Meet our Teachers 

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

Jacqueline Marshall

Jacqueline Marshall

Principal

It is an honour and privilege to lead St Martin’s as principal.  My vision is to ensure our students have a love of learning, our staff are passionate about teaching and our parents are supported in their journey.  My happy place outside of school is by the beach, especially in Hawaii. I love spending time with family and friends and enjoy cooking, dancing and playing tennis.

Marita Anderson

Marita Anderson

Deputy Principal / Religious Education Leader

I count my blessings every day that I get to lead an amazing dedicated staff and instil a great love of learning and a love of Jesus within our students. What brings me joy is watching my boys play football on a cold winter’s day and spending time in the Victorian great outdoors.

Sandra Tieppo

Sandra Tieppo

Curriculum Leader / Prep - Year 2 Learning & Teaching Leader / Prep - Year 3 Maths Leader / Year 3MT classroom teacher

I love learning and my passion lies in supporting students to be the best they can be. I work with an amazing staff and a supportive parent community. It is a privilege to work across the school in many different capacities. Outside of school my passion is cooking and I consider myself a bit of a ‘foodie’. Learning spanish has been fun too!

Neesha Valvo

Neesha Valvo

Year 5 - 6 Learning & Teaching Leader / 5VC classroom teacher

I have been a part of the St Martin’s community for over ten years. I am passionate about instilling a love of learning in all students using an inquiry approach. I love to travel and explore new places; which led me to teach in London for two school years.

Dinesha Rajasingam

Dinesha Rajasingam

Prep – Year 3 Literacy Leader / PGR classroom teacher

I love reading! My passion is instilling a love of reading in students and supporting them to achieve their potential. I am blessed to be able to work with the amazing staff and parents of St Martins. I am an ardent Cat supporter and I love spending every moment I can with my little granddaughter.

Melissa Campbell

Melissa Campbell

Year 4 - 6 Literacy Leader / 4CM classroom teacher

I love the moments in teaching where you see your students grow, not only academically, but emotionally and socially too. Being part of the St Martin’s Community is a blessing as the staff, students and families make it a special place. I enjoy being active and spending time with family and friends.

Terry Zacharakis

Terry Zacharakis

Year 4 - 6 Maths Leader / 6ZW classroom teacher

I have a love for all things Mathematical and fun and bringing the two together is a passion of mine. I’m blessed to be a part of the St. Martins community and when I’m not at school my world revolves around the three beautiful ladies in my life.

Teresa Michelangeli

Teresa Michelangeli

Learning Diversity Leader

I have been part of this community for 21 years, originally as a parent of three boys and more recently as the Learning Diversity Leader. In my role I predominately support students with diverse needs. I’m a huge fan of the Pies as are my husband, boys and our spoodle Cosmo. I am truly blessed to be part of this community and I love getting to know and build relationships with all its members.

Jamie Atherton

Jamie Atherton

Wellbeing Leader / 6AM classroom teacher

As the Student Wellbeing Leader my focus is on helping our school to continue to build an environment where our students feel safe, build positive relationships and are engaged in learning that helps them to flourish as young people who look to Jesus as their model.

Prep Teachers

Andrea Getson

Andrea Getson

PGR

As a parent at SMOT I most valued relationships developed with teachers, parents and children. Now, as a teacher at SMOT it is nurturing these wonderful relationships between parents, teachers and children, that I still highly value. I also cherish spending time with my family and friends.

Lisa Philp

Lisa Philp

PPJ

I have been a part of the St Martin’s teaching staff & community for many years and have seen lots of change, both physically & academically. I love what I do. On a personal note I love spending time with family & friends, reading, travelling and playing board games!

Kate Callea

Kate Callea

Prep

I am a passionate and dedicated teacher who feels privileged to have the  opportunity to teach young growing minds.  Outside of school I love spending time with my family, listening to music and keeping active.

Year 1 Teachers

Cristina Menegas

Cristina Menegas

1CM

I began my teaching journey this year at SMOT and have loved being a part of the school community. I am enthusiastic about teaching the whole child and providing an engaging and fun learning environment. Outside of school I love spending time with my family and friends.

