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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.

Louise Hoey

Teacher – Science Specialist

Louise has been teaching primary and middle school science for many years. She has also worked in fields outside the classroom and schools in a variety of roles including: the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM);  the Queensland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), as a Common Assessment Task writer (Maths and Science). Louise has also supported teachers and principals in the integration of the three discipline areas of Science, Technology and Studies of Society and Environments as an Education Officer: Science, Technology and Society.

In 2006, she was awarded the Department of Education and the Arts, Peter Doherty, Outstanding Primary and Middle Phase of Learning teaching of Science Award. In 2012, Louise was a teacher finalist in the 2012 BHP Billiton Science Award. In 2014, Louise was short listed for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Primary Science Teaching.   

Louise has been involved in education professional associations which has included Science Teachers’ Association of Queensland (STAQ) the Australian Association of Environmental Educators (AAEE) since 2011. She was a research assistant and teacher participant in the 2016 Bush Blitz Teach Live http://bushblitz.teachlive.org.au/ and being a citizen scientist when participating in the Save the Bilby Fund, Bush Track Expedition https://savethebilbyfund.com/bilby-tracks/.


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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