Meet the
Teachers 

At the top of the list when measuring the quality of a school has to be the quality of the teaching staff. We are beyond fortunate to have a team of teachers truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership Team

John Mooney

John Mooney

Principal

I have lived in the Dandenong area since 1976. It has been a joy to be Principal at Emerson School over the last 25 years. The depth and range of programs at Emerson give our students the opportunity to aspire to a greater level of confidence and achievement. I invite you to visit Emerson and see the recipe for success in action.
I started my journey as a teacher in 1966, and some of my interests include gardening, bike riding, music and sport.

Dianne Wright

Dianne Wright

Campus Principal - Middle School

When I look back on my career in the Victorian Education Department over the last 50 years, I can’t help but be thankful for all the wonderful people I’ve met and or taught during those years.  I came to Emerson in 1985 and have witnessed many miracles during my years here. It has been a privilege to be part of a team that changes lives for the better. Students who thought they had no future are suddenly transformed into life-long learners who have taken on the world and succeeded in achieving things that they thought would be impossible. Emerson makes the impossible, possible.

David Walsh

David Walsh

Campus Principal - Junior / Senior School

I have worked in education for 35 years, and 23 of which have been at Emerson. During my teaching career I have taught PE, Woodwork, Art and been a classroom teacher. I really enjoy interacting and building relationships with the students and encouraging them to grow into their full potential. Outside of school I like to spend time with my family, going to markets and travelling .

Sam Silverwood

Sam Silverwood

Assistant Principal

I have worked at Emerson School for the last 16 years and I love it! I can’t imagine working anywhere else! I have worked as a teacher in the Junior and Middle school, as the Junior school coordinator and now work across the whole school as the Assistant Principal focusing on Accountability and Staff Development. We have an amazing team of staff, supportive parents and enthusiastic students, which makes it a really easy and fun place to work! Outside of school, I enjoy going to the Football (to watch the mighty Bombers!), playing Basketball, running and riding.

Jenny La'Brooy

Jenny La'Brooy

Assistant Principal, Student Services / PSD, Community Liaison

It has been a priviledge to share in the journey of so many students and their families as they come searching for a school and community that will teach and nurture their young person, to realise their dreams and develop skills toward independence. Our school ethos of welcome and connection have been integral in my teaching career.

I started at Emerson school in 1985 and have been part of the teaching and leadership teams in many areas of the Junior and Senior School. More recently my focus has been directed to ensuring students are supported with PSD funding and have access to our allied health services and vocational pathways. Networking with local schools for their funding needs is also important and creates valuable information sharing and communication.

Special highlights of my Emerson commitments have been the VYDP program where we worked with Dandenong Police in a Police Cadet program and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Our bi-annual Debutante Balls, since 1998, will always hold special memories.

The news of past student achievements continue to reach us almost weekly and it is wonderful to celebrate the broad range of successes.

Lynn Carland

Lynn Carland

Business Manager

I have been the Business Manager at Emerson School since 1995.  I love that each day is different.  I love seeing students become more confident with each day they spend here.  We have a fantastic group of supportive staff who are ready to go the extra mile for both their colleagues and students, they make it a fantastic place to work.  In my free time I love to travel, read and visit with my grandson.

Janet Syer

Janet Syer

Executive Assistant

I have been privileged over my 12 years at Emerson School to be part of the Enrolment Team as well as Executive Assistant to our dynamic Principal group.  Talking to parents/guardians and allied health professionals about enrolling students and their life journey has been inspiring.  Here at Emerson, we believe in unlocking the potential of every student.  I have been fortunate to work with an amazing administration team to form the first point of welcome and hospitality for Emerson School; additionally supported by our wonderful teaching and ESO staff to assist student’s along their educational journey.  In my spare time, I love to spend time with family, travel, dine with friends, listen to music as well as try cooking some new recipes.   

Administration

Mary Khawli

Mary Khawli

I am very lucky to have been working at Emerson School for 8 years now.  Most people will see me at the front desk where I enjoy greeting and welcoming our wonderful students, families and staff.  In my own time I love camping, walking and spending time with my family and friends.

