Our School

Meet Our Staff

The Principal

Dear Community,

I would like to introduce myself to you as the Principal of Barton Primary School. I really enjoy the role of Principal and am excited about this opportunity to develop our school as the centre of our new community.

I was the Principal of Somerville Rise Primary School for the past nine years. Prior to Somerville Rise I was the Principal of Crib Point Primary School and prior to that Assistant Principal of Devon Meadows Primary School.

I have worked as a primary school teacher since the late seventies in schools all over South Eastern Melbourne but predominantly on the Mornington Peninsula. I have experience as a classroom teacher as well as a specialist Phys Ed teacher.

In my spare time I really enjoy a hit of golf, a paddle at the beach or some gardening at home. I live in Mornington with my wife Loretta and our three children. My daughter is a doctor at The Royal Children’s Hospital; my other daughter is a Secondary School Phys Ed teacher & my son has just completed a Business Management degree.

I am passionate about providing the best possible learning opportunities for every child. At Barton Primary School we are establishing a culture which will foster student growth. Exploring our website will give you an insight into how we are doing this.

Andrew Felsinger

PRINCIPAL

Assistant Principal

Matthew Moore

Assistant Principal

Lindy Powell

As a new Assistant Principal of Barton Primary School for 2020, I am excited to lead the staff team and work with the students and families within the Barton community. I have a range of teaching experience including in the classroom, as a Performing Arts Specialist, in a Special School setting and performing a range of roles in school leadership at nearby Government and Independent schools. 

In my free time I enjoy arts and crafts, especially painting and jewellery making.

I look forward to getting to know everyone in the Barton community as a member of the leadership team for 2020.

Business Manager

Kirby Law

My name is Kirby Law and I feel very privileged to be working as the Senior HR & Finance Manager at Barton Primary School. It has been very exciting watching the school grow over the last few years and I look forward to seeing this continue in 2020.

Outside of school, I enjoy travelling overseas and around Australia, spending time with family and friends and renovating my home.

Administration

Kate Mathews

Hi my name is Kate Mathews and I am extremely excited to be part of the Barton administration team. I feel privileged to be working in such a dynamic environment with a community of caring and friendly people. I am looking forward to getting to know all the students and families and seeing their happy faces around the school.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my seven year old twin boys, going on bush walks with my dog ‘Waffles’ and running.

Administration

Beccy Falkam

Hi my name is Beccy Falkam and I am very excited to be back at Barton Primary School as part of the Admin team for 2020.

I love being a part of Barton Primary School and have been very lucky to watch the school grow from its opening in 2017.

When I am not at work I love spending time with my family and friends, going out for breakfast and spending time in the sunshine.

Administration

Lauren Box

My name is Lauren Box and I work in the Administration team. I am very excited for my second year at Barton Primary School and look forward to seeing the students and parent’s friendly faces around the office.

When I’m not working I enjoy travelling and getting outdoors with my dog Ruby.

 

Administration

Jessica Watt

Hi my name is Jessica Watt and I work in the Administration team. This is my second year and I love being part of the Barton Community. You can find me in the front office, please come and say hello.

Outside of the school, you can find me keeping active or walking my Golden Retriever Sylvester. I love animals and indulging in delicious food.

Prep Team

Hi my name is Meaghan Mann. I have been working in education for eight years and have taught Prep for six of those years. This is my third year at Barton Primary School and I am very excited to be working within the Prep Team.

Outside of school I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and friends, going to movies or musicals and swimming. I am looking forward to a wonderful 2020 and most importantly the learning achievements of our Prep students.

Ashlea Barnes

Hi my name is Rachael Vriend. I am excited to be apart the prep team this year. This is my second year as a prep teacher and I am excited to continue to be a part of the Barton community. Before becoming a Primary School Teacher I worked in Early Childhood Education for 8 years. I then worked as a relief teacher for 6 months.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my son, family and friends, the beach and spontaneous trips. I also follow AFL and I am a huge Bombers fan! I am looking forward to wonderful year in Prep.

