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Meet The Teachers

The wonderful bunch here at St Gregory the Great Catholic Primary School 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

Miss Michelle Verna

Miss Michelle Verna

Principal

It is my great pleasure and honour to be the Principal of St Gregory the Great
Catholic Primary School. As a person of strong faith, I provide opportunities for both
the educators and learners to grow and discover meaning as future stewards of
God’s creation.
My passion for education inspires me in my role as Principal each day. I believe that
creating the conditions for growth and progress, enables teachers and support staff
to understand their contribution to student outcomes and to seek constant
improvement.
By creating a rich learning environment, I support staff to focus strongly on the
development and nurturing of the whole person. My vision is that students become
faith filled people who see themselves as life-long learners and who can discover
their potential – and aspire to achieve it.
In my free time, I love spending quality time with family and friends, walking and
beach holidays enjoying the sunshine.
Mrs Josie Italiano

Mrs Josie Italiano

Deputy Principal / Religious Education Leader / Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher

St Gregory the Great is a dynamic and welcoming school that values our Catholic faith and promotes strong relationships and harmony amongst all community members.
I love spending time with my family especially on holidays at the beach.

Mrs Mariella Mabilia

Mrs Mariella Mabilia

Business Manager

I enjoy all the accounting work and the various challenges with the ongoing financial requirements.
I love going to the footy on the weekend, watching the car racing and going to see musicals!

Mrs Margaret Bath

Mrs Margaret Bath

Administration Officer

I love working in finance.
I enjoy balancing the books!
I enjoy welcoming all our new enrolments
I enjoy spending time with my
grandchildren.
I love weekends at the car racing!

Mrs Lisa Viti

Mrs Lisa Viti

Office Administration / Learning Support Officer

I love seeing our students commence school as wide-eyed Preps and then as they progress through each year level, gradually grow and blossom into Year 6 students ready for secondary school.
Outside of school I love going for long country drives.

Mrs Louisa Scariot

Mrs Louisa Scariot

Administration/Library

My name is Louisa Scariot and I work in the school library.
I have enhanced the walls with art work that relates to children’s literature. My lunchtime reading club has become very popular with  students.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the theatre, and gardening.

Mrs Dianne Viola

Mrs Dianne Viola

Director of Learning and Teaching / Student Wellbeing

St. Gregory the Great is a warm and welcoming school that offers many varied curriculum opportunities to suit all students. The friendly and supportive community makes it a special place to work at. When I am not working I love going for long walks, reading and skiing.

Grade Prep Teachers

Mrs Madeleine Fernandes

Mrs Madeleine Fernandes

Prep Teacher

I love working with an enthusiastic staff and interactions with the children in my class.In my spare time l enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, playing tennis and gardening.

Mrs Kathy Zarafa

Mrs Kathy Zarafa

Prep Teacher

My name is Kathy Zarafa and I am a Prep teacher at St Gregory the Great. I enjoy going to the movies and gardening and have just returned from an overseas holiday, so travel is sure to be on my wish list for the future. I enjoy spending time with my family and have started doing pilates once a week. I am looking forward to another exciting year at school in 2020.

Ms Sarah Hosking

Ms Sarah Hosking

Prep Teacher

I have been a classroom teacher at St Gregory’s for 14 years. I love teaching because each day is different and I am inspired by the growth and development of each and every child. In my own time, I like exercising at the 1000 steps and going to the movies.

Grade 1/2 Teachers

Miss Emma Potter

Miss Emma Potter

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

St Gregory’s is a warm, welcoming and inclusive school. In my role as a Year 2 teacher I really enjoy the inquisitive nature of the students that I teach and their love of learning.

Mrs Lucy Macolino

Mrs Lucy Macolino

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

Hi my name is Lucy Macolino and I am a Year 3 teacher. I have had the honour of teaching at St Gregory’s for the past 13 years. Being part of a Catholic school is very important to me. I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family and travelling.  

Mrs Caterina D'Oca

Mrs Caterina D'Oca

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

At St Gregory’s School every day is different and I believe that each child has something special you can build on! I even sent my sons here!
I am the Middle School team Leader and teacher of Year 3D.
I love going to the footy and supporting the Mighty Hawks!

Mrs Lynelle Maher

Mrs Lynelle Maher

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

I have been at St Gregory’s for a number of years and experienced many changes and extensive growth. I have very happy positive memories.  We work hard and share a strong vision focusing on the education and growth of every individual student in a strong Catholic community.

Mrs Marianna Saladino

Mrs Marianna Saladino

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

As a Visual Art specialist and Classroom teacher, l am privileged to teach all classes from Prep to Grade 6. I guide the students to be creative and  responsive as they explore many facets of visual arts. I enjoy being part of each individual child’s learning journey.

