Meet The Teachers

We’re excited to meet you!

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

Marisa Matthys

Marisa Matthys

Principal

I am privileged to be the Principal of St Mary’s. At St Mary’s  we contribute to a life-foundation for students that is centred in Jesus Christ and grounded in truth, beauty and love. Every student is known and respected.

I love to  foster a deep love of learning for all within a positive culture where everyone can reach their full potential and feel safe and happy.

On a personal level, I have a deep love of nature and the environment which I find, provides me with spiritual well being. I love to read and go camping with my husband, three children, my grandchild and my groodle Harvey.

Gabee Leone

Gabee Leone

Deputy Principal & Leader of Teaching and Learning

St Mary’s is a dynamic Catholic community that supports each individual to embrace learning and take action.  
It is with great passion, dedication and respect that I encourage and support all students and staff to reach their full potential and deepen their learning journey.  
I love to cook and read!

Ana Amorim

Ana Amorim

Religious Education Leader

My role gives me the opportunity to engage with families to develop, wrestle with and unpack the relevance of our Catholic faith today. I feel honoured to enter into this space with families, as together we explore our faith in light of our own experiences and our contemporary cultural context.

Marguerite Jones

Marguerite Jones

Learning Diversity Leader

I love being a part of the St Mary’s community. In some ways, I feel I have come home’ as I went to school here as a child many years ago. I am passionate about working with children and their families to meet the diverse learning needs of our students and empower them to be lifelong learners.
When I’m not at school, I love spending time in my garden or down the beach in my caravan at Barwon Heads.

Sally Kerr

Sally Kerr

Prep Classroom Teacher & Student Wellbeing Leader

I love the sense of belonging that St Mary’s provides. I thoroughly enjoy working with my colleagues, as we work together to create an engaging and positive learning environment for the students.
My favourite thing to do during the school holidays is to go on caravan adventures with my family.

Laurina van der El

Laurina van der El

Literacy Leader

Being an educator is an incredible responsibility and being able to live this in our St Mary’s community is a privilege. I love how students, staff and parents are all learners together on a shared journey. You can find me reading research or watching rugby – go the All Blacks!

Belinda Cheong

Belinda Cheong

Mathematics Leader

I’m passionate about teaching, especially focusing my time as Mathematics Leader on building student’s mathematical understandings and skills through engaging learning experiences. Outside of school I enjoy attending Melbourne Victory games and spending time with family and friends.

Alison Hall

Alison Hall

Mathematics Leader

St Mary’s School in Greensborough is a wonderful place to work, with a fantastic sense of community amongst families students and all Staff. I thoroughly enjoy teaching here. Outside of school I love to walk, cycle and read.

Amanda Greig

Amanda Greig

ICT Leader

In the role of ICT Leader, it is a privilege to support students, staff and families with ICT tools for learning and esafety for the wellbeing of all. I am an avid reader and enjoy the great outdoors, particularly bushwalking.

Jude Caspersz

Jude Caspersz

School Chaplain

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker

Administration Manager

 Sharyn Ryan

Sharyn Ryan

Assistant Administration Manager

I am very privileged to be one of the three friendly faces that greet those who enter through the front doors of St Mary’s Parish Primary School.  Look forward to seeing you!

Rochelle Mietus

Rochelle Mietus

Finance Manager

Prep Teachers

Marianne Di Fabio

Marianne Di Fabio

Prep Classroom Teacher

St Mary’s has been a big part of my life having been a past student and now a teacher at the school I love. There are many teachers in my life that made a big impact and encouraged me to follow my dream. I strive to make a difference in the lives of the students I teach. I have a love of learning, building relationships and having FUN in my classroom. St Mary’s is the perfect place that allows me to do all of these things with the WONDERFUL students, parents, parish and staff.

Sally Kerr

Sally Kerr

Prep Classroom Teacher & Student Wellbeing Leader

I love the sense of belonging that St Mary’s provides. I thoroughly enjoy working with my colleagues, as we work together to create an engaging and positive learning environment for the students.
My favourite thing to do during the school holidays is to go on caravan adventures with my family.

