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’.

Darren Freeman

Diverse Learning and Pathways Co-ordinator

Darren is the Diverse Learning and Pathways Coordinator. Working across both campuses, he is responsible to VET Coordination, disability learning support (EAP production and NCCD), Curriculum coordination, QCE tracking and teaching Transitions. He has a Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours, Diploma of Ministries and Theology and experience managing a multi-million-dollar business and Law firm. Since relocating from Victoria in 2015, Darren has been teaching in Catholic Education, the past 4 years, teaching in a Flex program.

Darren’s passion is to provide a flexible and supportive environment and providing support 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. Darren is passionate about developing young people holistically, helping them to be the best that they can be.  

Jason Kupke

Head of Campus

Over the past sixteen years, he has taught in a variety of settings but has spent a significant portion of his time in the SAS school area, honing skills and developing strategies to provide a quality education for all students. The last five years have been spent in a variety of management positions guiding the growth of students and staff alike.

He is extremely passionate about providing quality opportunities for learning and growth, in all areas, for students. After spending the last twenty years in Hervey Bay he has made the move to Kairos and couldn’t be happier with his decision.

Kelly Chambers

Lead Teacher

Kelly is our Lead Teacher whose role is to provide leadership, guidance and support to the teaching team as well as oversee the curriculum. She gained her teaching qualifications in Wales, where she taught English and English Literature in a Welsh language secondary school for 6 years. She moved to Australia with her family in 2012 and has recently gained her Australian citizenship. Kelly has worked at another flexi school in Goodna before joining the team at Kairos.

Kelly is a qualified Ju-Jitsu instructor and coaches regularly. She also trains in Judo and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. She is passionate about helping young people fulfil their potential and encourages them to engage with the opportunities presented to them. Kelly believes that physical activity is a powerful way for students to build their confidence and their self-belief and is always keen to walk alongside them to help them achieve their goals.

Amy Armstrong

Teacher

Amy hails from a country town in New South Wales and has been working with young people for around 7 years. After graduating high school, Amy worked as a Teacher Aide in her gap year which began her passion for young people and education. In 2019, Amy completed her Bachelor of Education/Arts, majoring in the humanities field. Amy is a proud Deception Bay resident and thoroughly enjoys teaching Social and Community Studies, Year 11 Essential English and Year 10 Literacy at Kairos. In her spare time, Amy loves to do CrossFit, walk her dogs and bake goodies. 

Chris Jensen

Educator

Chris has joined the Kairos team teaching English and Maths. He started his career working as a music tutor and freelance musician whilst studying Music Performance on the French Horn in Melbourne. After a one year stint in London, he found himself studying Secondary Education here in beautiful Queensland, graduating in 2012 and falling in love with the job. Since graduating, he has taught in mainstream schools as a classroom music teacher, instrumental music teacher and band conductor. He has also travelled across Asia, the USA and Europe with his better half after getting hitched, teaching Maths and English as a Second Language in London.

Chris believes everyone has the right to a great education, one that is all about emotional wellbeing as much as academic facts.

Grant Russ

Teacher

Grant is our Business and Science teacher, as well as co-teaches Ethics and Sport and Recreation. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise – Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from James Cook University in Townsville. Whilst completing his degree he worked with Queensland Cricket, teaching and growing participation levels in the sport in primary schools, high schools and at club level in the North Queensland region. Grant is a current member of the Men’s Philippine National Cricket Team and is hoping to continue exploring the world in the future.

He is passionate about inspiring positive health and well-being lifestyle choices and is in the process of implementing sport and exercise programs at Kairos. Grant strongly believes in ensuring that our young people have a safe environment where their own wellbeing is catered for to provide them with the best opportunity to succeed.

Krystle Spanos

Teacher

Krystle is our Science in practice, Transitions, Ethics and Recreation teacher. Krystle originates from Perth, Western Australia where she completed her Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. Upon graduating in 2014, she took on a general teaching role at a Catholic Indigenous Care school in Perth. Krystle is passionate about helping young people succeed and this is why she has chosen to work at Kairos Community College. She values education and believes that every student deserves to achieve a high education.

