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 spending time at the beach.

Angela Giordimaina

Angela Giordimaina

Religious Education & Yr 1 Educator

Working in faith with staff, students, families, parish and community groups is a blessing.  I have the opportunity to bring to life the Word of God by nurturing spiritual development, serving others and living out Jesus’ great commandment to ‘love one another’ (Jn 13:34).

Jackie Rushen

Jackie Rushen

Student Wellbeing

St Peter Chanel is a welcoming and respectful community that puts our students and families at the core. Our way of being is to live gospel values, supporting the wellbeing of our community through words and actions. This is my passion, as is spending time with family and friends.

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.

Adrian Schultz

Adrian Schultz

Literacy Yr 4 - 6

My name is Adrian Schultz. St Peter Chanel is a wonderful community and I love being a part of it. My work as Literacy Leader revolves around supporting teachers to provide engaging reading and writing experiences for our students. I barrack for the Western Bulldogs and often go to their games.

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.

Chantell Cassar

Chantell Cassar

Mathematics Yr 4 - 6

I am passionate about the teaching and learning of Mathematics. I believe that problem solving and mental computation are essential life skills which we strive to instill in all students throughout their education at St Peter Chanel School.
I also enjoy camping, cooking, dancing and spending quality time with family.

Carmel Bortolotto

Carmel Bortolotto

Learning Diversity

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 am very passionate about the importance of recognising diversity and building the self esteem of every student.

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.

Charmaine Pannell

Charmaine Pannell

New Arrivals, English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Hello I’m Charmaine, 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.

Christine Grogan

Christine Grogan

Resource Coordinator

Hi, I’m Chris.  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.
Going to the beach, long drives and spending time with my family are priceless.

Peter Folidis

Peter Folidis

Counsellor

Hi, I’m Peter and I provide support to all members of the St Peter Chanel Community.

Prep Educators

Mariana Stanisic

Mariana Stanisic

Prep/Foundation Educator

I am privileged to welcome Prep children into our school community and support them in developing skills which will enable them continued success in their primary years. It is wonderful to watch the growth and learning children experience in their first year of school.

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.

Ashley Zammit

Ashley Zammit

Prep/Foundation Educator

I love working at St Peter Chanel! The children, families and staff are amazing. I am currently a Prep teacher and have so much fun each day but have worked in many roles across a school.

Year 1/2 Educators

Jenna Broadhurst

Jenna Broadhurst

Yr 1 Educator

I love learning with the children. Their inquisitive minds and curious dispositions make each and every day fun and different. Outside of school I love to spend time with my family. Having a young son keeps me busy!

Angela Giordimaina

Angela Giordimaina

Yr 1 Educator & Religious Education

Working in faith with staff, students, families, parish and community groups is a blessing.  I have the opportunity to bring to life the Word of God by nurturing spiritual development, serving others and living out Jesus’ great commandment to ‘love one another’ (Jn 13:34).

Stephanie Mammoliti

Stephanie Mammoliti

Yr 1 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.

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.

Alexandra Greedy

Alexandra Greedy

Yr 2 Educator

I currently work in Year 2 and absolutely love engaging children in Mathematics using hands-on materials. I enjoy providing opportunities for students to grow and develop as independent learners. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and travelling to new and exciting places.

Rebecca Keenan

Rebecca Keenan

Yr 2 Educator

I currently work in Year Two and love supporting children as they grow in confidence as independent learners.  I love teaching English and enjoy reading the works of Australia’s future writers!

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my cheeky puppy, having coffee with friends and cooking.

Bianca Zammit

Bianca Zammit

Yr 2 Educator

I’m a Year 2 teacher who enjoys creating a colourful and exciting learning space to ensure students feel safe and supported. I absolutely love teaching Mathematics where learning is hands on, flexible and fun! Outside of school I love spending time with my family, friends and walking my dog.

Year 3/4 Educators

Katie Ash

Katie Ash

Yr 3 Educator

Working in middle school is great! I love planning engaging learning experiences for students to develop their independence and to foster a love of learning. In my spare time I love to travel with my family, to discover all of the beauty this country has to offer.

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.

Elizabeth McDermott

Elizabeth McDermott

Yr 3 Educator

I’m a Yr 3 teacher. 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.

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.

Nadia Tartaglia

Nadia Tartaglia

Yr 4 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.

Michelle Nassialis Young

Michelle Nassialis Young

Yr 4 Educator

Hi, I’m Michelle and currently I work as part of the Yr 4 team. 

Janelle Eskandar

Janelle Eskandar

Yr 4 Educator

Hi, I’m Janelle and currently I work as part of the Yr 4 team. 

Year 5/6 Educators

Karyn Callaway

Karyn Callaway

Yr 5 Educator

Hi I’m Karyn.  I have been part of this fabulous community at St Peter Chanel for 17 years. I am privileged to work alongside such passionate and dedicated colleagues. I love how the whole child is at the centre of all we do. Outside of school I love to spend time with my family.

Simon Lafranchi

Simon Lafranchi

Yr 5 Educator

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

Sheri Whillas

Sheri Whillas

Yr 5 Educator

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

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 Kotevski

Jessica Kotevski

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.

Luisa Rubino

Luisa Rubino

Yr 6 Educator

I value nurturing relationships, developing connections and building community, both professionally and personally. My belief is that we never stop learning. We learn from one another, from our experiences and as a community. Beyond school, I love being with my family. We enjoy football, travelling and walking our playful dogs.

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.

Nancy Natale

Nancy Natale

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 Kotevski

Jessica Kotevski

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

2021 is my first year working at St. Peter Chanel, and it is a wonderful place to be – everyone is so friendly and welcoming! I’m enjoying being able to support and guide students in the beginning of their schooling journey. Outside of school, I love sport – especially the mighty Bombers!

Michelle Formosa

Michelle Formosa

Learning Support

Hi, I’m Michelle.  I support students with their learning. I work with teachers and students to implement intervention and extension programs. My role is very rewarding especially when students achieve their goals, big or small. I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my husband and 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.

Stephanie Gleeson

Stephanie Gleeson

Intervention

St Peter Chanel offers a wide range of support and intervention for students depending on their individual needs. Tailored intervention ensures all children reach their full potential.

The holistic approach taken ensures that the child’s academic, social and emotional needs are met in a caring and vibrant learning community.

 

Rachael Mifsud Dykun

Rachael Mifsud Dykun

Intervention

Hello I’m Rachael and I have been part of the St Peter Chanel community for over ten years. Authentic connections and a shared vision to support the wellbeing of all members of our community is what makes our school truly special. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family.

 

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.

Matthew Walters

Matthew Walters

Maintenance

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

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