Across Kairos Community College’s two campuses, we have an enthusiastic team of educators to cater for the diverse needs of the students. Staff support students both academically and with their wellbeing. All staff have a real passion for the youth of today and support them with their journey.

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 over there, Josh was presented the opportunity to teach which was a fabulous experience.  Josh is very new to Kairos but is really enjoying the new journey he is currently on. The collaborative approach and tight community are a new, but really valued concept that fits his values strongly.

Josh loves sport and spends most of his time playing or going to games. With this, Josh naturally loves the outdoors, which is something he truly values at Kairos. Having the opportunity to take students outside and around the Community for valuable learning experiences is very 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 resigned 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 recruits to Kairos, 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 eager to begin his teaching career here at Kairos and 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.

Belinda Murray

Educator

Belinda is our Literacy, Business and Social and Community Studies teacher. Completing her Bachelor of Secondary Physical Education and Health degree from the University of Newcastle in 2011 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Ethics and Education at the Australian Catholic University in 2018, she has spent the last ten years teaching at various schools around the country. For the past six years, she has been in a full-time secondary teaching position on the Sunshine Coast, teaching a variety of subject areas including: Senior Health Education and Physical Education, Mathematics and Religion. Teaching at Kairos truly aligns with her core values, that education should teach young people holistically – not only on an academic level but on an emotional, spiritual and physical level.

Prior to her current position, she also spent 7 years in the personal training industry, instilling in children and adults alike the importance of lifelong learning and the significance of health and well-being. Her love of sport and health emanates in her everyday life. Her passion for sport and physical fitness is entrenched in her life and her favourite time of the
day at Kairos is participating in the morning activity with the young people here at Kairos.

Amanda Pickard

Youth Worker 

Amanda started off 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 proactove, 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, at another independent school for males with challenging behaviours, and at 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.

Katie Briscoe

Teacher Aide

Katie has worked all over the globe since graduating from DePaul University with an education degree in 2014, teaching in many different fields from primary to secondary and everything in between. Katie started her teaching career in Chicago, then moved to teaching English as a second language in Vava’u, Tonga and worked as a disability support worker when she first arrived on the Sunshine Coast, and is delighted to start working in education here in Australia. Although new to Kairos, Katie is looking forward to working in a collaborative, tribe environment as she values holistic education and community building both in and out of the classroom.

Outside of school hours you can find Katie playing sports or baking, as she is an avid rugby union player after starting the sport in Chicago during university and has now become addicted to surf boat rowing for Maroochydore. She loves the beach, outdoors, playing cards and watching any sporting game, especially when there are baked goodies after.

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.

Matt Slee

Teacher Aide

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

Alongside his sporting career he started studying Exercise science, to which he then changed to primary education after 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 the 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 believes that challenges make life interesting, but overcoming those challenges makes life meaningful.

Darren Freeman

Diverse Learning and Pathways Co-ordinator

Working across both campuses, Darren is responsible to VET Co-ordination, 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 multi-milliondollar business and law firm. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife and 2 teenage children and being outdoors and active. Since relocating from Victoria in 2015,  Darren taught in Catholic Education, the past 4 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.

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 is excited to be able to contribute to building the operational and strategic capability of Kairos.

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