Charlotte Howle

Hi! My name is Bec Hurley and I am very excited to be joining the Prep team this year. I joined Barton Primary School last year and I’m looking forward to getting to know our Prep students this year.

Outside of school I enjoy going to the beach, reading and spending time with my friends and family. I look forward to a great year ahead!

My name is Gabrielle Peters and I am really excited to be a part of the Foundation team at Barton this year. This will be my seventh year in Education and my third at Barton Primary.

I am an extremely passionate teacher who always strives to get the best out of each and every one of my students. I truly believe in ensuring I value and respect what each individual brings to our classroom and the school community.

It was Nelson Mandela who once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” and as an educator I hope to empower and motivate my students this year to flourish in their learning.

My name is Rhiannon Steward and I am thrilled to be part of the Prep team for 2020. This is my first year of teaching and I am so excited to start my career at Barton Primary School. I look forward to getting to know all the students and build positive relationships throughout the year.

Outside of school I love to travel overseas, teach and dance classical ballet, and eat lots of food! I also love to spend time with friends, family and my rescue greyhound Riley.

Grade 1

My name is Melanie Chand and I am one of the Grade 1 classroom teachers this year. I am very excited to be part of the wonderful team here.

I love to travel to different places around the world. I have been overseas a few times and look forward to travelling in the future as it is a fantastic experience.  I enjoy going for long walks on summer nights. I also love spending time with my family and friends and have two beautiful nieces.

My name is Jenessa Mitrevski, and I am lucky enough to be one of the grade 1 classroom teachers this year. This is my fourth year of teaching and I am very excited to be working alongside the amazing and friendly staff and students here at Barton.

Outside of the classroom, I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy doing Pilates or going to the Shopping Centre. On the weekend, I love exploring all of the different places to see in Melbourne and finding delicious sweets to eat!

 Hi, my name is Kate Fishwick and I am one of the Grade 1 teachers. This is my third year teaching at Barton Primary School and I am excited for a great year ahead.

Outside of school, I enjoy playing netball, going for walks and attending fun fitness classes at gym. I also like to spend time with my family, friends and my cat Maggie.

Hi, my name is Kim Chanter and I am one of the Grade 1 teachers this year. This is my second year at Barton Primary School and I am very excited to be part of the Barton community again in 2020.

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy open water swimming, going to the theatre and catching up with family and friends. I love to travel and I am looking forward to planning my next adventure!

My name is Emma Buggy and I am excited to be back at Barton in 2020! I’m looking forward to being a part of the grade 1 team this year and getting to know a whole new group of students.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, including my one year old daughter. I also enjoy going to the movies and watching sport, especially Australian Rules Football. I have a love of travel and have been lucky enough to visit some amazing countries around the world.

My name is Hannah Bolwell and I will be teaching Grade 1 this year. I am new to the Barton Primary School team, however I do have five years prior teaching experience within the junior school area.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. In Summer we enjoy going to the beach and camping. During the colder months we enjoy going to the snow, as we love to snowboard. When we’re not outside enjoying the great outdoors we enjoy relaxing in our home with our two dogs, Arnie and Lulu.

Hi my name is Cassandra Eerden and I am teaching 1F this year at Barton Primary School. Prior to joining Barton, I was very fortunate to teach in the Northern Territory for 2 years which was a great experience. I am very excited to work with such an experienced team this year and can’t wait to get to know all of the students at Barton P.S.

Outside of school I love going to the beach and walking my dog Kita who is a Kelpie. I really enjoy travelling and volunteering overseas, experiencing new cultures, trying lots of different food and constantly learning about the world.  

Grade 2

Hello! My name is Emily Roberts and I have been at Barton Primary School since it opened in 2017 and have loved seeing the community grow. I have been teaching since 2011. 

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and chocolate Labrador Toby. Some of my favourite things to do are going to the movies, going out for dinner and eating cupcakes.

