Our Teaching Team

Experience & Expertise

David Costin

Principal

David has been teaching for 40 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.

Karen Argus

Teacher – Higher Grade Specialist

Karen is an Experienced Senior Teacher who has worked across all education sectors, State, Catholic and now Independent for 25 years. She has taught in primary (K-6), secondary (7-12) and tertiary and has experience in leadership, teacher mentoring, learning support and classroom teaching in multi-age, composite, and straight classroom contexts. Karen has undertaken Masters level research into literacy, particularly writing, and pedagogy. She is the mum to triplet boys who have completed university and enjoys pickleball, netball, basketball and anything arty in her downtime.

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.

Gemma Brown

Teacher – Higher Grade Specialist

Gemma is an experienced teacher who has taught from Prep to Grade 6. She has completed her teaching degree in Brisbane. While she is early childhood trained her teaching, experience has been in the middle to upper grades. She has been teaching for over 10 years within the Catholic School system. Within the school she does relief work, but does team teach with Mr. Costin.

Gemma has been responsible for the development of the C.A.R.E program within the school.

 

Rebecca Zouliou

Teacher – Lower Grade Specialist

Bec has been an early years teacher for the past 2 and a half years. She undertook two practicums at Yarranlea Primary School working with the Year 2-6 students. After Bec finished her practicums at Yarranlea, she travelled to London to teach as an Early Years Teacher. 

 Before completing her teaching degree, Bec worked as a Childcare Lead Educator and Early Childhood Teacher in a long day-care service. 

 In the classroom, Bec provides learning through play and hands on learning experiences focusing on curriculum and social emotional learning in and outside the classroom. 

Rebekah Woelz

Teacher – Lower Grade Specialist

Rebekah Woelz has just completed her first year of teaching after receiving her Primary Education Teaching degree from Griffith University in mid-2020. Rebekah began her tertiary education journey studying Journalism; and has a keen interest for the art of writing. Rebekah completed her final university practicum at Yarranlea and has gained experience working across all our year levels.

Rebekah believes that learning should be fun and engaging, and that children engage best when a combination of teaching practices are used. Lessons, therefore, include a range of auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic learning experiences, combined with both written book work and the use of technology to achieve a set outcome. Rebekah believes in encouraging students to always try their best, and that creating a safe and supportive learning environment for all students is a fundamental aspect of student success in a classroom.

Stephanie Kennedy

Teacher Aide- Lower Grades

Stephanie has spent the last 3 years working as a teacher aide in ages Prep to Grade 6 after 18 years working in Early Childhood Education and as a Centre Director. 

This included developing strategies for holistic child inclusion, learning and wellbeing as well as supporting team members skill development and facilitation in this space. 

She also focuses on environments for successful learning, strengths and interests based experiences, emotional regulation support practices and the inclusion of nature play for an overall “whole” education.

Maree Pooler

Outside School Hours Care/Director/                      Co-Ordinator/Nominated supervisor

Maree has over 20 years’ experience in the Child Care Sector starting with Family Day Care, caring for multiple ages.  Maree completed her Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services – Child Care and continued to care for School Age Children as her forte’.  Maree completed her time in Family Day Care after 10 years and continued working with School Age children in OSHC Services.  Within this time, she has renovated and established services working alongside several diverse communities.

Maree values exploring new ideas with the children showing and merging their ideas into action, extending thoughts and encouraging new approaches and experiences.

 

Experience

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

Technology

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