Meet The Educators

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Meet Our Educators

At the top of the list when measuring the quality of a school has to be the quality of the teaching staff.

We are beyond fortunate to have a team of educators truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.

Meet our educators below!

Leadership & Administration

Armando Gagliardi

Armando Gagliardi

Principal

As Principal I feel humbled and privileged to be leading our school community.  The spirit and energy that exists within our community is felt by all.  I enjoy chatting with everyone, especially in the mornings as children enter the school.
Such a beautiful community is Deer Park!

Luisa Parissis

Luisa Parissis

Deputy Principal

I feel very privileged to be the Deputy Principal of St. Peter Chanel School. I love to build relationships with students, staff, and families. I also enjoy supporting educators to plan the teaching and learning opportunities for our students.

Outside of school I love being with family and friends and spending time at the beach.

 

Stephanie Gleeson

Stephanie Gleeson

Religious Education

I consider myself extremely fortunate to lead such a vibrant Catholic community. We are guided by our school motto to ‘Love One Another’ and live our or Catholic identity to be the head, heart and hands of Christ in our world. 

In my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends and spending time with my family.

Katie Ash

Katie Ash

Wellbeing

I am the Wellbeing Leader at St Peter Chanel.  Part of my role is teaching Social Emotional Learning and facilitating the Peaceful Kids program.  My hope as Wellbeing Leader, is to teach children the life skills they need, in order to achieve optimum wellbeing.

Outside of work, I love to travel Australia with my husband and three boys.

Adelina Elzeine

Adelina Elzeine

Literacy Prep - Yr 3

I am fortunate to work alongside and support a dedicated staff, and amazing students, in all things Literacy related. The best part of the day is teaching my Literacy intervention students.

Outside of school, I’m a proud mum to two amazing children and one fur-baby! I love reading and shopping.

Charmaine Pannell

Charmaine Pannell

Literacy Yr 4 - 6

I am fortunate to be working alongside motivated educators to support the literacy development of the students at St Peter Chanel. I believe literacy acquisition opens doors to endless possibilities for our students.

Outside of school I enjoy travelling with my husband and two girls and spending as much time at the beach as possible.

Michelle Perceval

Michelle Perceval

Mathematics Prep - Yr 3

I am passionate about education and have a particular interest in Mathematics. I have been privileged to teach at St Peter Chanel for over ten years.
I am a mother of two amazing children and have a pet dog.  I enjoy being in nature as often as possible.

Ruth Staniscia

Ruth Staniscia

Mathematics Yr 4 - 6

I feel privileged to be able to grow as an educator at St Peter Chanel. My role allows me to work alongside passionate teachers to develop learning in mathematics that is impactful to all students.  I have two beautiful daughters and enjoy singing, crafting and spending time with my family.

Ashley Romeo

Ashley Romeo

Learning Diversity

Hi, I’m Ashley and I love working at St Peter Chanel! I work with the students, teachers and families to ensure all students can access their learning and have a fun time doing it!

Bernadette Lane

Bernadette Lane

Learning Diversity

Hi, I’m Bern and I support the Learning Diversity program at St Peter Chanel.

Suzanne Goessler Barnes

Suzanne Goessler Barnes

New Arrivals, English as an Additional Language (EAL) & Family Partnerships

Hi I’m Suzie, a New Arrivals teacher.  I work with students who need extra support developing their literacy skills.  I also promote the engagement of families in the school community and their children’s learning.  Working at St Peter Chanel School is very rewarding and I feel privileged to be part of this inclusive community.

Samantha Hackney

Samantha Hackney

New Arrivals, English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Hello I’m Samantha, a New Arrivals teacher, working to support students in their English language development. I believe that education creates amazing opportunities for students to investigate and explore what truly inspires them. I feel privileged to be in this role and work within a supportive and positive school environment.

Denise Shead

Denise Shead

Business Manager

I have been a part of St Peter Chanel School Administration Team since 2010 and enjoy every moment.  I find working in the office to be a very rewarding experience as I get to meet the students and their families.  I feel privileged to be part of the St Peter Chanel community.

Louise Carayannopoulos

Louise Carayannopoulos

School Operations

My name is Louise and I work in the administration team. I started working at SPC in 2000.
I enjoy arts and craft and cooking for the family.  I love spending time with my family and friends.

