Our Staff

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Shana Bennett 

Principal 

Since a young age I was passionate about teaching.  After finishing university, I began my teaching career teaching students in the Early Years and from there had experiences teaching all year levels R-7.  After a stint teaching in an International School in Hong Kong I had the opportunity to move into a leadership position within Catholic Education South Australia.  I began as Principal at Our Lady of Grace School in 2013 and am committed to making learning at OLOG the best experience for the learners that come to school here each day.  I believe in the importance of ongoing improvement and see my role as an opportunity to encourage and lead others to make a difference!

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Karla Sparapani 

Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission 

I began my teaching career in the United States where I worked in Alternative Education. After moving to Australia I have had the opportunity at working at different schools in very different environments from Reception to Year 7. I have a passion for Religious Education and working in a Catholic school and have had an opportunity to do this as a teacher and APRIM. I strive to make a positive impact on students and families in my role as APRIM.

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Amanda Walker 

Year 2 - 3 Village Teacher & Key Literacy Teacher / Special Education Coordinator 

I have been teaching for 18 years across Reception to Year 2. I have been a part of the Our Lady of Grace Community for over 10 years, and enjoy being part of such a vibrant school community. Helping the learners in my care to foster a growth mindset is one of the most rewarding aspects of my profession. Guiding students to create learning goals and then working alongside them to achieve the goals is always fulfilling. Through my role as Key Literacy Teacher and Inclusive Education Coordinator I am able to support staff and students in a number of ways. We work alongside students and families to create individualised learning plans that suit the needs of the individual.

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Sarah Bau 

Year 4 - 5 Village Teacher 

This is my second year teaching at Our Lady of Grace School and I teach in the Year 4 - 5 Village with Heather Docherty.  I have been teaching for twelve years, across all year levels from Reception to Year 5.  I’m dedicated to forming strong relationships with  students, staff and parents.  This year I have taken on the added responsibility of rolling out Office 365 within our school.  I am really enjoying helping our staff to implement O365 in their planning and teaching, and it is wonderful to help the students to explore new ways to collaborate, research and present using ICT. 

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Karen Collingwood 

Year 2 - 3 Village Teacher 

I have been teaching in the Catholic system for over 30 years. In that time I have taught every year level from Reception to Year 7. I have also taught Italian, Adaptive Education, English as a Second language and Music. I have a particular interest in teaching science, health and wellbeing. With students at Our Lady of Grace this year I have focussed on building positive relationships and developing an engaging learning environment. I also enjoy keeping fit, reading and learning new things.

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Stephanie Crowe 

Reception - 1 Village Teacher 

I became a part of the OLOG community in 2013 after teaching in Catholic Schools for over 20 years. Throughout my teaching career I have had the opportunity to teach Reception to Year 5 as a classroom teacher. The part of my being at OLOG I enjoy the most is building relationships with the children at our school and their families. I strongly believe that children learn best when they have real connections and feel happy at school.

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Katie Cummings 

PE Specialist Teacher 

I have been an upper primary classroom teacher for over 14 years in both the government and Catholic systems. I have an interest in students health, well-being and counselling. I am in my third year at Our Lady of Grace School and this year I am taking on the PE Specialist Teahcer role. I focus on connecting behaviours and self-management in the class environment and enjoy building positive relationships across the school. I love to keep fit, have fun and possess a genuine love of learning.

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Jenny Delbridge 

Reception - 1 Village Teacher 

I have been teaching for many years in a variety of roles eg. classroom teacher from Reception to Year 5, specialist music and drama teacher, netball coach and umpire, Reading Recovery Teacher and Key Literacy Teacher. I am married to Greg with one vegan son named Luke. Some of my favourite things to do are teaching, walking along the beach with husband and dog “Howie”, getting together and having fun with family and friends, eating at Mai Kitchen and Beach Pit, and visiting Robe, Port Broughton and Delamere.

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Jo Dyson 

Japanese Teacher 

I have been teaching for over 28 years and bring to Our Lady of Grace School a wealth of both classroom and Japanese teaching experience. My passion is Japanese language and culture, which blossomed into Japanese teaching in the late 90's after I studied Japanese at Adelaide University. In my role as Japanese teacher at Our Lady of Grace School I’m fortunate to be able to work with every student. Building positive relationships and nurturing a love of learning a language and its culture.

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Heather Docherty 

Year 4 - 5 Village Teacher 

I am in my 9th year of teaching in Catholic Schools. I taught in Tasmania for four years and have been in South Australia teaching in a range of schools for the past few years. I have taught year levels from Reception to Year 7. I am passionate about building student’s understanding of identity and supporting them in developing a growth mindset. I strongly believe that students should learn to accept challenges and become familiar with taking risks with their learning. I pride myself in creating a learning environment that is safe and supportive, where students feel comfortable stepping outside their comfort zone. The Our Lady Of Grace School community has made me feel welcome and supported since the day I started. I feel privileged to have taught in a range of Catholic schools as I feel they provide students with the skills and understandings needed to live out the Gospel message. 

