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Trinity News : August 2011
9 > BRETT LAMMIMAN Before joining the Trinity community, Brett Lammiman taught in the state system for some 20 years. During that time, he held a number of positions including year advisor, house master, timetable coordinator, relieving head teacher roles and numerous coaching roles primarily in rugby league, touch football, water polo and track and field. He gained a master’s in applied mathematics from Sydney University and worked towards a master’s in education at UNE. Since joining the Trinity Mathematics Department in 2005, he has been involved in the Cadet Unit, Drama, the Duke of Edinburgh Programme, the CAS Swimming, Track and Field and Cross Country teams and has coached rugby, tennis and athletics. He has felt privileged not only to have contributed to the School and to have worked with such a competent staff, but also to have seen his two sons educated at Trinity and make the most of the wonderful opportunities the School has always provided. 10 > MARIA STATHAKIS After graduating from the UNSW with a Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Education degree (Pure Mathematics major) in 1997, Maria Stathakis had worked at several schools in the Inner West before her first full time teaching position at the Scots College. After four years, Maria entered Trinity as a classroom teacher and MIC of the Peer Support programme and within two years was appointed MSHM of Kerrigan House. This role enabled her to foster the development of boys coming from multicultural backgrounds and ensuring each student is treated equally within his peer group and is encouraged to pursue all that Trinity has to offer. In 2006, Maria was granted extended leave to live and work in Athens, Greece. Greece was not only a valuable experience professionally, but an incredible one personally, reacquainting herself with family she had only ever visited in short spurts. Her final post was a school called ‘Costeas- Geitonas’ , a private school that offered the IB. Since returning to Trinity, Maria has taught IB and HSC Mathematics, and in her own words, ‘Is fortunate to work in a department with such professional and caring individuals who are like a second family’. 11 > PETER KARAKIOZIS After having completed a B.Arts degree at Sydney University, with a major in Psychology, Modern Greek and sub-major in Ancient History, Peter Karakiozis decided to undertake a Master of Teaching in Primary education. During his first three years as a Primary school teacher, he was appointed as the whole school numeracy coordinator and developed a passion for teaching Mathematics. As a result of this, he was granted a scholarship to retrain as a Mathematics teacher and completed a Master of Educational studies in Mathematics. Following this, he worked in state schools for four years. During his time in the state system he had been an active participant in extra‐ curricular programmes, ranging from Welfare as year advisor, participation in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Sport, and leadership in school discipline policies. He is an enthusiastic teacher who is dedicated to improving the learning and exit outcomes of his students. 12 > LEANNE PETERSON Leanne Peterson has been in male-dominated environments ever since leaving the all girl St George Girls High School. Initially choosing Geotechnical Engineering as a profession, holding Bachelor of Engineering (Civil - First Class Honours) and Master of Engineering Science degrees from UNSW, she enjoyed a rewarding career in Geotech for 10 years. A second career in teaching had always been in the grand plan for Leanne and she obtained a Master of Teaching degree (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney, completing her final practicum placement at Trinity. From there the opportunity arose to permanently join the Trinity family and she has never looked back. She is passionate about problem solving through mathematics and the hidden mathematics of everyday life. Outside of school, Leanne loves exploring everything to do with food and enjoys the challenge of developing her culinary skills, regularly sharing the results of her efforts with family and friends. 13 > EDWARD HABKOUK Edward Habkouk joined TGS at the beginning of 2011. He has taught at several AIS schools including Knox Grammar and Shore Schools where he held the position of Head of Mathematics at these schools. He is an experienced teacher of NSW Mathematics courses to HSC level and he is an HSC Mathematics Extension 1 marker (since 2000) and IB Mathematics Examiner (particularly SL, paper 1) since 1999. Edward has presented at several workshops to IB, Pastoral Care, Mathematics staff and students (X2 Maths days) for various professional associations including MANSW. He has a particular interest in working with students talented in Mathematics and has presented extension and enrichment workshops to teachers and students at AIS and HICES schools as well as HSC Mathematics workshops. Edward is an experienced coach of football, basketball, cricket and touch football. Edward is working towards his second master’s degree in Educational Administration. 