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Find out a little more about them!
Kerrie commenced as Principal in 2020. She is passionate about Student Wellbeing and Learning Diversity – where learning is accessible for every student at St John’s; current and future.
St John’s has a unique place in education in Clifton Hill. As a small Catholic primary school, our students learn, academically, spiritually and socially and emotionally, in personalised and traditional settings.
At St John’s we pride ourselves that every child is known.
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Melanie GranataDeputy Principal & Additional Learning Needs Leader
Melanie Granata is our Deputy Principal. She has been at St John’s since 2009. Melanie is also our Religious Education Leader, and keeps RE at the forefront of our very busy school life.
She is also the Learning Diversity Leader at St John’s. Her role is to support students with additional needs to reach their full potential.
Gina MeleAdministrative Officer
Gina is our valuable and ever-efficient office administrator. She began in the role in 2013.
Sally BarkerEducation Support
Sally began at St John’s in a voluntary capacity through her involvement with Mercy Connect. She commenced her role as Education Support Officer in March 2015 and very much enjoys making a difference in the lives of the children with whom she works.
Tegan FitzbibbonChild & Family Counsellor
Tegan is a provisional psychologist and child and family counsellor with CatholicCare. She has experience working in schools in Melbourne and abroad, and is passionate about supporting children and their families to build positive relationships, social skills, and resilience within the classroom and at home.
Michele DaviesVisual Arts Teacher
Michele loves the Arts and any opportunity to promote creative expression. She is a board member of Regional Arts Victoria, taking art to the regions.
Michele creates performance projects in her spare time and delivers programs for art teachers in Victoria in galleries like Heide and the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne.
Carlie DowleyDigital Technology Teacher/Year 2/3 Classroom Teacher
Carlie teaches with a focus on multiple learning styles and tries to ensure learners are offered different ways to express themselves. .
Carlie is currently our Digital Technology Specialist Teacher and Year 2/ 3 Classroom Teacher on Thursdays.
Anthony FalconePhysical Education
Anthony has many years of experience in the area of Physical Education and sports coaching. He joined the staff at St John’s in 2016 and quickly began passing on his love of sport, and what it can bring to people’s lives, to all of the children.
Jennifer GanLibrary Technician
Jennifer Gan has worked at St John’s since 2009 as a library technician. She assists in the running of the library, helping students select books for projects as well as recommending books to suit their interests and reading levels.
Jennifer is a retired teacher with a background in teaching Maths, Science and Biology.
Sarah HuangMandarin Teacher
Sarah grew up in the country where she spoke Mandarin and 2 dialects.
She came to Australia for further education and to learn English many years ago.
Sarah has been teaching Chinese to non-Chinese and Chinese students from Prep to VCE within Melbourne as well as overseas.
Her goal is for all the students to learn as much as possible while having fun doing it.
Stephanie JaremaGrade 5/6
Stephanie commenced at St John’s in 2019, having moved from South Australia late in 2018. Before choosing to embrace her love of teaching and making a difference in the lives of young people, Stephanie worked in event management, something that helps make her classroom a well organised and buzzing space for great learning.
Franca MontagnaEducation Support
Franca Montagna has been working at St Johns Primary School since 2012. She has a Certificate III and IV in Education Support and Certificate III in Business (Education).
Franca has many years’ experience in supporting children to develop their literacy knowledge and skills. She also assists students with individual learning programs such as Speech Pathology Language and maths intervention.
Franca enjoys helping students develop their learning skills and supporting teachers in the classroom. You can find her working across the school from Prep to Year 6.
Ann NolanGrade 2/3 Classroom Teacher
Ann Nolan is our Yr 2/3 teacher and has been at St John’s since 2009. Ann is also our Student Wellbeing Leader and holds a Master of Education (Student Wellbeing) from the University of Melbourne.
Antoniette StasiGrade Prep/One Classroom Teacher
Antoniette Stasi is our Learning and Teaching – Curriculum Leader and our Prep/One Classroom Teacher.
Antoniette is an experienced classroom teacher and has previously held a number of leadership positions, including Literacy Leader and Numeracy Leader. She has also been an early childhood educator and coordinator.
Antoniette has a passion for the English language, contemporary education and a personalised learning approach, which inspired her to complete her Master of Education at the University of Melbourne in 2013.
She really enjoys being with students and supporting them with their learning.
Karen StubbsLearning Support
Karen joined the staff of St John’s at the beginning of 2019. She is a familiar face as one of our supportive parents. Karen’s work history has mainly been in the public sector but, over the last few years, she has embraced the opportunity to work with children who need extra support in the classroom, ensuring that they experience success and are eager to move on to the next stage of their learning.
Narelle TaylorGrade 4/5 Classroom Teacher
Narelle Taylor is one of our Grade 4/5 teachers at St John’s.
Working as a teacher since 2001, she has successfully completed post graduate study in Literacy Intervention and is Reading Recovery trained.
Jessica ThwaitesGrade 4/5
Jessica has worked at St John’s for several years and is currently one of our Year 4/5 teachers, since moving to Victoria from NSW with her family. Jessica instils her love of learning and making a difference into the lives of her students, getting them active participants in their own learning journey.
Gina VarassoLibrary Technician
Gina has been working at St John’s Primary school since 2009 when she retired from teaching. She always wanted to work in a library as she loves books and reading and her job in the library also puts her organisational skills to good use.
Gina taught at Pascoe Vale Girls College for 33 years as a Maths and LOTE teacher. She continued at the college in her role as Chief Supervisor of the VCE exams for five years.
Maria RubertoPrep/Year 1 Classroom Teacher
Maria is a long standing member of the St John’s teaching community. She teaches one day per week in the Prep /Year 1 classroom and brings her artistic creativity to the classroom and students.