Staff at Pioneer Village School
Our professional and enthusiastic staff members provide a broad range of subjects and activities that enable students to make progress in their learning. Why not take a moment to meet some of our hard working staff.
Mrs Louise Lont
is passionate about education. Her educational philosophy is based on an uncompromising belief that students can learn when given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family.
Since graduating Deakin University in 1994, Mrs Lont has engaged in various educational experiences. These experiences have afforded her many opportunities to collaborate with like-minded educators whose common goal is to increase student achievement and well-being, and this goal drives her focus as principal of PVS.
While Mrs Lont has had many memorable years in the teaching profession, the role of principal is equally as rewarding. Mrs Lont feels privileged to be working alongside such a dedicated team of caring professionals, and to be surrounded by such wonderful students and families.
Mrs Lont is looking forward to the future as she continues to forge even stronger relationships with the school community as a whole.
Meet Our Teachers
Miss Thomas prides herself on providing an interesting and exciting learning experience to allow her students to be actively involved in problem-solving and constructing knowledge and understanding. When not teaching, she can be found on the farm working with animals.
Is a dedicated member of the PVS teaching team who thoroughly enjoys being a part of our students’ learning journey. Mr Rowlingson is passionate about integrated inquiry-based learning and savvy digital technology skill teaching. He thoroughly enjoys providing a participatory environment where students are able to attach interests to learning outcomes. Mr Rowlingson loves inspiring students through STEAM subjects and firmly believes in connecting student learning to real world applications.
Mr Rowlingson completed his Graduate Diploma in Primary Education at Edith Cowan University. He is an invested and enthusiastic middle and upper primary teacher who himself loves learning and because of this is currently undertaking his Master of Education.
Is passionate about quality play-based programs for Early Years’ students and constantly delivers learning experiences that ignite and foster children’s natural curiosity of the world.
Mrs Gill completed a Bachelor of Education specialising in Early Childhood Education at Curtin University of Technology in 2009. She has worked across all junior years since joining PVS in 2010. Mrs Gill feels privileged to have the opportunity to work at PVS, as it is such a supportive school environment. It is a place where she feels she can continue to grow as a professional. Mrs Gill values the community spirit and collaborative relationships with parents that this school fosters, and constantly endeavours to maintain this feel within the classroom.
Is an experienced Early Years teacher having qualified with a Bachelor of Education from Bath, England. She has taught in the Early Years in both England and Australia for many years. Mrs Woodward was nominated for a National Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 and was a finalist in their selection. She is a very passionate and creative Kindy 4 teacher who knows children want to laugh, be challenged, be delighted and above all, feel safe, happy and important.
Mrs Woodward has taught at PVS since 2009 and firmly believes that play is the lifeblood of all learning, and because of this delights in providing a great range of purposeful experiences for all students in her care. She feels privileged to be part of their lifelong learning journey.
Has been in education since 2011. After completing a Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he decided to complete a Diploma of Education to become a primary school teacher. Mr Keshwar has experience in both middle and upper primary and thoroughly enjoys teaching these age groups.
Mr Keshwar is an invested teacher who is extremely supportive of his students. He thoroughly enjoys seeing them grow, develop and flourish as lifelong learners. Adam is passionate about enabling students to realise their potential. Aside from teaching in the classroom, he enjoys bringing his expertise in fields such as music, chess and sport to enrich the lives of students at PVS.
Is an experienced educator with both a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and a Bachelor of Education (Primary), specialising in working with children with special needs. Mrs Pashen is a passionate advocate for Early Years Education and quality play-based programs for young children.
Mrs Pashen has taught across the Early Years, in educational support, and held numerous leadership positions since 2001 and currently teaches Pre-Primary. She has been a nominee for the NEITA Awards for Excellence in Teaching and firmly believes that her role as an educator is to inspire her students to develop a love of learning, to face challenges with enthusiasm and to have a strong sense of belief in themselves to achieve their unique potential.
Has been an active member of Pioneer Village School since 2011. Mrs Flood believes that there is no greater calling than that of a teacher. She knows a solid education provides our students the skills to take on the world with confidence, resilience and integrity. Mrs Flood firmly believes that teaching the children of our future is a privilege, and enthusiastically provides for her students.
