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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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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Kylie DeCalmer

Teacher - Savio 3 Pastoral and Creative Arts

Kylie has been teaching piano and keyboard since 2005, and teaching Music and Creative Arts in primary and secondary classrooms across Queensland since 2011

Book every child should read
Window by Jeannie Baker or the Harry Potter series

Best recent professional learning
The DAYTiME Music Technology in Education Conference in 2019.

Favourite teaching unit
Top 3 are Musical Theatre, Film Music and Protest Music.

Teaching motto
Success for every student, every day.

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Jane Doyle

Coordinator of Teaching and Learning K-2, Teacher - Kindergarten

Jane began teaching in 1987 at St Cuthbert's and has continued to work in Catholic Education in a variety of classroom positions and leadership roles. At Dominic College Jane has led various innovations to enhance student learning. In particular, the installation of Solar panels and Rainwater tanks, Mamma Margaret Kitchen Garden program, and the Asian Festival. In 2016, Jane was nominated by the Dominic College P&F for an ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA), along with 1350 other educators from around Australia and New Zealand. After the initial selection process Jane was one of 34 educators chosen to participate in the final selection process. As a result, she was named as one of the top 12 Early Years Educators in Australia and New Zealand for 2016.

Book every child should read
The Twits by Roald Dahl

Best recent professional learning
Dylan Wiliam Embedding Formative Assessment for Teachers and Leaders

Favourite teaching unit
Anything Literacy based- author and book studies, Mem Fox, Pamela Allen and Roald Dahl

Teaching motto
Mistakes aren’t wrong, they are steps to helping us learn the right answers

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Sharmalee Ekanayake

Teacher - Kindergarten

Sharmalee started her teaching career in Sri Lanka in 1993. Before moving to Australia, she also worked in Thailand as a teacher assistant in a Primary school. Sharmalee enjoyed working as an early childhood educator for over 11 years and was nominated as a finalist of the Early Childhood Educator award in 2016. She strongly believes in the significance of having positive relationships with children and families, and working collaboratively with the school community.

Book every child should read
Oliver twist -Charles Dickens

Best recent professional learning
Re-imagining Childhood- Adelaide

Favourite teaching unit
Reading- It is rewarding to see what young children can explore when they develop reading skills.

Teaching motto
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all - Aristotle

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Kiera Farr

Acting Bosco House Co-Coordinator, Teacher - Religious Education, HPE and Empower

During her time at Dominic College as a student (2007-2010), Kiera discovered her passion for sport science, fitness development and a love for people. After a number of career options became available to her, she made a very determined decision that being a Health and Physical Education Teacher was her goal. After attending Guilford Young College she moved to Launceston to undertake a Bachelor of Education with a double major in Health and Physical Education. During her time at university, she worked as a Learn to Swim teacher and Swimming Trainer/Instructor for the course of her degree. Directly after gaining her degree she began working as a Health and Physical Education, Sport Science and Athletic Development teacher at Rose Bay High School for 1.5 Terms before commencing at Dominic College in term 2 2017.

Book every child should read
“Oh The Places You Will Go’ by Dr Seuss

Best recent professional learning
ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation) State Conference 2016

Favourite teaching unit
Relationships- Health, Team building and development- Physical Education, Sport Psychology- Sport Science

Teaching motto
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but not what to see.

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Frances Flanagan

Head of Humanities 7-10, Teacher - Humanities

Frankie has returned home to Tasmania after 15 years of teaching experience in Victoria. She completed a double degree in Arts and Education, majoring in Literature and minoring in History and Geography. She has predominantly taught senior English and History, however, Frankie has also taught pastoral programs and middle school elective subjects. Frankie has held various leadership positions throughout her career. Her work in both student well being and teacher development has resulted in a strong focus on whole school approaches to fostering a community of learners. She has a genuine passion for assisting to generate a life long love of learning and hopes to bring this focus to her teaching at Dominic College.

Book every child should read
'To Kill a Mockingbird', 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Cloudstreet'.

Best recent professional learning
"Cultures of Thinking- Project Zero" and "Mental Health First Aid"

Favourite teaching unit
The French Revolution, Twentieth Century History and Hamlet.

Teaching motto
“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” Leonardo da Vinci

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Benjamin Fulton

Teacher – Bosco 2 Pastoral, English, Empower and Humanities

Ben grew up in Launceston and spent many years living and working in Melbourne. Ben has worked in a variety of industries prior to studying education and has enjoyed a number of experiences travelling in Europe, and North and South America. His most difficult and rewarding learning experience was learning to speak Spanish. Ben has recently returned to Hobart with his young family to enjoy the lifestyle and friendly atmosphere.

Book every child should read
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Best recent professional learning
Helping History Teachers Become Better Writing Teachers. MOOC through the Canvas Network.

Favourite teaching unit
Ancient Greece, Year Seven History.

Teaching motto
"Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from their failures as from their successes". - John Dewey.

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Beth Gilligan

College Principal, Teacher - Religious Education and Empower

Beth is a secondary teacher who began teaching in 1980. She has taught Religious Education, English, Drama and Humanities. Modern History & Global Education are her great passions. Her curriculum work on the Middle East Conflict was recognised with a study tour to Israel in 1990. She has written four secondary textbooks and numerous classroom resources integrating social justice themes. She currently teaches Humanities at Dominic College.

Book every child should read
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

Best recent professional learning
School Improvement at Harvard University and Teaching Faith in a Secular Age at Boston College

Favourite teaching unit
The Rights of the Child

Teaching motto
Wonder is the desire for knowledge. St Thomas Aquinas

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Mark Glidden

Teacher - Guzman 3 Pastoral, Religious Education, Humanities and English

A proud Old Scholar of Dominic College (Class of 2006), Mark undertook a Bachelor of Theology in 2011, working in various churches around Hobart. Enjoying the teaching more than the preaching, Mark returned to the University of Tasmania to pursue a career in teaching. He graduated in 2019 with a Master of Teaching, having also gained a Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major in English and Philosophy in 2015, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English in 2016. Before taking up a position at Dominic College in Term 1 2020, Mark worked in multiple schools around Hobart as a Literacy Support teacher.

Book every child should read
Any book that can spark wonder or fuel their imagination, challenge them, or make them think about the world around them.

Best recent professional learning
"Critical Reading: Engaging 21st Century Literacy Learners"

Favourite teaching unit
Year 8 RE: The Jewish Context of the Gospels; Any English unit involving a novel study.

Teaching motto
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." - Albert Einstein

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Cameron Golding

Director of HPE K-10, Teacher - HPE, Applied Studies and Empower

Cameron was a student at Dominic College from 1996-1999. After completing his Bachelor of Human Movement in 2005 he had a year away travelling as a Casual Cook before moving back to Hobart. Cameron commenced work at Dominic College in Term 2 2007 on the 7-10 campus initially on a two term contract in the HPE department. In 2008 a job became available as the K-6 HPE teacher which he jumped at and Cameron has been a permanent employee ever since. Over the years Cameron's roles have been vast and various and he now enjoys teaching HPE, MMK, VET Hospitality, Empowerment Program and is also the Director of HPE K-10.

Book every child should read
Bear Grylls- Mud, Sweat and Tears

Best recent professional learning
The Rite Journey- Andrew Lines

Favourite teaching unit
Pasta Making and Simple Sauces- MMK program

Teaching motto
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." - John Cotton Dana

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