STAFF

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Meet our Teachers

MCS teachers love teaching, and teach our students to love learning. Please click on the photos below for a brief introduction from each teacher.

Elizabeth Hutton

Principal

Liz grew up in the Newcastle area and commenced teaching at Hunter Christian School. She completed her undergraduate degree at Newcastle University and Masters of Education at Melbourne University. Prior to taking on the Principal role at Medowie Christian School, Liz was Deputy Principal of Maitland Christian School for 7 years, Principal of Brindabella Christian College (Canberra) for 12 years and Chief Operating Officer at Christian Education Ministries. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community at Medowie Christian School. Liz and her husband are thankful for their 3 grown sons and grandchildren and enjoy being part of their local church community at the Grainery.

Daniel Weeks

Head of Secondary

A lifelong learner, Dan enjoys inspiring students to think bigger about their learning, taking ownership and initiative to become the young men and women God desires for them to be. A leader who values coaching, relationship and working in partnership with students, staff and the community, Dan desires to craft high quality educational opportunities for all. Continually grateful for the opportunities God provides, Dan loves sharing time with family, reading, travelling and all things design.

Tiia Wright Baker

Head of Primary

Tiia began her teaching career on the New South Wales Central Coast working in Pre-school and Special Education. Tiia started her faith-based school journey in 2002 teaching in two Christian schools and then an Anglican College in the Australian Capital Territory. She is passionate about enabling teachers and students to live the full and rewarding life that God has called them to. In her spare time Tiia loves to spend time outdoors cycling, kayaking and walking her dog.

Mark Walter

Head of Teaching & Learning

Having previously worked as an Aquatic Ecologist in South Australia, Mark is passionate about helping students to develop their understanding of God’s creation and their potential to positively impact society. From our littlest learners to our soon to be graduates, he enjoys developing relationships that encourage our students to strive for excellence. Mark has taught across a variety of stages and looks to use this experience to help students as they move through their education journey.

Des Ball

Secondary Teacher

Des is an English and History teacher with over 20 years experience. One area of expertise is in the area of literacy, where he supports students in their writing and expression. With over 10 years experience in marking the HSC, Des is passionate about developing student's study and exam skills. When teaching History he likes to do so in a way that engages students in experiences of the past. Outside of school, his passions are family, fitness and spirituality.

Madeline Bignill

Librarian

Madeline Bignill completed her Bachelor of Creative Writing and Honours in Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. She has attained a PhD (English) from the University of Newcastle with a focus on children’s literature. She is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of SWAMP magazine. Madeline is passionate about reading and writing, and about instilling a love for these skills in the students she works with. She endeavours to make the library a safe and creative place for the students.

Penelope Billett

Secondary Teacher

Penelope is a Secondary teacher at MCS. It might sound cliche but she believes, “My job is great”. As an educator with a number of years of experience in the field Penelope takes great pride in her work. The essence of teaching is watching young people develop and enjoy the learning experience. Penelope’s joy in working in a Christian school enhances what is performed in her class. She takes great pleasure in teaching and believes it’s an honour to come to work every day.

Lyndal Blatch

Primary Teacher

Lyndal is the Primary Music Teacher. Depending on the lesson, you will find her singing, dancing, or playing a variety of instruments. She loves watching the musical development of children as they grow in their understanding of music. Lyndal is passionate about leading our Primary Choir. She is involved in Sunday Kids Ministry, Monday PlayZone, Women's Life Group and the Music Team at Raymond Terrace Community Church. In her spare time, Lyndal loves to sing and play piano, organise events and create photobooks.

Charlene Coates

Secondary Teacher

Charlene has taught secondary mathematics for well over two decades at a number of Christian schools. Following a mathematics cadetship at BHP in Port Kembla, she worked as a statistician for 4 years before undertaking a Diploma of Education (Mathematics). Charlene enjoys sharing her love of all things mathematical and inspiring her students to discover that ''God used mathematics in creating the world''. She loves coffee, reading, catch-ups with friends and following the Super Netball. Charlene is married to Colin and has two adult children.

