I have been an educator since 2000 and started my teaching career at Sacred Heart, Booval. After 4 years there I joined Edmund Rice Education at St Laurence's College, South Brisbane and Nudgee Junior College, Indooroopilly for 11 years.
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 every day 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 12), Kobe (Year 11) and Jobe (Year 8) across most of South East Qld as they play a multitude of sports and instruments. 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 Melbourne, but only for a holiday. I always love coming back to Brisbane.
The Year 2024 brings some difficult challenges for our school as we come out of lockdowns, online learning environments and restricted access for our families to the school. Our staff are committed to ensuring that the challenge will be met and your children will achieve to their potential. I look forward to working with you as we are “called to be who we are dreamed to be".
I started my teaching career in Brisbane Catholic Education in 2005 where I was a classroom teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank. During this time, I taught many grades and enjoyed building a strong Parish-School connection. Since 2018 I have been part of many BCE communities including St Francis College, Crestmead, St Mark's, Inala and St Oliver Plunkett, Cannon Hill. In 2019 I was appointed as the Foundation APRE at St Ann's School, Redbank Plains.
Throughout my career I have enjoyed being part of many diverse communities. It is a privledge to commit myself to the establishment of a new Catholic school and grow a community of faith, hope, love and courage.
Outside of work, I spend time with my family and taking my children to their various afterschool activities. We are an active family who enjoy the many adventures of life.
My life is inspired by the words of St Mary MacKillop, 'Never see a need without doing something about it'. I bring this commitment and passion to the St Ann's School community as we build a welcoming and supportive environment where your children can grow, flourish and enjoy life.
Hello! My name is Kathleen Andzue and I'm super excited to be the Primary Learning Leader at St Ann's School, Redbank Plains.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 recently went to Singapore, observing teaching and learning practices.
I feel very fortunate to be part of the St Ann's Community and look forward to working with you all.
I proudly live within the Ipswich community and am excited to continue my Catholic journey with St Ann's in 2024.
Over the past 15 years I have been involved within the education sector with exposure to International, Indigenous and Catholic learning. All these wonderful schools have taught me so much about how there are so many different pathways to receive the education that is best suited to each child.
Personally, I have two wonderful sons that have finished their schooling and are now on a university path. Plus a beautiful King Charles Cavalier who is very much a part of the family. My hobbies are spending time at home with family and friends and gardening.
Hello, I'm Kiarni and I am excited to be a part of the St Ann's community.
I am blessed to have an amazing husband, two beautiful boys, and two fur babies. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, boating and fishing.
Our favourite holiday destination in QLD is Fraser, you will catch us there a few times throughout the year.
I look forward helping the families of St Ann's.
Hello, I'm Linda and I'm excited to be introducing new families to St Ann's in my role as the Enrolments Officer as well as getting to support the school community in administration.
I come to St Ann's from 6 years at St Aidan's, Corinda and other roles within government and education backgrounds. I strive to always do my very best and leave a positive impact. I'm also a Mum to two teens so I understand how important the school journey is for children and their families.
I look forward to showcasing all St Ann's has to offer.
Administration & Media Officer – Mrs Belinda Metcalfe
Hello! My name is Belinda Metcalfe and I am excited to be part of St Ann's as the Administration & Media Officer.
You will find me in the office Wednesday-Friday. When I am not at school, I am spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I have three children and our dog Rusty. I love going to the beach, travelling and camping.
I look very forward to seeing you all in the office and meeting our new families.
My name is Jacinta Cusack. Catholic Education is very important to me and I've been teaching with Brisbane Catholic Education for many years. I have a specialisation in Early Years Education and a great passion for teaching in the Early Years. I enjoy working with our youngest learners and their families in this important phase of their education. It is always an incredible journey watching the children grow and learn during this important stage of school.
Outside of school, I enjoy family time, bushwalking, beach time, barbecues with family and friends and gardening. Family life is very important to me. I have two daughters and two sons and a beautiful dog, called Lily. She is a border collie cross kelpie. Lily is a very active girl and a special part of our family.
I am very excited to be continuing with the team at St Ann's and I look forward to the journey ahead.
