Meet our Staff

Meet a selection of Walford's staff members.

Rebecca Clarke

Principal

It is critical that Walford empowers girls and young women to understand that gender should never obstruct an outcome they choose. My secondary education, undertaken by scholarship, enabled me to experience first hand the opportunities that an all girls’ school can provide.

There is no greater privilege than leading a school where learning is the priority. Each day at Walford provides an opportunity to engage with students who are willing to give anything a go, and who value the reward that comes from striving to achieve one’s best.

During my almost twenty years in education, I have enjoyed working collaboratively with teachers helping them grow their capacity to support young learners thrive. My work with teachers in international contexts through the International Baccalaureate Organisation and my post graduate studies in leadership and business administration have provided rich opportunities for learning which for all of us in schools, must be ongoing.

Beyond Walford, I love being a mother and step-mother to four children, who ensure that the fun and joy that fills each day continues well after the bell rings.

Rebecca presently serves as a member of the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) board. She is also a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) Board, the Anglican Schools of Australia (ASA) Board and she is a member of the SACE Board’s Principal’s Partnership Strategy group.

Mandy Hore

Deputy Principal

It is a joy to be entrusted with, and be a part of, one of a child’s most important life journeys – education. I love engaging with young people to guide and facilitate their individual growth and help them to achieve their personal best.

I’m committed and passionate about girls' education and, through my daughter, who was educated at Walford, have seen first hand the benefits that this provides. The world has much to offer young women whose education has enabled them to develop confidence and realise the value of giving everything a go, working hard and striving to achieve personal best.

My position is one that enables me to work with, engage and get to know all members of our community. Being in a small school helps facilitate this, every girl knows that she is an important part of our 'family' – it is a pleasure to work in an environment that is so warm and caring.

My focus as an educational leader is on developing students as learners and as individuals, whilst enhancing teacher excellence. It is a privilege to work alongside our Principal, Rebecca Clarke, and the Walford staff in a school where learning is the priority and where each member of the community is encouraged to achieve their best and actively participate in the diverse school life that Walford presents.

Over a 30 year career, I have actively continued my learning and beyond school enjoy a busy family life filled with sport, music and fun!

Georgie West

Head of Senior School

At Walford we aim to foster the learning and development of each girl in ways that honor her individual strengths and needs.

It is a tremendous privilege to lead in a school where the learning of girls in both academic and co-curricular contexts is placed at the forefront of everything we do. I believe that our Senior girls ought to have entry into the disciplines that reflect their strengths and best promote their growth, to be supported in striving for academic excellence and to develop a strong sense of self efficacy through community engagement, service and leadership. We aim to augment the growth of our girls toward autonomy by providing them with opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate their own progress and develop the broad capabilities needed to thrive in an ever changing and complex world.

Through dedicated service to girl’s education and completion of a Master of Education (Educational Management) through the University of Melbourne, I have an enduring commitment to ongoing learning and value seeking evidence as a means to inform and enrich my practices.

Jessica London

Head of Middle School

I am a firm believer in the benefits of single-sex education, and in my role at Walford I have the opportunity to make a difference to the education of girls through high quality pedagogical practices. My previous role as the Coordinator of the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate has given me a thorough understanding of how the IB applies to, and enhances, the girls' education at each stage of their schooling at Walford.

My own love of learning led me to recently complete my Masters in Education (Leadership and Management).

Melissa Threadgold

Head of Junior School

I am a passionate educator with more than 20 years teaching experience both in Australia and England. I see the International Baccalaureate offered at Walford as a fantastic framework that enables educators to lead student learning towards purposeful outcomes, and to focus on the development and celebration of the whole child. I also love the way that Walford is able to focus specifically and unapologetically on the unique developmental needs of girls, in all areas.

