Meet The Teachers

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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

David Gulavin

David Gulavin

Principal

I have been blessed to work at St Philip’s for the past 8 years. I love the wonderful sense of community at our school and the partnerships formed to create positive learning outcomes for our students.
I am also a passionate Richmond supporter celebrating yet another premiership!

Dionne Bird

Dionne Bird

Deputy Principal/Learning and Teaching Leader

I am a life-long learner who enjoys learning alongside our fabulous students. I relish the variety of my job and working with all of our students in STEM and Library. Outside school, I love spending time with my family, reading, patchwork and looking after my little vegie patch.

Marina McKenna

Marina McKenna

Administration Manager

My role is to ensure the smooth running of all things relating to the school administration. I enjoy welcoming Families to our School Community and being able to assist them and our dedicated staff in any way I can.

Susan Cuttell

Susan Cuttell

Learning Support Officer/ Office Administration

I work in administration and as a L.S.O at St Philips, and am grateful to be part of such a supportive and caring community. I especially enjoy seeing how children grow in their confidence and ability when learning. Outside of school I enjoy bike riding with my family.

Prep / Year 1 Teacher

Vanessa Ngo

Vanessa Ngo

Year Prep and One Classroom Teacher

I believe it’s really important to provide a positive schooling experience for students starting school. I love working in a small school as it gives me the opportunity to get to know all the students and how they learn. One thing I love to do outside of school is snowboarding!

Year 2/3 Teacher

Jeanette Merlo

Jeanette Merlo

Year 2/3 Classroom Teacher

St Philip’s has caring and respectful students and being part of the growth in their academic, social and emotional development is just one of the many rewarding and positive aspects of working here. Outside of school, I love to relax by spending time with family and friends, walk and bake.

Elena Salvana

Elena Salvana

Year 2/3 Classroom Teacher

I work at St Philip’s one day per week. It’s a joy to watch the children as they grow and learn. St Philip’s is known as the family school. I am proud to be part of this family.
Outside of school, I like reading and walking my dog .

Year 3/4 Teachers

Gabe Kinsman

Gabe Kinsman

Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher and Student Wellbeing Leader

St Philip’s has been a big part of my life. It offers students so many more opportunities than bigger schools can. The children, staff and parents know each other and care for each other.
I enjoy time spent with family, friends, traveling and being outdoors.

Anna Gatto

Anna Gatto

Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher

I’ve just started teaching at St Philip’s and am thoroughly enjoying my time working with wonderful students and a dedicated and friendly staff. When I am not teaching I enjoy watching the tennis, swimming and holidaying in our caravan.I enjoy time spent with family, friends, traveling and being outdoors.

Year 5/6 Teachers

Gabrielle Carter

Gabrielle Carter

Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher

St Philip’s is a vibrant school community where relationships are valued and everyone feels welcome. I have certainly felt very welcome in my first year at the school! As well as teaching I enjoy travelling, taking photos, going to the movies, being creative and spending time with family and friends.

Specialised Teachers

Trish Grayson

Trish Grayson

Learning Diversity Leader

Hi Everyone, I have been working in the area of Learning Diversity and Student Support for many years. I love working with teachers, parents and children to make school life as enjoyable and equitable for all students as possible.

Trish Chaston

Trish Chaston

Literacy and Mathematics Leader

At St Philip’s I have the opportunity to know where each student sits on the learning continuum. It is exciting to be part of the experience when students achieve their educational goals.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family at the beach.

Maria

Maria

Reading Recovery Teacher

St Philip’s is a warm and welcoming place to work. I enjoy helping Grade 1 students who are in need of extra literacy support, to grow in their confidence as they learn and master new literacy skills.

Maria Neill

Maria Neill

Italian Language Teacher

I feel privileged to be part of such a welcoming community at St Philip’s.
I am passionate about the Italian language and hope to foster a love of learning a language, and an appreciation of the Italian language and culture.
I enjoy traveling, reading, walking and seeing family and friends.

Katie Lang

Katie Lang

Physical Education Teacher

I enjoy guiding students toward a life-long love of physical activity, by teaching them skills and sports in Physical Education. In my own time, I play board games with my kids, tinker on the piano and watch comedy shows!

Edwina So

Edwina So

Performing Arts Specialist

I am passionate in using music, drama and dance as an avenue for students to flourish in their potentials! Their shining creativity is absolutely priceless!
I love running, and the clarity it gives me! Of course, and the donuts I get to enjoy afterwards!

Classroom Support Assistants

Adi Crawford

Adi Crawford

Learning Support Officer

At St Philips I enjoy working with a fantastic team of educators to enable student growth in confidence and ability. It is rewarding to work with parents as students progress through education to be grade 5/6 leaders of the school. Outside of this I like cycling, gardening and travelling Australia.

Antoinette Egan

Antoinette Egan

Learning Support Officer

As an LSO, I get to work with individual students. By building a rapport with them, I hope to enhance their self esteem and confidence. Feeling valued and supported, they will experience success in their learning. Assisting students to achieve their
full potential is extremely rewarding.

Kathy Tomasoni

Kathy Tomasoni

Learning Support Officer

Nothing warms my heart more than seeing a child smile. I love my job and the interactions and rewards it brings with it. St Philips is an awesome place to work. Laughter, learning and life-long friendships. Away from work I love to read, cook, socialise and trips to the beach.

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