We have a strong, experienced and dynamic team of professionals. Let us introduce you to a few members of our growing team.

  • Passionate about developing student agency and creativity, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • Alicia 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.

  • 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!

  • Sarah began working with children in 1997 and is passionate about humanising education. She loved the experience of working in international schools, before having her daughters Isabel and Eliza. Outside school hours she is a keen gardener and enjoys the company of her friends and large family.

  • Sophie believes that a nurturing, empowering and happy environment is the key to learning and life success for all. She is passionate about providing personalised learning for students on their paths through education and life and uses creative ways to engage and inspire children. Sophie has experience teaching in roles as a specialist and classroom teacher across the junior primary and primary years. Sophie moved to Australia in 2019 from the UK with her husband and three children who are loving exploring and taking advantage of the amazing opportunities that South Australia affords.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Matt is committed to delivering quality education and loves working with students as they discover their strengths and passions. He has considerable experience teaching in IB schools and is passionate about bringing out the best in each child through strong student voice and ownership of the learning process. He loves learning and enjoys listening to the “Stuff You Should Know” podcasts on long car trips. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, playing a range of musical instruments as well as refining the very important art of roasting coffee using such things as popcorn makers or a heat gun blasting into an old bread-maker.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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. He holds degrees in Engineering (Civil) and Ministry, a Master of Theological Studies, and 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.

  • Tayla is a Co-Educator in the Early Learning Centre. Tayla has a keen interest in sport and is passionate about promoting child participation in all things sport related. Outside of work Tayla spends most of her time training and you may find her running to the car after work to get to Premier League cricket training for West Torrens Cricket Club or the North Adelaide Football Club.

  • Penny is a passionate Health and Physical Educator. She  focuses on helping students develop the skills and knowledge that gives them the confidence and motivation to lead healthy and active lives. Outside of school Penny enjoys being at the beach with her family or running some of the local trails.

  • Ben is a committed teacher who aims to create a working environment where students feel comfortable to take risks. His passions lie around creating positive relationships with students as well as teaching a problem based approach to mathematics. Outside of the school, you will find Ben spending quality time with his wife and young daughter. He enjoys swims at the beach, paddle boarding, hiking, skiing, and anything outdoors.

  • Laura is a passionate early years teacher with experience in teaching the IB PYP in her previous schools. She enjoys getting to know her students and supporting them in achieving their goals and celebrating their successes. Laura loves animals, specifically dogs and loves spending her weekends going for hikes with her dog, Axel. Laura grew up in the Clare valley and as an adult has spent time living in Adelaide and the UK. Laura has spent her summer holidays this year getting married.

  • Alana enjoyed working within Australian media organisations for a number of years before joining Annesley and has found her purpose, learning alongside Annesley students in both the junior school and more recently the ELC. Alana lives with her beautiful daughters, fun loving husband Rob and pampered pooches Pepe and Waffles. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and friends, dancing and relishing in the simple pleasures of life, like an embrace from a loved one. Alana is passionate about instilling a life long love of learning and values such as curiosity and compassion in the children she is lucky enough to spend her days with at Annesley.

  • Joe is committed to establishing positive relationships with his students and making learning interesting, relevant and fun. He deeply believes that children will amaze us when given the opportunity to do so. He has a particular interest in the effective teaching of Mathematics. Joe loves being active, playing a range of different sports and passionately supporting his favourite teams. Walking his dog, Bentley, and settling in for an afternoon of reading are two of his favourite things to do.