Cris Brewer

Cris Brewer

Prep Classroom Teacher

I believe that learning for all students should be challenging, engaging, and FUN! I enjoy working in partnership with our wonderful parents and families. When I am not at school, I am taking care of my three beautiful children and spending time with my family and friends.

Carolyn Smith

Carolyn Smith

Prep Classroom Teacher

St. Mary’s is a welcoming community of which I am privilidged to be a part. The staff, family and students are supportive, innovative and generous making it a pleasure to teach here and be a part of the St. Mary’s community.

Year 1/2 Teachers

Mary McEntee

Mary McEntee

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

As a teacher I have been blessed to have taught lots of wonderful children at St Mary’s School. I enjoy the enthusiasm and passion young students bring to their learning. I love to go on long walks with my puppy dog and going on holidays to Queensland.

Louise Zannino

Louise Zannino

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

My name is Louise Zannino. I am new to St Mary’s this year and am very excited to be working with a group of dedicated  teachers and a lovely group of year 1 students. I have previously worked at St Damian’s Primary School for 9 years.

Angie Varvaris

Angie Varvaris

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

I love working in such a beautiful and welcoming community at St. Mary’s. I enjoy getting to know each of my students and watching them achieve goals and grow throughout their learning journey. Outside of school, I love all things craft and music, and bring this passion into the classroom.

Briar Wagner

Briar Wagner

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

As a Year One teacher at St Mary’s, I love helping little minds grow. Being a child at heart, Year One gives me plenty of opportunities to be a bit silly too! Outside of school, I love to cook for my family and care for my little pug, Evie.

Fiona MacIsaac

Fiona MacIsaac

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

Teaching is a joy as I am given the opportunity to help guide and develop the strengths and talents of the students in my care.
I enjoy reading, walking our dog Minnie and going to gym.

Rachel Perissinotto

Rachel Perissinotto

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

As a classroom teacher my greatest joy comes from the opportunity to develop positive and supportive relationships with my students and their families. This partnership allows me to play a special role in each student’s learning journey. And places me in a privileged position in which I can witness and nurture their growth as both learners and people.

Victoria Pickworth

Victoria Pickworth

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

Olivia Sharpe

Olivia Sharpe

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

I love getting to know my students and building a supportive community in my classroom! I love working with small groups of students building upon skills they need to be a successful learner. I love having whole class discussions and supporting students to investigate, create and discover their passions/interests.

Year 3/4 Teachers

Grace Gibbons

Grace Gibbons

Year 3 Classroom Teacher

I am excited to begin my teaching career in an awesome Grade 3 classroom at St Mary’s. I am also excited to be a part of the broader St Mary’s community, which has already shown me that it is a place of belonging, kindness and respect. I love to learn and can’t wait to share in the joy of learning with the students at St Mary’s. Outside of school I love to spend time with my family and friends, and in nature.

Cassie Lia

Cassie Lia

Year 3 Classroom Teacher

St Mary’s has such a wonderful sense of community that I feel very privileged to be part of. My greatest love as a teacher is building positive relationships with students and watching as they grow and develop as whole people and learn to value themselves as learners. Outside of the classroom I love being outdoors; camping, hiking and skiing; and enjoy my role as a Cub Scout leader.

Nichole Sorockyj

Nichole Sorockyj

Year 3 Classroom Teacher

St. Mary’s is a place that makes you feel welcomed, challenged and valued. I love getting to know the students across all year levels and seeing them grow in confidence over the years. Outside of work I love skiing, cooking, travelling and spending time with my family and friends.

Alison Hall

Alison Hall

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

St Mary’s School in Greensborough is a wonderful place to work, with a fantastic sense of community amongst families students and all Staff. I thoroughly enjoy teaching here. Outside of school I love to walk, cycle and read.

Annie Bell

Annie Bell

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

Taylor Leslie

Taylor Leslie

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

I am excited to begin my teaching journey in Grade 4 and with the spirited St Mary’s community. I love building positive relationships and watching students grow into lifelong learners. Outside of the classroom I love to cook, play football and travel.

