Meet The Teachers

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Meet Our Teachers

At the top of the list when measuring the quality of a school has to be the quality of the teaching staff. We are beyond fortunate to have a team of teachers truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership & Administration

Caroline Sheehan

Caroline Sheehan

Principal

I am very proud to be the principal of St Benedict’s Burwood – this is a great school.  Our school is part of a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community, where every person is known by name.  Outside of school, I enjoy reading – History is a passion – and I look forward to travelling the world. I love going to the footy to support Essendon.
Karen Dermietzel

Karen Dermietzel

Office Manager/Bursar

St. Benedict’s is a nurturing, unique small school and workplace where it is a pleasure to be a member of a very caring community and workplace.  I also enjoy reading and travelling but mostly I love spending time with my growing family.  

Grace Piva

Grace Piva

Administration

St. Benedict’s is a warm and welcoming school. Working in the school office I have the privilege of greeting our students, families and visitors to our wonderful school. St. Benedict’s offers a real community spirit.
I love spending time with my family, enjoy long walks & a coffee with friends.

Fr Dan Serratore

Fr Dan Serratore

Parish Priest

We have a vibrant, connected and caring community at St Benedict’s, and it’s a wonderful privilege to serve as its leader. I especially appreciate the opportunity to journey with families and enable others to flourish in life and fulfill their God-given potential. Outside of my role I enjoy playing sport:)

Prep Teachers

Melanie Norton

Melanie Norton

Prep Teacher

I love working at St Benedict’s because it is a close knit friendly community. Working with the prep students is such an amazing experience being able to see them grow into confident and capable learners. Outside of school I love to play and coach netball.

Year 1/2 Teachers

Deborah Torre

Deborah Torre

Staff Role

I have worked at St Benedict’s since 2007 and loved my time here.  I will be working in the junior school in 2020, which I am really looking forward to.  The St. Benedict’s community has always been a positive and supportive community and I look forward to returning after two years leave.

Year 3/4 Teachers

Maryann Hamilton

Maryann Hamilton

Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher (and ICT support)

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Jane Michael

Jane Michael

Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher

This school promotes the individuality of each child. We foster the growth of each child in all areas of the curriculum. My role in the school is Learning and Teaching and Mathematics Leader and Year 5/6 classroom teacher.

Jessica White

Jessica White

Year 3/4 Classroom Teacher

At St Benedict’s, we all know each student in a personal way, as well as families and each student’s learning style and personal likes/dislikes. This is something really unique to us.
Outside of school, I enjoy taking my dog Ruby to the park and spending time with her.

Year 5/6 Teachers

Mary Brooks

Mary Brooks

Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher and Religious Education Leader

I love being a teacher and working with students as they grasp new mathematical concepts, progress from fluent readers to reading for learning and watching them experience the joy of new discoveries in the world around them. In my time away from school I love music, cardmaking, reading and movies.

Specialist Teachers

Cathy Ellis

Cathy Ellis

Performing Arts

My passion is helping students to perform on stage.  I love to encourage students to take part in the process of choreography.  Watching students perform and use their acting, singing and dancing skills is such a joy.

Maria Smarrelli

Maria Smarrelli

Italian Teacher

I enjoy working at St Ben’s because it allows me to introduce the Italian language and culture to our students.  The staff, the students, the parents and the parish community make a wonderful team.
When I am not at school, I enjoy walking the dog and going out to dinner.

Daniel McNairn

Daniel McNairn

Digital Technology/ Learning Support

I have worked at St Benedict’s Primary for 20 years. Over that time I have had the wonderful opportunity to help support the students that have been at St Benedict’s. It is truly an amazing place to be. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and reading Comics.

Classroom Support Assistants

Nicole Dunning

Nicole Dunning

Learning Support Officer

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