Josephine Cheong

Josephine Cheong

My name is Josephine Cheong. I started as a teacher aide in Middle School in May 2004. Since 2006 I have been working in the Junior & Senior School Campus Admin office as an Accounts Officer responsible for student accounts, creditor invoices, school banking and general daily operation of the office.

Jade Chivers

Jade Chivers

I’ve worked at Emerson School for over 10 years. I love that every day is different. Working in the front office, I enjoy getting to know all the students and their families. My hobbies outside of work include sport, travelling and baking.

Julie Wayth

Julie Wayth

I have worked at Emerson School for over 24 years and have worked in many sections of the school during this time.  My current role is Transport Coordinator/Administration Officer and I work from the Middle School campus’ general office. I never intended to stay at Emerson for as long as I have but I love our students, watching their reactions, the pride and smiles that burst from them when they achieve their goals and watching them mature into responsible young adults makes every day working here worthwhile.

Junior School 

Leanne Russell

Leanne Russell

Head of Junior School

I joined the Emerson School community in 1999. Most of my 22 years at Emerson School have been spent teaching in the Junior School. For the last 4 years I have been in the role of Head of Junior School. It is a huge privilege to work with the students, staff and parents of Junior School. It is always an exciting and fun place to be. I enjoy being able to support staff, and oversee the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of our students.
When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also love to travel and explore new places. 

Janet D'Souza

Janet D'Souza

JSA Teacher

My name is Janet, though my students know me as Mrs. D’Souza. I’ve been a teacher for about 32 years, 18 of which, were dedicated to teaching year 8-10 Maths and Science overseas. I moved to Australia in 2004. Beginning in 2007, I worked for five years as a Casual Relief Teacher at Emerson School. This led to me securing a permanent teaching job there, in 2012.

I have a passion for teaching, and I feel a great sense of joy, knowing that I am making a difference in students’ lives, during their first year of schooling. I’ve had the immense pleasure of watching them learn, laugh and grow. I have high expectations for the children that I teach. While they learn, my goal is to provide them with a challenging, yet fun experience in the classroom.

Emerson school is a great place to work. The staff members here are so welcoming and collaborate well with each other. There has never been a dull moment in our school. Equipped with the continuous support of my team and the parents of my students, my job has been made even more enjoyable. Teaching the wonderful students of JSA, has proved to be my dream job.

Outside school, I love playing with my Grandson, taking my dog for walks and catching up with my family from overseas.

Matt Gould

Matt Gould

JSD Teacher

I started at Emerson School in 2017 as an Education Support Officer and now am in my first year as a teacher in the junior school. I love working at Emerson because of opportunities the school gives to the students to be their best and the friendly and supportive environment that is created by the staff. Outside of school I love watching the footy and playing golf.

Jessie Gore

Jessie Gore

JSD Teacher

I have worked at Emerson as the JSD teacher for two years. The best thing about teaching is seeing the positive changes in students and the pride they feel for their own accomplishments. Outside of school I love drawing and painting, reading and spending time with my family.

Pam Mohan

Pam Mohan

JSF Teacher

I have been a teacher at Emerson for the past 16 years. Teaching has always been my passion, and Emerson is the perfect environment where I can engage young minds and support them to grow to their full potential. No two days are ever the same, and I still find myself learning continuously in our school community. Outside of school, I love to travel and spending time with my family.

Jack Zhang

Jack Zhang

JSG Teacher

I have been at Emerson school since 2006. I enjoy creating a holistic learning environment where students are able to unlock their potential within. In my spare time, I like to go bike riding and swimming.

Marina Visal

Marina Visal

JSH Teacher

Teaching for me is about building bridges to the world our students want to create for themselves.  I teach them the strategies of learning and expose them  to a wide range of topics and ideas. 
I started off teaching physical education and science in Victoria, then Queensland and for 18 years in the UK. I started teaching at Emerson in 2021 which complements my teaching philosophy that life is about a balance and being happy with the choices you make . Take pride in your learning, your environment and yourself.

Monika Pubby

Monika Pubby

JSI Teacher

I have joined Emerson school 15 years ago and have been fortunate and blessed to be teaching in an amazing school that has nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that help build their confidence. Helping each child progress in all areas of their development, academic and social is a challenge that I am honoured to accept daily. In my free time I enjoy cooking, music, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with family and friends. 

