Staff Profiles

The staff at Dominic College are a dynamic, hard working and talented team. Dominic has been fortunate to attract a range of outstanding and experienced educators, leaders and administrators dedicated to our students and to the College.

Generosity and service are key features of the College staff. Each of our staff is invited to model two characteristics that our founder Don Bosco emulated – kindness and cheerfulness.

At Dominic, we actively encourage and support staff to undertake ongoing professional learning and study. The College conducts a program of professional development and a number of our staff enter and continue formal study ranging from Post Graduate university degrees to Vocational and Educational Training.

With our staff modelling the way in a culture of lifelong learning, we hope that this reinforces both the aspirations of our students and an understanding that their learning journey needs to be lifelong as well.

At Dominic College, we believe in being a community where staff, students and parents work together and where everyone undertakes timely, effective and honest communication about issues. Communication with staff can be by telephone, student diary notes, email and especially encouraged through arranged face-to-face meeting.

Email addresses for staff can be accessed below and via the 'Contact Us' page.

Stephen Casni

Dominic College Principal

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Anna Attuoni

Teacher - Year 2 tuti 2

Anna completed her studies at the University of Tasmania in 1988 and has been teaching in Catholic Education ever since. Anna has taught all primary grades and brings a wealth of experience to Dominic College. She believes strongly in bringing out the best in her students by providing an enriching and engaging learning environment. Anna also believes in assisting her students to develop not only academically but also ensuring that they continue to grow socially and emotionally within a Christian framework. She joined the Dominic College community in 2017 as a Year 2 Class Teacher (2017-2018) and in 2019 Anna has taken on the role of Year 4 Class Teacher. During her career, some of her responsibilities have included teaching L.O.T.E. (Italian), specialised Art classes for Years 3 and 4, organising and running school Chess Clubs and being a ‘Rainbows’ facilitator, just to name a few. In 2014, Anna was awarded the certificate for 25 years of service in Catholic Education.

Book every child should read
The Peasant Prince - Li Cunxin

Best recent professional learning
2019: Rev. Dr Elio Capra SDB 'The Mission of the Catholic School'

Favourite teaching unit
History, Geography, Art and L.O.T.E.(Italian)

Teaching motto
‘Each child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different. Each one is special. Each one is beautiful.’ Author unknown

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Molly Baker

Teacher - Year 3 de Paul 3

Molly, an Old Scholar of the College, began her journey at Dominic as a Kindergarten student before graduating Year 10 in 2014. Molly made the move to Guilford Young College to further her studies in Year 11 and 12 before beginning her Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree through the University of Tasmania. Her initial Professional Experience Placement led to her first job in Catholic education, as a Teacher Assistant. Concluding her time at the school, Molly returned to Dominic, working as a Learning Support Assistant in Kindergarten whilst completing her degree throughout 2021. She is eager to kick-start her teaching career at the school she calls home.

With a strong interest in media studies, Molly is keen to incorporate her prior knowledge of the subject into her Year 3 classroom this year. Molly is a firm believer in inclusive education and aims to create a learning environment of acceptance and creativity.

Book every child should read
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Best recent professional learning
Effective Communication Partners: Supporting People Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Favourite teaching unit
Narrative Writing and Novel Studies.

Teaching motto
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see”

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Daniel Bellinger

Teacher - Year 5 Magone 3

Daniel began teaching in 2011 at St Peter Chanel where he taught Years 2, 3 and 4. During his time there, he was also the school's Positive Behaviour Coordinator, which allowed him to help the school develop ways in which students could take ownership of their own learning and behaviour. In 2016, Daniel completed his Certificate of Religious Education which has helped him to gain a current and in-depth understanding of how contemporary Australian children and young adults view and treat the nature of religion and Religious Education. Daniel believes in ensuring all students can make connections between classroom learning and life outside of school and enjoys engaging students in their learning through stories and hands-on activities.

Book every child should read
There are so many to choose from! I think Peter Pan by JM Barrie, Wonder by RJ Palacio and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery are must haves as they deal with the importance of childhood, seeing the wonder of the world and accepting others.

Best recent professional learning
Graduate Certificate of Religious Education

Favourite teaching unit
Anything to do with Literacy and Science

Teaching motto
One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. Malala Yousafzai

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Kirilee Beveridge

Teacher - Savio 1 Pastoral and Science

Kirilee spent a number of years helping to teach people the sport of horse riding before starting an Agricultural degree at the University of Tasmania. Being passionate about animals she enjoyed studying subjects involving animal production systems within agriculture and agriculture for sustainable futures. After completing her Bachelor of Agriculture degree she then went on to complete a Masters of Teaching. Kirilee began teaching at Dominic College in 2020 and enjoys teaching Science and Animal Husbandry.

