The new school year at Edward John Eyre High School (EJEHS) has seen us welcome 7 new teachers and 8 school support officers (SSOs) to our dynamic and dedicated team.
We welcome Megan Cox as the Vocational Education Pathways Officer. Megan has spent the past 12 years at TAFE SA, 3 of which as the Senior Regional Business Development Officer.
Her latest role fittingly enables her to expend a wealth of knowledge to help support students with vocational focussed pathways, overseeing work placement/work experience, apprenticeships and traineeships.
Ellen Cumerlato joins the team as the Promotions/Community Engagement Manager. Ellen brings high levels of knowledge in managerial skills after 12 years as Assistant Manager and administration at Auslec Whyalla.
We look forward to working with Ellen. New Hospitality Manager Deb Kriticos brings years of hospitality experience and skills as developed throughout her time as the owner of a local restaurant.
Deb will assist with mentoring students undertaking the Cooking, Hospitality and Tourism (CHAT) program and managing the newly renovated kitchen and restaurant facilities.
Angella Harvey has spent the past 10 years teaching at Nicolson Avenue Primary School. Angella will be mentoring students in the Aged, Health, Early Childhood, Allied Disability (AHEAD) program applying her knowledge and 18 years experience in nursing prior to her teaching career.
We look forward to Angella being part of this newly introduced Industry Pathways Program. Brooke Nolan joins EJEHS as a Wellbeing Leader for Sturt house.
Brooke will use her passion for physical health, mental health and student wellbeing, along with experience from her previous role as an SSO at Whyalla Stuart Campus R-7 to offer individualised wellbeing support for our students.
New House Coaches Kylie Tonkin and Natalie Walsh will be following up on student attendance and engaging with students who are completing their schooling from home, looking at career development and expanding employability skills.
Kylie has previously worked in administration and as a Licensing Officer in another Government department, while Natalie has previously worked as a curriculum SSO since 2017, supporting students with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Dylan Currie joins the Information Computer Technology (ICT) department after previously working at Port Lincoln High School as an ICT Technician.
Dylan is currently in his second year of a Bachelor in Information Technology, where he will be able to apply his learning to his role as ICT Maintenance, supporting and assisting in the implementation of the BYOD program.
Originally from Adelaide, familiar face Ema Botei has worked across various sites in Whyalla since 2017, including here at EJEHS in 2017 and 2018 where she taught a wide variety of subjects.
Ema's return in 2020 will see her working in the Flexible Learning space and she is looking forward to strengthening her relationship with students and making stronger community connections.
Former Whyalla High School teachers Jake Miell, Ryan Miegel and Kardinia Caputo also join the EJEHS cohort.
Jake brings a passion for Mathematics and experience in Science and Programming, whilst Ryan's experience teaching STEM, Physical Education and English will see him apply his skills and knowledge within these areas in 2020.
Kardinia graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2018 with a Bachelor in Teaching/Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and minoring in Geography.
Kardinia won a permanent History position at EJEHS, commencing in 2020 where she will also be teaching Humanities and Social Sciences, Community Studies, Essential English, Career Pathways Program and Research Project.
Mercy Edeh completed her first practical placement at EJEHS in 2018 and returns to teach at EJEHS this year.
Mercy taught at Norwood Morialta High School in 2019 and is looking forward to applying her Science and Mathematics knowledge in supporting student's learning and growth.
We also welcome Cherie Steele this year who has spent the past 3 years doing relief teaching work in Adelaide at various high schools teaching subjects from German to English.
Born, raised and educated in Whyalla, Rebecca Walton has been teaching English at Adelaide High School over the past several years.
Rebecca is passionate about English, which she will be teaching this year alongside Research Project and Career Pathways Program.
Rebecca will also be running professional development for staff with the goal of increasing student achievement at all levels.
We welcome all our new staff and look forward to them contributing their skills and knowledge to enhance student learning here at EJEHS.