Meet Our Staff
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.
My name is Gavan Hughes and I am excited to be an Assistant Principal at Barton Primary School. It is a privilege to be a member of the school community.
Since beginning my career as a primary school educator in 2003, I have gained experience teaching all grade levels as well as experience as a specialist teacher. I have been in formal leadership roles since 2011 in both Victoria and Tasmania, including being an Assistant Principal in three different schools.
As a leader, I have a strong commitment to utilising evidence-based practices to continuously improve each student’s learning and ensuring students have the skills they require to be successful in the modern world.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my wife and four children, exercising and watching a number of sports including AFL (Swans), cricket and basketball.
I look forward to building strong working relationships with students, parents, staff and the broader community to meet the learning needs of all students.
My name is Amanda and I love teaching at Barton and being a part of the school community. I am very excited with my new role of – Learning Intervention. As part of this role I am lucky enough to work closely with a range of students, parents and teachers across the school. I am also in constant communication and meet fortnightly with our SSSO team which is made up of a psychologist, speech therapist and social worker. Outside of school I am passionate about staying fit and healthy and reading. I love going to the beach and spending time with my beautiful family and friends. I have a niece who is almost 2 and a nephew who is 4 this year and I absolutely adore them. I am looking forward to a wonderful 2019 with our Barton family.
My name is Kirby Law and I feel very privileged to be working as the Business Manager at Barton Primary School. It has been very exciting watching the school grow and I look forward to seeing this continue in 2019.
Outside of school, I enjoy travelling overseas and around Australia, spending time with family and friends and renovating my home.
When I’m not working I enjoy travelling and getting outdoors with my dog Ruby.
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.
Hi my name is Sophie Pike and I am currently working in Administration at Barton Primary School. I feel very grateful to be working in such a beautiful environment at Barton and look forward to seeing the school grow in the coming years.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time outdoors, including going to the beach in the summer months and heading to the snow in the winter months. I also love travel, spending time with my family and my dogs Alfie and Frankie.
My name is Jessica Watt and I love being a part of the Barton Community! I love working with children and helping out in any way I can. 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.
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 2019 and most importantly the learning achievements of our Prep students.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and walking along the beach with my two little dogs. I love to travel and recently spent 5 weeks in Central America. I enjoy chatting to students and parents so come and say hello if you see me in the playground.
When I am not in the classroom, I am usually at the gym as I love health and fitness. I love playing cricket and I enjoy watching the football as I am a massive Melbourne Demons supporter. Another passion of mine is attending horse racing meetings throughout the course of the year.
I am always up for a chat, so if you see me in the yard please come and say hi.
Outside of Barton, I enjoy doing fitness training on the beach, reading, and travelling. I’m looking forward to when the AFL football season starts, as I’ve been an avid Geelong Cats supporter since childhood.
Outside of the classroom, I love to take my dog for walks on the beach, participating in boxing sessions and spending time with my family. I also love to travel and experience different cultures. If you see me outside in the school yard come and say hi.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my son, going to the beach, spending time with my family and friends and going on bushwalks. I also follow ALF and I am a huge Bombers fan! I am looking forward to wonderful year in Prep
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 Barton community during my second year at the school.
Outside of the classroom, I enjoy keeping fit and healthy by going to the gym and walking my dogs, (which are also my favourite animal). I love playing Australian Rules football at my local football club and I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
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.
Outside of school my hobbies include cooking, reading and swimming. I also enjoy going to the theatre, spending time at the beach and catching up with family and friends.
Outside of school I am passionate about staying fit and healthy and reading. I love going to the beach and spending time with my beautiful family and friends. I have a niece who is almost 2 and a nephew who is 4 this year and I absolutely adore them. Looking forward to a wonderful 2019 with our Barton family.
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. Malta was one of my favourite places to travel to because I could swim in the crystal clear water every day and I loved the homemade pastizzi. I enjoy going for long walks on summer nights. I also love spending time with my family and friends and last year I was lucky enough to become an aunty for the first time.
Outside of school, my hobbies include cake decorating, shopping and travel. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends on weekends.
In my spare time, I love to read and watch movies. I am a massive foodie and love to indulge on chocolate, pizza and other types of food! Spending time with my family and friends is super important to me!
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 Jenessa Mitrevski, and I am lucky enough to be one of the Grade 2 classroom teachers this year. This is my third 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. I just moved to Melbourne, so I love exploring all of the different places to see!
Outside of school I enjoy travelling overseas and exploring different countries around the world (next on the list is Japan). I also enjoy spending time with friends and family and listening to rock music. I’m a big Richmond supporter and I also like to play basketball.
Away from school I enjoy spending time with my two children and husband. We like going to the beach and regularly go camping for quality family time. I also like to play netball and watch my children play their regular sports.
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.
Out of school l enjoy going to gym, camping and spending time with my family. I look forward to meeting all the new parents and children who have joined our school this year.
Outside of school I enjoy dancing and spending time with my family and puppy. My favourite thing to do is to go on bushwalks and explore the world.
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 and have participated in non-competitive calisthenics for 21 years. I am looking forward to continuing my teaching journey at Barton Primary School and being part of the wonderful team here.
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. I love netball and cricket and enjoy playing team sport on the weekend.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy playing netball, going to the movies and watching music acts at festivals or gigs. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
My name is Alicia Wallwork and I’m thrilled to be back at Barton in 2019! This year is my fifth year teaching, and I’m excited to be part of the specialist team teaching Music for the rest of the year, to almost everyone in grades Prep to 6.
When I’m not at work I spend all my time with my beautiful family, including my two dogs Cooper and Alfie, going for walks in the Dandenong Ranges and listening to music.
I can’t wait to work with students across all year levels in terms 3 & 4!
Outside of Barton I enjoy riding my horse Charlie, spending time on my family farm in Gippsland and running. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for our environment with the Barton community.
Hi my name is Michelle Krejic. I have been working in education for fourteen years and have taught in most year levels. This is my third year of teaching at Barton Primary School. This year I am very excited to be working in the Specialist team, teaching Environmental Studies, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my precious family and friends, going to the beach, traveling overseas and reading.
I am so excited to be working with so many different year levels in 2019. I hope to further inspire a love of learning and to bring out the best in each and every student I am lucky enough to teach.
My name is Gabrielle Peters and I am very excited to be going into my second year teaching at Barton Primary. I have been teaching Physical Education for the past 5 years and I am extremely passionate about giving every student in our community the opportunity to shine, develop, grow and be successful, as well as making PE classes every week a fun and exciting environment.
Outside of school I am always on the go. I enjoy going to the gym to stay fit and healthy and I am also heading into my second year playing women’s football for the Mornington Bulldogs.
I am very grateful to be working alongside my peers at Barton and I look forward to watching each and every student flourish in 2019.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. I love honest conversations, good food and spending time outdoors.
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.
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.
Outside the classroom, I am kept busy with my three children. The highlight of the week for us is ‘Friday Night Games’, where we have a chance to unwind together at the end of the school week by playing board games and eating a special dessert.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When I am not at Barton you will find me at university where I am currently studying a Bachelor of Primary and Secondary Inclusive Education, or with my friends catching up over a latte or two whilst enjoying the Melbourne sunshine.
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.
Vision & Values
To prepare each of our students for success in their ever changing future by providing them with the necessary skills, knowledge and general capabilities.