Our Teaching Team

Teaching Staff


Mrs Catherine McCann

Catherine has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Diploma of Teaching (Primary). Catherine has worked in numerous Early Childhood settings including preschools, early intervention and special needs schools. She believes that even as adults we can learn something new everyday and that the youngest child can provide us all with an opportunity to learn something new. Working in the Transition room at St John’s is a real joy. The highlight of her day is seeing little people building positive relationships, learning new skills and questioning the world around them. Who wouldn’t want to do what she does?


Mrs Heidi Dent

After completing her Bachelor of Education (Primary) at the University of New England, Heidi headed over to London where she taught for twelve months at St Anthony’s Preparatory School for boys. On returning home to her family in Armidale, she took up a position at a local primary school where Heidi stayed for five years, teaching across all stages and subjects areas. It was after this time that she started at St John’s where Heidi has continued to strengthen her love of teaching. She finds that everyday is different, with unexpected outcomes and sharing in her student’s achievements, whether small or substantial, makes her job so gratifying.



Mrs Liane Nixon

Liane studied her teaching qualification at the University of New England, graduating with a Bachelor of Education with Honours. During her degree, she travelled to China to teach English to Primary-aged students and for the past 15 years, she has had the privilege of working at our wonderful St John’s Junior School. She feels very honoured to teach the children of our future and hopes that she can inspire them to become everything they can possibly be.


Mrs Victoria Packer

Victoria joined the St John’s teaching team in 2015. She has a Bachelor of General Studies and a Bachelor of Teaching degree. Victoria has nine years teaching experience across Australia and abroad and has recently undertaken THRASS training to complement her literacy teaching. She has a passion for teaching early years mathematics and literacy and is passionate about creating engaging lessons which encourage a love of learning – the foundation for a fantastic education.

Mrs Anne Ward

Anne graduated from Armidale Teacher’s College and began her teaching career in Sydney. She taught in Sydney for several years and then returned to Armidale where she taught as both a full time and casual teacher from Kindergarten to Year 12; teaching at a diverse range of schools including Indigenous support and early childhood centres. She loves teaching as much today as when she first graduated. She believes that each day brings new joys, challenges and opportunities to grow and learn with our wonderful students at St John’s Junior School.


Our Specialists and Support Staff

Dr Heather Fisher – Teacher Librarian

Dr Fisher has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Economics, Diploma in Education, Masters of Applied Science (Teacher Librarianship), AFALIA and Doctor of Education. She has been a secondary teacher of geography and economics, Teacher Librarian in primary and secondary schools, a Juvenile Justice Centre and also the public library system, and now Teacher Librarian at St John’s and NEGS. She believes that teaching is a perfect place for making a change in the world because learning offers empowerment for each student.




Mrs Sidonie O’Neill – French

Sidonie holds a Bachelor of Media and Graduate Diploma of Education. In the last 9 years, she has taught French from Kindergarten to Year 12, gaining valuable experience at Newington College, St Catherine’s School and SCEGGS Darlinghurst in Sydney. As a native French speaker, she has a passion for her language and culture, and wishes to instill this enthusiasm into her students.



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