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Introducing Our Team

We would like to introduce you to our 2022 team. Foundation Staff have an honoured place in our story, along with this all staff who join us until 2024 will be designated Establishment Teachers, to honour their key role in making Richmond High School.

Principal – Dr Lars Andersson

Dr Lars Andersson

Dr Lars Andersson has worked in Victorian education for the past twenty years after migrating to Australia from his native country of Sweden in 2000. Before taking on the principal role at RHS, he worked at Glen Waverley Secondary College as Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning. He has also held roles as a Leading Teacher at the Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, as a Head of English at MLC, and as a Director of Pedagogy at Glen Waverley SC. As a leader, coach and presenter, Lars has spent most of his leadership career exploring what excellence in teaching and learning looks like, as well as working with teachers to strengthen their capacity to help students learn in class. In 2009, he completed a PhD at Melbourne University with a thesis on the Australian author Patrick White. Lars lives in St Kilda with his wife and daughter.

Foundation Assistant Principal - James Taylor

James Taylor

Before his promotion to Assistant Principal James Taylor was the Head of Sub-School – Triggs House at The University High School. He has had the roles of Daily Organiser, ICT Coordinator and Timetabler at that school. He was Director of Computing at Frankston High School, one of the first schools to adopt a whole school approach to eLearning. His qualifications include Leadership: An Evolving Vision from Harvard, Boston, USA, a Masters of School Leadership (High Distinction) from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Education (High Distinction) from The University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Media Studies with Honours (First Class Honours) RMIT. He is a teacher of English and Media. Assistant Principal – Student Services, Support and Culture; Senior Years Program (Yr10-12); School Organisation; Camps and Excursions; Facilities and ICT; Family Engagement; Professional Learning and Performance Development. Mr. Taylor is highly regarded for his work in the formation and development of school culture and the wonderful inclusive culture he creates for students and the teachers working with them. In 2019, Mr Taylor was awarded an inaugural Menzies Foundation School Leaders Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to school leadership in Victoria, and his potential as a system leader in Australia.

Foundation Assistant Principal - Victoria Triantafyllou

Victoria Triantafyllou

Prior to her promotion to Assistant Principal Victoria Triantafyllou was Head of School 7 – 9, Junior Curriculum Leader and Success Coordinator at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College. She has been a classroom teacher and Head of Science at Thornbury High School. Her qualifications include a Masters of Instructional Leadership from The University of Melbourne, Specialist Certificate in Education in Clinical Teaching and Assessment from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Bachelor of Education from RMIT. She is a teacher of General Science, Biology and Mathematics. Ms. Triantafyllou is Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning, Middle Years Programs (7-9), Occupational Health and Safety Professional Learning and Performance and Development, Transition and Primary School Relationships. Ms. Triantafyllou is highly regarded for her work in the construction and development of the a highly effective curriculum, evidence based teaching and learning programs and the positive learning culture she creates for students and teachers.

Foundation Business Manager - Charlene Lloyd

Charlene Lloyd

Charlene Lloyd came to us from Vermont Secondary College. She has long experience as an Integration Aide and Program manager. She is establishing highly professional school systems and supporting the development and setup of other new schools. She started at Richmond High School in 2018.

Head of Year 10 & 11 - Kelly Bruce

Kelly Bruce (Establishment Teacher)

Kelly Bruce is an enthusiastic and passionate educator and is particularly proud of state education and the wonderful opportunities that state schools offer our young people today. She joins us from Vermont Secondary College where she was a Year Level Coordinator for three years and then the Head of Wellbeing for four years. During that time she established a whole school approach to student wellbeing, implemented the Be You and Respectful Relationships initiatives and taught English and History for 8 years. Kelly completed her undergraduate double degree at Deakin in Education and Arts and then later did her Masters in Education (Student Wellbeing). Kelly is passionate about developing strong relationships with the students and teachers that she works with.