Hi, I'm Alex Diaz and I am excited to be in Prep Green as a school officer. I have previously worked with students at STAC and St Francis Xavier, Goodna. I have three wonderful children and a loving fur baby Lulu.
In my spare time I love to watch movies, listen to music and I enjoy doing 5km walks for charities. I am looking forward to being part of the St Ann's community.
Hi! My name is Olivia Bosci (Miss B), and I am so excited to continue my teaching journey at St Ann's this year. I cannot wait to take on the role of Prep Red's teacher. Last year I taught in Year 2 where I had so much fun, and I am ready to have just as much fun in Prep this year. My goal is to create a safe, inclusive, and happy learning environment where all students can feel successful in their learning.
After graduating high school, I commenced my teaching degree right away as I love being in the classroom and wanted to get here as soon as possible. I was lucky enough to complete my degree six months early which gave me some time to travel around Europe. My hobbies include swimming, netball and snuggling under a blanket and watching my favourite TV Show!
I'm looking forward to a great year and getting to continue my journey at St Ann's.
My name is Glenda Paessler and I am excited to be continuing with the team at St Ann's as the school officer in Prep Red. I have been working for 14 years as a Prep School Officer with 11 of those years at St Josephs at Corinda.
I am married with 3 daughters and our family also includes our 2 dogs, a German Shepherd named Kaia and a labradoodle named Bella along with a cat named Archie!
Some of my favourite things to do are walking my dogs, hiking, camping, going to the beach and exploring different places. I love to travel so every school holidays will see us somewhere new, either in Australia or overseas. I am really excited to get to know our little preppies and their families!
Hello, my name is Jessica Arndell and I will be the Prep Gold teacher for 2024. I have been working within the Catholic education system for the past ten years with majority of my time being spent in the Early Years. I am passionate about the Early Years as I believe they are the building blocks to help students succeed throughout their entire learning journey.
Outside of school I chase after my two young children and our dog. I love reading, camping and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to being part of the St Ann's community and developing relationships with my students and their families throughout this year.
Hi! My name is Justine and I am so excited to be joining the St Ann's team as the school officer in Prep Gold. I have recently moved back from England after spending 16 years over there. That's where I met my husband and had my three beautiful daughters. While over there I worked in a small catholic school as a teaching assistant and dance teacher. As much as I loved the snow, it was time to come back to Australia to enjoy the warm weather. We love going to the beach, pool days and dancing in the kitchen. I look forward to meeting all of the students at St Ann's
Hi! My name is Kate Seaton and I am so excited to be part of the St Ann's community this year. I cannot wait to take on the role of Support Teacher for Prep. I have taught Prep and Year 1 for the past 5 years at St Joseph's, Corinda and have a passion for teaching in the early years. My goal is to create a safe, inclusive, and happy learning environment where all students can feel successful in their learning.
Before I worked at Corinda, I lived in France for 6 years working within various bilingual and international schools which was an amazing experience. I love travelling and spending time at the beach. I have 1 fur baby (Bobbie the Cavoodle) who takes up most of my spare time as he gets into lots of mischief.
I am looking forward to a great year and getting to know all the families at St Ann's.
Hi. I'm Teresa. I am so excited to be the Year 1 Green Teacher for our wonderful students at St Ann's. I've previously worked with students at St Mark's, Inala and am very happy to be working at St Ann's.
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. I am so excited to be part of the St Ann's community working with the Year 1 students and their families.
Hello! My name is Thomas McTaggart, and I am very excited about continuing my teaching journey at St. Ann's. I am passionate about enriching children's lives and forming quality relationships. I am also passionate about sports, particularly AFL; my favourite team is Carlton. I am so excited to be part of the St Ann's community, working with the Year 1 student and their families. I also look forward to developing my skills as a graduate teacher and exploring the challenges and triumphs within the classroom.
Hello! My name is Siobhan Molloy and I am extremely excited to be the Support Teacher Early Years (Year 1).
This year will be my 22nd year of teaching, with the majority of my career being in Prep. I feel privileged to be taking on this Year 1 Support Role and can't wait to begin.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have five children and four dogs, which makes one big fun and crazy family. I look forward to being a part of educating your child's hearts and minds this year.