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Sharnie Jamieson 

Reception - 1 Village Teacher 

I began teaching in 2003 and have taught all year levels from Reception to Year 6. This is my third year at Our Lady of Grace School. I am passionate about supporting students to become self managed and invested in their learning through creating a learning environment that is student centred, supportive, challenging and fun.

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Kristy Ogden 

Year 2 - 3 Village Teacher 

I have had the privilege of teaching in the Catholic schooling system for over 20 years. During this time, I have taught in both country and city schools. It is a pleasure to teach children in the Early Years and support children and their families as they transition to a new setting and continue their learning journey. I have a passion for Literacy and use my skills gained from the Reading Recovery program to assist in early reading intervention. I believe it is important to build strong relationships with children and their families, as these relationships enable children to grow and develop in a safe environment to become global citizens. Education is constantly changing and it is fantastic to be part of a school that is challenging its children, staff and the community to be the best that they can be.

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Meg Reidy 

Year 2 - 3 Village Teacher 

In my past teaching roles, I have taught all year levels from Reception to Year 5 , enjoyed the  role as the Teacher Librarian and I am now currently working part time in the Year 2/3 Village.  In this role, I have a wonderful opportunity to help build positive relationships with the learners.  I love being able to work collaboratively with the other teachers in the village to help create a learning environment which is engaging, relevant and responsive to the needs of those learners.

Josh Bennett 

Sport Coordinator 
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Natalie Devenport 

Education Support 

I have been at OLOG for two and a half years and I love it! I started out doing volunteer work as an ESO in 2013 and now work fulltime supporting children in the classroom and yard. I have studied Certificate 3 in Education Support and continue to learn everyday from the children I work with. I love my job as I get to work with some really awesome little people! I love my job and I work with some really fantastic people.

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Anne Lindner 

Education Support / Playgroup Coordinator 

I am lucky enough to have been at OLOG for almost 17 years! Through out my time at OLOG I have had the opportunity to work in many different roles but my passion is the Library. I LOVE books. As part of my role as Library assistant I have the privilege of working with Meg Reidy, we oversee the purchase of new and exciting books for our readers and resources for teachers. This year I have had the exciting job of welcoming our newest members of our OLOG community through the SPINS playgroup. I also support children in the classroom and yard. I love my job and I work with some really passionate people.

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Cathy Keogh 

Work, Health, Safety 

I have been a part of the lively OLOG community for 9 years and also work in a number of other Catholic schools in the metropolitan region.  My role as the Work, Health & Safety Coordinator is to implement and support the WHS needs of our school. I also ensure that we are compliant with Catholic Safety Health & Welfare policies and procedures.  I enjoy working in an everchanging school environment witnessing students grow and reach their full potential.

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Sue Horstmann 

Office Support 

I have worked in Finance all of my working life, firstly with the ANZ Bank and then after starting my family I was employed at Our Lady of Grace.  During my 17 years here I have seen many changes in the school and the South West Region.  I find it very rewarding seeing the children and community enjoying our beautiful facilities.  I also feel very privileged to work in such a happy, family orientated community.  We have a great team here and I endeavour to assist staff, parents and students to the best of my ability.

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Jo Powell 

Education Support 

I started at OLOG in term 2, 2016 as an Education Support Officer, having previously worked as an ESO at Goodwood Primary School.  I have three beautiful children and was a stay at home Mum for some years and have been a primary school teacher in the Catholic School system in the past.  I also work in fashion part time.  I am enjoying my time at Our Lady of Grace School and love working with the staff and children.

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Karyn Sparrow 

Admin Support 

Although only in my second year at OLOG, I have been fortunate enough to witness one group of OLOG graduates and welcome new reception students.  Working as an Education Support Officer, I am privileged to work with some amazing students to help in their development as learners in our school environment.  I also work in the office on a weekly basis and together with Anne Lindner I am one of the coordinators for the new SPinS OLOG Playgroup.  I love the diversity in my position at OLOG and the opportunities to interact with students, teachers, parents and supporters of our amazing school.

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Liza Wescombe 

Office Support 

I joined the OLOG Community in 1999 as the school’s Receptionist/School Secretary.   I feel honoured to be part of the school community as together we work as one to provide students with a safe environment for them to develop and grow on their journey through life.

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Josh Bennett 

Sports Coordinator 

This is my first year at Our Lady of Grace School. I have been involved in sports my whole life and will promote the many benefits of being involved in sports to the students. I aim to promote students’ personal, physical and social development while also placing a large emphasis on enjoyment. I am currently in the process of completing my teaching degree at university and have a real love of learning, education and improvement. I love being active and have a real passion for all things health and fitness related. I am looking forward to seeing students discover their talents and will encourage them to their fullest potential.