Meet The Teachers

The wonderful bunch here at St Mary’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. We are beyond fortunate to have a team of teachers truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership & Administration

Gab Espenschied

Gab Espenschied

Principal

principal@smhastings.catholic.edu.au

Since accepting the position of principal at the start of 2020, I have been so excited to have joined a school with such unique offerings which for me, are unrivalled by any school I have previously experienced.

My priority is to get students to do things they never thought they could do, to achieve higher than their aspirations, to exceed their potential and to position St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School as the school of choice for future generations of Hastings children. I look forward to welcoming you here. 

Lisa Galvin

Lisa Galvin

Deputy - Organisation and Operations/Wellbeing Leader

I have had the privilege to work at this wonderful school for over twenty years and during that time I have worked in all areas of education, from teaching PE, Art, Music and Library to being a full-time classroom teacher for 14 years.  In the last 10 years, I have had the opportunity to work in leadership and this has been very rewarding.  My leadership roles include Wellbeing for our whole school, students, families and staff. I lead the Learning Diversity team to ensure every student’s ‘ways of learning’ are met and every student succeeds.  Our school community work together to ensure the faith, life and living vision of our school is embedded and connected to all that we do every day.

Sue Jackson

Sue Jackson

Deputy - Head of Learning, Pedagogy and Data

Coming Soon

Amanda Strickland

Amanda Strickland

Leader- Learning Adjustments and Intervention.

St Mary’s is such an inspiring place to work. In my leadership role in learning and adjustments I am able to work with staff and students to ensure each child has an opportunity to grow and flourish in every aspect. Data is important to provide teaching that is targeted to each child’s point of need. I am passionate about supporting the teachers to deliver excellence across all curriculum areas using effective teaching strategies that are researched based to cater for all learning styles. I value building strong partnerships between home, school and the community.

Judy Deefholts

Judy Deefholts

Bursar / Administration Officer

office@smhastings.catholic.edu.au

I love my job as the ‘Director of First Impressions.’  I have worked at St. Mary’s for 34 years and love the interaction with the children when they come to the office for messages or when they are ill and come to the Sick Bay.  Outside of school I love walking – alone or with a friend – doing crosswords and jigsaw puzzles.

Christine Freshwater

Christine Freshwater

Office Admin (Director of First Impressions)

office@smhastings.catholic.edu.au

I enjoy working at St Mary’s as an Office Admin because I enjoy helping others be it staff, students, parents or people in our community. No two days are the same and there are always new challenges. In my time out of school I enjoy drives in the country and building Lego.

Classroom Teachers

Bianca Wolverton

Bianca Wolverton

Coming Soon

Kath Snooks

Kath Snooks

 

Our school is a wonderful little community filled with enthusiastic students, supportive parents and a great staff. I love to see the smile on my Prep’s faces as they arrive each morning and witness their enthusiasm to learn and master new skills. Prep children see the world through an honest lens and have a genuine kind and caring nature towards others. They are a delight to teach and keep me on my toes!

When I’m not at school I love to catch up with family and friends. I also like to walk; along the beach, in the bush, with my dog, or anywhere in Australia and overseas to investigate new places . There’s so much to enjoy in the great outdoors!

Kim Saltmarsh

Kim Saltmarsh

 

I love working at St. Mary’s because we have a great connection to our families and our community. We all work together to make a difference in every child’s life. Outside of school I love spending time with my family and riding horses together.

Katie Yarrow

Katie Yarrow

Coming Soon

Sean Crozier

Sean Crozier

 

Being a teacher at St Mary’s means I have the privilege and great opportunity to witness children awakening as learners and realising the potential they have to be amazing people of the world. That moment where the spark ignites in a child’s eyes and they see something for the first time or in a new and deeper way, is priceless and I am blessed to a part this everyday.

As the Religious Education Leader I have the opportunity to help children connect with and grow their relationship with God, this is a wonderful thing to witness.

Khris Woodward

Khris Woodward

Belonging to a community with such a large heart is a blessing as a teacher.  I love being  able to work with our children and their families to connect their home and the classroom.  Through this, each day at our school, I get to see children grow, explore and flourish on their own individualised journeys.  

When I am not working, I love to explore new places through four-wheeled driving, bushwalking and camping.  I enjoy getting my hands dirty in the back yard or shed working on different projects.

Specialised Teachers

Angela Seaburgh

Angela Seaburgh

Physical Education

 

I love working with the students at our school by providing them with valuable learning experiences in a safe and supportive environment. I want to help them realise their full potential and develop love for physical activity.
Outside of work, my passion is coaching nippers. I find this enjoyable and rewarding.

Click HERE to see our remote learning Sports program

Katie Neidhart

Katie Neidhart

Art Teacher

I love working with students in the art room and providing a place for authenticity, individuality and creative freedom. Moments like seeing the delight in the magic of mixing paint or the pride on a student’s face when they succeed in making their vision a reality are priceless. I’m thankful I get to spend my day sharing such a creative space that opens up a whole new world of possibilities! 

As Pablo Picasso once said, “all children are artists” and I couldn’t agree more.

When I am not at school I am busy keeping up with my two little boys and love time spent with family and friends. I also love the footy!!! Go Blues! 

 

Click HERE to see our remote learning Art  Program

Claire Marshall

Claire Marshall

Japanese Teacher

Konichiwa!

 

It is wonderful to be able to share my love of Japanese culture and language with the St Mary School community. As a specialist teacher, I have the opportunity to teach all of the students something I am passionate about!

I have lived in many different parts of Japan, most recently I was teaching Grade 1 at a bilingual primary school in the Tohoku area (northern Japan).

Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, going on long runs and reading books. 

 

Click HERE to see our remote learning Japanese Program

Learning Support Assistants

Robyn Benoiton

Robyn Benoiton

ICT Facilitator/Learning Support Officer

I love going into classes to show students different ways in which they can use technology to enhance their learning. I like seeing that they can make their story or project come to life by scripting it into a Coding program, or using robotics.
When I’m not working, I hang out with my husband and my 3 boys, we have lots of fun,  listen and play music, and we like to go camping on a river somewhere, with our dogs.

Angela Faoro

Angela Faoro

Learning Support Officer

I get to work with some brilliant educators and exceptional human beings. A very supportive team who encourage each other. I get to help students achieve things in their lives they may have thought impossible and that is extremely rewarding. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my beautiful family.

Kate Gray

Kate Gray

Learning Support Officer

I love working with the children at St Mary’s. In my role, I can work with small groups and help individual children to reach their potential. When I’m not at school, I love reading and spending time with my family.

Cathy Harbar

Cathy Harbar

Library Technician / Learning Support Officer

My passion is introducing children to life long learning through the world of reading. Growing imaginations and creativity with stories that inspire and ignite wanting to know more. It doesn’t get better than seeing a reluctant reader
make a connection with a story that propels them to want to read more about a character or series.
My favourite place is sitting in the sunshine with a great story book.
“Reading is the original virtual reality” – Wendy Orr, author of ‘Nim’s Island’.


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