Meet our staff

Deb Dalwood – Principal

M Ed (Educational Leadership), Dip.T (Primary), Grad cert.

Since 2011 Deb has held the position of Principal of St Andrew’s School, a most fulfilling role and an honour to perform.

With an inclusive and collaborative leadership style, together with exceptional interpersonal skills, Deb fosters strong partnerships within the School, and the wider community.

Deb believes a sense of belonging is key to children’s learning success. People are important to her; knowing each child in the school is one of her many strengths.

With a belief in strong partnerships, Deb values contributions from students, staff, parents, old scholars and friends of the School.

As an experienced and skilful educator, Deb has worked in the independent education sector all of her working life.

Previous roles include – Head of Junior School Seymour College, Assistant Director of Association of Independent Schools of SA (AISSA) – Educational Services and early Childhood/Primary, a Board Member of AISSA, Federal President of Primary Heads IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads Australia), and State President of IPSHA.

Recently Deb completed the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Nick Steel – Deputy Principal: Administration

Nick Steel

Nick Steel is the Deputy Principal and has been employed at St Andrew’s since 1991. Previous roles include those of PE Teacher, Events Coordinator, Director of Sport and Head of Co-Curricular.

Nick has responsibility for many of the organisational aspects of the school and oversees Pastoral Care, Co-Curricular Programmes, Camps and Major School Events.

Nick has experience as a secondary Mathematics teacher and provides support to target year levels.

Heather Wood – Acting Deputy Principal: Learning and Teaching

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Heather has been teaching for 27 years following earlier career paths as a Travel Agent and a Speech Pathologist, specialising in Early Years speech and language development. Prior to migrating to Australia in 2008, she was an educator in London, West Yorkshire and Malaysia.

Having started her teaching career with the youngest students in Early Years, she has worked alongside students in all grades up to Year 7 and has had the privilege of leading educational study tours to Canberra and China.

Heather is currently the Acting Deputy Principal: Learning and Teaching. She is very much looking forward to being part of the Leadership team again. During 2014, Heather was Acting Deputy Principal of Administration at St Andrew’s and from 2002 to 2007 was Deputy Principal of a primary school in West Yorkshire.

Throughout Heather’s varied roles and responsibilities during her career, she has balanced positions of leadership with classroom teaching and is passionate about helping to develop her colleagues’ knowledge, skills and understanding to become increasingly skilful educators.

Natalie Jonas – Deputy Principal: Learning and Teaching

After gaining teaching experience in England and Australia, Natalie joined
St Andrew’s in 2007.

Natalie has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics, a Bachelor of Education specialising in Early Childhood and a Masters in Education, specialising in Gifted and Special Education.

With a true love of teaching children of all ages, Natalie is highly influenced by Reggio Emilia educational principles and inquiry pedagogical approaches. Natalie is passionate about engaging with current educational research to enhance learning and teaching, and fostering the IB Learner Profile attributes and IB Attitudes to develop caring and respectful global citizens.

Natalie is currently on Maternity Leave.

Cathie Egarr – Head of Early Years

Cathie joined the St Andrew’s staff in 1997 with a Bachelor of Education and a National Excellence Teaching Award.

With a passion for teaching, Cathie has extensive teaching experience in Junior Primary, Primary and music education. Other roles at St Andrew’s have included debating coordinator, tour organiser for Japan, and coordinator of our inaugural China tour.

In July 2011, Cathie moved from her role as staff coordinator, responsible for mentoring new staff, and Year 7 teacher to the position of Director of the Early Learning Centre. Since taking on this new role, Cathie has implemented the St Andrew’s Playgroup for our School community and local community and the Vacation Care Programme for ELC to Year 2 students.

From July 2017, Cathie has taken responsibility for the Early Years. Cathie’s positive relationship with students and their families gives a sense of belonging and assists with a strong transition from ELC into Reception.

Kylie Butler – Registrar

Kylie Butler is the Registrar at St Andrew’s School. She is the first point of contact when enrolling a child at St Andrew’s and is ready to assist families through the entire enrolment process, including transition from the Early Learning Centre. Being a parent of St Andrew’s herself, Kylie understands the process well and the emotional investment surrounding starting school for the first time.

Kylie holds an Associate Diploma in Business IT and has a strong background in independent education with experience working in Development and Admissions roles.

Kylie has lived in Adelaide for 17 years; her previous home was in Tasmania. Her interests include reading, travelling and photography.

Anna Coppens – Director of Music

Anna’s life long passion for music has seen her work in many and varied music environments, with performance experience in piano, clarinet, trumpet and conducting, and an involvement in musical education, from Reception through to Tertiary level.