My name is Katrina van Dam and I am very excited to be here at Barton Primary School. This is my eighth year of teaching and my passion for education continues to grow. Watching children overcome learning challenges and develop their own passions is a privilege and something I take a huge amount of pride.

Previously from New Zealand I now call Melbourne home and enjoy spending my spare time with family and friends. During the winter months you can find me watching AFL, cheering Collinwood to victory or down at my local footy club watching my son and the rest of juniors develop their skills. I loving living so close to the beach in the summer, where I can go for walks and enjoy the lifestyle the peninsular has to offer. I look forward to meeting the members of the Barton community.

My name is Aaron Abella and I absolutely love what I do! Teaching children to possess the ‘I can’ mindset when faced with learning challenges is something I take a lot of pride in. This is my third year at Barton Primary School and I am excited to continue working alongside motivated colleagues and being a part of the supportive community.

During my spare time, I enjoy spending it with my family and friends by eating out, going to the cinemas, playing tennis, cheering Collingwood to victory and going for long walks. I look forward to meeting more members of the growing Barton community – I enjoy a good chat so please come up and say “hi”.

My name is Claire Keyworth and I am excited to be joining the Grade 2 team this year. I have been at Barton for the last two years as an Integration Aide, but am very excited to have finished my studies and be starting my first year of teaching with the barton community. When I am not at Barton you will find me with my friends catching up over a latte or two whilst enjoying the Melbourne sunshine, swimming in the ocean or travelling overseas and exploring new and wonderful places.

My name is Claire Keyworth and I am excited to be joining the Grade 2 team this year. I have been at Barton for the last two years as an Integration Aide, but am very excited to have finished my studies and be starting my first year of teaching with the barton community. When I am not at Barton you will find me with my friends catching up over a latte or two whilst enjoying the Melbourne sunshine, swimming in the ocean or travelling overseas and exploring new and wonderful places.

Grade 3

My Name is Justine French and I am thrilled to be joining Barton PS as a Grade 3 teacher in 2020. I have worked in education for the last ten years in a variety of roles, and absolutely love being a teacher. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and two dogs, Piper and Billie. I love baking cakes, and relaxing on the couch with a big block of chocolate to cheer on the Saints!

My name is Alana Sutherland. I have been working at Barton since it opened in 2017 and am excited to continue to be a part of the Barton Community. I will be continuing to lead English this year as well as working with the wonderful Grade 3 students. I am very excited to meet the many new faces we have joining our community this year, both staff and students.

Outside of school, my hobbies include cake decorating, spending time at the beach, shopping and travel. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

 

 Hi, my name is Melissa Godenzi and I am excited to be teaching the Grade 3 class at Barton Primary School. I am passionate about teaching and always look for new and exciting ways to keep students motivated in particular reading and making reading fun and exciting. I enjoy working at Barton Primary School as it has great sense of community and the children and staff look out for each other.  I feel very privileged to work in such a dynamic school that always provides the best for children’s education and well-being.

Outside of school, I have been happily married for over 16 years and have 2 beautiful daughters who are 13 and 7 years old. I enjoy reading, shopping, going to the movies and bike rides with my family.

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Shae Denny, and I am in the Grade 3 team this year. This will be my first year teaching, and I am so excited to be at Barton Primary School!

Outside of Barton, I enjoy playing footy with a local club and running around with my dog, Breusty. My favourite holiday destination is Wilson’s Promontory, where I enjoy camping with family and friends and exploring the beautiful landscape.

 

Hello! My name is Rhiannon Blick and I am one of the Grade 3 teachers this year. This will be my first year teaching in the classroom, however I was lucky enough to join Barton Primary School towards the end of last year. I am really excited to be working with the amazing staff and students again in 2020.

Outside of school, I love to spend time with my family and friends. On weekends I am usually watching my children play sport, visiting markets, catching up on a good book or watching my favourite AFL team Collingwood play.

