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Our staff deeply value intellectual pursuits as well as spiritual, cultural, sporting and arts endeavours. Our teachers are experts in holistic education – educating the whole child.

Catholic Education teachers are given multiple opportunities each year for quality professional development and they are expected to actively embrace change for improved student outcomes. At St Kieran’s, staff are encouraged and supported to be dedicated, passionate, hard-working, creative, knowledgeable, collaborative, caring and highly professional educators. We believe in the value of being life-long learners and we strive to be authentic role models for your children, our students.

Staff List

Leadership Team


Mrs Peta Laffin


Mrs Evon Downie

Teaching Staff
Prep Mrs Kristen Merli
Year 1 Miss Lucy Pether
Year 2 Mrs Telana Nel
Year 3 Miss Kate Andrews
Year 4 Miss Taylor Andrews
Year 5 Miss Shaylene Stark
Year 6 Miss Tarni Pereira
School Officers

Assisting Student Learning

Mrs Kellie Pigliafiori (Prep), Mrs Terri  Grosser (Year 1 / 2), Mrs Sam Dolzan (Year 1 / 2), Mrs Jo Schlencker (Year 3 & Playgroup), Mrs Tiana Young (Year 4), Mrs Agnes Lagiono (Year 5), Mrs Marg Ormes (Year 6), Mrs Jayme Hartly (Indigenous Education)

Grounds & Cleaning

Mr Ian Sharratt

Mrs Milana & Tafu Efu


Mrs Theresa Braithwaite


Administration Staff

Finance Secretary

 Belinda Thompson, Tanya Kingston

School Secretary

Mrs Jenna Robinson

Specialist Teachers


Mrs Carla Lloyd

You Can Do It

Mrs Karissa Smith


Mrs Karissa Smith


Mrs Peta Laffin

Indigenous Education

Mrs Mel Siemer

Inclusive Education  

Mrs Mel Siemer

TOSWD (Disabilities)

Mrs Peta Laffin

Learning and Teaching Advisor

Mrs Mel Siemer

Early Career Teacher Mentor

Mrs Peta Mawn

Instrumental Music

Ms Catherine Motteram

Class arrangements

Decisions regarding class sizes and staffing are made in consultation with the Townsville Catholic Education Office (TCEO) and are determined by TCEO guidelines and budget allocations.