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Our Expert Teachers

Specialists in their Fields

At St Patrick’s College Townsville, our teaching team and professional ancillary staff create the difference in our students’ learning experience. 

Our staff are experts in their areas of speciality – science, technology, visual arts, performing arts, sports, the humanities and languages – and as such are both inspirational and aspirational.

Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds and many have previous industry or corporate experience in their particular area of expertise. It is indeed one of our key strengths at St Patrick’s College Townsville – a committed staff of professionals who are dynamic and passionate about quality teaching and learning.

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Elissa Andrews

Head of Faith and Mission

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Jojo Butler

Acting Head of Dramatic Arts & Performance

Dance & Drama Teacher

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Kelli Chapman

Head of Faculty - Humanities

Humanities Teacher

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Thomas Collett

Science & Mathematics Teacher

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Jacinta Collings

Head of Faculty - Religion

Religion Teacher

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Angela Cooper

Head of Sport & Fitness

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Mia Doyle

Drama & English Teacher

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Shari Finlay

Head of Faculty - Science

Science Teacher

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Camille Flores

Department of Hospitality & Functions

Hospitality Teacher

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Merryn Gale

Mathematics Teacher

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Johnathon Goulter

Head of Department - Music & Performance

Music Teacher

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Lara Hansen

Legal Studies & Economics and Business Teacher

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Meg Henderson

Head of Year 7

English Teacher

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Sherri-Lee Hudson

Humanities & English Teacher

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Karen Hyne

English & Humanities Teacher

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James Jellyman

Music & Mathematics Teacher

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Anna Kendall

Japanese Teacher

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Rebecca Langford

Mathematics & Science Teacher

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Rosie Maguire

Head of Year 12 (Acting)

Drama & English Teacher

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Gerard Marano

Religion and Ethics & Visual Arts Teacher

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Grant McGregor

Head of Faculty - Mathematics & Digital Technologies

Mathematics & Design Thinking Teacher

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Riley Mete

Mathematics & Science Teacher

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Conni Mosch

English Teacher

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Lauren Newman

Cultural Support Program Leader

Humanities & Learning Support Teacher

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Tracy Nioa

Head of Faculty - Learning Support

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Jacqui O'Shea

Science Teacher

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Chris Pacey

Dean of Academic Operations

Marine Science Teacher

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Harrison Parks

Economics & Business Teacher

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Amy Plumridge

Head of Faculty - English & Languages

English Teacher

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Gayle Pollard

Mathematics Teacher

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Michael Pope

Visual Arts Teacher

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Megan Qualischefski

Religion Teacher

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Catherine Rentoule

Head of Careers & Vocational Education

Careers & VET

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Sue Rheinberger

Humanities Teacher

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Jodie Roberts

Head of House - Principalities

HPE & Cert Health

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Daniel Santarossa

Mathematics Teacher

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Jaimee Seebohm

Head of House - Thrones

Mathematics & Sports and Recreation Teacher

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Jordan Stewart

Head of House - Powers

Science Teacher

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Nikea Tompkins

Humanities & Religion Teacher

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Lucy Towers

Head of House - Dominations

PE & Sports and Recreation

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McKye Turner

English Teacher

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Kate Tomerini

HPE & Science Teacher

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Nicole Torrisi

Accounting, Business & HPE Teacher

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Claire Verapen

English & Humanities Teacher

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Harriett Veukiso

College Chaplain

Music & Religion Teacher

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Gayle Walkom

Defence School Mentor

Design Thinking & Mathematics Teacher

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Jonathan Wallace

Mathematics & Design Thinking Teacher

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Kirsten Walsh

Head of Department - Visual Arts & Exhibitions

Visual Arts Teacher

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Ben Williams

Head of Department - Heath & Physical Education & Sport

HPE Teacher

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Holly Whiting

Science Teacher

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

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Elissa Andrews

Head of Faith and Mission

With more than 20 years teaching experience, Elissa is a joyful, passionate and dedicated educator who has taught and formed the lives thousands of young people across North Queensland. Having previously taught at Marian Catholic School in Townsville and St Kieran’s Catholic School in Mt Isa, Elissa joined St Patrick’s College Townsville in 2020. She has a passion for the key curriculum areas of Religious Education, English and The Arts. Her classes are engaging, and students are encouraged to find success in a supportive, creative environment. Although Elissa spent several years abroad teaching in London, she is a local at heart. As a busy mother of four, she enjoys those brief spare moments relaxing on the Strand.

