Meet Our Teachers

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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

Lis Thompson

Lis Thompson

Principal, Religious Education Leader, Learning Diversity Leader

I joined Our Lady’s in 2017 and immediately felt at home.  The staff, students and families were welcoming and immediately made me feel that I belonged.  I love how the students are accepting of everyone.  Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, walking and reading a book.

Lisa Hood

Lisa Hood

Vice Principal, Learning and Teaching Leader, Digital Technologies Leader (Curriculum), Senior Level Support

My roles at our school are diverse to say the least! I love teaching across the school and get so much pleasure when students take ownership of their learning and recognise successes in so many ways.
Outside of school, my teenage children are the love of my life.

Maryanne Braby

Maryanne Braby

English Leader, Middle Level Support

Our school is a wonderful place to work. We strive to create a happy, safe environment for all students to learn in. The staff work collaboratively in teams. My role is exciting in that I work with all teaching teams to support them in the teaching and learning of English.

Rebecca Randall

Rebecca Randall

Mathematics Leader, Learning Diversity (NCCD)

After thirty years of teaching, the students, working in partnership with parents, smiles and those ‘light bulb’ moments when new learning is understood, are still a few of my favourite things. Outside of school; my husband, my four beautiful children, reading and mathematics, are the loves of my life!

Natasha Watt

Natasha Watt

Wellbeing Leader / Junior Level Support

I love working with children and I get excited when they realise they know something new, like reading or writing, for the first time. At home I like to spend time with my three children.

Matthew Harradine

Matthew Harradine

Senior Level Classroom Teacher, Digital Technologies Leader

My Our Lady’s journey began 25 years ago… not as a teacher, but as a student myself! My memories of memorable teachers and exciting lessons instills within me a philosophy that quality teaching begins with good relationships with students and parents.

Outside school, I love hanging out with my family!

Rita Sikacek

Rita Sikacek

Administration Manager

I work in the office and my job here is to welcome you to our school and assist you with your daily questions. I love to have a chat and get to know our families.
At home I like to walk my dog, watch movies and relax with my family.

Nicki Lazarus

Nicki Lazarus

Administration Officer

I have worked in education support for 9 years now and love being part of the Our Lady’s community. As part of the Office Administration team, I am lucky enough to engage with the children and their families, the Parish community and a professional and dedicated staffing body.

Prep Teachers

Maddie Ward

Maddie Ward

Prep Level Classroom Teacher & Level Leader

Working at Our Lady’s, I count myself very lucky! Not only do I get to follow my passion of teaching, I am also greatly supported by a wonderful school community.

Outside of school, I love to spend time creating arts/crafts or barracking for the Tigers surrounded by family and friends.

Chris Mansour

Chris Mansour

EAL Teacher (English as an Additional Language) / New Arrivals / Refugee Support / Prep Level Classroom Teacher

The best thing about Our Lady’s School is its diversity. I love working with so many wonderful families and students every day. At home I love to walk, cycle and share time with my family.

Year 1/2 Teachers

Angela Trujillo

Angela Trujillo

Junior Level Classroom Teacher & Level Leader

I love working with the Junior Level students.  It is always wonderful to see the students learn and grow through these new experiences!

Leah Heywood

Leah Heywood

Junior Level Classroom Teacher

I have been in the OLPH community for 3 years as an OSHC Coordinator. I count my lucky stars to have the opportunity to continue to be a part of the OLPH community as a Junior Level Teacher. I enjoy seeing the excitement on the students’ faces when they discover or solve something new, especially when they have tried their very best!
Outside of school I enjoy barracking for the mighty Carlton Blues with my family and friends.
Rachael Goodwin

Rachael Goodwin

Junior Level Classroom Teacher

Our Lady’s is such a supportive community where everyone matters. I love working in the Junior Level and seeing the creativity and talents of all my students grow and change throughout the year. Outside of school I love to spend time with my family and my dogs.

Year 3/4 Teachers

Joanna Papalitsas

Joanna Papalitsas

Middle Level Classroom Teacher & Level Leader

What I love most about teaching is being able to help and watch students grow academically and holistically. I enjoy the enthusiasm and energy the Middle students bring each day. Outside of school, I enjoy camping, craft and spending time with my family and friends.

Ben O'Loughlin

Ben O'Loughlin

Middle Level Classroom Teacher

In my first year of teaching Middle Level, I feel very privileged to be working at Our Lady’s, with such an amazing supportive staff. I love being able to learn and grow with the students and the wider school community.

Outside of school, I love to hang out with my friends and going for walks with my dog!

Jo Hanna

Jo Hanna

Middle Level Classroom Teacher / Literacy Intervention

I love working with students of all levels. It is such a blessing to watch as young people develop and become the independent, capable and confident people they were created to be.
I also love spending time with my family, reading great books, eating good food and going to the beach.