Year 11 Coordinator - Emily Carroll

Emily Carroll (Foundation Teacher)

Emily Carroll came to us from University High School. Emily completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University and graduated from the M-Teach Master of Teaching program at The University of Melbourne. She has had a number of exhibitions both in Victoria and overseas. The last one being at the Brunswick Street Gallery in 2016. She has curated exhibitions for the MADA Gallery at Monash University and is a Foundation Member of artmeetari.com – an artist’s run initiative. Previously Emily has had a lengthy career in Advertising, as well as having an involvement with the Aspiration Initiative. Emily has enjoyed developing both the Visual Art and Innovation curriculum at Richmond High School this year. Emily looks forward to creating spaces and opportunities for students both in the new building and in the community dedicated to promoting a range of works and ideas.

Year 10 Coordinator - Jack Collins

Jack Collins (Establishment Teacher)

Jack began his teaching career at McGuire College in Shepparton where he taught students from year 7 through to 12 in areas of Mathematics and Humanities. He studied Accounting, Mathematics and Commercial Law at University before working as an accountant in a professional services firm. He was inspired to make the change to teaching by the chance to have a positive impact on others’ lives. He is looking forward to the challenge of creating an engaging Mathematics Curriculum that develops student’s creativity and problem solving capabilities. He is keen to involve himself in extracurricular activities, particularly around sports and physical activity, that will help build a strong school community.

Head of Year 9 - Lisa Spain

Lisa Spain (Establishment Teacher)

Lisa Spain joins us from Brookside P-9 College. She graduated from her Masters of Teaching (Secondary) in 2016, previously completing a Bachelor of Arts (History and Sociology) in 2014. At her previous school, Lisa was the Secondary Humanities Leader. She also created and led the Year 9 Futures Program, an alternative curriculum for Year 9 students with a focus on community connections and real world learning experiences. Lisa has taught junior English, Geography, Civics, and Economics, but her biggest passion is fostering a curiosity for history in her students.

Year 9 Coordinator - Peter Eley

Peter Eley (Establishment Teacher)

Peter completed a Bachelor of Engineer degree from the University of Western Australia in 2012, and shifted to a career in education after 5 years working as a mining engineer. In 2016, Peter studied part-time a Graduate Diploma of Education, before moving to Melbourne late 2017. He has worked as a casual relief teacher and worked in short term positions at Hampton Park Secondary College and Camberwell High School. Peter is a kind and dedicated mathematics and science teacher who incorporates real world applications into the classroom. He builds strong relationships with students and colleagues, and believes a positive school environment will result in student success. Peter is passionate about Ultimate Frisbee and has represented Australia on multiple occasions. He is one of the founders and organisers for the gender-equitable Australian Ultimate League, which started its inaugural season in 2018.

Head of Year 7 & 8 - Jessica Hayes

Jessica Hayes (Establishment Teacher)

Jessica’s teaching career began in 2015 after completing my Bachelor of Physical Education, minoring in math at Deakin University. Over the past four and a half years she has worked at Lalor North College in Epping, where she has taught Year 7-10 Physical Education, Health and Outdoor Education, as well as working in the senior school teaching VCE PE and VET Sport and Recreation. Jessica has worked as a years 8 and 9 level coordinator for the past 2.5 years and coordinated interschool sports.

Jessica’s passion for teaching PE comes through a love of all sports, hanging up the netball shoes for football boots 3 years ago. As senior women’s captain of Fitzroy Football club, Jessica has been a part of the amazing development of women’s football and it just continues to grow! Jessica is very much looking forward to sharing my love of learning through physical activity with the students of Richmond High School as it grows and develops.

Year 8 Coordinator - Seamus Kavanagh

Seamus Kavanagh (Establishment Teacher)

Seamus is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher and Year 8 Coordinator, having completed a Master of Teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Prior to this he completed a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University and an additional year of Honours in History that included a thesis on Russian soldiers during World War Two. He enjoys reading widely, history, traveling, going to the theatre and especially watching, discussing and playing basketball. He works diligently to build strong and respectful relationships with students, staff and parents, ensuring that the positive and inclusive school culture continues at our school.

