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Staff

EXECUTIVE STAFF

Marienne McLean - Principal

B. of Education (Primary) M. Sp. Ed.

Marienne had 10 years teaching in regular schools before transferring to special education over 20 years ago. She was appointed as Principal of Mainsbridge School in 2002. Since this time she has inspired staff to reflect on their teaching practice through consistent professional learning and to implement innovative programs to improve student learning outcomes. These new programs have been showcased at numerous state and national conferences.

Marienne has also been a driving force in the continual need to upgrade school facilities at Mainsbridge including establishing new and attractive outdoor play areas as well as ensuring our students have up to date technology resources.

Throughout her career, Marienne has been asked to share her expertise in special education by representing DEC on several panels both in the public and private sector.

Nicole Katen - Deputy Principal

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Nicole has been teaching at Mainsbridge School as a permanent staff member since 2003 and has 22 years teaching experience, eighteen of those years in special education.

Currently as a non-teaching Deputy Principal, her main focus is providing a safe and exceptional learning environment where students, staff and the wider community grow and develop a culture of positive engaged learners.

Nicole is committed to providing significant student and staff welfare programs, building strong relationships with parents and the community and ensuring the students at Mainsbridge School are provided with opportunities to access current technology devices that support their individual learning needs.

Nicole also manages programs such as staff professional development, student communication programs and individual learning plans.

Melinda Field - Assistant Principal

B.T, B.Ed, Reading Recovery (International Accreditation)

Melinda has been teaching at Mainsbridge School since 2008. She leads the school’s Curriculum Development team producing a range of differentiated K – 12 teaching and learning programs catering for students with special needs, fully aligned to curriculum. She is passionate about upskilling teachers to be effective in their work with students and provides professional development on proven, effective and current strategies, documents and programs. 

Currently she is supporting staff to introduce the Australian Curriculum and has developed a four year scope and sequence covering all subjects K-12 to ensure all students have full access to high quality learning.
As part of her commitment to staff development she has mentored the school’s beginning teachers through their accreditation process and provided a wide range of Professional Learning relevant to Special Education to all staff on an ongoing basis.

Melinda’s priority is student and staff welfare and she works alongside the PBL and Behaviour Support teams to ensure best outcomes for all when managing issues affecting learning and safety.

Deepinder Kaur - Assistant Principal

B.A Dip.Ed. M.A

Deepinder has been teaching at Mainsbridge School since 2006 and has a total of sixteen years teaching experience. She has been involved in a number of programs designed to help our students learn, explore and grow to their full potential.

Deepinder leads the school health care team, ensuring student health and wellbeing is well maintained as required by the Department of Education guidelines. She is the primary mentor for graduate students looking to obtain practical training to initiate their teaching career.

Deepinder closely supports the Behaviour Support Team which involves planning and implementing tailored behaviour management strategies for students requiring additional support in the school environment.

Deepinder is a dedicated leader who is highly committed to making a difference in students’ life. 

Carla Robinson - Assistant Principal

Bachelor Of Teaching (primary) & Graduate Diploma in Education Studies

Carla has been teaching since 1995, over half of these have been in special education. She has taught in both special schools and support classes.

Carla brings a wealth of expertise to the Infants' Department of Mainsbridge School from her years as Early Intervention teacher. She has been involved in developing and establishing a number of key, strategic programs to benefit student literacy and communication as well as increasing parent involvement.

Carla leads the school's PBL team and has been instrumental in streamlining the school's approach to teaching social skills to support positive behaviour in our students. She is a dedicated and driven leader who thrives on providing opportunities for people to achieve their maximum potential, both academically and socially.

Ranjini Naidu - Assistant Principal

BSc and PGCE

Ranjini has been teaching at Mainsbridge School since 2008. She leads the K-12 School Sport and Environment Education Programs. With her explicit and effective grant application skills, Ranjini has been successful in gaining major sporting and environment grants for Mainsbridge School. She strives to facilitate individual student participation in sporting events beyond school to support the physical and socio-emotional development needs of students. These events include tenpin bowling, Boccia Knockout Competition, Multi Sport Day, Variety Disco and Cricket and Soccer Gala Days. 
Ranjini is successfully coordinating the school wide Recycling Program and Gandangara Bush Tucker Garden Project whereby students are engaged in hands on experiences thus increasing their knowledge and skills in environmental sustainability and how to blend aspects of the environment with the Aboriginal culture. 
She models exemplary practice and supports staff to review, modify and expand their repertoire of teaching strategies whilst adopting to new developments to meet physical, social and intellectual needs of students from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Ranjini accepts each student as a unique individual and believes in the ultimate worth of every child. She continues to develop and sustain respectful and productive relationships within the school and wider community.



OFFICE STAFF

Mrs S Piper - School Administrative Manager
Mrs J Kendrick - School Administrative Officer
Mrs S Wilkinson - School Administrative Officer

GENERAL  ASSISTANT

Mr C Massey

SCHOOL COUNSELLOR

Mrs Faye Phu

TEACHERS

Mrs T Aloisio
Mrs K Andrew
Mrs P Chattergoon
Mrs P Dookie
Mrs M Fomin

Mrs J Hobbs - Teacher Librarian/ESL
Mrs S Hutchinson
Ms N Kalyvas
Mrs K Kasinathan
Mrs K Mohan

Mrs V Nagy
Mrs R Naidu

Miss E Parks

Mrs R Randhawa

Mrs J Hayes - (Relieving)

Mrs S Maharaj - (Relieving)

 

SCHOOL LEARNING SUPPORT OFFICERS

Ms E Athanasakos
Mrs T Barnard
Mrs N Connelly
Ms M Djordjevic

Mr S Dossa Bhoy
Mrs M Ghanem

Mrs K Larkin
Ms T Martens
Mrs K Ngo
Mrs M Norbedo
Mrs L Pillay
Ms S Rokoyawa
Mrs A Shields
Mrs R Thompson

Mrs M Vrankovic

Mrs N Singh - (Relieving)
Mrs T Dean  - (Relieving)
Mrs L Lesley - (Relieving)

Mr B Saini - (Relieving)