Meet The Teachers

The wonderful bunch here at Holy Spirit 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. We are beyond fortunate to have a team of teachers truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership & Administration

Duncan Arendse

Duncan Arendse

Principal

I love working at our school because I have the opportunity to be involved in the teaching and learning of our students. I am also in a privileged position to empower both staff and parents to act in the best interest of our students.

Lauren Witnish

Lauren Witnish

Deputy Principal, School Maths Leader

I love the variety of my role, every day is different, some much easier than others!!
I love my Leadership role and planning and working with all the staff in my Maths capacity.
Outside school, I love going down to the beach and every moment that I spend with Bailey.

Melinda Buscema

Melinda Buscema

Learning Diversity, Wellbeing and Deputy Principal

Being a part of our community continues to be a privilege for me after several years of working here. I value the emphasis placed on student wellbeing, building relationships and the inclusive education we offer all of our diverse learners.I love walking, dancing,music and I remain a hopeful Roos supporter.

Marianne Condon

Marianne Condon

Religious Education Leader & 5/6 Teacher

Holy Spirit is a warm, welcoming and a very supportive community to work in. The children and parents are friendly, approachable and really invested in their learning and school life. As the Religious Education Leader I love working with all staff, students and parents for the faith formation of all.

Ben Lannen

Ben Lannen

eLearning Leader, Wellbeing Leader and 1/2 Teacher

I love the buzz of teaching at HS, the thrill of seeing kids ‘get’ something for the first time and empowering staff in the areas of wellbeing and contemporary digital learning.
I also love playing cricket, watching the mighty Tigers, going to the movies and spending time with my family.

Kayla Flindt-Petersen

Kayla Flindt-Petersen

Learning & Teaching Leader and English Leader

I am a lifelong learner and love learning with my students. I love the challenge of inspiring and making learning fun. My favourite thing is seeing students showcase their learning and watching them grow. Teaching is a superpower! I also love to travel and explore the world we live in.

Errin Begley

Errin Begley

Office/Admin

Working in the front office allows me to interact with all who belong to our Holy Spirit family. I  have worked here for over 20 years and I love the community feel of our school. I love spending my time away from school with my family especially my Grandchildren.

Melissa Barrett

Melissa Barrett

Bursar

I am the Bursar at Holy Spirit and I am responsible for all matters of a financial nature.
I love the Community feel of the School and enjoy engaging with students, their families and staff.

Grade Prep Teachers

Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis

Prep Classroom Teacher

Teaching within the Junior School, has always been a passion of mine. I love learning and watching young, inquisitive minds explore and grow. Being a part of their learning journey, is very special to me.

Outside of school, I love going out for High Tea and watching comedy/animated movies.

Katherine D'Aloisio

Katherine D'Aloisio

Prep Classroom Teacher

I love teaching in Prep, it’s such a special year. I love seeing the student’s have that ‘aha!’ moment with their learning as it makes me love my job and love teaching in Prep.

Andrea Frixou

Andrea Frixou

Prep Classroom Teacher

Watching children learn and develop socially, emotionally and academically is inspirational. Being part of that growth in an environment such as Holy Spirit is truly rewarding.

Spending quality time with my family and friends is important to me. I enjoy baking and experimenting with different recipes!

Grade 1/2 Teachers

Andrea D'Alberto

Andrea D'Alberto

1/2 Teacher

I love teaching at Holy Spirit as it provides opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the students I teach. Spending time with my family is how I love to spend my weekends.

Alison Laurence

Alison Laurence

1/2 Teacher

I love teaching at Holy Spirit because I get to inspire, encourage, support and nurture my students. I also really enjoy leading the Holy Spirit Choir!  Outside of school I love spending time with my family by going to the movies, bike riding, watching my childrens sports games and travelling.

Beth O'Donnell

Beth O'Donnell

1/2 Teacher

I’ve always been passionate about teaching and helping others to learn and grow. I love the community and culture of support and care at Holy Spirit. I’m looking forward to my own children starting here and learning from some of the best and most empowering teachers I know.

Joanna Major

Joanna Major

1/2 Teacher

I love teaching at Holy Spirit, the relationships formed with our students and seeing them grow in all unique ways. In my spare time, I love spending time at the beach and out with friends and family.

Debbie Roberts

Debbie Roberts

1/2 Teacher

I love teaching at Holy Spirit Community School especially Art and Maths. I used to be a sports teacher and have a love of netball. In my spare time I love going to the beach.

