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
Hello there! My name is Jason Micallef. I am a father of three amazing kids, a husband to the most inspiring woman in the world, a keen motorcyclist,
Education truly is my passion and my joy. For 20 years I have been privileged to teach and lead in Catholic schools and as the Principal of St. Mary’s in the glorious and proud community of Hastings, I couldn’t be happier or more
I am thrilled to come to school each day and be in the company of highly committed and equally passionate educators. They love your children and their tireless efforts to make sure every child knows they matter every day is inspiring. I have been truly blessed to be entrusted with leading St. Mary’s and offering to you and your children, a
Deputy Principal / Specialist Teacher: The Arts
As Deputy Principal and head of Learning & Teaching, I believe that we are at an exciting time in our schools’ educational journey. My role in that journey and passion is to lead staff in adopting innovative and well researched educational practice. Within this I am really loving the challenge of ensuring we provide our children with the best possible learning environment and supporting our teachers to help our children to think and learn deeply; to nurture a culture of inclusivity where every child knows they are valued and belong; and bring about the awareness that we are all made in the image and likeness of God.
Bursar / Administration Officer
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.
Office Admin (Director of First Impressions)
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.
Grade Prep Teachers
Prep Classroom Teacher
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!
Grade 1/2 Teachers
Year 1/2 Classroom Teacher
I love working at our school and the wonderful, close knit community feeling that it has. As it is a small school, all staff and students are very nurturing and know each other. I love being a part of and seeing students grow in knowledge, confidence and skills. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, watching Melbourne play football, swimming and going to the beach.
Year 1/2 Classroom Teacher
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.
Grade 3/4 Teachers
Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher / Student Wellbeing Leader
I have been an educator at St Mary’s since 1999! I’ve taught PE, Art, Library, Music and for the last 15 years I’ve been a classroom teacher working in Grades 3-6. I am passionate about the family community feel of our school and believe relationships between parents, students and teachers is a strength of ours. As the Wellbeing leader I am determined we continue to ensure a students social and emotional development is nurtured and supported by all staff. I enjoy educating with my colleagues at St Mary’s and believe we work well together to meet the needs of every student.
Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher
I am only a relatively new member of staff and I absolutely love my job. Every staff member has been so welcoming it feels like I have been here much longer with how at ease I feel. The links with the community is like nothing I have experienced in the past, it is quite amazing to see this connection. Above all else, the children are the reason I get out of bed with a smile each day and enjoy coming to work. Their enthusiasm for learning and zest for life make it so worthwhile.
Grade 5/6 Teachers
Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher
As a teacher working at St Mary’s I love that I know every student in the school and the strong sense of community that our school offers. Working with the senior students is such an exciting time as they grow in independence and continue their journey as life long learners.
Outside of school hours I can be found following my equestrian pursuits. I have been a keen rider from a young age and enjoy nothing more than spending my time outside riding or working with my horses.
As well as my equestrian pursuits, I play netball for my local team and enjoy spending time down at the beach with friends.
Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher / Religious Education Leader
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.
Specialist Teacher: 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.
Learning Diversity & Inclusion Leader
I love seeing students be successful in their learning and achieve their goals. Guiding them in their learning and watching them gain confidence in themselves is a great joy.
In my role, I am also fortunate to be able to support parents and teachers in their quest to ensure that students recognise their strengths and individual potential.
Outside of school I enjoy reading, craft and spending time with my family.
St Mary’s is a bustling, lively community of learners. We are working to open the minds of our students to a wider, more globally centred world and it is a privilege to share my knowledge and experience of Japan; it’s language and culture, in our ever growing school.
Classrom Support Assistants
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.
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.
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 like Scratch, or Tynker, or on one of our apps. I love doing stop animation, and one of my favourite projects has been making and scripting a WWE wrestling match in stop animation. I really like working with EV3 LEGO robots. The students love it, and get very attached to ‘their’ robots.
At home, 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.
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’.