Our staff

At St Thomas More's (STM), we have a team of highly qualified, supportive and dedicated staff who are committed to providing quality and engaging learning experiences for our students. Our staff are committed to helping each of our students to reach their full potential and be the best they can be. 

Mr Michael Cash, Principal 

Part of the STM community since 2010 

Qualifications: Diploma in Teaching, Graduate Diploma of Education: Exceptional Children, Master of Educational Leadership 

Interests: family, reading, cooking, running, hiking, volunteering with Rosies 

Miss Kristin Byrne, Assistant Principal: Religious Education 

Part of the STM community since 2019 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood, Graduate Certificate of Religious Education, Master of Educational Leadership, currently studying a Master of Religious Education 

Interests: music, singing, dancing, reading, family time, travel 

Mrs Patricia Wardle, Learning Support Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2006 

Qualifications: Graduate Diploma of Education: Special Education, Bachelor of Education: Primary with honours majoring in Information and Communication Technology, Certificate in Religious Education, Accredited Mental Health First Aider, First Aid Certificate 

Interests: family, health and fitness - swimming, running, triathlons, behavioural psychology, professional reading, volunteer committee member for the South Toowoomba Hawks soccer club 

Dr Margy Heuschele, Teacher Librarian 

Part of the STM community since 2019 

Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching (with distinction), Graduate Diploma of Library and Information Management, Master of Children's Literature, Doctorate in Philosophy 

Interests: reading (surprise!), making things, upcycling, recycling, camping, going for walks and drinking billy tea beside a campfire 

Mrs Jayne Farquharson, School Counsellor  

Part of the STM community since 2015 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science: Applied Psychology, Honours in Applied Psychology, 4+2 Psychology Registration Internship, Diploma of Holistic Counselling, Level 1 Yoga Teacher, and Level 1 and 2 Mindfulness Coach 

Interests: family and friends, music, photography, art, reading, yoga, mountain biking, hiking, travel, food and wine 

Mr Dane Harris, Specialist Teacher Health and Physical Education (HPE) 

Part of the STM community since 2021 

Qualifications: Master of Learning and Teaching: Primary (finishing this year) 

Interests: playing and watching sport, drinking coffee and spending time with family and friends 

Mrs Deena Jones, Specialist Teacher Digital Technology 

Part of the STM community since 2019 

Qualifications: Master of Education: Religious Education, Bachelor of Education: Primary 

Interests: cross stitch, dancing, holidaying at the beach, friends and Harry Potter 

Mrs Liz Skinner, Specialist Teacher Music 

Part of the STM community since 2019 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Creative Arts: Music, Graduate Diploma of Education: Secondary 

Interests: walking, walking my dogs, cooking 

Mrs Rebecca Nystrom, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2016 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Primary and Middle School major Special Education, Foundations - Accreditation to teach Religion in a Catholic School, Mental Health First Aider, First Aid Certificate 

Interests: early years, inclusive education, parent engagement 

Mrs Melena Luck, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2018 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Primary Education, Mental Health First Aider, First Aid Certificate, REAP (Accreditation to teach Religion) 

Interests: family, travel, sport 

Mrs Lynda Rowling, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2002 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Diploma of Early Childhood Education, Certificate of Early Childhood Education, Certificate of Theology 

Interests: reading, movies, art, spending time with my family 

Miss Sarah Benvenuti, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2016 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Children Services, Diploma in Children Services, Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood, currently completing Master in Education: Early Years and REAP (Accreditation to teach Religion) 

Interests: reading, cooking, exercising, exploring, adventuring and camping 

Mrs Patricia Stephenson, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2020 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary 

Interests: drawing, gardening, anything to do with animals, and secretly spreading kindness 

Ms Lisa Souter, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2021 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts: Education, Graduate Certificate: Special Needs, Certificate IV: Fitness (Personal Training) 

Interests: reading, keeping fit, entertaining/cooking  

Mrs Carmel Weier, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2008 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood and LOTE - German 

Interests: singing and dancing 

Mrs Charmaine Tancred, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2021 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary, Graduate Certificate in Theology 

Interests: spending time with family, reading and water sports 

Miss Leah Berry, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2021 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary, studying Masters in STEM in 2022 

Interests: netball, reading, movies, tv shows, ancient history, maths 

Ms Anita Roberts, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2019 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary and Bachelor of Arts: Indonesian 

Interests: reading, swimming, crocheting and spending time with family and friends 

Mrs Dominique Haddin, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2017 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Childcare and Education, Diploma in Childcare and Education, Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood, Mental Health First Aider, First Aid Certificate, REAP (Accreditation to teach Religion) 

Interests: family, art and friends 

Ms Marissa Dixon, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2020 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood 

Interests: family, scrapbooking, photography, art and craft projects, nature and meditation 

Miss Shae Sore, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2021 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary 

