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. 

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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 

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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 

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Mrs Patricia Wardle, Middle Leader/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 

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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 

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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 

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Mrs Stacey Hancock, Specialist Teacher Health and Physical Education (H&PE) 

Part of the STM community since 2011 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Primary Education and Certificate of Religious Education 

Interests: touch football, family, the outdoors   

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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Mrs Lynda Rowling, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2003

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 

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Mrs Katie Hargrave, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2022

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English, PGCE Primary (Early Years)

Interests: food, travel, reading, history and spreading kindness

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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  

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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 

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Mrs Joy Wright, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2022

Qualifications: Bachelor of Information Technology (Mathematics); Graduate Diploma of Education; Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management

Interests: croquet, craft, photography, word and number games

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Miss Erin McVeigh, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2014 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary 

Interests: family and travel 

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Miss Rebekah Groer, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2022

 

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Mrs Katie Almeida, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2022 

 

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Mrs Carmel Weier, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2008 

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

Interests: singing and dancing 

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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 

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Miss Shae Sore, Teacher 

Part of the STM community since 2021 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education: Primary 

Interests: travel, coffee, the arts and mathematics 

 

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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 

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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 

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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) 

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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 

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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 

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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

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Ms Jodie Ramage, School Officer: Administration

Part of the STM community since 2022

Interests: painting, gardening & reading

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Mrs Josie Stockwell, School Officer: Administration

Part of the STM community since 2022

 

 

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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 

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Mrs Leah Gierke, School Officer: Assisting Prep Student Learning  

Part of the STM community since 2012 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Education Support 

Interests: family, basketball 

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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 

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Ms Kate Hearn, School Officer: Assisting 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 

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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 

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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 

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Mrs Jenny McCall, School Officer: Assisting Student Learning 

Part of the STM community since 2006 

Qualifications: Certificate III: Education Support 

Interests: family and friends 

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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 

 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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