A school can be no greater than its teachers, and MacKillop prides itself on employing the very best. With teachers committed to engaging, challenging, and encouraging each and every student to develop their love for learning, it’s no wonder the students often say that MacKillop’s strength is truly found in its talented staff.
MacKillop has a wide range of talented teachers with different cultural and educational backgrounds. We have many teachers who have completed PhDs, teachers who are elite or semi-professional athletes, published authors, practising artists, experienced builders, award-winning chefs, lawyers, scientists, performers, and more. Our teachers range from the young and enthusiastic to the vastly experienced.
They are united in their dedication to the Catholic mission of the College, the achievement of optimum results for their students, the creation of a positive learning environment, and to ensuring that no child slips through the cracks in this large, vibrant school.
Introducing eight of our talented teachers
Mr Lehmensich is a past student of MacKillop. He worked as a primary school teacher in a number of the local Catholic schools before returning to MacKillop as a staff member. He is now a Nationally Certified ‘Highly Accomplished’ Teacher. He teaches STEM, Technology, Science, Humanities, and also leads the College’s Infinite Program for academically gifted students.
Originally from Canberra, Dr Pert spent a number of years in Melbourne, where she achieved a PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology. After teaching for four years in Melbourne, Dr Pert decided to return home and joined the Science faculty here at MacKillop. She is currently the Acting Science Coordinator at the St Peter's Campus.
Who do you want as the teacher of your Cooking and Hospitality subjects? You probably want Mr Kain – a teacher with well over a decade of experience working as a chef. After making the switch to education, Mr Kain worked in several local Catholic primary schools before joining MacKillop in 2013, where he could teach in the College’s new industrial kitchens.
As the Director of Music and Performance at MacKillop, Mrs Boulton has been able to bring over 40 years’ experience in music to the College’s ensemble, band, and instrument programs. Mrs Boulton has received a number of awards throughout her career in music and education, and her passion for both these areas has led her to undertake PhD research through Griffith University, with a focus on community banding and education.
Mrs White came to MacKillop after working in Public Affairs for over a decade, managing such events as the unveiling of significant war memorials around the world, and helping to manage the media and communications around Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli. As the English Coordinator on the Padua Campus, Mrs White brings a passion for helping students to build their communication skills through reading, writing and speaking. Mrs White also runs the Junior Campus Debating Club.
Mr Trent Wilson’s teaching career began in primary schools before he joined MacKillop eight years ago. Having taught Geography and Religious Studies on both campuses, Mr Wilson currently holds the role of Digital Learning Coordinator, where he looks at how teachers can use technology and online platforms to engage students and support parents. As part of this role, he also explores the implementation of new and improved methods of teaching and learning.
Ms Sonali Kansal’s area of speciality is Mathematics. Having studied at Macquarie University, Ms Kansal moved to Canberra for a job at MacKillop and is now in her fifth year of teaching. Ms Kansal has led the College’s Extension and Acceleration programs at the Junior Campus, mentored students for the Da Vinci Decathlon, facilitated a CE Primary School Maths Program, and has presented at mathematics conferences.
Mr Ryall has always been involved in sport. Having worked for the AFL as a Player Development Manager and the Sydney Swans as a Player Welfare Manager, Mr Ryall is the perfect staff member to be teaching the PE Pathways and Sports Development programs at MacKillop. In his other role as the Community Liaison Coordinator, Mr Ryall is responsible for helping MacKillop to build relationships with the wider community, providing our students with opportunities for skill building, networking, and leadership.
"My favourite thing about MacKillop is the teachers. They’re clever, prepared for lessons, prompt with marking and feedback to help us improve, and they encourage us to work hard and do our best. My teachers are very supportive and approachable and they get the best out of us by making sure that we get the best out of them. In the classroom, my teachers keep us engaged, try to make learning fun and interesting, and they teach for a range of learning styles. They know if they need to give you more support or if you require additional work to extend your skills. They want us to ask questions and it genuinely feels like they invest in us and want us to succeed. Now that I’m about to finish Year 12, I’m thankful to my teachers for the effort they make to connect with us, for giving attention to all students, for making us want to come to class, and for pushing us to do our best!"
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St Mary of the Cross MacKillop made the statement: “We are but travellers here, so while we are here we should do as much good as we can and live in peace with each other.”
With this in mind, the College respectfully acknowledges the Ngunnawal people who are the Traditional Custodians and First People of the land on which we gather each day. The College also pays its respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, and any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples living and working in the MacKillop community.
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