Across Kairos Community College’s two campuses, we have an enthusiastic team of educators to cater for the diverse needs of our students. These educators support young people both academically and with their wellbeing, and have a genuine passion for supporting youth on their journey through Years 10, 11 and 12.

Tony Andrews

Principal

Tony has taught in a variety of settings from mainstream to China to SAS schools like Kairos. He is very passionate about what we do at Kairos and believes that every student deserves an education, when they are ready. He values not just giving students an academic education, but teaching them to be contributing valued members of the community.

He is also a keen sportsman in any sport but actively enjoys AFL and cricket. He shares his passions on a daily basis and loves to have fun. He believes “our tribe is the future”.

Luke O’Sullivan

Head of Campus

Luke has spent his first 14 years of his teaching career in Education Queensland schools between the Sunshine Coast and Weipa, on Cape York. His roles have been split between sports coordinator, year level coordinator, community leader and pedagogy coach prior to arriving as Head of Campus at Kairos. He has always enjoyed working with students who are faced with significant challenges and coaching colleagues how to best support the learning of these students.

Luke is a highly active father of three and actively engages in triathlons and various other medium distance events. He is very energetic in his field, helping to motivate teachers to continue to improve.

David Dyer

Lead Teacher

New to Kairos in 2022, Dave has been in youth work and education for twenty years, both in Australia and internationally. Dave lives to see young people flourishing and nothing makes him happier than helping his students to find and follow their passions.

Outside school, you will find Dave deep in conversation with friends at a local coffee house, enjoying great music, surfing, travelling, or seeking adventure.

Josh Denniss

Educator

Josh is an avid traveller who has spent two years in Canada and England respectively. Whilst overseas, he was presented the opportunity to teach which was a fabulous experience.  The collaborative approach and tight community at Kairos are two educational concepts which fit his values perfectly.

Josh loves sport and spends most of his time playing or going to games. With this, he naturally loves the outdoors, and finds having the opportunity to take students outside and around our community for valuable learning experiences really invigorating.

Owen Lee

Educator

Owen is our Ethics, Art, Arts-in-Practice and Certificate II in Active Volunteering teacher. Owen has been an Educator at Kairos since the schools opening in 2015 and he is the only teacher to have had the privilege of working at both the Deception Bay and Caloundra campuses.

Previous to working with Kairos, Owen resided in Melbourne where he spent his time successfully gaining awareness of dramatic arts as an actor, theatre director, lighting designer and sound designer. During this time Owen was employed by the Darebin Council Youth Theatre Company Platform; who were committed to diversity with participants including marginalised young people, recent migrants, young people with disabilities and disenfranchised youth. Owen believes theatre games are an inordinately powerful tool for students to build self-expression and determination skills, facilitating students around a shared goal and shared ideas which allow young people collective ownership of their creations.

Jake Mangano

Educator

Jake is one of our newest Kairos educators, completing his Bachelor of Education (Secondary) in 2022 specialising in Science and English. Jake values the Kairos ethos and aligns them with his own teaching practices. He is delighted to have begun his teaching career here at Kairos and is always ready to show his passion for teaching.

Jake is a lover of all things pop-culture, and you will frequently hear him making references to movies, TV shows, comic books and video games. Additionally, he loves to laugh and have fun no matter what he is teaching or doing.

Amanda Pickard

Youth Worker 

Amanda started her journey studying a Bachelor of Arts, specialising in Criminology (Psychology and Sociology) and Sports Studies. After working in police investigations and then moving into a more proactive, community-oriented approach with minority groups, she developed a genuine passion for crime prevention and youth work.

After 6 years navigating the policing services, Amanda initiated her next pathway into youth work in 2012, as well as further studies in counselling, psychology, hypnotherapy and alternative therapies. During this time, Amanda developed her youth work experience in a residential care setting, another independent school for males with challenging behaviours, and an all-girls school boarding house. Amanda is currently undertaking further studies in Counselling and Youth Work and is passionate about the overall wellbeing, safety and happiness of all young people locally, nationally and globally.

Quinn Witika

Youth Worker

Quinn originally studied in the field of Sport and Recreation Management, undertaking leadership roles in Sports Development which he used to primarily encourage sport as a vehicle for overall wellbeing. While working in this career, Quinn developed a passion for guiding the growth and development of young people and eventually redirected his professional life toward Youth Work.

