Meet Our Teaching Staff
I am originally from Maclean and moved to the Ballina/Alstonville area in 2008 with my husband. I began my teaching journey straight out of high school however I postponed my in-class experience while we created our family of 3 beautiful girls, returning to an active teaching role in the past 6 years. I have taught in several small schools including Chatsworth Island Public School and Iluka Public School before landing the role as RFF teacher at Rous Public School in 2019. In 2020 I was moved to the 1/2 room on a part time basis and team taught with 2 exceptional teachers.
Teaching has always been my dream career and I am passionate to help all students and to instil a love of learning. I enjoy the creative and performing arts and have over 15 years of dance, drama and visual art experience. I believe that all children deserve to learn in an exciting environment and aim to teach in a manner where children are highly engaged and provided with hands on activities, engaging all styles of learners, especially bodily-kinaesthetic learners (Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences).
I am a lifelong learner who loves to spend my free time researching new teaching strategies and styles to enhance and improve my practice, focusing primarily on numeracy, literacy and data collection.
I have 3 beautiful daughters, two of which attend this school and I am a passionate supporter of small schools and the connectedness and family vibe it carries. In my spare time I love to spend quality time with my children and husband, camping, exploring National Parks, crafting and baking.
My name is Brad Johnson. I studied teaching as a mature aged student, moving to the Lismore in 2005 to study. I graduated in 2008 and had plans to move back out to Western NSW. However, I fell in love with the area and haven’t moved!
After graduating I filled many different temporary roles, beginning at Wyrallah Public School and then at Tregeagle Public School for 4 years. In 2013, due to a family illness, I lived in Brisbane for 12 months and was unable to teach. Upon returning to the area in 2014, I was approached to return to teaching at Rous Public School for 2 days per week. That eventually ended in me taking up a temporary position in 2015, culminating in me becoming a permanent member of Rous Public School in 2019.
I really enjoy the challenges and rewards of teaching. Seeing children grow and learn every day is so rewarding. I grew up in a very small country town, so I absolutely love the sense of community at Rous Public School and the relationships formed with staff, students and families. Seeing past students out in the community, (while it makes me feel old) their sense of belonging at Rous Public School and respect for staff, is such a wonderful reflection of how proud they are of where they began their education.
I am a proud dad of 2 children and as everyone knows am a very avid sports person. So, my weekends are either participating in sports or watching them at a local or national level.
My career started at Kyogle Public School as a classroom teacher, during this time I became the Best Start consultant for the North Coast. I traveled around all the schools in the local area introducing the Kindergarten assessment tool, Best Start. This was a wonderful opportunity as I got to work with so many people in many different sized schools. This position led me into an Instructional Leadership position leading Literacy and Numeracy at Casino Public School. I was an Instructional Leader for 3 years and then became the Assistant Principal. After 4 years I became the Deputy Principal, where I looked after hundreds of students well-being and academic performance.
In Term 4, 2020, I was exceptionally proud to have gained the Principal position at the beautiful Rous Public School. I am dedicated to high quality public education, where all students are given opportunities to reach their highest potential. I am a proud mum to four wonderful children, and in my spare time I love to take my family to the beach, exercise and spend time with friends.
Learning and Support Teacher
I am Marg Simpson and I have been part of the Rous Public School community for about 8 years.
I am currently the Learning Support Teacher working across all classes. I use programs including MacqLit and MiniLit, and currently work with the Centre for Effective Reading in Sydney to support our students. My role is to support children with their learning, to optimise their engagement and to achieve high quality outcomes.
Mr De Stefani
Hello, I am Dino De Stefani. I have been an educator for the past 8 years at various large and small schools in the local area. Mid way through 2020 I began teaching at Rous Public School 2 days a week.
This year I am the 2/3 teacher.
Teaching children is a rewarding experience. Having the opportunity to teach in a beautiful school setting with wonderful staff and community is very satisfying.
Personally, I enjoy trying to stay healthy through an active lifestyle. I enjoy a variety of activities that involve being outside with my family, near the ocean river or parks. I enjoy travelling reading and cooking and find other countries and cultures interesting.
School Learning and Support Officer
My name is Belinda Kavanagh, and I am the School Learning and Support Officer at Rous Public School. I began working at Rous in Term 4 2020 while completing my Certificate IV in Education Support.
My role is to support the learning and wellbeing of all students. I assist the teachers in creating and implementing personalised adjustments for students with additional learning needs, as well as provide one to one and small group support for academic learning and wellbeing.
I have enjoyed getting to know the beautiful students here at Rous and am committed to supporting them in reaching their individual social, emotional and academic learning goals.
I am a proud Mum to three wonderful children and in my spare time enjoy camping, exploring the beautiful Northern Rivers and spending time at the beach with my family.