Sharon Lee

Sharon Lee

JSJ Teacher

I started teaching in the Junior School in Term 2 of this year and had previously worked in other schools in both Victoria and Tasmania. Prior to that I had worked for many years in public administration, using my law background, and then I worked for a few years in aged care, whilst completing my teacher training.  I have worked in some great schools, but none quite the same as Emerson. I love the friendly, warm, and accepting environment that is such a real and natural part of this school. In my spare time, I enjoy bush walking, fossicking, making jewellery, sewing garments, drinking good coffee, and shopping. I also love animals, especially cats and rabbits.

Junior School Education Support

Chris Winter

Chris Winter

Education Support Officer, Senior School

I have been working at Emerson for four years as an Education Support Officer. What I love about Emerson is the diversity of learning opportunities and our ability to cater for any student need. When I’m not in the classroom, I’m coaching the athletics and cross country team and helping students transition to mainstream athletics through my association with Glenhuntly Athletic Club. Outside of school I am passionate about running and caring for my young family. 

Leanne Gal

Leanne Gal

Education Support Officer, Junior School

I have been a Member of the Emerson team for 10 years. My passion is seeing the glowing faces of students when they grasp new ideas and concepts and work hard to experience success in their learning.

Sam Haines

Sam Haines

Education Support Officer, Junior School

I am Education Support at Emerson in the junior school. I have been working at Emerson for 3 years. As a education support I seek to provide students with more direct one on one support to help them achieve their best. It is rewarding to see students develop their skills and ability throughout their time at school. Outside of school I enjoy working with computers. 

Middle School 

Debra Hickox

Debra Hickox

Head of Middle School

I first started teaching at Emerson in 1997, under the name of Debra Dennis. In 2002, I married and my name changed to Debra Hickox. I have 2 sons (Nathan & Lockie) and I have a dog called Peppa. I have taught across all areas of the school and for the past 8 years have been the Head of Middle School.

Kevin Van Twest

Kevin Van Twest

MSA Teacher

I have been a teacher for nine years, starting as a graduate teacher at Emerson School back in 2013. In that time, I’ve taught in both middle and senior school and have taken great pride in being a part of our students learning journey. I currently teach MSA. I love the multicultural community our school has and how inclusive we are to all who enter. I have always felt welcomed and valued at Emerson School and work to ensure my students feel the same way. When not at school I love to play sports and spend time with friends and family.

Hisako Hasegawa

Hisako Hasegawa

MSB Teacher

I have had the pleasure of working at Emerson School for the last 3 years. I am passionate about helping students achieve the best possible learning outcomes through tailored learning activities. It is rewarding to be part of each student’s learning journey and celebrate their successes. 

 

Matter Machar

Matter Machar

MSC Teacher

I have been at Emerson School now for over 6 years. I was a science teacher for 2 years (2015 & 2016) and have since moved into a classroom pastoral role at Middle Campus. I am enjoying my time here at Emerson greatly because of the sense of caring, belonging and welcoming nature among the staff and students. When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family, watching sports (NBA, Football and AFL). I support the MIGHTY HAWKS. 

Cassandra Searle

Cassandra Searle

MSD Teacher

I have been teaching at Emerson since 1994. Yes, that is a long time, over half my life but I have stayed teaching at Emerson because I love working with the students and staff. I have mostly taught in the Middle School but have also taught Home Economics. I have one daughter, Natalie who is currently in university and I have many pets – a dog named Bundy, two cats – Grace and Squeak and a couple of chickens. I love to walk, especially on the beach and I love traveling.

Margot Murphy

Margot Murphy

MSE Teacher

I first came to Emerson School in 2000. I have always taught in the Upper Primary or Middle School section. I have also taught in mainstream secondary schools in Victoria and Queensland and in late 2003/early 2004 I taught Mathematics in two schools in Surrey, England. I love my cats.

Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan

MSF Teacher

This is my 16th year teaching in the Middle section at Emerson. I love working with the students to make a difference in their lives. I have 2 dogs named Casper & Tux who love coming to school and the students love it even more. Here’s hoping to be here for the next 16 years! Cheers!

