Staff - 2020

​​​​​Staff for 2020

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. We are looking forward to opening next year and developing strong relationships within our community as we are Inspired by Faith to Innovate, Contribute and Thrive.

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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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Support Teacher Inclusive Education (STIE) - Ms Beth Matthews

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My name is Beth Matthews and I am honoured to be the foundation Support Teacher: Inclusive Education at St Ann’s School.  I firmly believe that I have the best job in the whole school because my role allows me to work with all the amazing parents, children and staff at St Ann’s and to champion those students whose learning experiences are enhanced by targeted support. 

Anyone can need extra support at any point in time, either because they have been sick and missed some school, are injured and having trouble writing or getting around, sad because they’ve lost a beloved pet, grieving a family member or friend or battling the daily issues that arise from additional learning needs.  Although qualified to teach P – 12, my specialty areas have been Literacy support and Inclusive Education for more than 25 years.

My family and I share our home life with 12 pets.  I enjoy working with my horses and am learning a few words in Spanish to praise them during our liberty lessons.  I have been lucky enough to see some other parts of our incredible planet and look forward to travelling more with my husband when our twins are financially independent!

If you are at Town Square before the end of the school year please feel free to pop into our enrolment office and introduce yourselves.  I would love to meet you and your beautiful child.  


 

Teacher Librarian/Learning Coordinator (TLLC) - TBA


 

Finance Officer - Mrs Karen Robb

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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 come to St Ann's as the Finance Officer from 14 years at Sacred Heart School in Booval.  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 blessed with two beautiful teenage daughters. 
so most of my time is filled with sporting commitments, part time jobs and learner driving. In my spare time, I love my sport. NRL and Soccer being my favourite sports. I am a home supporter so Brisbane Broncos and Brisbane Roar will always get my cheers from the sideline. 
 I come to St Ann's as the Enrolment and Administration Officer after 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. 

 

Prep Teacher - Ms Clare Carpenter

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Hello! My name is Clare Carpenter and I am excited to announce that I will be one of the Prep teachers at St Ann’s.

It is a privilege to be involved in the education of young children and I enjoy this role immensely. When not at school, I enjoy spending time involved in a variety of sporting commitments, whether it be my son’s soccer or my triathlon races and training. I am very fortunate to be able to enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Currently, I am a prep teacher at Immaculate Heart School, Leichhardt. I have been teaching now for over 10 years. I first started my teaching career in the Rockhampton Diocese where I had the privilege to work at a brand-new school, St Francis Tannum Sands. During my two years there I taught preschool and year 2. I was then posted to St Therese’ Monto where I taught Prep/1 and 2/3 as well as taking on the role of Acting APRE. In 2010, I moved back home to Brisbane and took on a teaching position at Immaculate Heart School.

I am looking forward to working with you as your child starts or continues their educational journey. ​


Prep 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 Teacher - Mrs Melanie Bevan

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My name is Mrs. Bevan and I am going to be your Prep teacher in 2020. I have been teaching Year One at St Joseph’s School Bardon for three years and before that I was teaching Prep in Cairns for three years, where I was so lucky to explore wonderful places like the Great Barrier Reef.

I recently got married in July 2019 and my husband and I love spending time with our cocker spaniel puppy – Rodney, spending time with our family and friends and we enjoy being outdoors especially at the beach and exploring markets.  I have two brothers, a mum and dad and we all love going on camping holidays where our favourite places are Kingscliff and Lennox Heads and in Northern New South Wales.

I am looking forward to being your teacher and helping you to grow and develop throughout the year. I love having fun in the classroom and making sure that we enjoy learning in lots of different ways. I can’t wait to find out what you love doing and learning all about you and your family. I know that we are going to have lots of laughs and fun and work together in those tricky times. I hope you have a happy and safe holiday and I can’t wait to see your smiling faces in 2020.

Prep 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 - Mrs Karen Oudyn

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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 2020 in anticipation of meeting the families of the St. Ann’s community.


Year 2 - Miss Miranda McNamara

Hello! My name is Miranda McNamara 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 - Ms Belinda Mastroianni

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​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.