Sophie Fenton: Sandridge School Founding Educator and Principal
NEiTA ASG Australian Teacher of the Year, 2013.
NEiTA ASG National Award for Excellence in Innovation, 2012.
Monash University Distinguished Alumni for Education 2016
MEd (School Leadership) and MA (Int Politics), Monash // BA (Hons), LTU // Dip Ed. (Secondary), ACU
As a co-founder of Sandridge School, Sophie’s philosophy on education has a central influence on the educational environment of the school. For her, education is about facilitating growth … growth of students to develop into erudite citizens and growth of teachers to enhance their craft. Education is about enabling, not instructing. When it comes to the aim of schooling, Sophie has a firm belief that we are educating young people to become pro-active members of the community that are deliberate and positive contributors in the world. Education is a human endeavour which, at its best, is communal. Sophie has been the driver behind the development of the innovative Teaching and Learning program at Sandridge School in its founding year.
Amanda Tawhai: Head of Junior School – Teaching and Learning.
BTeach (Primary), Uni Wollongong
Amanda has been central to the development of the innovative Teaching and Learning program at Sandridge School in its founding year 2016. In her fifteen years of education, Amanda has worked across Australia, in New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory. She has worked with students from Prep through to grade six, and has lead many teams of teachers across the year levels. Amanda has a keen interest in continually pursuing what best practice looks like in education and is an avid reader of education publications. She uses her own love of learning, and passion for social change, to inspire and shape the learners in her care.
Julia Hargrave: Sandridge School Prep Educator
BEd. (Primary), Uni of Wales
Julia qualified in 1994 with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Wales in the UK. She specialised in early primary education and has since taught throughout the primary age range; prep to year six. Julia has worked in the UK, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. She has been head of year, leading teams of teachers and classroom assistants from Year 3 to Year 5 in a highly acclaimed international school in Abu Dhabi.
Teaching in International schools with teams of diverse and dynamic teachers has given Julia the experience and expertise to use a range of teaching styles and strategies. She believes in equal opportunities, where cultural diversity is valued and where children feel secure and proud of their accomplishments and achievements.
Kim Staples: Sandridge School Prep Educator
BEd. (Primary), Uni of Canberra
Kim is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who believes in fostering a lifelong love of learning within all of her students. She has been working in education for the past eight years, and during this time has taught at a range of primary schools in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Hobart. Kim has worked with students of all ages but has spent most of her career teaching Prep, Year 5 and Year 6. She is currently studying a Master of Education and is particularly interested in the effective use of ICT in education.
Oliver Harris: Sandridge School Year 1 Educator
Grad Dip (Primary), RMIT // BSc. Business Information Technology, Bournemouth University, UK// RMIT Industry Mentor
Oliver’s philosophy for teaching and learning is based on one of many inspiring quotes he has read, by Albert Einstein.
“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
Oliver began his teaching career after graduating from RMIT with a Graduate Diploma in 2012. Before this, he had worked for several years in the marketing industry in London and Melbourne as an executive managing creative campaigns.
Michael Cosmano: Sandridge School Year 2 Educator
MEd (School Leadership – Numeracy), Monash // BEd. (Primary), Uni Melb
In his eighteen years as an educator, Michael has worked in schools across Melbourne, UK and Japan. He has worked with students from Foundation through to Grade six, and lead curriculum and teams in various leadership roles. Michael believes educators set a climate underpinned by values that will shape the future and model this by the example they set to their students and the community they are part of. They create and environment that unlocks the potential within students to be empowered citizens and shapers of their current and future communities. They create thinkers who understand the impact decisions they make have on themselves and others and seek opportunities to make the world a better place.
Daniel Bevan: Sandridge School Year 3 Educator
BEd. (Primary), LTU
Daniel is a passionate teacher who has been working in education for the past 10 years. The first chapter of his teaching career was spent working with children with special needs. In 2010, he became an ART and Science Teacher in the rural town of Bendigo. Most recently working at Scotch, he has taught in both primary and secondary settings as well as in the specialist areas of art, science, physical education and library. Working across a variety of schools, in various roles, Daniel has developed a richness of teaching practice and the capacity to establish relationships quickly with students in a whole range of contexts.
Michelle Meracis: Sandridge School Year 4 Educator
MEd (Computer Education), Uni Melb // BEd. (Primary), Uni Melb// Apple Distinguished Educator
Upon graduating from her Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree in 1995, Michelle pursued her passion and interest in mathematics, digital learning and gifted education through working for The CHIP Foundation, The University of Melbourne and the Department of Education and Training (DET). During this time, she developed and implemented extension mathematics classes for prep to year 6 students, coordinated collaborative projects between metropolitan and rural secondary and tertiary students, and trained educators in the effective integration of learning technologies.
PhD, MEd and GrdDipEdAdmin, Uni Melb // MEdSt, Monash // BEd, DipT
Passion. Enthusiasm. Optimism. Connection. Challenge. Enjoyment. Each one of these aspects has been a driving force in the way that Daryl has gone about his life as an educator. Establishing genuine relationships between students and teachers based on mutual trust is a cornerstone of his teaching practice. His classrooms are characterized by enthusiasm and laughter, with purposeful, challenging experiences designed to not only meet the needs of students, but to extend them beyond ordinary expectations; in fact for them to become extraordinary. Daryl believes that students need to genuinely engage with and increasingly take responsibility for their own learning, to make positive contributions to the life of their school and most importantly, seek out ways to further develop their ‘social conscience’ by adding to the life of their local community.
Marcus Garrett: Sandridge School Year 6 Educator
Marcus has about 23 years’ experience in education, inclusive of primary and secondary teaching, curriculum consulting, teacher training and education policy roles. He has a Bachelor of Education with a Diploma of Education, and also a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management. Marcus has worked in private enterprise as well as government and independent schools in both NSW and Victoria.
BA, Monash // Grad Dip Education, Uni Melb
Throughout his ten years in education, Brendan has experienced teaching in both the government and independent sectors. Recently, he has been involved in developing and implementing the successful and rigorous curriculum for the Brighton Grammar Middle School project which culminated with the opening of the 21st century learning space in 2014. Throughout this time, Brendan also fostered a strong sense of social service and community that included forging strong relationships with special needs schools and the organisation of the annual Sony Foundation camp for disabled and disadvantaged youth.
BAnimScMgt (Hons) and Masters (Teaching), Uni Melb//Top 100 Twitter Educators
Catherine has a background in secondary school teaching, small business management, school leadership and research. In her roles as a Science Teacher, Director of Learning Technologies and Education Futurist, Catherine has worked to develop the authentic integration of technology in K-12 education, as well as leverage staff leadership as a force for school innovation and building of connected learning communities.
Drawing on her strong background in science, education and technology, Catherine is an innovator in the digital teaching and learning space.
Nikolett Szittya : Sandridge School German Educator
Bavarian State Examination of Teaching, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and Technische Universität Munich
Nikolett grew up in a small German town and did her studies in Munich – the capital of Bavaria. A German native speaker, she will bring the German language and culture closer to the students in an interactive and communicative way.
As part of her university course, Nikolett spent a year at Ballarat and Clarendon College as a German Language assistant. This experience developed a great liking for Australia, its values and its culture and confirmed Nikolett’s strong belief in the benefits of international exchange in academic work and in other fields.