Stefan Kotzamanis

Stefan Kotzamanis

MSG Teacher

I first started teaching at Emerson as a CRT when I returned from teaching history in London in 2016. I fell in love with Emerson and decided that it was the only school I wanted to work at and have now taught at the Middle Campus for 5 years! I love basketball and sneakers as well as looking after my 2 dogs Eve and Mia.

Dieuson Biyendolo

Dieuson Biyendolo

MSJ Teacher

I started at Emerson school in 2011. I have been situated in the Junior & Middle school and it has been brilliant. Some of my passions are sport, video games, travel and animals. I try my best to help all students achieve their goals and do it in a relaxed and calm manner. Favourite football team is Carlton and the Miami Heat in the NBA.

Ric Marczenko

Ric Marczenko

MSL Teacher

I have worked at Emerson for the past 11 years. My journey here started out as educational support officer, working with students in the Senior and Middle School. I am currently the Graduate teacher of MSL. I also organise the Middle School inter school basketball competition and the Cowan house program. Our Middle School basketball teams compete with 17 other schools across a variety of ability levels at Casey basketball stadium each Friday in terms 2,3 and 4. My favourite part about Emerson is engaging with all students and seeing them develop and find their passions as they work through senior school. 

Middle School Education Support

Jack Gaze

Jack Gaze

Education Support Officer, Middle School

I started working at Emerson in 2016. I enjoy working here every day. I love playing sports and watching sports. I have 2 Alaskan dogs. I’m very easy going, I enjoy going shopping.  My family is everything to me.

Sugi Wignesan

Sugi Wignesan

Education Support Officer, Middle School

I have enjoyed being a part of the Emerson family at both juniors and middles as an ES staff member for over 13 years.  It’s been a great joy with never a dull moment.

I love the students like my own.
Being true to self is very important to me.

I enjoy cooking, gardening , nature, bush walking, sport and music most of all.

Pasan Rathnayaka

Pasan Rathnayaka

Education Support Officer, Middle School

I have been an education support officer at Emerson now for 3 years and the time has flown by! I enjoy travelling around the world exploring new places and meeting people. I have a German shepherd called Stella and a little rabbit called Bun who are best friends.

Diane De Giorgio

Diane De Giorgio

Education Support Officer, Middle School

I have been an Education Support Officer for 9 months. I am currently working at Emerson Middle School. I enjoy my role because of the diversity I experience workingeveryday with the teachers and students at Emerson. I can assist teachers to support each students individual learning needs and wellbeing. I enjoy watching the students build on their self- esteem and self- confidence to become successful independent learners. I love to go camping and travel around Australia with my family. I have an indoor pet bunny who loves to watch T.V. My favourite football team is Collingwood.

Smitha Padavarat

Smitha Padavarat

Education Support Officer, Middle School

I have been an Education Support officer at Emerson for 9 months. I love reading, dancing and listening to music. I have four little fishes.

Lanka Gunawardana

Lanka Gunawardana

Education Support Officer, Middle School

I have been at Emerson for 9 months as an education support officer. I love to travel around Australia with my husband.

Senior School 

Jerome Jacobs

Jerome Jacobs

Head of Senior School

My life’s aim is to teach children. To me, this is more than simply a job. All children are precious in my eyes, but I’m especially drawn to supporting those who need it the most, especially children with developmental or cognitive impairment who require someone who cares deeply about them and is invested in their development and academic achievement.

I’ve been teaching since 1989 and have extensive expertise teaching in a variety of specialized settings. For twelve years, I taught visually impaired students in Cape Town, South Africa. I then taught pupils with hearing impairment in Christchurch, New Zealand, before accepting a teaching position at Emerson School in 2007. I’ve been the Head of Senior School/VCAL Coordinator at Emerson School for the past three years, after leaving the classroom.

I am an avid sportsperson who has had the honour of playing sport at an elite level in cricket and rugby, as well as being crowned triple champion in table tennis at college level. Currently, I’m enjoying the outdoors via four-wheel driving, fishing, and camping.

Bill Vermulst

Bill Vermulst

VCAL Building & Construction Studies Teacher

In 2009 I came to Emerson school to teach Woodwork. Then in 2013 I became the VCAL Building and Construction teacher in Senior school. As a carpenter by trade, I bring a wealth of professional knowledge and experience to my class. In SSB, I prioritise experiential learning to develop students’ capacity to work in the building and construction field. Outside of school time, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing the odd game of golf with my Senior School professional learning team.