Year 7 Coordinator - Mia Withers

Mia Withers (Establishment Teacher)

Mia has a passion for the environment and educating young people in science, in particular encouraging young women to pursue interests in STEM. She completed both a Bachelor of Science, majoring in human physiology, and a Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne. In 2016, Mia travelled to the USA to work as a Camp America Counselor and it was here that she discovered her passion for teaching and working with young people. Mia enjoys spending time with her pets, reading and travelling, she is originally from Tasmania and travels back there whenever she has the opportunity. Mia is thrilled to have joined the RHS community and is enjoying building strong relationships with her students and nurturing their passion in science.

Learning Specialist & Drama and Media - Zachary Alaimo

Zachary Alaimo (Establishment Teacher)

After completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) and a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at Deakin University and graduating at the end of 2017, Zachary Alaimo began working for a non-for-profit theatre organisation called Fresh: Theatre for Social Change. From 2011-2017, he began working as a resident Theatre Director, creating productions with underprivileged youth. In 2018, Zac went on to to become the Director of Youth Theatres at Fresh and managed five theatres around Melbourne facilitating and guiding them with their workshops and performances. After working as one of their Executive Directors, Zachary’s strengths lie in self-devised, immersive and applied theatre. Zac has toured and performed in an original musical show at Adelaide Fringe Festival and also is an avid participant in the Melbourne amateur theatre scene. Zachary had the incredible experience of completing one of his teaching placements in the Northern Territory, where he lived in a remote Indigenous community working at their high school and running a 5 week Drama program there. He worked his first year of teaching in 2018 at Brentwood Secondary College as a Drama, Media, English and Humanities teacher. Leading up the Year 9 and 10 Drama program, Zachary believes in the power of real-world practical experiences to engage students in learning and is keen to embed industry opportunities into the Drama program at Richmond High School. Zac brings with him extreme passion for theatre and media and the ways it can help develop students as a whole. Zachary has held the roles of Head of Drama, Performing Arts Producer and Year 7 Coordinator at Richmond High School and is now the current Learning Specialist.
Zachary is very excited to be a part of strengthening the teaching and learning practice of our staff and leading with evidence-based pedagogy to improve student outcomes for all at Richmond High School

Art Technician - Dominique Wylestone

Dominique Wylestone (Establishment Professional Staff)

Dominique Wylestone joins us as the Art Technician after working for the past 20 years within the Arts and Education in both the Secondary and Higher Education sector.  Dominique is delighted to be working at such a dynamic school as Richmond High.

She continues to exhibit her artwork on a regular basis. Her artwork has been acquired by the Australian Sports Museum and is now held in their permanent collection.  Her interests are everything about the natural world, books, Beatrix Potter, the history of objects,  and discovering new artists from the past to the present.

Chinese and Enhanced Chinese Program - Tong Lin

Tong Lin (Foundation Teacher)

Tong Lin’s teaching career of twenty years spans across both public and private education sectors, teaching predominantly in Chinese language programs. He has worked both as classroom teacher as well as a language coordinator. He has taught Chinese as a second language, VCE Chinese first & second language, Humanities, VCE Business Management and Essentials for Life. In the past four years, he established and implemented Auburn High School’s CLIL Chinese program – the first one in Victoria. In this program, he has taught Chinese and Humanities. In 2018 he joined us to transfer that program to our school. Mr Lin is developing the Chinese CLIL Program at Richmond High School. A passionate football (the round ball) fan and a sports fan in general. He has participated/organised eighteen annual Futsal tournaments for the schools he worked in. Running after school Futsal clubs for his schools for the past fifteen years.

Chinese Language - Yin Zhang

Yin Zhang (Establishment Teacher)

Yin Zhang received her undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Melbourne, and then undertook a Master of Teaching in Chinese and Business Studies. She has previously taught at Auburn High School, where she developed the first fully immersion Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) L2 Chinese Science program in an Australian high school. Yin taught Science in Chinese and also taught the Chinese language development component of the program, incorporating the Chinese language from the students’ Science and Humanities into work on strengthening their capacity to use Chinese for their own expression and proficiency in reading and writing Chinese texts. Yin has researched CLIL and the issues in teaching CLIL Chinese for 6 years.  She endeavours to contribute to the Chinese CLIL Program at Richmond High School.