I have been lucky enough during my career to teach children from the Early Years through to Year 6. I have also worked in a Specialist capacity developing the talents of students through enrichment programs. Outside of school, in addition to my work as a team leader in the State Emergency Services, I was a volunteer counsellor for Parent Helpline for some time and it was here that I developed, through formal study and experience, the skills for supporting and guiding families through a whole range of life’s challenges. These skills also underpin my ability to be able to support students as they navigate the changing social landscape they experience throughout their schooling, while they build their resilience and self-confidence.

I have two wonderful children who enjoy many pursuits including tennis, football, chess, violin and guitar. When I am not working I love to spend time with my family and continue with the renovation of our old home.

Peter Westhead

Director of Learning

I have always had a passion for learning and a keen interest in the life of schools beyond my own classroom.

Over 20 years of teaching in Australia and the UK has provided me with experience of a variety of roles, from Curriculum Leadership to Pastoral Programs, in a range of schools. Since my arrival in South Australia in 2006, I have delivered and helped lead innovations in the International Baccalaureate, SACE and Australian Curriculum. In recent years, my roles have centred on developing pedagogy and the use of evidence of student achievement as part of a broader whole-school improvement strategy.

I believe a culture of reflection and collaboration is essential, and that we can best meet our students’ needs and help them to realise their potential when we have a comprehensive picture of where they are in their learning. It is vital that, when educating the whole child, other passions, successes and virtues of character are nurtured.

All members of any school community are learners; today’s learners should be reflective, capable of critical thought and able to make full use of a range of learning technologies.

Charmaine Brooks

Director of Early Learning

I am fascinated with, and have a great passion for, early childhood development. I adore working with little people and sharing their daily discoveries and joy of learning.

As Director of Early Learning, my vision is to create a warm, welcoming and happy atmosphere where children and adults alike want to work, learn and play. I believe in developing a nurturing and stimulating teaching environment for children to enjoy. A place where families feel confident that their children will be valued, challenged, and have every opportunity to have fun while they learn and play.

Tracey Gracey

School Chaplain

My role at Walford is to be a spiritual presence in the school and whilst Walford’s faith tradition is grounded in the Anglican Church I acknowledge the many faith traditions in the school community and seek to find relevant and meaningful ways in which all students and staff can nurture their own sense of self and connection with the Divine.

I have a passion for compiling contemporary communion services for students and staff and I like to encourage student leadership and participation.

I enjoy the challenge of teaching Religious Education to selected year levels and love to see students engaging in class discussions and sharing their spiritual and ethical insights and views.

Another important aspect of my ministry at Walford is that of offering spiritual support and pastoral care to students, families and staff.

I hope that when students complete their schooling at Walford they will leave having a deeper sense of self and connectedness to their spiritual self. I hope that the spiritual tools and practices that were taught at Walford will become tools that each student will be able to draw on in all aspects of life.

Wendy McFarlane

Business Director

Prior to joining Walford in 2000 my professional experience was predominantly in the finance area of large corporations and in public practice as a CPA until I took up a position with an all boys school in Adelaide and entered the education sector. This fortunate occurrence revealed a wonderful opportunity to support the education of young people through the application of my professional qualifications and experience and it changed the course of my career.

My role as Business Director covers a diverse range of responsibilities from finance and accounting, regulatory compliance, administration and asset management to grounds, buildings and maintenance, catering, cleaning and security. I also perform the secretarial function for the Walford Council of Governors. My role is professionally challenging, personally rewarding and never dull or routine. One day is rarely the same as the next.

As a mother I support single gender independent education and my son (PAC 2012) and daughter (Walford 2006) have both enjoyed its benefits. My role at Walford is one that supports the teaching and learning of students through the provision of appropriate facilities and a sustainable financial future. It is a privilege to apply my professional skills in such a dynamic environment and to actively promote the Walford motto of 'With Courage and Truth' in the conduct of the business affairs of the School.

Mayra Franco

IB Coordinator

I’ve always valued the opportunities education can bring to a person’s life. This is what led me to become a teacher. My philosophy for teaching is to encourage students to do their best and aim to engage them with the subjects they are studying.