Krystle is a keen sportswoman who loves AFL, soccer and netball. When arriving in Brisbane, she was drafted into the QAFLW. She admires the support and relationships made at Kairos Community College.  

Emma Burridge

Senior Youth Worker

I started my Youth Work career in Deception Bay on a University Student placement with Deception Bay Community Youth Programs way back in 2006 where I was then able to secure a full-time position. Looking for a change, I took an opportunity to develop, grow and push myself out of my comfort zone with a leap of faith to jump over to Ireland and live for 2 years. There, I worked as an Au Pair and took advantage of travelling whenever I could, landing me in over 25 countries. 

On my return to Australia, I continued with my youth work profession and joined Life Without Barriers Out of Home Care team in their residential houses. With each job opportunity, as with the move overseas, I see it as a chance to gain new skills and extend myself professionally and personally. This is why, in 2006, I was excited to take on the role of Youth Worker at Kairos and return to Deception Bay where it all started. 2020 saw a new opportunity to join the management team and develop my leadership skills as Senior Youth Worker. 

I love to play soccer, run, relax with a good book and lay in the sun to re-energize. 

Zoey Brooke Jensen

Youth Worker

Zoey-Brooke began her journey working with young people in her community, the Moreton Bay Region, through volunteering at her high school as a peer mentor to assist year 10, 11 and 12 students to engage an earn or learn pathway. This ignited her passion for working with young people and being a part of providing a holistic approach that incorporates wellbeing as an integral component to education. Kairos has been the natural next step in that journey.

Zoey-Brooke has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioural Science with minor study areas in Counselling, Indigenous Knowledge’s & Alcohol & Other Drugs. She possesses a strong commitment to social justice and building strong communities through assisting young people to step into their strengths and embrace opportunities. Because of this, she is now working towards a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Mental Health. 

Zoey-Brooke loves having a laugh and sharing a yarn and feels these are an integral part of every one of her days.

Emma Bromage

Teacher Aide

Emma began her career in education in 2018, working in both primary and secondary schools in special education and education support. Her mission at Kairos is to create a fair and inclusive learning environment where all students can succeed. She is a firm believer in the virtues of integrity, respect, and dedication.

Emma is also a professional children’s and family photographer who volunteers her time to local fundraisers while she is not working at Kairos.

JJ Le Vesconte

Teacher Aide

JJ joined the Kairos tribe as a Teacher Aide in November 2019 to pursue her passion for education and working with young people. She also works as a senior tutor in English/Math/Science for a local business and hopes to commence a Master of Teaching, specialising in psychology and English in 2021.

Her philosophy is that everyone, no matter their background or ability, is deserving of a good education, and she continually strives to create a supportive and individualized learning environment at Kairos where students can meet their full potential. When she is not working, JJ studies toward her Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science, takes classes in English Literature, and enjoys creative writing. 

Joseph Small

Teacher’s Aide

Joseph has taught in a number of contexts, including Sydney public schools and other related schools such as Kairos. He values being responsible for the education of young students and is very optimistic about the example he sets for them. In a rugby league context, he values not only providing students with academic education but also teaching them how to look after themselves on and off the field (inside and outside of the classroom).

Joseph is also a Redcliffe Dolphins Rugby League player on a contract. On a regular basis, he shares his interests and enjoys having fun. “Our tribe is the future of education,” he believes.

Tammy Sellars

Administration

Tammy has been the Administration Officer at Kairos since the beginning of 2018. She has worked in community and human services for 8 years now in a myriad of areas including youth work, employment consulting, education support worker, teacher’s aide and project officer. Her last stint as a project officer saw her assist an Executive Manager to create a new Special Assistance School in Gladstone, a high area of need.

Her passion is helping the marginalised and less fortunate people in our society as well as supporting the staff that make this happen.  Her belief centres on the idea that education is not just about facts and figures but of values and showing each student where their strengths are.

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