Rod Hodgson

Rod Hodgson

VCAL Child & Aged Care Teacher

I have had a wonderful and diverse career. I commenced in a one teacher school in a rural district between Portland and the South Australian border. The school had no electricity but twenty six wonderful students across eight grades. I then had a break of two years conscripted into the army. On my return I variously taught at Bayswater Boys Home, Pentridge Prison, Winlaton Youth Training Centre before returning to primary schools. I then qualified as a psychologist and worked within the Education Department in that role before becoming an Assistant Principal and the Principal at Upwey and Wattleview Primary Schools. I took a break to work on Southbank ferries before returning to education firstly as a psychologist in Catholic Education and the last few years here at Emerson. Interests outside of school – we have a beautiful yacht that I will eventually live on for a few months each year.

John Taylor

John Taylor

VCAL Horticultural Studies Teacher

I have worked at Emerson School for 5 years, teaching a horticulture themed VCAL class. I think the best thing about this school is the flexibility of learning environments and the common understanding that there is more than one way to learn something. The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing students faces light up when they master a new skill. Outside of school I love fishing and spending time with family.

Adam Storti

Adam Storti

VCAL Industry & Enterprise Studies Teacher

I have been involved in teaching for 9 years, having worked at Emerson for 6.
I teach in the Senior School, running the Industry and Enterprise classroom.
I enjoy seeing the student’s confidence grow over the years and help them prepare for life after high school.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends

David Kemp

David Kemp

VCAL Sport & Recreation Studies Teacher

My name is David Kemp. I have been a staff member at Emerson School since 2008. I began working as an Education Support staff member in the PE department.  I have since completed my teaching degree and now have a role in the Senior School teaching the VCAL Sport and Recreation class. 

I have a passion for teaching Physical Education and live an active lifestyle away from the classroom.

Jacqueline Malanga

Jacqueline Malanga

VCAL Visual Arts Teacher

Originally from New York City, where I taught high school fine arts and graphic design for eight years, my first job (and only job) working for the Department of Education has been at Emerson School, where I have worked since 2016. This speaks volumes. What I love most about teaching Senior VCAL Visual arts is the enthusiasm and joy the students bring to the classroom and how the entire staff embraces the whole student, allowing for flexible and qualitative learning. I truly cherish the inspiration that comes from working with a wonderful team and value deeply the efforts that students bring to their learning. 

Jaynee Carrigg

Jaynee Carrigg

Tutor

I have been a Home Economics teacher at Emerson’s junior/senior campus for the past ten years. I love teaching both junior and senior student’s life skills in the kitchen. Its great seeing students develop a passion for cooking and pride in their achievements. Outside of school, I play tennis, swim, read and have a passion for history and travel.

Senior School Education Support

Vanessa McMullen

Vanessa McMullen

Education Support Officer, Junior School

I have worked as an E.S at Emerson for 6 years. How time flies when there is so much joy in watching the children learn and discover things about life and about themselves. It is a pleasure to be able to work in the many classrooms and getting to know all the students. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, camping, and spending time with my family.

Glen Peters

Glen Peters

Education Support Officer, Senior School

Ive been at Emerson School since 2002, and my primary role is maintenance. My role is to perform routine maintenance around the school to ensure that the buildings are in perfect working order. I also attend the gardens to ensure that the school is well presented to the community. 

I enjoy my job and spending time with my colleagues. Emerson School is a welcoming envorinment, and the pupils are exceptionally nice. aside from school, i like to travel and spend time with my family. I am a dog enthusiast and have had several dogs throughout the years.

Vicki Owen

Vicki Owen

Education Support Officer, Senior School

Hi everyone, my name is Vicki Owen and I have worked at Emerson for 9 years. I started in the Middle school in 2013 and 6 months later transferred to Junior/Senior Campus.  I help in the Senior classes as a support to Teachers.

The students make your day here at Emerson, there is always something going on in every class.

Hobbies are definately travelling, reading (crime thrillers) and playing games on computers. 

My big passion is footy as I am a big Tiger supporter, having been born in Richmond and married a player, just makes sense to me.  I am married, have 2 grown up daughters and one beautiful grandson and a fur baby called Vinnie.

