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Our Staff

The staff of Riva Primary School represent an incredibly diverse range of talents, backgrounds and experience, drawn from every corner of the state, and each with a singular focus on delivering outstanding education for the children at Riva Primary School.

Our inaugural staff includes:

Chantelle Baker – Year 1/2 Teacher – LA3.1

Her bags are packed and she’s ready for this new adventure! We are delighted to welcome Chantelle Baker on board as one of our dynamic teachers. Chantelle is a Primary and Special Education teacher with a decade of experience working in education support across primary and secondary schools in Perth. Chantelle has experience as a classroom teacher, education assistant, early childhood educator and Team Leader at a program for young people with disabilities. Chantelle has spoken at conferences across Australia about her experiences as a young carer. Chantelle was a recipient of the 2021 Fogarty Foundation scholarship where she spent the summer learning and practising high impact teaching strategies. Chantelle is passionate about giving every child an opportunity to succeed.

 

Adam Batt – Health and Physical Education Specialist Teacher

Adam is thrilled and excited to be going on this journey with the students and parent community at Riva PS.

He has worked in education for 12 years, spending the majority of his time in the Physical Education Specialist role with 11 of those years at a school in the South Metro (8 years) and then more recently in the East Metro (3 years) before deciding to jump at the opportunity to begin a PE program from scratch.

Adam has so much passion for sport and physical education! He’s looking forward to building relationships with local sporting clubs within the area, but above all he’s most excited to pass on and build within Riva PS students the love of being physically active and healthy.

Lastly, Adam wants nothing more than to provide countless opportunities for inclusion and engagement for our students. He’s jumping out his skin to get started, has an open door policy to everyone and can’t wait to meet the new students and parent community at Riva PS.

 

Stacey Bartlett – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Stacey is super excited to join the crew at Riva Primary School as an Inclusive Education Assistant. Stacey loves a laugh, adventures with her family and creating memories with her friends.

 

Stacey has a passion for education, in particular helping every child feel safe and nurtured.  She values the need to explore through the child’s eyes, making connections and friendships, developing bonds of trust so that each and every child has the ability and confidence to achieve.  Stacey believes in the power of play and learning through fun.

 

Stacey is so very excited to be welcomed into the Riva Community and cannot wait to meet all the beautiful students and their families in 2022.

 

Michelle Berry – Pre-primary Teacher – LA1.2

Michelle is a passionate early childhood teacher who believes that all children can learn, and through her experience and passion for teaching, will ensure that each student feels cared for, supported, and included to achieve their best. Michelle is very excited to meet the students, parents, staff and wider community and make a positive impact to children’s lives at Riva Primary School.

 

Isabel Blair – Year 1 Teacher – LA2.3

Isabel is so excited to be part of the Riva community! She has spent the last two years teaching in a multicultural school and has experience teaching a range of year levels. Isabel believes every child is capable of learning when in a vibrant classroom that allows them to take risks and celebrates the diversity of its students. She aims to instil a love of learning and curiosity in her students and wants to make a difference in the lives of the Riva community by assisting in raising good citizens. Isabel looks forward to building connections across the school community and working together for many years to come.

 

Claire Brett – Kindergarten Green Teacher – LA1.5

Claire is an Early Childhood teacher and Special Needs Educator who has taught in Perth, Sydney, and London. Claire has most recently taught Kindergarten at a Catholic primary school, prior to which, she has vast experience in supporting students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at the Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Program for the School of Special Educational Needs: Sensory, for the Education Department.

Claire is an enthusiastic teacher with a passion for the early years. She believes in educating the whole child, creating a fun and happy learning environment that sets the foundation for lifelong learners. She is very excited to be joining the Riva Primary school community!

 

 

Alex Burgess – Year 4/5 Teacher – LA 3.2.3

Alex’s bag is packed and her passport is stamped with passion and energy to begin her exciting journey at Riva Primary School. She has been an educator for over 14 years, with both Teaching and Education Assistant experience. Alex loves a laugh, going to the beach, pottery and yoga, as well as creating magical memories with family and friends.

Alex is excited to create a fun, dynamic and holistic learning environment where everyone feels happy, safe and included. She loves the natural enthusiasm and energy children bring to the world and her passion for education drives her to give every child the skills, knowledge and self-belief they require to be successful life-long learners.

Alex can’t wait to meet all the students, families and staff and become a part of the Riva Primary School community!