Interests: travel, coffee, the arts and mathematics 

Miss Erin McVeigh, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2014 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary 

Interests: family and travel 

Mrs Stacey Hancock, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2011 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Primary Education and Certificate of Religious Education 

Interests: touch football, family, the outdoors   

Mrs Clare Wilson, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2019 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science major Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning 

Interests: family, coffee with friends, exercising at the gym (yoga and pilates) 

Mr Daniel Clunn, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2020 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary and Special Education (USQ), completing Master of Guidance and Counselling (JCU) 

Interests: oil painting, writing, weightlifting and MARVEL 

Mr Russell Fechner, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2004 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary, Certificate in Religious Education, Mental Health First Aider, Level 2 Track and Field, First Aid Certificate 

Interests: sport, history, trivia, old British comedy 

Mrs Annette Grimshaw, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2006 

Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma of Religious Education, Accredited Mental Health First Aider, First Aid Certificate 

Interests: family, reading, travel, cross stitch, coffee with friends 

Mrs Jordeigh Standfield, Teacher (Learning Support) 

Part of the STM community since 2021 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary 

Interests: watching classic TV shows, playing hockey and family picnics at the park 

Mr Daryl Petzler, Teacher (Learning Support) 

Part of the STM community since 1995 

Qualifications: Diploma in Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Teaching Exceptional Children, Bachelor of Education 

Interests: family (especially grandchildren), gardening and reading

Mrs Eileen McKay, School Officer: Administration 

Part of the STM community since 2016 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Education Support and Certificate III: Business Administration 

Interests: family, netball, fishing, music, knitting and crocheting 

Mrs Jacinta Twidale, School Officer: Administration/Workplace Health and Safety 

Part of the STM community since 2010 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business, Certificate IV: OHS, Foundation Tennis Coach, Mental Health First Aider, First Aid Certificate 

Interests: reading, tennis, gardening, travel 

Mrs Leah Gierke, School Officer: Administration 

Part of the STM community since 2012 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Education Support 

Interests: family, basketball 

Mrs Shelley, School Officer: Assisting Prep Student Learning 

Part of the STM community since 1991 as a staff member, but since 1976 as a student!  

Qualifications: Certificate III: Education Support, just over 35 years practical experience in working with the Preschool/Prep children 

Interests: gardening, craft, my own business with my hubby - Redfox Lasercut & Engrave 

Ms Kate Hearn, School Officer: Assisting Prep Student Learning 

Part of the STM community since 2019 

Qualifications: Diploma of Education Support, Diploma in Community Services 

Interests: cooking, helping people less fortunate, music 

Mrs Deb Murphy, School Officer: Assisting Student Learning 

Part of the STM community since 2000 (parent from 1991) 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Education Support, Mental Health First Aid, CPR and First Aid 

Interests: family, early morning walks, Zumba, reading, meeting up with friends over a coffee, NRL 

Mrs T, School Officer: Assisting Student Learning 

Part of the STM community since 2017 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Education Support, Mental Health First Aid, CPR and First Aid, Certificate III: Hospitality, RSA 

Interests: photography, craft and family 

Mrs Jenny McCall, School Officer: Assisting Student Learning 

Part of the STM community since 2006 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Education Support 

Interests: family and friends 

Mrs Morgan, School Officer: Assisting Student Learning 

Part of the STM community since 2019 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Education Support, Certificate III: Business, CPR and First Aid 

Interests: family, interior design and camping 

 

Mrs Linda Kilpert, School Officer: Assisting Student Learning 

Part of the STM community since 2016 

Qualifications: Teaching Diploma 

Interests: gardening, creative crafts, reading 

Mrs B, School Officer: Assisting Student Learning 

Part of the STM community since 2008 

Qualifications: Certificate III in Education Support, First Aid Certificate 

Interests: travelling, reading, restoration work 

Mrs W, School Officer: Assisting Student Learning 

Part of the STM community since 2019 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Business Administration, Certificate IV: Education Support, First Aid and CPR 

Interests: camping, netball, reading and family 

Mrs Anna Toye, School Officer: Information Services 

Part of the STM community since 2007 

Qualifications: Diploma of Library and Information Services 

Interests: cake decorating, baking, travel and reading 

Mr Navoda Wijenayake, School Officer: Computer/ICT 

Part of the STM community since 2021 

Qualifications: Certificate in PC Hardware Engineering, Java SE Sunset Program Training, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) training, Bachelor of Science: Information Technology Networks and Security, Master of Science: Information Technology Networks and Security 

Interests: exercising and healthcare, gaming, cooking, baking and travel 

Mrs Jacinta MahYen, Tuckshop Convener  

Part of the STM community since 2021 

Qualifications:  Certificate in Commerce, Diploma in Accounting 

Interests: playing netball, walks in the parks with my kids, volunteering for school activities, watching my children play sport over weekends and spending time with family