Book every child should read
Oh, the places you'll go, The Harry Potter series and The Chronicles of Narnia

Best recent professional learning
Teaching biosecurity on school farms

Favourite teaching unit
Animal science - Equine or insect units Science - Animal Kingdoms and Ecology

Teaching motto
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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Liam Binning

Teacher - Savio 5 Pastoral and HPE

Liam was a student at Dominic College from 2007 to 2011, after spending some time travelling after College he began a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at UTAS. During his time at university he worked at a number of schools as a Teacher Assistant and Relief Teacher.

Liam is beginning his teaching career at Dominic in 2022.

Book every child should read
Able - Dylan Alcott

Best recent professional learning
Tennis for Schools - Tennis Australia workshop.

Favourite teaching unit
SEPEP - Sports Education Unit.

Teaching motto
"Be the role model you wished you had."

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Amanda Brown

Teacher - Kindergarten tuminana 1

Amanda is a Dominic College Old Scholar, who started her career in Early Childhood, completing an Advance Diploma in Early Childhood. Amanda decided to continue on with her studies with the University of Tasmania, she completed her Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) in 2019.

Amanda is passionate about teaching young children and building their confidence to be successful, happy and kind individuals.

Book every child should read
Pig the Pug and the Harry Potter series

Best recent professional learning
Trauma Training and Building Connections in the Human Brain

Favourite teaching unit
Literacy and Art

Teaching motto
Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. Bob Talbert

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Abigail Butler

Head of Humanities 7-10, Teacher - Bosco 3 Pastoral and Humanities

Abigail completed her BA in Ancient History and Latin at Macquarie University in 2004 and added a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Canberra in 2005. She has experience teaching in coeducational, all girls and all boys schools in public and private systems in NSW, Queensland and Tasmania.

Abigail enjoys making learning engaging and useful by creative collaborative classrooms that build lifelong learners. Her passion is supporting students in developing a growth mindset and fostering life skills to use outside the classroom.

Book every child should read
Anything that makes them curious - no book is too big or too small for those who wish to learn.

Best recent professional learning
Language Friendly Strategies in the Classroom

Favourite teaching unit
Year 8 Humanities Aotearoa and Polynesian Pacific Expansion combined with Year 8 English The Hero's Journey Film Analysis.

Teaching motto
We lift each other up and celebrate all successes - big or small.

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Holly Cardamatis

Teacher - Year 4 de Lima 1

Dominic College has always been a part of Holly's life. Holly completed her own education at the College and returned as a Learning Support Assistant in 2021, before taking up a teaching position in 2022.

Holly's teaching practice is student centered, guided by God, and inspired by imagination and creative play.

Book every child should read
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Best recent professional learning
Master of Teaching.

Favourite teaching unit
Poetry

Teaching motto
"Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning."

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Stephen Casni

College Principal, Teacher - Religious Education

Stephen started his teaching career at St John Bosco College, Engadine in 2002, a Salesian school in the tradition of Don Bosco teaching English, History, Geography and Religious Education. He is currently the Principal of Dominic College.

Having spent a significant part of his time working in Salesian schools over the course of his educational career, Stephen ensures that his classroom embodies the four pillars of the Charter for Salesian Schools – a HOME that welcomes, a PARISH that evangelises, a SCHOOL that prepares for life, and a PLAYGROUND where friends meet.

Stephen is a firm believer that in order for students to flourish as adults, they must be taught how to become resilient and determined learners who can achieve anything they put their minds to by having a growth mindset. Through hard work, commitment, participation in extra-curricular activities and high classroom engagement, students will flourish to become academically competent and socially and emotionally resilient citizens. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys travelling, spending time at the beach, reading, visiting art galleries and live stage performances, coastal walks and spending time with family and friends. He is also known to have a large LEGO collection!

Book every child should read
Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Best recent professional learning
Leading Successful Learning in a Changing World

Favourite teaching unit
Year 10 RE units – “World Religions”, “Moral Responsibility” and “Working for Justice in our World”

Teaching motto
“In every young person, a point of goodness is accessible, and it is the primary duty of the educator to discover that sensitive cord of the heart so as to draw out the best in the young person.” -St John Bosco

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Vicky Chen

Teacher - Mathematics 7-10

Vicky completed a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours) degree at Monash University in 2020, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Information Technology System degree with UTAS. She is originally from China and has spent the past 9 years living in various states in Australia for her study journey. Vicky is a graduate teacher and is joining Dominic College as a start of her teaching career this year.

Vicky is very thrilled to join the college and is passionate in helping the students to become life-long learns as well as empowering the students to become responsible individuals.

Book every child should read
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Best recent professional learning
A Teaching placement.

Favourite teaching unit
Algebra & Calculus in Mathematics

Teaching motto
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man about how to fish; you have fed him for a lifetime." --- Huainanzi

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