Year 5/6 Teachers

Melissa Challis

Melissa Challis

Senior Level Teacher & Level Leader

I enjoy working in the Senior Level because it’s such a great year to watch the students become independent learners and work together to problem solve. In my spare time I love spending time with my son, shopping and catching up with family.

Rochelle Bastianpillai

Rochelle Bastianpillai

Senior Level Classroom Teacher

I love working at Our Lady’s because I get to work with a great bunch of children every day. One thing I love doing outside of school is spending time with my family and dogs.

Caitlin Cuff

Caitlin Cuff

Senior Level Classroom Teacher

It’s a pleasure to be a part of such a diverse and welcoming community here at Our Lady’s. As a teacher, I love being a part of a child’s sense of discovery and that every learning journey is different. Outside of school I enjoy being outdoors, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Matthew Harradine

Matthew Harradine

Senior Level Classroom Teacher, Digital Technologies Leader

My Our Lady’s journey began 25 years ago… not as a teacher, but as a student myself! My memories of memorable teachers and exciting lessons instills within me a philosophy that quality teaching begins with good relationships with students and parents.

Outside school, I love hanging out with my family!

Lisa Hood

Lisa Hood

Vice Principal, Learning and Teaching Leader, Digital Technologies Leader (Curriculum), Senior Level Support / Senior Level Teacher

My roles at our school are diverse to say the least! I love teaching across the school and get so much pleasure when students take ownership of their learning and recognise successes in so many ways.
Outside of school, my teenage children are the love of my life.

Specialised Teachers

Josy Addamo

Josy Addamo

Italian

I love speaking Italian; my first language, and teaching the students songs, games and learning to read and write in Italian. Identity is major part of our being and I want the children to embrace their own culture whilst learning about Italian traditions and customs. I like socialising and volunteering.

Lou Devoy

Lou Devoy

Performing Arts

I love the chance to make a difference in young people’s lives: to inspire them to be creative, to nurture their confidence and to allow them an opportunity to develop relationships through team work and exploration of topics while learning dance, drama and music.  I love swimming and travelling.

Marjie King

Marjie King

PE and Sport

I love my job! I love working with the children at our school and the joy they greet me with each day. I enjoy providing them with sporting opportunities and working with them in and out of the classroom.

Rosie Keegan

Rosie Keegan

Visual Arts

I have the dream job! I love teaching Visual Arts. Students get to explore new ways of creating art and learn to appreciate and reflect on their own artwork and that of others. It is a stress free time where students can be proud of their achievements.

Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

Maths Support Teacher

Working with a mix of adults and children is what I love most about my job. What is amazing is the incredible outlook a child’s perspective can give you, as well as the mentoring and support fellow staff members can provide. I love it when the children bring the inner child out of me!

Jo Hanna

Jo Hanna

Middle Level Classroom Teacher / Literacy Intervention

I love working with students of all levels. It is such a blessing to watch as young people develop and become the independent, capable and confident people they were created to be.
I also love spending time with my family, reading great books, eating good food and going to the beach.

Chris Mansour

Chris Mansour

EAL Teacher (English as an Additional Language)

The best thing about Our Lady’s School is its diversity. I love working with so many wonderful families and students every day. At home I love to walk, cycle and share time with my family.

Monica Evarose

Monica Evarose

Library Technician

I love having excited students in the library, asking about the next book in a series, or asking for more books from a favourite author.
I’m a huge reader, plus I enjoy making cards, jewellery and cross-stitching Christmas ornaments.

Education Support Officers

Libby Hodder

Libby Hodder

Education Support Officer

I love working with the staff and students at Our Lady’s School, we are all very dedicated and really enjoy working with our special students. The students are very respectful towards each other and it’s so rewarding watching the students achieve their learning goals.

Carolyn Lacey

Carolyn Lacey

Education Support Officer

Our Lady’s has been part of my life for many years. I came here as a student a long time ago, my daughter came here and I have been working as an Education Support Officer for the past 8 years.
It’s great working with the staff and engaging with the students, and seeing the developments they make throughout the year.
Midge Phillips

Midge Phillips

Education Support Officer

I love seeing the students using their own initiative when presenting their ideas. I love seeing their enthusiasm.
Outside of school I love to spend time with my family and play team sports with them. I love playing instruments and going to different places.

Lisa-Jane Sebire

Lisa-Jane Sebire

Education Support Officer

I have been in education support now for 4 years and really love my job.  I am now lucky to be part of the staff at Our Lady’s School. I feel very much at home here and love working alongside the Prep Team to help the Prep students feel comfortable and proud of their accomplishments. 
Mitch Holmes

Mitch Holmes

Education Support Officer

The community at Our Lady’s School is amazing and has welcomed me with open arms!
I’m new to working as an education support officer but my experience through studying teaching has allowed me to see the students thrive in the classroom.
I’m hoping to learn so much from working with the amazing students and the brilliant staff!

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