Meet the team…

Below is a summary of our staff skills and experience. If you would like to see even more details about our staff, please follow this link.


Fiona Barrow


  • BEd Primary
  • 15 Years teaching experience K-6
  • Taught in Private Schools in NSW & QLD
  • Specialises in Enrichment Programs and Health and Nutrition in children


Ashleigh Atkins


  • B. Photovoltaics Engineering (Hons)
  • Graduate Diploma Secondary Education (Major in Mathematics)
  • Currently High School Mathematics Teacher at Private Catholic College in Coffs Harbour
  • Specialises in Photovoltaics Engineering, Energy Efficiency and strives to bring real world relevance into the Mathematics Classroom


Karen (Kay) Bailey


  • BA (Hons) Primary Ed and French; CELTA
  • 20 years teaching experience (K- 8)
  • Taught in Private and International Schools
  • Specialises in tailor made programs to foster children’s confidence through enjoyable, successful educational experiences


Kerry Dixon

MSL (Multisensory Structured Learning) Teacher

  • MSL Associate Member, Australian Dyslexia Association
  • Cert 2 in Personal Care – Severe Physical Disabilities
  • Cert 3 in Special Education Aide & Cert 3 in Business
  • Over 25 years experience as a Support Aide (Pre-school to Year 7) in public, private and International schools in NSW, SA & VIC
  • Passionate about supporting children with a learning difference


Julia Dryburgh

Yoga Teacher

  • BEd Primary Early Childhood
  • Yoga for Children Certificate
  • 3 years Early Childhood Teaching experience
  • Passion for educating children about how to cope with the challenges of a busy life through mental and physical exercise


Katie Hein


  • BA Science/GD of Education (K to 12)
  • Specialises in Maths and Science
  • Passionate in education for special needs
  • Mother to 5 Children, 3 of whom are currently home schooled by Katie


Karla Nightingale


  • BEd Primary
  • 5 Years teaching experience K-6
  • Taught in NSW Public and Private Schools
  • Specialises in supporting the educational and emotional transition of students in the early years


Penelope Pratley

Art Teacher

  • B Fine Art; B Teach
  • Taught art to children from Prep-12
  • Professional Artist and business owner of Penelope’s Nest
  • Specialises in providing children with the skill set to become confident artists


Emily Tamas


  • B Teach (Hons); B Arts (Hons)
  • 9 years teaching experience 7–12
  • HSC marking experience
  • Specialises in close textual analysis and fostering a love of the written word


Courteney Treadwell

Teacher Intern

  • Studying BA Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • Experienced Dance Teacher
  • Passionate about inspiring all children’s learning


Katie Dean


  • Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Early Childhood
  • Accredited Primary School Teacher
  • 17 years teaching in the public school system in western areas of NSW
  • Passionate about helping students to love science, exploration and creativity


Erin Holliday


  • BEd Primary (Hons) and Diploma of Counselling
  • 10 years teaching experience Preschool – Year 10.
  • Specialises in working with Middle School/Junior High students and assisting them as they prepare for the challenges of Senior School.
  • Passionate about seeing all children succeed and develop a life-long love for learning.


Tara Tweddle

Client and Business Services Officer

  • Cert IV in Office Management
  • Thorough knowledge of Accounting Software Programs- Xero and MYOB


Lydia Young


  • B Primary Education
  • Local teaching and tutoring experience
  • Passion for helping kids learn to love reading
  • Mum of four boys


Penny Dennis


  • BA (Hons, London) Geography, Graduate Diploma Education (SCU)
  • 10 years teaching Private and State Schools NSW and Queensland
  • 25 years Corporate and NGO management experience
  • Specialist in English Literature (Years 7-12), Geography, Ancient and Modern History, Business Studies