Staff profiles

Staff 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, Creative Arts, Bluearth), other program support staff and the administration staff, including the Principal and Assistant Principal.


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.



Eileen Watkins

Sandra Kelly

Brianna Birch

Judith Brennan

Susan Swan

Carolyn McAdam

Bernadette Nott

Tanya Lockwood

Tianna Garlett



Ash Mongoo

Marcia Constantine

Ros Grace

Deb Rocke

Sandra Powell

Jamie Short (School Chaplain)

Tim Hogan

School Principal

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 Thomas

Assistant Principal (MaternIty leave)

My name is Emily Thomas 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. Here at St Joseph’s our staff are dynamic and focused on providing students with the best education, creating life-long learners.

David Ballingall

year 3 teacher

My name is David Ballingall and I am excited to be coming to St. Joseph’s and teaching this year. I have been teaching for 17 years and have spent most of that time on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria teaching at a few different schools. I really enjoy my sports and look forward to an awesome 2019.

Kate Carew

YEAR 4/5 CO-Teacher


My name is Kate Carew and this is my second year at St Joseph's School. I grew up in Melbourne and studied a Bachelor of Education through the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). I am excited to be sharing the teaching of year 4/5 this year as well as taking on the Reading Recovery specialist role. I am very excited to share my love of reading and I look forward to working with the students and staff this year

Izzy Stewart


My name is Izzy Stewart and this is my second year of teaching at St Joseph’s School, Kununurra! I grew up on a farm in Toodyay and love everything about the outdoors, the ocean and my family and friends. After attending boarding school in Perth I went on to complete university studies in Primary Education (GDip) and Environmental Sciences (BSc). Moving to the Kimberley to teach is a dream come true and I am excited for the responsibility and opportunity of dedicating my life to educating, inspiring and enriching young children's lives.

Tara Peters

year 1 CO-teacher

Student wellbeing officer

My name is Miss Tara Peters and I have been teaching for 8 years. After completing my Bachelor of Education I taught in Perth at two high achieving independent schools then decided to move back to the country. I have worked at St Joseph’s since 2016 and am so grateful to work with such a kind and caring school community. Last year I was selected to participate in the Catholic Education  of Western Australia Talent Identification Project and also commenced my Masters in Education – Leadership and Management. As well as teaching in the classroom I am St Joseph’s Student Welling Officer.

Janine Roach

Year 4/5 teacher


After undertaking various teaching positions throughout metro, regional and remote WA schools, the Kimberley has once again called me back. This is my second year teaching at St Joseph’s School, and I am grateful to have found such a warm and welcoming community. I have a deep passion for teaching and helping children develop a strong spirit and sense of self. I am looking forward to creating engaging and fun learning experiences for all students in the roles of Year 4/5 co-teacher and Teacher Librarian this year.

Melinda Fitt

kindergarten teacher

Details coming soon...




Jen Rudyard

year 1 Co-teacher


My name is Jen Rudyard, and this is my second year teaching at St Joseph’s School. I have been teaching in Catholic primary schools for 18 years in Perth. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to teach in this wonderful community in the Kimberley. I am passionate about teaching and hope to inspire the students to value learning and give them the confidence to achieve their goals. I love the outdoors and I look forward to exploring this beautiful part of the country with my family on many exciting camping expeditions.

Elle Tierney

 year 2 teacher

My name is Elle Tierney, last year I completed my final teaching practicum at St Joseph’s School. I am thrilled to be back in Kununurra and spending my first year of teaching here. I grew up in the small country town of Moora, where I spent a lot of time doing sport, outdoor activities and travelling. After attending boarding school in Perth I went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Curtin University. I look forward to proving all students with the opportunity to develop to their full potential in a safe and supportive environment.

Marion Gehrmann

year 5/6 teacher

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'm grateful and happy that this is my third year at St Joseph's Kununurra. I love the Kimberley environment and really enjoy learning more about this beautiful area and the people here.

Jo Anderson


Details coming soon...






My name is Laura Quinn, I have been teaching for 8 years and have been living in Kununurra since 2017. I grew up in Ireland and moved to Perth with my family to complete secondary school. I completed a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor Degree in Education through Edith Cowan University. I am very excited to be part of the St Joseph’s community.

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