Meet The Teachers

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Meet Our Teachers

Our friendly staff are dedicated to the individual journey of every child. Learning starts with us; to ensure that our teaching programs and skills are progressive, Box Hill North fosters an environment of lifelong learning through ongoing professional development. We incorporate structures to measure the impact of our teaching, in order to maximise student learning.

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership & Administration

David Pelosi

David Pelosi

Principal

It’s an absolute pleasure to lead Box Hill North and be part of an incredibly connected and inclusive community.  Our kids are simply exceptional and make me smile everyday.  When I’m not at school, I’m often found outdoors with my family, bike riding, climbing trees or kicking the footy!

Elena Monck

Elena Monck

Assistant Principal

I am proud to be a member of Box Hill North with such strong community ties, amazing students and dedicated staff.   I am passionate about the teaching and learning of Maths.  In my spare time I love spending time with family and friends, music and travel.

Trish Faulkner

Trish Faulkner

Business Manager

I love being part of the collaboration of our staff, students and families as a unique community.  When I am away from school, I love getting into the garden, socialising with family and friends and disappearing off to the river for a camping holiday.

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Office Manager

My love affair with Box Hill North started with my two boys.  There’s always been an inviting aspect to our school and I love continuing that as part of the team.  Outside of school, I love bike rides with my husband, dinner parties with my friends and family weekends away.

Kinder Teachers

Danielle Cogley

Danielle Cogley

Kinder Director

I love the connectedness of staff, students and the parent community which provides such a strong supportive foundation for children’s learning.  Outside of school you will find me enjoying time with family and friends, taking the dog for a walk or curled up with a good book.  

Narelle Wise

Narelle Wise

Kinder Teacher

I love being part of a kinder that is connected with a school and its community.  Our children enjoy visiting the chickens and connecting with each other.  Outside of kinder, I enjoy cooking, gardening and going on adventures with my family and dog.

Sharon Larmour

Sharon Larmour

Kinder Teacher

I love seeing our children make discoveries and gain confidence.  We’re lucky to be part of a school where children can experience a sense of belonging.  Outside hours, you’ll find me busy making things with fabric or paper, reading, going for walks, and spending time with my family and friends.

Eliza Wong

Eliza Wong

Kinder Teacher

I love the positive interactions that we have with our families at Box Hill North and the way kinder and school connect.  My favourite thing out of hours is to spend time with my family.

Amanda Del'Ollio

Amanda Del'Ollio

Kinder Teacher

I love our community for its positive, caring and sense of inclusion.  There are very strong relationships between staff and families.  Outside of school I love spending time with my dog Milo and spending time with friends and family.

Prep Teachers

Lauren Parsons

Lauren Parsons

Prep Teacher

I love the small size of our school and the closeness of all our community members- parents, staff and students.  When I’m not at school, I love to see my family and friends and spend time on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mark Jeffers

Mark Jeffers

Prep Teacher

I have been fortunate to have started my teaching career at Box Hill North and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!  I love the connectedness of the community, staff and students.  In my spare time, I enjoy all things sport, with a particular passion about playing and coaching basketball.

Year 1/2 Teachers

Kristen Lawrence

Kristen Lawrence

Grade 1 Teacher

I love the opportunities, as both a teacher and parent, to work alongside supportive and friendly colleagues, who always have the student’s best interest at centre stage.  In my own time I enjoy spending time on walks and dinners with friends, beach adventures and holidays with family.

Janine Reymers

Janine Reymers

Grade 1 Teacher

I love the friendly faces at Box Hill North and the unique synergy of our students, parents and staff.  Out of hours, I am well-known for my passionate support of the Mighty Magpies.  I also enjoy writing, movies, and the Victorian High Country.

Kelly Wild

Kelly Wild

Grade 2 Teacher

The thing I love most about BHNPSK is being part of a warm, supportive community of staff, students and parents.  Outside of school, I am a proud, self-confessed nerd, who enjoys Dungeons and Dragons and belting out showtunes.

Josie Gonzalez

Josie Gonzalez

Grade 2 Teacher

An edible playground, pizza oven, chickens, solar panels, sustainability leaders and being accredited as a 5 star resource school are some of the proud achievements I’ve enjoyed being part of at Box Hill North.  Outside of school, I love to read crime mysteries and anything that includes family and friends.