Emily Nicholson

Emily Nicholson

1CF

As a new teacher to St Martin’s, I feel truly blessed to be a part of such a loving and caring community. Teaching in the junior school is invigorating, and continues to spark my passion for teaching. Nothing beats those lightbulb moments when students learn new strategies to be successful in the classroom, or on the yard with their lifelong friends! I am passionate about student wellbeing, in particular supporting social skill development through modelling, and incorporating relevant and engaging activities for our junior students. Outside of the classroom you will find me taking my beautiful pup Shiloh, on adventurous walks.

Laura Butler

Laura Butler

1LB

Since beginning at the school in 2019, I have felt very privileged to be a part of the St Martin’s community. Outside of school I love spending time with my family and friends, as well as cooking or getting creative with drawing and painting.

Year 2 Teachers

Jeanine Sutherland

Jeanine Sutherland

2JS

I joined the St Martin’s community at the beginning of the year and have felt welcomed from day one. I have been a teacher for many years now but I still really enjoy what I do. I actually attended St Martin’s as a student from Year One to Year Six so it is wonderful to return as a teacher. Outside of school I love walking, traveling in my caravan, watching Carlton and listening to music (especially Bruce Springteen!)

Laura Bumpstead

Laura Bumpstead

2LB

It’s a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful community at St Martin’s. I love being a part of a child’s learning journey and being able to foster a love of learning. When I’m not teaching I love to spend time with my family, read and travel.

Melanie Thierjung

Melanie Thierjung

2MT

I’ve been a part of the amazing St Martin’s Family, since I moved to Melbourne from Sydney in 2019. I have had a wonderful teaching journey, working in schools in the United Kingdom. I love working at our school and have enjoyed sharing stories of my travels with my students.

Year 3 Teachers

Lauren Addati

Lauren Addati

3LA

I am grateful to be part of such a welcoming and supportive community here at St Martin’s. As a teacher, I love watching students learn and grow through new experiences. Outside of school I love to read, travel and see live bands.

Kris Jordan

Kris Jordan

3KJ

I have been a part of this wonderful community since 2011, when I started teaching Year One. My journey at St. Martin of Tours was not only as a teacher, but as a parent when my eldest daughter started Prep that same year. Fast forward 11 years and both my children have experienced a wonderful well rounded education at St. Martin’s and I have had the pleasure of teaching and nurturing many students. When I am not at St. Martin’s you will probably find me watching my children’s basketball and footy games or going on a run.

Lilia Mosbauer

Lilia Mosbauer

3MT

I am blessed to be working with great supportive people at St. Martin’s who enjoy a laugh and challenge me as a learner. I am passionate about teaching and seeing the students grow as individuals. I cherish spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy the outdoors like going on picnics, bush walking, the beach, snow skiing and travelling.

Year 4 Teachers

Jessica McGrath

Jessica McGrath

4CM

As a former student, it’s my joy to give back to our wonderful community through my passion of teaching. I enjoy the challenge of discovering how each child learns and aim to help them reach their goals in a fun, nurturing way. I love spending time with family and friends.

Adele Truefeldt

Adele Truefeldt

4AT

I became part of the St Martin’s community in 2014 as a graduate in prep. As a former children’s entertainer, I have a passion for working with kids and guiding them on their learning journey. Outside of school I love socialising, spending time outdoors, travelling and watching the footy.

Toni Dent

Toni Dent

4TD

I love being part of St. Martin’s school community.   I am grateful for the warm welcome.  I love teaching and truly enjoy those “Aha” moments.  My passion lies in teaching RE and Art, nurturing students’ creativity.  Besides school, my passions are my family, dancing, Arts and Crafts.

Year 5 Teachers

Jacob Marshall

Jacob Marshall

5JM

I have thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of my life at St Martin’s. I appreciate how welcoming and loving all the staff and children are. While at school I treasure all the moments I have with my class and with other students around St Martin’s. Outside of school most of my time is spent either watching or playing sports, listening to music or chilling out with my mates. Go tiges.