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Jojo Butler

Acting Head of Dramatic Arts & Performance
Dance & Drama Teacher

Dance has always been a big part of the St Patrick's College Townsville extracurricular life, but with purpose built Dance space, we can now offer it as part of the curriculum. Jojo Butler's vast experience in Performing Arts, and her particular passion for Dance, make her the perfect candidate for building this subject across all year levels. Jojo has a Bachelor of Arts from QUT, majoring in Dance and Drama. For 13 years, she danced professionally with Carnival Cruise Lines and the Integrated Contemporary Company, "Full Radius Dance". She has also worked as a freelance choreographer, personal trainer and Pilates instructor. Teaching and empowering students through the Arts is Jojo's passion. She willingly shares her expertise and love of the form, believing that it not only enriches the soul, but makes a positive difference in the development of a healthy mind and strong body. 

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"Our expert teachers are committed leaders in their vocation, inspiring our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Kelli Chapman

Head of Faculty - Humanities
Humanities Teacher

Over the past 17 years, Kelli has held several key roles at St Patrick’s College Townsville, including Pastoral Coordinator for Years 10 - 12. As Head of Faculty – Humanities, she is particularly passionate about women’s and Indigenous history. She utilises creative pedagogy to keep students motivated and engaged. To that end, in 2019, Kelli presented at the Queensland History Teachers Association state conference about how popular music can be used to engage History students. With a Bachelor of Human Movement Science, Kelli has also taught Dance and HPE.

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

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Thomas Collett

Science & Mathematics Teacher
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Thomas first pursued a career in Psychology where he worked as a rehabilitation counsellor in Melbourne. However, his passion for Mathematics prompted a career change, and Thomas relocated to Townsville where he completed his Bachelor of Education majoring in Mathematics and Chemistry. After completing a highly successful practical placement at St Patrick’s College Townsville in 2019, Thomas was welcomed back to the College upon his graduation. In his spare time, Thomas maintains a very healthy and active lifestyle but also enjoys playing the odd videogame.

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Jacinta Collings

Head of Faculty - Religion
Religion Teacher

Joining our College community from 2021 as Head of Faculty – Religion, Jacinta brings considerable experience as a middle leader and as a passionate teacher of senior Religion and English. Jacinta has led large departments during her career as an educator, most recently as the Careers and in Vocational Education Curriculum Leader and Acting Curriculum Leader of English. Jacinta has also carried out a variety of pastoral leadership roles over the years. With a wonderful balance of both pastoral and curriculum middle leadership experience, Jacinta will be an invaluable member of our College Curriculum Team and our Expert Teaching team.

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Angela Cooper

Head of Sport & Fitness

With more than 16 years’ experience as a classroom educator and 7 years as a Director of Outdoor Education, Angela is excited to take up the role as Head of Sport and Fitness. As a former pupil of SPCT, Angela has amassed a plethora of skills from Snow Ski Instructor to a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (specialising in Kayaking, Abseiling and Bushwalking).

Angela finds great joy in working with learners from all backgrounds and has developed a comprehensive fitness program designed to support our students become Healthy, Fearless Women.

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Mia Doyle

Drama & English Teacher
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Heavily involved in the Arts from young age, Mia honed her performance skills in the Queensland Theatre Young Artists’ Program. She always knew that engaging with young people would be her passion and focused on completing her training as an Arts educator.

While finishing her teaching degree, Mia completed a practicum with the College and loved it. Naturally, we were keen to have Mia join our dynamic Arts Faculty and know that she will empower her students to create and amaze. 

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Shari Finlay

Head of Faculty - Science
Science Teacher

With 15 years’ experience in education, Shari has taught in Richmond, Emerald and Townsville. As well teaching Mathematics and Science, Shari has worked in Boarding and coached School Netball for many years. She loves sharing in learning experiences with students and thrives on being able to ignite their passion for knowledge. In taking on the role of Head of Faculty – Science, Shari wants to continue to build and promote the community of Science enthusiasts at St Patrick’s College Townsville. In particular, she is very excited about playing a part in the growth and development of future female scientists. Shari and her husband can often be found watching live sport or cheering on their two children from the sidelines.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"As industry leaders and experts in their field, our teachers draw on their real-life experiences to inspire our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Camille Flores

Department of Hospitality & Functions
Hospitality Teacher

Growing up in a family who ran successful hospitality ventures, Camille says her passion for business comes naturally. In addition to her Bachelor of Education, she has a Bachelor of Business (Management and human Resources management), a Cert IV Training & Assessment and a Cert III Food & Beverage. Camille’s classes learn correct food preparation practises in industry standard kitchens. They also learn how to appreciate and finesse unusual food combinations. After years of working in hospitality, management, recruitment and HR, Camille is very excited to take on the role of Head of Department – Hospitality and Functions where she will be able to share passion and flair for food.