Chinese Language - Xiru (Sarah) Wang

Xiru (Sarah) Wang (Establishment Teacher)

Sarah Wang comes to us from Ivanhoe Girls Grammar, where she worked as a Chinese teacher for three years. She has taught Chinese to all year levels as well as some junior maths. After receiving her Bachelor of Engineering with management in 2012, Sarah volunteered for a year as a primary school English teacher in China, which made her realise her true passion and eventually lead her into teaching. To pursue the career as a teacher, she completed her Masters of Teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in 2015. Sarah is passionate about teaching Chinese and sharing Chinese culture with her students as she strongly believes that cultural competence is getting increasingly important in this global world. She is also excited about working collaboratively with her colleagues as part of the Establishment team at Richmond High School and bringing cultural diversity to our community.

Chinese Language - Xinying (Kelly) Chen

Xinying (Kelly) Chen (Establishment Teacher)

Computer Technician & Library Assistant - Adrian Godyn

Computer Technician & Library Assistant - Adrian Godyn

Drama - Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft (Establishment Teacher)

After completing a double major arts degree in 2016 at Deakin University where he majored in Drama and Psychology. Daniel went straight to Melbourne University to pursue a career in teaching, completing the Masters of Teaching in 2018. Upon completion of this course in 2019, Daniel began his career as a Drama, Psychology and Maths Teacher, in the Gippsland Region at Sale College. His other responsibilities at Sale College included Sports Coordinator and Production Organiser. Outside of school Daniel is a keen athlete who loves Basketball, Cricket and AFL. As a member of the remarkable Richmond High team Daniel will look to bring his passion for education and extra curricular activities to each and every student.

English and The Humanities - Ben Russell

Ben Russell (Foundation Teacher)

Ben Russell joined the foundation staff at Richmond High School in 2018. After completing VCE in 2009, Ben spent eight months volunteering as a primary school teacher in Uganda, an experience that set the wheels in motion for a career in education. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Global) degree, majoring in International Relations and Sociology, before completing a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Melbourne in 2016, from which he graduated as the Valedictorian. Ben is passionate about developing and delivering engaging, differentiated curriculum for his students, and he is thrilled to continue working with his colleagues to develop an exciting curriculum, positive school culture and a thriving RHS community.

English - Annabel Barton

Annabel Barton (Establishment Teacher)

Annabel Barton graduated from Australian Catholic University in 2014 and began her teaching career at Brentwood Secondary College. She has taught English to all year levels as well as junior History, Geography and Drama but is particularly passionate about supporting students with low literacy. She is keen on building genuine, positive relationships with students both in and out of the classroom, particularly through co-curricular activities such as camps and drama performances.

English - Georgina Bull

Georgina Bull (Establishment Teacher)

Georgina Bull is joining Richmond High School next year as an English and Humanities teacher. After graduating with a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Melbourne in 2018, Georgina has been working as an English and Humanities teacher at Melbourne Girls’ College. She is passionate about her subject areas, and her approach to teaching is based around a genuine care for each and every one of her students. She believes in fostering a love of learning in her students and developing skills and capabilities that will help students flourish both during their schooling years and beyond. Georgina is excited to be joining the team at Richmond High School in 2020.

English - Cammy Lu

Cammy Lu (Establishment Teacher)

English - Anthony Chau

Anthony Chau (Establishment Teacher)

Anthony joins us as a graduate from Monash University after completing a Bachelor of Education (Honours)/ Bachelor of Arts majoring in Human Rights. His love for teaching has inspired him to complete placements rurally, interstate and internationally. Anthony’s parents came to Australia as refugees and first settled in the commission flats around the corner from RHS. It is an honour for Anthony to return to Richmond a generation later, where his family first made their home. Anthony has a deep passion for literacy in helping students develop essential language skills to succeed in school. At RHS, he hopes to create a transformative learning environment to challenge how students see themselves and how they relate to their world.

English/Teacher Librarian - Georgia Flaskas

Georgia Flaskas (Establishment Teacher)

English - Julian Scheffer

Julian Scheffer (Establishment Teacher)

Julian is an English teacher at RHS and works with year 7, 8, 9 and 10. In a previous life, Julian worked in music education for many years including Yamaha Music Australia, Musica Viva, and various school instrumental and ensemble programs. Julian has also facilitated music workshops at major music festivals including, WomAdelaide and Woodford Folk Festival and Universities such as ANU, UoM and Melbourne Polytechnic. Julian graduated from UoM Mteach secondary in 2016 and has worked in the English and Literacy space ever since. Julian has a love of literature and language and is dedicated to fostering lifelong readers and writers.