Initially starting at St Andrew’s as an Instrumental Tutor, Anna accepted the role of Coordinator of Concert Bands in 2001 and, in 2009, the additional role of Coordinator of Instrumental Music. In 2013 Anna became the Director of Music, the position she feels immensely privileged to hold today.

Anna’s role is complemented by a team of instrumental specialists and support from parents, creating a shared journey for the whole community. This joint passion, expertise and dedication to music is displayed in the success and achievements of St Andrew’s School students.

With a passion to work with children and see them grow through the gift of music, Anna firmly believes that music is the most wonderful tool for learning the fundamental skills we all need to succeed in life. Anna has created a first class learning environment for all those who are passionate about music, and she remains in awe of the musical talent, energy and enthusiasm of her students.

Theo Mylonas – Coordinator of PE and Sport

Theo has been teaching at St Andrew’s for over 10 years, after completing his Bachelor of Education through the University of South Australia.

He finds St Andrew’s School an amazing place to teach Physical Education as the children are so eager to learn. The students embrace challenges with a smile and enjoy the many rich opportunities that PE and Sport bring to their life.

St Andrew’s philosophy is quite simple; to develop the whole self and empower our children to become more resilient and confident while learning and playing in Physical Education.

Chris Boden – Year 7 Teacher

Chris has been an educator at St Andrew’s for over nine years: six in Year 4 and the past three in Year 7.

Prior to commencing a career in education he was a civil engineer for an international firm, before specializing in foundation diagnostics. He is also a passionate scuba diver and spent over three years in the recreational diving industry certifying divers and leading dives in Egypt and Honduras. The latter country is where he met his Australian wife and what ultimately brought him to this lovely land. After arriving in Australia, Chris began to look at alternative career paths and, due to his love of education in diving, he retrained as a primary school teacher.

Chris has a passion for Science and in April 2015 received the 2015 SASTA Outstanding Science Teacher Award.

Nicole Joanni – Year 7 Teacher

Nicole has gained over 12 years of teaching experience, 6 years in the Catholic Education department and the remainder within the Independent sector. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary & Primary) and a Graduate Certificate in Catholic Education. Nicole was fortunate to have joined the St Andrew’s community in 2014 as a Year 7 classroom teacher and facilitator of Tournament of the Minds, where her team was awarded as state and international champions. Previously, she has been in leadership roles including the IDEAS Management Committee and Co-ordinator of Teaching and Learning.

Nicole believes that children learn best when their tasks are connected, differentiated and relevant. She enjoys all that the Middle Years has to offer, including the Leadership Program, Personal Research Projects, Aquatics Camp, annual Canberra Study Tour, Valedictory Service and Graduation. She runs our community outreach project where classes create soups to be delivered weekly to the Salvation Army. Nicole promotes student-centered learning in a supportive environment, which challenges, motivates and engages students to become active participants in their learning, grasping ownership and taking learning risks.

Paul Huebl – Year 5 Teacher

Paul completed his Education qualifications at the University of Technology, Sydney and began his teaching career as a Year 5 teacher. After the birth of their first child, he and his wife moved back to their native Adelaide to be with family and friends.

Paul is passionate about the authentic use of technology to enhance and redefine learning experiences for students. Of particular interest to Paul is utilising ICT and social media to create meaningful connections for students with extended learning networks.

Paul has twice won the EdTechSA Leading Light Award for his contribution to developing ICT in education in South Australia.

Outside of his teaching, Paul enjoys trail running and playing with his kids.

Rebecca Starling – Year 4 Teacher

Rebecca has worked as an educator in the Arts for the past 18 years. She joined St Andrew’s School in 2013 and is currently teaching Year 4. She believes learning begins with a relationship between the knower and the known, and the search for enduring understanding. Central to her conviction are the questions “who is this child in our world?” and “who will they become because of the experience we share?”

In her teaching, Rebecca places great emphasis on connecting with the heart of the child. She believes that children are not only students but also individuals with great promise, purpose and potential. Rebecca encourages this by creating and facilitating opportunities for every student to feel capable and challenged and to excel in what they are learning.

Victoria Slater – Year 3 Teacher

Victoria is a highly compassionate educator, with eleven years teaching experience across all year groups. She returned to St Andrew’s School in 2016 with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Paisley and a Modern Languages French certification from the University of the West of Scotland.

Victoria is passionate about curriculum development and effective assessment within the classroom. Having begun her career in Scotland, she is heavily influenced by the formative assessment practices of Dylan William and Spencer & Simpson Assessment is for Learning approaches.

Within Victoria’s classroom, pupils feel safe, nurtured and have equal access to the curriculum. This inclusive ethos allows pupils to thrive as reflective life long learners.

