Meet The Teachers

We’re excited to meet you!

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 & Administration

Alison Rees

Alison Rees

Principal

For me, the students at TVPS are our greatest asset. They’re genuinely terrific people ~ caring, friendly, enthusiastic, curious and fun to be around. Our students make going to work easy and are the reason why I love my job.
At home, my dogs make me smile and entertained.
Rob Cretney

Rob Cretney

Assistant Principal & Year 4 Classroom Teacher

I have been at TVPS since 2002 and am one of the lucky people who gets to come to work each day and have fun while learning. I love to use technology and be as creative as possible.
I also love rugby and the ‘All Blacks’.

Prep Teachers

Caroline Pollard

Caroline Pollard

Prep Classroom Teacher

I feel extremely lucky to work alongside the wonderful students, staff and parents of TVPS. My classroom promotes a positive and supportive environment where children are encouraged to take risks and develop a lifelong love of learning.

When I’m not at school, I love spending time with family and friends.

Nicole Hudson

Nicole Hudson

Prep Classroom Teacher

I enjoy working with the wonderful students and community at TVPS. I love making the classroom a fun place and building positive, warm and nurturing relationships with my students. Outside of school I enjoy travelling, spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, roller skating and dancing.

Emma Pettolino

Emma Pettolino

Prep Classroom Teacher

love working at Templestowe Valley because of the close knit community and the fun I have at work each day. I love incorporating technology where I can and supporting students to be real-life problem solvers. When I’m not at school, I’m usually out for a coffee with girlfriends and family.

Year 1/2 Teachers

Emilia Selwyn

Emilia Selwyn

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

I am passionate about teaching and learning and thoroughly enjoy working alongside our keen and dedicated teachers to continually develop their pedagogy and in turn improve student learning outcomes. Our T.V.P.S. students are highly enthusiastic and motivated to learn which makes every day a rewarding experience!

Carly Bertelli

Carly Bertelli

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

I love watching student’s develop a growth mindset. Over a year students can achieve so much and become so confident in their own abilities. This brings a big smile to my face.
I love reading, baking and shopping.

Alicia Drew

Alicia Drew

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

I love being a teacher as I get to help support students learn, grow and gain new skills. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my family and friends.

Julie McLean

Julie McLean

Year 1 Classroom Teacher

Hi, I’m Julie. I love working with my students and building a cohesive, caring classroom.

It’s wonderful to watch my students embrace their learning, take risks and more importantly, be free to be who they are.

In my free time I love to play my drums and keep fit.

Sherie Matrakis

Sherie Matrakis

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

I have had the joy of being at TVPS since 1987. It has been a pleasure to work with such dedicated and caring teachers.
The beautiful families and children make TVPS the wonderful place it is.
When I am not at school I love spending time with my family.

Maria Nikolakakis

Maria Nikolakakis

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

Hi, I’m Maria.
I am passionate about teaching and love working with children. I enjoy watching them grow and develop a love for learning in my classroom.
In my free time I love to read.

Sam Coulson

Sam Coulson

Year 2 Classroom Teacher

I love the real sense of
community at TVPS. The students, families and staff have incredible relationships that you just don’t get at every school. I have two young children who I adore. I look forward to school holidays and going on our annual family trip to FNQ.

Year 3/4 Teachers

Linda Rossi

Linda Rossi

Year 3 Classroom Teacher

I have been at TVPS since 1998. I love coming to school every day. The biggest privilege I have as a teacher is that I get to teach a new group of students with vibrant personalities, experiences, and ideas. I love spending time with my family and barracking for Collingwood.

Penny O’Donnell

Penny O’Donnell

Year 3 Classroom Teacher

Hi, I’m Penny. I love reading stories with my class and learning about the world we live in.
When I’m not teaching, I like to walk with my puppy and spend time outside with my family.

Melissa Girolami

Melissa Girolami

Year 3 Classroom Teacher

I have been teaching at TVPS since 2001. I really enjoy working with the children and helping them grow and develop. I love to spend time with my family and my two dogs and support the Richmond Football Club.

Carly Clark

Carly Clark

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

I love teaching reading and writing and having lots of fun with my class. When I am not teaching, I love being outdoors with my family, camping and playing sport.

Sonia Gough

Sonia Gough

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

I have been at TVPS since 2003 and  have held numerous roles, including LOTE (Italian) teacher, Maths Specialist and classroom teacher.
I really enjoy the challenge of helping each student achieve their maximum potential.
Away from school I like to active, following many sports, particularly AFL and the mighty Blues!

Sam Coulson

Sam Coulson

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

I love the real sense of
community at TVPS. The students, families and staff have incredible relationships that you just don’t get at every school. I have two young children who I adore. I look forward to school holidays and going on our annual family trip to FNQ.

Elizabeth Henderson

Elizabeth Henderson

Year 4 Classroom Teacher

I love the inclusive community feel Templestowe Valley has created and seeing my students experience success, of all forms, in the classroom.