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Merryn Gale

Mathematics Teacher
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Growing up in East Gippsland, Victoria, Merryn loved Mathematics from an early age. She obtained a first class honours degree in Pure Mathematics and after spending time in schools with her four children, realised teaching was something that came naturally to her.

Merryn has over 10 years’ experience in various schools teaching a broad range abilities, and hopes to share her enjoyment of Mathematics with her students.

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Johnathon Goulter

Head of Department - Music & Performance
Music Teacher

As the Head of Music and Performance at St Patrick’s College Townsville, John leads a Kodály-inspired curriculum from Years 7-12. He has undertaken continued service-learning projects with local indigenous community groups, leading to presentations for Kodály QLD, National Conferences, and the International Kodály Symposium and publication in the Bulletin of the International Kodály Society. Having completed his undergraduate teacher and music education at the Australian Catholic University, John continued to develop his understanding of the Kodály Concept by completing the Australian Kodály Certificate (Secondary) at the Cuskelly College of Music Summer Schools.

John is currently studying a Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis at Holy Names University, California. He has a keen interest in practical ethnomusicology, having undertaken independent excursions to Japan, Tuva, and India, and is currently developing ways to adapt the Kodály concept to the genre of Jazz. 

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

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Lara Hansen

Legal Studies & Economics and Business Teacher
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An avid traveller since an early age, Lara studied in Canada as an exchange student and has since visited every state and territory in Australia as well as extensively abroad to over 17 countries. Her interests in culture and world affairs, in particularly the role of the United Nations and civil rights, make her a passionate Legal Studies teacher. An expert HPE teacher, Lara models an active and healthy lifestyle for her students, regularly enjoying yoga, meditation and wakeboarding. Our Business students love learning from her first hand experiences working in real estate, sales and marketing with Channel Nine, and owning and managing her own business. Lara is an experienced and passionate teacher. She is a proud mum of two and loves spending time with her family.

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"Our expert teachers are industry leaders, drawing on their real-life experiences to engage and inspire our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

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Meg Henderson

Head of Year 7
English Teacher

When Meg began as a teacher at St Patrick’s College Townsville, she said it felt like ‘coming home’. A proud alumnus graduating from the College in 2001, Meg has retained strong friendships with her graduating cohort over the years and values the importance of developing a network of strong, powerful, independent women from an early age. With over 15 years' teaching experience, Meg brings with her a wealth of knowledge and a specialty interest in working with junior students during some of the most important transitions of their lives. She is a busy mum of three and loves to maintain an active lifestyle as an open-water swimmer.

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"Our expert teachers are industry leaders, drawing on their real-life experiences to engage and inspire our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

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Sherri-Lee Hudson

Humanities & English Teacher
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Sherri-Lee loves all things history, from the Medieval period to the World Wars. She has a particular passion for combining literature studies with history, and encourages her students to explore a wide variety of genres, including Historical Fiction, which is a personal favourite. Staying physically active is also important to Sherri-Lee, having been involved in dance, drama and sports since she was a student herself. She particularly enjoys assisting with dance choreography and rehearsals for the College Dance Troupe. Sherri-Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts (History and English) and a Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Adelaide, Master of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of South Australia and a Certificate III Fitness.

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"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future."

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Karen Hyne

English & Humanities Teacher
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Karen has worked with Education Queensland for 32 years, having previously taught at Blackwater State High School, Gladstone State High School and Pimlico State High School. She is passionate about teaching English, Humanities, and History at both the junior and senior level. Karen enjoys combining her wealth of knowledge, life’s experiences and travelling stories to bring a personal touch and relevance to the curriculum at hand. Moreover, she enjoys seeing her students grow through competing in local and nationally recognised academic competitions and challenges. When not involved with schoolwork, she is involved with her family’s business, e-commerce, and non-fiction writing. She is an active supporter of a number of charities including Relay For Life and Dragons Abreast Townsville, and she regularly attends the NQ Cowboys and the JCU Townsville Fire.