 

Grade 4

My name is Rebecca Nunn and I am one of the Grade 4/5/6 teachers this year. I am excited to be teaching at Barton Primary School and I feel extremely fortunate to be part of a great school community.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, having a hit of tennis, playing cricket, kicking the football and camping. I also enjoy going to the movies and playing board games.

Hello, my name is Jessica Steinhuebl and I am very excited to be starting my first year of teaching at Barton Primary School. I am very privileged to be working at a wonderful school.

Outside of school I love going to the beach and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy staying active where I participate and compete in obstacle course racing. 

I look forward to meeting you throughout the year. 

My name is Tyler Barry and I am one of the grade 4/5/6 classroom teachers this year. This is my second year of teaching and I’m very excited to be working at Barton with the amazing staff and students. Outside of school I enjoy playing netball, going to the movies, watching music acts at festivals/gigs and spending time with my family and friends.

Grade 56

My name is Nicole Bates and I am one of the grade 4/5/6 teachers this year. This is my third year of teaching at Barton Primary School and I am loving my time at our wonderful school! I am passionate about education and helping others. Outside of school, I enjoy being active, travelling, cooking and spending time with family and friends as well as my two dogs Charlie and Nala.  

 

My name is Danielle Everest and I am very happy to be teaching grade 4/5/6 this year. I am also leading the use of Digital Technology at Barton Primary School. I love to have fun when teaching and challenge students with problem solving tasks. It is really important to me that students (and teachers) develop and maintain a growth mindset and always be determined to do their best.

Outside of school I love to go to the gym, cook healthy food, spend time at the beach and read as much as possible. I also love to dance. I am looking forward to another great year at Barton Primary School and being part of the wonderful team here.

My name is Corey Micari and this year I will be entering my first official year of teaching!
Since graduating from Monash University in 2018, I have spent time travelling abroad and working in various Secondary Schools.

In my spare time I love to play football, drink coffee with my friends and play with my nieces and nephew.
I look forward to a great first year with all of my new Barton family!

Emily Lees

Specialist Team

Hi there, my name is Amy Clarke and I am very excited to be joining the Barton Primary School Specialist team in 2020 as a Music and Environmental Studies teacher. This year marks my second year of teaching, having taught Dance and Drama at another school last year.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my dog, watch movies, sing with my band, see theatre shows and have games night with my Mum and sister.

I very much look forward to getting to know all of the students and families in our community.

My name is Ryan Harrison and I am thrilled to be teaching Physical Education at Barton Primary, this is my third year of teaching and second year of teaching P.E. 

Outside of the gymnasium I play cricket for a club based in Frankston during summer and baseball on the Mornington Peninsula during winter. I also play midweek tennis and indoor soccer.

I am looking forward to working within the Specialist Team and all the teachers at Barton and am very grateful to be working with all year levels. I am excited to see all the students develop and build on their skills this year.

Hi my name is Tiffany Palladino and I am super excited to be working 2 days at Barton Primary School. This year I am working in grade 3D on Monday and 2C on Tuesday.

In my spare time I love spending time with my beautiful family, Michael my husband and my two boys Arlo (5 years old) and Alfie (2 years old). It’s a super busy year for us this year as Arlo has just started his first year at school, which he is loving. I also love to spend time outside in the garden, looking after our first veggie patch (which the boys have also enjoyed).

I’m super excited for this year and am loving teaching at Barton!

Hi, my name’s Sarah Shelley and I’m one of the Music Teachers.  I am new to Barton Primary School this year and I’m very excited about starting!  I have been teaching music for the past 7 years at both primary schools and high schools all across Melbourne.

In my spare time I like to spend time with my husband and my two gorgeous dogs, taking them on long walks and to the beach.  I also love spending time with my friends, going out for dinners and trying new food.

Hi my name is Tegan Long and I am really excited to be teaching Physical Education at Barton Primary! This is my first year teaching at Barton but prior to here, I have been teaching for over 10 years in the States and here in Australia.

 Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband who is also a primary school teacher, our two little boys named Rory and Camden and our two little West Highland Terrier dogs. To stay active, I enjoy exercising and playing fast pitch softball for the Northwood Falcons over in Glen Waverly. I can’t wait for a great year at Barton!