Navoda Narangoda

Navoda Narangoda

Education Support Officer, Senior School

I really enjoy my time at Emerson as a Education support staff.This is my second year with these lovely kids and staff.I always love to support kids as much as I can and it is pleasure to see them smiling everyday.

James Davidson

James Davidson

Education Support Officer, Senior School

Working at Emerson School as an ES is such a rewarding experience. I have been working at Emerson since the start of 2021 and each day I look forward to working with and getting to know the students and staff. Outside of school I like spending time with family, friends and enjoying some time off.

Learning Specialists

Jocelyn Cowley

Jocelyn Cowley

Literacy Specialist & VCAL Merchandising Teacher

I have worked at Emerson for 12 years in Junior, Middles and Senior School. Currently, I work in Senior School as the Life Skills Teacher. I really enjoy teaching my students how to be independent, solve problems and become confident in themselves. It is the best part of my job! Outside of school I love taking my golden retriever Lui for walks along the beach.

Kate Harding

Kate Harding

Numeracy Specialist

I started at Emerson in 2004 as an ESO in the Junior School. As a result of this positive experience, I undertook my teaching degree and became a classroom teacher in Middle School in 2009. Here I spent many wonderful years working with the students in MSD. Since returning from my second round of maternity leave in 2020, I have taken on a new role as a Literacy and Numeracy coach. I have two daughters and a cat named Simon.

Specialist Teachers – PE

Marc Peduto

Marc Peduto

PE Teacher

I’m a Physical Education teacher at Emerson School and I’ve been working here for the past 5 years. I love teaching at Emerson and believe the staff and student rapport is very special. It fills me with great encouragement when I see students having fun and learning new skills in my class. Outside of school I really enjoy playing football and catching up with my mates.

Sam Lambden-Grant

Sam Lambden-Grant

PE Teacher

I started at Emerson 8 years ago, and its my first job working for the Department of Education. I work in the PE department as Education Support and I enjoy being able to take the senior students to interschool sport on Friday afternoons, the kids love it and we always have heaps of students participate each term which is fantastic! Outside of school I enjoy working out at the gym, and having a hit of golf.

Daina Carlson

Daina Carlson

Education Support Officer - PE

I’ve been at Emerson in the PE department for nearly 8 yrs. This has given me the opportunity to work with children and their development in sports which has been a passion of mine for many years. I have found it rewarding when I’ve witnessed students achieving something they thought they couldn’t do.

Blake Pearson

Blake Pearson

PMP Coordinator

I have been at Emerson School for two years now as an education support officer. My main role is taking the Perceptual Motor Program, helping students in the junior school improve their fine and gross motor skills. I love working at Emerson School with its warm and friendly environment. Outside of school I enjoy being active, participating in both football and cricket. 

Music & Arts Department

Lincoln Bowen

Lincoln Bowen

Head of Music Department

I’ve worked at Emerson School for 14 years now, and I love playing in bands with students and other teachers. It inspires me to see people develop their music skills and share them through concerts and productions. I like vintage music gear and tinkering in the yard at home. I donate blood regularly and enjoy the free snacks afterwards.

Margaret Allen

Margaret Allen

Music Teacher

Music has always been my passion. It brings people together. 

As a teacher it is a real privilege to be able to share that passion and I love to see how talented and responsive our students are.  

As an opera singer I have been lucky enough to perform in some beautiful Opera Houses but nothing is more rewarding than teaching in an Emerson classroom. 

 Emerson is truly a special place. 

Emily Cheong

Emily Cheong

Music Teacher

I really enjoy teaching at Emerson School because of the fantastic students and staff. The Emerson community feels like a home away from home. I teach music across the whole school. Every day I experience a sense of wonder at our student’s incredible gifts and talents. Outside of school I enjoy hiking and reading.     

Elizabeth Ralph

Elizabeth Ralph

Dance & Performing Arts Teacher

I have been teaching Dance Education at Emerson School for the last fourteen years. I feel extremely lucky to be able to share my knowledge and passion of Dance (my favourite subject) every day. I love that I have to opportunity to know and work with students from across the whole school, and enjoy helping them develop their skills and confidence over their school years. Outside of school I participate in dance and yoga classes. I love the adventure and experience of travel. Most weekends I relax by spending time in nature. I especially enjoy being by the coast.

