GEMMA GOODYEAR - PRINCIPAL
Hello, my name is Gemma Goodyear. I feel very proud to be in the position of Principal at St John’s. The St John’s community is one I feel very blessed to be part of, it is vibrant, exciting and a fun place to learn. The staff here are amazing – they are committed to trying new ways, to work from evidence and student data and they constantly ensure engagement is high. I love watching their passions and how they co construct learning to ensure targeted and fun learning occurs for all. I am very passionate about students working with in their passion areas through project based learning. I am currently completing a Phd in Education – my research is around student and teacher voice. In my life away from St John’s I enjoy time with my husband Chris and our children. Together as a family we love going on holidays – enjoying new sights, new experiences and playing lots of games.
AOIFE MC CARTHY - DEPUTY PRINCIPAL / FAITH LEADER
Hi everyone, my name is Aoife Mc Carthy and I am privileged to be the Deputy Principal and Faith Leader at St John’s. I love the positive vibes and sense of community that exists in our school and I’m really looking forward to being with everyone in 2020. I’m currently studying a Masters in Student Wellbeing, which I’m finding invaluable in my role. My husband Cameron and I love to travel, particularly to my home in Ireland where all of my family live, including my five wonderful nephews. When I am not busy reading you will find me in the park with my rescue dogs, Ciara and Tara, and their gang of four legged friends.
DANIELA DELUCA - LITERACY/NUMERACY LEADER
Hi everyone! My name is Daniela and I am incredibly honoured to be part of the wonderful community of St John’s! I have returned from maternity leave after having my darling son, Julian; brother to his older, vivacious sister, Vivienne. I was born in Portugal, and lived for several years in Footscray when I first moved to Australia from four years of age. I have many fond memories of this wonderful suburb, and am excited to once again be part of this community. My family is my world, and I am at my happiest when exploring new places and creating memories with my children and husband, Adrian. We are self-confessed foodies and love to try new cafes and restaurants or cook up a storm at home for family and friends.
It was obvious from the moment I walked the grounds of St John’s that the children are the heart and soul of this beautiful school. I’m so very excited to work alongside the passionate staff in our collective efforts to ensure no child in our care is left behind.
HALEY O’MEARA - ATELIERISTA
My name is Haley O’Meara, I am looking forward to returning to St Johns in 2020 & working with all grades in the role of Atelierista. The children & I will be able to explore the hundred languages of learning & expression through ongoing projects including painting, sculpture, photography and drawing to name a few.
I will also be working with 9-12 year olds over at the Farm where we will be exploring indigenous perspectives while engaging with place.
My husband Ryan is a firefighter with the MFB & we have 3 daughters Grace 12, Piper 10 & Lily 7 & a Cavoodle named Alfie so our family life is busy!
We enjoy spending time with friends & family, exploring the Macedon Ranges, gardening, travelling & going to the theatre.
LIEN BARNABAS - First Year of School Teacher
My name is Lien and I am excited to be part of the Prep team in 2020. I am looking forward to working with our new Prep children and their families and introducing them to the St John’s community. Prep is so much fun! I love being a part of their learning journey throughout the younger years. It is wonderful to see 5 and 6 year old children be brave, embrace new learning and show curiosity about the world around them. My favourite part of teaching is building relationships with the children, listening to their stories and watching them learn and grow. I am looking forward to creating new memories with my students in 2020.
Outside of teaching, I unwind by reading, being outdoors or catching up with friends and family. My favourite people to spend time with are my daughters Alicia, Emily and Madeline. We are always planning and looking for new places to travel to and explore. I can’t wait for our next adventure!
MITCH HAYES - 3/4 HOME GROUP TEACHER
Hi my name is Mitch Hayes, I am one of the 3/4 Home Group Teachers at St John’s, and am thoroughly looking forward to spending another year with our amazing learning community. In my fourth year of teaching, I can truly say I love what I do; working with children has always been my calling, and I believe student voice and relationships are the most crucial to my role. I have a real passion and love for learning, so much so that I am continually eager to grow and adapt to the ever changing nature of teaching. In my spare time, I love to play on my game consoles, go to the gym excessively, go to the footy (go pies!) and spend time with my family and friends. I can also tell you everything you need to know about Pokèmon and cats.
