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Our staff

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We have 52 classrooms staffed with a teacher supported by a teacher’s aide. Staff are highly specialised in the areas of supporting the learning of students through the use of evidence based high impact teaching strategies.  Differentiation of teaching strategies and classroom learning environments is essential to support the unique needs of our students.

Executive Leadership Team

Principal

Susan Christensen

Deputy Principals

Tracey Banks - Early Years and enrolment officer

Renee Zhu - Middle Years

Tom McDonald -Junior Secondary and Positive Behaviour for Learning Leader

Bernie Ellis - Senior School, Comprehensive Literacy Instruction Leader and Vocational Education Coordinator

Business Manager

Jenni Parkley-Simpson

Head of Department - Curriculum

Kate Pryzbylo - Primary Years

Natalie Bufi - Secondary Years

Specialist Staff

Lauren Martin-Harre - AAC Lead Teacher Primary

Emma Rawnsley - AAC Lead Teacher Secondary

Sue Lowry - Music Teacher

Leandra Miscamble - Hospitality Teacher

Administrative team

Jane Holder - Human Resources Manager

Antoinette Van Den Berg - Administration Officer - school transport and enrolment

Amanda Schirmacher -  Administrative Officer

Sherryl Kemp-  Accounts Receivable

Karen Redding -  Accounts Payable

Darrel Elkins, ICT Support / Orange Card Administrator

Student services

Jacqui Lather, Guidance Officer

Kate Cuskelly, Guidance Officer

Grant Keats and Rebecca Griffin, and Toni Alroy - Department of Education Registered Nurses 

There are , specialised staff that visit the school including: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists,  Speech and Language Pathologists, and Advisory Visiting Teachers. All of these services are available through a referral process.

Contacting staff

Staff can be contacted via the school office or via the school enquiries email admin@southportspecs.eq.edu.au

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Last reviewed 27 February 2021
Last updated 27 February 2021