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Meet Our People

Our People Who Work Across 2 Schools

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Laura Merrick
Deputy Principal & Faith Leader

lmerrick@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

Hello Everyone! 

My name is Laura and I am so excited to be joining St Gabriel’s and St Stephen’s One Heart Learning Community. I love learning and I know that I will be inspired everyday by the passionate teachers, students and parents in our vibrant learning community. 

 

Diversity and inclusion create rich communities and I look forward to hearing your story and developing strong relationships with you all. Through dialogue, collaboration and reflection, I hope to support all members of our learning community to Grow, to Innovate and to Influence so that we can reach our full potential as individuals and as a One Heart Community. 

 

St Gabriel and St Stephen were both such important messengers, bringing the story of Jesus Christ to their community and facing the challenges of their time with courage and compassion. I look forward to learning from all members in our faith community and working in solidarity for the good of all people. 

 

I am married to Dan and we have 3 beautiful and energetic sons, Ben, Ollie and Zach who bring us such joy! We love spending time outdoors, at the beach or in the bush where we can connect wth each other and enjoy the beauty of the world that we live in.

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I am so very excited to be the Lead Principal of St Gabriel's and St Stephen's. I am passionate about a new way of education, one that is firmly held by children and driven by growth for all. I think we have amazing schools - our educators are passionate and loving, our families are so supportive and our children teach us new ways constantly.

 

I am dedicated to ensuring we acknowledge and learn from First Nation peoples, our place of Reservoir, our Parish and our children.  I love learning about our families, their stories, their faith and the many languages that join our community.

When I am not at school I am finishing my Phd and spending time with my family. Often we are found at the netball court, footy field, on our bikes or at our happy place Bright in our caravan. 

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Jarryd Bradford

Deputy Principal

Learning & Teaching Coach 

jbradford@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

Hello! I am fortunate to be joining the Reservoir Community at St Gabriel’s and St Stephen’s for 2022.  I was born in New Zealand and moved here in 2020. I’ve grown to love Melbourne and the shared similarities with NZ, however the weather is a lot better here believe it or not.  I now call Melbourne my home away from home. 

 

As an educator, I aim to empower children for a future that requires them to be creative thinkers, collaborative, empathetic and mindful, faith-filled, and optimistic of the world around them.  

Leading Learning and Teaching means working closely with educators across both schools developing best practices and thriving learning environments.

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Ashlee Owen
Learning Diversity Leader 

Hello one heart community! My name is Ashlee Owen and I am so excited to be joining the team at St. Stephen’s and St. Gabriel’s!

In 2023 I will be taking on the role of Learning Diversity Leader, supporting our diverse learners, their families and educators in ensuring that all children experience growth and joy in their learning. I consider myself a life-long learner and feel incredibly privileged to be an educator and learn alongside children and other passionate educators every day! 

My husband and I have two young boys, Connor and Jake. We love caravanning, visiting the beach and spending lots of time in our backyard, playing, kicking the footy and gardening. I enjoy baking, listening to a good podcast and a walk in the sunshine. 

I look forward to meeting and learning more about the children and community in 2023!
 

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Michelle Elezovic

Numeracy Leader and Year 3-6 Teacher

melezovic@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

My name is Michelle Elezovic and I am delighted to be part of the St Gabriels community. St Gabriels is a fantastic school and I am privileged to be working alongside such a dedicated group of teachers and staff. I describe myself as passionate and enthusiastic about teaching. My classroom promotes a positive and supportive environment where children are encouraged to take risks and develop a lifelong love for learning. 

 

In my spare time I love spending time with family and friends, travelling and going on walks. I look forward to working with you and your child on this exciting journey in the future.

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Louise Verna

School Bursar

accounts@ssreservoireast.catholic.edu.au

Hi I’m Louise and I have only been at St. Stephen’s since October 2021, working Monday to Thursday in the office.  I am privileged to be part of such a wonderful community and am blessed to have been able to meet some of our families this year; I look forward to meeting many more and hopefully helping them in any way possible to make their journey within our community a pleasant one.