Here I am with my older brother Rohan, my younger sister Rochelle, my mum and dad, and our beautiful niece Aisla.
JACKIE SCHOBER - ICT
Hello! My name is Jackie and I feel so lucky to have been a part of the beautiful St John’s family for three years now. I have had the opportunity to spend time in many year levels at St Johns, which has been incredibly rewarding and enabled me to build relationships with students and families across the school. In 2020 I will continue in my role as the school’s ICT leader, facilitating the needs of students and staff as we all strive to learn and thrive in a technologically changing world.
In my spare time, I love to be with my family: my husband Mick, and our two children, Laila and Dash. We love live music, travelling and watching and playing sport. We all love our cheeky dog Willie, who is naughty but just so adorable! He keeps us very busy!
CHEVON ADAMIDIS - Learning & Teaching Leader/Learning Diversity Leader P-2/Teacher
Hello, my name is Chevon, I am one of four children in my family and we are all one year apart! I recently got married to my partner, Johnny and am super excited for the next chapter of my life. I have had the privilege of working at St. John’s for the last five years. I have loved being a part of this community’s story and I look forward to seeing where the journey takes us! I strongly believe in equipping children with the tools and strategies that they’ll need to navigate their lives and futures. I am particularly passionate about developing agile learners who are resourceful, brave and compassionate. When I am not teaching, I love to relax, shop, create and go on long road trips! In 2020, I will be leading the Prep to 2 team in learning and teaching and learning diversity and will be teaching the 12 year old group on Fridays.
MICHELE HAYES - Final Year Teacher
Hi my name is Michele Hayes, and I am looking forward to a great year as the Final Year teacher. I have been teaching for many years, almost too long to count now and every year I love it more. I love teaching our Final Year children and watching them develop and get ready for secondary school. I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of children and their families. I truly believe education is a partnership between school and families. In my spare time I love to travel, I have been to some amazing places, Croatia, Turkey, Peru, America and a few more. I have two grown sons that I’m very proud of, both of them have now moved out of home so it’s just my two dogs, Ruby & Joe to look after now. My youngest son Darcy is getting married in October which I’m very excited about.
With my sons Darcy and Jack.
ANGELA - 3/4 HOME GROUP TEACHER
Hi, my name is Angela and I am thrilled to be working in the 3/4 community in 2020. I will be commencing in the role as the Family Engagement Leader which I feel honoured to support everyone in their relationships within the school and the local community. I am passionate about the development of the whole child and allowing students to explore and develop their individual gifts and talents. St. John’s school community has been a big part of my life for many years, so long that I have taught aunts and uncles of some current students!
When I’m not busy at school I’m busy at home with my three energetic sons and my husband Wayne. We love watching movies together, playing in our backyard, going for family walks and takeaway night every Thursday. When we have the time we enjoy a beach getaway together.
EILEEN WINDUSS - LEARNING SUPPORT
My name is Eileen Winduss I am part of the support team at St. John’s. I work part time and spend my working hours in the classroom or the library. I have worked across all of the year levels at St. John’s and look forward to the challenges that this year will bring. Working in our beautiful library gives me the opportunity to get to know all of the wonderful and unique children at St. John’s and to interact with them.
I am married and have 2 children, my son, Patrick, is the eldest at 21 and is a qualified Personal Trainer, my daughter, Emma, is 19 and finished year 12 last year, she plans to do further study and work in the field of child care. As a family we like to socialise together and going to sporting events cricket in summer and football during winter.
MARY CORBINO - LEARNING SUPPORT
My Name is Mary Corbino, I have been part of St John’s School & Parish for the last 19 years working as a Learning Support Officer
Not only have I had the pleasure of working for such a wonderful school but I too was a student at St John’s along with my two children and many of my family members.
During my time at St John’s I’ve worked with many wonderful past and present dedicated teachers who have all contributed in giving St John’s such a wonderful atmosphere for our school community.
My ambition is to assist and ensure that my job is complete when I see a happy smile on a child’s face. When spending time with my family, together we enjoy cooking, eating, socialising, going for long walks and we enjoy having a dance at any chance we get. I’m looking forward to another great and successful year .
