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Jayka Bugay

Hi there! I’m Jayka (aka Jayka-sensei) and I am the Japanese language educator for St.  John’s. I taught as an English teacher in Japan for five years from 2010-2015 (humblebrag) and did the typical Aussie working holiday in the UK from 2015-2017.


These experiences taught me how to get out of my shell, find my confidence and to find my love of learning. This inevitably led me to pursue my love of sharing experiences and knowledge with others by completing my Masters of Teaching at Victoria University.


I look forward to continuing to uphold St John’s philosophy of teaching to educate young people with hope, openness, curiosity and enthusiasm.

Educator (Japanese)

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Helen Gofron

Educator (Performing Arts)

Hello, my name is Helen, and this is my first-year teaching Performing Arts at St. John’s, but I am not new to the school, as this is the school I attended during my own Primary School years.

I am married with three children, Ben who works as a Civil Engineer, Alice who is a very busy Podiatrist and Daniel who has recently graduated in Applied Science of Surveying.  I also have a 12-year-old Spoodle named Sandy whose favourite pastime activities are sleeping and eating!


My spare time is usually filled with music of some sort whether it is attending a musical production or the opera, or just listening to musicals or folk music while doing the mundane housework.  My first love is stage musicals.  I also sing with a local women’s choir called the Grace Notes Singers.


I have a strong passion for all areas of teaching, especially music education in the primary years as it opens the child’s mind to creative thought and developing their imagination for their own health and wellbeing. I am very enthusiastic in everything I teach and believe in creating a nurturing environment for all to learn, bringing the best out of each child. 

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Bess Naughtin

Educator (Innovation)

Hi! I’m Bess and I teach Innovation, which is a STEAM specialist subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics).


I’ve always taught in schools that value play and project-based learning and I’ve always had an interest in design and digital technologies, so being the Innovation teacher at a school like St John’s really is a dream job for me! I love animating, movie-making, designing, building, tinkering, coding and 3D printing and it brings me so much joy to be able to share these interests and skills with the kids at St John’s.  


I’m a Wefo local and feel very lucky to live and work in this amazing community.  If I’m not in the Innovation Hub, I’m probably with my 4 boys (1 husband + 3 sons) or working with Marty at Inform & Empower Cyber Safety Education. 


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.

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Kelly-Anne Edgar

Educator (Physical Education)

Hello, I’m Kelly and I am really excited and grateful to be joining the St John’s community in 2022. It has been a rewarding experience conducting relief teaching during term 1 at St John’s, getting to know the children and staff and I am really looking forward to working as the Sports Educator and a 3/ 4 Educator on Mondays . I believe that children should be at the centre of their learning and I aim to create a safe, engaging and nurturing learning environment for all students to thrive. As a graduate teacher I can’t wait to expand my teaching knowledge and practice and learn from the amazing St John’s community.


Prior to teaching I have had various experience in educator roles in Melbourne and overseas. As a gymnastics coach, I have had the opportunity to train gymnasts of all ages to increase their physical health and motor skill development. Whilst living in New York City, I had the opportunity to educate the public on the ecological and public health importance of street trees and green spaces within the city, when I was working in the department's forestry department.


When I’m not teaching  I enjoy painting, playing beach volleyball,  hiking and exploring the great outdoors! I am also passionate about travelling and experiencing different cultures.

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Maria Natoli

Educator (The Arts)

Hi, my name is Maria and I’m really excited to be working with the community here at St. John’s again in 2022.  I have worked as a specialist music teacher for many years here in Melbourne and also in Brisbane, and I am extremely passionate about children having the opportunity to experience the arts in a variety of ways.


Previously at St. John’s, I have undertaken the roles of Music Specialist and Atelierista, however this year I will be doing something a little different, and working within the hubs during Term 1 to bring some of my artistic flair into the classrooms! I will then be taking long service leave for the remainder of the year, where I hope to spend time with my family interstate and also maybe squeeze in some travel.


If I’ve learnt anything from the last few years it’s to remain flexible at all times, so who knows what I’ll get up to!!