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Teachers

Our teachers are a dedicated and talented team. They work hand-in-hand with parents to ensure the best learning outcomes for all children.

They continue to remain at the forefront of developments in education, delivering innovative and relevant learning programs tailored to the individual needs of each child. This enables us to plan for future learning, growth and active participation in the Arthurs Creek community.

There is nothing more important to us than seeing children improve in all areas of their development and feeling included as valued members of our school community.

Our teachers are always available after school for any concerns and actively welcome parent participation in the classroom and on excursions.

Lisa Duffy
ACTING PRINCIPAL


Lisa comes to Arthurs Creek Primary School with over 25 years experience, most of which has been in small schools. Lisa has always enjoyed the opportunities, experiences and the challenges that working in a small school brings. Lisa has been a teaching principal in her previous schools and has strived to achieve the correct balance between school leadership duties and teaching.

Lisa believes that schools have a responsibility to work closely with families and the community to ensure that all students are provided with the best possible opportunities for success. She is an advocate for a broad curriculum and the inclusion of extra-curricula opportunities for her students. Lisa prides herself on being approachable and always making student and staff wellbeing a top priority.

Lisa feels very fortunate to be given the opportunity to work within the Arthurs Creek Community and has been taking the time to get to know each individual student and establish a trusting and respectful relationship with them.

 

Tegan
PREP


Tegan is a second year graduate from Edith Cowan University who has completed a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) and then went on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary). She has gained experience across a range of age levels and subject areas (both in and out of the classroom) working as a casual relief teacher before she gained her position at ACPS in 2018. Tegan was born in Ireland and grew up in Saudi Arabia before moving to Perth, Australia in 2005. This life experience has made her encouraging of diversity and educating those in her class about different cultures. Tegan has a strong passion for making education as engaging as possible and is committed to further developing her professional knowledge.

Jenni Collins
GRADE PREP/1/2


Jenni is a dedicated teacher with 30 years of experience in Early Learning and composite classrooms, advocating that composite classes provide scope for student leadership, exposure to extended learning and differentiation. Her passion for Maths, PE and Music are evident with a good deal of training and wide experience in these areas, including P.E specialist roles, choreography and costuming for the annual concert.

Jenni has also run additional assistance and intervention programs in Numeracy and Literacy. She is currently our part time 2/3/4 teacher and Maths co-ordinator with strong links to the NESST group and provision of professional development at ACPS and beyond.

Jenni is an active supporter of our small school community and the many benefits it brings to students and their families.

Lauren Beriman
GRADE PREP/1/2


In 2015 I graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Teaching. I have been running a 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten room since October 2015. I have a total of 7 years of experience in Early Learning Centres.
The most rewarding part of teaching is watching students grow and develop. It is my main goal to ensure that students have the opportunity to achieve to their best ability. My personal teaching philosophy encompasses a learning environment that fosters a love of learning in students, supports and encourages diversity and challenges and inspires children to accomplish their goals in a supportive and caring environment.

Helen Bashford
GRADE 5/6


Helen has completed Classical Studies and Philosophy at Melbourne University prior to completing a Bachelor of Social Work at Latrobe University. She worked as a social worker prior to retraining as a primary school teacher. Helen commenced work at ACPS in 2009 with a particular passion for Literacy, Humanities and Student Welfare. She has taught in all grade levels and provided whole school Physical Education. Having come from a rural and small school background Helen values and promotes everything a small school has to offer. 

Margaret Omond
GRADE 5/6


Elise Fraser
VISUAL ART & GERMAN TEACHER


Elise joined Arthurs Creek Primary School at the end of 2018 after being on Family leave. With a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Melbourne and 12 years experience as a classroom teacher, team leader and curriculum coordinator, she delights in her new role as both the Visual Art and German teacher.
With a strong passion for the arts and curiosity for the German language, she delights in immersing the ACPS students in a Visual Arts curriculum that encourages and promotes creativity and individual expression, and a German program that is engaging, meaningful and practical.
Elise lives in the local area and enjoys seeing the ACPS students and their families when she is out and about with her young daughter Prairie. When she isnt teaching, Elise is a Calisthenics Coach and enjoys spending time being creative at home.

Chanaka Ruwandeniya
STEM teacher (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)


Chanaka (Chan – pronounced Chaaan) will be teaching the STEM Program this year, at six different schools in the area. He is a graduate teacher who completed his Masters last year. “My previous experiences set me up nicely for this role as a graduate of Environmental Science and working in science. I entered teaching after exploring the science field at bit working in consulting, pharmacy, research and horticulture. But I found myself wanting something more directly impactful and fulfilling. My passion remains science and positive change so I’ll be encouraging the kids to experiment with open-ended activities and developing grand designs. This is to develop the creative problem-solving skills they’ll need as 21st Century learners.”

Juliane Vincent
MUSIC TUITION


Juliane has provided Music class tuition as well as private keyboard tuition at ACPS for more than 19 years.

“I have Kodaly teacher training, Level 1, based on learning musical elements through songs and singing games; Orff training, Level 2 – using voice, tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, recorder and dance to experience music making and to encourage improvising, and I practice music making on a daily basis in various forms. I attend ongoing PD with tuned percussion with the Orff Association.

I use song material based on folk music as research has shown that children growing up skipping these simple melodies and just being exposed to popular music are less likely to sing in tune and understand musical principles. If suitable, however, and there is time, I include contemporary music where relevant.”

Anna Kilby
BUSINESS MANAGER


Anna Kilby is employed each Monday and Tuesday and is well known for being approachable and supportive of the ACPS community as our dedicated Business Manager.