Natalie Ventra

I am a lover of all animals, music and especially food. I love to cook and I am creative as well, as I am always working on a project for myself or someone else. I have worked at three other schools before MSJ in different parts of Victoria, teaching Science, Maths and RE. I have worked with Cirque Du Soilel in the past on three of their tours (Ovo, Kooza, and Totem). I’ve been a TV show extra for Angry Boys and worked at the movies. I’m really looking forward to a great year at MSJ and meeting lots of new faces and exciting experiences!

Patricia Sleiman

I am a graduate teacher, so working at MSJ is my first teaching position. I graduated from ACU at the end of 2019, with a major in Mathematics, and a minor in Psychology. This year at MSJ, I will be teaching Year 7 Mathematics, Year 10 and 11 General, and Year 12 VCAL Numeracy. Although I have only studied in areas of Science and Maths, I do also have a deep love for music. Usually in my spare time, you can find me reading or probably watching something comic book or Star Wars related. I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of the MSJ community, as everyone has been so wonderful, and I have really been enjoying getting to know everyone. I am also really looking forward to actually teaching maths, as I love maths, and I find it very rewarding helping students gain a better view and understanding of it.

Kate Gready

I have joined the MSJ family as a Year 12 Biology teacher, a STEM teacher for Years 9 and 10, and a Year 10 Science teacher. I am also one of the Learning Development Leaders. In this role, I work within a team to develop the teaching and learning practices at the College. Outside of the classroom, you will find me at a variety of school events. I am looking forward to getting to know the staff, students and families at MSJ over the coming year.

Ethan Wright

My name is Ethan Wright and I am Mount St. Joseph Girls' College's Sport and Co-Curricular Leader for 2021. I understand that I have big shoes to fill in this role and will do my best to lead, educate and hopefully inspire every day that I step into the school grounds as Sue Sofarnos did so lovingly and brilliantly before me.

Outside of school, I am a husband to the world's greatest wife and father to the happiest little lady who arrived in the early months of 2020, both of whom make me walk with a little perk in my step each day. Alongside my work at MSJ, I am also completing the final year of my bachelor of education majoring in humanities. I love to educate and I love the outdoors so it’s safe to say that I also love my job! My interests involve surfing, hiking, running and daddy/daughter time. I also have a keen interest in finance and economics which is a little less known fact.

I hope to encourage the students of MSJ to follow all passions, big or small, be adaptive and think BIG. I cannot thank the staff and students enough for such a warm welcome over the past four weeks. I am incredibly excited to see what the 2021 school year brings!

Andrew Douglas

I am excited to be joining Mount St. Joseph Girls' College as a teacher of English and Humanities and Year 7 Learning Mentor. After a varied career teaching at Sacred Heart Secondary College in Kyneton, as well as in international schools in Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, I'm looking forward to getting to know the kids here at MSJ. As a teacher who has worked in both secondary and primary schools, I'm especially excited to be with the Year 7 students this year as they make the transition to secondary school. The current Year 7 cohort has already impressed me with their resilience and independence, as they discover their new subjects, new routines and new sense of independence as MSJ students. I look forward to supporting them through the year, and settling into MSJ together.

Robert Herrera

My name is Robert Herrera. This year is my first year at MSJ and already the first few weeks of 2021 have been amazing.

I am a teacher of Biology and Science, Italian and Religious Education. I am also a member of the Faith & Identity team with a focus on Liturgies. I look forward to accompanying all students not just in their education but in their faith journeys. Even for our time on remote learning, working with motivated and engaged students is such a pleasure and makes my job all the more enjoyable. I would like to thank everyone, especially the students in my Year 7 pastoral for making me feel welcome.

Rory Godbold

I am very happy to be joining the MSJ community this year as the House Leader of McCormack. I have come from Presentation College as their Director of Wellbeing and Performing Arts Learning Leader. I am excited to build House spirit within the McCormack House and build a culture of positivity, participation and presence. As well as joining the McCormack House, I will be a senior teacher of English and Media. My passion is teaching collaboration and creativity across writing, performance and text making. I have a background in the performing arts as a theatre maker, performer and writer and continue to work on projects in my spare time.

Ian Starkey

I teach Secondary Mathematics. This is my first year at MSJ and my third year in Australia. I’m from a small town called Bolivar. Bolivar is in Missouri (USA) and has a strong Christian community along with many beautiful rivers and lakes. While attending university, I decided that I wanted to live in another country and after several weeks of research, I chose Australia. Although recent events have put a damper on my adventures within Australia, I must say I do love being here.

While in high school, I was blessed with amazing teachers and influences that had a significant impact on my life. There was one teacher in particular that inspired me to push myself both as a student and a person going through life. This teacher just so happened to be a Mathematics teacher, which led to my decision to become a Secondary Mathematics teacher myself. My goal as a teacher and as a person within the community is to have the same positive impact on others that I experienced in high school.