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.

Beth Gilligan

College Principal

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Jessica Agius

Teacher - Learning Support 7-10 and English

After completing a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History and Classics, Jessica began teaching in 2001 as an English and History teacher in both private and Catholic high schools in NSW. While completing her Grad Dip Ed, she returned to Tasmania and began work in the Catholic system at St. Brendan-Shaw College. Her subject specialisations; English and SOSE, evolved into a Middle School integration program, where all core subject areas were taught. Jessica returns to Tasmania after a second teaching period in NSW, in the public high school sector, having completed her Masters of Education, with a passion for curriculum differentiation and subject integration.

Book every child should read
Michelle Paver's Wolf Brother series

Best recent professional learning
Education of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (University of Wollongong)

Favourite teaching unit
Ancient Rome Integration Unit

Teaching motto
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. (Mother Teresa)

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Susie Allan

Teacher - Japanese 5-7

In 1984, Susie lived in Japan for 12 months as an exchange student. At this time, she was immersed in the lifestyle of a high school student in rural Japan. Susie experienced a unique and fulfilling introduction to the people, language and culture. On return to Tasmania, she studied Japanese at the Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania and started work in sectors requiring Japanese language skills. She has worked within Japanese companies who were involved in tourism, hospitality and advertising, and continued studying the language as well as travelling frequently to Japan. Through her love and understanding of Japan, Susie is able to impart knowledge not only of the language but the culture, lifestyle, history and associated information.

Book every child should read
Meiko and the Fifth Treasure

Best recent professional learning
Australia in the Asian Century

Favourite teaching unit
Childrens Day and Jizou, protector of children

Teaching motto
“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini

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Anna Attuoni

Teacher - Year 4

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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Daniel Bellinger

Teacher - Year 1

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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Jessica Brownrigg

Siena House Coordinator, Teacher - English

Jessica completed her Theatre Degree and her Bachelor of Teaching in 2009. She has worked at Launceston College and The Port Dalrymple School before taking her place at Dominic College in 2013. Jessica is passionate about Arts Education and meeting the individual needs of her students by creating dynamic and student focused learning environments. She has worked as a theatre technician, stage manager and established and run her own Theatre company alongside becoming a teacher.

Book every child should read
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak, Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom, The Fault in our Stars - John Green

Best recent professional learning
The best professional learning is always the chance to discuss and plan with my colleagues. Every day is the best professional learning experience at Dominic College as we exchange our ideas and methods for the classroom!

Favourite teaching unit
Shakespeare's Macbeth-Year 10 English

Teaching motto
Every child deserves a champion; someone who will not give up on them, who knows the power of connection and insists they be the best they can be- Rita Pierson- educator.

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Warwick Cardamatis

Teacher – Bosco 3 Pastoral, Religious Education, English and Empower

Warwick completed a Bachelor of Education degree at Sydney University in 1984. He began his teaching vocation in 1985 by working in several schools in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, mostly, Dover Heights HS, as a relief teacher. Between 1986 and 1991 he taught English and History at Sylvania HS. He was hired to teach English and History at Dominic College Senior Campus in 1992 and remained there until the site was closed at the end of 1994. Apart from a year teaching English to the English in England in 2001 he has been a teacher at Dominic Secondary Campus since 1995.

Book every child should read
"To Kill a Mockingbird"

Best recent professional learning
Youth Mental Health

Favourite teaching unit
"To Kill a Mockingbird" / Causes of WW2

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

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Madelyn Carver

Teacher- Kindergarten and Literacy/Numeracy K-6

Madelyn, an Old Scholar, has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Tasmania majoring in Gender Studies and Sociology in 2015. She furthered her studies by graduating with a Master of Teaching degree in 2017. Madelyn is passionate about teaching young children and preparing them to be successful in their future endeavours. Madelyn continues to strive to develop her teaching pedagogy which is why she is currently completing her honours in Early Childhood Education as well as a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education. Madelyn is thrilled to begin her teaching career at Dominic College.

Book every child should read
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

Best recent professional learning
Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

Favourite teaching unit
Science

Teaching motto
"Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson

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Stephen Casni

Deputy Principal, Teacher - Religious Education

Stephen started his teaching career at St John Bosco College, Engadine, a Salesian school in the tradition of Don Bosco teaching English, History, Geography and Religious Education, working for three years as English Coordinator from 2007. Stephen also worked as Religious Education Coordinator for three years starting from 2010 being heavily involved with social justice, liturgy, retreats and staff and student faith formation.

Throughout 2013 Stephen spent time at Dominic College as Director of Mission K-10, before returning to Sydney to take up the role of Leader of Learning and Innovation at Caroline Chisholm College from 2014-2017, during this time Stephen focused on developing a culture of growth coaching amongst students to empower them to take ownership and control over their own learning.

Stephen returned to Dominic College as Deputy Principal commencing in 2018. With a passion for encouraging responsible use of technology to enhance student learning Stephen believes students must develop and sustain a growth mindset with which they can achieve anything they put their minds to. Stephen enjoys History, travelling, reading, theatre, coastal walks and spending time with family and friends.

Book every child should read
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations and the entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Best recent professional learning
Growth Coaching International - Coaching Accreditation Program

Favourite teaching unit
RE unit - “The Church in History” and Ancient History unit - “Pompeii and Herculaneum”

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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Ben Crick

Year 6 Teacher

After completing a Bachelor of Education at the University of Tasmania in 2015, Ben moved to England to teach in a Church of England Primary School located in North London. Living in London enabled Ben to travel extensively throughout Europe and learn about the history and culture of many countries, a passion of his which he enjoys sharing with his students. Ben is looking forward to starting his journey at Dominic College.

Book every child should read
The Adventures of Odysseus by Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton

Best recent professional learning
URSTRONG

Favourite teaching unit
English - Persuasive Writing

Teaching motto
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.” St Jerome

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Sue Cunningham

Coordinator of Teaching and Learning 3-6, Teacher - Year 6

Sue began her career in education in 1988. Since that time she has held a number of positions in the field of education including teaching ESOL, working with special needs students, making high school and university placements for overseas students and of course classroom teaching in Years 2, 4, 5 and 6. She has worked in primary, secondary and adult education. Sue came to Dominic in 2012 after 18 years living in Asia, 13 years in Shanghai, China and 5 years in Taipei, Taiwan.

Book every child should read
Wonder by RJ Palacio

Best recent professional learning
Thomas Guskey: On Your Mark

Favourite teaching unit
History, writing, reading, maths ... - it is too hard to choose one!

Teaching motto
Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. Henry Ford

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