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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Emily Claridge

Launch Into Learning (LIL) Facilitator

Emily is an Old Scholar and continued her studies to graduate with her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. She has worked at Dominic Discovery Early Learning Centre and as a Learning Support Assistant here at Dominic in 2020. Emily has recently relocated back from Queensland where she worked as a Child Educator with Seedlings Early Learning and is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm and love of learning, capturing young minds in a positive and supportive environment.

Book every child should read
Thelma the Unicorn - by Aaron Blabey

Best recent professional learning
Catholic Education Training Autism Module.

Favourite teaching unit
Phonics.

Teaching motto
Teaching children to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.

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Bonnie Court

Teacher - English and Humanities

Bonnie undertook her university studies at the University of Tasmania, specialising in Secondary English, Humanities and TESOL (EAL). Since graduating, Bonnie spent 5 years teaching at Marist Regional College in Burnie, before returning to Hobart to teach at Guilford Young College. She has spent the past 7 years teaching at Bavarian International School, located in Munich, Germany. Bonnie has experience teaching from Year 6-12 across the disciplines of English, Humanities and EAL.

Book every child should read
Lockie Leonard: Human Torpedo, by Tim Winton- It's an Australian classic!

Best recent professional learning
I was lucky enough to attend the last 2 Google Educator summits in Germany.

Favourite teaching unit
I love teaching all things geography and history!

Teaching motto
Always dare to dream. ‘Well, maybe it started that way. As a dream, but doesn’t everything? Those buildings. These lights. This whole city. Somebody had to dream about it first. And maybe that is what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it.’ – James and the Giant Peach

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Catherine Coventry

Learning Support Coordinator K-6

Catherine completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Tasmania in 1994. She has over 20 years teaching experience working in primary schools within Australia and overseas. Most recently she has been working in Muscat, Oman where she held the role of Literacy Leader for Learning for four years. Catherine has experience teaching at each grade level from Kindergarten - Year 6 and has taught in both EAL and Learning Support roles. Catherine joined Dominic College in 2020 after relocating to Tasmania with her family.

Book every child should read
The Rainbow Fish

Best recent professional learning
Visible Thinking - Harvard's Project Zero

Favourite teaching unit
Literacy and Art

Teaching motto
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn - Alvin Toffler

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Cameron Cranfield

Teacher - Year 6 Mazzarello 2

A Dominic Old Scholar (class of 2006), Cameron completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science in 2013, working in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. A keen athlete, Cameron has also been involved in the administration and coaching of junior athletics. Working with young people motivated Cameron to fulfil a long-harboured ambition of teaching, undertaking a Masters of Teaching in 2020 with Latrobe University.

Specialising in teaching Science and Health, Cameron is excited to be returning to Dominic in 2022 to start his teaching journey. In his spare time, Cameron enjoys canoeing, bagpiping and gardening.

Book every child should read
All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot.

Best recent professional learning
Kath Murdoch: The Power of Inquiry.

Favourite teaching unit
Science (Body systems and Biology)

Teaching motto
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn" - Benjamin Franklin.

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Katie-Lee Crawford

Teacher - Guzman 1 Pastoral, Religious Education and English

Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Tasmania in 2017, with a double major in Psychology and Behavioural Science and a double minor in Criminology and Marketing. Driven by her love for learning and passion for cultivating curiosity in young minds, Katie undertook a Master of Teaching graduating in 2020 and commenced teaching at Dominic College in Term 1 2021.

Book every child should read
'Once' by Morris Gleitzman

Best recent professional learning
'High Impact Pedagogy and Classroom Management'

Favourite teaching unit
Poetry, Film Studies, The World Wars and the Civil Rights Movement.

Teaching motto
'What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.' (George Bernard Shaw)

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Benjamin Crick

Teacher - Year 5 Magone 1

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 continuing 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 Mazzarello 2

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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Natalie Davey

Teacher - Applied Studies

Natalie completed a Bachelor of Human Movement majoring in HPE and Outdoor Education in 2006. In 2007 and 2008, she taught Middle School Maths and Science at the Fahan School. Natalie then began her time at Dominic College in 2009 in the position of Co-ordinator of Health and PE 7-10, which she held until 2014. She was also Co-ordinator of Siena House part way through 2010 until the end of 2011. Natalie has had some periods of leave throughout the past few years to look after her children and she returned to part-time work in Term 3 2021.

Book every child should read
Anna's Story - Bronwyn Donaghy

Best recent professional learning
Rite Journey training

Favourite teaching unit
Relationships – HPE, Body Systems - Sport Science

Teaching motto
"If the child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns" - Rita Dunn

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Kylie De Calmer

Acting Guzman House Coordinator 7-10, Teacher - Creative Arts

Kylie graduated from the University of in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education. She has taught both primary and secondary Music and The Arts across Queensland, including in Mount Isa where she helped to coordinate regional Music and Choral programs and performances.

In 2020 Kylie relocated to Hobart for a tree change, and started teaching at Dominic College.

Book every child should read
For primary school - Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. For young adults - The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

Best recent professional learning
Bucket Drumming!

Favourite teaching unit
Musical Characters and Action (Year 3)

Teaching motto
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” - Albert Einstein

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Tarra Downham

Teacher - Year 2 tuti 3

Tarra began working for the Tasmanian Department of Education as a Teaching Assistant in 2012. Through her time in this position, she worked closely with vulnerable and at risk students. It was during this time, she started studying for a Bachelor of Education at the University of Tasmania, focusing her independent studies on Social and Emotional Well-being and Learning to support the academic and social and emotional development for all her future students.

Tarra was employed as a Learning Support Assistant and a relief teacher at Dominic College, whist graduating in 2021 and is very excited to commence her first year of full-time teaching in Year 2 at Dominic College.

Book every child should read
Animalia, Prahanas don't eat bananas, and anything by Roald Dahl.

Best recent professional learning
Behavioural First Aid.

Favourite teaching unit
HASS - History, Geography and Social Sciences.

Teaching motto
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill.

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