Sarah Butler – Year 2/3 Teacher – LA 3.2.1

Sarah is a student focused educator, where the needs of all students are catered for individually. She is really looking forward to meeting all her new students and families as well as everyone in our Riva community. Sarah will miss her students from Wangkatjungka, as well as the beautiful warmth and sunsets of the Kimberley, but is so excited to be coming down to a vibrant, friendly community that encompasses Riva Primary School.

 

Sara Campbell – Deputy Principal
Sara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, built up for over 25 years across a range of special needs schools in the UK and across both primary and secondary schools in Perth. Sara has experience as a teacher, learning support coordinator, Head of Department for Education Support, Deputy Principal, Principal, Consultant for SSEN:D and Course Coordinator at Notre Dame University.
Sara is driven by her “Why” – to recognise the strengths and abilities of others and to support them to see these too. Sara believes every student has a right to education that is responsive to their needs and looks forward to working with our school and community to ensure every student is included, valued and achieves to their potential.
Dianne Carlshausen – Manager Corporate Services
Di brings an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise as an MCS and finance officer in schools, as well as extensive background in the banking, finance and accounting industries.
Di’s experience ensures that every physical, financial and human resource is managed to the highest standard, but what sets her apart is her dedication to each student, and making decisions that maximise the support and opportunities available.

 

 

 

 

 

Pippa Casey – Kindergarten Gold Teacher – H2

Teaching for 10 years, Pippa uses her experience in Early Childhood and Arts specialist roles to create engaging play-based learning environments. Passionate about fostering a love of learning from an early age though a balanced child led pedagogy, Pippa connects with her students to make learning fun and inclusive for all.

Pippa looks forward to developing strong working relationships with parents, carers and community at Riva Primary school and is excited to be part of the crew to help Riva take flight.

 

 

Elise Chin – Year 1 Teacher – LA2.2

Elise has spent the last 3 years working in the Wheatbelt teaching a multi-age classroom with Kindy, Pre-primary, Year 1 and Year 2 students. Her passion lies in Early Childhood and she believes that every individual is capable of success.

She enjoys creating an environment with her students that is stimulating, exciting and inclusive for all. Elise has high expectations of her students and is a reflective practitioner that ensures she will be continually providing research based and quality education at Riva PS.

 

 

Corinne Chiverton – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Corinne is so excited to be taking this journey with everyone at Riva. She has been a Special Needs Educator for the last 8.5 years, working with additional needs children in a mainstream education setting. Corinne is passionate about helping all children thrive to achieve and be their best in all aspects of their learning journey and to reach for the stars.

 

Corinne believes every child is unique and develops at their own individual pace in a stimulating and welcoming environment where they fell safe and nurtured. She looks forward to meeting all children and their families at Riva Primary in 2022 and welcoming them with her fun-loving smile.

Jannine Cirulis – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Jannine has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. She has lived in Port Hedland for 21 years and in the Pilbara for 23 years. Jannine is relocating to Perth as family is everything. She enjoys meeting new people, camping, catching up with friends and going to the beach. She has worked in education for 17 years and 15 as a permanent employee. She loves a challenge and enjoys the diverse role of working with children. Jannine is looking forward to joining the team at Riva, where every day is different, and every child included.

 

 

 

Sally Cutler – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Sally is an enthusiastic and caring education assistant. She believes that all children can succeed on a daily basis and she’s passionate about ensuring every child achieves their best, not only in the classroom but also as part of the wider community.

She enjoys keeping her mind busy playing basketball, making Lego creations, and getting crafty. She’s looking forward to sharing her passions with you, whilst learning all about yours, as we take this journey together at Riva.

 

 

 

Cid Dare – Library and Administration Officer
Cid is an avid reader, and loves all things Harry Potter. Cid has been a school librarian for ten years, is mum to two boys, as well as a very good dog. Cid is already very busily prepping and covering books, and is very much looking forward to building a new and exciting school community at Riva Primary School.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Dawson – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Sarah has been working in the early intervention Autism Unit at Gosnells Primary. She is passionate about having a great relationship with all the students while helping make learning fun! She is also studying teaching at Univeristy. She can’t wait to work with all the staff and students and meet all the families. She is very excited for this new journey to take off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Denholm – Year 3 Teacher – LA 3.2.2

Kim has been teaching in Years 1-6 in the Perth metropolitan area for 5 years, and has also been lucky enough to teach Gifted and Talented students from Kindy to Year 6. Kim is a mum of one and loves swimming, plants and podcasts!