Hi, my name is Zoe Bogiatzis (Miss B). I am so excited about continuing with the St Ann's community and working with the Year Two Green students to grow and strive in their learning journeys.
I am an Early Careers Teacher having recently completed my Bachelor of Education studies. I am particularly devoted to teaching Early Years with most of my experience having been in Year Two classrooms. I pride myself in forming quality relationships with my students, ensuring it's a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment.
Prior to commencing my tertiary studies, I lived in Abu Dhabi, UAE working for Etihad Airways as a flight attendant. I was fortunate to travel to many countries and learn about various cultures. This experience helped me to develop a skill set that I cannot wait to share with the St Ann's community. I am excited for the year ahead and cannot wait to meet the families of St Ann's.
Hey everyone! I'm Taylah Cartmel, and I'm absolutely thrilled to be part of the incredible St Ann's community. As soon as I stepped through the school doors, the genuine smiles from both the staff and the children made me feel right at home.
I find joy walking in nature, flowing in Yoga and being with my beautiful dog Alfie. I have been teaching for Brisbane Catholic Education for 5 Years and have also had exciting opportunities teaching children Yoga. I am so excited to be part of the St Ann's community working with the Year 2 students and their families.
My name is Ms Tonia Taua. I've been teaching for 24 years and have taught in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the Cook Islands. I began teaching as a HPE teacher and have gradually worked my way down into the Primary years . I currently reside in the Cook Islands but come to Australia most years to further my recency of practice.
My children , grandchildren and great grandchildren and siblings live here so I also get to spend time with them.
I enjoy teaching at St. Anns as it supports my vision of supporting and collaborating with students to enable them to reach their full potential.
Hello, my name is Annie Badcock (Ms B) and I'm blessed to be working at St Ann's as the Support Teacher in Year 2. I have five adult children and one grandson. My husband and I love spending time at the beach, and you will find us there most weekends. We love fishing, sitting by a campfire and spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy walking and yoga.
I come to St Ann's after teaching at several different schools throughout Brisbane over the past 20 years. My area of speciality is teaching in the Early Years with additional qualifications in Learning Support and Guidance Counselling. I look forward to being a part of the learning journey for the stduents and families of St Ann's.
Hello, my name is Sharon Bell and I am excited to be joining the St Ann's Community. I have previously worked at St Augustine's College in Prep and Year 1. Over the past 17 years, I have had the pleasure teaching in educational settings, ranging from BCE, Public and Independent Schools, spanning from Prep-12. My experience encompasses diverse teaching, leadership, and support roles, in both Queensland and Victoria.
My husband and I are blessed with two cheeky boys, and two snuggly pups - Monte and Oreo. As a family, we love creating memories through 'family adventures'. This often sees us travelling and exploring the amazing world around us.
I look forward to connecting and getting to know all of St Ann's families and the wider community in the upcoming year.
Hello! My name is Daniel Grant, and I am very excited to be joining the St Ann's community as the Year 3 teacher in 2024. This year is my first year as a newly graduated teacher, so I am very excited to learn all about the students and the school values!
Whilst I was still studying at University, I worked at Graceville State School OSHC for 2 years which was a wonderful experience. I love sports and getting outside with my mates to kick the footy or playing in my social TRL team. I am looking forward to working with the Year 3 students and their families whilst developing my skills as a graduate teacher and exploring the challenges and triumphs within the classroom!
Hi there, my name is Roxy Steward and I am so excited to begin my journey at St Ann's in 3 Red. This year will be my 10th year of teaching and I have managed to teach all year levels so far!
In my spare time I love roller-skating with my husband and going shopping with my baby girl. I also have two dachshunds who love going for walks with the family.
I am excited to be a part of the St Ann's community and am ready to welcome you into my classroom for 2024.
Hi! My Name is Jack McGraw. I am extremely excited to be joining the St Ann's community in 2024. This year I will be the teacher for Year 4 Green.
I have previously worked within Brisbane Catholic Education at both Our Lady of the Angels, Wavell Heights, and St Flannan's, Zillmere. During this time, I have taken great pride in watching students achieve their goals and develop a lifelong love for learning. I cannot wait to watch the students of St Ann's do the same.
