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Our Staff

David Jovanovski
Principal

Tennielle Aleksovsky
Grade Prep Teacher

Tennielle began teaching at Doreen Primary School in 2008. Since then she has taught in many different areas, including the Junior Years, Music, Auslan and Student Wellbeing. Over the years she has taken some time away from teaching at Doreen to have and raise her family, but she has returned to a full-time teaching role this year to teach our Prep class. Tennielle has a degree in behavioural science and is passionate about mental wellbeing. Her strength is understanding each student as a whole, in order to cater to their individual learning needs. She really enjoys the energy and enthusiasm shown by students in the junior years. In her spare time, Tennielle enjoys music, dance, and craft and baking, but her favourite thing is spending time with her husband and two boys. 

Jenny Barnes
Grade 3 Teacher

Jenny has been teaching at Doreen Primary School for the last 10 years where she feels she has found her niche. She has taught in the middle and upper levels at Doreen. She came to teaching after many years in corporate enterprise and preventative health care fields. Prior to completing her teaching qualification she spent several years teaching and training adults. 
Jenny has a real passion for teaching kids maths and science and loves incorporating technology in the classroom. Often drawing on prior studies in science to help engage her students. She is a big kid at heart and loves teaching through game and thus has a huge range of games in her repertoire. On the weekends and after school her family keeps her busy. Coordinating a busy household with two young adult children, the eldest of whom has recently married and flown the coup.

Rachel Blake
Music Teacher

Kelly Dunt

Admin/Education Support

Kelly has been a valued member of the Doreen PS community since 2004 when her eldest child began his Prep year.  She was employed as an Education Support Officer at DPS in 2006 where her work in the classroom consisted of assisting individual children, classes and helping specialists run their programs. All 3 of her now adult children went to DPS and her dedication to making Doreen a good place to be (was and still is) evident in her participation in many extracurricular events. Some of these include being part of the DPS School Council for over 10 years and attending over 15 DPS school camps. Kelly has given her time to complete PD’s to further her role in administration, helping Lisa run the school office and also become the school’s OH&S Officer which is a consuming and demanding role. She is a trained First Aider and now works mainly in the Office Admin Department communicating to families via Compass, our weekly newsletter and notices and appreciates the importance of being a part of a small school. She can still be found in the classroom when an extra hand is needed. Outside of school Kelly loves gardening, cooking and travelling with her husband to Bali and caravanning to different places in Australia.

Teesha Garriga

Grade 4 Teacher

Janine Green

Grade 6 Teacher

Scott Hayward

Grade 2 Teacher
Scott is new to Doreen Primary School in 2024 but has taught in our school before, way back in 2000. He has been a classroom and music specialist teacher for 29 years and has spent the last 23 years just down the road at Mernda Primary School. Scott has a passion for engaging students in their learning through music, art, literature and practical problem solving. When he grows up Scott would like to be a rock star, he has a daughter and a son who are big grown-ups. In his spare time he enjoys kayaking and playing guitar (but not simultaneously).

Bernie Kendall
Integration Aide


 

Ben  Miller

Grade 5 Teacher

Helen Mollard

Grade 1 Teacher

Helen has been working at Doreen Primary School since 2010. Before starting full time, she worked as a CRT in many local schools working with both the Upper and Junior school areas. Currently Helen is thoroughly enjoying her time in the Junior school with the Grade 1s. She is passionate about ‘The Resilience Project’ program. This program offers emotionally engaging programs and provide evidence-based, practical wellbeing strategies to build resilience. She is the school’s ambassador and contact person for this program. Helen supports the staff involved and any children when needed as the Welfare co-ordinator. She has a passion for books and loves sharing her enjoyment of reading to her grade. Before teaching, Helen worked in the Commonwealth Bank as a Customer service officer and Lead Teller for many years. She enjoyed chatting to the customers and getting to know them. Helen is married and has two adult children and a beautiful labrador, Bonny.  When she is not at work, Helen enjoys spending time and making memories with her family and friends. She loves going to concerts and throwing a ball with her dog on weekends.

Cinthia Quinn
Integration Aide

Elise Scicluna

Physed Teacher

Elise has been teaching since 2012. She first started teaching in the Prep and grade 1/2 classrooms in Craigieburn which she really enjoyed. She then started a family and began to do Casual Relief Teaching in Doreen. Elise worked in a few schools teaching from years Prep to twelve. She worked at Doreen Primary School once and then she absolutely fell in love with the school and never left! She loves the beautiful community of the school and its gorgeous country setting. She has now been appointed the PE teacher and is loving every minute of it. Elise is extremely passionate about health and fitness. In her free time, you will see her spending time with her family and chasing after her three young kids. You can also find her running at parkrun on Saturday mornings or see her at the gym at 6am every other morning. She would love to run a marathon in the future. Elise is also very passionate about students with special needs as she has a son with Autism named Xavier. She has a kind and nurturing nature and loves helping kids.

Linda Thomas

Grade 1 Teacher Aid

Lisa Welch
Business Manager

Lisa has been the Business Manager since 2001 when Doreen Primary school had only 2 teachers and a very small country style environment. The school has grown considerably since then, but she still nurtures the small school friendly atmosphere, and is the welcoming face that greets people when they arrive. Her duties are varied because small schools require staff to be multi skilled and flexible, and this is her forte. She taught herself web design and took on the school website in 2005, and takes responsibility for maintaining and upgrading our operating and reporting systems. She also helps with technical issues in the classroom to support the teachers. She has spent 14 years as Secretary on the school council, and outside of work she is a wife, a mother of three, a grandmother of three, and an avid gardener.

Di Zobel

Art Teacher
Di is a practising artist who brings many different interests and passions to the art program at Doreen. She has illustrations and photographs published in primary textbooks, and has exhibited in Melbourne and New Zealand. Di has taken art and animation projects from Doreen to share and work collaboratively with students from different cultures.  Including Italy, China, South Africa and at two Indigenous schools in north-eastern Arnhem Land. She enjoys teaching people of all ages, from primary school to adult education where she has taught Art, Italian and Literacy. Before teaching, Di worked in an advertising art department in at Latrobe Colourlab, as well as in theatre productions on sets and scenery. Outside of school Di loves to spend time with her grandchildren and enjoys drawing, photography and animation. She finds inspiration from working collaboratively with other artists and travelling. Most recently she photographed the landscapes of Uluru in Alice Springs.

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