Our Office - Agnes Water Beach

Meet our Staff

Current research indicates that the teacher is the most important factor in learning. In Steiner Schools the Class Teacher is dedicated to their own continued emotional, spiritual and intellectual development, modelling to children an internal motivation to continually learn and reach their full potential.

Where possible, class teachers may progress through the grades with the same children, allowing for a close relationship to develop with the child and the parents, however at Goora Gan Steiner, the multi-age class model means teachers can typically remain with students for two years. 

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MELISSA THOMSON

School Facilitator

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KRISTEN SMITH

Education Leader &

Class Teacher

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LAURA BOULLIER

Class Teacher 

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SARAH COOPER

Prep Teacher 

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JOSH SPICER

Specialist Teacher 

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DAVE FISHER

Class Teacher 

 

ANITA McINTYRE

Accounts & Administration

Goora Gan is committed to cultivating and fostering a lifelong love of learning, a sense of goodness, beauty and truth for all students.  

GOORA GAN STEINER SCHOOL INC. COMMITTEE

The Governing Body of Goora Gan Steiner School is Goora Gan Steiner School Inc, currently consisting of 10 active association members. There are three Directors on the Board and additional Steiner Education Australia Executive Mentors. 

 

The Board of Directors are: 

 

Kenton Turner - Chair

Kenton is a retired Detective Superintendent with 33 years of service with the AFP. He also has a broad range of experience in law enforcement, management and policy development and has been involved with Steiner Education through his children's schooling. Kenton is currently a yoga teacher and in his youth played Volleyball for the Australian team.

 

Richelle Jones - Secretary

Richelle is a retired Detective Sergeant/Federal Agent who served in the Australian Federal Police for 23 years and has a broad range of experience in law enforcement, governance and policy development. Richelle has a degree in human biology and advocates Steiner Education, with two grown children who attended the Orana Steiner School in Canberra from 2004 to 2014. 

Eddie Thomson - Treasurer 

Eddie is a semi-retired accountant with over 30 years experience and has assisted Goora Gan Steiner from its beginning. A talented artist and dedicated stand up paddle boarder, he is committed to the community of Agnes Water and to the success of Goora Gan Steiner School through his service sitting as Director on multiple Boards within the community.

Mandy Sawtell  - Director

Mandy is a founding member of Goora Gan Steiner and a long standing member of the Agnes Water community.  Attending a Steiner School for part of her childhood instilled a love for the education that led to playing a key role in the Lilly Pilly Steiner Playgroup, home schooling her own children, and to assisting the founding of the school. Mandy is a loving mother of three and enjoys music, time with family and in nature. 

Steiner Education Australia - SEA - Goora Gan Steiner is an Associate Member of SEA and accesses Executive Mentorship and professional development in all areas of Governance, Leadership and Management and Teacher Development

Independent Schools Queensland - ISQ - Goora Gan is a member of ISQ who advocate for, support and provide ongoing professional development for Qld schools in all areas of Governance and Operations.

“If a school is to be founded and sustained, vision is needed, and a warm-hearted courage, and along will.” Sylvia Brose

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