Vanessa Cork

Defence Support Mentor

Vanessa loves working with all Defence students from Prep to Year 12, providing social and emotional support. Vanessa provides support during periods of parental deployment absences and upcoming relocations. With qualifications in Ministry, Coaching and Administration, combined with Vanessa's personal life experience, she brings both practical assistance and a pastoral heart to our Defence Service Families. Vanessa's desire is to see all people loved so that they may reach their God given potential.

Amanda Falckh

Secondary Teacher

Amanda Falckh teaches Secondary Music. She has been passionate about music from a young age, and has been inspired by many great music teachers throughout her life. Amanda firmly believes that every student can be musical, and loves providing students with the opportunity to develop musical skills. Her ideal music class has every student on an instrument and having fun doing it. When she’s not making music, you will find Amanda chasing a good sunset photo, or working on her next crochet project.

Peter Fedder

Secondary Teacher

Peter teaches Mathematics to Years 7 to 12. Having a substantial background in the electronics industry has allowed him to easily link Mathematics to practical contexts which students desire to understand. After undertaking training as a pastor, Peter realised that his strengths were in teaching and as a result studied at the University of Newcastle completing a Bachelor in Education. His desire is to make the world of numbers and problem solving relevant to all students and is excited when students see Mathematics in creation.

Lewis Gale

Secondary Teacher

Lewis teaches science at MCS, and loves helping kids to explore the wonder and order in Gods creation. He studied a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching (Science) at the University of Newcastle, with a focus on the field of chemistry. Lewis inspires to encourage students to ask questions about everything, but to also do the hard work of searching for answers! In his free time Lewis enjoys the company of his wife and family and is involved with his Church's young adults group and worship team.

Lisa Gibson

Secondary Teacher

Lisa teaches English and has served on staff at MCS since 2007. Prior to this, Lisa spent time teaching in Canada and rural NSW. Passionate about education, Lisa strives to give her students a positive experience of literature and learning, and hopes to encourage a lifelong love of both. When she's not teaching, you can find Lisa engrossed in a good book (with a strong cup of coffee). Lisa also enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Andrew Gill

Secondary Teacher

A true polymath, Andrew takes pleasure in being able to passionately teach a variety of different subjects across the Secondary school. He attributes this to his deep rooted love for learning. He hopes that his students, too, will be able to see this precious character trait develop in their lives. Having taught for more than 15 years at MCS, Andrew says that it is the unmistakable calling of God in his life and his desire for his students to succeed that brings him back year after year.

Robyn Goldfinch

Secondary Teacher

Robyn teaches English and shares her love of reading and literature with the students from Years 7-12 at Medowie Christian School. She has a passion to foster a love of reading in her students and to develop their literacy skills so that they become effective communicators. Robyn has been deeply committed to Christian education for many years and is privileged to be able to share the Word of God and show the love of Christ within the school community.

Brad Hallett

Primary Teacher

Brad is a committed Christian and a highly experienced teacher with a particular passion for nurturing the academic, social, physical and spiritual development of his students. He believes that his students should be encouraged to approach their learning, and their life, with confidence! Brad's interests include overseas travel, socialising with friends, sport, video games, and of course spending time with his family. Brad is delighted that God has deployed him to Medowie Christian School for His purpose.

Rick Hayes

Primary Teacher

Rick has studied a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary, Honours). Prior to being a Primary Teacher he was a serving Police Officer in New South Wales for nearly 21 years. As a teacher, Rick is excited by the opportunity to be a Godly role-model to his students and to build positive relationships with them. He is passionate to see students discover their gifts and to excel in their academics and lives. Rick is an avid trail runner and road cyclist. He is happily married and has two sons.

Trudy Henderson

Primary Teacher

Trudy is passionate about teaching Biblical truths alongside the curriculum. She has taught at Taree Christian School, Ryde Christian School and has been at Medowie Christian School since 2013. Trudy has also taught English to Kindergarten students in Guangzhou/China from 2002-2012 and thoroughly enjoyed the cultural and professional experience. She finds the energy and enthusiasm young students bring to learning delightful. When not teaching she enjoys gardening and sewing and likes attending Park Runs on Saturday mornings.

Sharlene Herd

Prep Teacher

Sharlene is an outstanding Early Childhood specialist having pioneered the formation of the Prep program in two schools. Sharlene has provided support to the Sister school of Medowie Christian School, Lifechanger Christian College in Vanuatu with a significant passion for the early years. Sharlene is respected amongst her peers as a source of innovation and excellence. Sharlene has contributed to the development of an early literacy program that has seen multiple schools visit and explore the approach to Prep integrating Early Stage 1 outcomes.

