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Meet our teachers

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the first of our newly appointed staff. Our founding teachers bring a range of backgrounds, passions and levels of experience. One thing they have in common is their enthusiasm and love of teaching. To them, as it is to me, this is more than just a career. We thrive on developing students to their highest potential, and cannot wait to get to know our kids and their families next year.

Joanne Gooden 

I have been teaching for a number of years (quite a number!), most recently at St Patrick’s, Kilmore. I have a passion for Literacy and believe in the importance of instilling a love of reading in children. I am also passionate about teachers and teaching. I like to help all teachers, especially those just starting out – I want them to love what they do as much as I do.

I have a grown up family and four beautiful grandchildren to spoil. I look forward to the excitement of being part of the foundation team of a brand new school.

Annette Moore 

I have been teaching in Primary schools since 2006 after graduating from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts / Teaching. I have loved working with every grade from Prep to Year 6, teaching everything from nursery rhymes to long division and classroom chemistry. I completed a Post-Graduate Degree in Early Literacy Intervention and Oral Language, and in 2015 I completed my Masters in Religious Education, which has become a passion of mine. I have a real interest in classroom Science as it allows students to explore, question and possibly create a little chaos.

As a new mum I have developed a strange obsession with the Wiggles. I’m thinking this will pay off as I lead the Performing/Visual Arts program at Our Lady of the Way.

Liz Stoward 

I have been teaching for over 20 years. In this time I have had many different roles including classroom teacher, Physical Education teacher and Librarian. I have taught all year levels across a number of schools and been part of leadership teams. I am looking forward to the challenge of being a part of the foundation team of Our Lady of the Way, promoting a love of learning in this exciting phase. I am passionate about creating a safe and happy learning environment for all students and I have a real love for reading.

I am a mum of three beautiful daughters, and I love spending time with them. As a family we love to go camping, to the beach and occasionally travelling overseas. I also enjoy sport and still attempt to play basketball and netball.

Fiona Keating

I grew up on a farm near Bendigo. I have been teaching for seven years, and spent two of those years living in London, teaching and traveling. Since coming home four years ago, I have lived in Melbourne teaching at Good Shepherd in Wheelers Hill. I am passionate about student wellbeing and working with children with special needs.

I enjoy reading, traveling and staying active – I did my first half marathon in July! I also have a very cute ragdoll kitten called Kevin.

Sonia Cook 

Hi, my name is Sonia Cook and I will be teaching French at Our Lady of the Way in 2018. Prior to this year I have worked at St Patrick’s Primary in Kilmore working as a classroom teacher where I developed a passion for teaching Mathematics. In 2016 I launched the French teaching program at St Pat’s as the French teacher.

I grew up within the St Patrick’s Parish attending St Pat’s Primary and Assumption College. My husband and I moved back to the area in the last couple years and have recently become first time parents! I can’t wait to meet all the Our Lady’s students and get to know their families.

Eileen Bugeja 

I’m Eileen Bugeja, the newly appointed Office Manager at Our Lady of the Way.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working in school administration for the past seven and a half years. Before joining Our Lady of the Way, I worked as the Business Manager at Beveridge Primary School.  Prior to working in Education, I spent twelve years in the banking industry, predominantly working in head office departments, performing various administrative and financial roles.

My husband and I have lived in the local area for the past 22 years. We have a teenage son and daughter whom we enjoy spending quality time with. Our two dogs are Jessie and Millie and we have a spoilt cat named Holly. I feel privileged and excited to be a part of Our Lady of the Way from its commencement and I look forward to meeting and getting to know all our students and families.

Rebecca Minogue 

I am a graduate teacher from Australian Catholic University and extremely excited to begin my teaching career. I am very passionate about student wellbeing and I am looking forward to learning all that I can in this profession.

I hope to create learning experiences for my students that will last, as I still reflect on experiences that I gained from my primary school teachers.

When I am not at school, I enjoy playing netball and spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to working with and learning from the team at Our Lady of the Way.

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