Our Executive Team

The Executive Team meets weekly to provide a regular and frequent forum addressing management matters as they emerge. It comprises; the Education Director, Business Operations Manager, Chair of College, and the Portfolio Holders of Early Childhood, Primary and High School.

An extension of the Executive Team is the Leadership Team, which includes members of the Executive, as well as the Portfolio Holders of Learning Support and Music. This group meets twice per term to consider education and leadership and whole school matters.

Lisa O’Donnell – Education Director

This role is to guide, educate and care for students; to give the community a place where its children can belong; to sustain the School; to ensure that all the team of the School strives for the students; to engender a belief in something bigger than the individuals within the School; to lead the School team and hold an umbrella over the whole school as a healthy, dynamic organisation. The purpose of the role is to facilitate the flourishing of others and to make adjustments so others can be their best. In this sense, the role is to be a conduit between the moving parts of the School that need constant attention to move in the right direction.

 

Tim Fry – Business Operations Manager

As the Business Operations Manager, I work with the Administration and Maintenance Team to support the Education area. Our team oversees the functions of administration, enrolments, camp logistics, marketing, finances, facilities, human resources, risk management and governance. I also hold the role of Company Secretary, supporting the Board in their duties.

 

Cath Van Schie – Chair of College

After beginning my journey at Chrysalis almost four years ago as a casual teacher with nearly twenty years experience, I took on my first full-time class in 2020 with that year’s Class 1 students. I am excited to see this class develop and grow during their upcoming primary years under my guidance. My interest in Steiner education began when I was studying for my degree, when I felt I needed something more fulfilling. My curiosity was fuelled by a friend who had studied Steiner education at Parsifal College in Sydney and shortly thereafter I enrolled in the Anthroposophical course and explored all of the philosophical underpinnings of Steiner education. It is an honour to now be able to, with my fellow Chrysalis teachers, deepen my connection to Anthroposophy through my new role as Chair of College. With this exciting challenge, I also gain the experience as a Board Director and look forward to assisting Chrysalis strengthen and nourish our next generation.

 

Gail Sprott – Early Childhood Portfolio

My time at Chrysalis has offered many opportunities although I have primarily been the teacher of River Song Kindergarten, I have also been a director on the board and College Chair. I am now the Early Childhood portfolio holder. This position continues to develop with its overall aim to support the growth, development of all aspects of early childhood at Chrysalis.

 

Claudia Alfaro – Primary Portfolio

I have been at the school for 12 years and began as a teacher in Class 1 and proceeded to Class 8 with my students. I took up my role as Primary Coordinator and Mentor in 2018 and not long after I became an Instructional Leader and Coach on the LNAP team. As Primary Coordinator, my role has involved undertaking a rigorous overview of Literacy and Numeracy approaches and practices at our school in terms of programming our Main Lessons, Practical Sessions, Scope and Sequence, Diagnostic Assessments and resources, and setting a clear framework (and roadmap) for embedding explicit teaching and instructional leadership. As a mentor and instructional leader is am able to support teachers on their journeys through the classes, beginning with Class 1.

 

Jacqui Dutson – Learning Support Coordinator

As Learning Support Coordinator I collaborate with class teachers, LS aides, the learning support team and the leadership team in ensuring equitable access to a relevant curriculum for students with diverse learning needs in classes across the school. I am able to work with some students in a small group setting and very much enjoy the opportunity to modify teaching and learning to meet their particular needs. Working with parents and teachers, I facilitate Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings to build effective home/school partnerships. I am passionate about supporting children with learning differences and have been building my knowledge and skills in bringing multisensory structured language teaching and learning to enable ALL students to achieve success.

 

Kym Pitman – Music Coordinator

This role involves facilitating Music education at Chrysalis as a specialist programme that lives deeply within the pedagogy of the whole school and its links to the wider community. The role involves the coordination of instrumental tutoring, an extensive ensemble program and creative performance projects. The role also involves working with management, music staff, class teachers and parents to ensure the program runs smoothly and is well integrated into the broader education of the whole school experience.