BESS NAUGHTIN – Innovation Teacher & Atelierista
Hello! I’m Bess, lover of digital and design technologies! I love using technology to inspire curious minds, ignite imaginations, make the impossible possible, and transform learning experiences. I am so excited to be continuing my role as Innovation teacher in 2020 (focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) but I am also thrilled to become an Atelierista as well. I did my first “official” Reggio Emilia professional development back in 2008 and since then, the philosophy has inspired and guided my teaching in both big and small ways. 2020, however, will see me immerse myself in the philosophy more than ever and I am so excited!
I live locally with my husband, our two sons and our groodle. When I’m not at St John’s, chances are I’m in the backyard with the kids and dog!
PAM MANSER - READING DISCOVERY TEACHER
Hi, I’m Pam … the Reading Discovery Teacher at St John’s. I love reading and feel privileged to help our students become better readers.
I’m looking forward to working with my new students. I’m also looking forward to working with Classroom Teachers and Learning Support Officers. I believe that working together, sharing knowledge and ideas is a great way to help our students.
On the weekend, I like to find time to go walking, do some gardening or to try to catch a fish or two!!!
KERRIE HARTMANN - LEARNING SUPPORT
Hi, my name is Kerrie Hartmann and I am one of the Learning Support staff at St John’s.
I have been a part of the wonderful team for nearly 17 years. This year brings a great change to my role where I will be in the Library and assisting Hayley at the farm. I’m looking forward to helping our amazing children learn through so many lenses.
My husband Andy and I have three children; Jake, Emma and Luke, all in their 20’s. I enjoy playing tennis, hand rearing the babies of my beautiful parrots, going to the beach, but most of all, spending time with my family.
THUSHARI SENARATH - LEARNING SUPPORT
Hello, it is with great pleasure that I would like to introduce myself to the family of St John’s. My name is Thushari and I am privileged to work at St John’s, Part Time as a Learning Support Officer.
Diran and I are blessed with two beautiful daughters Taneesha and Kiara. As a family we always look forward in going back to Sri Lanka to spend time with our extended family who hold a very special place in our hearts.
What I enjoy most is going for walks , reading, cooking and shopping like most ladies do.
I look forward in continuing with my passion of working with children and contributing to St John’s community in 2019 as a team member and parent.
JARRYD BRADFORD - 3/4 HOME GROUP TEACHER
Kia ora – hello! My name is Jarryd Bradford. I am excited to join the incredible team at St John’s. I have moved to Melbourne from Wellington, New Zealand. I come with 8 years of teaching experience, leading learning as a team leader, and most recently fulfilling the role of Deputy Principal. As an educator, I aim to empower children for a future that requires them to be creative thinkers, collaborative, empathetic and mindful, and optimistic of the world around them. I value pedagogies that put the learner in the driver’s seat and enable teachers to facilitate innovative and future-focused practices. Outside of school I love to explore cafes and restaurants as I am a big foodie. This is a photo of me and my beautiful niece Florence catching up over coffee. 2020 is going to be a great year and I can’t wait to celebrate all of the learning and success that it will bring.
MARIA NATOLI - Performing Arts & Atelierista
Hi, my name is Maria and I’m really excited to be working with the community here at St. John’s again in 2020 as a specialist teacher. I have worked as a specialist music teacher for many years, and I am extremely passionate about children having the opportunity to experience the arts in a variety of ways. I look forward to expanding my scope of teaching to incorporate drama this year as well as sharing my passion for making and creating in the role of Atelierista in Semester 2.
Having an artistic practice is very important to me, so when I’m not at St. John’s you’ll find me working hard at my jewellery bench, creating unique and interesting pieces out of gold and silver!
LINDA NGUYEN - YR 5 HOME GROUP TEACHER
Hi! My name is Linda Nguyen and I am incredibly excited to join the wonderful community at St John’s as a Home Group teacher! I see myself as a lifelong learner with a passion and thirst for learning and I hope to encourage students to question, inquire and connect with the world around them.
Outside of teaching, I love to travel! My dream is to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. In my spare time, I love to visit my family in Geelong and trying to bake the best croissants in the world.
JORDAN FRY - 1/2 HOME GROUP TEACHER
Hi! My name is Jordan and I am very excited to continue to be a part of the beautiful St John’s community!
I feel very lucky to be working alongside Chevon, Molly, Dana, Mary and Jenna with the 7/8 year olds in 2020.