Year 3/4 Teachers

Charlotte Grieve

Charlotte Grieve

Grade 3/4 Teacher

My appreciation for Box Hill North continues to grow and I enjoy being part of an incredible community.  Our staff create a successful learning environment, supported by our students and families.  In my spare time, I like most things sport, particularly playing and watching basketball.

Kane Au

Kane Au

Grade 3/4 Teacher

I am proud to be a member of a school with such a strong support network and one that emphasises the wellbeing of students.  Out of hours, I like to go to the beach and surf. I also like to spend time with my family and friends.

Damon Picarello

Damon Picarello

Grade 3/4 Teacher

I have been fortunate to have been part of the Box Hill North for over 15 years.  The connection with community and students has always been second to none.  Out of hours, I love spending time with family, friends, and keeping active through tennis and golf.

Year 5/6 Teachers

Tracey McLaren

Tracey McLaren

Grade 5/6 Teacher

I am passionate about creating a safe and engaging environment for all students. It is a privilege to watch them grow and develop into well prepared independent, compassionate students.  In my spare time I love reading, playing sport, going to the beach and getting away with family and friends.

Christine Wong

Christine Wong

Grade 5/6 Teacher

I am grateful for the exceptional staff, parents and students I get to work with each day. Outside of school, you will find me spending time with family and friends, exploring a new country, hiking to waterfalls, eating at markets or baking sourdough everything!

Cara Jeffers

Cara Jeffers

Grade 5/6 Teacher

I am proud to be part of a strong and connected community with a strong sense of wellbeing and student first mindset.  Outside of school I enjoy most things sport.  I am a passionate basketball coach and enjoy playing footy in my spare time.

Specialised Teachers

Seona Cosgriff

Seona Cosgriff

Performing Art and Visual Arts Teacher

I enjoy teaching the arts, allowing freedom of thought and individuality, and is a space where creativity and problem solving skills are promoted.  My outside interests include film-making, playing in a band and composing music.

Ryan Callow

Ryan Callow

PE Teacher

I enjoy seeing our students flourish in the safe and happy environment that our staff provide.  It is my passion to engage, motivate and project my passion for being physically active to the students.  Outside of school I love being active through the likes of indoor cricket, swimming and golf.

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Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin

Japanese Teacher

I love the Japanese language and culture and enjoy sharing my passion with students. The staff are friendly and supportive and my day is filled with children greeting me with a smile and a cheerful konnichiwa!  Outside of school, I appreciate spending time with family, camping, musicals and watching netball.

Magda Giakoumidis

Magda Giakoumidis

EAL Teacher

I have the privilege of working with our newly-arrived students, supporting them to engage and feel valued in our school community, and helping them achieve success in their learning.  Out of school, I love travelling, movies, time at the beach with family and friends and a good fiesta!

Shelley Cutter

Shelley Cutter

EAL Support

Our strong and connected community complement our students and staff.  I love teaching EAL students and helping our Chinese parents is really rewarding.  Out of hours, I enjoy spending time with family and my dogs, the arts and bushwalking.  

Classroom Support Assistants

Deb Rasmussen

Deb Rasmussen

Education Support

I have the privilege of working across many levels in the school supporting children with their learning and development.
When not at school I love spending my time with family and friends and in the garden.

Katrina Bacon

Katrina Bacon

Education Support

My journey at Box Hill North started 18 years ago with my four children and becoming involved with the Parents’ Association.  I love being part of a committed team that focuses on every child.   My children still keep me busy and I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Deb Carafillis

Deb Carafillis

Education Support

It is always a pleasure to work for the children of Box Hill North and share my love of reading in the library.  Books open so many doors and seeing kids get lost in their imagination is truly special.  Away from school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and of course, curled up with a good book in hand!

Alex Regh

Alex Regh

Education Support

I’m grateful to work across all levels at Box Hill North, supporting children with their learning.  I’m happy when I see children that I’ve supported smile when they realize that success is all of their own doing.  Out of hours, I love walking my two cheeky dogs, Milly and Charlie.

Sally McCracken

Sally McCracken

Education Support

Being part of the Box Hill North community is an amazing experience.  Our students are so polite and grateful, friendly and accepting, making it a delight to work with them.  After hours, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking and sewing.

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