Edward John Eyre High School have welcomed a total of 16 new staff this year, comprised of a mix of youth and experience.
Among the new cohort are 11 teachers, a kitchen support worker, an IT Manager, a Special Education Support worker and Assistant Principal: Intervention.
Find out more about the new additions to EJEHS in their bios below.
Andrew McLean (Teacher): I am a boilermaker by trade, I worked as a site manager in commercial construction for 15 years before switching to teaching and taught design and technology at a small rural school in central Queensland last year.
Chantelle Lucas (Assistant Principal: Intervention): I am an English/HASS teacher. I taught in Adelaide and Mount Gambier prior to moving to Whyalla to work at Stuart High in 2020 I received a Bell Shakespeare Regional Teacher Mentorship for 2021, so I'll be travelling to Sydney in March for their workshop and then bringing my new knowledge back to EJEHS
Dr Kathryn Hardwick-Franco (Teacher): I have taught in a range of schools across both rural and non-rural contexts. This year I am teaching Research Project and PLP at EJEHs, which is perfect because I completed the Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) this year. I hope I bring to EJEHS a passion for research that is infectious. I aim to support EJEHS to normalise the use of research, to inform our thinking about all aspects of our lives.
Dr Sarah Hemming (Teacher): This is my first teaching position, but I have worked in the medical research field before becoming a teacher. I am teaching year 11 chemistry, biology and essentials maths and year 12 psychology and chemistry.
Emma Hage (Teacher): I'm currently teaching Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Biology and Careers Pathway Program. I won the permanent Physical Education and Biology position at EJEHS, commencing in 2021. Looking forward to working with the students at EJEHS this year and making the transition across to Whyalla Secondary College in 2022.
Greg Genovese (Teacher): Qualifications - BA Hons (English) Grad. Dip. Ed. (University of Adelaide). I have been teaching in Whyalla for about 10 years and I have 25 years' experience as a teacher. I am teaching English Essentials, Research Project, Personal Learning Plan, and the Careers Pathway Program. Hobbies: movies, T.V. series and horse racing.
Jeshurun Tan (Teacher): 12 years of experience teaching across various high schools in Adelaide. Taught at Peterborough High School in 2020. Fell in love with teaching at country schools. Applied for and won a permanent position at EJEHS in 2021. Teaching Physics, Specialist Mathematics and General Mathematics this year. Hope to promote the joy of learning and culture of excellence in the classroom.
Micah Elder (Teacher): Previously to my new career as a teacher, I was in the Australian Defence Force, as both an Infantryman and Transport Driver for 7 years. This year I have the privilege to create and coordinate Stage 1 Outdoor Education as it is a new subject at EJEHS. I enjoy keeping physically active, bushwalking, rock climbing etc.
Miriam Alford (Teacher): This year I am the Aboriginal Education Teacher AET and looking forward to connecting with the families and students. I am teaching Career Pathways Program, Parenting Program and Community Studies Health and Recreation. I love working in regional SA and am looking forward to exploring Whyalla and the wonderful West Coast.
Miron Bar-am (Teacher): Born in Israel. Lived in Sweden and Denmark for 6 years. Moved to Adelaide in 2005. I have been teaching Maths, Science, Physics, Computer Science, and first year engineering courses for the past 7 years. This year I'm teaching Essential Maths, Project Based Learning, and Science, Technology, and Community Studies. I enjoy reading, politics, science, scuba diving, hiking, gardening, and cooking.
Paula Zbierski (Kitchen Support): I have returned to EJEHS after a short 18 month absence. I am the Hospitality Support Officer working with the teachers and students in the kitchen and the Eyre Café. I am currently completing my Cert IV Training & Assessor and I look forward to working closely with the VET team.
Punam Kataria (Teacher): I came to Australia in 2017 and stared teaching in 2018 as a relief teacher in Port Pirie schools. I believe that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education. I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day.
Rebecca Johnson (Teacher): I'm from Adelaide and I have moved up to Whyalla this year and so far loving it. I have previous taught in Japan (for 2 years) where I discovered my passion for teaching and returned home to complete a Bachelor of Teaching. This year I'm teaching Essential English, Research project, Media Studies, Visual Art (stage 2) and Arts and the Community.
Rhiannon Howell (Teacher): I was the music teacher at this school for 9 years before going on maternity leave in 2012. My youngest child started school this year and so now I'm back at Eyre to teach Year 11 and 12 Music and Year 11 and 12 Community Studies with a music focus.
Sandro Parisi (IT Manager): I have been working in the IT industry since 1987. For the past 11 years I have been operating a local café (Sempre). I made the transition from the café into full time IT employment this year. It is so good to be back where I started.
Wasantha Dissanayake (Special Education Support): I completed Diploma of Education Support (Special Education) also studied Bachelor of Primary Education at Swinburne University. Got a degree for Quantity Surveying in 1980 in Sri Lanka.