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

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James Jellyman

Music & Mathematics Teacher
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James comes from a long line of musicians and learnt trumpet from his father. In 2017, James completed a double Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music at Avondale College, NSW. James has played in many community and semi-professional orchestras, concert bands, church groups, jazz bands, musicals, and choirs. He has a particular interest in English-style brass bands and has played with the NSW Central Coast Brass Band (State and National Championships), along with many other community ensembles. James has a special interest in mathematics and enjoys how the two disciplines of music and mathematics overlap. "As a teacher, I like the way that the logical sequences and sureness of maths balances out the creativity and subjectivity of music".

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

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Anna Kendall

Japanese Teacher
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With a Bachelor of Languages majoring in Japanese and a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education, Anna has had over seven years’ teaching experience. Working abroad, she taught English at Yokohama Sogakukan High School in Japan, fully immersing herself in Japanese culture and language. Anna is passionate about fostering a love of languages in her students and supporting them to become global citizens. A highlight for Anna in 2019 was the Japanese Study Tour which saw her accompany 13 senior students to experience firsthand the diversity of Japanese culture. As a busy mum of two, Anna enjoys spending time with her family outside of school.

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Rebecca Langford

Mathematics & Science Teacher
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With over 15 years’ teaching experience, Rebecca is a highly skilled educator. She shares her passion for problem-solving with her classes and thrives on building meaningful relationships with the students in her care. Rebecca utilises a wide range of creative pedagogy to engage students. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and abstract art. Creative, vivacious and empathetic, Rebecca is a welcome addition to the College’s expert teaching team.

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"Our expert teachers are industry leaders, drawing on their real-life experiences to engage and inspire our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Rosie Maguire

Head of Year 12 (Acting)
Drama & English Teacher

Rosie has always had a passion for the performing arts and this eventually led her to study a double degree in Secondary Education and Creative Arts at the University of Queensland. Upon graduation, Rosie jumped at the opportunity of a regional experience and relocated North to Columba Catholic College in Charters Towers. Rosie spent four years inspiring students in Drama, English, Humanities, Dance and Chinese, as well as directing the College Musical. A keen sportswoman, Rosie coaches Netball, Rugby League, Touch and AFL. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Regional Teacher Mentorship scholarship at the Bell Shakespeare Company in Sydney, and in 2021, was named a "Rising Star" by The Educator. "I am thrilled to be a part of a community that champions young women and helps them realise it’s okay to have a voice and to take up space in the world."

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"As industry leaders and experts in their field, our teachers draw on their real-life experiences to inspire our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Gerard Marano

Religion and Ethics & Visual Arts Teacher
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Gerard is a skilled educator, having taught for many years in Townsville, Ayr, St Michael's School in Sydney and St Thomas Moore's School in Canberra. He has also taught a variety of different disciplines, including Visual Arts, Religion, Humanities and Drama. As an actor, Gerard brings his passion for performance to the classroom, inspiring students to engage with curriculum. Gerard has worked as a film director, visual artist and freelance cartoonist. Gerard has been a member of the NQOMT, the Burdekin Singers and the Townsville Choral Society, and regularly contributes to the College's Drama Club. Aside from his love of the arts, Gerard loves a game of golf and is a soccer player and coach.

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Grant McGregor

Head of Faculty - Mathematics & Digital Technologies
Mathematics & Design Thinking Teacher

Grant completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry) and Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning at the Queensland University of Technology in 1994. After teaching Mathematics and Aerospace Studies at Townsville State High School for two years, Grant joined St Patrick’s College in 2019. As a Mathematics teacher Grant draws on his real-life experiences from his former career as a Chemical Engineer and Technology Manager leading a team of engineers to deliver plant and project improvements. His lessons are always engaging and significant to real-world problems. Grant is especially passionate about engaging all students in mathematics and science to open exciting career opportunities to enrich their lives and our community. Outside of the classroom you will find Grant spending time with his family and two children, reading, playing guitar or practising his martial arts, of which he is a Black Belt in Choi Kwang-Do.

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

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Riley Mete

Mathematics & Science Teacher
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A North Queensland girl through and through, Riley grew up in Tolga and attended Atherton State High School where she developed a passion for mathematics and science. Riley moved to Townsville following high school to complete her Bachelor of Secondary Education at James Cook University, during which time she worked as a Boarding Supervisor at St Patrick’s College Townsville. In 2018, Riley volunteered at a Cambodian school teaching English. 

