We are proud of our dedicated and experienced team of professionals. Let us introduce you to them...

  • Luke is passionate about building capacity in people and organisations. Luke holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Deakin University and was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australia’s young people, is an experienced international speaker and facilitator, Board Member of the Association of Independent Schools in SA and Oversight Committee Member for Uniting Venues SA. A passionate adventurer, Luke has travelled extensively through 5 continents. When not at School, Luke loves being active in the great outdoors with his wife and 4 children.

  • Donna is an Early Childhood Educator and is passionate about play based and inquiry learning. She is particularly focused on how environments can best support students to demonstrate autonomy, their sense of wellbeing and can foster their natural curiosity whilst providing opportunities for students to share what is unique about them. Over the years Donna’s role has evolved with the growing needs of our school and she is now the Deputy Principal and Head of Early Years. When not at school you will find her out enjoying the natural environment, connecting with friends and enjoying the many arts festivals our beautiful city has to offer.

  • Passionate about developing student agency and creativity in primary-aged children, Jo devotes her time investing in each and every child at Annesley to map their own path to success. Engaging students in rich and authentic experiences and spending their time exploring significant global issues is close to her heart. As an old scholar of Annesley, Jo was influenced by her teachers and leaders to know no bounds and is rewarded by the opportunity to nurture today’s Annesley students in the same way. In her own time, Jo loves riding her bike, hiking with friends, family and her dog Sampson, gardening, cooking and camping.

  • Sarah loved living and teaching in Europe for a number of years before joining Annesley and has enjoyed learning alongside Annesley students for a number of years. Sarah lives with her daughters, Isabel 14 and Eliza 10, husband Simon, dogs Ray Stanley, Remi and disgruntled cat called Charlie Parsley. In her spare time Sarah loves being in nature and spending time with her gorgeous nephew Thomas and the other little people in her life, god -daughter Isla and darling baby Mimi. Sarah is passionate about humanising education and instilling values like empathy in the children she shares learning spaces with.

  • Fiona is the ELC Coordinator helping to ensure all the daily operations of the ELC run smoothly and successfully. She also manages to spend valuable time in the rooms building relationships with the children and teams. Outside of work you can find Fiona down the beach with a coffee in hand enjoying nature at its best.

  • Sophie has a fabulous and fun time teaching performing arts and music in The Studio every week. One of the best parts of her job is that she gets to spend time with every single child who attends school every week which is a huge honour. When she’s not busy planning exciting ways to learn about music, drama and dance she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids and enjoying exploring Adelaide and the surrounding area after moving here from the UK in 2019.

  • Olivia has enjoyed teaching and nurturing children in both the Junior School and ELC at Annesley. She feels privileged to have been able to see the school grow and be part of such a special community. In her spare time she enjoys family outings, getting dirty in the garden and creating floral design.

  • Nola is the Administration Assistant to the Head of Early Years and Head of Primary Years. Nola particularly enjoys interacting with the whole school community. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and watching a good Netflix series. Exercise is also a big part of her life but is not sure if the word ‘enjoyment’ is the correct one to use in this instance.

  • Kin is passionate about outdoors and loves all things sports related. Most of Kin’s time is spent with his young family, a new born and an energetic toddler.

  • David is the Learning and Teaching Coach at Annesley, supporting teachers and students across the school to develop challenging and engaging curriculum. He is originally from Peterborough in the UK, but has moved to South Australia with his family after 13 years working at an IB World School in Abu Dhabi. Outside of school, David is a keen soccer player and loves playing his guitar.

  • Steph teaches in the Middle Primary eagerly establishing the new Primary Years model. A lover of all things pineapple, Steph promotes goal setting and self-regulated learning using the PYP Approach to Learning. In her spare time, Steph is an avid reader and enjoys being active, particularly with two school aged children in tow. Steph recommends being like a pineapple – wear a crown, stand tall and be sweet on the inside!

  • Bella enjoys supporting children to achieve success and reach their fullest potential. Bella also has a passion for Mathematics and loves creating learning experiences driven by the interest and passions of her class. Outside of school, you can find Bella catching up with family and friends, grabbing a coffee, or doing Pilates.

