English and Humanities
Ms. Margaret Black
Margaret Black is an English and Humanities teacher who is originally from Lusaka, Zambia. From an early age, travelling on B.O.A.C as it was in those days, Margaret went to school in Torquay, England. Her first degree was History of Art at the University of London. In later years Margaret returned to university to complete a Batchelor of Theology, Dip Grad English and Dip Grad Maori at Otago University. She immigrated to Darwin after living in New Zealand for ten years to look after aging parents who had retired from their station, Dry River Station, just out of Katherine. Teaching Religious Education in Darwin became a real vision and with encouragement from the Principal of St Johns Catholic College Margaret completed a Graduate Diploma of Education. However, life has many pathways and Margaret discovered her skillset in teaching was broad and has had the enormous privilege of teaching English Literary Studies as well as English, Essential English and History. “Learning to teach teaches you to learn” she discovered and it has been an amazing journey thus far.
Faculty: Anna Henwood, Garry Blackett, Margaret Black, Natalie Oberman, Kaleena Slaviero, Jason Tutty, Therese Schembri, Maree Hammer, Helena Brain, Phillip Cooley, Christine Woods, Tara Tartaglia, Caitlin Orr, Rachel Mitchell, Hannah Smith, Wietske Bruinsma
Dany Kelly has been teaching in Catholic schools since 2012 and was on the foundational team for MacKillop Catholic College in Johnston. Most recently, Dany joins us from St. Joseph’s Nudgee College where she worked as the Director of Identity. Prior to this Dany was living and working in California where she completed a Master’s Degree in Spirituality which lead her to work for Vinnies in California and then finally Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton.
Dany deeply values all students, parents and staff and has a deep respect for Aboriginal Spirituality as well as holding the Jesuit charism (seeing God in all things) and Vincentian charism (helping those suffering, forgotten or deprived) close to her heart. As Assistant Principal Religious Education, she trusts that all who encounter the O’Loughlin Catholic College community will be blessed with a personal experience of the trinity and together seek to live out our motto ‘Make Us One in Christ’.
Faculty: Kaleena Slaviero, Rhett Bowden, Jason Tutty, Catherine Hives, Stephen Versteegh, Matthew Bourke, Hannah Smith, Garry Blackett, Anna Henwood, Danyelle Kelly
Ms. Jennifer Kinsella
Jennifer joined the O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2013. She has over 15 years’ experience teaching in a range of educational sectors including Catholic, independent and government schools in the Northern Territory, the United Kingdom and Canada.
She holds a Master of Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University, and she completed her Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor of Arts from Mount Saint Vincent University.
During her time at O’Loughlin Catholic College Jennifer has held positions such as Head of Middle School and Year 10 Team Leader before taking on the role of Head of the Mathematics Faculty in 2016. These opportunities have allowed Jennifer to develop her leadership and teaching and learning skills and built positive relationships with students, staff, and parents of the O’Loughlin Catholic College community.
Jennifer is a dedicated educator who strives to model and inspire creative and innovative ways of teaching mathematics. She is passionate about leading change in this area and providing access to mathematics learning for all students. Jennifer’s priority is on improving students’ interest in and value of mathematics, whilst supporting and challenging them to reach their potential.
Faculty: Luke Beatty, Matthew Bourke, Miranda Colquhoun, Jennifer Kinsella, Maree Hammer, John Bament, Paul Fleming, Deborah Hallett, Dan Sivan, Christine Woods, Rachel Northover, Matthew Rivas
Ms. Samantha DeMoor
Samantha de Moor is a Science teacher with teaching experience in Years 7-10 and Stage 1 and 2 Biology. She completed a Bachelor of Science at Otago University in New Zealand and a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education at CDU. She joined O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2010 and became Head of Faculty in 2013. During 2017, she was Acting Director of Pedagogy and Curriculum which allowed her to see an overview of all the subjects in the College.
“It is a great honor to work with the amazing Science staff here at O’Loughlin Catholic College. The collegial atmosphere allows us to do amazing things for the amazing students studying this awesome subject.”
Faculty: Kara Handberg, Jane Ramsay, Max Jones, Wolfgang Woerner, Therese Schembri, Matthew Rivas, Samantha de Moor, Thai Nguyen, Emma Fitzgerald
Physical Education and Health
Mr. Luke Beatty
Luke Beatty joined the O’Loughlin Catholic College team in Semester 2 2018. He had previously taught Physical Education at both Primary and Secondary schools in Queensland. Luke had also spent 2 years teaching and coaching in the United Kingdom. Along with his role as Head of Faculty of Health and Physical Education, Luke also takes on the responsibility of being O’Loughlin’s Sports Coordinator organising Athletics and Swimming Carnivals, along with inter-school sports days.