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Jacqueline Millar

Numeracy Intervention

jacqueline.millar@ssreservoireast.catholic.edu.au

My name is Jackie and I am the Prep teacher at St Stephen’s School. Teaching has been a very rewarding career for me, the children I have taught, their wonderful families and the school communities I have been part of have brought me many happy times. Good teaching and learning is built on the foundation of strong relationships. 

 

Creating an environment where learners experience trust, respect and kindness allows them to flourish. I feel very fortunate that as a teacher I have been able to build relationships with students and families and form strong friendships with colleagues. ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is a wonderful saying and I know that as parents, you entrust your precious children to us in the hope that together we will raise happy, resilient, kind and respectful children who are ready to be the best they can be in today’s challenging world.

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Madison Hodges

Physical Education

mhodges@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

Hi there, I’m Maddy and I’m very excited to be a part of the One Heart community as the Physical Education teacher! My passion for sport began in my own primary school years through a love of Taekwondo and basketball. Since then I have been fortunate enough to be involved in supporting and developing a passion for health and fitness in other people’s lives with over 10 years experience in coaching and teaching roles.

 

I strive to inspire children to enjoy and prioritise movement in their lives, to make connections with others through sport and to have fun and value fair play.

 

I spend most of my spare time training at taekwondo, muay thai or at the gym! If not I'll be playing fetch with my beautiful Australian Cattle Dog, Archie or baking up a storm in the kitchen!

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Melissa Rametta

Literacy Intervention

mrametta@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

My favourite thing about teaching is learning! My journey as a primary educator began 20 years ago working across numerous schools and in different educational settings. My experience has been largely within the Early Years with a profound interest in Literacy and Numeracy. I thrive on providing students with positive learning experiences to assist them in developing confidence, raised levels of self-esteem and a love of learning. 

 

Outside of teaching,  my family and I enjoy visiting local cafes and going for walks with our dog  Pepe. I am blessed with two wonderful  boys who enjoy playing soccer and music. My husband and I spend most weekends at soccer pitches supporting and cheering on our boys.

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Rose Ginzalez
Music Specialist

A  finger-style guitarist with a love for Latin American guitar music, Rose’s devotion to the guitar started from a young age and has continued into tertiary level, spanning various guitar teachers and music mentors from Australia to Latin America. As a soloist, Rose’s repertoire features an array of classical guitar music from different eras, influences and popular styles. Rose completed her Masters in Music Performance in 2018 under the guidance of Dr Ken Murray (Head of Guitar, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) and performs regularly around Melbourne, as a solo and in small ensembles. Rose also completed the Master of Teaching with University of Tasmania in 2021, and finds great fulfilment teaching music with learners of all ages and capabilities. 

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Haley O'Meara

Family Engagement Leader

Engaging with Place - Farm to Kitchen and Sustainability & Art

haleyo@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

Wominjeka - my name is Haley O’Meara, I am so excited to be joining the one heart community in 2022, I have a passion for learning outdoors and the enjoyment, freedom, creativity and inspiration that it offers our children.

 

I will be working across both schools - Engaging With Place through the Garden, where we will be designing, planting, cooking and maintaining a new kitchen/garden outdoor space while exploring indigenous perspectives.

 

My husband Ryan is a firefighter with FRV & we have 3 daughters Grace 14, Piper 12 & Lily 9 & a Cavoodle named Alfie so our family life is busy!

We enjoy spending time with friends & family, exploring the Macedon Ranges where we live, gardening and travelling when we can. 

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Hello! My name is Mariam Latif and I am super excited to join St Gabriel's Primary School in 2022.

 

I have just moved to Reservoir after spending my WHOLE life in the Western Suburbs where I have been teaching preps, grade 1’s and grade 2’s.

 

I am a very active person and you might see me riding my bike to school in the mornings. I love exploring, going to the beach and playing with my puppy called Mishka.

 

As a teacher, I strive to build relationships with my students and parents as I believe the connection between home and school is one. 

 

In my classroom my students feel at home, love learning and feel supported and challenged in their learning environment.