I am passionate about the benefits of an International Baccalaureate education. I believe it provides students with the necessary skills to become active members of society, allowing them to think critically and reflect on the world around them.

Emily Beattie

International Student Coordinator

British by birth, I was brought up in Hong Kong, where I attended an International School. With both parents being teachers, and sharing their love of their vocation with me, I think I was destined to choose a similar career path. Having lived in four different countries, my background has imparted a very international flavour to all that I do, including teaching. In my role at Walford I bring an understanding of different cultures to my lessons. My experience and understanding of what it is like to live apart from your family, in a different country, gives me a particular affinity with our boarding and international students.

My own love of learning has led me to complete an Honours degree in French Language and Literature (Durham University), a Masters in Modern French Cultural Studies (Warwick University) and a Doctorate in French Literature (Oxford University). I enjoy sharing this passion with my students.

Alice Speirs

Business Education and Economics Teacher

After a ten year career as a Chartered Accountant I made the move to teaching. My philosophy for teaching business and economics is to encourage students to engage with the world in meaningful ways. I love to get the students out of the classroom, to see businesses in action and to experience running businesses themselves. I believe students benefit from hearing from experts in their fields of study.

As a passionate professional, I actively use my networks to bring authentic experiences to the students. I am committed to keeping up to date with world events, to ensure the curriculum I deliver is fluid and contemporary. As an active user of technology in the classroom, I engage students in a method they are familiar with. The microbusiness project introduced in Year 11 Business and Enterprise provides students with an opportunity to run their own small business operations. The students are required to make and market products, with proceeds going to a charity that funds micro finance for those in poverty.

Tim de Jong

Director of Music

Whilst music alone is a significant part of my life, I have always wanted to be a teacher. I knew this when I was only 15, taking inspiration from my school teachers at the time.
After completing my studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 1999, I honed my teaching skills in a challenging rural school, finding countless rewards, particularly in working with musically gifted students, students at risk and students with disabilities. I taught music both in and out of the classroom, to remotely located students by phone and later, as technology developed, by camera linkup. Coming to Walford in 2008 was a very significant change for me, but one that I quickly embraced.

As the Director of Music, I am able to work alongside a very large and diverse cohort of students, staff and parents. This starts in the ELC and finishes way beyond the students in Year 12, with many parents and old scholars remaining associated with the music program each year. The most rewarding aspect to my job is that every day I get to see the immense joy that music can bring.
Through my own experiences, I believe in the intrinsic benefits of learning music and the flow-on effect that it can bring to other aspects of schooling and life. I believe in a learning environment where everyone is happy, and happy because the learning is producing real satisfaction, with a sense of continuously moving forward and with a constant feeling of accomplishment.

Abbie Thomas

English Teacher

I am the Coordinator of English and Debating at Walford. I teach senior English and have experience in both SACE and the IB Diploma. I have a true love for English (I graduated with Honours in English from the University of Adelaide) and am passionate about teaching girls how to analyse a text and develop their interest and skill in creative and non-fiction writing. As well as teaching, I have co-authored textbooks on Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” and “The Merchant of Venice”.

Yolanda Hyde

Geography Teacher

As primarily a Humanities teacher with a passion for Geography my aim is to support students in finding direction and meaning in their lives within local, national and global contexts. Through aspects of the curriculum I attempt to connect with students in relevant and interesting ways, fostering lifelong learning beyond the classroom.

My approach focuses on the community of learners. I aim for it to be challenging, collaborative, differentiated and, given the nature of my discipline, connected to the real world.

I love to travel and believe that experiencing the world is a wonderful way to learn. As a teacher I am constantly learning and growing both personally and professionally and I enjoy imparting this love of learning and the new knowledge that I acquire to my students.

Teaching is much more than about just a curriculum, it’s about relationships, and I value opportunities to develop relationships with my students and their families.

