Meet The Teachers

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

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership & Administration

Michael Watt

Michael Watt

Principal

It is a privilege to be Principal at this amazing school.  There is a true sense of shared responsibility at St Paul’s where we work in partnership with families in order to help each child reach their full potential. Our staff truly put students and families first in everything we do.

Stephenie Peels

Stephenie Peels

Deputy Principal; Learning and Teaching Leader; Literacy Leader; Intervention Teacher

I love finding great ways to engage students in the curriculum in fun and active ways through hands on learning.  I also like the opportunity to work with students across the school finding out what they are learning.

Sarah Kleverkamp

Sarah Kleverkamp

Student Wellbeing Leader; Learning Diversity Leader

I thoroughly enjoy working with the wonderful families at St Paul’s Primary. In my role I’m lucky to experience relationships through all levels of the school and watch those with diverse needs grow and flourish over time. We have an amazing Wellbeing team that I can rely on to support me in my role and the students within our school. It is so important for everyone to feel valued and connected to school, and I believe that we are fortunate to be able to really ‘know’ every child (and family).

Kelly Geoghegan

Kelly Geoghegan

Leading Teacher - Numeracy; Year 4/5 Teacher

St. Paul’s has a great community feel with staff, students and families all working together to reach the same goal…..the safety and happiness of our students!
I enjoy working with a variety of students across my 2 roles and helping them develop their whole self: academic, social/emotional and spiritual.

I leave St. Paul’s each day with a smile and a feeling of happiness as it is a lovely place to work.

Helen Hermann

Helen Hermann

Office Manager

Joining the St Paul’s team in 2006 I firmly believe I have the best job in the school. I love the
diversity of my role which includes anything from welcoming families, keeping teeth safe for the
tooth fairy, putting band aids on grazed knees, supporting our wonderful staff and all finance and
admin tasks required to keep our school running smoothly on a daily basis.

Junior School Staff

Maria Cook

Maria Cook

Prep Teacher (Tuesday-Friday)

What I love the most about teaching Prep/One at St Paul’s is that students at this level have a passion and eagerness for learning and discovering. It is so rewarding seeing them develop socially and academically throughout the year.
When I’m not at work what I enjoy doing is gardening, shopping, going on long walks with my dogs and going to the footy to watch the mighty Tigers play.

Jacqui Kerr

Jacqui Kerr

Year 1/2 Teacher (Monday-Wednesday)

I have a strong belief that the journey is just as important as the outcome. In the junior levels, each child’s seed, that is planted in Prep, is able to grow tiny shoots, blooming into new learning.  Every day the students make you feel special and like you are a rock star! What other job makes you feel like that?

I enjoy special times with my family and friends, camping, running, cycling, baking and colour in.

Maree Ranahan

Maree Ranahan

Prep (Monday) & Year 1/2 Teacher (Thursday/Friday)

I have worked at St Paul’s for years and wouldn’t work anywhere else! I love the children, families and community. The staff are a fantastic team who have a shared responsibilities for all our children. I work hard and always strive to do my best for the children. I have one daughter and love spending time in my garden.

Middle School Staff

Cathie

Cathie

Year 2/3 Teacher

I have been a staff member at St. Paul’s for the past 18 years, taking on a variety of roles in that time.
I strive to provide a classroom environment where students become active learners, striving to achieve their personal best.
When not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time at home with family and friends.

Senior School Staff

Jo McIntosh

Jo McIntosh

Year 4/5 Teacher

Working at St Paul’s means being part of a close-knit community of students, parents and staff. When I started teaching Art and PE in 2019 I enjoyed the strong relationships initially developed with students and now cherish the continued connections formed with the students in my class – it’s wonderful to see their knowledge and confidence grow with real-world tasks and hands-on learning activities. Outside of school I love watching my three sons play their myriad of sports and I volunteer with many local sporting clubs and committees.

Carolynne

Carolynne

Year 5/6 Teacher

Since starting at St Paul’s in 2001, I have felt I have been a part of a warm, welcoming community. It has always amazed me just how supportive and accepting the students at St Paul’s are of each other.  I consider building relationships with the students and parents vital in my role as an educator and believe the social and emotional wellbeing of students is an area of focus that helps develop the whole person – mentally, academically and spiritually. One of the most rewarding things about being a Year 5/6 teacher is watching the students develop their independence and take on leadership roles throughout the school.  

Specialist Staff

Specialist Programs at St Paul's

At St Paul’s we offer:

  • Visual Arts
  • Music – Performing Arts
  • Languages – Italian
  • Physical Education

 

Emma-lee Curwood

Emma-lee Curwood

Physical Education Specialist; Visual Arts Specialist

When I teach Art, I love seeing all of the students creativity and passion coming through their masterpieces. Through a range of mediums, students get hands-on making and creating, expressing their own ideas. I also enjoy Thursdays and Fridays when I am teaching PE.

Irene Haritos

Irene Haritos

Music/Performaing Arts Specialist Teacher; Religious Education Assistant

The moment I stepped into St Paul’s Primary in 2019, was the moment that I felt like I came home. I get the privilege to share both music and faith with the students, staff and community.  I cannot believe the excited energy the students bring to each music class.  It makes teaching a joy especially watching the children step out of their comfort zone and grow in confidence.  My role as Religious Education Assistant is icing on the cake as I get to promote my faith and assist teachers finding new resources to bring meaning and purpose to student’s spiritual side.

Isabella Lepore

Isabella Lepore

Languages - Italian Teacher

I have been very privileged to be part of such an extraordinary and compassionate community of teachers, families, and students at St Paul’s. Hopefully, my love of teaching has inspired our students at St Paul’s a passion for learning any subject and enabling them to make a difference.

Learning Support Officers

Paula

Paula

School Counsellor; Youth Worker; Learning Support Officer

I am very lucky in my role to be able to build such strong relationships with our students’ school through counselling and students’ social justice groups. I feel privileged to be able to make a difference and value the opportunity to be

there for students/parents, even just to be a listening ear. This may sound simple, but feeling heard and being validated can be very powerful and is important to a child’s mental health and mindset. As a Monbulk local I am also involved in MADCOW (Monbulk & District Community Opportunities Workingroup) Youth Services and being the Trainer for the Under 18s at Monbulk Footy Club).

Greg

Greg

Learning Support Officer; Casual Relief Teacher

After previously teaching English in Japan and working as a CRT in Melbourne, I am very excited to be working at St Paul’s.  My main role is in Learning Support, and I also teach in classrooms on a casual basis. 

 

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