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Shelley Ellis
Well Being Leader

sellis@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

I am excited to introduce myself to you as a new member of the St Gabriel’s and St Steven’s family. My name is Shelley and I am deeply honored to be joining the community as the Wellbeing Leader.  I have been teaching for a number of years and at the core of my teaching philosophy lies a deep concern for the overall wellbeing of each student. I believe that education should go beyond academic excellence; it should encompass emotional and social growth as well. By working together as a community, we can create an environment where students thrive not only academically but also in terms of their overall wellbeing.

 

My husband Joel and I have two children Gem and Mas.  Together we like to do new things and often laugh a lot as we experience new adventures.  My happy place is to be by a lake or ocean where I can swim the day away

Our People Who Work at St Gabriel's

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Nicholas George

Year 5/6 Educator

ngeorge@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

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Laura Del Busso

Digital Technologies Educator

Year 5/6 Educator

ldelbusso@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

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Jackie Goodyear
3-4 Educator

jgoodyear@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

I am a classroom teacher at St Gabriel’s Primary School. I have been teaching for 9 years in both the classroom and as a Physical Education teacher. I started at St Gabriel’s in 2019 and have enjoyed being part of such a warm and supportive community. I love teaching as it is an amazing opportunity to build positive relationships with the students, support them to develop a love of learning and help them to reach their full potential.

My name is Laura Del Busso and I feel so fortunate and blessed to be teaching at St Gabriel’s. I am a collaborative and passionate person who enjoys helping my students grow, learn and develop in confidence. My aim is to create a positive classroom environment where my students feel comfortable to take risks, challenge themselves and succeed as learners.

 

When I am not in a classroom, I love to spend time with my family, friends and dog Tilly. I love playing netball, going to concerts and going to watch my AFL team Carlton play.

Hi I’m Jackie Goodyear and I joined the One Heart Community early in 2022.  I have had the remarkable opportunity to work across both St Stephen’s and St Gabriel’s Primary School.  Having just returned to Education after a hiatus I feel quite privileged to be welcomed into a community that values the growth and innovation of children in such a significant way.   My time away from Education was dedicated to building and developing my own business, which allowed me to grow professionally and personally.  I was able to bring one of my passions to life.  I am excited to share my experience with children who are constantly learning, evolving and discovering their own passions.

Beyond school I love to spend time with my daughter Rhani and all of our extended family.  I have a lifelong interest in health and wellbeing, spending much of my down time learning and practising how to live a beautiful and eventful life. 

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Caitlin Ryan

P-2 Educator

caryan@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

Hi! My names Cait and I’m super excited to be teaching at St Gabriel’s! St Gabriel’s is such a warm, inclusive and welcoming community and I can’t wait to get to know families and partner with them in their child’s learning journey. 

 

I love a classroom where children have positive, supportive and engaging experiences in which students can strive to be their best and encourage their peers along the way. 

 

In my spare time, I love being in the outdoors, being physically active and making day trips down to the beach!

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Caprice Critchley

3-4 Educator

ccritchley@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

Hi I’m Caprice and I’m excited to have joined St Gaberials in 2023. Previously I have taught in New Zealand and China as a core subject teacher as well as a Drama teacher, PE teacher and ESL teacher. As a teacher I aim to create a caring and enjoyable learning environment, where students feel their voice can be heard. 

 

In my spare time I'm often gardening, reading, spending time with my family and exploring different cuisines. 

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Samantha Calafiore

P-2 Educator

scalafiore@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

Hi! My name is Sammy and I’m super excited to be joining the St Gabriel’s community!

My number one priority is to ensure that all students feel safe, supported and engaged throughout their learning journey in order for them to progress into engaged,

risk-taking learners. 

 

In my spare time, I love being with my big Italian family, listening to Elvis songs all day long and being at the gym with friends! 

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Teresa Vlahos

Learning Support Officer

tvlahosl@ssreservoireast.catholic.edu.au

Hi, my name’s Teresa and I’m so fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful children.

I enjoy working alongside teachers to help support our students. I’m passionate about building relationships with students and families.

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing their beautiful smiling faces and helping them along on their learning journey.

