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 Thomas

Assistant Principal

Email me:  emily.duke@cewa.edu.au

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. I share the Assistant Principal role with Mr 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 Carew

pre-primary Teacher

Email me: kate.carew@cewa.edu.au

My name is Kate Carew and I am the Pre-primary teacher at St Joseph's. I have travelled from Melbourne to Kununurra alongside my husband and daughter. I graduated from RMIT University in 2017 and spent the majority of my practicum time teaching the early years. I have a keen interest in making learning active and fun! I am very excited to be a part of the unique culture that St Joseph’s offers.

Izzy Stewart

year 1 teacher

Email me:  izzy.stewart@cewa.edu.au

My name is Izzy Stewart and this is my first 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 childrens lives.

Tara Peters

year 3 teacher

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 third 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

Year 4/5 teacher

Email me:  paul.poutney@cewa.edu.au

My name is Paul Poutney and I am the Assistant Principal and Year 4/5 classroom teacher with Mrs Monks. 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

kindergarten Teacher

environmental education

Email me:  meghan.donovan@cewa.edu.au

I am extremely excited to be facilitating a play-based Kindergarten program at St Joseph's. I have been teaching in Catholic schools for 17 years and five of those years have been in the beautiful Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Jen Rudyard

year 2 teacher

Email me:  jennifer.rudyard@cewa.edu.au

My name is Jen Rudyard, and this is my first 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.

Melinda Monks

Year 4/5 teacher

reading recovery specialist

Email me:  melinda.monks@cewa.edu.au

My name is Mel Monks and I've been teaching at St Joseph's since 2014. This year I'm the school's Reading Recovery Specialist as well as sharing the teaching of Year 4/5 with Paul Poutney. My role as a Reading Recovery teacher has given me an in-depth understanding of how children learn to read and write and I am passionate about ensuring every child recieves the instruction they need to flourish into an independent reader and writer! I'm looking forward to another wonderful year as part of the St Joseph's community.

Marion Gehrmann

year 5/6 teacher

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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