Our People

Janelle Hayes
Acting Principal

I’m Janelle, I am always interested in the many ways of ‘being smart’ and, the connection between a child’s ‘school world and the ‘outside world’.

Issy Ermacora

I’m Issy and I am teaching Year 1/2 in 2024. I love working at a school where we can create a space for students to flourish in their own uniqueness and challenge themselves to grow. Before studying teaching, I studied science, and I love to incorporate my love for the natural world into my teaching. Out of school I’ll most likely be in the ocean, in a forest or crafting. I’m inspired to help create a world where people feel confident, empowered, and curious, and I bring this passion into the classroom every day.

Mary Jorgensen
I’m Mary and I love to interact with students through Japanese, learning both the language and the unique culture of Japan. I teach Japanese to the whole school from Prep through to high school. I also teach Year 7 and 8 Mathematics and am interested in creating a thinking classroom where we use our Maths skills in creative ways to solve problems. I have been teaching for over 15 years in Townsville and I am excited to be teaching here at Enkindle in 2024.
Serrena Walters

Hi, I’m Serrena Walters and I help students work towards their potential with passion and enthusiasm. I work with the Yr 7/8 students in English and HASS. I also help Grade 1/2 and Grade 5/6 students understand the role Health and Physical Education play in their everyday lives. I have worked in Primary and Secondary education for many years, in both Victoria and Townsville. I have three teenage boys, who are growing up far too quickly. I also enjoy singing, playing the guitar, cooking, drawing, painting, swimming or sitting by the beach.

Max Riley
Teacher Aide

Hi all, I am a young teacher aide entering my 3rd year of working within this wonderful school. Originally from England, I have a passion for football (soccer), and all else sports related! I enjoy being an active learner alongside our students and love to engage with our school community on a highly energetic level. I believe I am a positive motivator for students and love to encourage them to think in fun and creative ways.

You’ll often find me beating everyone on the handball court!

Bec Sullivan
Teacher Aide

I’m Bec and I’ve been a teacher aide for 10 years. I love learning and growing with the kids.

Rachel Thompson
Business Manager

I’m Rachel, privileged to fulfil the roles of both a devoted mother to my beautiful daughter and the Business Manager at our school. I look forward to supporting the needs of the team and the community with my finance and business operations knowledge. In my spare time I am continuously seeking ways to improve my physical and mental health

Michelle Tilley

I have worked in Early Childhood and Primary Education for 16 years. Other than my Bachelor of Education, I hold qualifications in Forest School, Behaviour Education, Training and Assessment, and I am also a certified children’s yoga instructor. I have 2 young boys (Harvey and Callum) and enjoy being outside in the garden, camping, fishing and reading. I am a strong advocate for children having a choice and voice within their learning as well as the importance of teaching social and emotional skills. 

Stephanie Hay
Hi, I’m Steph, and I’ve had the privilege of being part of the Enkindle Village School community since 2022. Throughout this time, I’ve taken immense joy in nurturing inquisitive minds and inspiring young achievers, fostering a sense of belonging that transforms our school into a warm and familial community for both children and those in our broader community. Filled with a love for the outdoors and a profound belief in holistic education, I am dedicated to crafting an environment where not only are children’s voices valued but also genuinely listened to.
Roderick Budd
Hi there, my name is Roderick, and I am a High School teacher here at Enkindle School. I started at Enkindle in 2023, where I took on the teaching role for the Science and Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) subjects. From my first day at Enkindle I felt welcomed and included, by both the students and the staff. The sense of community that Enkindle offers is one of the many reasons that I enjoy being a teacher here. My goal as a science teacher is to develop our student’s sense of curiosity and joy while engaging with a practical and progressive learning process. The environment that Enkindle provides students to learn in is driven by liberty, and I aim to uphold this value within my classes, helping to set Enkindle apart from other schools.
Jess Hay
Forest School Teacher

Hi, I’m Jess. This is my fourth year at Enkindle. I adore spending my days in Wadda Mooli Creek facilitating Forest School sessions for our students. It’s an honour to witness our students build their resilience and develop socially, physically and intellectually in such a holistic way. At Forest School I strive to create a safe, non-judgemental and nurturing environment for students to develop deeper relationships with themselves and one another, allowing for the growth of authentic relationships. I spend most of my life outdoors, hiking, snorkelling, gardening and spending time on Magnetic Island at my tiny home.

Poppy Schembri
Teacher Aide

Hi, I’m Poppy and I’m a Teacher Aide. I’ve been part of the Enkindle Community for 1.5 years. I love spending my mornings in the creek at Forest School with the children. I love enjoying nature and watching the children explore and grow.

Susan Stock

I have been involved with Enkindle since it opened – firstly as a parent of a student and then as a board member. I am a mum to Jason and Travis.
I strongly believe that the current standard schooling system focuses on the wrong things and wanted for my children to be in an education environment that supported and encouraged their individuality, interests and passions and looked at them as a whole and helped me as a parent create solid foundations for them to approach this fast changing world as they grow into adults.

I love the philosophy and values of Enkindle and have chosen to be a board member to help create and shape this amazing village and education alternative for families in Townsville.

Join Our Village

Our school is growing every year and we are looking for more passionate teachers to join our team. If you are interested in joining us on our journey please send through your expression of interest to bdm@enkindleschool.qld.edu.au