It is my second year of teaching and I feel that I have found a wonderful home here at St Johns. I believe that children should be at the centre of their learning, and have the freedom to explore and discover their individual passions and interests. Forming genuine and meaningful relationships with students and families is vital in supporting students and in fostering a love for learning.
I am very privileged to experience new learning opportunities and continue to develop my teaching skills alongside the enthusiastic educators at St John’s.
In my spare time you can find me with my fur babies: Bella the dog and Hank the cat, or spending time with my parents on their farm in Geelong.
LISA THORNEYCROFT - First Year of School Teacher
Hello! My name is Lisa Thorneycroft and I am so excited to continue to be a part of the St John’s community. I can’t wait to work with Lien and Erin with the first year of school children. I have been privileged over the years to teach many different year levels and have enjoyed each and every one of them! I love that as a teacher you never stop learning yourself. I pride myself on knowing all about the students I teach so I can support them through their school life. Outside of school, I live with my husband Ben and our four children Calin, Zoe, twins Max and Noah, and our chocolate Labrador, Coach. We are a very sporty family and if we are not participating in a range of sports, you will often find us supporting our teams at the footy, soccer or rugby! I can’t wait to find out what 2020 has in store for us.
MARTY MCGAURAN - Discovery with Technology Teacher 3-6
Returning to the St John’s team in 2020, I’m once again looking forward to being part of the exciting and innovative culture that the school has established. I will be a part-time member of the crew as I also work with many other primary schools across Melbourne supporting and promoting cyber safety education. My passion in education is seeing how technology can be used to really reimagine how we teach and learn.
Me in a nutshell (in no particular order): dogs, wife, coffee, running, footy, horse racing & Lego
LEONIE KIRK - ADMIN OFFICER
Hello, I may very well be one of the first faces you see when you visit our beautiful school. I feel very privileged to be in a position of support for our very talented, passionate teachers and leaders at St John’s. I love helping our gorgeous children each and every day. We have such a dynamic and vibrant community at St John’s – no two days are the same!
Like most other parents, my spare time is spent ferrying my son to his many activities. As a family we love a Friday night movie with treats, supporting the Carlton footy club (Go Blues!) and spending time with loved ones.
ERIN SCHEMBRI - First Year of School Teacher
Hi I’m Erin. 2020 will be my first year of teaching and I feel extremely privileged to be beginning my teaching journey at St John’s Footscray, as a part of the first year of school team. I have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary) and have a passion for creating learning environments that are engaging and immersive for our children. Sustainability is also a passion of mine, so I like to garden with my class and play with natural materials to create warm spaces.
When I’m not at St John’s, I’m exploring every corner of the beautiful parks and lakes that surround Melbourne with my sons Hunter and Gene and our bulldog, Lily. Besides exploring we love to dance, role play (usually as dinosaurs) and whip up batches of banana pancakes.
MOLLY ARGUS - 1/2 HOME GROUP TEACHER
Hi I’m Molly. I am very excited to continue to be part of the wonderful St John’s community in 2020! I will continue to be part of the ⅞ year old team, alongside Chevon, Jordan, Jenna, Dana and Mary. 2019 has been an amazing year of growth and I cannot wait for more excitement around Discovery, Projects and Learning! I believe in the importance of children being optimistic, persistent, and reflective. I am passionate that children feel they are in a safe space, where they can make mistakes.
I have grown up and live in the local area and am a lover of all things chocolate, plants and flowers. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being art and crafty and taking lots of photos of my beautiful greyhound Pablo.
LAUREN DAVIS - LEARNING AND TEACHING LEADER / MATHS LEADER (on maternity leave)
Hello St. John’s community! I’m Lauren and I feel so blessed to be part of our wonderful community here at St. John’s. I have been an educator for 10 years and 2020 will be my fourth year at St. John’s. I thrive on inspiring all learners to follow their passions, and pride myself on creating conditions that will enable all learners’ to fall in love with learning. I have a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and my learning has encouraged me to challenge the status quo, in helping to reimagine schools to reflect the value of children. I describe myself as highly passionate and enthusiastic about life. I love exercise, particularly running, although it’s been a little while since I ran. We were blessed with our beautiful baby Billy in September and he is keeping me very busy at the moment. I look forward to joining back up with you all later in the year. To be involved with and help drive such an innovative style of education makes me beyond excited for the opportunities this new year at St. John’s will provide!
