Staff - 2021

​​​​​​​​​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.

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 Assistant Principal Religious Education (APRE) - Mrs Katie O'Kane

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Hello!  My name is Katie O’Kane and I am excited to be the Assistant Principal Religious Education at St Ann’s.

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

Hello!  My name is Kathleen Andzue and I’m super excited to join St Ann’s as the Primary Learning Leader.

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. 

      
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Finance Officer - Mrs Karen Robb

Hi.  I'm Karen – Proud mother to two wonderful boys. 
In my spare time I love to lace up my hiking boots and go exploring – just to see what is around the next corner.  I am a traveller at heart and love to get away exploring in our caravan heading to the beach, the bush and anywhere our heart takes us.  I also love reading, yoga and Pilates.  You can find me fossicking at antique and collectables fairs, and garage sales looking to add to my collection of Shelley china and dreaming about all the things I love but can't afford.
I will be your contact person for School Fees.  I encourage you to pop in and say hi to put a face to the name.  I understand there are times in a families life where meeting School Fees may be difficult.  Please feel you can talk to me at any time.  We are here to help and can work out a payment plan agreeable to both you and the school.  I have found over the years open communication between families and the school eases the stress on both sides.  Of course these arrangements are always confidential.
I am excited to be part of the St Ann's family and look forward to getting to know you and your family over the coming years.


Enrolments Officer​ - Miss Melissa Kelso​

Hi. I'm Melissa.  I am the Enrolment and Administration Officer here at St Ann's and am available to answer any question you may have about our school and our enrolment process. I come to St Ann's following my previous role of 8 years at St Brigid's School in Rosewood.  
My role here, will be your first point of contact. If you have a question, if you need assistance, if you're worried about an issue, please don't hesitate to contact me. No question is too silly, no issue is too small. If I can help, I will and if I can't, I can have another member of our fantastic team get in contact with you. I will be first point of contact for your little ones also. If they feel unwell or if they need a band aid or even just five minutes of TLC. They will always feel welcomed and listened to.
I feel very blessed to be a part of the St Ann's School Community and I look forward to working with you and your family as our Communit​y grows. 
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Prep Green Teacher - Mrs Teresa Cheyne

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. 



Prep Green School Officer - Mr Russell Turner

Hi. My name is Mr Russell Turner and I will be one of the foundation School Officers starting in 2020. I am currently working as the Prep School Officer at Immaculate Heart School Leichhardt. I have also worked at Sacred Heart Primary School Booval for nearly 20 years as an Outside School Hours Care Coordinator. At Sacred Heart I was also involved in numerous  Behavioural Management Programs helping children with needs.

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 life.

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. 

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Prep Gold Teacher - Ms Lara Martin

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!

​Prep Gold School Officer - Mrs Jo-Anne Pitt

​Hi. My name is Jo-Anne Pitt and I am very excited to be part of the foundation team at St Ann's as a Prep School Officer. I have been at Ipswich Grammar School for the past 3 years as a Prep School Officer, and prior to that I was at Emmaus College for 7 years. I enjoy working with children and assisting them with their education.  

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.

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Year 1 Red Teacher - Ms Rhiannon Lowe 

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. 

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Year 1 Green Teacher - Mrs Karen Oudyn

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 walking.

I eagerly look forward to meeting the families of the St. Ann’s community.





​​Year 1 Support Teacher Thursday/Friday - Mr John Salmon

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.

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Year 2 Green Teacher - Mrs Miranda Kunde​

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 weekends.

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. 


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Year 3 Green Teacher - Mr Conor Dallmann

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.

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Year 4 Green Teacher - Ms Belinda Mastroianni

​Hello! My name is Belinda Mastroianni and I am blessed to join the St Ann’s teaching team. I join the St Ann’s team with over 7 years of teaching experience. Currently, I am teaching Year 4 at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Gatton. Over my teaching career I have taught across the curriculum in Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4. I have successfully piloted and implemented a 1:1 laptop program and am excited to implement digital technologies across the curriculum to enhance all student’s learning and engagement. Next year, it will be a great experience to trial NAPLAN online.  

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.  

 Year 2 - 4 Support Teacher - Ms Bianca Brugioni

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. 

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​​Teacher Librarian - ​Mrs Libby Fel​sman

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.

​​Library Aide - ​Mrs Colleen McHugh (Semester 1)
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My name is Colleen McHugh and I’m an assistant in the library at St Ann’s School. After some years teaching French and English in Australia and overseas, I’ve really enjoyed making the move to working in school libraries.

I’ve been at St Ann’s since the start of Semester 2 2020 and I love seeing the joy on students’ faces when they find a book they like!

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Visual and Performing Arts Teacher - ​Ms Kellie Holmes

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.


Support Teacher Inclusive Education (STIE) -
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My name is Gemma Troughton (Mrs T) and I am the Support Teacher for Inclusive Education here at St Ann's. I like to think of myself as the bread in an inclusive education sandwich. At the centre is the child and all the other 'fillings' are made up of different experts assisting the child. For, example, classroom teacher, speech pathologist, guidance counsellor, EAL/D teacher, support teachers, school officers and external specialists are all in that sandwich. My role sits around these people (as the bread)  to ensure all the shareholders are working together to enable the child (at the centre) the opportunity to successfully access the curriculum. You can find me here at St Ann's on Wednesday and Thursday.​
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Student Welfare Worker  - Charles Cizungu Mushosia
Hello! I 'm Charles and I am so excited to join St. Ann's School as the School Chaplain / Student Welfare Worker.
I am originally from the central part of Africa "Heart of Africa" in the country called DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo).
I have been in 14 countries, mostly African countries and I have spent most of life working for children in schools, centres and parishes. I spend most of my weekends in church activities and I am strongly connected to my faith. I am looking forward to sharing that connection with YOU.

I feel so amazing to be part of the St. Ann's Community and I can't wait to meet and have a chat with you all. "
​​Guidance Counsellor - ​Ms Jenny Xu

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. ​


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EALD Teacher - ​Ms Genevieve Machin
English as an Additional Language/Dialect

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.



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Groundsman - ​Mr Abdulrahman Adam

School Officer - ​Mrs Fiona Titman

Hi. I am Fiona, new to the St Ann's school community in Term 3, 2021. I am privileged and blessed to be working as a school officer at St Ann's. At the moment, I am working with students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2. I am enjoying getting to know all the wonderful students at St Ann's!

When I'm not at school, I am spending time with my family, keeping busy with my children's afterschool sports training.

In my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends, eating out (love love love Thai and Indian food-the spicier the better), binge watching TV shows, reading and gardening. Any tips or tricks for repelling possums from eating my plants is much appreciated!

I am excited to be a part of the growing St Ann's community. ​


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School Officer - Activities Administrator - ​Mrs Erica Roche

Hello.  My name is Erica Roche and I come to St Ann's in a newly created role as Activities Administrator providing co-curricular opportunities to our students before, during, and after school.  You will find me here on Monday and Wednesday​.  My Husband and I have 3 son's that keep me busy on weekends with sport.  When we have free time we love going to the beach or catching up with extended family.

I am excited to be part of the St Ann's School community and I look forward to getting to know you and your family.