English - Judith Noone

Judith Noone (Establishment Teacher)

English - Tom Hopwood

Tom Hopwood (Establishment Teacher)

First Nations Liaison / School Custodian - Rani Hannah

Rani Hannah (Establishment Professional Staff)

Rani is a Gundijumara woman from Western Victoria. She grew up on Phillip Island where she developed a love of the natural world and learning about the surrounding environment. Reading has also always been a passion with it often being joked she would read a Weatbix box if there’s nothing else. Rani became interested in education support while being a parent helper at her own child’s primary school. Equity for students has become another interest which is the reason for retraining in education support. She has a firm belief that the right to accessible education is a right all students have and it is a right that must be upheld.

Humanities - Martin Baxter

Martin Baxter (Establishment Teacher)

Humanities - Mallory McNally

Mallory McNally (Establishment Teacher)

Mallory McNally completed her Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at Monash University in 2019 and began her teaching career at Mentone Girls Secondary College. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Arts at Monash university majoring in Criminology and Behavioural Studies.  She has taught Humanities to junior levels and has a big passion for teaching Legal Studies which she has previously taught at VCE level. She enjoys listening to crime related podcasts and is a big fan of crime related TV shows and movies. She also really likes sport and is a dedicated Western Bulldogs supporter. Mallory is looking forward to working with the amazing staff and students at RHS and is keen to be a part of the positive and inclusive culture at Richmond High School.

Humanities - Isabel Souter

Isobel Souter (Establishment Teacher)

Integration Aide & Lifecycle Assistant - Terry Gardiner

Terry Gardiner (Foundation Professional Staff)

Integration Aide - Carolyn Jackson

Carolyn Jackson (Establishment Professional Staff)

Integration Aide - Jonjie Beltran

Jonjie Beltran (Establishment Professional Staff)

Prior to moving to the education sector Jonjie had extensive experience in supply chain and customer service management. In education, prior to joining us he worked in administration and as a Daily Organiser at Collingwood College.  He is currently studying for a Master of Teaching Primary at Deakin University.

Integration Aide & VET Chinese - Rachel Tan

Rachel Tan (Establishment Professional Staff)

Rachel believes that every student has the potential to succeed when given adequate support.
Prior to joining RHS, Rachel has done a variety of courses including Environmental Science, Biology, Computer Networking and most recently, Education Support. Helping the students in and outside the classroom has been very rewarding and Rachel is very grateful to RHS for giving her the opportunity to do so.

Integration Aide - Brigette Williams

Brigette Williams (Establishment Professional Staff)

Integration Aide - Ruby Redman-Brown

Ruby Redman-Brown (Establishment Professional Staff)

Junior School Administration - Annette Patinyot

Annette Patinyot (Establishment Professional Staff)

Annette has held a variety of different roles in the marketing and corporate space, but her passion for children’s education has led her to Richmond High.  Annette is excited about working with the junior school team and looks forward to welcoming future year 7’s to the school.

Laboratory Technician - Sunanda Sudharmarajan

Sunanda Sudharmarajan (Establishment Professional Staff)

Lifecycle - Georgia Scott

Georgia Scott (Foundation Teacher)

Georgia Scott’s teaching career began in 2015 in the town of Katherine, Northern Territory, where she pursued teaching in an Indigenous community; something she’d always dreamt of doing. Her methods and strengths are in the subjects of Health and Physical Education as well as English. Since leaving the NT, she focused on embedding herself in the Victorian state school system and took a position working at a Community High School in Melbourne’s west. Here she taught English, Health and Wellbeing. During this time, she also began working as a volunteer at MITS, Richmond (Melbourne Indigenous Transition School) to continue her involvement in Indigenous education. As a Health and P.E specialist, she’s a keen ocean swimmer, netballer and ‘yogi’ and is passionate about the movements in education around mindfulness, growth mindset and respectful relationships. At Richmond High School she is working hard to ‘re-brand’ Physical Education, aiming to put a 21st century spin on the way this subject is delivered. She strongly believes in the value of her subject, particularly its ability to link students to community, assist them to create positive lifelong habits and embrace the importance of life skills.

