Principal and staff profiles

Welcome from our Principal

Mrs Caitlin Manser, School Principal

It’s an honour to be Principal of this inclusive, vibrant and welcoming school.

I love seeing our students grow and transform academically, socially and emotionally. Knowing our dedicated team has played an important part in shaping their pathway and in helping them achieve the best outcomes is a privilege and a joy.

We value diversity, inclusion and a sense of community – and that starts as soon as you walk through the gates at Taparra Primary School. We are committed to creating a safe, positive and nurturing environment that fosters creativity, curiosity and a love of learning.

The sense of unity and encouragement from our students, staff and families creates a space where everyone feels they can be themselves, where everyone belongs, and where every student thrives.

We would love to introduce you to our school.

Meet our leadership staff

Meet our leadership staff

James De Palma

Senior leader, Inclusion

I lead our disability unit and ensure all students with additional needs feel included and supported in the classroom. My favourite thing about Taparra Primary School is the care and support of our school community. I’m extremely lucky to be working with such kind and inclusive students.

James De Palma, Senior leader, Inclusion

I lead our disability unit and ensure all students with additional needs feel included and supported in the classroom. My favourite thing about Taparra Primary School is the care and support of our school community. I’m extremely lucky to be working with such kind and inclusive students.

Kurt Ferguson

Senior leader, Curriculum and Pedagogy

I ensure we provide consistent, high-quality teaching that continually develops according to evidence-based initiatives. I manage our key data sets and whole-school administrative tasks that ensure our crucial learning programs run smoothly. I enjoy the collective drive for inclusion in our school.

Kurt Ferguson, Senior leader, Curriculum and Pedagogy

I ensure we provide consistent, high-quality teaching that continually develops according to evidence-based initiatives. I manage our key data sets and whole-school administrative tasks that ensure our crucial learning programs run smoothly. I enjoy the collective drive for inclusion in our school.

Aimee Cook

Senior leader, Wellbeing

I work in partnership with students, parents, teachers and our community to support the social and emotional wellbeing of all students and create a safe and secure learning environment. My favourite thing about Taparra is the supportive culture and enthusiastic learners.

Aimee Cook, Senior leader, Wellbeing

I work in partnership with students, parents, teachers and our community to support the social and emotional wellbeing of all students and create a safe and secure learning environment. My favourite thing about Taparra is the supportive culture and enthusiastic learners.

Teaching staff

Reception/Year 1 teacher

Renae Nathanael

Year 2/3 teacher

Jessie Rook

Year 3/4 teacher

Emma Davidson

Year 5/6 teacher

Brooke McDonnell

AUSLAN and AET

Fiona Ratcliffe

Disability unit teaching staff

Primary teacher

Dimi Iaconis

Junior Primary teacher

Maddi Hancock

Primary teacher

Tayla Claridge

Primary teacher

Ella Goodwin

NIT teacher

Ella Smith

Support staff

Finance officer

Tracey Templeton

Admin officer

Jessica Crombie

SSO | Mainstream/Intervention

Lee Burdon

SSO | Mainstream/Library

Carron Beeching

SSO | Mainstream

Deb Wortmeyer

SSO | Mainstream

Rochelle Bragg

SSO | Mainstream

Matt Stevens

SSO | Disability unit

Peta Marschall

SSO | Disability Unit

Nathan Munder

SSO | Disability Unit

Erin Barrett

SSO | Disability Unit

Kayla De La Haye

SSO | Disability Unit

Lisa Cousins

SSO | Disability Unit

Alexis Duncan

SSO | Disability Unit

Christel Cooper

SSO | Disability Unit

Jaimee Coleman

SSO | Disability Unit

Bianca Hallam

SSO | Disability Unit

Mel England

Aboriginal Community Education officer

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Groundsman

Dave Hockenhull