Hi my name is Tess Thomas. I have the pleasure of being part of the Grade 1 and Grade 4/5/6 team this year. I look forward to working with the students and seeing their growth throughout the year.

Outside of the classroom I enjoy spending time with my husband Shaun, son Hugh and Jagger the dog. I love being active and making the most of the outdoors in the beautiful country we live in.

 

 Hi! My name is Stephanie Staples and this is my second year of teaching at Barton Primary School. This year I am extremely excited to be the visual arts teacher and work with all students across the school getting creative!

Outside of the art room, I enjoy travelling and exploring new places with my husband and dog. I also enjoy spending time at the beach, hanging out with my friends and eating chocolate.

My name is Jemma Dunstan and I am excited to again be teaching Environmental Education at Barton. I have a passion for the outdoors and exploring all of the naturally beautiful sights we have in our community. Outside of Barton I enjoy riding my horse Charlie, spending time on my family farm in Gippsland and long distance running. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for our environment with the Barton community.

 

 

 

Hi, my name is Bec Kelly and I’m excited to be teaching Art this year. I have previously taught in the classroom for many years and I feel very fortunate to be teaching a specialist subject. I am passionate about all aspects of Art and in my spare time enjoy painting, drawing and photography.

Outside of school I also enjoy travel, going on hikes and spending time with my family. I look forward to getting to know students across the school in my Art classes so please come and say hello to me if you see me in the playground.

 

EAL Teachers

Hello! My name is Kristin Williamson, I am in my third year of teaching at Barton Primary School and seventh year of teaching. I am continuing in the role of English as an Additional Language Teacher in 2020 in which I have the privilege of working with students in Grades 3-6 who speak other languages at home. I love learning about the cultures of my students and supporting them to grow in their confidence and English language skills. I am a passionate educator who is always furthering my professional knowledge of effective teaching practices and supporting students to maximise their learning opportunities.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. My favourite days are spent relaxing on the beach, enjoying good food and having long conversations. I am a life-long enthusiast of Theatre, History and Travel and look forward to sharing these interests with my children as they grow up.

Simone Gianarelli

Spanish Teachers

Hi my name is Kathryn Shinners and I am so excited to join the Spanish team this year! Spanish is a real passion of mine; I studied Spanish at University, have lived and worked in Spain and I also got married there!

This will be my 9th year of teaching, having previously been a classroom teacher at Old Orchard Primary School.

In my spare time I like to go to the beach with my family, listen to music, run and practice yoga. I also love to travel as much as possible!

I am very excited to share my passion for Spanish with the students at Barton!

¡Hola! My name is (Señorita) Cianna Commerford and I am passionate about all things language. I spent my early teaching years focusing on teaching English, and more recently have been in Spain diving into Spanish.

I’m particularly fascinated by how languages connect with each other and love exploring this in the classroom! It is such a joy to be at Barton discovering the Spanish language and culture with all the brilliant young learners here!

Outside of school, I enjoy long walks, reading a book with a delicious cup of coffee and of course watching Spanish films!

My name is Prue Briggs and I am responsible for the Spanish LOTE program. My role is to introduce the students to all things Spanish, including language and culture as well as provide the students with a current, interactive program to encourage the spoken Spanish language.

During secondary school, I was an AFS exchange student in Spain for 12 months, which sparked my love for Spain and travel in general. Over the years, I’ve taught English to adults in Istanbul, Moscow and in Melbourne before meeting my husband David and settling on the Mornington Peninsula. We have two children, Hugo (19) and Freya (17) and a beautiful aging German Shepherd called Koto.

I love trail walking daily, especially around the tracks of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula but also try to do extended walking trips whenever possible. We are active members of the McCrae Yacht Club and enjoy the lifestyle it brings both on and off the water.

Integration Aides

Hi, my name is Brodie Dewhurst and I am over the moon to be a part of Barton’s Education Support Team in 2020.