Adele Harty

Student and Careers Counsellor, Head of House

I firmly believe that in order for a student to achieve their best, well being is crucial. I am actively involved in delivery of the well being, empowerment and engagement program at Walford. Our strong House system and co-curricula program, which I am part of, also helps develop a sense of belonging and friendly rivalry amongst the girls.

My interest in counselling was developed through volunteering with the Service to Youth Council and Lifeline, which led me to gain my Masters in Counselling.

My own career path has been varied, spanning banking, training and recruitment, and I am able to draw on it when assisting students explore and identify possible career paths that will suit them.

Amy Kan

Chinese Teacher

As a teacher, I am fortunate to be able to share my Chinese culture and heritage with my students. One of my highlights is taking students on the School’s exchange program to China. Seeing their knowledge expand, their independence grow and their language skills develop through the experience is a great joy.

Sue Jones-Parry

Boarding House Manager

I come from a large family and have always been the carer, the mum and the big sister. Professionally I am a nurse and I am passionate about good nursing care and being an advocate for the vulnerable. My husband was a Boarding Housemaster in the UK for over 20 years and I worked by his side, loving the atmosphere of boarding and being in the very privileged position of supporting young people through their adolescence.

Working at Walford allows me to do what I love most and use all of my skills and knowledge to support and encourage the young people in the Boarding House. I believe we have created an atmosphere in the Boarding House where our young people are happy to be themselves and are confident in being able to share any concerns as well as their joys and happiness with the staff.

Maria Caruso

Science Coordinator, Physics Teacher

It was one of my own teachers who inspired me to teach physics. He made science interesting and broke it down to a form that we could understand as students. In turn, I urge students not to be frightened by a label. Physics sounds hard, but I draw upon what inspired me, and work to make the subject interesting and accessible. I provide support to students who need extra help and encourage students to try their best and explore different areas of science that may appeal to them.

I love all things science, particularly physics. Using what we know on a macroscopic level to explain what we can’t see or touch is fascinating. It is amazing that so much of what we think we know, or accept to be true is based on theory.

As well as teaching at Walford, I teach physics revision courses for Adelaide University and have authored a test and examination pack. This year I was thrilled to be recognised as the South Australian State Finalist in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards for teachers.

Kelly Scott

SACE Coordinator, Humanities Coordinator, History Teacher

Story telling plays a large part in my approach to teaching – some of my earliest memories are of reading stories about the Trojan war and wondering about what happened to the people there. This was the start of my love of history, and of learning.

I commenced my own schooling in an International School in Penang. This has influenced my belief in the importance for our students to be globally aware, and I bring this into the classroom as a teacher of both SACE and IB Diploma History.

As SACE Coordinator, I enjoy investigating options for students that will challenge and develop them both as learners and global citizens. The flexible options within SACE enable SACE and the IB Diploma to work well together in achieving this at Walford.

I am also a strong believer in the value of girls’ education and its importance in shaping the many and varied pathways that will be taken by our students.

Jennifer Bowditch

Primary Years Programme and Wellbeing Coordinator

I’m a firm believer in the benefits of an International Baccalaureate (IB) education and the role it plays in ensuring that each girl reaches her full potential. My teaching career has spanned local, national and international IB schools, which has enabled me to develop a strong network of fellow IB teachers.

The aims of the IB are very much in alignment with my own. I love to see girls take risks in their learning, to inquire and go further. The development of critical and higher order thinking skills is crucial in ensuring that each girl reaches her full potential. Just as important is to encourage and promote the attributes and attitudes of the learner profile to ensure the girls are well-rounded and prepared for the international stage.

Trish Hart

Music Teacher

I can't ever remember not loving music! I come from a musical family and pestered my parents from the time I was 4 years of age to learn piano.

As well as teaching (at Walford I have enjoyed teaching music at every level from Preparatory through to Year 12), I have also enjoyed performing in the Chorus of the State Opera, and working as a performer, Director and Musical Director for various companies in Adelaide.

