Meet The Teachers

The wonderful bunch here at St Joseph’s would love to say hello!

Meet Our Teachers

At the top of the list when measuring the quality of a school has to be the quality of the teaching staff. St Joseph’s is beyond fortunate to have a team of teachers truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership & Administration

John Faulkner

John Faulkner

Principal

The opportunity to teach is a great privilege. To journey with children and their parents is exciting and challenging while they grow and change. It is always interesting. It gives me great confidence in the future to know of the desire of our children to develop and use their skills and talents make the world a better place for all of us.
I am a curious person who finds life and our world the source of constant wonder. My wife and I are in the delightful stage of life changing from parents to friends of three fine young men.

Prue Vanstan

Prue Vanstan

Deputy Principal, Foundation

My name is Prue and I’ve been teaching at St Joseph’s for the past 7 years. St Joseph’s School is a great place to work and a fantastic community in which to belong. Being in such a beautiful bush setting makes teaching and working here very special. I am lucky to be  part of a wonderful team of dedicated staff who are really supportive and caring. These are some of the reasons why I enjoy being part of St Joseph’s School community. Outside of school I love to read, spent time with family, caravan and travel. I am lucky that I have a great garden where I love growing roses and camellia’s. My companion in the garden and around my home is my beautiful Border Collie.

Alison Waldron

Alison Waldron

Office Administrator

I feel pretty fortunate to share lots of fun times with the children and to also support them when they are hurt or unwell. Our school is so warm and welcoming which is a really nice happy environment.
In my spare time I enjoy the great outdoors with my family and the simple pleasures in life.

Karen McQuade

Karen McQuade

Reading Recovery Teacher, Christian Life Leader

As a Reading Recovery teacher, I find great satisfaction in teaching Grade 1 students who have difficulty with literacy. It is rewarding to see my students gain confidence and good reading and writing strategies. As the RE leader, I enjoy working with teachers and children to help them understand the Christian faith. Outside of school I like to travel, visit friends, do gardening, walking, arts and crafts and reading.

Grade Prep Teachers

Prue Vanstan

Prue Vanstan

Deputy Principal, Foundation

My name is Prue and I’ve been teaching at St Joseph’s for the past 7 years. St Joseph’s School is a great place to work and a fantastic community in which to belong. Being in such a beautiful bush setting makes teaching and working here very special. I am lucky to be  part of a wonderful team of dedicated staff who are really supportive and caring. These are some of the reasons why I enjoy being part of St Joseph’s School community. Outside of school I love to read, spent time with family, caravan and travel. I am lucky that I have a great garden where I love growing roses and camellia’s. My companion in the garden and around my home is my beautiful Border Collie.

Grade 1/2 Teachers

Lisa Bourke

Lisa Bourke

Year 1/2 Teacher

I love teaching here at St Joseph’s. I am currently the Year 1/2 teacher. I enjoy getting to know each and every student, nurturing their gifts and talents and watching them grow as individuals. I challenge them to reach their potential as learners. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my own children at home and at their sporting activities.

Amie Psathas

Amie Psathas

Staff Role

tbc

Simone Traynor

Simone Traynor

2/3 class teacher

I started off my teaching career as a librarian and when I came over to St Joseph’s I became the ‘not so cool’ (so my daughter tells me) PE teacher.  After years of teaching in the classroom and after watching my own children graduate from St Joseph’s, I knew I was in the right community.  I feel lucky to be in a job where I can ’push’ my passion for books and sport to 20 different students every year.

Grade 3/4 Teachers

Pip Young

Pip Young

Classroom Teacher Grade 3/4

It is a privilege to teach in such a beautiful school environment. The grade 3/4 classroom provides a stimulating and safe learning environment for students during a stage in their lives of transformation and deep learning. The students are passionate and engaged and every day brings something new. St Josephs’ is a real community of learners, where students are respected, encouraged and challenged to be the best version of themselves.
Outside of school, I love to walk, often by the river, and have practiced yoga for as long as I can remember. I’m a passionate writer and reader, and I love music and dancing (and I love getting my students involved too!)