I am extremely passionate in the world of education and am currently studying my Bachelor of Education (P-12) majoring in mathematics. I am extremely driven and motivated to help students achieve the best they possibly can and have a great time whilst doing it. I’ve volunteered in Thailand where I taught grade 5’s and 6’s how to speak English and it was a life changing experience.

Outside the classroom I like to surf and go travelling, even better simultaneously.

My name is Naomi Bartlett and I am part of the Barton Primary School Education Support Team. I’m excited to be working with the wonderful children and staff here, and am passionate about children receiving quality education and the support they need to achieve.

I am lucky to be the mum of four boys, traveling is our favourite pastime and we love exploring our amazing country and world. My spare time is spent with my family, cooking, seeing live music, attending sporting matches and photography. I have just begun my final year of the Bachelor of Primary Education and look forward to teaching in the near future.

Hi, my names Raquel and I am thrilled to be part of the education support team for 2020. I take inspiration for my role from the aides my youngest son had during his time in primary school. I saw firsthand that compassion and treating each student as an individual foster’s success. I have an eagerness to constantly develop my skills and strive to achieve these values each day I walk into the school grounds.

When I’m not supporting the students at Barton, I enjoy family time. My sons and I love sitting around the table playing Cluedo. We have our own favorite character and endeavor to embody their idiosyncrasies. Laughter always erupts as we play. FYI, my character is Scarlet.

My name is Sue Williams, this is my fourth year being a part of the Barton Family.  I love getting to know and working with all the students here.

Outside of work I love spending time with my family. I have 2 daughters who like to keep us busy. We love spending time outdoors doing fun runs, going to the drive in and going surfing.

Hi my name is Ginger Parker and I am super excited to be a part of the Education Support team here at Barton Primary School. I have worked in Secondary Schools in the past, but this is my first role within a Primary School and am loving every second of it.

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education in PE and Maths, which is where my passions lie. I spend most of my time at my local footy club kicking the ball with my friends, otherwise you can find me eating through the menu at my favourite burger place.

My name is Alanah England and I am excited to be a part of the Barton Primary School team. Working with children is something I find great passion in and find it extremely rewarding to see them learn and grow. Being a part of an experience like this is very rewarding. 

I am currently in my final year of studying my Bachelor of Education (Early Years 0-12). After this I would love to continue my learning journey and complete my Masters. When I am not studying or working I am enjoying time with friends and family.

Hi, my name is Tara Bateman and I am an Integration Aide at Barton Primary School. I’m passionate about education and helping students to achieve their goals.

Outside of school I love to write stories, create art, read and play music. I love going to the movies, going out for dinner and shopping with friends and family. I also do tai chi and I’m 1st Dan in kung fu. I love travelling and would like to travel more in the future.

Hi my name is Marnie Jung and I am thrilled to join the education support team here at Barton. I’m looking forward to getting to know the children.

Out of school hours I spend my time with my family. I have two children who keep me super busy. And two fur babies to look after, we have a dog Lexi and a cat Missy. We enjoy going to the movies, ten pin bowling, camping, mini golf, holidays and the beach.

Hi, my name is Rebecca Sampieri.  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work within such an inclusive and supportive learning environment as an Education Support Aide. I love children and supporting them as they grow into confident learners. I am looking forward to working with so many enthusiastic students and dedicated teachers at Barton Primary.

Outside work, I am busy.  I have three young children and when I am not driving to dancing, netball or footy I am studying for my Bachelor of Education (Primary).  However, when I am trying to relax, I love to spend hours at the beach and enjoy our beautiful Port Phillip Bay. 

My name is Aleisha Maas and I am thrilled to be a part of the Education Support team at Barton Primary School this year. I am extremely passionate about helping young people with their learning and development and am looking forward to getting to know the students and staff. I love being able to help the students and teachers within the classroom. 

Outside of school hours, you would find me spending time and training with my dance team, going on mini adventures and spending quality time with my friends and family.

Vision & Values