Maryanne Said

Maryanne Said

Administration

I love working at an inclusive school.
Everyone at St Peter Chanel is friendly and welcoming. It is great seeing all the children’s’ smiling faces each day.

Outside of school I love spending time with my family.

 

Rose Piazzese

Rose Piazzese

Administration

I enjoy working at St Peter Chanel School and being part of a great community. I am part of the Office Administration Team. I enjoy working in the front office and meeting all the families.

Nancy Bacarella

Nancy Bacarella

Administration & Reception

Hi I’m Nancy.  I am part of the Office Administration Team. 

Fran Thorn

Fran Thorn

Resource Coordinator

Hi, I’m Fran.  I’m part of the SPC family supporting enthusiasm in learning and student individuality.
I hope to encourage all students to think outside the box and believe that anything is possible.

Counsellor

Hi, as the school counsellor I provide support to all members of the St Peter Chanel Community.

Prep Educators

Alexandra Greedy

Alexandra Greedy

Prep/Foundation Educator

I absolutely love having the opportunity to be a part of the SPC family. It is a privilege to welcome the new preps and their families to our school. It is amazing to watch the children grow and learn together.

Luisa Rubino

Luisa Rubino

Prep/Foundation Educator

It is a privilege to welcome the Prep children and their families into our SPC community. I enjoy providing opportunities for students to develop their love of learning and to build their independence and resilience. I love spending time with my family and friends, travelling and creating wonderful memories.

Melissa Vona

Melissa Vona

Prep/Foundation Educator

I love being part of the St Peter Chanel family and have been for many years. It is a privilege being a part of a child’s school journey and teaching Prep allows me to instill in a child a love of learning.  Prep is such a special year. We have so much fun!

Year 1/2 Educators

Briana Bortolotto

Briana Bortolotto

Yr 1 Educator

Hello, my name is Briana, and I am very excited to become a part of the wonderful St Peter Chanel community and join the Year One team. During the weekends, I like to spend time with my family and friends, seeing new places or going to the footy to support the Magpies!

Samantha Grima

Samantha Grima

Yr 1 Educator

Hello! I’m Samantha. I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a nurturing and positive learning environment and welcoming school community. I am currently a year one teacher but have taught many year levels throughout my time in primary education. It is a privilege to influence the development of growing minds and foster a love of learning in the students at SPC.

Claudia Ruberto

Claudia Ruberto

Yr 1 Educator

St. Peter Chanel is a very welcoming and supportive school community. Watching my students grow and learn within the school is very rewarding. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and visiting new places.

Rebecca Chiodo

Rebecca Chiodo

Yr 2 Educator

I currently work in Year Two and love supporting children as they grow in confidence as independent learners. In my spare time I love being with my children and shopping.

Elizabeth McDermott

Elizabeth McDermott

Yr 2 Educator

I love developing the minds of young learners and enjoy collaborating with the SPC community. I endeavor to provide my students with an inclusive, rich and engaging learning environment. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and travelling the world.

Jessica Spiteri

Jessica Spiteri

Yr 2 Educator

It’s a privilege to be part of the St Peter Chanel community. I value building relationships, student wellbeing and teaching from a holistic approach. I aim to empower students to take risks and promote student voice. I love spending time with loved ones, supporting the Western Bulldogs and day trips. 

Year 3/4 Educators

Chloe Cini

Chloe Cini

Yr 3 Educator

Hi I am a Year 3 teacher who has a strong drive in creating a student centered environment, a healthy learning community that encourages students to not only grow physically, socially, emotionally and mentally but become lifelong learners. I have a passion for sports and health, so in my own time I enjoy going to the gym and going for a walk.

Amanda Davey

Amanda Davey

Yr 3 Educator

It is a pleasure to work everyday in this warm and welcoming community. I believe that the strong connections made between students, teachers and families support the growth in our children’s learning and wellbeing. I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, bike riding and being outdoors.

Nadia Tartaglia

Nadia Tartaglia

Yr 3 Educator

I’m Nadia. I work with fantastic and dedicated educators who all strive to achieve the best for their students. I aim to teach not only academic skills, but also the values and life skills that students will need for their future. I enjoy spending time with family and exploring the outdoors.