Tania Micomonaco

Tania Micomonaco

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

I am excited to be teaching Year 4 as part of a dynamic and vibrant school community. I love teaching all areas of the curriculum and I never stop learning. My hobbies  are reading, bike riding and hiking with my family.

Year 5/6 Teachers

Bianca Garzia

Bianca Garzia

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

St Mary’s has welcomed me into its community with open arms this year. My love of learning and the rapport I build with my students and their families is why I enjoy teaching so much. It is a privilege to teach alongside such a positive and supportive community of learners.

Robyn Vorster

Robyn Vorster

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

I love building relationships with my students and being part of the St. Mary’s Community, creating a learning environment that is safe and welcoming for all. On the weekends, I love reading and spending time with my family.

Rob Williams

Rob Williams

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

I enjoy building relationships and genuine connections with the students and seeing them succeed. I love going to Essendon footy games with my two boys and being involved with all my kids’ sports.

Michelle Bates

Michelle Bates

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

It is a joy and privilege to work as a classroom teacher at St Mary’s and be part of the wonderful community. I love being a part of a student’s Primary School journey and seeing them develop as a learner and person. I am also very excited to be working more closely with our Languages program in 2021 and creating stronger links between learning a language and literacy. We have a wonderful staff at St Mary’s where teachers are all co-learners of the language together with the students, modelling the value of being a life-long learner.

Laura Cardillo

Laura Cardillo

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

I strive to build respectful and honest relationships because where there is trust there is growth in learning. I have a passion for Inquiry learning, using digital technologies as an engaging tool in the classroom and sharing my love of literature with my community.

Fergal O'Reilly

Fergal O'Reilly

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

Relationships are crucial in life and I love the positive, supportive relationships between students, staff, parents and the wider community that are formed at St.Mary’s. Outside of school, I love sport and being Irish I am involved with the Irish community and the promotion of our national sports.

Kate Hoseason

Kate Hoseason

Year 6 Teacher

What I love about St Mary’s is that it is a collaborative learning community that welcomes everyone. I am passionate about helping students develop their learning dispositions and growth mindset. I have special interest in the area of Student Wellbeing. Outside of school I love to be active and outdoors.

Specialised Teachers

Kurt Geyer

Kurt Geyer

Performing Arts Teacher

I am having a dream career in the Performing Arts. I started as an actor in 1982 in an amateur production in Perth and haven’t looked back. I was lucky enough to do my Drama training at the Victoria College of the Arts and as a professional actor, participated in over 60 productions for stage, small and large screen and on-air. Alongside my acting I developed a deep passion for passing on the skills I acquired to young people. That led to a natural segue into education for me where I get to work with the most wonderful creatives on the planet – children! I’ve been here at St Mary’s since 2009, and worked on one Shakespeare for children and five completely original productions (devised by our students and teachers) which culminated in our very first online video streamed school production during the lockdown in 2020. I love to work alongside our learners, guiding them and learning with them on their journey of discovery of the vital and vibrant worlds of music, dance and drama.

Paul Healy

Paul Healy

Physical Education Teacher

I love sport. My favourite sport is football. I have been at St Mary’s since 2001. I now teach PE for all year levels. The most satisfying thing is watching students’ skills progress from Prep. We have 5 beautiful children who also love sport. Go Bombers!x

Jan Tivisini

Jan Tivisini

Visual Arts Teacher

I am new to St Mary’s and I am thrilled to be fulfilling my dream as a teacher of Visual Arts. The staff and students have been so welcoming and supportive and I am excited about my role in encouraging children to explore their creative potential. Away from school, I enjoy music, swimming, creative cooking and sharing meals with my husband and 2 children. Weekends often involve walking through Melbourne’s iconic streets to savour great coffee.

Rochelle Lopez

Rochelle Lopez

Science and Digital Technology Teacher

I am a new addition to the St Mary’s Primary school community. I love the contemporary and flexible learning spaces at St Mary’s which allows teaching and learning to happen anywhere.
My passion is Science so when I’m not at school I enjoy learning something new and exploring nature.

Gessie Burgio

Gessie Burgio

Language Assistant

Rebecca Mellerick

Rebecca Mellerick

Literacy Coach

I have a passion for literacy instruction and ensuring that our school are using the current reading science to inform our teaching. I’m so lucky to work collaboratively with dedicated staff members as well as our awesome students.
On my weekends I love to watch the Bombers!