Kim is driven by the belief that every student deserves an exciting and challenging education where they can achieve success every day. She is particularly passionate about Gifted and Talented Education and advocates strongly for twice-exceptional students. She takes pride in recognising and catering to the strengths of each of her students.

Kim is looking forward to working within the Riva Primary School community to ensure that every child is happy and successful.

 

Rachael Gahleitner – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Rachael has always worked around children in many roles from day care to nannying and now is an education assistant. She thoroughly enjoys watching and being actively involved in a child’s learning. She feels very privileged to be a part of their learning and growth.

 

 

While working as an assistant up in the Pilbara (Paraburdoo), Rachael found her “why” – which is to support the child as a whole in a respectful and trusting way and also in a safe and engaging environment.

 

Rachael is a proud mum of three amazing children and is very much family oriented, most of her hobbies these days do include her children. They love creating and tinkering with resin to make jewellery, they bake, they go to the beach, all do ice skating and love going on walks and playing with the three dogs. Rachael also loves to help my husband do wood working!

 

Rachael is very excited to be a part of this new adventure and journey at Riva Primary and she can’t wait to meet all the wonderful students and families.

 

Amy Holyoak – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Amy is a passionate education assistant, who is dedicated in supporting the learning needs of all students by creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment, so that every student can feel safe and encouraged to learn to their best ability.

Amy has a positive, patient and caring nature. Her goal is to make a difference to our students’ lives. She is very excited to meet you all.

 

 

 

 

Ashley Jennings – Year 4/5 Teacher – LA4.2

Ashley is looking forward to an exciting and positive year assisting the students in his class on their learning journey. He is an enthusiastic educator who believes in the ability of all students to achieve to their highest learning potential.

For 3 years, Ashley taught students in the middle of Western Australia, in the remote desert town of Laverton, where he learned as much about desert life from students and community as he taught each day! Ashley has also developed strong skills as a Science specialist teacher at Aspiri Primary School.

When not in the classroom, you can find Ashely pursuing badminton, the odd board game, and, more actively beach swimming or hitting the road on his bike.

Ashley aims to present each topic in an enjoyable and engaging format, where students explore the world of learning together. He looks forward to a successful year of educational growth alongside all parents, students and staff.

 

Leena Joshi – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Leena started her career 11 years ago in Early Childhood Education and Care Services. In this journey, she has also worked as an Education Assistant for various schools.

As a local member of our community, Leena is so delighted to be a part of Riva Primary School.

She is very thrilled to help our students, teachers and other support colleagues to help shape young children’s futures in whichever way she can in this joyful and nurturing community.

Leena is looking forward to being a valuable part of our crew.

 

 

Sukhwinder Kaur – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Sukhwinder is very excited to get on board our Riva flight and is looking forward to our exciting journey ahead. She has a versatile personality and is very passionate about her role as an Education Assistant where she can support the teachers in providing high quality education to our next generation. She feels immense gratitude to be able to contribute to the development of our young heroes at Riva Primary School. In her experience as an Education Assistant, she has worked in a variety of year levels in many different schools. This included early childhood education. Along with their academic requirements, Sukhwinder’s focus is on developing students’ social and emotional well-being and to create a positive, respectful, safe and welcoming learning environment for all children. She is eager to meet the students and their families at Riva Primary School and is thrilled to embark on this journey, building and growing an amazing school community together.

 

 

Julia Leeson – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Julia has always loved caring for and supporting children. Contributing to a learning environment where children develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world is something she is very passionate about.

Julia grew up in England where she worked as a qualified Child-carer and a Hospital Play Leader. After moving to Australia she became the co-ordinator of an occasional childcare centre in rural WA. Since moving with her family to Perth, she has thoroughly enjoyed working in several local primary schools as an Education Assistant.

Julia cannot think of a greater privilege than being part of the foundation of our brand-new school and cannot wait to meet all the students and their families as we begin our journey at Riva Primary together.

 

Liliana Lovell – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Liliana has her bag packed and is excited to start her journey with the Riva Primary School community. She has over a decade of experience working as an education assistant, supporting students of all ages at a large primary school in Perth. Liliana feels passionate about working in a team to help all children to feel included, cared for and supported to achieve their personal potential in a fun and happy environment! Liliana is looking forward to meeting and working with the students, families, staff and community of Riva Primary School.