Mrs Flood graduated from Curtin University in 2009, with a Bachelor of Education, specialising in Early Childhood Education. She also attained a Diploma in Children Services. Mrs Flood also received a nomination for NEITA- Teacher of Excellence. Her dedication is highly valued by our families as well as the whole school community.
Has a Certificate III in Educational Support as well as a Certificate in Child Care, and has been a part of the PVS team since 2008. Mrs Thomas has predominantly worked in the junior years and early years.
Mrs Thomas is an extremely caring, fun, and passionate person who brings a radiant smile and an unbeatable enthusiasm with her to school each day. Mrs Thomas’ care is appreciated by our families, and because of this was nominated by a PVS parent for the AISWA Teaching award in 2010. Mrs Thomas is a passionate advocate for young children learning through structured play and assists the classroom teacher to create the loving, caring, fun-filled environment that PVS is renowned for.
Is a dedicated primary teacher. Before embarking on a teaching career, Mrs Rowe attained a Bachelor Degree in Performing Arts and worked in theatre locally, in NSW, and in the United States. It was while working in Children’s Theatre in New York that Ruhama discovered her love of education, and returned to Australia to attain her Graduate Diploma in Education.
Since her arrival in 2013, Mrs Rowe has been our school Performing Arts guru, and is passionate about school productions and drama clubs. Mrs Rowe has found that she is always learning too and finds joy in the everyday discoveries and successes of her students. She loves reading and shares her love of books with her students, finding special enjoyment in writing and reading lessons.
Holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) with experience in a variety of educational settings and ages. Emily is passionate about early learning, and the importance of laying down solid learning foundations that will last a lifetime. She places great value on nurturing the natural inquisitiveness of our student’s young minds, and understands the importance of encouraging curiosity and independent thinking.
Miss Pryce joined the Pioneer Village teaching staff in 2017, and has quickly become a valuable member of staff. Miss Pryce believes the unique teaching and learning community and the strong sense of family at PVS contributes to feelings of support and value for staff and students alike. This makes it a wonderful place to learn and teach.
Is the PVS music specialist. She holds a Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Political Theory. She has pursued studies in classical guitar, puppetry and acting, and is passionate about integrating these areas into her lessons.
After travelling Australia as an actor, storyteller and teacher she studied Kodaly, Dalcroze, Orff, and Suzuki music pedagogies. These learning experiences have cemented her belief that these are superior strategies that best develop students’ singing, movement, listening and instrumental skills, and will ultimately expand students’ creativity. She has many years of experience in a wide range of educational institutions and is enjoying being part of a school with such a strong focus on excellence and student well-being.
Completed a Certificate III and IV in Education Support has worked in the PVS Early Years classes since 2010. It was through a choice to volunteer in coaching roles for his own children’s sporting pursuits that prompted Mr Dickerson to pursue a more challenging, and most rewarding career in Primary Education.
Mr Dickerson is a dedicated, caring Education Assistant with a terrific work ethic, and a fantastic sense of humour. He relishes his role as EA as it helps to alleviate the immense workload undertaken by teachers to educate young minds. Ray epitomises the PVS values of respect, integrity, fairness, perseverance and aiming for excellence. Watching students improve before his eyes, and knowing he has contributed gives him great satisfaction and a sense of purpose to his life.
Is our dedicated Library Officer and Education Assistant. Mrs Payne has been a staff member at Pioneer Village School since 2018 and is enjoying working with the students and the dedicated staff.
Mrs Payne believes the school library is integral to the teaching and learning process. With exceptional organisational skills, Mrs Payne has implemented many practices that assist the students and staff during library time. With a love of reading and an attitude for success, working at PVS has not only been a privilege for Mrs Payne was what inspired her to expand her knowledge and study her Certificate III in Education Support.
Jessica loves that each day she gets to watch children learn, discover, imagine and become independent beings.
Being an ex-PVS student, Jessica knows how unique and special this school is and feels incredibly lucky to be back as a member of the staff.
Michelle loves seeing children given the best opportunities in life. She consistently strives to help children achieve by providing the tools to foster learning and growth.
Meet Our Administration
Mrs Louise K Lont
Mrs Tracey Cowlin
Mrs Andrea Candy
Ms Lisa Shaw
Mrs Debbie Campey-Payne
Ms Michelle Godfrey
Mrs Sandra Miller
Mr Simon Candy