Brooke Inwood

Primary Teacher

Brooke has been teaching at Medowie Christian School since 2006. She loves working with students of all ages. Brooke enjoys making connections with God's character, His word and His purpose for us as her students learn about the knowledge content and skills required to meet educational outcomes. Brooke desires to see students thrive in their God-given gifts. She believes it is a privilege to be able to watch her students continue to flourish as they progress into High School and beyond.

Ben Jenkins

Primary Teacher

Ben completed a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Newcastle. He is passionate about seeing young people grow in their love for learning as they grow in their understanding of the world around them. He is also passionate about the gospel and loves the opportunity to share the good news about Jesus. Ben loves spending time with his church, running, singing and spending time with loved ones.

Ben Keith

Secondary Teacher

Ben teaches PDHPE in the secondary school at Medowie Christian School.He has a Bachelor of Education from ACPE. Ben enjoys challenging students to step out of their comfort zone and push themselves to grow as young people. He is passionate about sharing Jesus with his students and providing them with opportunities that enhance their physical, academic, social and spiritual development. Ben loves sports of all kinds but particularly Rugby Union, American Football and golf. On weekends, Ben enjoys spending time with his family and watching sport.

Laura Lilley

Primary Teacher

Laura teaches in the Primary school, with a heart particularly for our infants students. She is motivated by ensuring the students in her class feel loved, encouraged and confident in their God-given abilities and to attempt new and challenging learning experiences. Laura has a real passion for play-based learning. She enjoys creating hands-on, multi-sensory activities that accommodate all students within her class. When not at work, Laura enjoys painting, baking and spending time with her young family.

Justine MacCormick

Secondary Teacher

Justine teaches Visual Arts and Industrial technology , she has though both national and internationally. Prior to joining MCS she was head of Creative and Performing Arts at and International Baccalaureate school in the ACT. She has degrees in Teaching, Visual Arts, and a Masters of Asia Pacific Studies. Justine has coordinated professional development for schools, regional and international Visual Arts teachers. She has exhibited and is represented in both national and international private art collections. When not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family and restoring furniture.

Sharleen Maguire

Secondary Teacher

Sharleen is the Secondary Chaplain and Christian Studies Teacher. She has teaching qualifications, along with qualifications in ministry and theology. Sharleen has worked at MCS for over 12 years, where she has contributed to many of the departments across the school. In her spare time, Sharleen is furthering her ministry and theology qualifications, as well as engaging in her passion of writing which has seen her publish her work as a Christian author. Sharleen also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Lindy Martens

Secondary Teacher

Lindy teaches Mathematics and Spanish at MCS. She loves seeing students try new things and grow in confidence through persistence. Her passion for travel and global cultures inspire her to share these experiences with the school community. She also loves supporting students as part of the wellbeing team, teaching in the Invictus Wellbeing program and as Stage 6 Advisor. Lindy moved to Australia from Canada in 2002 and spends her weekends enjoying the outdoors with her family, at the beach or on a bushwalk.

Jonathan Morrison

Primary Teacher

Jonathan has been with Medowie Christian School in a number of teaching roles since 2020. He originally started his professional career as a Graphic Designer and then changed career when God called him into teaching. Jonathan is adept at 21st century teaching, putting his design skills and technology into use in the classroom. He loves to create artworks and drawings in his spare time. Jonathan also loves to incorporate his love of board games into lessons and learning activities.

Debra Nala

Primary Teacher

At age five, Deb decided teaching was the only profession for her. For more than two decades, she has dedicated her days to loving children and doing whatever is needed to help them realise their academic goals, develop flourishing relationships and nurture their faith in Jesus Christ. Deb has held both leadership and teaching positions in South Africa, England and Australia and voluntarily served with Compassion International and Orphan Aid. Apart from teaching, Deb enjoys reading Christian literature, dabbling in arts and crafts and travelling overseas.