ASHLEE OWEN – STUDENT WELLBEING LEADER
Hello! I am so looking forward to returning to St. John’s after a year off on Maternity Leave. My husband and I have two little boys, Connor and Jake who keep us very busy. We love spending time together as a family caravanning, visiting the beach and playing in the backyard with our two cheeky dogs – Buzz and Nella. I also love baking (sweet things of course), reading, listening to podcasts and taking regular time for myself to recharge.
I feel so lucky to have been part of the St. John’s community for the last 10 years and will be returning in 2020 as Student Wellbeing Leader and Number Intervention Teacher. I have a Masters of Education in Wellbeing and am passionate about intentionally prioritising the wellbeing of young people. I’m looking forward to a year of exciting things at St. John’s.
LOUISE VERNA – BURSAR
Welcome! My name is Louise and I work at St. John’s Tuesday to Friday. I am married with two children and enjoy spending time with my family.
I am privileged to be part of such a wonderful staff and family community. I look forward to helping our families, new and old, in any way possible, and to make their journey within our community a pleasant one.
JENNA GLADMAN – 1/2 HOME GROUP TEACHER
Hi! My name is Jenna and I am thrilled to continue my journey at St Johns working in the 7/8 year old community with Molly, Jordan, Dana, Chevon and Mary.
I am in my sixth year of teaching and have been very fortunate to have some amazing experiences including working in Scotland for two years.
In my spare time I love to read, catch up with my friends, cook and travel the world. I am currently spending my summer holidays in the UK snuggled up in front of a fireplace.
I’m very excited for a new school to see and experience all the growth, creativity and discovery that is a part of St. Johns.
JAYKA BUGAY – JAPANESE LANGUAGE TEACHER
Hi there! I’m a newly graduated Japanese language teacher and working at St John’s is one of my first teaching gigs here in Australia. I’m also working at Annunciation Primary School every Friday.
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’m looking forward to upholding the St John’s philosophy of teaching to educate young people with hope, openness, curiosity and enthusiasm.
PAULINE GOLDIE – LEARNING DIVERSITY LEADER YEARS 3-6
Hello. My name is Pauline and I commenced at St John’s in 2019 in the role of Learning Diversity Leader (Prep – Yr 6). My initial and ongoing impression continues to be of a school that exudes an authentic positive, welcoming and inclusive feeling within a special and diverse school community. It is such a pleasure to watch our happy, respectful and friendly students, their level of engagement and their ability to work independently and collaboratively as they further develop their love of learning and progress towards reaching their potential. Again I look forward to working alongside the inspirational and enthusiastic students, parents and staff at St John’s School in 2020 (mainly Year 3 – Final year).
Away from St John’s I enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially when travelling to places near & far. I’m grateful that Melbourne is my home and particularly enjoy opportunities to attend the many and varied events and places. From the international & local sports/theatre/arts events to the vast range of food and cultural activities, and our beautiful parks and gardens in both our city and fabulous regional Victoria.
DANA MILLSTEED – YR 1/2 HOME GROUP EDUCATOR
Hello! I’m Dana. I am very excited to be beginning my journey as a teacher in the beautiful community that is within St John’s. In 2020 I will be working within the 7/8-year-olds learning area alongside Jenna, Molly, Jordan, Mary, and Chevon.
I am extremely passionate about providing children with the knowledge and opportunities to reach their full potential within all areas of learning. As well as this I aim to empower children in developing a positive mindset in regards to education and providing them with a safe and nurturing environment in which they can thrive.
Outside of school, you will most likely find me spending time with friends and family, or traveling back to my family home on the Murray River. I love to cook for others, this brings me great joy.
I am grateful to be given the opportunity to work within the St John’s Community and cannot wait to get to know all of the wonderful learners within our school.
STEVIE SYMMONS – PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Hello, my name is Stevie and I feel honoured to be joining St Johns as the P.E. teacher for the school. My passion for teaching has continued to grow from my 7 years in the profession and I have recently returned from teaching in London for the last 4 years. I cannot wait to encourage the children of St John’s to enjoy being active and fulfilling a healthy life and mind.
I love to travel, spend time with friends and family and of course playing sport, sport and more sport.
Looking forward to meeting you all.