Karen Watson

Karen Watson

Reading Recovery

Hello everyone, I have had the privilege of working in Catholic Education for the past 40 years. Working in partnership with students, families and teachers is my passion. I am loving my time at St Mary’s, only starting last year. Other passions of mine are following the Tigers, reading, camping, travelling and my new grandson Leo.

Tilly Stoove

Tilly Stoove

Library Resource Centre

Learning Support Officers

Bernie Benson

Bernie Benson

Learning Support Officer

Maggie Bradley

Maggie Bradley

Learning Support Officer

I love the opportunity to help students reach their full potential. I work one on one, or in small focus groups, with students requiring extra support as well as those who benefit from more challenging work. Outside of school, I coordinate the Baptism Team at St Mary’s.

Jenny Browne

Jenny Browne

Learning Support Officer

Being an LSO is a very rewarding position as you work either with small groups with students, or individually. You also interact within the classroom and work very closely with the teachers.

Bernadette Degiorgio

Bernadette Degiorgio

Learning Support Officer

Hi, I’m Bernadette Degiorgio, one of the LSO’s at St Mary’s. I love working alongside the teachers knowing I am making a difference to the learning and self confidence of many students each day. After work, I like to take my dog Koby for walks along the river.

Linda Doherty

Linda Doherty

Learning Support Officer

My name is Linda Doherty I have worked as an LSO at St Mary’s School for five years. I enjoy the experience of working with all aged primary students. I also enjoy working as a team with other LSO’s and teachers.
I love to read and walk daily.

Daniella Feltrin

Daniella Feltrin

Learning Support Officer

I have been an LSO at St Mary’s for eight years. I love working together with the teachers to help the students grow in their learning. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, shopping, reading & movies.

Fiona Henderson

Fiona Henderson

Learning Support Officer

I have had the privilege of working with some extraordinary colleagues at St Mary’s for the last 5 years. I love being a part of a team that takes such pride in helping students achieve success. Outside work I love a whole range of sports (Go Vixens! Go Hawks!), reading, music, travelling and the company of good friends.

Renee Indovino

Renee Indovino

Learning Support Officer

I love coming to work and being a part of such a supportive team at St. Mary’s. The best part of my job is being able to help students achieve their goals and build their confidence – seeing their gorgeous smiles is all the more rewarding. I enjoy a good laugh, adore my family/friends and my beautiful fur baby Lola!

Vesna Karaula

Vesna Karaula

Learning Support Officer

St. Mary’s is a welcoming school community. I feel privileged to work in Prep, which is the beginning of our students learning journey.

I love summer, the warm weather and spending time with my family.

Nancy Marino

Nancy Marino

Learning Support Officer

I joined the team at St Mary’s in 2019, it has been a welcoming community where I have been able to extend my skills as a Support Officer. The best part of my job is watching the growth and development of students and making a difference in a positive way.

Libby Salerno

Libby Salerno

Learning Support Officer

I feel very lucky to have a job I adore, supportive colleagues and most importantly to work with the beautiful children at St. Mary’s. Away from school, I love watching my two boys play sport, catching up with friends/family and caring for the neediest Golden Retriever in Australia!

Peter Shuttlewood

Peter Shuttlewood

Learning Support Officer

I have been a LSO at St Mary’s for 7 years.
I enjoy working together with the teachers to help the students reach their full potential as learners.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family.
Holly Spicer

Holly Spicer

Learning Support Officer

I have been an LSO at St Marys for 2 years. I love being part of the St Marys community. Outside of work I play football, I love to watch sport & listen to music. I love spending time with family & going away on holidays.

Lisa Trinh

Lisa Trinh

Learning Support Officer

Lisa Tsakmakis

Lisa Tsakmakis

Learning Support Officer

Karyn Weaver

Karyn Weaver

Learning Support Officer

I love seeing children with learning difficulties succeed in the classroom and am passionate about giving them the required intervention to achieve this. Outside of school I enjoy sport, gardening and spending time with my family.

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