Riley has become a familiar, welcoming face at the College, building strong relationships with students and staff. As an integral part of our STEM Teaching Team, Riley continuing to model the importance of women working in the STEM field.

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"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future through an expert education designed especially for girls."

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Conni Mosch

English Teacher

A well-known and loved teacher, Conni has been at St Patrick’s College since the late ‘90s and is one of the coordinators of the College’s very successful debating teams. Conni has taught at St Mary’s in Charters Towers, Ryan Catholic College and Life Education. She has also worked as a Counsellor and this experience shines through in her teaching and in her relationships with students. Conni says she loves watching the girls become confident and articulate through participating in opportunities such as debating, drama, performance and public speaking events.

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"Our teachers do not see their role as just a job. To them teaching is a calling to engage with and inspire our future generations."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Lauren Newman

Cultural Support Program Leader
Humanities & Learning Support Teacher

With a Bachelor of Human Movement Science, a Bachelor of Learning Management (Secondary and VET), and a Cert IV Training and Assessment, Lauren has had over eight years' teaching experience in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Having previously taught at Pimlico State High School and Nhulunbuy High School in North-East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Lauren has extensive experience not only as a classroom teacher, but also within VET, Learning Support and Cultural Programs.

Lauren continues her passion supporting students from many diverse backgrounds in her previous role as Cultural Support Program Leader and her current role as Learning Support Program Leader at St Patrick’s College Townsville. Prior to her teaching career, Lauren was a successful small business operator.

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"Our teachers do not see their role as just a job. To them teaching is a calling to engage with and inspire our future generations."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Tracy Nioa

Head of Faculty - Learning Support

Tracy has been teaching for more than 25 years and has a particular specialisation in inclusive education. For Tracy, there is nothing more important than seeing students from all abilities succeed and enjoy their education. She loves learning about student diversity and working closely with the College’s experienced Teacher Aide team to support students to embrace every opportunity. A lover of great Australian literature, Tracy enjoys reading in her spare time, as well as maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle gardening, cycling and walking The Strand and Castle Hill. Tracy and her husband have five children, all based in Victoria, whom she visits regularly.

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"Our expert teachers are industry leaders, drawing on their real-life experiences to engage and inspire our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

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Jacqui O'Shea

Science Teacher
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A highly practiced educator with more than 22 years teaching experience, Jacqui has inspired many thousands of North Queensland students in the field of STEM. Prior to her career in teaching, Jacqui worked as an AQIS Quarantine Officer with the Department of Primary Industries in Townsville, a Scientific Assistant in Veterinary Entomology and a Zoology Tutor at James Cook University. Her extensive industry experience makes her an expert in her field, delivering relevant and exciting lessons in Science, Chemistry and Biology that build upon real-life and current industry scenarios. You will find Jacqui enjoying the beautiful North Queensland lifestyle fishing on the Great Barrier Reef in her boat.

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

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Chris Pacey

Dean of Academic Operations
Marine Science Teacher

Following a 20 year career as a Marine Biologist and Senior Ranger, Chris decided on a change of career, becoming a secondary Science and Mathematics Teacher. Chris has designed and implemented our Marine Science program which has achieved exceptional outcomes, including receiving Advanced Standing for students completing a future bachelor’s degree in Marine Science at James Cook University. In 2016 Chris was awarded the Peter Doherty Outstanding Teacher of STEM award, he contributed to the College’s 2018 nomination of the Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools, and in 2019 he was a finalist for Department Head of the Year in the Australian Education Awards. Chris is committed to fostering passion and enthusiasm for the environment and developing informed global citizens.

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Harrison Parks

Economics & Business Teacher
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A recent graduate, Harrison is excited to join the St Patrick’s College Townsville community as an Economics and Business, Accounting, and Essential Mathematics teacher. Prior to his teaching studies, Harrison completed a Bachelor of Business from James Cook University before deciding he wanted to work with young adults within the education sector. Teaching runs in Harrison's blood; both his parents have been long-term, passionate educators. Harrison has been involved with The College since 2017 as the Head Coach for Rowing, encouraging our girls to strive for success. We are delighted to welcome Harrison to St Patrick's College Townsville.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Amy Plumridge