When I'm not a school I can be found training and playing Rugby League within the Redcliffe Dolphins System. I also love going to the movies, walking my dog Henry, and playing PlayStation.
I have been blessed to be welcomed into such a wonderful group of staff and am looking forward to getting to know my students and their families.
Hi! My Name is Emily Smith. I have been a Primary School Teacher with Brisbane Catholic Education since 2016. For all of my career I have been at St Matthew's School. I am very much looking forward to my new journey here at St Ann's. I am a strong believer in having a safe, inclusive and fun classroom environment.
I recently got married and live with my amazing husband William in our townhouse we bought early last year. We both love Disney, travelling and playing the Nintendo Switch (mostly Lego games). When I am not at school I love a good Netflix show, looking after my nephew, playing and watching netball.
I am so excited to join the St Ann's community and look forward to building relationships with the families. Here's to a wonderful year!
Hello! My name is Karen Oudyn and I am 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.
Hi! My name is Jennifer Day and I am excited to be the 5 Green teacher for 2024. I am entering my seventh year of teaching and have previously taught in a variety of rural and suburban schools, most recently at Sacred Heart, Booval. When I'm not at school, I enjoy gardening, hiking and playing with my lovely puppy dogs!
I love working with children and teaching is very much my passion. I am very much looking forward to getting to know the St Ann's community.
Year 6 Green Teacher – Mr Paul Willey
Hi everybody! My name is Paul Willey and I am excited to be teaching Year 6 in 2024!
This is my third year at St Ann's and I am looking forward to meeting all the new faces in our community and catching up with all those who are returning.
I have been working in primary school education for almost twenty years. When I'm not in the classroom, you'll probably find me out an about, spending time with family and friends.
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 Ann's.
Hi! My name is Naomi and I am happy to be continuing at St Ann's as the Health & Physical Education Teacher for Years 3-6. I have taught in BCE schools for the past 17 years.
I am married and have three adult children and one who has just started Year 12. In my spare time I love to be active and enjoy walking, going to the gym and the beach. My family is important to me and we spend a lot of time together. I also have two dogs that keep me very busy.
I look forward to meeting the families of the St Ann's community.
Hello. My name is Libby Felsman and I am excited to be a part of 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.
Hi. My name is Mr Russell Turner and I am one of the foundation School Officers who started in 2020. I worked as the Prep School Officer at Immaculate Heart School, Leichhardt. I also worked at Sacred Heart Primary School Booval for nearly 20 years as an Outside School Hours Care Coordinator. At Sacred Heart I was involved in numerous Behavioural Managemet Programs helping children with needs.
I have been married for 33 years to my wife Christine. I have 4 children, 2 of which are school teachers. We also have 4 grandchildren which keep us very busy and have an enjoyable family life.
In my spare time I am an amateur Bird Photographer which I enjoy very much and I also like deep sea fishing . I like doing art, painting and drawings. On weekends we all get together for laughs and meals and juts having family fun. I am excited to bring Catholic values and my experience working with children to St Ann's.
Hi, my name is Celine Casken and I work as the library assistant in our wonderful school library. I have worked in both public and school libraries across three different states and now call QLD home.
I love spending time with my young son and husband and enjoy travelling, reading a good book or heading to the beach. I can't wait to share the joy of reading with our students.
Hi, my name is Adrian Jacovelli and I am excited to be part of the St Ann's community as a Library Assistant. Reading and listening to music are one of my favourite hobbies. I love all sports and I play cricket.
I relocated to Brisbane from Melbourne last year.
I have been working as a library assistant for almost 20 years and I am loving it.
I can't wait to share the joy with all the students.
Hi! My name is Jordan Davie and I am excited to be a School Officer-Student Focus at St Ann's. I am currently studying teaching and have a passion for working with children. When I am not at school, I enjoy playing soccer. My favourite team is Manchester United. I have 2 boxer dogs.
I look forward to working with the St Ann's community in 2024.
Hello, my name is Megan Danesi and I am excited to be a part of the St Ann's community. Throughout my career I have been fortunate enough to combine my love of teaching with my love of travel. This has allowed me to teach in a range of Queensland communities within the Brisbane Catholic Education Diocese and in the United Kingdom. My broad experiences have helped me to develop a skill set that I cannot wait to share with the St Ann's community.
