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, especially in our caravan “Carl”.
AOIFE MCCARTHY - DEPUTY PRINCIPAL / FAITH LEADER
Hi everyone, my name is Aoife Mc Carthy and I am privileged to be the Deputy Principal and Religious Education Leader at St John’s. In 2019 I will begin studying a Masters in Wellbeing which will keep me busy along with all of the exciting things that always seem to be happening in our school community. 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 dog Ciara and a whole host of her kelpie mates.
DANIELA DELUCA - MATHS LEADER
Hi everyone! My name is Daniela and I am incredibly honoured to be joining the wonderful community of St John’s from Semester 2, 2019! I have returned from maternity leave after having my darling son, Julian; brother to his older, vivacious sister, Vivienne. I will take over the reigns of Numeracy leadership once Lauren embarks on her own motherhood journey. 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 P-2
My name is Haley O’Meara, I am looking forward to returning to St John’s in 2019 & working predominantly with the Prep, ½ 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, building, taking apart & drawing to name a few.
My husband Ryan is a firefighter with the MFB in Sunshine & we have 3 daughters Grace 11, Piper 9 & Lily 6 & a Cavoodle puppy called Alfie so our family life is busy!
We enjoy spending time with friends & family, gardening, going away in our caravan & playing board games.
I am originally from New Zealand & still have all my family there so we cross the Tasman as much as we can for special celebrations & school holidays.
LIEN BARNABAS - PREP TEACHER
Hi! My name is Lien and I am excited to be part of the Prep team in 2019. I am looking forward to working with the children, parents and educators to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment that allows students to be inspired and strive for their best. I am passionate about improving my teaching practices and being part of a school that is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. Being a part of the St. John’s team has allowed me to explore new and innovative ways to improve my teaching and to provide the best learning opportunities for my students. My favourite part of teaching is being part of the children’s lives, listening to their stories and watching them learn and grow. I can’t wait to create new memories with my students in 2019.
In my personal time, I am with my daughters Alicia, Emily and Madeline. Some of our favourite things to do together includes watching movies, camping and spending time with our friends and family.
MITCH HAYES - 5/6 TEACHER
Hi my name is Mitch Hayes, I am one of the Grade 5/6 Teachers at St John’s, and am thoroughly looking forward to spending another year with our amazing learning community. In third 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 adapting 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 have recently been bitten by the travel bug, having spent time overseas in Japan and New Zealand. I can also tell you everything you need to know about Pokemon 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 two years now. While supporting our fabulous teachers, I have also been studying a Masters of Primary Teaching. I have had the opportunity to spend time in many year levels at St Johns, which has enhanced my studies enormously and has been incredibly rewarding. 2019 promises more learning and I just can’t wait!
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 LOPEZ - 1/2 Teacher
My name is Chevon and I will be a part of the 1/2 team, teaching with Jordan and Molly. I am thrilled to be reunited with my preps from the previous two years! I am looking forward to a very exciting year, as I have the wonderful opportunity of working across and supporting the P-2 team. I am deeply passionate about play based learning and using developmentally appropriate practice to drive teaching and learning. As part of the Visible Learning team, I will be leading my colleagues in strengthening their understanding of visible learning principles. I look forward to working together to provide high quality conditions that support strong, successful and assessment capable learners!
Most excitingly, I will be getting married in November! My fiance, Johnny, and I are very excited for the adventure ahead. I can’t wait to share this incredible time with my colleagues, kids and the wonderful families in our community!
MICHELE HAYES - 3/4 Teacher
Hi my name is Michele Hayes, and I am looking forward to another great year as the grade 3/4 teacher. I have been teaching for many years, almost too long to count now and every year I love it more. Teaching has changed so much over the years and I am constantly learning. 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 , both of them have now moved out of home so it’s just my two dogs to look after now. I love to take them for walks to our local park. I love to go to the movies, out for dinner with friends and read a good book.
With my sons Darcy and Jack.
ANGELA - 3/4 TEACHER
Hi, my name is Angela and I am thrilled to be working in the 3/4 community in 2019. 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
I am married and have 2 children, my son is the eldest at 18 and has just finished secondary school and my daughter is 16 and going into Year 11 this year. 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
Hello! I’m Bess and I’m passionate about creativity in education. I’ve always used technology and the arts to enhance my teaching so I was very excited to become an Innovation specialist teacher here at St John’s. I specifically focus on STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) and can be found in the Innovation Hub enabling students to work on a variety of STEAM-based projects. I support students so they can design and build computer games, game controllers, cars, buildings, bridges, websites, movies, animations, you name it.
If I’m not in the Hub, I’m probably chasing after my 3 and 1 year-old boys. This is made possible by West Footscray’s excellent coffee!
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 St John’s team for nearly 15 years. I love working with and being a part of each child’s wonderful achievements. I am looking forward to being part of the 3 /4’s in 2018.
My husband Andy and I have three children; Jake, Emma and Luke. 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
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.
HAYLEY LEE - PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Hello everyone, my name is Hayley. I am honoured to be once again working with the team at St John’s in 2019 as the Physical Education Teacher.
My passion is sport and physical activity and I love playing netball, going to the gym, swimming and running. I look forward to working with all the students at St John’s and hope to continue to develop in each of the children, a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.
In my free time, I love spending quality time with my family visiting parks, riding bikes, swimming and camping. 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 new families at St John’s and I know 2019 is going to be an amazing year!