Shannon Molloy

Shannon Molloy

5SM

As a newly graduated teacher, I feel so lucky to have been welcomed into the St Martin community. I am passionate about guiding the holistic development of students and creating an environment in which they feel comfortable, valued and confident. Outside of school, I enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Jo Collier

Jo Collier

5VC

I am blessed to have been a part of the St.Martin’s community for many years. My journey at St.Martin began as a student and a pre-service teacher. I am passionate about my lifelong vocation of teaching and the value that rich learning brings to young people. I am privileged to work with an amazing staff and the wonderful students of this special community. Beyond the classroom, I am usually enjoying the great outdoors, hiking, taking picnics and spending time at the beach, or doing a yoga class.

Year 6 Teachers

Jo Maloney

Jo Maloney

6AM

To me, ‘teaching’ is to teach my students to be lifelong learners. I came to school at St Martin’s and it’s a wonderful community to be part of. I love travelling, my veggie garden, cooking, exercising and bike riding with my husband and 2 kids.

Gareth Wells

Gareth Wells

6GW

It’s a great feeling belonging to the St Martin’s community. Students and Staff are warm, friendly and welcoming. Everybody comes together to enjoy School events and support each other in their learning.

Specialist Teachers

David Witchell

David Witchell

Physical Education

I have been teaching for 29 years, including 9 years at St Martin’s. I am married with 2 boys, who went through St Martin’s. I live in Macleod and have done so since 2002. I enjoy playing football and playing tennis weekly. I love all sports and keeping active.

Stephen Domini

Stephen Domini

Italian

Gday. I have been teaching for 40 years and 31 of them have been here at St. Martin’s. I am qualified in horticulture, V.C.A.H. Burnley and love to get my hands dirty enjoying the fresh air and early mornings. I am delighted to be still working with talented teaching professionals who can still humour me and to quote Clint Eastwood, “Make My Day”.

Maria Mandarano

Maria Mandarano

Italian

It’s a privilege to be working at St Martin’s teaching the Italian language. I love working with children exploring the Italian culture and language through stories, songs, games, conversations and greetings, whilst allowing them to embrace their own culture. I enjoy time with my family and going to the beach.

Mary-Anne Kos

Mary-Anne Kos

Performing Arts

I enjoy bringing my passion for music and song to all children I teach and love to see them flourish with confidence in my classes especially here in the wonderful community of  St Martin’s, in my 27th year of teaching. I am married with beautiful teenage daughters, a Pom called Archie, who are also musical, lovers of movies and travel.

Steve Villani

Steve Villani

STEM

I am passionate about education and making a positive difference in the lives of young people. In my spare time I enjoy playing all sports and spending time with my family and friends.

Lisa Cherubin

Lisa Cherubin

Art

For children, art is the place to go where there is no wrong answer; instead, there is the question ‘what else is possible?’ I believe teaching Art keeps my spirit young and fresh as I accompany and celebrate the children’s creative expressions.

Emma Kent

Emma Kent

Library / Art

I love being part of the warm and inclusive St Martin’s community. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing students find their flow through reading a good fit book or exploring their creative potential in Art. It’s a privilege to work in our amazing Library  instilling in our students a love of literacy and supporting them to find books that engage and excite them as readers.

Chloe Jones

Chloe Jones

Library / Prep PJ

Getting lost in a good book is something that I love, even as an adult. Finding that good fit book that you can’t put down and instilling a life-long love of reading in all our students is something I strive for. We are so fortunate to have such a well-resourced and beautiful space in the Library where students and families are welcome at any time of day.

Grace Bocquet

Grace Bocquet

Library Technician

I love reading and am passionate about the power that libraries have to offer a safe and welcoming space to the entire community. I hope to make the library at SMOT a place where all students feel that they are welcome (and can find a book that they love!). I am also studying my Master of Information Management at RMIT, and in my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time outside.

