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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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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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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Sarah King

Teacher - Savio 3 Pastoral and Mathematics

Sarah completed her undergraduate studies at Flinders University in South Australia in 2017. She studied a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science with a double major in Mathematics and Physics, and an Earth Science minor. Sarah moved to Tasmania early in 2018 and began teaching Mathematics to Year 7-10 students at Dominic College in July. Sarah has a passion for seeing sense and wonder in the world around her and helping her students do the same.

Book every child should read
The Little Red Hen - Diane Muldrow

Best recent professional learning
Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching

Favourite teaching unit
Finance, Geometry, Differential Calculus, Weather and Climate

Teaching motto
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” (John Dewey)

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Selina Kinne

Director of Teaching & Learning K-10, Head of Technology & Applied Studies 7-10, Teacher – Applied Studies

Selina began teaching Commerce & Mathematics in 1986. In 1989 she joined 'The Office' Business Academy consequently becoming Computer Co-ordinator and Head Teacher. She moved with her young family to Tasmania in 2001 and worked in various State and Private schools & Colleges around Hobart. In 2007 she was employed by Dominic College to teach IT and Business Studies and has since held various leadership roles and is a member of the College Leadership Team. Selina has mentored successful teams in First Lego League, Robocup, Crime Stoppers & Tournament of the Minds and she runs a Robotics Club. She has delivered Professional Learning in Digital Technology, Leadership and Curriculum and is on the executive of TASITE (TAS IT Educators).

Book every child should read
‘The Wind in the Willows’, ‘The Bible’

Best recent professional learning
Visible Learning with Prof John Hattie

Favourite teaching unit
NXT Lego Robotics

Teaching motto
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

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Martin Kress

Teacher – Siena 2 Pastoral and English

Martin Kress started working at Dominic College in 2011. Previously he worked in secondary schools in Melbourne including St Albans Secondary College and The Grange P-12 College. He lived and taught in Japan in the late 1990s and has also worked in other fields including construction and sales.

Book every child should read
"1984" - George Orwell

Best recent professional learning
Supporting Primary and Secondary Teachers to Thrive in Mixed Ability Classrooms by Differentiating The Curriculum

Favourite teaching unit
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

Teaching motto
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Belinda Kumashiro

Coordinator of Asian Studies K-10, Teacher - Japanese K-10

Belinda began her teaching career in Tasmania before setting off to Japan in the late 1990s with the goal of developing her Japanese skills. After initially teaching EFL, she then spent several years gaining valuable experience developing curriculum materials and conducting teacher training for an international school. Belinda's love of Japanese festivals led to her joining a local wadaiko drumming group, and she also enjoyed the annual bon dances whilst wearing Japanese summer kimono (yukata). During her 15 years in Japan she travelled extensively around the country and has many fond memories of her time there. Belinda is eager to share her passion for Japan and the Japanese language with her students.

Book every child should read
Sadako by Eleanor Coerr

Best recent professional learning
Connecting Students to the World

Favourite teaching unit
The work of Hayao Miyazaki (especially Totoro)

Teaching motto
Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.

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Sunita Kumrai

Head of Mathematics 7-10, Teacher - Guzman 2 Pastoral and Mathematics

Sunita began her teaching career in 1992 in India as a Mathematics teacher. She taught in India in a co-educational school for eight years before moving to London in 2001. In London, Sunita taught Mathematics for 3 years to a range of students from grade 7 to A-level, in a Catholic School for Girls before coming to Tasmania in 2004. Her journey as a teacher continued in Tasmania by teaching at St. Mary's College then Hutchins School and currently at Dominic College. The various subjects that she has taught so far are Maths Specialised, Maths Methods, Maths Applied, Physics, Science and Maths.

Book every child should read
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Best recent professional learning
Assessment and Reporting at Dominic College. Use of Geogebra in Mathematics

Favourite teaching unit
Algebra, Calculus and Trigonometry in Mathematics

Teaching motto
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time". Thomas A. Edison

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