Andy Müller BAppSc, DipEd, GradDipEd, MEd
My passion for education comes from the reward gained in helping young people to grow and develop in a very holistic sense; and that is why I love teaching at Scotch Oakburn College. Here, we are determined to develop the whole person and so provide a broad range of opportunities to enable each individual to explore their abilities and talents and find their path in life. It is wonderful to be immersed in an environment where the sense of camaraderie and collective desire to best prepare our students for their future is paramount.
My initial study was at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where I studied a degree in Applied Science (Applied Chemistry). After working as an industrial chemist at ACI Fibreglass, I returned to university to complete my Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Melbourne. That was followed 14 years later by a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration and eight years after that, a Master of Education, all at the University of Melbourne. Between gaining my Dip Ed and beginning teaching I worked for the Melbourne Olympic Candidature on the city’s bid to host the 1996 Olympic Games. Since then I have worked at Scotch College (Melbourne), Melbourne Grammar, St Leonard’s College and two schools in England, Morpeth College (London) and the Cherwell School (Oxford). I was Year Level Coordinator at Scotch College, Head of Upper School (Years 10 -1 2) and Deputy Principal, both at St Leonard’s College. I became Principal of Scotch Oakburn College in 2013.
Kate Croft BEd, TTC, GradCertEd, MEd, MACE
As an educator, I strive to see students reach their potential and assist them to grow and to develop into happy, well-balanced, confident young adults who can contribute positively to the world. Guiding students to develop a love for learning, a greater understanding of themselves and how they learn best is what I aspire to do. I always encourage students to try different things at school, challenge themselves, take some risks and develop some lasting friendships. It is exciting to stay connected with the College community beyond school, hearing about our Collegians, their work and career choices, travel and family is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my role!
I studied at the University of Tasmania before starting my teaching career with the Department of Education in Tasmania. I taught for three years and then travelled extensively in Europe, USA, northern Africa and south east Asia. During this time I lived in the UK and taught at various schools including secondary, primary and special schools in the East End of London. I also worked in hospitality, as a nanny and in the fitness industry.
On returning to Tasmania, I taught at Department of Education schools before starting at Scotch Oakburn in 1998. My first role was with a Year 4 class in Lemana. I have caught up with some of these students College reunions. I have had the great privilege and opportunity in teaching on all three campuses at Scotch Oakburn College: Junior, Middle and Senior School.
I have held a number of other leadership positions at the College including Head of Middle School, Deputy Head of Middle School, Year 8 Coordinator and Co-Curricular Coordinator at the Elphin Campus.
Julie Kemp BEd, MEdAdmin
I am passionate about teaching at Scotch Oakburn College, and firmly believe that a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning provides enormous benefits by providing meaningful links across curriculum areas and beyond the classroom. I enjoy programs that involve community engagement and develop ongoing partnerships, like the Inspire Year 8 (IY8) program, to enrich classroom learning experiences. I am also keen to ensure that all students unlock their potential, take positive risks and develop a range of capacities to gain an understanding of who they are and discover who they want to be.
I started my degree at the University of Tasmania in Launceston before transferring to Deakin University (Rusden Campus) in Victoria. I then taught Physical Education and Outdoor Education on a temporary basis in schools in Melbourne, including Bialik College, Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College and Beth Rivkah Ladies’ College. I then moved to England for two years, where I was Head of Girls PE and Games and Deputy Director of Boarding at Carmel College in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
Returning to Tasmania in 1997, I began work at St Michael’s Collegiate School, Hobart, where I stayed for 18 years. I held various positions, including Head of Year 9, Daily Organiser, Director of Sport, Acting Head of Health and Physical Education and Head of House. I came to Scotch Oakburn College in 2015.
Lachie Wright BA, BEd, TTC, MACEL, GradCertEd, MEd.
My professional passion is the excitement, magic and challenge of young students learning! Contemporary research on ‘how learners learn’ makes this time of change in education a unique opportunity to open new doors for our students as together we create their futures.