I am looking forward to working closely with you to help deliver the best learning experiences for your child.
I began my teaching journey in Child Care (12 years) and after having my 2 beautiful children changed into the Primary setting. I have been in the Primary setting for over 15 years and in that time have done a variety of roles- Classroom Teacher, English as a 2nd Language and finally the role of Support Teacher: Inclusive Education. I have my Bachelor in Education, Grad Cert in Inclusive Education, Grad Cert in Hearing Impairment and the degree I am most proud of is my Masters in Education (majoring in Trauma-Informed Practice). I love the diversity that my job gives, as it allows me to work with an amazing array of staff and children in a variety of age groups and abilities. I see my role as one of supporting staff and families, of children with additional needs, through the challenges and successes that we encounter every day. I'm looking forward to working with the staff, families and children of St Ann's in 2024 and beyond.
Hello! My name is Bec Errey and I am very excited to be continuing in the St Ann's community as an additional Support Teacher for Inclusive Education. I have been teaching in BCE schools for 12 years and for the past 10 years I have been part of the wonderful St Mary's community in Laidley.
A priority for me is forming positive relationships with staff, students, and their families. I believe in being a positive role model to students and establishing a safe and supportive learning environment. This plays a key role in how students perform and make choices throughout the school year and shapes their mindsets they will carry through life.
My family is my whole world and I am very blessed to have two beautiful daughters, Ella and Evie. We love to go camping to different places whenever we get the chance, from the sunny coast to exploring rainforests and remote locations in the outback. Our chihuahua Bambi loves to come on our holidays as well!
My working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I am really looking forward to getting to know the St Ann's community and watching the students learn and grow in 2024! My door is always open so please come and see me!
Hi! My name is Loryn Alexander and I am very excited to be apart of the Learning Specialist Team as their School Officer this year, moving from Prep last year. I started my Education Support journey last year, and have a huge passion for helping shape little minds. Previously I have worked within the disability sector as a Support Coordinator before moving into school based support. When I am not working, you will find me with my two children and two furbabies. We enjoy walks, the park, the library and beach trips when it's the right weather.
I am a firm believer of everyone grows at their own pace, and I can't wait to be apart of your child's journey
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! I am Charles and I am very excited to be the School Chaplain at St Ann's. I am originally from the central part of Africa “Heart of Africa" in the country called DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo).
I have been to 14 countries, mostly African countries and I have spent most of my life working for children in schools, centre's 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.
It feels 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.
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. I love spending time with my family and enjoy catching up with friends on the weekends.
I am very excited for the year ahead, working with you and your child as they continue their learning journey.
Hi! I'm Emma and I'm happy to be guiding the students of St Ann's. I am entering my 9th year of teaching and bring with me a wealth of knowledge in the middle and upper years.
During my career, I've also had time away from the classroom writing education-related articles and developing teaching resources for teachers across Australia. My passions lie in helping children become positive members of the school community and grow a love for learning that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
In my personal life, I love to go traveling with my husband (Sam) and my daughter (Evie). When I'm at home, I like to learn more about nutrition and exercise, and how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
I look forward to sharing these passions with my students as we journey through 2024 together.
Hello! I'm Amery Sutton and I am excited to be part of St Ann's.
I love teaching the upper years and have worked as a Year 6 & 7 teacher across various primary and P-12 schools within the Townsville and Brisbane Diocese.
When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy going on adventures with my husband and daughter, and starting (but never finishing) many craft projects.
I look forward to joining and getting to know the St Ann's community.
Hello! My name is Jessica Perks and I am so excited to be teaching at St Ann's once again this year. I am a passionate teacher with 10 years of experience in education across Qld and NSW. Some of my roles include P-6 classroom teacher, Autism Support Unit teacher and literacy and numeracy education consultant.
When I'm not at school, I enjoy getting out and about with my husband, two little boys and two fur babies. I also love to DIY, but that has been put on hold as we get ready to welcome our third child into the world.
I look forward to another great year with our wonderful community.
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