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.

Laurina Van Der El

Laurina Van Der El

Deputy Principal

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!

Marguerite Jones

Marguerite Jones

Wellness and 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.

Rachel Perissinotto

Rachel Perissinotto

Wellness and Diversity Leader

My greatest joy as an educator comes from the opportunity to develop positive and supportive relationships with our 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.

Laura Cardillo

Laura Cardillo

Literacy Leader

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.

Belinda Cheong

Belinda Cheong

Mathematics and ICT Leader

I’m passionate about teaching and look forward to my role this year as both Maths and ICT Leader. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work closely with parents, students and teachers, building understanding and skills for life-long learning. 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.

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker

Administration Manager

I enjoy being part of the St. Mary’s Community. As Administration Manager, I strive to create a friendly and safe office environment for Students, Families, Staff and Community Members.

Outside of the office I enjoy being active, reading, cooking and spending time with loved ones.

 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

I am proud to be part of the St Mary’s Community.  I have a wonderful, supportive team.  We get the job done and have fun!

Michael Falzon

Michael Falzon

Maintenance Manager

Gary Collings

Gary Collings

Maintenance Manager

Faris Georgy

Faris Georgy

Maintenance Assistant

Prep Teachers

Michelah Fabiyanic

Michelah Fabiyanic

Prep Classroom Teacher

I am excited to be joining the St. Mary’s teaching staff in 2022. My favourite part of being a teacher is watching the ‘ah-ha’ moments; when something clicks for students. I love to learn and I can’t wait to share and nurture the love for learning with my students. Outside of school, I love to go camping, go to the beach and read. 

Sally Kerr

Sally Kerr

Prep Classroom Teacher

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.

Carolyn Smith

Carolyn Smith

Prep Classroom Teacher

St. Mary’s is a welcoming community of which I am privileged 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

Vesna Bosnjak

Vesna Bosnjak

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

I am very excited to be joining St Mary’s Primary School as a grade 1 teacher. My passion is teaching and I enjoy assisting students in becoming the best version of themselves. I love learning new skills and enjoy sharing my own experiences to assist others, especially the younger generations in finding their passions, thriving in their strengths and improving in their weaknesses. I am also very into sports (especially tennis and soccer), enjoy going to the beach and love spending time with my family and friends.

Tania Micomonaco

Tania Micomonaco

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

I am excited to be teaching Year 1 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.

Louise Zannino

Louise Zannino

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

My name is Louise Zannino. I 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.

Cris Brewer

Cris Brewer

Year 2 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.

Kate Hoseason

Kate Hoseason

Year 2 Classroom 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.

Kirin Geale

Kirin Geale

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

I feel very blessed to be working at St Mary’s with staff who are passionate, committed and innovative.  I hope to place student wellbeing at the heart of my teaching and work alongside students to bring out their many gifts and talents.  I am keen to develop independent thinking skills and for all students to understand their capabilities and develop a growth mindset so they are able to participate actively to develop emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually as members of our school. In my spare time I enjoy swimming laps at my local swimming pool, hiking in nature, trips to the beach and listening to music.

Emma Maerz

Emma Maerz

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

I am very excited to be joining St Mary’s Primary School as a Grade 2 teacher. I love watching students grow and thrive in their learning and having them feel comfortable within their surroundings. 

In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with my Family and Friends and playing with my dog Kevin.

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.

Annie Bell

Annie Bell

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

I feel so privileged to be a part of the close-knit community at St Mary’s. As a teacher, my greatest joy is helping children develop a life-long love of learning. I recharge by spending time with my family and friends, escaping with a book, and watching Melbourne Football Club dominate the AFL!

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.

Anne-Marie Sukkar

Anne-Marie Sukkar

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

I’m a highly dedicated Educator who strives on creating a positive, engaging and studious learning environment. I encourage student voice and want my students to feel empowered about themselves as a learner. All my students know they each have the potential to achieve amazing things.