I spend my spare time cooking or eating out and barracking hard for the mighty Western Bulldogs.

Year 5/6 Teachers

Anne Hillman

Anne Hillman

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

As part of the Year 5 team, I love working with students to develop student voice and agency. When I am not at school I like to spend time with my own family.

Jenny Vasiliadis

Jenny Vasiliadis

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

I love teaching and supporting students, and seeing the spark in their eyes when they finally ‘get it’. I especially enjoy teaching maths and playing games to develop students’ understanding.

In my free time, I love going out with friends, reading and baking sweet treats!

Marcus Embury

Marcus Embury

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

I really love the community feel that you feel as part of the school. It’s fantastic to see how much the students’ develop and progress over the year! Outside of teaching I love basketball (and sport) and getting in the outdoors and travelling!

 Nicole Bisas

Nicole Bisas

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

I am passionate about all things Year 6. Student Leadership, Graduation (also known as Valleydictory here) and any other opportunity to challenge and extend our learners as they make the exciting transition into secondary school. I love that Templestowe Valley fosters the growth and development of its Year 6 students.

Kim Shannon

Kim Shannon

Year 6 Classroom Teacher

I love working at Templestowe Valley because the entire school community is so friendly. My favourite part about my job is seeing my students’ faces light up when they understand a new topic. Outside of school I love to go for walks and spend time with family and friends.

Specialised Teachers

Jenni Bevacqua

Jenni Bevacqua

Visual Arts

As the Visual Arts Teacher, I feel like i have a very privileged position. I get to teach the students Visual Arts, together with doing what I love every day. Each day is different and the students never cease to amaze me with their creativity and ingenuity.

Lauren McCormack

Lauren McCormack

Performing Arts

I love teaching Performing Arts at TVPS. Seeing the students thrive as they learn and improve their understanding of the three main elements – Music, Dance and Drama is so rewarding.  
Outside of work, I do music theatre and love to go to the beach!

Chris Eagleton

Chris Eagleton

Physical Education

Hi, I enjoy being part of the SPC family who are dedicated, inspirational and who empower each students individuality. My hope for all students is to encourage thinking outside the box and believing anything is possible. The beach, long drives and time with my family ….. priceless. Chris

Celeste Goh

Celeste Goh

Language - Mandarin

Hi, I am the Mandarin Teacher at TVPS. The school has a very positive and friendly learning atmosphere and I enjoy working with staff and students across all levels.

Outside of work, I love reading, digital drawing and martial arts.

Priscilla Campbell

Priscilla Campbell

Learning Support/TLI

I love being a teacher at TVPS and always strive to build strong relationships with my students. I am a firm believer that learning should always be engaging and fun!

My hobbies are spending time with my family, doing yoga and reading.

Kira Georgakopoulos

Kira Georgakopoulos

Learning Support/TLI

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Education Support Officers – Administration

Marika Smith

Marika Smith

Business Manager

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Audrey Lynikas

Audrey Lynikas

Office Manager & Business Manager Support

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Margaret Carolan

Margaret Carolan

Office Support

I have been working part time in the office for 18 years. It was a beautiful small school community then, but now a beautifully larger school community. We are a very dedicated administration team, making work a pleasure and interacting with our students, just fantastic.

Anita Allen

Anita Allen

Office Support/Local Payroll

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Education Support Officers

Kathy Andriopoulos

Kathy Andriopoulos

Education Support Officer

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Vesna Basic

Vesna Basic

Education Support Officer

I have been at TVPS since 2002. I love coming to work and helping our students. Outside of work, i enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also like travelling.

Tonia D'Amore

Tonia D'Amore

Education Support Officer

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Sharon Giovannini

Sharon Giovannini

Education Support Officer

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Anna Lauria

Anna Lauria

Education Support Officer

I’ve been at TVPS since 2002 and I have worked in all levels of the school. I really enjoy working and helping students reach their full potential.
I love spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren and I love reading, going to the beach and travelling.

Jacqui St Clair

Jacqui St Clair

Education Support Officer

I have been here since around 2009 and love working in such an inclusive environment, and especially enjoy working with the children. I love museums, galleries, art in general, walking…. And do not like football!!

Cathy Stefanidis

Cathy Stefanidis

Education Support Officer

The amazing teachers and support staff, our incredible students plus the beautiful community spirit – these are the things I love about working at TVPS.
When I’m not at TVPS, I’m a busy soccer Mum to 3 boys!

Bev Martin

Bev Martin

Education Support Officer

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Mary Roussidis

Mary Roussidis

Education Support Officer

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Dylan Verbeeten

Dylan Verbeeten

D.E.T. IT Technician

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Wendy Lincoln

Wendy Lincoln

OSHC Manager

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Andrea Duske

Andrea Duske

OSHC Admin Support & Canteen Assistant

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Adele Gribben

Adele Gribben

Canteen Manager

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith

First Aid Officer & Uniform Coordinator

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Doug McLaren

Doug McLaren

General Maintenance

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Jordan Barker

Jordan Barker

Grounds

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