Grade 3/4 Teachers

Melissa Manders

Melissa Manders

3/4 Teacher

Holy Spirit allows me to work as part of a passionate and dedicated community. This environment helps me to build strong relationships with the students I teach which I find rewarding. Away from the classroom, I relish a good book, relax in the garden and rewatch classic Hollywood movies.

Julie Brown

Julie Brown

3/4 Teacher

I have been a teacher for over 20 years. I enjoy making connections with my students and their families.  I especially like getting to know the students and I love to have fun in the classroom. I have 4 boys of my own and understand the challenges of raising young people today.

Jane Coghlan

Jane Coghlan

3/4 Teacher

To me, Holy Spirit is more than just a place to work, it really is a community. Parents, teachers, students and Parish connect in a unique way to learn, have fun and care for one another. Many years after my first child started here, I still love this place.

Bree Daniel

Bree Daniel

3/4 Teacher

I have been part of the Holy Spirit school community for over 10 years now. The families and staff at our school are second to none and it has been such a great privilege to be part of so many student’s lives and learning journey’s thus far.

Micaela O'Brien

Micaela O'Brien

3/4 Teacher

It is my second year as a 3/4 teacher at Holy Spirit. I enjoy Holy Spirit because of the beautiful community and the passion and love for learning. I spend my spare time cooking, spending time with family/friends and taking my gorgeous chocolate Labrador on adventures.

Kat Jones

Kat Jones

3/4 Teacher

I love the connections I make with both the students and their families within our community. Every day is something different, which makes it both challenging and rewarding. Personally, I love reading, exercising, watching movies, spending time with my crazy family and laughing – usually at my own jokes!

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

3/4 Teacher (Mon - Thurs) & Sport Teacher (Friday)

I absolutely love teaching at Holy Spirit. Having the opportunity to help students reach their full potential is something I highly value. I always ensure that my students are in an environment that is welcoming, safe and inclusive. I am a passionate fan of all sports, particularly basketball.

Grade 5/6 Teachers

Gracie Smith

Gracie Smith

5/6 Teacher

I love teaching at Holy Spirit, and in particular, in the senior school. I really enjoy seeing our children develop into confident young teenagers and also helping them be prepared for secondary school. My passions, besides spending time with family and friends, is gardening and being a proud Essendon Supporter!

Brittany Correia

Brittany Correia

5/6 Teacher

Since I was little I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I loved to play schools with my sisters, and now I am so thankful I get to do it as a career! I love making memories with my little family and getting to the beach over Summer.

Frances Miller

Frances Miller

5/6 Teacher

I’ve been at Holy Spirit for over 15 years, and I’ve had the privilege of teaching in Junior, Middle and Senior areas of the school. I love spending time with my family, especially with my 4 grandchildren.I enjoy the beach, and I can’t wait to travel more in the future.

Danni Fidge

Danni Fidge

5/6 Teacher

I love teaching at Holy Spirit. I have a passion for seeing students enjoy their learning and improve on their knowledge and confidence everyday.
When I’m not at school I coach and play basketball for Camberwell Dragons. I also enjoy going the movies, gym and playing with my dog, Fraser.

Andy McKellar

Andy McKellar

5/6 Teacher

I love making a difference in children’s lives and seeing them grow and change over the year. It’s wonderful to see children become confident in who they are what they can achieve. Outside of school, it’s all about my family, friends and being the best person I can be.

Specialised Teachers

Nicole Struthers

Nicole Struthers

Japanese Teacher

I enjoy being a member of the Holy Spirit Community. As a specialist teacher I have the opportunity to teach all of the students something I am passionate about! I love to travel to Japan and explore new areas.

Lee Hodge

Lee Hodge

Specialist Teacher - Library F- 6

Our school’s positive reading culture impresses and energizes me as an educator. I am interested in all types of learning; academic and personal, and of course books! I love teaching all year levels so for me the Library has it all. Reading, Art, Tennis and Travelling are my personal interests.

Maree Brabender

Maree Brabender

Reading Recovery

I am very fortunate to work with students 1 to 1 in an area that I am most passionate about which is literacy development. My role is to teach Grade 1 students who are in need of extra support. Outside of school I love walking my dog and AFL football.

Helen Lehmann

Helen Lehmann

Number Intervention Teacher

As a member of the Parish and having three children who attended the school many years ago I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work at Holy Spirit in my capacity as a specialist Maths teacher. Outside of school I love socialising with my family and friends and traveling.

