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 K Lont
Mrs Helen Underwood
Mrs Andrea Candy
Mrs Lisa Shaw
Mrs Debbie Campey-Payne
Ms Michelle Godfrey
Mrs Sandra Miller
Mr Simon Candy
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.
Mrs Anthea Peczka graduated from Curtin University with First Class Honours in Primary Education and has been a well-respected, valuable part of the Pioneer Village School community since 2008.
When the school changed from learning Japanese to Italian, it provided the perfect opportunity for Mrs Peczka to re-engage with our community after being on maternity leave. Mrs Peczka studied Italian throughout school. She feels that languages enable an individual to both explore a new culture, and also to become more aware of one’s place as a world citizen. This is vital for today’s generation. She greatly enjoys being able to work with all the primary school students as they embark on their own journey of learning a language.
Miss Marcela Pasquini holds both a Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History. She has many years of experience in both the Australian and British schools. Miss Pasquini has worked with different age groups in her career and has always enjoyed the challenges brought by students with additional needs, whether they be extension or support.
She is an enthusiastic educator who is passionate about providing students with a rich, exciting and fun learning experience every day. Miss Pasquini has extremely high standards for herself and her students, and because of this, believes her students will be prepared to tackle any challenge they may encounter. Miss Pasquini really enjoys being part of our students’ development, and loves inspiring them to be the best they can be.
Mr Guy Rowlingson 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.
Mrs Emma Gill 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 currently teaches Kindy 3 but 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.
Mrs Julie Woodward 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.
Mr Adam Keshwar 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 is currently teaching our senior students.
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.
Mrs Debbie Pashen 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.
Mrs Siobhan Flood 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.
Mrs Julie Thomas 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 is currently in Kindy 3.
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.
Miss Ruhama Geiger is a dedicated primary teacher. Before embarking on a teaching career, Miss Geiger 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, Miss Geiger has been our school Performing Arts guru, and is passionate about school productions and drama clubs. Miss Geiger 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.
Miss Emily Pryce 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.
Mrs Marguerite Rosario 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.
Miss Shannon Andersen is our specialist Physical Education teacher. She graduated from Notre Dame University in 2013 with a degree in Health and Physical Education (Primary). Miss Andersen maintains a strong focus on, and is passionate about the promotion of health, wellness and physical activity.
Miss Anderson exposes students to a variety of different sports, games and equipment, and lessons are structured in a way that students feel safe to take a chance and make calculated risks. She believes sport lessons are more than skill acquisition. They are also about building positive relationships through participation, and developing interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that students can use in a variety of settings.
Mrs Kaye Etteridge is a dedicated and experienced education assistant who has been at PVS since 2008. She holds an Education Assistant/Special Needs qualification and a Diploma of Library Information & Technology.
With a great deal of patience and a strong sense of humour, Mrs Etteridge assists and instils in our students a strong sense of school values. She endeavours to make every child’s transition into school a safe, warm, unique experience and she prides herself on her ability to inspire confidence in children to realise their own self. Mrs Etteridge loves music, literature and nature as a platform for learning and for happiness. Her own children graduated from PVS and she believes they flourished under the guidance of the PVS community.
Mr Ray Dickerson 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.
Mrs Felicity Rodgers is a long standing, dedicated member of the PVS team. She started her role as our Education Assistant in 2002. During that time Mrs Rodgers has worked both in Pre-Primary and in Kindergarten.
She is an enthusiastic, caring staff member who loves being part of our community. She loves the challenge and the variety that comes with each day. She also enjoys liaising with families, and being a positive role model for our students. Mrs Rodgers sees her PVS life as an amazing journey. She loves working with such dedicated staff, helping children learn through play, and being part of their educational journey. Mrs Rodgers also loves the contact with our wonderful parents, and being part of such a caring community.
Mrs Daniela Folini is a caring, dedicated member of the PVS Education Support and Extension team who holds both a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Education Support. Mrs Folini is highly motivated to assist students to reach their true potential and to cultivate a love of learning.
Mrs Folini was inspired to pursue a career in education after her son’s love of learning was ignited during his primary years at Pioneer Village School. She has over 10 years of experience in the role and has previously taught at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and at the Swiss Opera House where she was leading all aspects of millinery. Mrs Folini has a myriad of interests and especially loves imparting her knowledge of nature, languages, and cultural diversity onto our students.
Mrs Debbie Campey-Payne is our dedicated Library Officer who thoroughly enjoys seeing the students each week and assisting them during library lessons. 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 but it has also inspired her to expand her knowledge and study her Certificate III in Education Support. Mrs Payne is looking forward to a future assisting in classrooms.
Mrs Andrea Candy is our Business Manager at Pioneer Village School. She ensures the efficiency of the business operations as well as being responsible for the day to day management of our financial transactions and procedures.
Mrs Lisa Shaw seamlessly manages all school communication. With over 20 years’ experience she brings her expertise into school and has implemented many processes into the office. Mrs Shaw works closely with teachers, parents and students to ensure quality service.
Mrs Helen Underwood is our Finance/HR Manager at Pioneer Village School. She manages the financial health of the school and works closely with the principal to set strategic goals for the future. She is responsible all administrative processes and efficiently looks after day to day HR management.
Michelle Godfrey has been with Pioneer Village School for many years. She provides a high quality cleaning service and diligently ensures that our environment is maintained to a high standard.
Mrs Sandra Miller is our groundsperson and has an important role in keeping the school facilities well maintained.
Mr Simon Candy is our groundsperson and gardener. He makes sure our school environment is well maintained, attractive and in keeping with our beautiful bush location.