Head of Faculty - English & Languages
English Teacher

After a decade of teaching, Amy remains a passionate, creative and dedicated educator and Head of Faculty - English & Languages. Amy has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) majoring in English with a minor in Drama. She believes that fostering creativity enables young learners to be innovative, to embrace change and to find brilliant solutions to challenges. Since starting at St Patrick's College Townsville, Amy has imbued her flair and artistry into various key events, including our annual Book Week celebrations. In 2019, she presented at the Annual State Conference for the English Teachers Association of Queensland. Amy also completed a mentorship with the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company in Sydney. Before moving into teaching, she was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Amy is also a fully qualified yoga teacher.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Our teachers do not see their role as just a job. To them teaching is a calling to engage with and inspire our future generations."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Gayle Pollard

Mathematics Teacher

Gayle has been teaching for 42 years - and all at St Patrick’s College! Over the years, Gayle has taught many subjects including Religion and Chemistry, however she is most passionate about teaching Mathematics and raising the profile of the subject as part of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Gayle is a powerhouse of knowledge about the history of the College. A committed Catholic, Gayle is actively involved in her parish and assists with liturgy at the College. Gayle’s infectious laugh and deep commitment to her students means she is much loved and respected by her colleagues and students, both current and former.

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Michael Pope

Visual Arts Teacher
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With a Bachelor of Visual Art and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning, Michael has six years teaching experience in Australia and a further five years ESL teaching experience in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to teaching, he worked in the museum and gallery sector at Rockhampton Art Gallery, Museum of Brisbane, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery in an exhibitions and education capacity. Michael is passionate about teaching art. He loves working with students to make artworks and develop their capacity to think creatively and understand their world through art. A highlight of his teaching career includes having two senior students awarded with Excellence Awards for the North QLD region in the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art exhibition, and subsequently, seeing their works exhibited in the Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane. Michael's work has been exhibited in Strand Ephemera (2021), Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (2019), Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts (2018) and Murky Waters Studio (2021). He is a cofounder of Urban Sketchers Townsville.

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Megan Qualischefski

Religion Teacher
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A teacher for 20 years, Megan’s specialty teaching areas are Religion, Drama and English. She is particularly passionate about the subject Study of Religion, which covers the major religions of the world and their historical origins.

Prior to joining the College in 2013, Megan taught in Townsville and in the UK. She is passionate about lifelong learning and holds a number of qualifications, including Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and a Graduate Certificate in Theology.

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

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Catherine Rentoule

Head of Careers & Vocational Education
Careers & VET

Before becoming a teacher, Catherine worked as a nurse, in hospitality and in the horticultural industry in places as diverse as London, Israel, Thursday Island, Sydney and Alice Springs. Catherine has been teaching for 27 years, thirteen of which have been with St Patrick’s College. She has taught in schools in Townsville, the Northern Territory and NSW. She holds a Master of Education (ESL & VET) and has a Certificate IV Career Development. As the Head of Faculty for Careers and Vocational Education, Catherine’s diverse career background helps her to assist students in discovering their future pathways. Catherine also teaches Senior English and Certificate III Health Services Assistance. 

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Sue Rheinberger

Humanities Teacher

Sue has been a welcoming face at St Patrick’s College Townsville for more than 30 years. A dedicated teacher of English, Geography, History and Legal Studies, she is a wealth of knowledge and has nurtured and educated thousands of young women. An advocate of learning about the world out in the world, Sue loves to organise local, North Queensland and international excursions to actively encourage students to participate as local and global citizens. She believes that all students should strive to be ‘unashamedly excellent’ both in the classroom and beyond, and has been instrumental in countless extracurricular activities including Rock Eisteddfod, Optiminds, Lions Youth of the Year, Rostrum and the Reef Guardian Program, just to name a few. A keen traveller and lover of nature, Sue has trekked many of the world’s landscapes, climbed volcanoes in Japan and helped revegetate tropical rainforests. In her quieter moments, she loves music, movies, theatre, reading, gardening and family life.

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Jodie Roberts

Head of House - Principalities
HPE & Cert Health

Jodie’s educational experience is vast and varied. Having studied and worked in both America and Australia, she settled in Townsville seven years ago. In her professional career, Jodie has learnt that teaching and learning is essentially about relationships. As Head of House – Principalities, Jodie’s aim is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to recognise and harness their unique gifts. She is looking forward to working with the young women of St Patrick’s College Townsville, helping them to be self-reliant, kind, adaptable, generous and open to new challenges. When she is not teaching, Jodie can be found spending time with her family and dogs, and she enjoys all outdoor pursuits. 