Year 5/6 Teachers

Briar Wagner

Briar Wagner

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

I love being a part of our wonderful community here at St Mary’s. I love helping students flourish and watching them grow. I am passionate about encouraging students to develop confidence and a love of learning. Outside of school, I love to go camping, get a bit crafty and watch the mighty Melbourne Storm!

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.

Aaron Harris

Aaron Harris

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

I am excited to join St Mary’s Primary School as a grade 6 teacher in 2022. I strive to provide the best learning environment that I can for students. I want to help students understand where they are at, where to go next and what pathways they can take to get there. In my free time I enjoy working on various technological projects (3D Printing, CNC etc.) and going on a relaxing kayak fishing trip.

Michelle Polifiore

Michelle Polifiore

Year 6 Classroom Teacher and Language Assistant

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.

Fiona MacIsaac

Fiona MacIsaac

Year 6 Classroom Teacher and Librarian

I am thrilled to be Teacher-Librarian and Year Six teacher at St. Mary’s. I am passionate about literature and hope to help students discover the joys and benefits associated with reading.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, keeping fit and walking our miniature dachshund, Minnie.

Nicole Campbell

Nicole Campbell

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

Teaching has been my passion since I can remember and I am so excited to have joined a wonderful teaching and learning team and feel privileged stepping into the year 6 classroom at St Mary’s. I have previously worked in special education and firmly believe that regardless of circumstance, every child should have an opportunity to learn and thrive in a comfortable environment where their needs are met. I feel the key to great learning is building solid relationships between students, parents and teachers and I work diligently to build a solid foundation on which they can grow. 

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, sewing, roller skating and doing nails.

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.

Fergal O'Reilly

Fergal O'Reilly

Health & PE, Sports Coordinator

I thoroughly enjoy building relationships with all staff and children across the school and in my current role as Health & PE, Sports Coordinator, I certainly get the opportunity to encounter every person in the St. Mary’s community. Providing the opportunity for children to grow and develop at whatever level they are capable of achieving is paramount and the smile on a student’s face when a new skill has been achieved is wonderful to see. Away from school, I enjoy attending sporting events of any variety with my family and being originally from Ireland, I am involved with the Irish community in Melbourne helping and promoting our games from home-Gaelic Football and Hurling.

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.

Jan Tivisini

Jan Tivisini

Visual Arts Teacher

I believe that Art helps you breathe with a different kind of happiness and I have found my happy place here at St Mary’s as a teacher of the Visual Arts.Our Art room is a welcoming space for all where students are safe and feel comfortable to try new things.Our Visual Arts progam is designed to inspire and  encourage students  to explore their creative potential.It is rewarding to share in student progress and joy of accomplishment when their artwork is showcased.

Away from school, I enjoy music, swimming and all things creative. Weekends often involve walking through Melbourne’s iconic streets to savour great coffee.

Gessie Burgio

Gessie Burgio

Language Assistant

I am a language enthusiast and I love what I do. The children of St Mary’s bring me joy and make me love my job everyday. It’s a true pleasure to be co-learning with the wonderful staff and watching them learn the gesture’s to help support teaching the Italian language. Arrivederci e buon appetito!

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.

Jude Caspersz

Jude Caspersz

School Chaplain

As school Chaplain I appreciate the privilege of working with individual students and their parents. This involves supporting them in current challenges they are facing, offering strategies and linking them to other services.

Learning Support Officers

Alannah Capogreco

Alannah Capogreco

Learning Support Officer

I am so happy to be joining the learning support team this year at St Mary’s! I am very passionate about education and supporting students to achieve their best. Outside of work, I enjoy learning about all things psychology, cooking and playing netball.

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.

Bernie Benson

Bernie Benson

Learning Support Officer

I enjoy working with all the children and getting involved in helping out with events in our community. I have been at st Mary’s for 12 years now and it really makes me feel great when I see past students (some who are now driving) who greet me with smiles and enthusiasm. 

