My name is Vin Halloran.

My wife, Therese and I have had nine children. They are all grown up now and we have seven grandchildren. We love sitting around talking about our kids. Having a family is the best thing we have done.

I love coming to St. John’s school because it is like having a second family. The children have fun while they learn and I have fun helping them to learn.

I am looking forward to a new group of children in 2017.

Please feel free to talk with me about your child at any time.

I love being a teacher because the children continue to grow happily and I am there to assist.

CINDY MCNAIR

My name is Cindy Mcnair.

And I am an Learning Support Officer in the grade 5/6 rooms. I have been fortunate to be apart of the St Johns Family for the past 3 years. This year I will be taking maternity leave and welcoming my baby girl in June.

I enjoy working in the garden, taking the dogs to the beach, adventuring with my husband and exploring the country side.

Although I will miss the grade 5/6 students this year I am looking forward to beginning a new adventure.

KAHLI SCHRODER

Hi, my name is Kahli Schroder and I am one of the grade 1/2 teachers, I am also a member of the leadership team fulfilling the role as Mathematics learning and teaching leader. I commenced at St. John’s Primary School as a graduate teacher in 2011 and have loved teaching and learning from the students ever since. I’m very excited about what 2017 has to bring, new learnings, new relationships and lots of fun. I have a love of learning and am currently undertaking my Masters of Educational Leadership at ACU. I’m consistently researching new and exciting ways to educate the students I teach.

With three brothers, I have grown up in a very active family and have only just recently joined the women’s circus in Footscray. I love taking on challenges and trying new things, an approach I encourage my students to embrace in order for them to make the most out of taking calculated risks in their learning journey.

LAUREN DAVIS

Hello new friends, my name is Lauren Davis and I am excited to join the St. John’s family this year as a Prep teacher.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to play, learn, talk and have fun together! This will be my eighth year of learning and teaching with Junior students and I am very excited to get started. I am a highly passionate educator who lives to inspire students to follow their interests and instill a lifelong love of learning.

I am currently halfway through my Masters of Education, and thoroughly enjoy the challenge, as well as reading and implementing research founded by inspiring educators. 2016 was a wonderful year for all of us in Footscray and beyond, celebrating our beloved Doggies snatching the Premiership Cup! I was fortunate enough to be in New York at the time and loved watching every minute. Go Doggies!!!

When I find myself with some extra time, I tend to spend it with family and friends, listening to music, travelling, watching Survivor and getting outdoors in the sun.

It is such an exciting opportunity for me to be involved in St. John’s innovative style of education. Family partnerships are very important to me, so I look forward to meeting each of you this year and getting involved in our community events.

PAM MANSER

Hi, I’m Pam Manser, I have been teaching at St John’s since 1988. I have worked with many great teachers and students over this time. I have had many different roles as well, Teacher/Librarian and Reading Recovery Teacher are just a few.  2017 is the start of a new beginning for me at St John’s. I am part of the Discovery Community … working as Gr ½ Class Teacher on a Wednesday and also as the Reading Discovery Teacher on other days.There are many things I like to do on weekends. I enjoy reading, walking, fishing, gardening, watching the doggies and collecting …. but most of all I like to spend time with my family … my husband Rob and my son Glenn.

KERRIE HARTMANN

Hi my name is Kerrie Hartmann and I am one of the student support officers at St John’s. I have been a part of the St John’s team for nearly 12 years. I love working with and being a part of each childs’ wonderful achievements.

My husband Andy and I have three children Jake, Emma and Luke. I enjoy playing tennis, hand rearing the babies of my beautiful parrots and mostly spending time with my family.

CHEVON LOPEZ

Hello, my name is Chevon Lopez and I am very excited to be a part of the St. John’s school community. I’m looking forward to a great year and I can’t wait to meet my students and their families.

When I’m not busy teaching, you can find me relaxing by the beach or in the park reading a good book or doing some Yoga. I spend most of time with my family, close friends and my very cheeky dog (Morgan). As a teacher, I’m passionate about helping students to achieve individual success by achieving their own personal learning goals.

I look forward to working with my students to foster their interests and passions so that they have learning experiences that are memorable and meaningful!

MARY CORBINO

Hello, my name is Mary and I work as a Student Support Officer at St John’s. I love being part of St John’s team as I enjoy working alongside so many beautiful and dedicated colleagues as well as all the amazing students.

I am married to Rocky and we have two incredible children: Liana & Sam.

We love spending time together cooking and making home made pizzas in Rocky’s woodfire oven.

I look forward to another wonderful and successful year at St John’s.

JACKIE SCHOBER

Hi everyone, my name is Jackie. I am so excited to be joining the St John’s family this year as a learning support officer. You will find me in the 5/6 area with Kate and Michele, part-time. I am also studying a Masters of Primary Teaching at Swinburne University to become a teacher.

In my spare time, I love to be with my family: my husband Mick, and our two children, Laila and Dash. We also have a naughty puppy called Willie who eats everything in sight and keeps us very busy! As a family, we like to have fun, travel and listen to music – Dash’s favourite is rock!

THUSHARI SENARATH

I have been very fortunate to be apart of the St. Johns community as a Learning Support Officer since 2014.

My husband Diran and I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters Taneesha and Kiara.

I enjoy going on holiday to Sri Lanka to spend quality time with our families, be pampered and have the freedom to do things I like!

I am excited to be apart of the P-2 Team and look forward to a challenging and rewarding year ahead.

KATE JOHNSTON

Hi, my name is Kate Johnston. I feel very fortunate to be part of the St John’s team again this year as one of the grade 5 & 6 teachers. I look forward to getting to know my new students, and being a part of their learning journey. There are many exciting new things happening in the senior school this year, including the introduction of the innovation hub “where ideas come to life.” I am SUPER keen to pull up my sleeves and get involved!

As well as being a teacher, I am also a mum to 3 little kids – Ben, Jack and Rosie. We are a noisy, energetic family with diverse personalities. When we are all together, we love being outdoors, playing sport, listening to music and watching movies.

LESLEY WHEELER

Learning and teaching languages has always been a huge part of my life and who I am. I am bilingual in English and Irish Gaelic and also speak French, German and Japanese.

I studied Japanese in University and also lived in Japan for 3 years. I recently completed a postgraduate certificate in modern language teaching in Melbourne University which I loved.

I love the challenge of learning languages and also making connections between languages. This is something that the students in St. John’s are incredibly good at. So many of our students speak multiple languages and I love when students make connections between Japanese and languages that they speak and share those with the class. It has been proven that speaking an additional language improves the functionality of the brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning and communicate in different language systems. This might explain why our students in St. John’s are just so so clever!!

My family and I moved from Ireland to Melbourne nearly 8 years ago when the youngest of our three children was just 3 months old. We feel incredibly blessed to have found such a diverse and welcoming community here in West Footscray where we live. We are a very active family and are involved in the local basketball and rugby clubs. We love camping and have also embraced sailing in the past few years.

I love teaching at St. John’s.