Emily Conroy


It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new Principal of St John’s starting in 2022. I look forward to meeting existing families and welcoming new families to the community. Like you I was drawn to the St John’s community because of all the wonderful things that are happening in the school and match what I believe and am most passionate about in education.


I have worked in Catholic Education for over 20 years and have held various leadership roles since 2007. I see my role as Principal of St John’s as being an opportunity to foster strong school, family and Parish connectedness in living our school vision to  ‘Walk Together in Light’ through faith, family engagement and social awareness. I believe students need to be at the core of all decisions. We need to know and understand them as a person and a learner to drive what we do as teachers, leaders and as a school. Listening, observing and interacting with students gives us the direction and data that we need to engage and grow them. It is our job to know and understand what each child is entitled to and be able to differentiate so that all students achieve growth academically as well as socially, emotionally and spiritually.


I look forward to learning and embracing St John’s story and it’s connectedness to the Faith, Bunjil and the Sisters of St Joseph. I also look forward to learning about your family’s stories and celebrating how together we form a vibrant Catholic community.


In my time away from work I love to spend time with my family, particularly my nieces and nephews. I love going out for brunch, bush walks and watching sport particularly my beloved Tigers! After the last 2 years I am looking forward to 2022 being the year we can begin living again with a fresh start and appreciation for the all things we value most.

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Karen Dodemaide

Co-Deputy Principal Wellbeing Leader

Hello St. John's Community. I am delighted to be joining the staff of St. John's School in 2022 in the role of Co-Deputy Principal and Wellbeing.  For the last four years I have been a Religious Education Leader; a role I have enjoyed immensely. I have been an educator for 30 years and I feel very privileged to have supported children to achieve their personal learning goals; developing the skills, knowledge and learning dispositions they need to help them grow and flourish. Promoting children’s voice and active engagement through a child centered approach, is a core belief that drives me as an educator.  Creating conditions that support the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all is integral to learning success.


I am a lifelong learner and I have a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. I have also recently been undertaking postgraduate study in Religious Education. I look forward to working in partnership with all families, celebrating the richness and diversity of this wonderful community in the light of its 100 year old story. In the role of Wellbeing Leader, I am particularly focussed on supporting children, staff and families as we re-establish a sense of connection, which has been significantly disrupted over these past two years of the pandemic. I look forward to learning the St. John's way and sharing all that I have to offer. Through our positive and respectful relationships, we may be the light of Christ for one another. 


In my time away from work, I can usually be found on a boundary line, courtside or on a pool deck.  I am the proud mother of three very sporty children and it gives me great joy to see them all live life to the full. My happy place is my garden which has become a lovely, calming and mindful hobby. Having grown up in North Footscray, I am also a proud Western Bulldogs fan.

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Lauren Davis

Co-Deputy Principal Pedagogical coach - Maths

Hello, my name is Lauren and I am very fortunate to continue to be a part of this learning community in 2022. Over the past 6 years, I have had the privilege of taking on many different roles within the school, including Prep educator, Learning and Teaching Leader, Numeracy Leader, Deputy Principal and during the end of last year as Acting Principal. I have a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and am highly passionate about relationships and the development of people (including myself!).


The St. John’s community is a place where we are able to live out our values of learning through play and projects, using children’s interests to drive learning experiences, developing character traits and learning dispositions, all while building strong relationships between all stakeholders. The St. John’s environment has played a huge part in shaping me into the educator I am today, and I am very grateful to be learning with and from the staff, families and children in 2022.


When I’m at home, you’ll find me reading, gardening and playing with Billy, my two year old son. You will often find us down the coast during holidays, exploring the beach and being with nature. Our family is excitedly awaiting the arrival of a brother or sister for Billy in April/May 2022.

