St Lucy's School

A community enriched by difference

Our Specialist Team

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David Raphael

Principal
David holds a Bachelor of Arts with the Diploma of Education, Master of Letters, Masters of Educational Administration, Management Certificate and Coaching Certificate. He has had 18 years of experience being a Principal of both mainstream and special needs schools. David has been the Principal of St Lucy’s for over 4 years.
“I simply love seeing the progress and happy smiles of achievement amongst the students as they learn with the help of our amazing staff here.”

Susan Jones

Deputy Principal
Susan holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Special Education. She has over 25 years experience in the disability sector. She has specialist knowledge in education of students with disabilities through positive behaviour techniques. She has been the Deputy Principal at St Lucy’s for over 9 years.
“At St Lucy’s we are not about moulding the students to something they are not. We think they are perfect just as they are. We just want to build on what they have to offer and the gifts that they have”

Caroline Fowler

Business Manager
Caroline holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Business/Management and has worked in a range of industries. Caroline has worked for St Lucy’s School for the over 6 years and is responsible for the Development Office including school finances, HR and fundraising
“In my role I really get to make a difference in the students lives by developing the facilities for our amazing education, and seeing the smiles on the students faces makes it all worthwhile.”

Terry Williamson

School Registrar
Terry holds a Cert III Business Administration (Legal) and before coming to St Lucy’s worked in a number of commercial law firms. Terry has worked at St Lucy’s School since 2007 and is responsible for the enrolment of new students, parent liaison and managing the office.
“My favourite parts of working at St Lucy’s are my daily dealings with the students who open my eyes to a whole world of joy and courage; and working with the families to do my little bit to lighten their load, and let them know that St Lucy’s is a school that offers more than just a great education.”

Vanessa Dillion

Religious Education Coordinator and Pastoral Care Coordinator
Vanessa holds a Bachelor in Teaching, a Graduate Diploma in Theology and a Masters in Educational Leadership. She has over 20 years teaching experience in both mainstream and special needs schooling. She has over 18 years experience as a Religious Educator and over 8 years in student wellbeing.
“I have always viewed teaching as a privilege, as I feel it keeps me connected with a truer representation of society and society’s future stars. In my role as a Religious Education Coordinator and Pastoral Care Coordinator, I feel as though I am to respond to the needs of the community as well as to enhance their sense of spirituality and wellbeing – I am like a companion on their journey, perhaps at times a guide as well. Being at St Lucy’s is deeply rewarding and full of joyful moments. Moments when you share in significant milestones of the students you interact with daily, and moments when the truth of what lies within is revealed and unearthed in a way that moves you to your core.”

Alessandra Picone

Head of Creative Arts
Alessandra holds a Diploma of Acting (Theatre). She leads a professional artists , who teach Visual and Performance Arts to all St Lucy’s Students, Ali also teaches St Lucy’s drama program. Ali has been at St Lucy’s since 2006.
“When the students do something for the first time, say something for the first time or take on a character for the first time, it is in those moments you really see their lights shine.”

Jonathan Carey

Family Support Worker

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Social work and is working towards a Masters in Early Childhood and Primary Teaching. He has been at St Lucy’s since July 2019 as the school saw a need to have a specialised support person to assist parents to obtain the support services that they need, including expertise with the NDIS.

“At St Lucy’s we believe that supporting the families, helps the students get the most out of our community. I love that I get to support the families of St Lucy’s every day.”

Allanah Riches

Occupational Therapist
Allanah joined St Lucy’s in August 2018. She is an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with a drive to support achievement of learning and developmental goals for every child. Allanah has transitioned from a private paediatric clinic where she worked closely alongside children, their families and teachers to support meaningful intervention. Allanah also has past experience working within the Occupational Rehabilitation industry, providing a comprehensive range of rehabilitation and injury management, as well as injury prevention services. Moving forward, Allanah now strives to provide motivating and positive therapy outcomes for students, teachers and their classrooms at St Lucy’s.
“Every day I spend at St Lucy’s is exciting. Through a collaborative approach, with teaching teams and families, our community optimises and nurtures every opportunity to develop the skills and experiences of our students.”

Elle Auert

Speech Pathologist
Elle joined the team at St Lucy’s in October 2018. Elle has worked with children and adults with a range of backgrounds and abilities both in private practice and in multidisciplinary teams. She has a passion for working with children of all ages, with a particular interest in early intervention and disability. She has had her own work published in the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. At St Lucy’s Elle brings her knowledge and skills to help support staff and students to access the curriculum using a range of communication methods tailored to each student.
“I find it very rewarding to see students making progress, from things as small as responding to their name, to asking a question during news time & playing safely with peers.”

Lisa Grimmond

Reading and Mathematics with Meaning Program Co-ordinator Satellite and Primary Learning Facilitator
Lisa holds a Diploma of Primary Education and a Bachelor of Special Education. She has over 25 years experience in educating students with disabilities in primary schools. Lisa has spent the last 22 years of her career at St Lucy’s School – classroom teaching and then specialising in specific areas of special education. She has specialist knowledge in educating students in both reading and mathematics. She has been co-ordinating the Reading Program for 10 years and the Mathematics program for 5 years. Lisa was the founding teacher for one of our Satellite classes and now facilitates our 5 satellite classes. Lisa is currently facilitating primary learning for years 3-6 at St Lucy’s School.
“I believe that every student should be empowered with the ability to read and be numerate so that they can function as independently as possible within our community as well as experience the joy of words and numbers. Our students are the true teachers themselves and so we must facilitate this innate teaching, through community participation programs as well as through our Satellite classes.”