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Daniel Santarossa

Mathematics Teacher
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Having previously worked at Townsville State High School and Shalom Christian College, Dan has demonstrated strong pastoral and academic skills in his roles as Senior School Coordinator and Acting Senior School Head of Department. He has significant experience developing and implementing curriculum built upon evidence based research and whole-school data. A passionate mathematics teacher, Dan believes sequential thinking fostered by STEM education helps to create structured, logical and contemporary minded individuals who are work-place ready. Outside of school, Dan loves to travel whenever he can and he enjoys a wide variety of music.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future through an expert education designed especially for girls."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Jaimee Seebohm

Head of House - Thrones
Mathematics & Sports and Recreation Teacher

Jaimee began her career as a professional basketballer in 2005, attending the Australian Institute of Sport for three years before later representing Australia at a Junior level and playing for the Sydney University Flames WNBL until 2013. A career change saw her complete a Bachelor Degree in Human Movement and Health Education at The University of Sydney, graduating with the Vice Chancellor’s Award. Since then she has worked in education for eight years, teaching at SCEGGS Redlands, St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney and St Francis Xavier College Hamilton in New Castle. A passionate HPE and Mathematics teacher, Jaimee joined the College in 2019 and has been a welcome and enthusiastic addition to the extraordinary Pastoral Care team as Head of House - Thrones. 

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Jordan Stewart

Head of House - Powers
Science Teacher

Jordan has quickly become a powerhouse of the STEM Department since joining our team in 2018. She completed her Bachelor of Education in 2017, specialising in Chemistry, Biology and Junior Science. In 2019, Jordan was a finalist for The Educator's ‘Rising Star’ awards. She loves being part of a teaching environment that actively promotes girls in science and prepares students for careers in the STEM fields. Since 2020, Jordan has become a integral part of the College's Pastoral Care Team, helping students navigate academic, social and emotional challenges. 

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Nikea Tompkins

Humanities & Religion Teacher
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Trained as both a Teacher Librarian and classroom educator, Nikea has taught for over nine years in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. While Nikea has taught a wide variety of subjects, she particularly loves Humanities which she believes allows us to understand ourselves, and others, better.

Nikea is committed to fostering lifelong learning and is determined to support her students navigate the unique challenges of senior schooling.

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"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Lucy Towers

Head of House - Dominations
PE & Sports and Recreation

Lucy emigrated from England in 2014 and spent her first six months in Australia travelling before settling in Western Australia for three years. Lucy's 13 year teaching career has seen her teach at Sandbach Sports College in the UK, as well as at Calvary Christian College in Townsville and extensively in WA at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, and St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, where she worked as a sports coach. She is an experienced athletics and gymnastics coach.

In addition to teaching passion for Physical Education, Lucy is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of the students in her care. As  Head of Dominations House, she is able to support young women as they strive to achieve their goals.

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McKye Turner

English Teacher
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McKye’s career as an educator stems from an admiration for his own teachers at school. Hailing from Mitta Mitta in country Victoria, McKye specialises in English, but has also held positions as a Year Level Coordinator and Middle Years Engagement Leader.

McKye hopes to support his students to be independent, empathetic, responsible and resilient learners, and looks forward to helping them create and share their stories.

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Kate Tomerini

HPE & Science Teacher
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Growing up in the Atherton Tablelands, Kate developed a passion for all things sport. With a background in competitive sport, and a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Kate understands the psychological benefits of regular, meaningful activity to facilitate good mental health.

As well as a keen desire to promote healthy lifestyle choices, Kate is committed to helping young women be strong, confident and happy in their everyday lives.

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Nicole Torrisi

Accounting, Business & HPE Teacher
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A recent graduate, Nicole is a specialist teacher in the areas of Health and Physical Education and Business. From a young age, she dreamt of being a teacher and she is excited to share her love sharing my knowledge with students. Nicole is committed to creating meaningful connections with her students to help them follow their passions in all aspects of their lives. Being a HPE teacher, she plays a wide range of sports at varying club and representative levels, including: netball, basketball, touch and softball. Over the past three years, Nicole coached Ryan Catholic College's QISSN Netball team at State competitions.