I'm inspired by people close to me, my Dad who is a pianist, my Mum who is a life member of the Adelaide Harmony Choir and my husband who is a dedicated and talented musician. I also admire Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Connie Francis – three women who carved a field in music at a time when men were dominant.

I love teaching my students how to love music! It's as simple as that. It doesn't matter what level they are at they can all find something they enjoy. As Confucius says 'Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without'. I think I have the best job ever!

Kate Fisher

Learning Support Teacher

Early in my teaching career, I developed a passion for working with students with disabilities and a range of educational needs. This led me to return to university and complete a Graduate Certificate in Special Education.

At Walford, my role is to support students with various difficulties both in and out of the classroom. I enjoy running programs such as MiniLit, the MultiLit Reading Tutor Program and the Beat Dyslexia Program, and find the results incredibly rewarding.

Carla Silvestri

ELC Teacher - Reception Ready Chewings & 4 year old Dowie Program

I love the spontaneity, inquiry, joy and humor that young learners bring to each and every day.

Having studied Visual Art at university, I have always enjoyed being creative, and working in the ELC allows me to do that each day as I incorporate creative opportunities into the learning program. I also aim to inspire young learners to care for their environment through encouraging sustainable practices.

Working previously as Walford’s Out of School Hours Care Coordinator highlighted the importance of knowing and understanding the children in your care, and the value of developing strong relationships with children and their families, and this is something I continue in my current role.

David McGrath

Head of Rowing

I love the challenge that rowing gives the girls. It is not just about getting up early and trying to win races. The process that will lead to success on the water is the same that will lead to success in many areas of life: setting goals, working hard to try and achieve these goals and challenging your perceptions of what you think you are capable of doing. It is very rewarding to watch someone grow through this experience.

I have enjoyed rowing since starting as a coxswain while a student in Victoria. I have been fortunate to represent my country in rowing, which has been a huge honour. My career highlight has been winning the Silver medal as part of the Australian U23 Men’s Coxed Four in 2006 in Belgium. I also coxed the Australian Lightweight Men’s Eight in 2008 at the World Championships in Austria.
Prior to Walford, I was Head Coach at two schools in Melbourne, Genazzano FCJ College and Loreto, Toorak. I was also selected as the Women’s Sweep Coach for the U21 Australian Team in 2013, and a co-coach of the Women’s Eight on the U23 Australian Team in 2014.

Lara Elsdon

Strings Coordinator

Music has always been a very important part of my life. After learning the piano as a 6 year old, I realised that I was missing the fun of music making with other students. I was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to learn cello; that was where my love for ensemble playing started.

As the Strings Coordinator at Walford, I encourage girls to play string instruments from Year 2, so they too can enjoy the opportunities that come from being an instrumentalist. Having enjoyed many music camps, both state and national, I strongly encourage my students to take up any of these opportunities.

Conducting is a passion of mine and I currently conduct nine ensembles at Walford including senior choir, concert bands, stage band, string orchestras, quartets and handbells. Prior to my appointment at Walford, I enjoyed 3 years teaching in the UK and I travelled extensively for 18 months through Europe and Africa with my husband. Whilst living in Southampton I played and performed with the Southampton Symphony Orchestra.

My daughters, too, are enjoying the wonderful opportunities and co-curricular activities that are offered to them here at Walford.

Jade Stoyanoff

Year 2 Teacher

As a child I would often be found sitting with my dolls and teddies in a circle, calling the ‘roll’ and throughout my schooling I would take any opportunity to work with younger students. From a young age I knew I would become a teacher. How lucky am I to have been able to follow my dream!

Every child comes to school with their own thoughts, ideas and knowledge and I work hard to ensure that the curiosity of each child is explored. My classroom is full of engaging conversation, as I truly believe that self expression and reflection is a powerful tool for learning.

I thoroughly enjoy the energy and sense of fun Junior School students offer and welcome all opportunities for parents to be involved in the learning journey of their child. Being an old scholar, I am a proud Walford Girl and I look forward to providing the same meaningful learning experiences that I was gifted to our current students.