Lifecycle - Brendan Hosking

Brendan Hosking (Establishment Teacher)

After completing a Double Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science/Human Movement and Sport & Recreation Management, Brendan has gained experience in a number of professions including working as a Personal Trainer, and then as a Sports Administrator for Hockey Victoria. He then continued his studies, completing a Masters of Teaching at the end of 2018. Outside of teaching, Brendan is a Field Umpire in the AFL. This role has allowed Brendan to be involved in sport at the elite level, travelling all around the country and even the world on professional development trips to the US and Europe along with umpiring a game internationally in Shanghai, China. Brendan looks forward to bringing the skills he has developed over the years to assist the team at Richmond High School in further developing their students.

Lifecycle - Georgia Gabron-Uhe

Georgia Gabron-Uhe (Establishment Teacher)

“Georgia is a recent graduate of Monash University, with a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Health and Physical Education. She is passionate about exposing students to the diverse nature of Health and Physical Education, and making a positive difference in students’ lives by promoting an inclusive, open and innovative learning environment.
She looks forward to building positive and strong relationships with students and staff. She is excited to continue working with her colleagues to develop tasks that advocate students’ voice, agency and growth.”

Lifecycle - Kirsten Pannekoek

Kirsten Pannekoek (Establishment Teacher)

Mathematics and Applied Computing - Lydia Lew

Lydia Lew (Establishment Teacher)

Lydia is an enthusiastic and passionate Maths teacher, she loves to see students develop their talents, and to grow confidence in learning for the future.  She has completed Masters of Teaching from Monash University, specialising in Mathematics. She began her teaching career at Brentwood Secondary College as a Maths and IT teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher, she graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (with honours)  from University of Melbourne and has worked for a few years in the Engineering field. Lydia also has a Master in Applied Information Technology and had a consulting firm. She believes in fostering a love of learning in her students and helping them to develop the skills of collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity.

Mathematics - Natalie Kweh

Natalie Kweh (Establishment Teacher)

Natalie Kweh completed a Bachelor of Science degree at The University of Melbourne, majoring in Physiology, before going on to complete a Master of Teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She has a strong passion for the younger generation and believes in contributing collaboratively towards the development of the next generation of leaders. In addition to her interest in Science (Biology) and Mathematics, she also has a love for the performing arts and the outdoors, especially hiking, and dreams of trekking to Base Camp of Mount Everest in the near future. Natalie is excited to join the team at Richmond High School and looks forward to developing strong collegiality with colleagues and good rapport with students to create a positive school environment that is both challenging and rewarding.

Mathematics - Emma Fazzino

Emma Fazzino (Establishment Teacher)

Emma completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Computational Biology, however it was her engagement with volunteer tutoring programs which sparked her interest to transition to teaching. After living in WA where she taught Maths for two years, Emma returned to her home state to join Richmond High School in their fourth year. Emma is a kind and enthusiastic teacher who prioritises making maths meaningful, interesting and accessible for students.

Mathematics - Liam Murphy

Liam Murphy (Tutor)

Mental Health Practitioner - Lydia Soh

Lydia Soh

Lydia is a registered psychologist with a Master and PhD in Educational & Developmental Psychology from Monash University. Alongside her role at RHS, she works in private practice, primarily with school aged children and adolescents using a blend of therapeutic models such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based techniques. Lydia believes strongly that understanding students’ cognitive profile of strengths and weaknesses is paramount in ensuring best academic and learning outcomes. She is also passionate about being in the students’ corner and helping them reach their full potential in academic and social-emotional-behavioural functioning. Being able to equip young people with a toolkit of valuable life skills is a privileged position that she recognises and values highly. Lydia is excited to be part of the fantastic team at RHS and can’t wait to see RHS and its students flourish!