 

 

 

 

Amy Lowther – Pre-primary Teacher – LA1.1

Amy is a passionate educator with expertise in the area of Early Childhood Education. She has many years of experience working at a large school in the Perth Metro area.

Amy has built strong connections across the community and makes it her mission to see every student happy and achieve to their full potential. Her classroom will entice the children to learn through play and ultimately to have fun! Each and every student will feel welcome and safe. Amy has a positive, warm, and caring nature and cannot wait to meet you all!

 

 

 

Lisa McCulloch – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Lisa has been an educator for over 20 years, with both teaching and Education Assistant experience. She has worked here in Perth and in the UK.

 

She is looking forward to new and exciting adventures at Riva with the students, staff, parents, and the local community.

 

Lisa cannot wait to continue to equip students for a lifetime of learning for students to enjoy their education, feel happy, respected, safe and included.

 

In her spare time Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and sharing magical moments with her two children. She is always thinking of new ways to share her passion for creativity within the classroom environment.

 

Lisa hopes you all have your boarding passes and are as excited as she is to take flight on this special journey.

 

Erica Moore – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Erica has been dedicated to early childhood for over 20 years. Starting off as an early childhood educator before having 2 children of her own, Erica become an EA at the Language Development Centre, working with students from Kindy through to Year 3.

Erica puts great value in helping and supporting others and especially enjoys making connections that build positive, nurturing relationships to foster children’s learning, supporting them to thrive and be the best they can be.

For Erica, building respectful and inclusive relationships with the people around her is an all-important first step.

She is super excited about getting to know you all.

 

 

Heidi Naidoo – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Heidi is excited to be on this new journey. She has always been around children, and has 4 wonderful children of her own. All children are unique in their own way! She believes that children can achieve anything when given the chance and nurtured to reach their full potential. She likes to create a safe, fun, and exciting environment where students are comfortable and can learn with no limits.

She is passionate about supporting students with any difficulties that they may encounter or have so that they can achieve their goals. She feels that every child should be given a chance to have a go at anything!!

Heidi can’t wait to start at Riva Primary School!

 

 

Jess O’Leary – Year 2 Teacher – LA3.2

Jess is a primary teacher who has taught in both junior and middle primary for the past two years. She has a passion for differentiation, inclusion and cultural awareness, specifically First Nations education.

Jess has spent the past year teaching in a very differentiated and multicultural class and is excited to take what she has experienced from there into a classroom at Riva Primary

School. She aims to create a class for all Riva children which is welcoming, friendly, positive, and embraces all diversity. She couldn’t be happier to be joining our team!

 

 

Karen Passmore – School Officer

Karen is honoured and excited to become a foundation staff member of Riva Primary School in 2022.

With many years’ experience in administration and finance, Karen aims to create a warm and welcoming environment for all our students, parents, staff and members of the local community. Karen is looking forward to meeting everyone, and supporting Riva’s culture of inclusivity and belonging.

 

 

 

Melanie Reid – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Melanie is so pleased to be on board as part of the foundation crew for Riva Primary School. She is passionate about helping every student to succeed and discover their individual learning “super-powers”.  She has a great enthusiasm for making every part of school life fun, colourful, exciting, and full of wonder.

 

 

 

 

 

Brie Rose – Year 5/6 Teacher – LA4.1

Brie has spent the last five years in the Wheatbelt town of Toodyay, teaching students from Years 3-6. She loves spending time going to the beach or anywhere in nature, and within the school, creating classroom environments where all student’s contributions and abilities are acknowledged, heard, celebrated and valued.

Brie believes in developing students, not only academically but socially and personally. She achieves this by ensuring the classroom is a vibrant place, filled with student’s work, as well as other resources and spaces that are going to help them succeed and feel their best.

Brie is so excited to be aboard this flight and can’t wait to meet all the other passengers on this amazing and exciting journey!

 

Gemma Rosser – Kindergarten Blue Teacher – LA1.5

Gemma has been teaching for 19 years, with the last 9 years spent in Kindergarten and Pre- primary. She delights in being the first step in a child’s school life, instilling in them a love of learning and providing them with a nurturing, exciting, fun and fulfilling start to their education.

Gemma is passionate about the role of play in Early Childhood Education, using games, songs and fun to teach vital language, mathematics, social-emotional and motor skills. She believes that every child’s personal progress should be recognised, valued and celebrated. Gemma can’t wait to meet and work alongside the students and families of Riva Primary School.