Kristen Adriaan

Kristen Adriaan

Dance & Performing Arts Teacher

Kristen Adriaan (Ms A) has been fortunate enough to have travelled all over the world, providing her opportunities to learn, teach and perform in many different countries. She has worked as an actress, singer and dancer. Beginning her time at Emerson School in 2018, Kristen worked as a relief teacher for two years at Emerson before taking on the role of Science teacher. After a year of teaching science, Kristen was appointed to the Performing arts team at Emerson as the Drama teacher. Kristen is a fun and enthusiastic teacher who loves teaching students at Emerson and outside of school Kristen continues to perform in the community. 

Ash Davies

Ash Davies

Instrumental Music Teacher

I have been teaching drums at Emerson School for nearly 20 years. It is so great when the student grasps the principles of drumming and learns to play thier first beat and drumfill and then can go on to play music either with thier class band or to records and cd’s. They get so much enjoyment from it as well learning other thought practices and focusing that helps with thier other studies. The care and nurturing that is given to the students and which is instilled throughout the whole faculty of Emerson School makes for the perfect environment for teaching. I enjoy performing and writing music as well as going to the beach and reading biographies and history.

Shirley Innes

Shirley Innes

Visual Arts Teacher

I am a teacher of studio art, visual communication design, film, and photography. I have had the pleasure of teaching Middle School Art at Emerson for a few years now. I enjoy teaching because of the students and their art. We have so much fun exploring and celebrating the weird and wonderful. Outside of school I mostly enjoy reading, gardening, and camping.

Science & Sustainability

Shannon Burnett

Shannon Burnett

Science & Sustainability Teacher

I am the specialist science teacher at Emerson School. I commenced at Emerson School at the beginning of 2021. I have been a teacher in special education for a total of 4 years. My background is in environmental science and geology, and I have previously taught in universities. I enjoy my role as science teacher and undertaking interesting experiments and investigations with the students each day. Outside of work, I have recently developed an interest in cooking. I love to try new recipes and my favourite cuisines are Italian, Indian and Mexican.

Food Studies

Hillary Corlett

Hillary Corlett

Home Economics Teacher

I am one of the long-standing teachers at Emerson having started the same day that Mr. Mooney took over as principal. I have worked in a number of roles across the school and am currently teaching Home Economics in Middle School. I provide a safe and supportive environment where the students can develop their independent living skills and experience a range of familiar and new recipes. I love seeing the students at Middle School mature and become confident young adults. After a busy term I go to my cabin at Eildon where I sit by a log fire, read books and feed the native birds including colourful parrots and kookaburras.

Siobhan Liddy

Siobhan Liddy

Home Economics Teacher

Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Siobhan Liddy. I have worked in the field of disabilities for 16 years and I have taught at Emerson school for 13 years. I worked in the Middle School and then moved across to the Junior School. I have a gorgeous British blue cat named Koby and ironically, I barrack for the MIGHTY CATS!
I have particular interests in ballroom dancing and science. The best thing about working at Emerson School is the fun atmosphere we create for our students to learn.

Merella Pouki

Merella Pouki

Education Support Officer - Home Economics

I have been at Emerson school for 16 years, I have enjoyed working here as an Education support, Library Technician and now in the home economics room. I have 2 sons Andrew and Nicholas, my husband Sam. Also, I’m a grandmother to 3 grandchildren Harper, Xavier and Phoenix, they are my world. I have 2 dogs, Juddy a Jack Russell and Monty a terrier.

Wood Technology

Library

Judy Moutsakis

Judy Moutsakis

Library Technician

I love seeing all the happy faces of our students every day!  I have been at Emerson for 12 years, and with the department for 18 years.  I work in the Library, mainly with Junior School, and in the Student Services department, where I work as a Speech Therapy Assistant.  My job can be challenging, but it is very rewarding to see our students working hard and achieving their goals. 

In my spare time, I also do cake decorating.  It’s a great way for me to unwind, after a busy week! 