Music, Ensemble and Instrumental Music - Thomas Williams

Thomas Williams (Foundation Teacher)

Hailing from Moree, NSW, Thomas began his musical journey at the age of 8 with piano lessons at the local primary school and trombone in the Moree District Band at age 11. Completing Bachelor and Masters studies in music in Melbourne, Thomas then pursued work in Germany before returning to complete a Masters of Teaching.
He brings a wealth of instrumental teaching and performing experience to his work at Richmond High, as well as a fervent passion for sustainable gardening, knitting, and is embracing the idea to run a full marathon sometime in the future

Music - Melissa Karakaltsas

Melissa Karakaltsas (Establishment Teacher)

School Operations - Jan Beecroft

Jan Beecroft (Establishment Professional Staff)

Jan Beecroft joins us as School Operations Manager after working for the past 25 years as a Business Manager in the primary school setting.  Jan is excited about the challenge of the new position and joining the fabulous admin team at RHS.  Her hobbies include reading, photography and travel.

Science - Michael Clark

Michael Clark (Establishment Teacher)

Michael has a true passion for the teaching and learning cycle, in particular making science relevant for students by linking learning to current scientific news and interesting ideas. Michael attended The University of Melbourne and graduated from the Bachelor of Science in 2017, majoring in Pharmacology and Pathology. In 2020 he completed the Masters of Teaching at The University of Melbourne. Between degrees Michael spent a year on a ski hill in Canada, as well as travelling across the USA and Europe. He loves to spend his spare time fishing, camping and four-wheel driving. Michael is excited to be involved in the RHS community and is thrilled to be working in a school with such a great staff and student culture.

Science - Frances Good

Frances Good (Establishment Teacher)

Frances completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Biochemistry. She then completed an Honours year of research at the Bio21 Institute, researching polyglutamine diseases such as Huntington’s Disease. While travelling overseas and teaching English as an additional language for a few years, Frances realised her love of teaching and being in the classroom. After returning to Melbourne, she completed a Masters of Teaching at Monash University and began her teaching career at Lalor North Secondary College. She is a kind and dedicated teacher who enjoys building strong relationships with students, and tries to make her Maths and Science lessons challenging and engaging for all. She is excited about joining the RHS community in 2021 and getting involved with extra-curricular activities, such as camps and the Environment club.

Science - Jordan Michael

Jordan Michael (Establishment Teacher)

Jordan Michael initially completed a Bachelor of Science degree at The University of Melbourne, majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. He then completed an Honours Project at the Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research exploring how important parts of the immune system developed from stem cells. This was followed by a career change towards teaching, inspired by a passion to support science learning in young people. Jordan completed his Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Here he supported his professional development through the research pathway, where he explored using a personal love of his – science fiction – and how it can be used as a resource to support interdisciplinary, critical and creative thinking. Jordan is an open-minded and caring person that looks to use his past experiences and learn from students and colleagues to develop his own practice and contribute towards developing a positive and creative school culture.

Science - Clare Strain

Clare Strain (Establishment Teacher)

Clare Strain has always had an interest in the Sciences and Mathematics, and a strong love of learning and challenges in general. After completing her studies she worked at Rowville Secondary College for five years, enjoying teaching a range of subjects and always exploring new ways to help students learn. She enjoys thinking of varied ways to get students to engage with topics and concepts, through experiments, inquiry activities, games, challenges and more. She enjoys working with students to develop their confidence in their learning and their strengths in this important stage in their lives.

Science - Matthew Norman

Matthew Norman (Establishment Teacher)

Senior School Administration - Paige Willing

Paige Willing (Establishment Professional Staff)

Paige Willing comes to us from 10 years of service at Camberwell High School. Her many roles included Administration for Junior and Senior School, Accounts Payable and Receivable. She couldn’t have been more thrilled to start a new beginning at RHS where she has been able to grow her skills and learn new ones. Paige is so thankful to be a part of the RHS foundation staff.

Specialist Technician ICT - John Thompson

John Thompson (Establishment Professional Staff)

Student Counsellor - Cherry Ishida

Cherry Ishida (Establishment Professional Staff)

Cherry Ishida joins us as a recent graduate from Victoria University, Master of Counselling. She has always wanted to work in schools and strongly believes in the support and development of young people. She is very grateful to be working in a school such as Richmond High School, who’s mission and values closely resonates with her own.

