Meet The Teachers

The wonderful bunch here at St Jude’s Catholic Primary School would love to say hello!

Meet Our Teachers

At the top of the list when measuring 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 & Administration

Tim McMullen

Tim McMullen

Principal

Leading a school community is a real privilege, a role I wholeheartedly love! Faith and family are cornerstones of my life and leadership.  My goal is to help nurture students and build their capacity to understand what it means to be truly happy and successful in life.

Tom Wursthorn

Tom Wursthorn

Deputy Principal

St Jude’s School is a supportive and welcoming and learning community. Each day I get to work with students, families and staff who are deepening their understanding of the world around us whilst exploring ways of connecting with others.  In my spare time I love to tinker in the garage!

Becky Breen

Becky Breen

Deputy Principal, Religious Education and Learning Diversity Leader

St Jude’s is a community where you will hear and see happy and engaged children, staff that are working to teach point of need learning and are connecting with their students and a community that is welcoming to all. I think anyone would love to be part of that.  

Ester Lazzarotto

Ester Lazzarotto

Teaching and Learning Leader

I love working here because it is a warm and welcoming school that is inclusive of all. It is so nice to see a passion for learning in both students and teachers. Outside of school I love heading to the beach with my family and cooking up a feast!

Christine Dorio

Christine Dorio

Administration Officer

I love that I’m able meet all the families and  to greet people throughout every day. Getting to know each child in our school is a wonderful perk of my position.
I love going for walks and spending time with my family, especially my granddaughter.

Leah Russell

Leah Russell

Financial Administration

I love coming to work every day, working alongside wonderful people and seeing a family’s journey from school tours, prep to grade six and beyond.  
I am the point of contact regarding finances and also assist in the administration involved in running the school, interacting with parents and the community.

Grade Prep Teachers

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson

Prep Teacher and Junior School Leader

At St. Jude’s I am surrounded by a supportive and close community, including students, families and colleagues. I get to see children excited to learn everyday and be a part of that special development. Outside of school I love to play the piano and see live music and shows.

Julia Rush

Julia Rush

Prep Teacher

As a Prep teacher I love the energy, enthusiasm and growth I am lucky enough to witness every day! It’s such a welcoming place and you can feel that in the interactions between parents, staff and students. As well as teaching, I love playing netball and being with my family.

Grade 1/2 Teachers

Khayla Seneviratne

Khayla Seneviratne

1/2 Classroom Teacher

I love the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere at St Judes. When you’re at St Judes you are part of a community rich with learning and faith. As well as teaching I enjoy reading and drawing in my spare time.

Margaret Carroll

Margaret Carroll

1/2 Classroom Teacher

The excitement and wonder that young children experience when they realise they have “got it!” is the best feeling I have experienced as a classroom teacher. Outside of school, I enjoy attending sporting events, especially AFL. I am a passionate St.Kilda fan, patiently waiting for that second Premiership.

Ashleigh Andersson

Ashleigh Andersson

1/2 Classroom Teacher

Teaching is my passion and I feel privileged to work with the wonderful staff, students and parents at St Jude’s. As a 1/2 teacher I endeavor to create a lifelong love of learning for my students. I love seeing students grow as they challenge themselves to be their best self.

Grade 3/4 Teachers

Melanie Ellem

Melanie Ellem

3/4 Classroom Teacher and Level Leader

What I love about working at St. Jude’s, is the way we empower our students to understand where they are on their learning journey and celebrate the growth they experience together. When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, experiencing the wonder and awe of nature.

Etta Dsouza

Etta Dsouza

3/4 Classroom Teacher

Teaching is a very rewarding career and I absolutely love learning alongside my students. Teaching grade 3/4’s is very enjoyable, it’s the perfect age to build on their confidence and watch them soar.
When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends creating lifelong memories

Grade 5/6 Teachers

Kathleen Havill

Kathleen Havill

5/6 Classroom Teacher

I love working with the Year 5/6 students at St Jude’s and helping them become responsible leaders for our school. I love seeing students taking positive risks in their learning and becoming independent lifelong learners. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and travelling.

Maddison Smith

Maddison Smith

5/6 Classroom Teacher

The thing I love about working at St Jude’s is that I get to see children develop their confidence every day as they take on new risks and challenges.
Outside of school I am very involved in calisthenics and I also love reading!

Vicki Gair

Vicki Gair

5/6 Classroom Teacher

Having the opportunity to interact with children every day is such a rewarding experience. I love teaching Grade 5/6 and  creating a fun and enjoyable classroom environment where all my students are excited to learn. Outside of school I enjoy yoga, reading, walking, travelling and looking after dogs.

Natalie Esmonde

Natalie Esmonde

5/6 Classroom Teacher & LEAP teacher

As LEAP teacher at St Jude’s, I feel privileged to be able to help students make progress and reach their academic goals. As class teacher, I love the  experiences and learning styles that each student brings to enhance our Catholic school community.
Outside of school, I enjoy socialising and travelling.

Daniel Pitruzzello

Daniel Pitruzzello

5/6 Classroom Teacher & Level Leader

I really enjoy being a Year 5/6 teacher because of the rapport you can build with senior students and the response they give when challenged shows their readiness as young adults. At home, I love spending time with my wife and four children no matter what we’re doing.

Specialised Teachers

Sarah Kroenert

Sarah Kroenert

STEM Educator

I love that St. Jude’s offers such an innovative program such as STEM. I believe it is very valuable for students to have this opportunity and I enjoy being a part of it.  Outside of school I enjoy travelling and playing sport.

Ylenia Golini

Ylenia Golini

3/4 Classroom Teacher, Language & Arts Teacher

Something I love about my role as a language arts teacher at St Jude’s is that I get to teach students across all year levels and get to build relationships with them.
I love travelling, so outside of school I indulge myself in all opportunities for road trips or cultural exposures.

Kylie Pitruzzello

Kylie Pitruzzello

P-6 Visual Arts Teacher

2019 is the first year St. Jude’s has offered the specialist class of Visual Arts and I was absolutely thrilled when I was given this position. I thoroughly enjoy challenging all students to give art a go and love seeing all the students individual creativity come to life.

Kim Baxter

Kim Baxter

Physical Education Teacher

I love teaching Physical Education and Sport at St Jude’s. I love seeing our students enthusiasm, enjoyment and development of their skills and knowledge as they participate in the huge variety of physical activities and sports.
Outside of school I love bush walking, jigsaw puzzles and camping with my family.

Classroom Support Assistants

Robyn Barberis

Robyn Barberis

Learning Assistant

Working at St Judes Primary School as a Learning Assisstant gives me great pleasure to be able to assist and support students with their individual needs. My time away from work is spent enjoying weekends away with my family at Coronet Bay.

Briony Cane

Briony Cane

Learning Assistant

Working as a Learning Assistant is the most rewarding job, being able to help students to overcome their difficulties and to reach their full potential, is very rewarding.
Outside of work I like to spend time with my family, go to the movies and take the family dog for walks.

Anna Teofilo

Anna Teofilo

Learning Assistant

As part of the Learning Support Staff at St. Jude’s, I find what I do is both rewarding and fulfilling. I work together with teachers  to assist and guide students to achieve there best and over come their difficulties .
Outside of school I love to SHOP!!!!

Joanne Fitzpatrick

Joanne Fitzpatrick

Learning Assistant

In my position as a Learning Assistant I love being able to work closely with the students, watching them grow and flourish not only inside the classroom but within the community.
Outside of school I love to go for a run or visit the beach with my two children.

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