Adam Krawczyk – Year 3 Teacher

Adam joined St Andrew’s School in 2016 with a Bachelor of Education & Arts from Flinders University. He has since gone on to complete a Master of Organisational Leadership where he focussed on advancing teacher mentoring practices within the education system. This study naturally steered Adam towards undertaking a leading role in supporting new staff at St Andrew’s School.

Adam’s classroom is always abuzz with activity as he inspires individuality and acceptance in a warm, welcoming learning environment. Within this learning space, Adam draws on his knowledge of digital technologies and integrates ICT into all areas of the curriculum. As a Seesaw ambassador, he is leading the use of digital portfolios to showcase learning throughout the school. Beyond the classroom, Adam loves live-music and holds a certificate III in Music Industry.

Jade Vidovich – Year 3 Teacher

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Jade Vidovich is a R-7 teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator. She is currently working at St Andrew’s School, teaching Year 3 students. Please visit her Professional Overview on her blog, feel free to leave some feedback. Thank you.

http://jadevidovich.edublogs.org/who-is-jade-vidovich/

Jade is currently on Maternity Leave.

Linda Engelbrecht – Year 2 Teacher

After more than 6 years of teaching, Linda’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching little ones at St Andrew’s still shines through. Linda completed a Bachelor of Primary Education, specialising in Junior Primary education, and has followed up with several certificates such as Brain Dynamics, Auditory Processing, Visual Learners and Play Therapy. Linda believes in teaching by setting an example and is passionate about developing children’s curiosity, a positive self-image and enthusiasm for learning. Linda strongly believes in setting clear boundaries to make them feel safe and secure in a nurturing environment.

Michelle Bode – Year 2 Teacher

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Michelle holds a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education and has a strong passion for creating learning environments that are unique and engaging to each child. She joined the St Andrew’s community in 2010 working in the ELC and has been a part of the Junior Primary team since 2012. Michelle now teaches Year 2 where she continues creating a meaningful curriculum for each individual in her care.

Alicia Flowers – Learning Support Teacher

Alicia joined St Andrew’s in 2002, as a new graduate from the University of South Australia. After teaching in the Junior Primary, she had the honour of becoming the inaugural Director of the Early Learning Centre in 2005. Since the birth of her two daughters, she has returned to work in a rewarding role as a Learning Support teacher, working with small groups of children who require that ‘extra boost’ in their learning.

Donna Longden – Wellbeing Coordinator/School Counsellor

Donna’s journey has taken her through the fields of health, social science and education; she holds qualifications in these three areas. Her passion as a Wellbeing Coordinator and School Counsellor at St Andrew’s is to integrate her knowledge of counselling, holistic health and education into the professional work setting and to empower both staff and students in the areas of self-discipline, respect, tolerance and empathy so they can excel in their own personal goals of excellence.

A main initiative of Donna’s, since joining our School, is the Circle of Friendship, which represents a caring group of our community who are willing to help School families as needs arise.

Catherine Puckridge – Art Teacher

Catherine loves observing children create art. It reminds her to look at the world with fresh eyes and disregard unhelpful preconceived ideas. Catherine feels as though she learns as much from them as they do from her. She believes that art is vital to children, not only to aid dexterity, observation and learning, but also to enhance self-esteem and provide a sense of achievement.

Leonie Castle – School Archivist

Leonie’s first contact with St Andrew’s School was when her son started in the Kindergarten, in 1981, aged 3, followed by her daughter in 1984.

Leonie has been a parent, a teacher of Hand-built pottery (known as Ceramics) for about 11 years as well as taking Co-Curricular Art classes for a few years.

The beginnings of an Archive was established by Rita McKechnie & Joyce Tyrrell together with Dorian Black. In 1999, Leonie joined the Archives team as the School was preparing to celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2000.

St Andrew’s School has a very rich history, and it is pleasure to be associated with this area of the School. Leonie is at school every Wednesday, and is always happy to talk to Old Scholars, and on the lookout for photographs & memorabilia from the past. Leonie shares some of the photographs and memories from our school archives each week on Facebook so do watch out for Friday Flashbacks.

Sarah Mugford – Communications Officer

Sarah joined St Andrew’s at the beginning of 2016 as the School’s Communications Officer. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Communication, a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, and is currently studying a certificate in Advertising.

Sarah’s passions include surfing, filmmaking, photography, and design. Sarah has previously worked in advertising and adventure tourism.

Sarah’s role at St Andrew’s includes producing the School’s e-newsletter, The Bell, the Yearbook, and various other publications. Sarah brings her passion for photography to her role and is the photographer for many events at St Andrew’s. Sarah hopes to write a children’s book and one day produce a short film.

  • St Andrew’s School is a South Australian independent, co-educational specialist primary school providing excellence in education from playgroup through to early years and on to Year 7. Principal Deb Dalwood – an International Baccalaureate School – UNESCO Associated School.