Meet The Teachers

The wonderful bunch here at Chirnside Park would love to say hello!

Meet Our Teachers

At the top of the list when measuring the quality of a school has to be the quality of the teaching staff. Chirnside Park Primary School is beyond fortunate to have a team of teachers truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership & Administration

Jan Marinakos

Jan Marinakos

Principal

It’s an honour to be the principal of this amazing school. We have a brilliant staff who truly do put the interests of the children first. We are fortunate to have a strong community of parents who are so active in the education of their children and helping build these relationships is a great part of my job. Outside of school lots of my time is taken up spending time with my 2 daughters and 4 grandchilden. I also enjoy reading, travel and cooking.

Janelle Wadsworth

Janelle Wadsworth

Assistant Principal

I have been at Chirnside Park for 8 years and I love every minute of it. In my role I am still able to engage with the students on a regular basis.
I have three children, two sons and a daughter and three beautiful grandchildren. I enjoy fishing, eating out with friends, spending time with the family and travelling.
Karyn Evans

Karyn Evans

Business Manager

I am in my 20th year working here at CPPS.  I began working here when my youngest daughter started here in Prep.  I really enjoy the daily interaction with the School Community whether it be the students or their parents.  My role as Business Manager is to oversee the daily financial operations of the General Office.  I have 3 adult children and two Maltese Cross Shitzu’s.  My husband and I own a caravan and have so far enjoyed two big trips around Australia. 

Barbara O'Regan

Barbara O'Regan

Business Manager

Chirnside Park Primary School is a wonderful place to work. Every staff member is part of a team with similar values and goals and we all take great pride in the job we do.
I am married with two children and have a nine month old granddaughter. I enjoy spending time with my family, eating out, going to the movies and travelling.

Grade Prep Teachers

Sharnie Wake

Sharnie Wake

Prep Teacher

I am a Prep Teacher at Chirnside Park Primary School. Prep is a huge growth year and I love watching the new little students mature and develop into independent learners, while learning to read and write. My classroom is full of singing, games and lots of laughs. I love going away in our caravan with my husband and three children and walking our dog Yuki along the beach.

Amy Hutchison

Amy Hutchison

Prep Teacher

I love working with the wonderful staff and children at Chirnside Park Primary. The supportive relationships between staff and parents that we foster helps the children learn, grow and be their best. It is wonderful to see the growth that Preps achieve throughout the year in a stimulating and exciting environment. Outside of school I enjoy reading, doing yoga and travelling.

Kate Russell

Kate Russell

Prep Teacher

Teaching Prep at Chirnside Park Primary is extremely exciting and rewarding. We provide engaging classrooms for all our students to learn. I love the supportive environment we provide between the teachers, parents and students. We work closely together, striving to achieve personal bests. Outside of school I enjoy playing basketball and going to the gym.

Grade 1/2 Teachers

Sharon Ray

Sharon Ray

Grade 1/2 Teacher

Teaching Grade 1/2 is very rewarding particularly seeing the children grow and gain independence. I enjoy making a difference in the lives of the children I teach at CPPS. Out of school I love being with my family and taking my kids to their sports and activities. A good book and the need for holiday is never far away either!
Kim Ryan

Kim Ryan

Grade 1/2 Teacher

Teaching is my passion and I strive to create a warm and welcoming classroom where my students are excited to learn. I love watching my students grow in their abilities and celebrate the success they achieve. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy playing sport and reading a great book.

Siobhan Judge

Siobhan Judge

Grade 1/2 Teacher

I enjoy making a fun, colourful and creative classroom environment. I love seeing how excited the students get when they achieve and celebrating their successes. In my spare time I love to read and spend time with my family.

Grade 3/4 Teachers

Martine Femino

Martine Femino

Grade 3/4 Teacher

I love that each day is different and I am continually learning. In fulfilling my role, I feel strongly about encouraging students to take responsibility and do their personal best.
Allison McLaren

Allison McLaren

Grade 3/4 Teacher

As a classroom teacher I think it is wonderful to see so many hard working students building their skills and confidence to be productive, helpful and respectful citizens of the world!
Honnie Craig

Honnie Craig

Grade 3/4 Teacher

I am an avid reader and I love being able to share stories with the kids and read the amazing stories they have created. When I’m not at school I love getting outdoors and going bike riding and walking and I also love spending time with my family and at the beach.