Natalie Spyrou

Reception Teacher

I am one of those lucky people who are working in a field they love. I believe the early years of a child’s development are one of the most important and crucial times for learning. The foundations of all skills, whether they be physical, social, emotional or academic are established in these years, and as a result I feel my role as a Reception teacher comes with great responsibility and privilege.

One of the benefits of teaching Reception is that my students have a certain youthful energy and innocence about them. Together we are able to laugh and have fun while we develop skills and learn about life. I am indeed extremely fortunate to be part of this wonderful profession.

Kathrin Zirkel

Year 4 Teacher

It must have been the sight of that bright and beautiful wendy house at my school in Palmers Green in London, that ignited my life long love for school and learning as a little girl. In my early school years I felt a great sense of achievement and pride when I unlocked the wonderful world of reading and progressed from basic readers to more substantial novels.
Some things proved to be more challenging, but my sense of well being and love for learning stayed with me and even now I continue to strive to learn new skills no matter how small or challenging. This is part of being a life long learner.

My first experiences at school were so positively etched in my memory they became the key to my future career as a teacher. I believe it is those positive experiences with in the classroom that help create a desire for learning within young children.

I also believe that as a teacher the relationships we build with our students are crucial to their well being and education. My experiences at school and university helped to shape and develop my own personal educational philosophy and especially enabled me to understand what it is that unlocks the desire to learn. Children are naturally curious, so creating learning experiences that elicit a sense of wonder about the world we live in, form a crucial platform for discovery.

Hannah Trengove

Year 1 Teacher

Education is such an exciting, creative and rewarding journey. It is always changing, always surprising and has endless possibilities. I love sharing in those ‘light bulb’ moments of learning, encourage students to continue to discover and most importantly to build confidence and have fun everyday.

Ironically, after many years of teaching, the person who learns the most in the classroom constantly seems to be me! As journalist Sydney J. Harris is quoted as saying, “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” I love learning and I want to encourage and inspire my students to love learning too.

Luke Guerrieri

Maths and Science Teacher

Prior to teaching, I spent many years working in finance and superannuation. Although I didn’t have any family or friends who were teachers, I had a hunch that teaching would be something I would like. I was right; it is now my sixth year teaching, and I still find it fun, and love spending each day doing something I enjoy.

I teach a broad range of subjects, Maths, Science and Geography. Different aspects of each of these subject areas appeal to me, and I aim to bring a different perspective to each one for my students.

Margo Hanka

Art Teacher

I started teaching Visual Art at Walford in 1991, and have enjoyed teaching students from Years 2 – 12 a variety of disciplines including drawing, painting, design, printmaking and 3D studies.

A practicing artist myself, I still love teaching. I continue to be excited by the different ways that students express themselves through their artwork. I believe it is important to teach children how to observe detail in the world around them, and how to capture this through art, using the wide variety of media available. Part of this is being aware of the influences of cultures around the world, and what they contribute to the creative process.

Amanda Murphy

Junior School Librarian

One of my passions is to foster and encourage a love of literature and reading in the girls. I see it as a real skill for life. Digital technology is also an important tool for learning in the library, and our Year 4 and 5 students enjoy learning the fundamentals of coding during library Code Club sessions.

Josephine Zotti

ELC Teacher - 4 year old Dowie Program

My role as an Early Learning Centre teacher is to enrich, nurture and extend our 4 and 5 year old children’s learning and to prepare them for their transition to Reception.

Research explicitly details how critical the early years are for a child’s future development, and the foundation for the rest of their lives. I am keen to provide young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for their future success in learning.

This is underpinned by the importance of play-based learning, teaching early literacy and numeracy as well as developing social and emotional skills in all my students.

I believe in teaching children empathy, perspective, appreciation, tolerance, cooperation and respect, equipping them to thrive, not only in their schooling, but also in their family and social lives. These also fit into the unit of enquiry my class undertake as part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.