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Claire Verapen

English & Humanities Teacher
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After finishing her studies at the University of Adelaide, Claire completed a contract as Mercedes College before moving to Mackay State High School. Passionate about her teaching areas of English and Humanities, Claire hopes to instil in her students a deep love for English and History. As an enthusiastic and passionate educator, Claire is excited about her move to Townsville and the opportunity to support and nurture her students. Her teaching goal is simple – provide students with the tools they need so that they can be better than they were yesterday. In her free time, Claire enjoys reading and staying active. A keen hiker, she is looking forward to exploring North Queensland.

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"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future through an expert education designed especially for girls."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Harriett Veukiso

College Chaplain
Music & Religion Teacher
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A practicing and devout Catholic from New South Wales, Harriett came to the College in 2019 after relocating to tropical North Queensland. Harriett is the epitome of mercy in action. She is heavily involved with the Townsville Catholic community and regularly attends retreats that strengthen her spirituality, including World Youth Day and the Australian Catholic Youth Festival. Harriett loves to travel and has visited more than 40 countries as well as lived abroad in the Cayman Islands. She is passionate about supporting and ministering the youth to live a fruitful, spiritual and positive lifestyle.

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Gayle Walkom

Defence School Mentor
Design Thinking & Mathematics Teacher

This year, Gayle expands her role at St Patrick’s College Townsville as the Defence School Mentor. With over 25 years’ experience in the military in the technical and vocational field, Gayle qualified as a secondary teacher in 2019, specialising in Mathematics & Business. Teaching has been a lifelong dream for Gayle and she looks for creative and innovative ways to inspire her students to follow their passions.

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"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

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Jonathan Wallace

Mathematics & Design Thinking Teacher
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Born and raised in Charters Towers, Jonathan has a love of community and an enormous respect for the rural way of life. He completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at James Cook University Townsville in 2011, followed by a Graduate Diploma of Education in 2013. Jonathan lived and worked in Mount Isa for four years at Good Shepherd Catholic College before relocating to Canberra where he worked at Radford College. A lover of good coffee and great food, Jonathan welcomed the return regional Townsville. A football enthusiast and coach, you will often find Jonathan at the Ross River Football Club where he is a coach and coordinator.

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Kirsten Walsh

Head of Department - Visual Arts & Exhibitions
Visual Arts Teacher

Kirsten's art education began in textile and fashion design at Falmouth University, UK. She also holds a BA Hons in three-dimensional design, jewellery and silversmithing and a post graduate degree in teaching Art and Design from Birmingham Central University. In Queensland, Kirsten has worked for Education Queensland as a Literacy Presenter, and at Cannonvale and Proserpine State schools teaching a wide variety of subjects. She has been a QCAA confirmer and classroom profiler. For many years, Kirsten was the Wearable Art coordinator for the Whitsundays. A passionate, dedicated and highly skilled educator, Kirsten is a welcome addition to the College's Expert Teaching team.

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"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Ben Williams

Head of Department - Heath & Physical Education & Sport
HPE Teacher

With seven years teaching practice, Ben is a very experienced Senior Biology and HPE Teacher. He previously worked at Townsville State High School, as well as Southport State High School and The Southport School on the Gold Coast. Prior to his career in teaching, Ben ran a very successful personal-training business, where he used his knowledge and skills to make a difference in the lives of disengaged young people in mainstream schooling. He models a healthy, active lifestyle for our girls and is heavily involved in a multitude of sports. Ben has previously held roles such as North Queensland Representative Assistant Coach for Basketball, and Coach in various AFL competitions. He is also accredited in the Berry Street Education Model and embraces a positive behaviour management approach when working with young people as they navigate their schooling journey.

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Holly Whiting

Science Teacher
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Growing up on a farm in Far North Queensland, Holly always loved the environment. In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Ecology and Conservation Biology from Griffith University and has worked in a variety of roles over the last 10 years, including Habitat Protection Officer (Redland City Council), the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Water Educator (Townsville City Council). Holly is passionate about environmental education - particularly how land-based activities impact on the marine environment - and is very excited to start teaching Marine Biology and General Science at Saint Patrick's College Townsville. She looks forward to using her industry experience to help students become passionate about Science. In her spare time, Holly enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, mountain bike riding and tending to her veggie patch.

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Acknowledgement of Country: We give thanks and respectfully acknowledge the Gurrumbilbarra Wulgurukaba people, the Traditional Custodians of this beautiful country whose land our College shares. We recognise their ongoing deep spiritual connection to this Country, and the care they gave for thousands of years. We also acknowledge the Bindal people as the neighbouring Custodians of their Country. We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here today.