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Elaine Priest

P-2 Teacher

epriest@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

My name is Elaine and I have had the privilege of teaching at St Gabriel’s Primary school for the past 4 years. Teaching is a vocation like no other, everyday is different and each learning journey we share with a child is unique and exciting. As a teacher I actively support and encourage each student to explore, wonder and investigate their world around them. It brings great joy to see my students learn and grow each and every day. I have loved having the opportunity to share my passion and knowledge in developing students' social and emotional skills.

 

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking and exploring the great outdoors.

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Enza Torcasio

Office Administration

etorcasio@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

Hi, my name is Enza and I work in the office at St Gabriel’s Primary School. I work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  I have worked in Catholic Education for 25 years and I love the unpredictability each day brings. St Gabriel’s has bought me new experiences and working as a team has continued to fulfilled my journey of long life learning. I have 5 wonderful

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Teresa Di Giulio 
Italian Specialist

tdigiulio@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

My name is Teresa Di Giulio
I am so pleased and happy to have joined the One Heart Family at St Gabriel's Primary School this term as the Italian teacher. 
As a native speaker and having resided in Italy for twenty years I am passionate about the language and the teaching of Italian. 
My immersion in the culture and language of Italy has given me an authentic understanding and appreciation of the importance of teaching children languages and about different cultures. My experience in Italy has provided me with a 'real' experience that I believe can have an influence on my students. For me it is rewarding and fulfilling to watch these younger learners embrace the language as much as I love teaching it. 

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Dipeshni Reddy
Year 3/4 Teacher

dreddy@sgreservoir.catholic.edu.au

Profile coming soon!

Our People Who Work at St Stephen's

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Angelique Barbuto

Year 3-6 Teacher

angelique.barbuto@ssreservoireast.catholic.edu.au

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My name is Natalie Bandiera and I am excited to be joining St Stephen’s Primary School in 2022!

 

I have been teaching for five years and have had the pleasure of working in both Prep and Grade 1. 

 

I am passionate about using a play based learning approach in the classroom to drive rich learning experiences, where students have opportunities to use their natural curiosity to explore, ask questions and develop a love for learning. 

 

When I am not in the classroom, I love spending time with my family and friends, playing netball and watching football.

I have been teaching at St Stephen’s for three years. It is a pleasure and a privilege to teach at St Stephen’s with all of the amazing students, families and staff as well as the strong community spirit that is present here. I love coming to work each day to be a part of all of the exciting learning that is taking place here and to see the smiles on the students’ faces! 

 

Away from the classroom, I love to read, travel and explore new places and spend time with my family and friends. 

Hello! My name is Lisa Thorneycroft and I am excited to be joining the St Stephen’s community in 2022. I love the excitement and curiosity children bring to school each day. I have been lucky over the years to work with children across many levels and have enjoyed all the different experiences. I love that as an educator you never stop learning yourself and that the children teach me as much as I teach them.

 

Outside of school, I live with my husband Ben and our four children Calin, Zoe, twins Max and Noah, and our chocolate labrador, Coach. We are a very sporty family and if we are not participating in a range of sports, you will often find us supporting our teams at the footy, soccer or rugby!

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Laura Verna

Office Administration & Enrolments Officer

laura.verna@ssreservoireast.catholic.edu.au

Linda Macri

Learning Support Officer

linda.macri@ssreservoireast.catholic.edu.au

My name is Laura and I was lucky enough to join the One Heart Community in 2021 working in the St Gabriel's office. You can find me in the office Monday to Friday, getting to know all of our incredible students and community and looking after our St Stephen's & St Gabriel's Enrolments. I feel very privileged to be in a position of support to all of our talented and passionate educators and leaders here at

St Stephens & St Gabriel's.

In my spare time I love spending time with my friends and family, traveling, going on adventures with my dog Gilbert and watching football.

Hi, I'm Linda and I'm a Learning Support Officer here at St Stephen's.  I love the sense of belonging and community felt here, built by the relationships between students, staff and families. At St Stephen's we truly know our students, their individual needs, learning styles, motivators, likes and dislikes and their abilities.  

Outside of school I enjoy biking, riding  going out for dinner, going to the beach and of course I love family time. 

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