Meet The Teachers

The wonderful bunch here at St Richard’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. St Richard’s is beyond fortunate to have a team of teachers truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership & Administration

Marcus Gill

Marcus Gill

Principal

It is a privilege to be the Principal of this wonderful school. We have a tremendously dedicated staff, a supportive and inclusive community that works in partnership to provide a positive learning experience. It is my focus to ensure the students at St Richard’s reach their full potential academically and that St Richard’s provides a safe and happy school environment.

I am the father to three teenage children Hamish, Maeve & Estelle who l enjoy watching participate in their extra curricular activities and sports. Outside of work l spend my spare time gardening, playing golf and spending time with my family and friends and getting away on holidays.

Angela Corrone

Angela Corrone

Deputy Principal / Learning and Teaching Leader / Languages Leader / Wellbeing Leader

I love being a learner, just like the students! Being the Learning and Teaching, as well as Languages Leader allows me to find out new teaching techniques that will allow the students to grow and reach their full potential.  Supporting staff in using these resources to provide a personalised curriculum and hearing their stories of success, is very rewarding. This year, it is a privilege to support some of our Junior students with developing their Literacy skills and teach the Year 3/4 students STEM, with a particular focus on the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. 

Outside of school, I enjoy eating my way around popular gourmet restaurants! I love spending time with my family and daughter and exploring new places.

Gerard Bolton

Gerard Bolton

Deputy Principal / Religious Education Leader / Mathematics leader / Digital Technologies Leader

I am a 3/4 Teacher, Mathematics Leader and the Digital Technologies Leader at St Richard’s Catholic Primary, Kilsyth. It is great to see students become responsible for their learning and be wonderful leaders for the younger students in our school. I have a passion for Digital Technology and incorporate this to allow for engaging learning opportunities.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening and playing golf.

Fiona Roberts

Fiona Roberts

Finance Officer

School can be a challenging and busy place (even for the parents!), however I am here in the office to help answer your questions.  From school fees, to lost property, to activities being held, the office is full of useful information and resources.  Outside of school I love spending time with my two boys and husband down by the beach.

Sharon Baker

Sharon Baker

Admin Team

My name is Sharon. I work in the office and I’m here to support you – our parents, students, teachers and the wider school community.  I carry out a number of administrative and support tasks in relation to the operation of St. Richard’s Primary School.  Outside of school I love spending time with the family and our dog, going to the beach and watching movies.

Foundation Teachers

Bernice  Gommers

Bernice Gommers

Foundation Teacher

I am a Prep teacher at St. Richard’s Primary School in Kilsyth. Prep is such a wonderful year to teach. The achievements that are made in the first year at school are amazing. The year is filled with adventures, challenges and most importantly lots of fun. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family.

Nevenka Elvin

Nevenka Elvin

Foundation Teacher

I am very blessed to work alongside Bernice Gommers in the Foundation classroom. To play a small part in developing, inspiring and challenging the young minds of our students, is something we value greatly.  It is incredible to watch how much they learn and question in their first year, matched with their enthusiasm along the way. 

To ensure I match the energy of our young learners, I love to exercise- walking, bike riding and playing Veterans football. I also treasure time with family and friends.

Grade 1/2 Teachers

Vikki Bearman

Vikki Bearman

1/2 Classroom Teacher

My name is Vikki Bearman and I am a Year 1/2  teacher at St Richard’s. I am passionate about helping all students to reach their potential. Year 1/2 students have a strong work ethic and a love of learning which is so inspiring. I love their excitement when they know they are improving in their learning outcomes. It is wonderful to develop the students’ self esteem and confidence in themselves.

Outside of school I love to travel and am always excited to visit new countries, experience different cultures as well as feel lucky to live in Australia. I love spending time with my family and friends.

Kerrie Meyer

Kerrie Meyer

1/2 Classroom Teacher

I love the staff that we have at our school because we have close relationships and enjoy planning together. Year 1 and 2 are interesting years with students because they are making immense leaps in knowledge and skills. I love seeing student’s independence grow and the gleam they get in their eyes when they finally understand or can do something that has been difficult for them. On the weekends I love walking, eating out with friends and watching movies. I also love guided tours of anywhere.

Grade 3 – 6 Teachers

Debbie Jones

Debbie Jones

Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher

I love the close knit St.Richard’s Community and getting to know all students in our school. This year I again have the wonderful opportunity to be teaching in Year 3/4. Supporting students to develop confidence in their own abilities and challenge themselves to achieve their personal goals is something that I am passionate about. 

 

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family at our caravan, boating, gardening and catching up with friends.

Nicola Falvey

Nicola Falvey

5/6 Classroom Teacher

As a classroom teacher, I love working with students to build their skills and develop a Growth Mindset. I enjoy watching my students grow in their abilities and confidence to try new things. My favourite subjects to teach are Writing and Art and it is wonderful to be able to combine these areas into a published piece of work. 

 

When I’m not at school, I look forward to travelling and experiencing new cultures and destinations. A huge passion of mine is photography and I love capturing images on my travels.

Belinda Baloch

Belinda Baloch

5/6 Classroom Teacher

I am a 5/6 Teacher and the Literacy leader at St. Richard’s Catholic Primary School Kilsyth. I feel privileged to work with the 5/6 children and support them as they become more independent learners and strive to be strong leaders around the school.