I also enjoy incorporating my love of languages (speaking basic Chinese, French and Italian) and learning about other cultures into my teaching.

Carly Brooks

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Coordinator, Year 7 Teacher, English Teacher, History Teacher, Design Teacher

I was inspired to become a teacher through my own experience with teachers who obviously enjoyed their vocation – those who were fun, passionate and talented.

I was particularly drawn to the IB Middle Years Program because of its international focus, and the wide-ranging curriculum it offers students. As the world becomes increasingly globalised, being internationally minded is becoming more important, and the Program addresses this.

In addition to being the IB Middle Years Program Coordinator, I am also a core Year 7 teacher, and teach Years 8 and 9 English and History. These subjects are all passions of mine, and I have loved the new opportunity to teach Design at Walford.

Beyond teaching, I love travelling, film and theatre and enjoy sharing these experiences with my students through their learning.

Julie Nagy

Sport Coordinator, HPE

I set my sight on PE teaching from quite an early age - my older brother, whom I admired very much, was a teacher and I was always very interested in sport.

I am passionate about girls having the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities while they are at school. If they can find something that they are passionate about participating in for the rest of their lives it will enrich their lives in so many ways.

Sport is very important in all aspects of our overall health - physical, mental, social and emotional. At Walford I also like to give opportunities for girls to perform at both an elite level and social level.

I grew up locally, in Mitcham, and over my career have set up Sports, PE and Health Programs at various schools, and have tutored PE students at UniSA.

I am a keen participant in a wide variety of sports, having played over 250 senior District games at Sturt Basketball Club (including a Premiership), and have represented the state against the New Zealand National Basketball team. I also played senior state lacrosse for 5 years, softball for Sturt, Senior State Touch Football and have played soccer at A grade and state level.

Mrs Laura Richards

ELC Teacher - 3 year old Adamson Program

As the Adamson Room teacher, I share in the learning of the youngest boys and girls at Walford. I am privileged to be the first teacher they have, and to be part of the beginning of their learning journey.

Teaching in the early years is so much more then standing at the front of the class giving instructions and information. Children need to be stimulated, cared for and challenged. Research tells us the importance of children feeling safe and supported in the learning environment in order for learning to take place. I enjoy getting to know the children and families in my care, and helping them to feel they belong in our Walford school community.

From a very young age, I have always had a deep interest and love for young children. This developed into a yearn to teach and nurture. I am fortunate to be working in a role I love! Children bring so much joy, their curiosity and creativity inspires me.

Frans Kuiper

Year 3 Teacher

I feel that the best learning environment for students is one that is welcoming, caring, inspiring and challenging, while recognising the need to cater for individual needs. I aim to create an environment in the classroom where all students feel valued, secure and confident to take risks and make mistakes in order to grow and develop as life-long learners.

In the classroom I incorporate a number of different Visible Thinking Routines that are easily and flexibly integrated with content learning, and represent areas of thinking such as understanding, truth and evidence, fairness and moral reasoning, creativity, self-management and decision making.

My teaching practice has been both shaped and inspired by my international experience and my training in the IB Primary Years Program, where collaborative planning and reflection is encouraged.

Having started my career in Canada teaching Inuit students, I have also taught in Japan, Portugal and The Netherlands.

Lisa Ackroyd

ELC Co-educator

Children are inquisitive explorers, unearthing the world around them. I believe it is my role as an educator to support, nurture and enhance their learning and discoveries.

My passion has always been in Early Childhood and working with young people - their honesty and curiosity makes every day different, special and fun! I love engaging with children in both their own interests and also scaffolding their own ideas into new and exciting experiences.

I believe that parents are their children’s first teachers and that working in collaboration with families is imperative for the successful and happy development of all children. I think that every child is unique with individual qualities that need to be valued.

Studying Psychological Sciences majoring in Early Childhood highlighted that not all children learn in the same ways, so our teaching methods need to adapt and adjust to meet the needs of each child. This is something I do every day, particularly in my learning support position within the Junior School.