Chantal Alocilla

Chantal Alocilla

Yr 4 Educator

Hi I’m Chantal and I’m a teacher in Yr 4.

Delia Micallef

Delia Micallef

Yr 4 Educator

I’m Delia, a Grade 4 teacher who is passionate about student equity. I work alongside an incredible group of professionals to develop and foster positive relationships with students as a basis for effective teaching and learning. Outside of work I love cooking and spending time with my family.

Stephanie Mammoliti

Stephanie Mammoliti

Yr 4 Educator

Being a part of the St Peter Chanel community is always welcoming. It is a real joy to watch the students at SPC develop their growth mindset and work collaboratively to achieve a common goal. Going on new adventures with my family is one of my favourite things to do outside of school.

Year 5/6 Educators

Simon Lafranchi

Simon Lafranchi

Yr 5 Educator

Hi, I’m Simon. It is a privilege to be able to spend each day with the students, families and staff of the St Peter Chanel community. I greatly value these relationships and strongly believe in providing our students with the opportunities they need to reach their full potential in all areas of their life. Other passions of mine include spending time with my family, playing football and watching sport.

Sheri Whillas

Sheri Whillas

Yr 5 Educator

Hi, I’m Sheri and currently I work as part of the Yr 5 team. 

Bianca Zammit

Bianca Zammit

Yr 5 Educator

At SPC, the staff, students and families play a major role in our welcoming and supportive community. The most rewarding and enjoyable moments as a teacher, is to watch the students develop their growth mindset and experience those ‘light bulb’ moments. I enjoy travelling with my family and friends.

 

Mary Attard

Mary Attard

Yr 6 Educator

Teaching for me, is a vocation where I can nurture children in their journey as life long learners. I teach that having a positive mindset, being good communicators, collaborators and self managers are important. A strong focus for me is nurturing both well being and the children’s relationship with God.

Jessica K

Jessica K

Yr 6 Educator & Outdoor Education

I promote a culture of curiosity by empowering my students to be academic risk takers. I encourage student voice and a love for learning. Nurturing relationships through trust, respect and care is paramount. Beyond school, I love spending time with my family and friends, travelling and supporting the Western Bulldogs.

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan

Yr 6 Educator

My aim is to support students in becoming lifelong learners. I encourage students to show respect and kindness for each other and for themselves. I believe students learn best when they feel happy, safe and welcomed and I strive to bring a sense of belonging to my classroom each day. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and supporting the mighty Bombers! 

Specialised Educators

Jonathon Shein

Jonathon Shein

Physical Education

Hi my name is Jonathon Shein and I am the PE teacher at St Peter Chanel Primary School.
I teach all year levels.  I am passionate about sport and enjoy teaching the students skills, healthy choices and enjoyment through sport and physical activity.
Outside of work I enjoy playing golf.

Joanne Paladino Scalise

Joanne Paladino Scalise

Performing Arts

My name is Joanne. I have the wonderful job of building confidence and self-esteem skills through Performing Arts. In my spare time, I enjoy long walks with my dog and family! I also sing at functions and events around Melbourne.

Louise Griffiths

Louise Griffiths

Science

My name is Louise. I teach Science to middle and senior students. I am passionate about Science because it allows students to further develop their natural curiosity. By asking why things happen children are able to develop their inquiring minds. Hands-on activities help children develop a greater understanding of their world.

Vy Nguyen

Vy Nguyen

Japanese (LOTE)

Konnichiwa,

My name is Vy Nguyen, and I am the Japanese teacher at St Peter Chanel School. I am a positive person who has an enthusiastic outlook on life. Teaching languages is my life’s passion, and I get a great sense of achievement from seeing my students develop and grow.

Gracie Polidano

Gracie Polidano

Digital Technology

I’m Gracie. I work alongside amazing educators in an inclusive and supportive school community.
I aim to not only teach but inspire. I hope to instill skills and values in students so they become responsible digital citizens.
Personally, I love getting creative, being outdoors and spending time with my family.