14 > ANDREW YARAD Upon completion of his Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Mathematics, Andrew Yarad was employed at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield for four years. He began his employment at Trinity in 2001 as a Mathematics Teacher. Over the years he has taught all levels of maths up to and including Extension 1. However, his passion is teaching classes that find maths challenging. Rugby and Cricket are his sporting passions. He enjoyed coaching the 1st XI for six years. Currently, he is a keen member of the Pastoral Committee having been a Middle School Housemaster (Weeks), Housemaster (Archer) and now is Second Master of the Senior School. 15 > JANET WONDERS Janet Wonders is from the sunny north coast of NSW where she spent most of her early life running around playing sport in bare feet with her three brothers and various friends. After High School she went to Sydney to become a nurse at the Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards. After graduating, she left for Germany and Europe where she travelled and worked for the next 18 months, then returned home to attend Sydney University where she completed a Bachelor of Human Movement with a Mathematics major. She spent three years teaching in Western Sydney, then moved overseas with her husband and young children where she worked part-time in International Schools in Hong Kong and Jakarta. After returning to Sydney in 2000, a good friend suggested she ‘Come to Trinity; it’s a great place!’ and has been here ever since teaching Mathematics. 16 > ANNA GUILIANI Having emigrated from South Africa almost ten years ago, Anna Giuliani has continued to teach what she believes is the universal language of love, Mathematics. She finds comfort in the knowledge that Mathematics remains the same no matter where in the world she finds herself. She feels fortunate to have studied Mathematics at the Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, because it has helped her gain employment in the most beautiful city in the world - Sydney. After having found employment at a prominent Catholic college, she chose to remain there for a number of years moving up the ranks of middle management becoming the Head of the Mathematics Department. She joined Trinity almost two years ago and continues to be a passionate educator of Mathematics. She says that it is the friendly, caring staff as well as the energetic students that make teaching at Trinity so rewarding; “There is no way that one could become complacent in this dynamic, ever- evolving school as there are always new challenges to meet and overcome.” 17 > VANESSA BAUER For 20 years Vanessa Bauer worked as an Accountant in a variety of businesses until, while on maternity TRINITY NEWS 9 leave, she taught Accounting at TAFE on a casual basis. This inspired a move to recommence studies and retrain as a teacher in Business Studies, Economics and Commerce. That was more than ten years ago and since then Vanessa has been teaching at Trinity Grammar School. Initially this was in the Economics Department where her practical and previous work experience assisted in the education of the HSC students studying Business Studies. In the last three years Vanessa has undertaken further studies to qualify to teach in the Mathematics Department, a subject she has always loved and enjoyed. Being able to link business and financial aspects to the teaching of maths has enabled students to visualise some of the practical applications of Mathematics. 18 > KELL DANIELS Kell Daniels. During the first ten years after leaving school, Kell started work as an apprentice plumber and went on to run his own business. Simultaneously he worked in live band production and the television industry. Over a period of time he also juggled being a youth minister at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Sylvania. This involved teaching high school scripture and it was at this time his love of working with teenagers brought about a life- changing decision. He decided to pursue an education degree. He gained his B Ed and M Ed Admin with a combination of Maths and Creative Arts subjects. He uses this range of rich ‘life experiences’ to inspire students to enjoy their time and to have fun while learning. Kell has been the recipient of the Ruby Riach Award for Innovation in Education, National Excellence in Teaching Award and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. 19 > CAROL GEDDES Carol Geddes has completed a Bachelor of Science degree and a Diploma of Education. Trinity is the third school at which she has taught. Carol has held many roles over her teaching career: Head Teacher, Year Coordinator, Careers’ Advisor, Work Experience Coordinator, TAFE teacher, HSC Senior Marker and School Certificate marker. Carol was heavily involved with the local Maths associations and presented on several occasions at MANSW conferences as well as working on consultative teams on new syllabi and assessment profiling for the Board of Studies. She has been instrumental in facilitating a number of innovative professional development sessions over the years. Carol has been a member of the Mathematics staff now for 13 years and is a Master Teacher, HSC teacher and IB HL teacher. She is currently teaching the Year 12 Extension 2 class, Year 12 HL IB and Year 11 HL IB. Carol’s other roles at Trinity have been relieving House Master, Exam Coordinator, Playground Duty Coordinator. Carol is also assistant to the Head of Mathematics and coordinates the IB in Mathematics at Trinity. She has in recent years offered a Maths/ Science tours to America and Europe which have been hugely successful, with the third tour completely booked out and due to depart this December.