Staff for 2021
Principal - Mr Sonny Smith
I have been an educator since 2000 and started my teaching
career at Sacred Heart, Booval. After 4 years there I took a teaching position
with Edmund Rice Education at St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane before
accepting my first leadership role at Nudgee Junior College (NJC),
Indooroopilly as Deputy Principal. I stayed there for nine years and was part
of the Project Management Team which saw NJC grow into Ambrose Treacy College
(ATC), which is a Year 4 to Year 12 College. I re-entered Brisbane Catholic
Education in 2015 and spent time at St James, Coorparoo, St Oliver Plunkett,
Cannon Hill and Immaculate Heart, Leichhardt before accepting the position as
Principal at St Ann’s School, Redbank Plains.
I feel very blessed to
have been appointed to this community and work on an open and transparent
platform where I am listening to the voices of our families to make sure we are
developing a strong faith based and learning community. Please feel free to pop
in and have a chat at any time during the school term.
Most of my time outside of school is taken up chasing my children Grace (Year 7), Kobe (Year 6) and Jobe (Year 3) across most of South East Qld as they play a multitude of sports and are involved in many additional co-curricular activities. I am a firm believer in creating a good balance for children between outside and inside play. We have a dog named, Jacko (he is a Jack Russell and my children named him) and my favourite holiday destination is Stradbroke Island as it makes me feel like I am going overseas.
The Year 2021 brings some amazing challenges for our school and I look forward to working with you as we are called to be who we are dreamed to be.
Assistant Principal Religious Education (APRE) - Mrs Katie O'Kane
My husband and I have two children and a little puppy called
Athena. We are an active family and I
particularly enjoy playing sports, being my own Master Chef and going to the
beach. I have a strong commitment to my
faith and parish community and look forward to sharing this with the community
of St Ann’s.
Please come and introduce yourself to me, I am always happy
to have a chat. I look forward to working
with you and your family to build a welcoming and supportive community where your
children can grow, flourish and enjoy life.
Primary Learning Leader (PLL) - Miss Kathleen Andzue
I have three children with Francis plus a dog (Haku) that the kids
call the fourth child. As a family we love the arts, especially music and have
a passion for the outdoors. You’ll usually find us out at the beach or lake
swimming, kayaking or fishing. I also love to read and can cook a pretty decent
chicken curry – well, my family think so.
I come to St Ann’s after spending ten years at St Francis College
in Crestmead as an Arts Teacher, Classroom Teacher and Primary Learning Leader.
I’ve taught in New Zealand and Nauru and have recently returned from Singapore
observing teaching and learning practices.
I feel very fortunate to be part of the St Ann’s Community and cannot wait to
meet you all.
Hi. I'm Teresa. I am so excited to be the Prep Green Teacher from Term 2 for our wonderful Prep students at St Ann's. I've previously worked with students at St Mark's, Inala and am very happy to be joining St Ann's in 2021.When I'm not at school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also love baking and can't wait to share my love of cooking with the students at St Ann's. I am so excited to be part of the St Ann's Community working with the Prep students and their families.
I have been married for 33 years to my wife
Christine who is a Behavioural Management School Officer at St. Peter Claver
Riverview. I have 4 children, 2 of which are school teachers. We also have 4
grandchildren which keeps us very busy but we have a very enjoyable family
In my spare time I am an amateur Bird
Photographer which I enjoy very much and also like Deep Sea Fishing (just
to keep the Family fed). Also I like doing art, painting and drawings. On
weekends we all get together for laughs and meals and just having family fun.
I am looking forward so much to starting at St Ann's in 2020 and bringing Catholic values and my experience working with children to the school. This will be very exciting times laying the foundation in the year 2020 and for many years to come.
Hello! My name is Lara and I am guiding the children of Prep Gold during the first year of their primary learning journey. I am but one link in the important chain that will comprise their life experiences. I have been teaching in the Early Years for the past nine years and my journey has led me to St Ann's for my tenth.
I am very family oriented and love spending my time with those closest to me. My personal interests include photography, art exhibitions, long brunches and scenic walks around the Great South East.
I'm looking forward to a wonderful year of learning and growth with my littles!
I am married and have 2 grown up children. In my
spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends. We
love going to the beach and seeing new places. Gardening and cooking is also
another passion of mine.
I am excited to be starting at St Ann's and working with
your child as they start their educational journey in 2020.
It is such a privilege to be able to be a part of your child's learning journey, and I'm so excited about the year ahead. I have taken the long road to primary teaching, with a background in case management and counselling in the human services sector for 20 years, before being led to where I believe my true calling is, as a teacher. Although I am newish to teaching, I have spent the last 5 years working in education, in a variety of roles, most recently as the Learning Enhancement Teacher for St. Ann's in the second half of 2020.
When not at school, I am Mum to 2 teenagers, and 2 crazy dogs. I spend most of my spare time running around after all of them, but occasionally I squeeze in a good book or Netflix show.
Hi, my name is Rhiannon. I'm very excited to be teaching Year One this year. I feel very lucky to begin my teaching career working with the staff, students, and families at St Ann's.
I have recently moved to Brisbane from Hervey Bay. I love to spend my free time at the beach with my friends, family, and my dogs. I also like to read books, watch movies, and go for long walks.
I pride myself in forming rich relationships with students, staff, and families. As well as creating a safe, happy, and inclusive classroom environment. I can't wait to see how the students at St Ann's grow and strive this year.
Hello! My name is Karen Oudyn and I am excited and honoured
to be part of the foundation team at St. Ann’s.
My surname is of Dutch origin and is pronounced “O’ Dane”.
