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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Mark Glidden

Coordinator of Co-curriculum, Debating & Public Speaking K-10. 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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Jane Gysen

Teacher - 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 Religious Education, Year 7 and 8 Home Economics, Year 9/10 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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David Hawley

Teacher - Siena 1 Pastoral and Creative Arts

David Hawley began teaching in 1990 at Marist Regional College, Burnie. Since this appointment he has either been employed as a primary/secondary Art Teacher or undertaken post-graduate study. He has held positions of responsibility at Marist Regional College (The Arts Co-Ordinator) and St. Mary's College (Co-Ordinator of Art) and has taught grade 3 to grade 12. He recently completed contracts at the Hutchins School and St. Virgil's College. David is also a practicing artist, having undertaken numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas. He has work in public collections such as The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Artbank and the University of Tasmania.

Book every child should read
Any graphic novel, comic or zine.

Best recent professional learning
Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Art)

Favourite teaching unit
Painting and ceramics.

Teaching motto
There is a type of Art for everyone.

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Samantha Healy

Teacher - Bosco 5 Pastoral, English and Creative Arts

Samantha’s teaching career spans 15 years, 3 continents, 6 cities and 2 States. This cornucopia of experience allowed her to develop into a globally minded, and adaptable educator. Starting her journey as a Drama and English teacher at Aitken College, she went on to work in China twice, the UK and most recently Hanoi where she spent the past two years teaching K-5 Drama and Dance at the United Nations International School. Her love of performance is evident and she is keen to provide opportunities for students to experience and enjoy the Theatre environment.

Book every child should read
The Land Behind the World' - Anne Spencer-Parry

Best recent professional learning
Butoh and Physical Theatre Workshop with Mark Hill

Favourite teaching unit
Commedia dell'arte'

Teaching motto
Be passionate, be understanding, be a presence, be real.

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Zachary Hubber

Siena House Coordinator, Teacher - Religious Education, Humanities and Empower

Zach began his teaching journey following a six-year stint as a journalist. He completed a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) at RMIT, Melbourne before working at rural newspapers in northern Victoria and southern NSW, as well as a media monitor at Parliament House in Canberra. While working in Canberra Zach completed a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at ACU, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education. He worked as an English teacher and Pastoral Care Advisor at Daramalan College before moving to Hobart with his family in 2021. He is currently completing a Masters of Education through the University of Melbourne.

Book every child should read
'The Quiet American' by Graham Greene

Best recent professional learning
Generation Next - The Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People seminar

Favourite teaching unit
Representations of 'the other' - English

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

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Philip Hyatt

Coordinator of Outdoor Education and Camps K-10. Teacher - Siena 5 Pastoral and HPE

Philip started teaching in 2003 in the Tasmanian Education Department in Health & Physical Education mostly in the New Norfolk district. Began teaching at Mount Carmel College in 2005 as Head of HPE. He taught Outdoor Education, Sport Science, Athlete Development, HPE and was involved as Sports Co-ordinator. He had a year secondment 2012 moved to Tiwi Island, NT, and taught in a small Indigenous Community and still rates this as his most memorable teaching experience. He has just began his teaching journey at Dominic College in 2019 and is enjoying teaching where he went to school (Class of 1996), as well as developing the outdoor education and camp programs at the college.

Book every child should read
Cathy Freeman “Born to Run”

Best recent professional learning
Wilderness First Aid - Remote Area

Favourite teaching unit
SEPEP - Sports Education HPE Unit.

Teaching motto
To be an equal measure of firm and fair.

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Catherine James

Director of Pastoral Care K-10, Teacher - Religious Education, Empower and Science

Catherine was educated in the UK and completed her BSC (Hons) at London University in 1985.

A great believer in being a Lifelong Learner – a trait to be encouraged in all students as they face an ever-changing work environment. Cathy completed her master’s degree in education in 2017. This included a Practical Thesis on Creative and Critical thinking for secondary students. She was awarded a scholarship by NESLI (National Education School Leadership Initiative) and completed an Educational Leadership course accordingly. Cathy completed her Graduate Diploma of Education and Graduate Certificate in Theology in Australia. Her interest has been in Pastoral care for a number of years to ensure the wellbeing of students- vital for a happy education. Cathy’s main teaching is Science specialising in Biology and Chemistry, though she has also taught Mathematics, Religion and Food Technology in a secondary setting.

Book every child should read
"Any Hairy Maclary (Primary) To Kill a Mockingbird (Secondary) "

Best recent professional learning
National School Improvement Tools training

Favourite teaching unit
Science

Teaching motto
Education is Liberty (Eleanor Franklin).

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Hayley Joyce

Teacher - Year 6

Hayley began her teaching career at Dominic College in 2006. She has taught mainly in the upper primary years, particularly in Years 5 and 6. A highlight of Hayley's time at Dominic was the opportunity to spend time in Samoa in 2010 in our Salesian communities. Hayley held the position of Coordinator of Pastoral Care K-6 before leaving to go on maternity leave in 2013. She returned to work in 2014 after spending time at home with her daughter and son and is teaching in a part time capacity in Year 4. Hayley has a passion for teaching young people and aims to contribute to the success of the College in any way she can.

Book every child should read
A Prayer for the Twenty-First Century by John Marsden

Best recent professional learning
An introduction to 'Words their Way' spelling program

Favourite teaching unit
Any form of literature and novel studies

Teaching motto
By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn. Latin Proverb

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Thomas Kershaw

Savio House Coordinator, Teacher - Empower, Mathematics and Science

Thomas graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 with a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary BioScience (Hons 1). He found his passion for teaching through working with children as a Science Communicator with Fizzics Education in Sydney and as a Camp Counselor in North Carolina, and went on to complete a Masters of Teaching at the Australian Catholic University. Thomas started his teaching career at Cerdon College in Merrylands NSW, and spent 2018 teaching at various schools in the United Kingdom. He moved to Tasmania in 2021 with his wife and young daughter where he took up his position at Dominic College. Thomas loves teaching Science and Mathematics, and takes great joy in inspiring students to learn more about the world around them.

Book every child should read
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Best recent professional learning
Graduate Diploma of Mathematics Education

Favourite teaching unit
Biology (Heredity and Infectious Disease), Trigonometry, Algebra

Teaching motto
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" - William Butler Yeats

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