Grade 5/6 Teachers

Lynn Francis

Lynn Francis

Grade 5/6 Teacher

I really enjoy teaching the Year 5/6 students as it allows me to work closely with them to further develop their leadership skills. It is extremely satisfying seeing the growth of the Peer Mentors and Leadership team as the year progresses. I enjoy gardening, running and have a great interest in old classic cars.

Libbee King

Libbee King

Grade 5/6 Teacher

A highlight of teaching Year 5/6 is facilitating interactive STEAM activities.  Watching the students make their own scientific discoveries is very rewarding.  I also love coaching the interschool sports teams.  In my spare time I enjoy reading and playing basketball – although I am not as good as my students!

Liesl Rosewall

Liesl Rosewall

Grade 5/6 Teacher

I really love teaching and supporting the Year 5/6 students to grow as citizens by providing great programs to help them transition smoothly into high school. At home I love working with our animals and gardening on our hobby farm as well as spending time with my family.

Specialised Teachers

Tim Norton

Tim Norton

P.E. Teacher

I love the fact that I am sowing the seeds to help students choose a fit, healthy and physically active lifestyle. It is amazing seeing the progression and improvement in students’ skill levels throughout the years. My favorite part of being a Physical Education teacher is watching the students thrive during interschool sports days. I myself am a keen runner who loves competing in track, cross country and road races. I also work in a gym outside of school and love my motorbikes, guitars and all animals.

Sue Martin

Sue Martin

Music Teacher

Teaching Music is a wonderfully creative process I enjoy with the children. We love to sing and play a variety of instruments. I create a safe and fun environment for children to take risks in their learning. Outside of school I love to travel, spend time at the beach and read a good book.

Sonie Attwood

Sonie Attwood

Art Teacher

Children’s Art is my passion. Seeing them excited to creatively express themselves brings me great joy. The quality of work produced is a highlight, as is displaying it around the school. I love to help each student understand the importance of art and discover that art is a process, not just a product. When I’m not creating experiences for our students I love to visit Art galleries, go to live theatre and barrack for the Eagles football team.

Classrom Support Assistants

Lauren Princi

Lauren Princi

Teacher's Aide

I love the supportive, friendly community within the school and being apart of a grade 1/2 class. Outside of the school, I am kept busy as Mum to 2 children and escaping on family get aways.
Leanne Mullens

Leanne Mullens

Teacher's Aide

I’m really enjoying working with the Grade 1/2 class this year as a Teacher Aide. I am a mum of 3 daughters who are growing up way too fast, and live close to the Chirnside community. My days are filled with after school sports and outdoor time with my family. I enjoy the beach, camping and jigsaw puzzles.

Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas

Teacher's Aide

I love promoting and supporting students in achieving their goals, regardless of their abilities and/or additional needs in a caring, compassionate and positive manner. I enjoy many outdoor activities including bushwalking, exploring and camping.
Debra Symes

Debra Symes

Teacher's Aide

I am an Integration Aide. I get great satisfaction when the penny drops and I’ve helped the student understand. The school is very supportive of my work. I enjoy traveling, meeting people and learning new things.

Mary Maxwell

Mary Maxwell

Teacher's Aide

Forming special bonds and watching the students faces light up when you help them achieve a milestone they never thought they could is why I love my job as an Integration Aide so much.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and two beautiful boys, baking, cake decorating and walks on the beach.

Rebecca Lizza

Rebecca Lizza

Teacher's Aide

I love coming to work each day and watching the proud smiles on children’s faces as they accomplish a task and pass a new milestone.
I enjoy spending time with my family and cooking.

Jane Dickson

Jane Dickson

Teacher's Aide

I have had the pleasure of being both a parent and a staff member at CPPS. I have such wonderful memories of my own 4 children’s primary school years at this school.  I feel lucky  to have been emplyed at CPPS for over 9 years, working with an amazing surportive team of teachers and staff!
Lauren Nelsen

Lauren Nelsen

Teacher's Aide

There’s many things I love about my job but I find seeing the growth in children each year very rewarding.
I love spending time with my family and travelling.
Anne Turton

Anne Turton

Teacher's Aide

I have been associated with this school for more than 25 years. Working here has enabled me to see students get a great educational and supportive start. Outside of school I enjoy golf, travelling and family.

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