Melinda has been working at St John’s as a Learning Support Officer since 2011. She previously completed a Diploma of Primary Teaching and worked as a teacher for a number of years before starting her family.
Currently Melinda works in the 5/6 learning area. She works with students in small groups for maths, reading and targeted oral language programs. Melinda is a qualified GRIN (Getting Ready in Maths) tutor, which is an intervention maths program we run here at St John’s. She is also responsible for coordinating the BEBRAS program here at St John’s which is a problem solving and creative thinking challenge students participate in twice a year in the 5/6 level.
Melinda is passionate about supporting students in their journey to become the best they can be. She strongly believes that all students can learn and loves when a student realises they have achieved a goal they've been working on. At school she is heavily involved with many groups and extra programs we offer such as marathon club, managing the worm farms and gardening club.
Melinda loves working at St John’s because it is a place where everyone is welcomed and feels like they belong. Outside of school Melinda, her husband and three children are all mad Collingwood supporters. She enjoys travelling, particularly throughout Australia and spending time with her friends and family.
We are very fortunate to have Melinda as part of our community here at St John’s. She is extremely dedicated, hard working and patient with all students. Melinda has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is always happy to lend a hand wherever she can to make sure the students here at our school have the best opportunities available to them.
Lou has been teaching for 21 years in both primary and secondary education. She has worked at many schools including St James Secondary College, St Kevin’s College and Tintern Grammar. 2019 is her first year working at St John’s.
Lou currently works as our Performing Arts teacher from Prep to Year 6. She loves working with the choir and school production. In her words, it is special to see those students “who may not have much confidence in their own ability, take risks, get involved and watch as their confidence flourishes. I believe in this day and age it is important that children learn to communicate and express themselves clearly in all situations and Performing Arts provides this opportunity”.
Lou has loved working at St John’s so far because of the small community and overall spirit of the school. She believes everyone pitches in to help each other and take care of one another.
Outside of school, Lou enjoys swimming, walking and doing weights classes. She enjoys the theatre, and in particular musicals where she can sing along! Lou is also a very good baker and enjoys entertaining friends and family. She is married with three lovely children and as a family they love travelling and spending time together.
Although it has only been a short time, Lou has already made a big impact at St John’s. Her enthusiasm, creativity and passion for teaching is evident in all she does. We are extremely lucky to have her as part of our St John’s staff.
Monica has been working in education for almost 30 years. She has been at St John’s for an incredible 15 years,working in all year levels in a variety of roles.
Currently Monica is our Deputy Principal and Religious Education leader. She also teaches STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to our P-4 students.
Monica is passionate about improving student outcomes and encouraging students to be the very best they can be. Monica does an outstanding job of ensuring that our Catholic faith is an integral part of all we do here at St John’s, which is extremely important to her.
The best part of working at St John’s in her words is “being a part of the community”. She loves the families, parents and students that make this school what it is.
Monica and her husband, Jamie have three beautiful children; Maggie, Ned and Tom. She enjoys being outdoors and active. She is a keen walker, whether that is walking her pet dog Terry, or hiking somewhere with amazing scenery. Monica loves to travel and experience new places and learn about different cultures.
Anyone who has ever come in to contact with Monica would tell you about her caring, generous and forever positive outlook. She is always there for our staff, students and families and goes above and beyond to make our school a happy and safe place to be.
Connie has been working at St John’s since 2008. Before working at St John’s, she was a mum of two students who attended our school. Connie initially began volunteering as a classroom helper before working as a LSO (Learning Support Officer).
Connie has spent time working in every level at St John’s, so has a wealth of experience working with all ages and abilities. This also means she has been able to get to know our students and families closely over the years.
Currently Connie is a LSO in the 1/2 area and she is also part of the Student Services team in 3-6. She is passionate about helping students at our school and loves getting to work with and know the families and students. Connie loves what she does and finds it very rewarding to see students achieve milestones and success in their learning.
Outside of school, Connie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She loves cooking and makes some of the best desserts going around! Her favourite times are those spent with close friends and family.
We are extremely lucky to have Connie as part of our staff here at St John’s. She is caring, generous and has a great amount of experience to help guide the students in their learning.
Kristina has been teaching at St John’s since 2018. Since joining our school she has been working in the 5/6 area. Previously Kristina taught at Galilee Primary School in South Melbourne. During her time there she mostly taught in the junior school, also spending some time teaching Performing Arts.
As well as teaching in 5/6, Kristina is our Learning and Teaching Leader. She is passionate about music and the arts and loves helping students reach their full potential.