I love to witness the growth in children and truly believe there is nothing better than helping children to succeed in their learning journey. Children are our future and I feel honoured to be able to play such an imperative part in so many young people’s lives.

Libby Emery

Director of Admissions

I have spent my working life in teaching, management and marketing roles in the education sector. I have been privileged to work with young people and to be part of their journey towards a successful career.

My role at Walford enables me to be in contact with all sections of the community. I forge relationships with families who are visiting Walford for the first time, with their daughter when she enrols at the school, with current students and their families at Walford events, and with Walford old scholars. Having been a student in the country, I have a close affinity with our boarders.

It is a pleasure to work in such a warm, vibrant community and to see Walford students graduate as confident, accomplished young women.

Aly Roberts

Year 3 Teacher

I am a big believer in the power of positive sayings, and this gorgeous one is a beautiful guide for teaching: “Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly.” I have been blessed here at Walford to witness all of my ‘baby girls’ grow and fly over the years.
I am always thrilled to see curiosity and passion for learning in the faces of ‘my girls’. My aim as a teacher is to encourage all the children in my care to be the best they can be and to soar as life long learners. In my classroom, I aim to provide opportunities for imaginations to be developed and nurtured, for creativity and bravery to be fostered, for positive thoughts to be shared and encouraged and for creative thinking and problem solving to be unleashed. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing a child grasp a concept or find meaning and understanding in something that has eluded them, that awe inspiring ‘a-ha’ moment that keeps us going every day. I am constantly amazed by the many ways in which my girls continue to teach, challenge and inspire me.
“No I am not a superhero, I am something even more powerful…I am a teacher. I don’t need a cape because I am lifted up by the amazing and inspiring kids that I teach!”

Pam Davidson

Year 5 Teacher

I thoroughly enjoy my work teaching here at Walford and feel privileged to have the opportunity to teach our wonderful girls. I possess a wide range of experience and skills, having taught in Catholic and Independent systems, both here and abroad. My experience of over thirty years, has seen me working successfully with a variety of students, both boys and girls, with differing backgrounds and needs. The education I offer is values based, recognising and affirming the integrity and worth of each individual. I provide a differentiated curriculum based on the International Bacculaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) where learning is scaffolded and students achieve outcomes based on the level of their skills. The realisation of each individual’s potential is evident in the students I teach as they develop a sound and comprehensive knowledge base so that they become well-informed citizens, aware and empathetic not only of their local community, but also of our global connections. Teaching at Walford in the PYP means that I have an excellent understanding of Inquiry methodology and the subsequent integration of this with the Australian Curriculum. I believe to be an effective teacher, one must develop positive and lasting relationships with students, sprinkled with a good dose of common sense and a great sense of humour. It gives me no greater pride when students I have taught come back to visit me to keep me posted on their progress.

Alison Hunt

Year 5 Teacher

Teaching and learning has been my life and passion with over 35 years working in independent schools predominantly in Adelaide but also internationally in England, and Malaysia. Currently teaching in the Year 5 team, over my career I have been a classroom teacher across all primary year levels and a specialist teacher in Music, Religion and English as a Second Language. I have also been privileged to work with teachers and colleagues as a PYP co-ordinator and PYP workshop leader for 15 years in a range of settings in the Asia-Pacific region.

I believe the purpose of education is to nurture the unique potential of each individual student so that they are encouraged to develop personal integrity, a sense of self fulfilment and a love of learning. My role as an educator is that of a facilitator. Learning in my classroom is student centred as I aim to meet the diverse learning styles and needs of my students, physical, social, academic, cultural and aesthetic. My goal is to develop independent and reflective students, thinkers and inquirers, who take responsibility for their own learning in a supportive and stimulating learning environment based on understanding and respect. I am inspired by the questioning, thinking and action that students can take.

316 Unley Road Hyde Park, South Australia 5061
Telephone: +61 8 8272 6555  |  Facsimile: +61 8 8272 0313

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