Janelle Eskandar

Janelle Eskandar

Visual Arts

I love teaching at St Peter Chanel and I feel very fortunate to be part of a positive school community with such creative students. I have been a teacher in primary education for many years and am now enjoying specialising in Visual Arts. In my spare time I enjoy going on adventures with my family.

Jessica K

Jessica K

Outdoor Education & Yr 6 Educator

I promote a culture of curiosity by empowering my students to be academic risk takers. I encourage student voice and a love for learning. Nurturing relationships through trust, respect and care is paramount. Beyond school, I love spending time with my family and friends, travelling and supporting the Western Bulldogs.

Maurice Sullivan

Maurice Sullivan

Technology Administrator

Hi, I’m Maurie and currently I work as the Technology Administrator for the school.

Support Staff

Tegan Lafranchi

Tegan Lafranchi

Learning Support

St. Peter Chanel is such a friendly and welcoming community! I love being able to support and guide students in the beginning of their schooling journey. Outside of work, I love sport and spending time with my cat Benny, and my family and friends – especially watching the mighty Bombers!

Michelle Formosa

Michelle Formosa

Learning Support

Hi, I’m Michelle and I am a Learning Support Officer. I greatly enjoy being able to support and guide students to achieve their personal best, their goals big or small. I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my husband and our three children.

Kerry Bellin

Kerry Bellin

Learning Support

Hi I’m Kerry. I believe in the Catholic philosophy and love working with all children.
I enjoy working with all the teachers, leaders and my peers. I like to keep up to date with any new educational programs. I enjoy spending time with my family (including my grandsons), my friends and my two dogs.

Gloria Lucas

Gloria Lucas

Learning Support

I love working as a Learning Support Officer (LSO) as it is a very rewarding career. It is wonderful to work with the children and support them in achieving all that they are capable of. In my spare time I love to spend time with my three children and I enjoy making miniatures.

Rowena Murraylee

Rowena Murraylee

Learning Support

Hi my name is Rowena and I am a Learning Support Officer. I love working at St Peter Chanel School as the learning environment is facilitated upon strong and positive relationships. I have four grown up children and love walking my Labrador named Buddy every day.

Sheryl Payne

Sheryl Payne

Learning Support

Hi, my name is Sheryl and I’m a Learning Support Officer at St Peter Chanel School. My role is very rewarding as I get to work with students and help them achieve their personal best. I enjoy spending time with my family, going on holidays and catching up with friends.

Susan Stasinowsky

Susan Stasinowsky

Learning Support

It’s a pleasure to belong to a school community built on relationships between students, staff and families. I encourage students’ personal belief in themselves in an environment that is both playful and challenging.
I have two girls who keep my husband and myself very busy with out of school activities.

Nada Atallah

Nada Atallah

Learning Support & New Arrivals Support

Hi my name is Nada.
I am a Learning Support Officer at St Peter Chanel School.  I also support our New Arrival families by providing interpreting for them when needed.  I speak Assyrian, Chaldean, Arabic and English.

Carmel Bortolotto

Carmel Bortolotto

Transition Coordinator & Intervention

Hi, I’m Carmel. I have been at St Peter Chanel School for a number of years and worked in a variety of roles. I strongly believe that making long lasting connections with students and families is at the heart of what we do at our school. I take great pride in assisting students with their learning and with the smooth running of our transition program.

Mariana Stanisic

Mariana Stanisic

Intervention

It has been my privilege to be a part of the St Peter Chanel community for many years. Supporting students to develop Literacy and Mathematics skills is a passion of mine and in my role as Intervention Teacher, I am incredibly fortunate as I see the children experience growth and success.  

Adrian Schultz

Adrian Schultz

Intervention

My name is Adrian Schultz. St Peter Chanel is a wonderful community and I love being a part of it. As an Intervention teacher I enjoy supporting young readers in learning strategies that help them better understand  texts.  I barrack for the Western Bulldogs and often go to their games.

Andy Rushen

Andy Rushen

Maintenance

My name is Andy and I have been working part time at the school for 5 years. A lot of great changes have been made to update and improve the school and  I have been lucky to be involved. In my spare time I enjoy fishing, gardening and walking my dogs.

Charlie Zammit

Charlie Zammit

Maintenance

Hi I’m Charlie and my role is to maintain the school grounds and services at St Peter Chanel.

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