Cyber Safety

Lisa Mouncer

Lisa Mouncer

Teacher

My name is Mrs Mouncer. I have been teaching for 25 years and I have been teaching at Emerson School for 17 years. I have missed a bit of time in those years as I have had three children during my time here at Emerson. I work part time and I teach Cybersafety to all Middles School students one day a week, Home Economics one day a week and Junior School ICT on my other two days. I love working at Emerson School as no day is ever the same. I am constantly inspired by my students and all of the things they are able to achieve. When I am not at work I love spending time with my family and going on holidays with my husband and my three daughters. I also enjoy taking my two dogs for walks on the beach, and playing basketball and coaching all three of my girls basketball teams.

Student Wellbeing

Emma Missen

Emma Missen

Engagement & Wellbeing Coordinator

I began at Emerson in 2008. While I have been lucky to have worked in multiple departments over the years I’m now fortunate to work as the Wellbeing and Engagement Officer at the Junior/Senior Campus. I love coming into school each day and enjoy the many visitors to my office! Being in wellbeing I feel fortunate as I have been able to get to know more students around the school. Outside of school I like to spend time with my family going bike riding and seeing friends.

Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw

Engagement & Wellbeing Coordinator

Working as a Wellbeing & Engagement Officer at Emerson for the last 6 years has been one of the best and most rewarding roles I have had! I am married and have 4 amazing children, and also a little dog called Banjo. I also enjoy most sports and traveling to interesting places around the world.

Fiona Collins

Fiona Collins

Meditation & Wellbeing

I have been running the Meditation and Wellbeing program at Emerson School for the last 6 years. Teaching the importance of mindfulness through breathing exercises and guided meditation is my passion. It is rewarding to see how much the students benefit from the program and how they incorporate the acquired techniques into their everyday lives. 

Student Services

Emma Kuhnell

Emma Kuhnell

Occupational Therapist

My favourite part about being Emerson’s occupational therapist is connecting with the students. I love helping them engage, develop and grow throughout their school experience. I am particularly passionate about assisting the development of social-emotional skills, and encouraging a positive, safe and supportive learning community. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing board games and travelling.

Christine McEvoy

Christine McEvoy

Student Services

I have worked at Emerson School for 3 years.  I work in Student Services and help with the application for funding for the Program for Students with Disabilities.  I love the diversity of the Emerson Community and watching the many talents of the students during our whole school assemblies.  In my free time I like to camp, hike, read, doing yoga and various home improvement projects.

May Keegel

May Keegel

Student Services

I have been working at Emerson School for 12 years. I am part of the student services team, assisting with student in Out of Home Care and doing VASS administration. I enjoy building relationships with the students and their families. I like exploring new places and spending time with family and friends.   

Jolyn Jacobs

Jolyn Jacobs

Student Services

I am part of the Vocational Pathways team and love the Emerson School spirit and ethos! My enthusiasm and passion stems from being part of the development of students and seeing them mature and reach their potential. I love reading actual books, watching movies, and going for long leisurely walks. 
Georgina Georgalli

Georgina Georgalli

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Teacher

I have been teaching for over thirty years in many settings and across all curriculum areas and ages, from Foundation to adults.  My passion though is in EAL (English as an Additional Language) and watching students with a very basic grasp of English flourish and grow into excitable communicators who seek you out to share an experience or story. I have been at Emerson since 2018 and it is a very surreal feeling to walk the grounds that were once my primary school, Greenslopes.  Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my two boys, reading and holidaying at the beach.

Jenni Hoffner

Jenni Hoffner

Mental Health Practitioner

My name is Jenni Hoffner and I am the newest recruit to the amazing Emerson team. I have a social work background and was previously working for the NDIS as a Senior Planner at the NDIA Dandenong Office. I am currently employed as a mental Health Practitioner at Emerson. The Mental health practitioner is a school-based role and I will be working flexibly, based on the needs and priorities of the school and students. The mental health practitioner role provides an additional resource to the school’s existing wellbeing team and includes: contributing to whole-school approaches to mental health prevention and promotion, and coordination of supports for students with more complex needs.

Publicity & Promotion

Justin Carland

Justin Carland

Publications & Publicity Officer

I started at Emerson in April of 2020, and this is my first job in the Education Department. I am in the office within a small team working towards increasing awareness of Emerson School in the community. What I enjoy most is getting involved in the school activities and seeing how much enjoyment the students get out of their time here.

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