Since joining our school, Kristina has been overwhelmed by the support and unbelieveable community feel St John’s has. She loves how everyone is friendly and looks out for each other.
Outside of school Kristina and her husband, Christian have two beautiful daughters, Scarlett and Gabriella. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family and is a very gifted musician, playing and teaching piano in her spare time.
We are very lucky to have Kristina as a member of our St John’s staff, her hardworking attitude and caring nature with students is on display everyday.
Kellie has been at St.John’s for past eight years. During her time at the school she has worked predominantly in the Year 3-6 learning areas. Earlier on she was heavily involved in the PE program and taught Yr 3-6 sport. For the past five years Kellie has also been the Mathematics Leader where she is passionate about supporting students and teachers in the growth and development of Mathematics throughout the whole school. She also runs and supports small sessions of extensions and interventions programs. Kellie is currently part of the Resolve project through the Australian Academy of Science in which she is trialing rich mathematical tasks. Kellie is a hard working and inspirational teacher who loves watching students learn and progress.
Prior to working at St John's, Kellie spent five years teaching at international schools in Borneo and Jakarta, Indonesia, predominantly in the junior grades. She has fond memories of teaching students from a range of countries and cultural backgrounds, including EAL (English as an Additional Language) students.
In her spare time, Kellie may be spotted spending time with her husband and sons at sporting events, whether it is following Mitcham at Walker Park or watching footy or cricket at the MCG. Her holidays are quite often spent back home on her parents cattle farm in the Western District of Victoria, where she enjoys the outdoors.
Tom started teaching in 2009. He joined the St John’s team in 2016 after teaching in Ballarat for a number of years.
As well as being a senior school teacher Tom also teaches Physical Education to Prep to Year 6. He loves how this gives him the opportunity to get to know the whole school community. As a senior classroom teacher he has appreciated the opportunities to be involved in extracurricular activities such as camp, school sports and preparing students for secondary school.
In his time away from school Tom likes to play basketball and casual golf. He also enjoys going along to the AFL to watch his team Carlton play.
Kim has been a staff member at St. John’s for five years. She began working at our school in 2012, in the year 4 learning space. This year, Kim works in the 3/4 learning space and runs small maths groups, reads with children and helps out in the three classrooms. In addition, Kim organises and supports Parent Support Group Meetings.
Kim has undertaken a number of professional learning opportunities. She has a certificate 4 in Early Childhood and has participated in learning on autism through Sue Larkey and dealing with behaviour. Kim has also taken part in a number of webinars on dealing with anxiety and utilising ICT in the classroom.
Kim loves to quilt and enjoys going on quilting days with her friends. She is a traveller and has been to Thailand, Bali, America, Europe, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
What Kim loves most about her job is seeing how her support makes a real difference to the students she works with. Seeing the students achieve success and have that light bulb moment brings a smile to her each and every day.
Ange Crowe taught Prep for 5 years. Throughout this time she understood the importance of oral language in the junior years and developed a passion for teaching English as a second language. To support her with this passion, she completed several courses at Blackburn English Language school. Through her accreditations she specialised in English as a Second Language for 8 years whilst working part time. Ange came to St. John’s in 2012 to assist with Prep/1/2s oral language development. She then taught Grade 2 the following year and in 2014 Ange became our Literacy Leader.
During her time in this leadership role she has completed the More Support for Students with Disabilities (MSSD) course in 2014, completed a Masters of Education (Educational Intervention) in 2015 at Melbourne University and completed a Reading Recovery course in 2016. Ange now continues to work with reading recovery and EAL (English as an Additional Language) students on a daily basis. She also provides support to classroom teachers in 1/2 and oral language support for 5/6 students. Ange facilitates a number of Literacy Intervention groups for all year levels.
Ange enjoys working with small groups and students from Prep-6. She has a passion for intervention and loves having the opportunity to make a real difference and witness accelerated growth each day! Ange believes she is lucky to work with all classroom teachers and leaders in the school to provide a collaborative approach to improving student outcomes at St John's.
Naomi has been a staff member at St. John’s for three years. She began her teaching career in year 1/2 but has since embraced the opportunity to teach Prep. She has loved seeing how much the Preps have grown in just 72 days and the amazing progress they have made. Naomi has played the violin since she was in Kinder and offers her time to showcase her musical abilities around the school. She LOVES to travel and has been to 20 countries! Naomi has a passion for writing and has loved learning more about student wellbeing over the last few years. She looks forward to developing her leadership as a team member in the area of Student Wellbeing and enhancing her knowledge of Social and Emotional Learning.