My hobbies include going for long drives on a nice day with my family, relaxing after dinner watching sitcoms on the television, playing guitar, reading and meeting friends for coffee. I have been very active in all sports games & now enjoy watching my son play football and socialising with our friends and family at our local football club which happens to be st Mary’s junior and senior football and netball club in Greensborough.

Chloe Holmes

Chloe Holmes

Learning Support Officer

I feel so happy and proud to be working as an LSO at St. Mary’s in 2022. I love being a part of such a wonderful team and community. I look forward to building relationships with the students this year and helping them to feel happy and safe and achieve their best. I love to sing and dance and have fun. My happy place is at the beach in the waves or at the theatre.

Daniel Marasco

Daniel Marasco

Learning Support Officer

It’s pretty interesting to be working as an Learning Support Officer at the primary school I graduated from in 2011, I’m keen to further my studies and the opportunity was there to work in a school, I would have been silly not to take it! I am most looking forward to being a positive role model to our students and helping develop positive attitudes towards studying. In my spare time you will usually catch me with my two brothers or my friends, playing Football or Basketball.

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.

Holly Spicer

Holly Spicer

Learning Support Officer

I love being a part of the St Marys Community. The best part about my job is helping students to achieve their goals & seeing the enjoyment in their faces when they succeed. Outside of work I play football, I love to watch sport, go away on holidays & spend time with my friends and family!

Jackie Trousselot

Jackie Trousselot

Learning Support Officer

I have joined the wonderful team of staff at St Mary’s this year and feel very blessed.  I am very excited to be working as part of the learning support team.  I am very passionate about helping children feel happy, build self-esteem and believe in themselves and their ability to learn, no matter what their background or ability is.  I enjoy interacting with them and learning from and with them.  I have a great sense of humour and like to make learning fun.  Outside of school I love spending time with my family (I have six children) and friends visiting new places, camping, cooking, playing games, shopping and being crafty.

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.

Kathyrn Dwyer

Kathyrn Dwyer

Learning Support Officer

I am so happy to have joined the wonderful and friendly team at St Mary’s Parish Primary School this year. 
I am kind, caring, patient and love to work together with teachers to help students learn, grow and feel their best. 
I look forward to building positive relationships with the students and community. 
Outside of school I love to spend time with my family and friends. 
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.

Lisa Trinh

Lisa Trinh

Learning Support Officer

St Mary’s is a wonderful place of learning and is surrounded by a lovely community. I enjoy getting to know the students I am working with and helping them to succeed in the classroom. Outside of school, my favourite things are spending time with my family, watching the mighty Cats, camping and yoga.

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.

Maree Fernandes

Maree Fernandes

Learning Support Officer

As an educator I enjoy helping kids thrive. I see challenges as an opportunity to grow. I love to travel, cook and spend time with family & friends.

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.

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.
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!

Ritu Charles

Ritu Charles

Learning Support Officer

I feel very humbled  and privileged to be a part of the St Mary’s school community. I have been a parishioner of St. Mary’s for the last 10 years and joined the LSO team this year. It’s great to work with teachers & LSOs and assist children reach their goals. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and spending time with my kids.

Sam Sankey

Sam Sankey

Learning Support Officer

I’m very lucky to be entering into my 6th year working at St Mary’s as a Learning Support Officer. Working alongside the teachers and LSO’s helping and watching children learn and grow is a privilege. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my 2 children taking them on adventures as well as studying to become a primary school teacher.

Sarah Lecky

Sarah Lecky

Learning Support Officer

Stephanie Nativo

Stephanie Nativo

Learning Support Officer

Hello everyone, I’m Steph. 

I’ve just recently joined the amazing team at St Mary’s after working in Early Childhood education and care for the past five years. 

I’m very passionate about helping and supporting children with all different needs and abilities to discover themselves and reach their full potential.

Outside of school, my favourite things to do are: spending time with my family and friends, going on adventures, exploring our wonderful country and spending time at home watching movies and tv shows. 

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