Simon Wood

Simon is our Principal at Crusoe College. He is very focused on building a learning culture where all students are striving to do their best in conjunction with their teachers and the support staff. “We are building a team with the breadth and depth of expertise that enables us to work with all types of students and see them bring out the best in themselves”.

Bree McKern
Assistant Principal

Bree joined Crusoe College at the beginning of 2023. Her main role is to work with the Community Leaders to build inclusive learning communities for all Crusoe students to thrive. Bree is also a passionate teacher of Literacy and Physical Education.

Michael Lennon
Assistant Principal

Michael has joined the college in 2024 as Assistant Principal: Learning and Teaching.  In his role, Michael will lead the learning and teaching efforts across the college.  With a focus on fostering an environment of academic excellence, Michael will work closely with students, teachers, and staff to enhance the education experiences for all.

Matthew Plathe
Ipsen Engagement Leader

Matthew joined the college in 2019, he co-ordinates the college’s classroom and community portfolio, including the extension and enrichment programs. Matthew leads the literacy intervention program at the College and is passionate about providing a supportive learning environment for all students.

Sam Mills
Yates Engagement Leader

Sam has been in the role of Leading Teacher since January 2009. In his role as the Yates Engagement Leader he co-ordinates the college’s student voice and agency programs, whole school assemblies and is a leader in implementing Restorative Practices across the school.

Jason Carter
White Engagement Leader

Jason has been at Crusoe College since 2021 as a Maths/Science teacher, Advisory Coordinator and Assistant Community Leader. As the Engagement Leader responsible for Transitions and Pathways, Jason coordinates our careers counselling and work experience while working with the Headstart team and Geared 4 careers.

Ryan Hon
Dyson Enagagement Leader

Ryan joined the Crusoe College team in 2024 as an Engagement Leader. He co-ordinates the schools advisory program and Hands on Learning program. He has a passion for student wellbeing and engagement and will be working closely with staff to ensure the Berry Street Education Model is embedded into daily practice.

Nadine Harper
Learning Specialist -Literacy

Nadine is our Literacy Learning Specialist. Nadine joined the college in 2024 and is a dedicated and passionate literacy specialist committed to fostering a culture of literacy excellence and student success. Working closely with staff to provide instructional leadership, implementing evidence-based practices and collaboration to improve literacy outcomes for all learners.

Harry Symons
Learning Specialist – Numeracy

Harry is our Numeracy Learning Specialist. His role in the school is to work particularly with the maths teaching staff to strengthen their pedagogical knowledge and understanding. He is passionate about supporting students to develop their numeracy skills and knowledge.

Tom Lamb
Learning Specialist – Pedagogy

Tom is our Pedagogy Learning Specialist. His role is to support teachers in improving their classroom practice and therefore improving student outcomes. Tom has a focus on embedding Professional Learning Communities at the College and has a particular passion for trauma-informed practice and educational equity.

Joel McLean
Wellbeing Leader

Joel McLean is in the role of Wellbeing Leader. My philosophy is to inspire, motivate, and guide students by providing a safe and secure environment, that promotes resilience and nurtures individualism. To educate students socially, emotionally and cognitively to develop confident and independent life-long learners.

Kaylene Matotek
Disability & Inclusion Leader

Kaylene has undertaken the coordination of Disability Inclusion in 2022, assisting the roll out of the strength-based inclusive approach of supporting students to access the curriculum and to assist teachers to make adjustments. Kaylene has a long history of working with students who have specific learning difficulties to support them in the classroom.

Duane Anderson
Curriculum, Data and Assessment Leader

Duane joined Crusoe College in 2022 in the role of Curriculum, Data and Assessment Leader. He leads Curriculum teams around the college and works with all staff to interpret data from the various methods of data collection to inform point-of-need teaching. Duane is passionate about all students, regardless of their background, stretching themselves as individuals as well as academically to help them progress towards their desired pathway.