Our Staff

Our Staff

At Meriden, staff and students are part of a learning partnership. Limited class sizes ensure each student is individually known by her teachers and her special talents nurtured. Our dynamic, supportive and dedicated teachers guide and encourage the girls at every step of their educational journey and ensure girls reach their potential in the classroom and outside it.

Meriden’s teaching staff are experts at meeting the needs of girls and young women academically, pastorally, spiritually and culturally. They are highly-qualified professionals and leaders in their fields who nurture the whole student according to best-practice, evidence-based educational models and by practising the intentional empathy embedded in Meriden’s Christian foundation.

The School prides itself on providing a working environment that attracts the oustanding staff and investing in their ongoing professional development to ensure they remain world leaders in girls’ education.

Senior Academic Staff

PrincipalMrs Lisa Brown
ChaplainRev Clayton Moss
Head of OperationsMr Richard Arkell
Junior School
Head of Junior School

Dr Michele Benn

Dean of Academic Care

Mrs Cath Evans

Dean of CurriculumMrs Fiona Elliott
Dean of StaffMs Lillian Wassef
Dean of STEMMrs Elizabeth Betbeder
Senior School
Head of CampusMr Richard Loane
Head of Student WellbeingMrs Jessica Chilton
Head of Teaching and Learning

Mrs Nicole Hearne (Acting)

Dean of Academic Care

Ms Sascha Bass

Dean of Assessment and ReportingMs Jessica Farrell
Dean of Community LearningMrs Vanessa Kirollos
Dean of Lateral LearningMs Priscilla Curran
Dean of StaffMs Vicki Sheehan
Dean of Student InvolvementMr Richard Hughes
Dean of StudiesMrs Nicole Hearne
Mrs Tara Richards (Acting Term 2)
Junior School Coordinators
Pre-Kindergarten Mrs Katherin Margiankakos
Kindergarten Mrs Robynne Ronning
Year 1 Ms Bev Kwan
Year 2 Mrs Krystle Thao
Year 3 Mrs Mary Anton
Year 4 Mr Matthew Piggott
Year 5 Miss Irene Gabra
Year 6 Mrs Jennifer Wong
Languages Mme Emmeline Parent
Learning Support Mrs Frances Rupolo
Music Ms Melinda Bryant
Sport Miss Belinda Wilsher
Senior School Year Coordinators
Year 7Mrs Sophie Hollingsworth
Year 8Ms Amy Wilson
Year 9Mrs Michelle Harmont
Year 10Mr Luke Mottee
Year 11Miss Ji Mee Lee
Year 12Miss Charlotte Richards
Senior School Heads of Academic Departments
Applied ScienceMrs Rikki McMillan
Christian Education

Rev Brie Pattison

Design and Creative Arts

Ms Gillian Legge

EnglishMr Tim Archer
HistoryMrs Cheryl O’Loan
LanguagesMs Teresa Alonso-Lasheras
MathematicsMr Tobias Cooper
Performing ArtsMs Jodie Spooner-Ryan

Mrs Tara Richards
Mrs Claire Marsh (Acting Term 2)

Social ScienceMiss Anita Kondichetty
Senior School Specialist Areas and Departments
Academic Support Mrs Joanne Spanos
Music (Pre-Kindergarten – 12) Ms Jodie Spooner-Ryan
Sport Mr Mark Heathcote
Teacher-Librarian Ms Katie Bowie
Tertiary Pathways Mr Ryan Richards
Senior School Coordinators of Learning Links
Cultural Connections Mrs Jenny Greenhalgh
Global Outlook Mr Kuhan Rajalingam
High Potential Learning Mrs Sharna Kershaw
Innovation Mrs Alexandra Phillips
Research and Critical Thinking Dr Jocelyn Laurence
Service Learning Mrs Julie Shannon
Speech Miss Tara Graetz (Acting)
Technology Ms Nicola Casaceli