Quinn has since worked in a variety of Community Service roles over a period of eight years, shaping a belief that young people require acceptance from, and attachment to their society to see value in contributing to it. He believes in a relational approach to Youth Work that empowers young people to take ownership for the direction of their own lives. Since joining the team in 2021, Quinn is inspired by Kairos’ holistic approach and the opportunity to incorporate wellbeing and personal growth as an integral part of the educational journey.

Kristy Anderson

Teacher Aide

Kristy has worked in various Primary and Secondary education settings from Mainstream and Special Education Units for 9 years and is now loving working in a SAS school with a tribal philosophy here at Kairos.

Kristy is extremely passionate about helping young people reach their full potential in and out of the classroom. She believes that Kairos is the place to deliver inclusive yet diverse education while meeting young people’s differentiation needs so that they too can succeed and become valued members of their community. Outside of mentoring young people on essential life skills such as cooking and budgeting. Kristy also enjoys cooking, being active, and coaching a young netball team, hiking and enjoying time with family and friends. Great coffee and amazing food are hobbies also.

Cartia Moore

Teacher Aide

Cartia has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Screen and Media Studies and minoring in Drama and Creative Writing, a First Class Honours in Screen and Media Studies, and now her Masters of Teaching (Secondary) in English and Film Studies. With 7 years of study behind her, she is eager to be stepping into the field of Education and getting started on helping young people learn and grow, and strive to become the best person they can be.

A lover of sunflowers, chocolate, and superhero films, Cartia has owned her own film business, written for magazines, and has done scriptwriting for media companies across the Sunshine Coast. Cartia is also a self-taught archer, and swordfighter, and has spent the last 10 years learning and teaching sport and artistic Fencing.

David Ridden

Teacher Aide

Dave began his career in education at Special Schools and has had extensive training in disability support and learning, and has also has studied mindfulness and meditation. He carries strong beliefs in social justice, fairness for all, living ethically and being morally sincere.

Dave’s passions lie in building meaningful positive relationships with students, guiding them to find confidence within when facing challenges and to help them to be the best versions of themselves. He is a proud member of the Kairos Community College family and believes in the tribal culture at Kairos.

Matt Slee

Teacher Aide

Matt has a background in sports and loves anything outdoors, and was very fortunate to receive a sporting scholarship at Southern Cross University alongside competing and training across Europe and Asia.

Alongside his sporting career, Matt started studying Exercise Science, which he changed to Primary Education after a fantastic experience working at a small school near Byron Bay. Matt is right where he wants to be at Kairos Community College, he values the Kairos way and is looking forward to continuing to connect with our young people and play a role in shaping their future.

Katy Roach

Administration Officer 

With over eight years of experience in education administration in independent schools and higher education, Katy is enjoying the professional challenge of working in a much smaller school environment at Kairos, and the variety that comes with being the sole Administration Officer of a vibrant and growing campus.

Although not in a classroom role, Katy is passionate about all Kairos staff contributing to our young people’s time at school and beyond, and loves the opportunity to step away from her desk, cultivate authentic relationships, and connect with Kairos students and families. She is dedicated to exploring conversations and pathways to a greater good, and amplifying voices of marginalised First Nations and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Darren Freeman

Diverse Learning and Pathways Co-ordinator

Working across both campuses, Darren is responsible for VET Co-ordination, and Diverse Learning support (EAP production and NCCD). He has a Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours, Diploma of Ministries and Theology and experience managing a business and law firm. Since relocating from Victoria in 2015,  Darren taught in Catholic Education, the past four years in a Flex program, before joining Kairos in 2021.

Darren’s passion is developing young people holistically, helping them to be the best that they can be. He believes a flexible and supportive learning environment is crucial. His goal is to assist young people successfully graduate with their senior education QCE while gaining external qualifications; this could be Certificate qualifications, School-based Apprenticeships/ Traineeships, TAFE or Trade Training. When not at Kairos, Darren enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two teenage children and being outdoors and active.

Danielle Twomey

Business Manager

Originally from a corporate background, Danielle has over 15 years’ experience in the education sector across both Catholic and independent schools in roles encompassing business services, facilities management, finance, governance, compliance and human resources. As Business Manager, she enjoys contributing to building the operational and strategic capability of Kairos.

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