Faculty: Jake Barnes, Luke Beatty, Dan Sivan, Miranda Colquhoun, Lisa Fox, Jennifer Leach, Shirley Worsfold, Ella Carrie, Erin Hetherington, Cassie Henderson, Mickayla Ward
Arts and Technology
Ms. Joanne Green
Ms Jo Green leads a dynamic and inspiring team of innovative and creative educators who have developed a strong faculty that fosters the artistic growth of the whole student.
Ms Green joined the College community after completing her teaching qualification from CDU in 2010. Working in the hospitality and design industry before completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts has helped Ms Green to shape and develop the Arts and Technology areas here at the College, putting an emphasis on showcasing the student’s creative work to the College community. She has helped build the College’s creative arts festival into an annual calendar highlight as well as co-ordinating the College’s musical comeback with Mulan in 2018 and Aladdin in 2019. Ms Green believes creativity is a vital and enriching part of education. “My goal is to ensure students are exposed to a variety of creative processes helping them to enrich their life.” Ms Green is passionate about the Arts and Technology learning areas; an education enriched with creativity helps students for the challenges for life after high school. “Creativity is not just about thinking outside the box, it’s about how we can destroy, unpack, play with and use the box, think outside the room where the box is stored.“
Faculty: John Hamburg, Jo Green, Kaleena Slaviero, Nicholas Jack, Sarah Williams, Kara Handberg, Larnae Gurusamy, Debbie Walter, Jessie Hobeck, Jen Tan, Kate Smith, Audrey Soares, Anna Henwood, Liza Bowers, Yvette Martin, Katrina Liddell
Ms. May-Jen Tan
May Jen Tan joined O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2016 as the Assistant Inclusion Support Coordinator, as well as teaching in a variety of areas including Languages, Religious Education, Humanities and Music. Prior to this, Jen spent five years at Xavier Catholic College on Bathurst Island (part of the Tiwi Islands), serving as their Literacy and EAL/D coordinator for two of those years.
After her experiences teaching in a remote context, Jen developed a passion for supporting students with additional needs and completed further tertiary training in Inclusion Support. She believes that the holistic and inclusive ethos of O’Loughlin Catholic College drives the College’s strong reputation in caring for our students with additional needs and ensuring that they experience success across both academic and pastoral areas of schooling.
Faculty: Hannah Smith, Kerrie Wattam
IEW (Indigenous Education Worker)
Catherine (Cashy) Burns is the IEW (Indigenous Education Worker Coordinator) at O’Loughlin Catholic College. Cashy comes from the Tiwi Islands and has been working and supporting students in the catholic schools for over fifteen years. She joined O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2015 coming across from St John’s Catholic College where she has worked with various students coming from remote and urban areas across the Northern Territory.
“It is great to work with staff and students at O’Loughlin Catholic College as it has a wonderful feeling around the school and everyone is so friendly and makes you feel welcome.“
Faculty: Eric Vargas, David Paul, Aiden Singleton
Careers and PLP
Mrs. Janice Lee
Janice Lee has worked and taught in the NT since 1989, originally as a PE teacher, Indigenous study teacher, Vet Co-coordinator and Career Practitioner at Kormilda College. She joined the staff at O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2015 in her current role as Career Practitioner. She holds the following formal qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching, Diploma of Career Guidance, certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is a member of the Career Educator’s Association NT (CEANT) where she has held executive positions. Additionally, Janice is a marker and moderator for Stage 2 Workplace Practices, and several students within her faculty over the past five years have won various awards from Merit subject awards to VET and School based apprentice awards at the NT Board of Studies presentation ceremony and the NT and Australian Training awards.
During my teaching career in the NT, I have had an opportunity to complete a study tour of various countries in Asia and teaching in several universities and schools in China as a visiting lecturer and teacher representing the Australian Government.
During her 31 years of teaching within the Territory she has had the pleasure of teaching many students who have become successful in their chosen career pathway/s, including her own children and she is very proud of what they have all accomplished.
Faculty: Mr Dan Sivan, Ms Rachel Mitchell, Mr Phillip Cooley, Mrs Christine Woods, Ms Caitlin Orr