 

 

Katie Rozario – Visual Arts Specialist Teacher

Katie will always be a big kid at heart! Her playful nature and creative mind make learning fun and exciting. She loves being surrounded by the creative energy in an art room at school. The buzz of unique thoughts and ideas, different ways of seeing the world and communicating. It’s really important to Katie that children enjoy their time at school – that they feel comfortable and excited to learn something new. Katie has been teaching for 7 years, and teaching Visual Arts in particular for the last 4 years. She really enjoys sharing her love of Visual Arts with the school community. Art is a powerful tool for connection, communication, and change. Katie is really excited to see what we can create at Riva, together!

 

 

Lauren Rutherford – Pre-primary Teacher – LA2.4

Lauren’s bag is packed, she has her boarding pass and is ready to be a part of our amazing Riva Primary School adventure. Lauren is a passionate early childhood teacher who has taught for 9 years in the south metropolitan area. She is a firm believer in forming positive relationships with her students and supportive partnerships with their families. She creates a classroom environment which develops each child’s love and joy for learning. Lauren believes that every child deserves a safe, positive, fun and engaging classroom where they feel that they belong and are respected. Lauren is excited to be a foundation staff member of our school and can’t wait to meet all the students and families of the Riva Primary School community.

 

Stacie Skehan – Deputy Principal
Stacie has been a Teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal in city, regional and remote settings. Most recently, Stacie spent the last 3 years in an amazing Remote Community School along the Gibb River Road. Here she developed an appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity and inclusivity.
Stacie has a strong passion for making a school a community and believes in having high expectations for all, whilst maintaining high supports to enable everyone to meet these expectations.
Stacie looks forward to working with each student, family, staff member and our community, to create an environment where we all feel a sense of connection, belonging and pride.

 

 

 

 

Katherine Smith – Music Specialist Teacher

Katherine has been making music since the age of 8 and is passionate about the benefits of singing, playing and moving with music in primary school. She brings a variety of experiences to her role as music specialist, having worked as a freelance orchestral clarinettist, an IMSS instrumental teacher, a primary school and early childhood music specialist, and for the ECU School of Education. As a trained Dalcroze teacher Katherine is a specialist in the connection between movement and music. She is passionate about the role of music education to nurture children’s hearts and develop their brains. Central to Katherine’s love for students and music is the belief that all children deserve to learn in joyful, playful environments where they feel a strong sense of belonging.

 

 

 

 

Alex Somers – Pre-primary Teacher – LA1.3

Alex is a teacher who focusses on getting the best out of her students and making learning fun and engaging. She has taught across the early years in the Wheatbelt and in metropolitan schools.

Alex is highly passionate about student wellbeing and helping students to achieve at their point of need. She is so excited to meet and work with families, staff and the community to help each student thrive.

 

 

 

 

Kristy Turner – Kindergarten Purple Teacher – LA1.4

Kristy is an Early Childhood Teacher who is passionate about children’s education and has particular interests in health, well-being, inclusivity and the integration of digital technologies into teaching and learning. She enjoys connecting with students and families to create partnerships that support students to achieve their potential. Kristy is looking forward to working together with students, families and school staff to continue to build the welcoming and inclusive community at Riva Primary School, where everyone belongs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Van Der Wal – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Taylor is a passionate and motivated Education Assistant who is always wanting what is best for students. She has been an educator for almost 4 years now and has loved every moment of it. She feels very lucky and proud to be a part of the Riva Primary School community and looks forward to helping our students to thrive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jodie Van Der Zwan – Deputy Principal

Jodie has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, Level 3 classroom teacher and leader and has had the privilege of working in schools in Newman, York and Karratha as well as the metropolitan area.
Jodie’s strengths and passion echo those of our school and community, leading Early Childhood Education, Instructional Strategies and Health and Wellbeing. Jodie will ensure that every student’s journey is safe and supported, engaging and successful at Riva Primary School.

 

 

 

 

 

Kristy Yew – Education Assistant – Inclusive Education

Kristy has been an Education Assistant for 9 years and thoroughly enjoys her role.

She will miss the staff and students at Yale Primary school but is excited to be on board for this new adventure.

Kristy is passionate about supporting the diversity and uniqueness of all students and is looking forward to assisting the students at Riva Primary School with their learning journey.