Jay Dickson

Jay Dickson

IT Technician

Working at Saint Martins has been an amazing experience. It’s an honour to work alongside such bright and thoughtful students. Its rewarding working to provide the students with the resources and digital technology they need. Its my hope that DigiTech allows the students to reach their full potential and approach problems creatively and from various directions. In my free time I love to read, learn and spend time with friends.

Learning Support Team

Gayle Carrazza

Gayle Carrazza

LSO

I have worked at St. Martins for 13 years. I love the community and the staff are my second family. It’s a privilege working with and getting to know the students. My two sons went to St. Martins and have many fond memories. I love family gatherings, singing and zumba.

Ida Fruci

Ida Fruci

LSO

I began my journey at St Martin’s 20 years ago when both my boys were students.  Thirteen years ago I joined the staff and I feel very privileged to call my passion my profession; helping children learn, grow and develop.  I love reading, cooking, travelling and going to the beach.

Patsy Lynch

Patsy Lynch

LSO / Administration

I have worked at SMOT for 21 years and my 4 children attended St Martins so I was also  a parent here for 15 years.  I feel very lucky to have a job that I love, I enjoy working with and nurturing all the children who come under my care.

Niki Potenza

Niki Potenza

LSO

I have been part of the St Martins community for 11 years.  My two sons attended St Martins and during the last 5 years I have been working here as an LSO. I really enjoy seeing the children progress through their schooling and being able to support them. I value all the special connections I have made over the years with many students and their families.

Olivia Jenkins

Olivia Jenkins

LSO

I am grateful for the warm welcome I have received from the staff and children at SMOT. I am passionate about education and making a positive difference in the lives of young people. Outside of school I enjoy watching football (go Bombers), spending time with my family and friends and working in the beauty industry.

Kate Sanford

Kate Sanford

LSO

I started my journey with St. Martins in 2019. I’m incredibly fortunate to have a job I love, amazing and supportive colleagues and a beautiful community I’m now part of. Outside of school I cherish sharing my love of live music, playing guitar and basketball with my family.

Carmel Malignaggi

Carmel Malignaggi

LSO

I have worked at St Martin’s for almost 3 years now and I can say it has been a wonderful journey so far. I love supporting and being a part of the students’ learning which makes my job as an LSO so rewarding.  I enjoy spending quality time with my family, going to the footy, being creative and cooking.

Tomasina Lagos

Tomasina Lagos

LSO

Being part of the St. Martin’s family over the last couple of years has been rewarding and an absolute pleasure to be a part of. My passion is working with children to assist in their development and growth. I love spending time with my family going to the football, basketball and most of all spending time at the beach.

Molly Itter

Molly Itter

LSO

TBC

Administration

Veronica Castles

Veronica Castles

Administration

I am honoured and privileged to be a part of the St Martin’s community. Whilst I have only recently joined the admin team, I was a parent of St Martin’s for 10 years. I feel we as a staff have a genuine sense of welcoming and we are all passionate about our students, their education and wellbeing. I cherish spending time with my family and friends and going on holidays.

Karen Livingstone

Karen Livingstone

Administration

I have had the privilege of working at St Martin’s for 16 years.  Over all those years, I can safely say that it never feels like coming to work as we have a fantastic staff and school community.  Every year I love meeting our precious preppies and always feel sad farewelling our Year 6 students.  Although not in a teaching role I am passionate about making the children feel welcome and safe when coming to the school office and for being a welcoming place for parents and visitors as well. I love to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Mary Milione

Mary Milione

Administration

I am lucky enough to have been part of St Martins for over 20 years. It is like a big family. The staff care for each other and I loved seeing so many children begin and end their journey here and they brighten up each day.  I enjoy travelling, going to the movies, cooking and sharing meals with family and friends, walking my dog and dancing.

Wendy O'Keefe

Wendy O'Keefe

Administration

St Martin’s is a happy school and a great place to be.   It has a warm and welcoming environment enabling children and parents to be active members of the community.  I am very fortunate to have been a long-standing participant in the school’s history.

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