Ruben Parraga

Primary Teacher

Ruben is passionate about seeing students discover their identity in God. As a teacher, he values the potential and uniqueness of each student and the calling that God has placed on each of their lives. His heart is to see young people achieve their potential so they can thrive both in their learning and their lives. Ruben is an avid Parramatta Eels and Atletico de Madrid fan. He has a daughter and son, both married, and two granddaughters.

Kathy Patton

Primary Teacher

Kathy brings a rich and diverse educational experience to Medowie Christian School, including working in country NSW in a variety of Christian schools teaching indigenous and non-indigenous students from K-10. She has a passion for developing the unique talents of every individual child in her care. She is a wife and mother of three, whose greatest passion is to share the Gospel and to share the good news of Jesus.

Diane Pietsch

Learning Support Teacher

Diane’s wealth of teaching experiences stretch from working in isolated Indigenous communities in the 'Top End' of the Northern Territory, to the Western and Riverina Regions in rural NSW. Her passion is working alongside and advocating for students with disabilities and special needs. Diane loves spending time with her family and friends and walking her two beagles. She aspires to one day become an author of children's books that will encourage children to be all that God created them to be.

Louisa Ratcliffe

Primary Teacher

Louisa began her teaching career in her home country of the United Kingdom. She is passionate about helping each child to understand that they are unique and made in the image of God. Her favourite times as a teacher are when her students have a 'lightbulb' moment. Louisa is blessed to have three adult children and one still at school who have taught her many useful things. Outside of school, Louisa likes spending time with family and friends, reading and exploring the beautiful Australian outdoors.

jeffrey Tabley

Secondary Teacher

Jeff is a senior English, HSIE and Drama Teacher having vast experience in Independent, State and faith-based schools since 1990. He values partnering with Medowie's staff, parents and the school community to raise articulate, well informed, mature young adults. His interests include sharing quality time with family and friends, sports, writing, directing and featuring in plays - one being for the Short and Sweet Festival Sydney with an ex-student. He is also working with the talented producers of the next Medowie Musical.

Eleanor Ward

Secondary Teacher

Eleanor teaches secondary Science, Agriculture, Marine Technology and Technology Mandatory Agriculture and Food Technology. Eleanor has a passion for providing students with authentic experiences that will equip them in their lives. She loves teaching and guiding students as they grow in awe and wonder of how our amazing Creator masterminded the world around us. Eleanor loves spending time with her husband and her two adult sons, snorkelling, growing food and using it in the kitchen, travelling and photography.

Jennifer Weeks

Primary Teacher

Jen began her teaching career in 2002 and has taught in a few different schools in New South Wales. She has completed a Masters of Education with a focus on Information Technology. Jen loves to bring students together collaboratively through the use of technology and desires for all children to understand God’s truths provided through His Word. Jen is married with three children and recently their family has discovered a new-found love of the snow fields, learning to ski together and enjoying God’s wonderful creation.

Jason Wenham

Relief Teacher

After a 17 year career in the Financial Services sector, Jason felt a calling to Primary Teaching and is passionate about making learning enjoyable by understanding where each child is at in their learning journey. Driven by his faith and a heart to serve others, Jason enjoys walking alongside the students as they discover their God given abilities. Jason is married with two young children and enjoys both watching and playing a wide range of sports.

Alan Westbury

Head of Sport

Alan completed his Bachelor of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and Bachelor of Teaching at Newcastle University. At present, he is completing a Masters of Educational Leadership. He has been married for over 20 years and has two very energetic black & tan kelpies. He loves travelling with his wife, MTB riding, and enjoying the outdoors. One of his favourite Bible verses is 'I can do all this through him who gives me strength' Phil 4:13. With his passion for teaching and adventure, he loves to encourage all his students to follow Christ.

Clare Witenden

Primary Teacher

Clare Witenden teaches in the Primary school. She is currently teaching Kindergarten and has been blessed to have taught at Medowie Christian School for the past 16 years. During this time she has seen the school grow and has also enjoyed seeing many of her students move from Primary School into our High School. Clare has enjoyed the strong sense of community within the school, where every child is known and encouraged to reach their full potential both academically and spiritually. She is motivated by reflecting Christ's character through enriching relationships with children and their families. Clare is a mother of three. All three of her children have started in Kindergarten and have moved through to Year 12. Her youngest is in Year 11 and he has mentioned on many occasions “I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”

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