MARIA NATOLI - MUSIC TEACHER
Hi, my name is Maria and I’m really excited to be working with the community here at St. John’s again in 2019. I have worked as a specialist music teacher since 2004 and over this time have worked with hundreds of kids! A typical day in the music room involves singing, moving, listening, reading, playing games, playing instruments, creating, composing and having FUN! I believe music plays an extremely important role in every child’s education experience and development and I’m very fortunate to be able to share my passion for music with the children at St. John’s.
In my spare time, I love exploring the city with my husband and enjoying the many exhibitions, festivals and arts events that Melbourne has on offer.
KAYLENE CARLIN - LITERACY LEADER/STUDENT WELLBEING LEADER
Hi! My name is Kaylene Carlin and I am excited to be continuing as Literacy Leader and beginning as Student Wellbeing Leader in 2019. I am looking forward to a wonderful year ahead, working with the motivated, inspiring team of educators, children and families at St John’s. I have had the privilege of working in a number of educational settings throughout my career, including primary and secondary schools and in tertiary education with beginning teachers. In 2019, I will also be continuing my Doctor of Education studies at the University of Melbourne. Another important part of my life is my family, which includes my husband, Craig, our five beautiful children, their partners and two precious grandchildren. We love travelling to far-off destinations but also treasure the beauty and gifts of Australia, spending lots of time with our family and friends in Blairgowrie, a favourite part of the world for us.
JORDAN FRY - 1/2 TEACHER
Hi! My name is Jordan and I am very excited to join the St John’s community in 2019 as a grade 1/2 teacher! I graduated at the end of 2018, and cannot wait to meet all the students and families at St John’s. I have a passion for learning and teaching, and am excited for the opportunity to continue to develop my teaching skills alongside the enthusiastic educators at St John’s. I love to travel all over the world and eat as many different kinds of food. Very soon I will be having a holiday in Japan!
LISA THORNEYCROFT - PREP TEACHER
Hello! My name is Lisa Thorneycroft and I am thrilled to be joining the St John’s community in Grade Prep next year. Since I graduated in 2004 I have been privileged to teach many different year levels and have been working towards completing my masters in Mathematics Education. I love that as a teacher you never stop learning yourself. Outside of school, I live with my husband Ben and our four children Calin, Zoe, Max and Noah, as well as our chocolate Labrador, Coach. We are a very sporty family and if we are not playing sport you will often find us using our memberships to the footy, soccer or rugby! I can’t wait to work with you all in 2019.
LEONIE KIRK - ADMIN OFFICER
Hello, I may very well be one of the first faces you see when you visit our beautiful school. I’m relatively new to St John’s having started in June 2018. You’ll find me in the office with my “L” plates on! I feel privileged to support our very talented teachers/leaders and 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, cycling, supporting the Carlton footy club (Go Blues!) and spending time with loved ones.
Pop in and say “hi” when you see me in the office.
GRANT TASCA - 5/6 TEACHER
Hello everyone. My name is Grant Tasca and I am very excited to be starting at St John’s in 2019. I am passionate about learning and promoting a love of learning for our students.
For the past 8 years I have worked at Sacred Heart p.s in Fitzroy as a classroom teacher and Maths Leader. Prior to that I lived and worked in London for 2 years and was lucky enough to travel around Europe and the USA.
Away from school my wife Jess and I are kept busy chasing around our 18 month old son, Harrison and catching up with friends and family. I enjoy trying to keep fit and watching most sports including the AFL (go Cats!) and NBA.
I look forward to meeting the community of St. John’s!
MARTY MCGAURAN - ATELIERISTA 3-6
New to the St John’s team in 2019, I’m 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 juggle ICT/Digital Technologies coaching and professional learning roles at other schools. 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
MOLLY ARGUS - 1/2 TEACHER
Hi I’m Molly. This is my first year of teaching and I am very much looking forward to teaching and learning at St. John’s in 2019. I graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Education P-12 and have a strong passion for student learning and creating an inclusive environment, where everyone is welcome. My interest in art has influenced the creativity I involve in my teaching, which includes hands on activities and designing and making.
I have grown up and live in the local area and enjoy spending time with family and friends, being a bit art and crafty and taking my beautiful dog Charlie for walks. I am very eager to be part of the St John’s team in 2019.
LAUREN DAVIS - EDUCATOR / LEARNING AND TEACHING LEADER / MATHS LEADER (on maternity leave)
Hello St. John’s community! My name is Lauren and I am very excited to continue being a part of our wonderful community at St. John’s. I have been an educator for 10 years and I recently completed my Masters of Education in Educational Leadership. I see my role in education as unabashedly challenging the status quo to help evolve new pathways for schools in our current climate. I thrive on inspiring all learners to follow their interests, and pride myself on creating conditions that will enable all learners to fall in love with learning. I describe myself as highly passionate and enthusiastic about life. I love exercise, particularly running, and recently lost many toenails to the Melbourne Marathon! When I find myself with some extra time, I tend to spend it with family and friends, listening to music, reading, travelling, watching Survivor, and getting outdoors in the sun. 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 present!
ASHLEE OWEN – NUMERACY INTERVENTION AND STUDENT WELLBEING LEADER (on maternity leave)
Hello! I am a mum to my 2 year old son Connor who at the moment loves giraffes and animals of all types. My husband Brendan and I love taking him on trips to the zoo, the beach and visiting family and friends. We also love going camping as a family and spending time in the backyard with our two cheeky dogs, Buzz and Nella.
Like the children at St. John’s I have a love of learning and have recently completed a Masters in Education (Wellbeing and Inclusive Schooling). I’m passionate about helping children learn and practise resilience, positivity and relationship skills. I also believe in the power of having a growth mindset! I’m looking forward to a year of exciting things at St. John’s..