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Our Teaching Team

Experience & Expertise

David Costin


David has been teaching for 34 years. He has been fortunate to serve in most parts of the state of Queensland from Mt. Isa to Ipswich. In his teaching career he has attained the positions of Curriculum Adviser, Deputy Principal and Principal of both small school and medium sized schools. He is passionate about small schools and believes they bring out the best in students.

David is a strong advocate for multi-age teaching and the integration of technology into the classroom.

Marilyn Potter

Teacher – Japanese Specialist

Marilyn Potter has over 32 years experience as a classroom teacher in private and public schools. She has taught Japanese for 21 years at both primary and secondary level, including Head of Languages, and has over 15 years experience in multi-age classrooms.

Marilyn believes that learning should be fun and that children engage best when they are taught through a pedagogical approach based on enjoyment and active involvement. Lessons therefore include games, songs, dressing up in traditional clothes, cultural activities and the use of technology as venues for the acquisition of the second language.

Carmen Hooper

Teacher – Music Specialist

Carmen Hooper has over twenty years’ experience as an Instrumental Music Teacher, working with both Primary and Secondary students. She has recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and so has now added the classroom dimension to her teaching repertoire.

Carmen believes that music has the power to positively influence young lives, and strategically utilises music as a means of connection for students in their discovery and learning. Though trained as a “classical” violinist, she is equally passionate about introducing students to as many musical genres as possible.

Carmen believes that learning and fun are inextricably linked.

Femke Castles

Teacher – Lower Grade Specialist

Fem has twenty years’ experience teaching children in Prep – Year 2. She began her teaching career in New Zealand and has recently moved to Brisbane with her family. Fem believes getting children competent in the basics of literacy and numeracy in the Early Years will stand them in good stead for a wonderful foundation and a love of learning in the later primary years. Fem finds it incredibly rewarding to see the amazing progress that is often made by students in the Early Years. She tries hard to deliver lessons that are fun and engaging mixed with a little humour and lots of smiles. A typical lesson will see children engaged in a mix of oral language activities, independent work, hands-on learning and small group work.


Our outstanding team of teachers have decades of experience in the field of education

Innovative Ideas

With a proven track record of innovation and research-based pedagogy


New technology can never replace a quality teacher, but it can enhance learning

Clear Communication

Our friendly and approachable team are available to listen to your needs and share their ideas

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