I have been teaching in BCE schools for 30 years and for the
past 28 years I have been privileged to teach at the unique, diverse learning
community of St. Mark’s.
My family means the world to me and I am blessed with a
wonderful husband, three beautiful children and an adorable grandson. When not
at school, my days are filled with family time. Together, we enjoy picnics,
barbeques and each other’s company. I also have a love for stargazing and bush
I eagerly look forward to 2020 in anticipation of meeting
the families of the St. Ann’s community.
Hello. My name is John Salmon and I am delighted to be joining the St Ann's school community as a Year One Support Teacher every Thursday and Friday beginning in Term Two. I have taught at various Brisbane Catholic Education schools for 36 years and I am looking forward to the opportunity of serving this wonderful school in 2021.
I am married to my wife Jacinta and we have a son with whom we enjoy family get togethers. We are the proud owners of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Ringo. I spend my down time playing guitar and listening to music. I also work out regularly at my local gym and on holidays, we will usually be found at the beach and coffee shops.
I bring enthusiasm, a love of teaching and a wealth of experience to my new role and I am looking forward to working with Mrs Oudyn, Ms Lowe, Mrs Longmire and the outstanding Year One students.
Hello! My name is Miranda and I am excited to be one of the teachers at St Ann’s.
Teaching has been my passion
since I was a young teenager and it is so rewarding to be involved in the
educational journey of children. In my
spare time, I enjoy playing, coaching and umpiring hockey and at the moment
organising my wedding for next year. I
love spending time with my family and enjoy catching up with friends on the
Currently, I am teaching year
4 at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank. I
am very excited for the year ahead, working with you and your child as they
continue their learning journey.
Hi, my name is Conor Dallmann and I will be the Year 3 teacher at St Ann's School in 2021.
Teaching has always been my passion; this will be my 3rd year teaching primary school students and I have been coaching children and adults of all ages in Judo and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu since I was 16. I was fortunate enough to be selected to represent QLD and Australia in these sports for a number of years as well as competing as a sponsored athlete while I was completing my university studies.
I pride myself on forming quality relationships and you will often find me out playing soccer with students during their break times. I am a firm believer that it takes many people to lift a child up to their fullest potential and it is a privilege to be a part of their journey.
As a teacher, I pride myself in creating
a safe, supportive, engaging and inclusive environment where students can be
risk takers, taking responsible for their own learning. I value collaboration
and encourage open communication. In my free time, I enjoy travelling to new
places, going on adventures or just spending time with my family and friends.
It is a privilege to begin this new adventure and I cannot wait to be a part of
your child’s learning journey.
Hi I'm Bianca Brugioni!
I am originally from South Africa, I moved to Australia with my family as a child and completed my schooling in Australia.
I am an avid traveller and have spent many a school holiday overseas, exploring various countries and cultures. I always feel like experiencing another way of life adds something a bit special to my own. I recently spent a year in Canada, completing my Masters of Education degree.
I have been teaching since 2014 and still firmly believe it is what I am called to do. I will be in a support teacher role in 2021 at St Ann's, and look forward to this new challenge. I am so excited to be part of the St Ann's community.
Hello. My name is Libby Felsman and I am excited to join the St Ann's school community as Teacher Librarian. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, especially outdoors. We also love cooking and trying different types of crafts, especially box construction. Reading is one of my favourite hobbies and I enjoy reading a wide variety of books.
I have been working as a Teacher Librarian for over 10 years now and I love it! There is so much about my job that I love. I love seeing a student's eyes light up when they are describing a book they have enjoyed. I also love seeing how proud students are when they move into reading chapter books independently. I look forward to creating all sorts of different opportunities to encourage the students at St Ann's to enjoy reading.
Hello! My name is Kellie Holmes and I am your child’s teacher for The Arts this year.
When I’m not at school I enjoy roller-skating, swing dancing and playing keyboard in an 80’s cover duo. I am hoping I can spread my love of art, and the joy of music and dance throughout St Anns.
Hello! My name is Jenny Xu (Ms Jenny), and I am the Guidance Counsellor here at St Ann's. The role of Guidance Counsellor can vary greatly between schools and also within schools. Here at St Ann's, I am heavily involved in our Student Support Meetings that are held weekly and are aimed to work collaboratively to make school a safe, fun and positive learning environment for all our children.
My days at St Ann's are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The best process for contacting me is to leave a message at the office or email to the school is welcomed. If the matter is not urgent, the best place to start is with your child's teacher as they are the ones that see your child every day and will get to know them well.
Hello, my name is Emma Ried and I am so honoured to be a part of your children's lives and journeys at St Anns as our school based Speech Pathologist. I joined the school in 2020 and have loved every minute so far. My clinical experience includes work in disability, NDIS, private and education sectors.
I am passionate about providing a holistic approach that builds on our student's strengths and capabilities. Communication and language are underlying factors for all of our students learning journeys whether this be through understanding, expressing themselves, developing social connections or developing written communication skills. I am grateful to be a part of the puzzle that helps our students to grow and achieve their full potential.
When I am not working you can usually find me at home with my 2 year old Labradoodle, Opal. I enjoy going to the beach or staying in painting or with a good book.
Hi! My name is Genevieve and I am the EALD Teacher at St Ann's School. I have been a classroom Primary School teacher for 16 years and also worked in International Schools in Italy and Switzerland. I love travelling and learning about people from other cultures and their languages.
I have 2 sons and a border collie. I enjoy taking our dog for a walk to the beach or to the dog park on the weekends. I also enjoy swimming and tennis.
I am looking forward to supporting your son/daughter with English this year and meeting you throughout the year.