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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Linda Douglas

Teacher - Kindergarten and Launch Into Learning

Linda began her teaching career in 1988 in Launceston before moving to Melbourne in 1990. On returning, she gained employment at Dominic College. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years and has a passion for the Early Years. A keen advocate of play based learning to help build social and emotional skills; Linda's Kindergarten program always focussed is "A child's work is play". After 5 years in Kindergarten, Linda moved to Year 1 in 2016, where she continued her work in the Early Years. 2017 sees Linda implementing and coordinating the new Launch Into Learning Program at Dominic as well as Teaching the Kinder Mice group. Linda is also one of the Key Primary Leaders and is Daily Organiser of the K-6 section of the College.

Book every child should read
Wilfred Gordon Macdonald Partridge

Best recent professional learning
2015 Early Childhood Australia Conference (Melbourne)

Favourite teaching unit
Units of work initiated by the child. Science based units are always fun in in all Early Years age groups as children love to discover new things and watch reactions that take place.

Teaching motto
"It is not enough to love the young; they must know that they are loved." Don Bosco

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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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Audrey Durbridge

Teacher - Siena 1 Pastoral and Creative Arts

Audrey moved to Tasmania from Victoria in 1999 having completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Deakin University. She has a studio based art practice where she produces mixed media works on paper inspired by the Tasmanian landscape and she exhibits regularly in both group and solo shows. Her passion for art led her to complete a Bachelor of Teaching in 2007 with a view to encouraging and inspiring students to explore the potential of studying within the Visual Arts stream. In 2015 she graduated with Honours from the Tasmanian School of Art at UTAS.

Book every child should read
Animal Farm by George Orwell

Best recent professional learning
Attending the National Visual Art Education Conference 2016 in Canberra

Favourite teaching unit
Printmaking, especially etching techniques

Teaching motto
'Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself' George Bernard Shaw

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Kiera Farr

Teacher - Religious Education and HPE

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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Benjamin Fulton

Head of Humanities 7-10, Teacher – Bosco 2 Pastoral 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

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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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, Year 8/9 Empowerment Program and is also the K-6 Sport Coordinator.

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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Beth Graham

Teacher - Prep

Beth has worked in the education system in the United Kingdom, NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. Beth finds teaching a rewarding and fulfilling vocation; she strongly believes that building relationships and meeting the individual needs of each student in a classroom is the key to successful teaching.

Beth moved to Tasmania in 2016 and looks forwarding to continuing her relationship with the Dominic College community.

Book every child should read
The Fisherman and the Theefyspray - Paul Jennings

Best recent professional learning
Collaborative Learning Project (Putting FACES on the Data) - Lyn Sharratt

Favourite teaching unit
Poetry - It's extremely rewarding to see children discover just how accessible and enjoyable poems can be.

Teaching motto
As great scientists have said, and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope. Ursula K. Le Guin

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Jane Gysen

Teacher - Religious Education and Applied Studies

Jane is a Dominic old scholar and completed her education at GYC. She completed a Tourism degree and jumped at the opportunity to specialise in teaching Design and Technology at UTAS. Since graduating Jane has taught in a number of Catholic schools. She was employed at Dominic in 2010 to take up a role in Applied Studies. She teaches Year 7 and 8 Religious Education, Year 7 and 8 Home Economics, Year 9/10 Food Studies, Year 10 Advanced Food Studies and works with K-6 staff to deliver the Mamma Margaret kitchen program.

Book every child should read
The Enchanted Wood - Enid Blyton, Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom

Best recent professional learning
Cake Decorating

Favourite teaching unit
Baking and Cake decoration.

Teaching motto
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are". - Theodore Roosevelt

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Graeme Harris

Teacher – Savio 5 Pastoral and Mathematics

Graeme began his teaching career in 1980 in NSW. He has taught Mathematics, Physical Education, IT, Geography, Classical Studies and Commerce. He was Sportsmaster in three different schools over a period of 18 years and Head of a Boys' Boarding House for 10 years. He gained overseas teaching experience at Lord Wandsworth College, England in 1993. Graeme moved to Dominic College in 2012 to take up a position as a Mathematics teacher, after teaching for the previous 24 years in schools on the Darling Downs in Queensland.

Book every child should read
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (pen name for Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a mathematician at Christ Church College, Oxford)

Best recent professional learning
Dynamic Algebra and Geometry with GeoGebra

Favourite teaching unit
Calculus

Teaching motto
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” (Henry Adams)

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