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Mitch Hayes

Faith/RE Leader
3/4 Hub ​Educator

Hello! My name’s Mitch, and I am the RE/ Faith leader for 2022, a role I feel extremely honored to uphold for our wonderful community. I am St John’s unrivaled Pokemon specialist, a devout Collingwood supporter, and a Nintendo Switch enthusiast. I have a passion for fitness and health, and can be commonly sighted waking up at the inhumane hour of 4:30am, heading to the gym each morning. 

Pictured above is my incredible family: my mum Kyme and my dad Rob, my older brother Rohan, his beautiful daughter Aisla, and my younger sister Rochelle. I feel incredibly blessed to be part of a family where humour, individuality and love thrives.

I feel unbelievably grateful to be in a role where I continually learn and grow, and even luckier to be part of a community I have called 'home’ for the past 6 years. I also feel so privileged to have a passion for what I do: for teaching and learning, and fostering relationships with children. It is with enormous pleasure that I welcome you into a community where we celebrate and acknowledge the uniqueness and flair of every walk of life.

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Chevon Adamidis

Learning & Teaching Leader

Hi!  My name is Chevon and I have had the privilege of being a part of the St. John’s family for the past six years! I have loved being a part of the school’s journey and am proud to work in a setting that continually places ‘children at the centre’. I have had the joy of taking on many roles at St.John’s and in 2022, I will be the Learning and Teaching Leader. I am passionate about re-imagining what success at school looks like for our learners.  I look forward to leading our educators in empowering our children to achieve growth in their learning; and providing our children with  abundant opportunities to discover and explore their own curiosities.


When I am not at St.John’s, you will most likely find me on walks with my husband, Johnny, and my son, George…or out and about enjoying a coffee with my close friends!


I look forward to reconnecting with all of our lovely families and getting to know our newest community members.

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Daniela De Luca

Pedagogical Coach of Literacy 

Hi St John’s community! 


I’m excited to once again be part of this vibrant and beautiful community in 2022. Working in Education is an absolute privilege. To witness the delight of children’s discovery and the wonder of their curiosity every day, is a true gift. St John’s is more than just a school, it is a feeling; and one you cannot describe in words, thanks to the unique stories that are woven into this rich tapestry of our school. 


I find joy in spending time with family and friends, dining at the many restaurants and cafes on offer in Melbourne, cooking and baking (I’ve mastered the art of sourdough making this year!), and exploring our wonderful city, State, country and planet! 2022 will be an exciting year for my little family, with my eldest, Vivienne starting Prep, and my youngest, Julian starting kinder!

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Ashlee Owen

Learning Diversity Coach

Hi St. John’s! 


My name is Ashlee and I feel so privileged to have been a part of the St. John’s community for the last 13 years. I also grew up in West Footscray and feel so connected to the people and places of the area. 


In 2022 I will be taking on the role of Learning Diversity Coach, supporting our diverse learners, their families and our educators in ensuring that all children experience success in their learning. I have a Masters of Education in Wellbeing and Inclusive Schools and I love being able to learn new things everyday alongside our children at st. John’s. 


My husband and I have two little boys, Connor and Jake. We love spending time together as a family - caravanning, visiting the beach and spending lots of time in our backyard, playing and gardening. I also love baking (sweet things), walking around the Maribyrnong River and catching up on a good Podcast!


Mairead  Doherty

Educator (Visual Arts)
P-2 Maths Leader

Hello! My name is Mairead and I joined the St John’s team in term 2 this year as a Visual Arts educator and Prep to Grade 2 Maths leader. I’m very excited to join such a warm and welcoming community.


My teaching philosophy is built on the values of respect, inclusion and equity. My approach ensures children are at the centre of all learning experiences. I try to create a safe learning environment that encourages children to become critical and creative thinkers. I believe our goal as educators is to support children in their learning journey so that they can grow in their understanding of themselves and the world around them.


When I am not at St John’s I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, visiting places around our lovely state, country and world as well as eating lots of the delicious food our city has to offer. I love creating pottery in my home studio and have a very small online business.


I am looking forward to meeting more of the families in the St John’s community.