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”.

Jason Kupke

Head of Campus

Over the past sixteen years Jason 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 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  owerful 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

Educator

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.

Andrew Leigh

Educator

Andrew is our English teacher, he graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa with a degree in English Literature and History. For the past decade he has taught across many subject areas including Humanities, Philosophy, and German. His goal at Kairos is to help students gain the confidence to ask questions and continue along the path of lifelong learning.

When he isn’t teaching, Andrew enjoys listening to podcasts, playing video games, and searching for the café with the best waffles.

Michael MacDonald

Educator

Hailing from Canada, Michael came to Australia on a gap year seven years ago and hasn’t left! With a history of youth work, disability support and coaching, Michael has always enjoyed working with young people in some capacity and teaching became the natural next step in his life.

Michael has a huge passion for life and is always up for an adventure and following his stoke, he loves to share this passion with young people and support them to get out and have a crack at whatever lights their fire. When he’s not teaching, you’ll find him out in the surf catching tubes or getting amongst nature, loves a good sunset. The Kairos’ ethos has drawn Michael to Kairos, and he rallies behind the tribal mentality and belief that even small groups of people have the capacity to change the world. Make sure you ask Mike about his current World Title, too!

Grant Russ

Educator

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

Educator

Krystle is our Numeracy, Essential Mathematics, and Health and Physical Education Teacher. She originates from Perth, Western Australia where she completed her Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree with a minor in Mathematics. Upon graduating in 2014, Krystle took on a general teaching role at a Catholic Indigenous Care school in Perth. She is a keen sportswoman who loves AFL, soccer, and netball.

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 the opportunity to high education. Krystle enjoys being a part of a young person’s journey and growth, and admires the safe and supportive environment Kairos Community College creates for staff and students.

Emma Burridge

Senior Youth Worker

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

On Emma’s return to Australia, she continued with youth work and joined Life Without Barriers Out of Home Care team in their residential  houses. With each job opportunity, as with the move overseas, Emma sees it as a chance to gain new skills and extend professionally and  personally. In 2006, she 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 leadership skills as Senior Youth Worker.

Emma loves 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 in 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 Degree in Behavioural Science with minor study areas in Counselling, Indigenous Knowledge, and 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.

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.

Emily Keates

Teacher Aide

Emily has recently started her career in education and is working towards completing her Bachelor of Educational Studies at Australian Catholic University (ACU). She has formally worked for the Queensland Government in various roles and volunteers for a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program which sparked her initial interest in applying to be a Teacher Aide.

She is a friendly and caring person who is extremely passionate about the wellbeing of the students at Kairos Community College. In Emily’s spare time she enjoys yoga, meditation, going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends!

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.

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 individualised 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 variety of settings, including Sydney public schools and allied institutions like Kairos. He appreciates being in charge of young students’ education and is positive about the example he provides for them. He believes in not just delivering teaching to children, but also teaching them how to care for themselves both inside and outside of the classroom.

Joe is pursuing a dual degree in Secondary Education and Exercise Science and aspires to be the greatest teacher he can be. He enjoys sharing his passions and having fun on a regular basis. He believes that “our tribe is the future of education.”

Tammy Sellars

Administration

Tammy has been the Administration Officer at Kairos since the beginning of 2018. She loves to get to know all the young people at Kairos and enjoys seeing their journey and friendships, connections and the growth all students make with their time at Kairos.

She has worked in community and human services and the non -for-profit sector for 12 years now in a myriad of areas including in youth work, employment consulting, education support worker, teacher’s aide and project officer. Her passion is helping the marginalised and less fortunate people in our society as well as supporting the staff that make this happen.

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 teenagechildren 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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