Caeleigh Osborne

Caeleigh Osborne

PE Teacher/Sport Coordinator/Senior School Leader

I love being able to give my students the skills, confidence and opportunities to participate in Sport and Physical Activities for lifelong health. I get to see them grow and develop their teamwork and leadership through sporting experiences. Sport is a passion of mine both in and outside of school!

Trish Ryan

Trish Ryan

Library Technician

I love working in our Library and being able to share our wonderful books with the students and seeing the smiles on their faces is so rewarding.
Outside of school I enjoy going on holidays by the beach and of course putting my feet up and reading a good book.

Anne McCarthy

Anne McCarthy

Performing Arts Teacher

My passion in education is to engage students in their own creativity in dance, drama and music. I believe that the process of learning should be as inspiring and as the final product. Outside of school I enjoy creative dance classes, skiing and art projects with a group of friends.

Learning Support Officers

Melanie Bicknell

Melanie Bicknell

Learning Support Officer

I love to help children to achieve their best and seeing their growth over the year.  I enjoy travelling, learning new things and spending time with my family and friends.

Belinda Semos

Belinda Semos

Learning Support Officer

I love working at Holy Spirit as a Learning  Support Officer. Working alongside the teachers and assisting the students to achieve success in their learning puts a smile on my face everyday. I enjoy family time, coffee with friends and watching my kids enjoy their sport on a weekend.

Fatima Da Silva

Fatima Da Silva

Learning Support Officer

I love working at Holy Spirit and working with the students to help them in any way I can. It’s a rewarding job to see the students achieve their goals. I am married and have 3 busy boys. I love going on long drives with my family seeing new places.

Vicki Denelzen

Vicki Denelzen

Learning Support Officer

When my kids were at Holy Spirit,I loved working in the classroom. This gave me the incentive to become an LSO. I love talking and listening to the children and building relationships with them. I get a lot of satisfaction helping and working out stratigies.

Kira Witnish

Kira Witnish

Learning Support Officer

I’ve worked at Holy Spirit for many years and it is like a big family.  The children I work with are like my own and we form a very close bond.  It gives me great pleasure to see them blossom and grow.  

I enjoy Football and Calisthenics.

Margeret Carmani

Margeret Carmani

Learning Support Officer

I enjoy working at HS because of it’s strong sense of community due to the amazing staff and great families that I interact with everyday. The things I enjoy most in life are spending time with family and friends.

Christie Ross

Christie Ross

Learning Support Officer

I am truly grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community at Holy Spirit where all of the staff are extremely supportive and caring and the students are a true joy to work with. It’s not without its challenges but together we succeed.

Leah Pinney

Leah Pinney

Learning Support Officer

I’m married and have 2 children and 2 dogs. I completed my Certificate III in Education Support in 2018 as I was after a more rewarding job. What I love most about my role is being able to assist the students and to watch them grow and achieve their goals.

Megan Price

Megan Price

Learning Support Officer

I became a Learning Support Officer eighteen years ago to make a difference in a child’s life and help them to reach their potential within a school environment. When I’m not working,I look forward to spending time with my family, walking my dog, exercising and gardening.

Lyn Hunt

Lyn Hunt

Learning Support Officer

I enjoy helping students achieve their best and listening to their ideas by making a personal connection. My job is never boring and I am privileged to be able to listen to their ideas and to see the way their minds work.

Sue Elliott

Sue Elliott

Learning Support Officer

My days at school are really busy but at the end of the day I always feel a sense of achievement and making a difference. The staff are supportive which makes what I do so rewarding.  In my spare time I love gardening and hiking.

Cathy Wendt

Cathy Wendt

Learning Support Officer

I am grateful to be a part of the Holy Spirit family. I love seeing the students grow and shine in their own unique way and I learn as much from them as they would from me.  They inspire me everyday to be the best person that I can be.

Tamara Augustin

Tamara Augustin

Learning Support Officer

It is a pleasure to work in an environment that not only accept everyone’s differences but also values them. The kids quite simply make it a joy to be here every day.
Outside of work I love to spend my time gardening.

Kate Hopkins

Kate Hopkins

Learning Support Officer

I have worked at Holy Spirit for many years as an LSO across all year levels. I love being involved in education and working together with students and seeing them flourish. One of my favourite things to do is to go camping with my family and explore new places.

Linda De Angelis

Linda De Angelis

Learning Support Officer

I feel blessed to get up each morning and always look forward to my day at Holy Spirit Community School, where every day is different and some challenging. One of the biggest rewards is seeing that “light bulb moment” as the student understands. A place where every child feels safe.

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