Teacher profiles

Teacher profiles

Our highly qualified and experienced complement of teachers strives to implement a holistic approach to your child’s education promoting students’ spiritual, intellectual, cultural, physical, emotional and social wellbeing.


The St Joseph’s teachers provide a sound academic education with a strong emphasis on improving literacy and numeracy outcomes in a stimulating, caring and safe environment.  The children’s emotional development is integral to the school’s ethos through provision of excellent pastoral care, moral and behavioural guidance programs and spiritual development. Students are nurtured throughout their schooling and provided with opportunities to develop in aspects of leadership, citizenship, responsibility, self-discipline, integrity and compassion.


We pride ourselves on the ability to attract and retain dedicated, skilled and motivated staff that continue to engage in further development of their own professional ability. The staff consists of classroom teachers, Aboriginal teacher assistants, teacher assistants, specialist teachers (Reading Recovery, Physical Education, Music & Choir, Science, Bluearth), other program support staff and the administration staff, including the Principal and Assistant Principals.


Our comprehensive curriculum is aligned with the National Curriculum and provides for each student’s academic, physical, creative and emotional development. Regular testing, both standardised and teacher-based, is employed to monitor student’s progress.


Our teachers enjoy the benefits of small class sizes and the added benefit of having teacher assistants in class. This affords our teachers the opportunity to provide greater individual attention to students, thus achieve better outcomes.


Tim Hogan

School Principal

Email me:  tim.hogan@cewa.edu.au

My name is Tim Hogan and I have been teaching in Catholic Primary Schools for 11 years. I have spent the majority of my teaching career in Ballarat, Victoria however from 2009 - 2011 I taught at St Joseph's Primary School in Wyndham. I am excited to be back in the Kimberley with my family and feel privileged to be the Principal at St Joseph's School, Kununurra. I am passionate about Catholic Education and I look forward to assisting our committed staff to provide a school environment where children feel safe, happy and engaged with their learning.

Emily Duke

Assistant Principal

Email me:  emily.duke@cewa.edu.au

My name is Emily Duke and I have been working at St Joseph’s since 2011. I grew up in Perth and studied a Bachelor of Education through Curtin University. I then taught southwest of Perth, before heading overseas and spending 2 years travelling Europe and Africa. This year I currently share the Assistant Principal role with Year 4/5 Teacher Paul Poutney. Here at St Joseph’s our staff are dynamic and focused on providing students with the best education, creating life-long learners.

Leah Thorpe


Email me:  leah.thorpe@cewa.edu.au

After many years of working and travelling overseas including Japan, Africa, Canada, Europe, America and the U.K, I arrived in the Kimberley in 2007. I held a teaching role at Billiluna, 2 hours south of Halls Creek, until the end of 2008. Since 2009 I have been working as the East Kimberley Program manager for the Sport and Recreation Organisation, Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan. I really enjoy all sports and love being outdoors with my two daughters. I am excited to be working two days a week at St Joseph's.

Kate Guest


Email me:  kate.guest@cewa.edu.au

I spent my childhood on a large farm in the Wheatbelt area of Western Australia, so I love animals and the outdoors. After attending boarding school in Perth, I studied an Early Childhood Degree at The University of Notre Dame in Fremantle.


Experiencing other cultures and countries has always appealed to me, so after completing my degree I moved to London, where I taught in a vibrant city school for two years. During my time overseas I travelled to some amazing places including Croatia, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Hungary and India. It was an amazing experience however I missed the Aussie lifestyle, so I abandoned the cold English weather and moved to beautiful sunny Kununurra in July 2014.


We have a strong community at St Joseph's School and the support from parents, teachers and other members of staff is impressive. I really enjoy teaching the children and getting to know the families.

Leah Wilson


Email me:  leah.wilson@cewa.edu.au

My name is Leah Wilson and I grew up in the NSW town of Port Macquarie where I attended St Joseph's Schools from K-12. I valued my time at St Joseph's and admire St Mary of the Cross MacKillop for her dedication to providing an education for all. Teaching is my absolute passion! ᅠGrowing up in a coastal town, I naturally enjoy all things associated with water. In my spare time you'll find me exploring the waterways, playing sport or going on adventures in my bright yellow Kombi named 'Kev'!

Tara Peters


Email me:  tara.peters@cewa.edu.au

My name is Tara Peters and I grew up in the Wheatbelt. I studied a Bachelor of Education in Perth and then began my career in the Great Southern. I then went on to work at two high achieving independent schools in Perth. This is now my second year at St Joseph’s and I’m so grateful for taking the opportunity to work in such a rewarding and unique place. I am a passionate teacher who genuinely enjoys helping all students to achieve.

Paul Poutney

assistant Principal/teacher

Email me:  paul.poutney@cewa.edu.au

Hi I’m Paul Poutney and I’m beginning my journey here at St. Joseph’s this year. I am an Assistant Principal a Year 4/5 classroom teacher. I am originally from Melbourne where I have worked in Catholic Education for a number of years. I have also worked as a teacher in Samoa. I have many interests and I love to learn about different places and people. This year I look forward to working together with students, parents and colleagues to enhance our students learning. I also look forward to having a fun year ahead at St. Joseph’s!

Meghan Donovan


Email me:  meghan.donovan@cewa.edu.au

My name is Meghan Donovan and this is my first year working at St Joseph’s. I have 14 years experience working in Catholic schools in remote and urban areas of NSW, Victoria and WA. I have worked across all primary year levels and most recently in a long day care setting. I am very excited to be living and working in the beautiful town of Kununurra!

Caroline Brewer


Email me:  caroline.brewer@cewa.edu.au

My name is Caroline Brewer and I have been teaching for over 30 years. I began my teaching career in 1983 at St Joseph's in Wyndham. I then taughtᅠin Halls Creek and spent 12 years in Broome, teaching at St Mary's and having a family. I have three beautiful daughters, Samara, Tamisha and Jamela and we have been living in Perth for over 10 years.ᅠᅠI enjoyᅠgoing for walks, reading and spending time with my family and friends.ᅠI love teaching, especially young children, and in the Kimberley.

Melinda Monks


Email me:  melinda.monks@cewa.edu.au

I'm a very lucky lady because here at St Joeys I get to teach two things that I really love: Reading and Music! In the mornings, I am the school's Reading Recovery Specialist, working with individual students to improve their reading and writing skills. In the afternoons, I transform into a Music Teacher where I aim to provide hands-on, engaging lessons and give students a wide variety of enjoyable musical experiences.

Marion Gehrmann


Email me:  marion.gehrmann@cewa.edu.au

My international travels have cemented my belief that a good education can change lives through the opportunities and experiences it can provide. I initially completed a Diploma in Applied Fashion and Textiles before beginning a Bachelor of Primary Education in Fremantle, Western Australia. After living and working overseas, I returned to Sydney to complete my degree. I am very happy to be in Kununurra, as I have wanted to explore this part of our beauitiful country for a very long time! My hobbies include swimming, gardening, sewing, cooking and any outdoor activities (especially if they involve water!).




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