A lifelong learner, my teaching career began in the 1970s after graduating in both Arts and Education from the University of Tasmania in Hobart. My early teaching years were in Tasmanian State Schools, followed by two years lecturing in Education at UTas, before becoming Head of Junior School at Scotch Oakburn in 1983. It is very special to be part of such a vibrant and innovative learning community. Along the way my studies have included a GCE in Mathematics Enrichment (University of Canberra) and an M.Ed. (University of Tasmania) as well as summer institutes at Harvard GSE and online work through Stanford. I have also held various leadership roles with the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia and Australian Primary Principals’ Association, working to keep both Tasmanian interests and primary education generally at the forefront of national education and political agendas.
Family is a big part of my life. My wife, Anne, has been a career teacher and our sons Samuel and Thomas attended Scotch Oakburn. We now have four grandchildren. Sport has been a lifelong interest, from playing days (mainly cricket, football and tennis), through tennis umpiring (including at the Australian Open) and as an avid follower of Test cricket and AFL.
Mark Hassell BA, GradDipEd
As well as being Deputy head of Senior School I am also the coordinator of Round Square activities in the Senior School, and enjoy providing students with a rich variety of opportunities to learn about themselves, the world around them, and their role in creating a just and sustainable future for all.
I studied Outdoor Education, Biology and Geography at La Trobe University in Bendigo, Victoria. After eight years working as an adventure guide in Canada, I then worked as a teacher in New South Wales and Tasmania.
I came to Scotch Oakburn as the Director of Education Outdoors and Sustainability in 2012 from Scots College in NSW. I was a Deputy Director and Assistant Outdoor Education Coordinator at Scots College’s long-term residential Outdoor Education Centre “Glengarry”.
Stuart Walls BSc(Hons), HDE, MEd
I am passionate about the holistic education of the whole child. As well as being Deputy Head of Middle School, I also teach Science and am the Head of Round Square for the College.
I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree, an Honours degree in Plant Ecology and a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have also completed a Masters of Education in Global Education at the University of Tasmania.
Before coming to Scotch Oakburn I worked in South Africa and for the Tasmanian Department of Education. I have previously held the position of Advanced Skills Teacher at Prospect High School and was a Director of Year Level at St Stithians College in Johannesburg.
Ben Green BHM, MEd
I feel privileged that Scotch Oakburn has given me an opportunity to follow my passions in the outdoor learning and sporting environments, and in helping others through service leadership. I love my work. Every day is different.
I grew up on a farming property on the outskirts of Cressy and was educated in Launceston.
I completed a Bachelor of Human Movement Degree focussing on health and physical education teaching, sports science, sports management and health studies, at the University of Tasmania and later, a Master of Education.
I began at Scotch Oakburn as a Health and Physical Education Teacher in 2001, becoming Head of PE in 2003, then moved to classroom teaching, teaching a Year 6 class and taking on the role of Co-curricular Co-ordinator of the Junior School in 2006. In 2009 I was appointed Deputy Head of Junior School.
Outside of teaching, I played and coached AFL over many years, finishing up at Old Scotch Football Club. My main passion outside of teaching now is my family. I have three beautiful children with my wife Natasha.
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Virginia Berechree BEd, MSc, TTC, MEd
I live for the ‘ah ha’ moments, when a student suddenly understands an idea or a concept with which they have been struggling. I hope to inspire every individual to believe that it’s okay to get it “wrong” because that helps to get it “right”.
My dreams of a career in education were realised when I worked part-time teaching at Alanvale College whilst completing my Education degree at the University of Tasmania, then worked there full-time for three years until I was seconded to Curriculum Services as Health Education Coordinator K-12 (Northern Districts).