Danielle Hanna

Danielle Hanna

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

Grade 3/4 Teachers

Mrs Loretta Sinni

Mrs Loretta Sinni

Digital Technologies Leader/Learning Diversity/Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher

As the Student Wellbeing Leader I am pleased to say that the wellbeing of all students here at
St Gregory the Great Catholic Primary school plays an integral part in their education. We
believe we instil in our students the Catholic beliefs, values and teachings of Jesus and that
God’s presence and spirit are shown through words and actions.
My role encompasses overseeing the needs of the students in our school community,
developing partnerships with parents and providing staff with the most current and relevant
information to assist in nurturing the wellbeing of the students in their care.
My passions are my family, which includes my little dog, Luna, reading, ICT, knitting and
binge watching any good TV series, films or documentaries.
Mrs Belinda Hession

Mrs Belinda Hession

Year 3 Classroom Teacher

I enjoy working with the students, making their learning journey a positive experience.  Seeing the smiles as they grasp new concepts is so rewarding.
l have a passion for cooking, reading and art.  l love creating new things for family, friends and the students l work with.

Barbara Sommerville

Barbara Sommerville

Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher

Mrs Sandra Reid

Mrs Sandra Reid

Middle School Teaching and Learning Leader/Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher

I find teaching a rewarding experience, watching students learning and growing is a highlight for me. Working with a team of professionals who are supportive and trustworthy. I am very fortunate to work with individuals that you can collaborate and share ideas with.

Grade 5/6 Teachers

Bernadette Rizzo

Bernadette Rizzo

Senior School Teaching and Learning Leader/Year 6 Classroom Teacher

I love working with a supportive 5/6 team to plan engaging learning experiences for our students and make learning memorable. My role as Digital Technologies Leader allows me to use Digital Technologies as a valuable tool in the classroom. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking and listening to music.

Crystal Knowles

Crystal Knowles

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

Monique Symss

Monique Symss

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

Mrs Annette Hora

Mrs Annette Hora

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

School: Assisting children of all learning capabilities to reach their potential and achieve their personal and academic goals.

Personal: Spending time with my family, watching a good movie, cooking and baking.

Mrs Melanie Eva

Mrs Melanie Eva

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

As a Yr 6 teacher I love being part of the senior school. The opportunities and activities that our students take part in are engaging and  relevant to their world and their learning. It’s a really exciting time to be in education.

Specialist Teachers

Mr Christopher Hoyne

Mr Christopher Hoyne

Performing Arts Teacher

I have been a Performing Arts teacher for fifteen years and truly believe I have the best job in the world.  Outside of school I adore spending time with my family and watching my children grow into adulthood.

Mrs Maggie Tsui

Mrs Maggie Tsui

Mandarin Teacher

I love to work with my students  who are full of enthusiasm and creativity.  I really appreciate  their engagement towards learning, especially when they are writing the Chinese characters which is regarded as the most difficult part of the language.
I love listening to music during my leisure time.

Mrs Marianna Gandolfo

Mrs Marianna Gandolfo

Italian Teacher

As a Visual Art specialist and Classroom teacher, l am privileged to teach all classes from Prep to Grade 6. I guide the students to be creative and  responsive as they explore many facets of visual arts. I enjoy being part of each individual child’s learning journey.

Mrs Jane Barry

Mrs Jane Barry

PE and Sports Coordinator

Hi, I’m Mrs Barry and I am the PE teacher at St. Gregory’s. I am passionate about sport and keeping physically active. I love to hike, run, play tennis and workout at the gym. I encourage the students at St. Gregory’s to be active and foster a lifelong love of playing sport and keeping fit. I enjoy teaching here as the students are enthusiastic and love to learn. I like teaching outside in the fresh air and having fun with the students while they develop their movement skills and game strategies. I encourage all students to give things a go and be involved in our many interschool sporting opportunities. Most importantly, our students learn to work collaboratively and play fairly.

Classroom Support Assistants

Mrs Anita Calvitto

Mrs Anita Calvitto

Learning Support Officer

School: Assisting children of all learning capabilities to reach their potential and achieve their personal and academic goals.
Personal: Spending time with my family, watching a good movie, cooking and baking.

Mrs Ann Bonnello

Mrs Ann Bonnello

Learning Support Officer

St.Gregory’s is a loving and nurturing school. My role is to assist teachers to help children in all areas of the curriculum, whether that be social, emotional or their educational. This could involve working with children in groups or one-on-one.

I love spending time with my children and extended family.

Mrs Cecilia Carpinteri

Mrs Cecilia Carpinteri

Learning Support Officer

In my position at St Gregory the Great, I am fortunate to work with students across all the year levels. I enjoy getting to know the students and their learning styles and assisting them to achieve their individual goals.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family.

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