Student Pathways Coordinator - Patricia Alevizos

Patricia Alevizos (Establishment Professional Staff)

Trish joined Richmond High School in 2019 after completing her Bachelor Of Social Science (Youth Work) at RMIT University.

Trish’s passion lies in community work and feels honoured having the opportunity to support Richmond High school students with their learning.

Trish has been working as an Integration Aide. This year Trish will be studying her Graduate Certificate in Career Education where she will implement her learning to help develop and deliver the Pathways Program in 2022 and beyond.

Student Support Team Leader - Cahlum Dearsley

Cahlum Dearsley (Establishment Professional Staff)

Prior to joining us, Cahlum gained experience as both a youth worker and an education support officer.  After completing the Bachelor of Social Science majoring in youth work at RMIT University, Cahlum worked with Frankston Youth Services before moving to Mornington Peninsula Youth Services.  During this time, he worked with young people as a counsellor and case worker, advocating their progress, development and mental health.  More recently, Cahlum has shifted his passion for youth development and wellbeing toward education.  Now studying to become a teacher, he worked as relief education support worker for students with special needs.  Soon after he was offered a role at Naranga School to provide support to students who experience intellectual disabilities.  Today, Cahlum is ‘excited to be part of the fantastic staff at Richmond High School and to provide support to students to ensure that they have an excellent school experience and are able to reach their utmost potential’.

Visual Arts and Innovation - Selina Braine

Selina Braine (Establishment Teacher)

Selina Braine joins us after working at Diamond Valley College, for the past nine and half years, where she wore many hats, the most recent of which as The Arts Domain Leader, member of the school’s Professional Learning Team, and VCE Academic Mentor. She has extensive experience teaching in the Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from years seven through to VCE. She has also worked for the VCAA, for a number of years, as an exam assessor, Education State Assessor and trained in Formative Assessment Strategies for the Visual Arts. Selina lived in Brisbane until 2006, where she completed an Honours Degree in Fine Arts at Queensland University of Technology. She completed a Master of Teaching at The University of Melbourne in 2010. Selina has exhibited work in both Victoria and Queensland, including Ipswich Art Gallery, George Paton Gallery and The State Library of Queensland. She last exhibited at Blindside Gallery in 2016. She is excited to be a part of the rich, diverse and creative community of Richmond and is passionate about developing innovative, student centered curriculum in both Art and Design.

Visual Arts and Innovation - Maddison Gallenti-Smith

Maddison Gallenti-Smith (Establishment Teacher)

Maddison Gallenti-Smith joins us as a recent graduate from the University of Melbourne, Master of Teaching course; specialising as a double Art and Design major. During this course, she completed a thesis on the idea of ‘The Artist Book’ being a way for adolescents to understand the formation of their identity, using Existential Philosophy as a resource. Prior to her Masters, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Expanded Studio Practice) at RMIT University in 2016, specialising in Drawing and Art History. Maddison has a particular interest in Portraiture, and has completed commission works over the past few years; completing album covers for emerging artists. She has also participated in a number of group exhibitions wherein Art and Science teachers collaborate to allow for a merging of Art practice and Teaching Practice. Maddison is determined to create strong relationships with her students in order to divulge a passion for Art-making within them, in whatever way makes them feel comfortable. She believes that all ways of making and thinking are valid and hopes that her students can navigate the world as emerging Artists with a capital A.

Visual Arts and Innovation - Jessica Griffiths

Jessica Griffiths (Establishment Teacher)

Jess Griffiths joins us after working at Coburg High School, for the past six years, where she led the Languages team as Spanish teacher, headed the Respectful Relationships initiative at the school, co-ordinated Student Leadership and taught Visual Arts, Visual Communication & Design and Media. Jess has also taught internationally including in Spain and Colombia, where she taught both English and Visual Arts in Spanish. Jess holds a Bachelor of Science (Photography) and worked in the advertising field for a number of years before completing her Masters of Teaching at the University of Melbourne in 2017. Jess is passionate about both language and arts education and its importance in an inclusive and robust curriculum.

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