After some extended overseas travel (my backpacking months) I returned to teaching, first at Winnaleah District High School and then at Scotch Oakburn College. A committed and passionate proponent of life-long learning, I completed a Master of Science (Health Education) Degree through Curtin University, Western Australia. Time spent as Acting Head of Mathematics and then Head of House reminded me just how much more there always is to learn. Completing a Master of Education (Educational Leadership) at the University of Tasmania (Launceston) in 2012 is certainly not the end of my learning – teaching and raising a teenager has me learning all the time!
Bo Power BEd MEd
My love of education derives from the simple joy of providing the environment for young people to discovering their passions and their strengths, both interpersonal and intrapersonal, both academic and character based. Above all I love the opportunity to build relationships that allow me to support and challenge the young men and women of Scotch Oakburn College. Working in boarding provides me with one of the most authentic environments to do both, as well as provide a second home for our regional and international students. It is inspiring to be part of an outstanding community that values and prioritises the notion of learning to learn.
Growing up on a broad scale farming property near Swan Hill, North West Victoria was the genesis behind my love of learning as I thrived in the contrasting styles that both formal and experiential learning that school and farm life provided. I was educated locally before moving to South Australia to study at the University of South Australia completing a Bachelor of Education in Physical and Outdoor Education. From there I worked for a private firm providing organisational and leadership development to a variety of business and sporting teams competing at National level, as well as leading Outdoor Education programs for a number of Independent Schools including Pulteney Grammar and Wilderness Girls School. In 2004 I took on the role of Director of Outdoor Education at St. Peters College, simultaneously completing a Masters in Educational Leadership at Monash University and Vincent Fairfax Fellowship with St James Ethics Centre, before moving to Perth in 2009 to work for Wesley College to lead its innovative and interdisciplinary off campus Year 8 program called Katitjin. In 2014 I took up employment at Aquinas College in the role of House Director of Gibney House (boarding) before making the move across the nation with my family to Scotch Oakburn College in 2017.
Family, the joy of the natural world and travel are all passions of mine. Kristy and I have three children, two of which, Casey and Alice, attend the Middle School at Scotch and our third Jake, is harbouring aspirations to follow a similar path. Collectively we love AFL footy, travelling, camping and exploring the natural world, and so feel blessed to be living in this spectacular state.
Bronwyn Bushby BEd, TTC
My love of education, in particular, the critical learning that occurs in the first years of life, compels me to keep learning. My passion for deeper understanding of the Reggio Emilia Education Project continues to inspire my research, thinking and practice.
After obtaining a Bachelor degree in education from the TCAE (Newnham) in 1980, my teaching career began with the Tasmanian Education Department at Mowbray Heights Primary School and East Launceston Primary School where I taught Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 until 1985.
My first senior role was an Acting Infant Mistress role at Campbell Town District High School followed by three years as the Maths Consultant for the Northern region. An Acting Senior Teacher position at Punchbowl Primary School followed in 1990. Part time positions at Glen Dhu Primary School, Ravenswood Primary School, as a tutor in Primary Education at UTAS and as a Learning Support Aide at Scotch Oakburn College, enabled me to spend time with my children, when they were very young.
The opportunity for an Early Learning position at Scotch Oakburn College lured me back to classroom teaching in 1994 and since 2001, I have been the Junior School Early Primary Coordinator.
Mark Munnings DipTeach, GradDipOE, CertIV Outdoor Rec
I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and I enjoy helping people of all ages build connections with the outdoors. I discovered a genuine love of the outdoors as a young man exploring among the granite boulders along Quart Pot Creek in Stanthorpe, Queensland. My career as a primary school teacher began in Brisbane. I combined my loves of learning outside the classroom and teaching young people by completing my formal Outdoor Education qualifications at Griffith University, Queensland.
I have taught in outdoor education centres in Queensland, Victoria and the United Kingdom. I have also worked in administration roles as Director of Outdoor Education at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School and Acting Deputy Principal at Maroon Outdoor Education Centre. I enjoy the challenge of helping Scotch Oakburn students to learn in, through and about the stunning environments of Tasmania.