I am passionate about literacy and love helping children develop a love of reading and writing. It brings me so much joy to watch children challenge themselves with their writing and I am always happy to have a chat about books- particularly Harry Potter!

Outside of school, I enjoy travelling and exploring new places. I love the outdoors and going for long hikes with the reward of a beautiful view.

Specialised Teachers

Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson

Numeracy Intervention and Extension Teacher

St Richard’s is a special community in which I feel blessed to be a part of. This year, I am delighted to be working as the Numeracy Intervention and Extension Teacher. I feel privileged to be in this role as it allows me to build strong relationships with the students I work with, as well as their families. Being at the forefront of some students’ Maths learning, it is very rewarding seeing them progress and succeed. My passion is building resilience and confidence in young learners to help them thrive in their education journey.

 

When I’m not at school, I keep very busy looking after my three young daughters. I also love gardening, taking care of our animals, hiking in the bush and holidays with my family.

Emma Speer

Emma Speer

Visual Arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Specialist Teacher

My name is Mrs Speer. I am the Visual Arts Specialist Teacher here at St. Richard’s. I really enjoy teaching students about famous artists and artworks. I especially love supporting students to explore various techniques, media and artforms- I am always amazed by what they produce!

I also teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It is wonderful to see students working through the design process, problem solving and developing a growth mindset. It is also a great opportunity to develop digital technology skills.

Sally Jenkins

Sally Jenkins

Performing Arts Teacher

My name is Sally Jenkins and I am the Performing Arts teacher here at St. Richard’s. It is my belief that The Arts play an integral role in a child’s education. I take a holistic approach to my teaching of The Arts, and will encourage our students to be creative, curious and confident.

Jason Webb

Jason Webb

Physical Education Teacher

My name is Jason Webb and I am so proud to be the Physical Education Specialist teacher at St Richard’s.

I live by the acronym of TEAM as “Together-Everyone-Achieves-More” and this is what PE and Sport is all about. I am passionate about teaching all kinds of sport, helping students achieve their goals, promoting a growth mindset and helping all students to have positive experiences within PE and Sport. I take great pride in assisting students to grow in confidence through taking risks with their learning, working in teams as well as and refining their motor skills and promoting leadership. It is always great to see many students not being afraid of trying a different way to complete a task in various sports being undertaken.

Outside of school, in my free time I enjoy attending any live sporting events, watching movies, enjoying a coffee and eating out at many of Melbourne’s cafes and restaurants. I also enjoy spending time exploring new places with my wife, as well as seeing my family and friends and walking my dog Archie.

Eileen Erle

Eileen Erle

Library Manager

I have the great privilege of working at St. Richards and working with the children in the library, my 3 children all attended St. Richards. I love the Library and love seeing the children coming in, enjoying the books and the wonderful space that we have.

Education Support Staff

Leonora Ventura

Leonora Ventura

ESS- Education Support Staff

I am so grateful and blessed to be one of the Education Support Staff at St. Richard’s Primary School. Working with children is an incredibly rewarding career and experience. I always love helping and supporting the development of children during their education journey. Watching them grow, reach their goals and potentials makes me inspired in so many ways. I am enjoying working with wonderful staff, lovely parents and amazing students.  

 

I love spending time with my family and friends when I’m not at school. Travelling, cooking, gardening and walking are just a few of my hobbies.

Leisa Atwell

Leisa Atwell

ESS - Education Support Staff

I have the pleasure to work with amazing, supportive and committed staff at St Richard’s Primary School, where the wellbeing of the students is always the number one priority.

I love that there is always laughter in the classroom and staff room! I enjoy being outdoors, gardening and spending time with my family and friends.

Tina Bettiol

Tina Bettiol

ESS - Education Support Staff

My name is Tina Bettiol and I am new to the Education Support Staff team at St Richards Primary school. It is a privilege to be part of a school that supports their students with their learning and personal achievements. I am also passionate in supporting young students grow and achieve new goals, and seeing students happy makes me happy.

Marg Meyer

Marg Meyer

ESS - Education Support Staff

I have had a long association with St Richard’s starting off as a parent in 2001.  I loved the feel of the school’s close community spirit and in 2006 I joined the staff as School Nurse and Admin Assistant. With a qualification in Childhood Development, I quickly moved into Education Support as well, allowing me to assist families in so many ways.  I just loved it!  During 2023 after further study, I am following my passion assisting in Student Well Being. I love helping and encouraging students through the ups and downs of life/learning and seeing the joy on their faces when they overcome issues and succeed. It’s a privilege to be part of their journey.

Loren Rolls

Loren Rolls

ESS - Education Support Staff

My name is Loren Rolls. I love being apart of a team who are dedicated to assisting all children work towards their full potential. Watching a student’s confidence and ability grow is always rewarding. 

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Rachael Van der Haar

Rachael Van der Haar

ESS - Education Support Staff

My name is Rachael Vanderhaar and I am currently studying education at ACU. I have recently started working at St Richard’s and have enjoyed getting to know the students and assisting them in their learning journey. I look forward to further experiences in the future.

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