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.

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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 - Creative Arts and Year 6

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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Katherine Denholm

Teacher - Creative Arts

Katherine began her Music teaching career in Hobart in 2005, after studying Music Education at UNSW in Sydney. With her major study being the cello, she plays for enjoyment now and prefers to focus her attention towards singing in the Hobart a cappella group, Thylasing. Katherine spent four years teaching secondary music in London, and traveling extensively, before beginning at Dominic in 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys sailing and spending time at the family shack in Orford.

Book every child should read
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Best recent professional learning
Discovering Positive Education

Favourite teaching unit
Year 9/10 Song Writing

Teaching motto
The expert in anything, was once a beginner – Helen Hayes

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Jane Doyle

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

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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Holly Duffy

Teacher - Kindergarten larila

Holly grew up on the Murray River in rural Victoria, before moving to Hobart to complete her Bachelor of Education. Following her graduation in 2017, Holly returned to her hometown, and commenced her teaching career. Holly first worked in relief teaching and then moved into specialist education, and later worked within a small rural primary school.

Holly always knew that she would return to the beautiful city of Hobart and was overjoyed when the opportunity arose. Holly is excited to commence teaching Kinder, and Launch into Learning at Dominic College in 2021.

Book every child should read
Say Something! – Peter H. Reynolds

Best recent professional learning
Walker Learning Overview and Creating and Engaging and Intentional Learning Environment with Early Life Foundations.

Favourite teaching unit
Phonological awareness.

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

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Megan Eddington

Teacher - Humanities and English

Megan graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1999. Since then, she has taught all grade levels in a variety of roles from English teacher to Librarian. Before joining Dominic, Megan was living in Beijing teaching in an international school. Returning to Tasmania with her husband and three children, Megan is excited to be reconnecting with her home state. She especially enjoys travelling and getting outdoors, as well as reading and learning languages. With a passion for teaching and a curiosity for future focused education, Megan is looking forward to getting to know all her students at Dominic College.

Book every child should read
The Other Facts of Life by Morris Gleitzman

Best recent professional learning
‘The Future of Education is Now’ conference

Favourite teaching unit
Short Stories

Teaching motto
When learning something new, question everything

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Sharmalee Ekanayake

Teacher - Kindergarten timita

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

Bosco House 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

Coordinator of Pastoral Care 7-10, 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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