  • Alex enjoys seeing children grow in confidence over the first years of their schooling. He also has a passion for literacy and loves choosing new and exciting stories to read with his class. Outside of school you can find Alex catching up with his family and friends, going for a run, or browsing at the bookshop.

  • Hugh enjoys developing and facilitating a vibrant and engaging Health and Physical Education program, after school sport and co-curricular activities. His passions outside of education include a questionable selection of reality TV and, you guessed it, anything active!

  • Penny spends her Mondays and Tuesdays teaching in the Grevillea Room. Her passion is ensuring all children feel welcome, involved and have fun in their learning. When she’s not at work, Penny refocuses her inexhaustible energy to entertain her two young sons’ notoriously short attention spans. When they’re all tuckered out, Penny finds solace in books, your go-to person for the latest recommendations featured on her bookstagram.

  • Janine works in Personalised Learning at Annesley, tutoring students in reading, maths and science.  She is still adding to her string of unnecessary post-graduate qualifications, with a part-time Masters in Special Education.  Janine believes that every child has unique capabilities, and she works to help students value the transformative power of personal education. When not working in special education support, marine education or citizen science, Janine likes to photograph tiny critters in the sea, and be with her family.

  • Julie currently works with some of our smallest students at Annesley as a Co-Educator in the Eucalypt Room. During her spare time she loves spending time with her family, roaming the local op shops and renovating her 1926 year old Bungalow.

  • Alicia is a Reception teacher and Reception Co-ordinator. She is a passionate and energetic early years educator valuing each child’s strengths and passions. She values the importance of connection and working in partnership with families to best support each child in her care. Alicia loves sport and leading an active lifestyle. When she has time she enjoys escaping for a run or walking Mt Lofty.  When not at school Alicia enjoys spending time with her 4 gorgeous daughters and being part of their very busy social and sporting lives.

  • Caitlin is a part of the Annesley team in the Wattle room since. Caitlin has a passion for creating a safe, fun and engaging environment for all children following a play-based learning approach. Outside of work Caitlin enjoys spending my time with her friends and family or on the couch watching Netflix series with her partner and two fluffy cats.

  • Sandi has been teaching for many years (OK, more than 30!) She has qualifications in Junior Primary/Primary Teaching, Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She loves teaching and can’t wait to get to school each day to learn with and from the wonderful students at Annesley. Sandi finds the students inspiring, capable, kind, knowledgeable and lots of fun. She is passionate about ensuring children are seen and empowered in their learning. When she’s not at school, Sandi loves spending time with her family – her husband, three sons and two daughters-in-law. She also loves travelling and is often found on her way to or from Adelaide airport!

  • Devan is a Co-Educator in the Eucalypt Room. A former Annesley girl herself, Devan is passionate about being innovative and enthusiastic in her approach to teaching and playing with children and working with her ELC teammates. Devan also enjoys busting out a groovy move during group times here and there! Outside of school, you can find Devan spending time in the tranquil Adelaide Hills with her husband and fur baby ‘Minnie dog’, catching up with family and brunching with friends.

  • Michelle is passionate about supporting students to build and grow their foundational skills. Michelle believes that each child’s creativity and curiosity should be supported and nurtured. She loves reading and Mem Fox is one of her favourite children’s picture book authors. You will often see and hear Michelle singing and dancing in her classroom and also in her spare time.

  • Pastor Pete is the Chaplain at Annesley. He is passionate about helping people discover who they are, and how they can live out their God-given potential. Pete is an ordained Minister and marriage celebrant in the Uniting Church, on the pastoral team at Seeds Church. He holds degrees in Engineering (Civil) and Ministry, and is currently completing a Master of Theological Studies, while studying a Grad Dip in Counselling. His home life is never quiet as he and his wife Jo raise (navigate) 5 teenage children and their cavoodle Rosie. Pete enjoys playing piano and trying to write songs which his children don’t think are lame and dated.

  • Christiana is a passionate teacher who is the specialist Science teacher for Early Years and Primary students. She grew up on a farm catching tadpoles and climbing trees and this connection to the environment is evident in her room and lessons. She is keen to develop and encourage a sense of wonder and curiosity in all students. Christiana enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters when not at work and during holidays they often set out exploring and camping in the great outdoors.