Grade 5/6 Teachers

Katie Vranken

Katie Vranken

5/6 teacher and Wellbeing Leader

Every day I love driving into the Valley to work.  When I arrive at school there are already many smiling faces of the students ready to learn.  I love the surroundings, the very happy students, the collaboration of staff and support of the families at St Joseph’s.  In my position as a Senior teacher I love working with the children in my class.  Every day they challenge me to become a better teacher.  I love their curiosity and eagerness to learn. In my Wellbeing role I love working with the families and students, especially during Friendship groups where we come together in small groups from Foundation to year 6.

Outside of school I love to be in my garden, spend time with my family and go on holidays.

Specialised Teachers

Liz O'Brien

Liz O'Brien

Classroom Teacher Year 5/6 and Whole School Japanese Teacher

The welcoming and warm community at St Joseph’s makes coming to work everyday a delightful experience. Working both in the classroom and as the Japanese teacher has allowed me to build relationships with all the students at the school, and bring Japanese out into the wider school community. Outside of school I enjoy reading, crafting and spending time outside in the garden with my family.

Alyson Whetham

Alyson Whetham

Teaching & Learning Leader

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.

Paula Reed

Paula Reed

Sport coordinator, Grade 2/3 and Foundation

Working at St Joseph’s is like being part of a large family. I love the beautiful natural setting and friendly environment. I enjoy working with such a committed staff and love providing children with opportunities to participate in a range of sports.

Brianna  Loves

Brianna Loves

STEAM Specialist

Working at St Joseph’s is such a pleasure. I am fortunate enough to be able to not only work in a beautiful bush setting with wonderful staff and students but I am able to teach subjects which I am truly passionate about. I am so proud of the way our students combine science and art to make new discoveries and challenge themselves.
When I am not at school I enjoy creating my own art, building our tiny house with a giant garden (almost there), bush walking and spending time with my family and friends.

Margaret Broderick

Margaret Broderick

Performing Arts

I enjoy working with students to build confidence and performance skills, culminating in our biennial whole school musical production.
I love helping develop the quality of the children’s singing, and seeing the enjoyment the choir brings to the various groups in the community for whom we perform.
When I’m not working, I love to travel and go to the theatre.

Support Staff

Di Hendriks

Di Hendriks

Library Technician

You can find magic wherever you look, sit back and relax, all you need is a book!”(Dr.Seuss)…and that’s where I come in. My favourite part of my job here is that I get to read some of the books while maintaining our wonderful collection, keeping it up-to-date, informative and appealing to the children. I hope to foster a love of books and learning through reading. I enjoy interacting with the children at lunchtime library times when they come in to explore, create or find a quiet, comfy spot to relax and read. This is a great opportunity for me to find out what the children’s interests are and plan for future new book additions to our library.  So when I’m not out enjoying the great outdoors, playing tennis or riding my bike, I’m encouraging children to read, which is another of my favourite things to do

Sue McConachy

Sue McConachy

Learning Support Officer

Hi my name is Sue McConachy, I have worked at St Joe’s for 12 years. In my role I work with individual and small groups of students. The best part of my day is when I see a student achieve success. The look of pride on their faces is inspiring.
When I am at home, my favourite thing to do is spend time with my very large loving family.  

Bek Spencer

Bek Spencer

Student Support Officer

I love building relationships with students and supporting them to become confident and independent learners with a particular focus on reading.
I am a mother of two lovely daughters who both share my passion for books.
In my spare time I advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and spend a lot of time talking to individuals in offshore detention trying to give them some hope and comfort.


Website, graphic design, videos & photography by Digital Schools |  www.digitalschools.com.au  |  Copyright ©2019 Digital Schools. All Rights Reserved