- Rhonda Davis – Principal
Rhonda is a Christian educator with over 30 years of experience teaching in both state and independent schools. She has fulfilled a number of roles including Teacher, Teacher Coach, Administrator, Acting Principal and Mentor. Rhonda previously spent six years as an Academic Advisor, her role included conducting professional development for teachers throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Indonesia.
Rhonda holds qualifications in the fields of education, leadership and business management: Grad MSL, DipT, DipMgt DipBus DipBA, Literacy Specialist and has a desire to build strong relationships with parents, students, and staff. She is committed to working as a team to ensure students receive a Christ-centred education that promotes an active relationship with God and encourages academic excellence.
Rhonda is dedicated to building teams who work together to achieve shared goals and visions. She has been involved in establishing and growing various educational facilities such as founding an Early Childhood Centre, beginning new schools, developing learning support units and initiating and managing several church based ministries.
Both Rhonda and her husband, Robin, are members of Good Shepherd Baptist Church. Robin has previously pastored a church in Central Queensland which owns and operates a Christian school. Robin held the dual roles of church pastor and school pastor. Robin and Rhonda have seven children. As a family, their ministry for the Lord has been a journey that has taken them on many adventures from living in the city to living on a remote sheep station.
- Xuan Dixon – Administration
Xuan joined GSCS after 19 years with Qantas where she worked in various roles including Customer Service Agent, Sales & Ticketing and Administration – alongside the Customer Service and Operations Managers. She holds an Associate Diploma in Hospitality Management and Cert IV in Travel Management.
Xuan came to the Lord in 2002 and has been a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church for many years. She is married with two children, both currently attending GSCS. Her interests include travelling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
- Melissa McLeod – Administration
Melissa moved from New Zealand to Byron Bay with her husband in 2006, becoming PA to the local church pastor and organising a number of church, charity and fundraising events. Her family moved to Brisbane in 2013 and currently has 2 children at GSCS. She commenced working for the school in November 2014.
Having grown up in church, Melissa had known about God all her life but made the decision to follow Him whilst attending youth group in New Zealand at age 15. She grew up playing netball and volleyball and continued playing until moving to Brisbane. Melissa has a love of cooking.
Secondary Teaching Staff
- Katy Li – Head of Secondary
Katy became a Christian during her senior schooling years due to the witness of teachers and peers ‘winning over her heart’ for the Lord. Katy then began attending a local Church and grew in her walk as a Christian.
Katy is married with one daughter and holds a Bachelor International Business (B Int Bus), Bachelor of Arts in Asian International Studies (BAsian St), and a Graduate Diploma in Education (G Dip E). Katy taught English in China for 4 years between 2004-2008 and taught at Mueller College from 2009-2011. She joined the GSCS staff team in 2015. Katy’s hobbies include sewing, cooking and family times.
Due to her own salvation story, Katy is a firm believer in Christian education, and knows that teachers can have great influence over a student’s life. Katy’s prayer is that the Lord will use her to bring many students to a knowledge of Him.
- Gillian Tsirindanis – Secondary Teacher
Gillian is married with two teenage children. She studied a four year Higher Diploma in Secondary Education with Mathematics major. She has many years teaching experience teaching in both Secondary and Primary Schools.
Gillian came to know the Lord as a child of twelve years old and was baptised at the age of nineteen. She is passionate about the Word of God and creationist Science. Gillian loves art, music and everything to do with the ocean.
- Julia Clifford – Secondary Teacher
Julia holds a Graduate Diploma in Education Secondary (GDipEd) and Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (BA Distinct). In addition to her qualifications, Julia has had five years’ experience in the education industry as manager of her tutoring business. She has a passion to see young people grow and develop to meet their full God-given potential.
Julia came to know Christ at the age of 17 when she began attending Good Shepherd Baptist Church. She has been a committed member of the church since that time, serving in various capacities. Julia has also previously held the Administration position at Good Shepherd Christian School.
- Jacolette van Rensburg – Secondary Teacher
Jacolette is married with 4 children aged 13, 10, 5 and 2. She has a Bachelor in Science, majoring in Mathematics and Chemistry. Jacolette has completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in teaching as well as a Bachelor in Education, majoring in Curriculum. She also studied Music at school and finished Grade 7 in Piano and Grade 6 in Church Organ as well as Grade 5 in Music Theory. She has 18 years teaching experience in Secondary Schools in South Africa, Botswana, New South Wales and Queensland.
Jacolette grew up in a Christian family and learned about Jesus from a very young age. At the age of 12 she decided to devote her life to God. She is passionate about His Word and believe in Jesus Christ as her only Saviour. Jacolette loves spending time with her family on the beach or going camping. She also loves music, art and craft. She loves animals and have 2 puppies and a cat.
- John Hopper – Secondary Teacher
John graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Secondary Education in 2016; majoring in English and History. He also holds a Grade 6 qualification in Piano, often playing in Church and at Youth events. John grew up in a Christian family and made the decision to follow Christ when he was 8 years old.
He actively serves in his church in many ministries and has recently been appointed as the Youth Leader. John’s passion is seeing young people come to know Christ in a deep and personal way, with a desire to see students learn and grow in their studies to become the men and women God wants them to be in their lives. John’s hobbies include freelancing in wedding videography and short films.
Primary Teaching Staff
- Sarah Sehmish – Primary Teacher
Sarah holds a Diploma of Business Administration, a Diploma of Business Management and a Bachelor of Learning Management (Primary Education). Having spent two and a half years in Thailand with her family, Sarah had the opportunity to teach English to a variety of age groups and served in the local church there, assisting in the music ministry.
Sarah has been a long-time attendee of Good Shepherd Baptist Church and is involved in different ministries, particularly the music ministry. Reading and traveling are her interests, having had the opportunity to travel to a number of different countries, seeing and learning about different cultures. Sarah was born into a Christian family and was saved at 6 years old through the influence of her primary school teacher.
- Lisa George – Primary Teacher
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary). Having worked at GSCS as a teacher aide in 2010, she felt the Lord leading her to teach at GSCS upon the completion of her degree. Lisa has a heart to see young people discover the Lord for themselves and grow in their knowledge of the Bible.
Blessed to be raised in a Christian family, Lisa received Christ as her Saviour at a young age and has been part of Good Shepherd Baptist Church for many years, being involved in many ministries, and is currently overseeing the orchestra at GSBC. Lisa also has a burden for missions and believes in supporting God’s work both in Australia and abroad.
- Rachael Kelly – Primary Teacher
Rachael holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary). During her final year at university, Rachael spent some time at Good Shepherd Christian School as a prac student. Having grown up in a Christian family Rachael dedicated her life to God at the age of 8 years old. Rachael is passionate about lifelong learning and making education both hands on and authentic. Attending a Christian university has instilled a passion and purpose in Rachael that all students are gifted and have a God-given plan and purpose for their lives.
She loves watching students’ dreams; goals and ambitions become a reality. Rachael enjoys all things musical and hands on including piano, guitar, singing and everything crafty.
- Glynis Blake – Enrichment Coordinator
Glynis Blake has an Honours degree in Science, a Bachelor of Education (with Distinction), and a Master’s degree in Education, majoring in Special Education. She has worked at Good Shepherd Christian School since its inception in 1983.
Glynis brings to the school a wide breadth of experience and knowledge, She is an honorary staff member serving as Enrichment Consultant supporting student learning and advising teachers. Glynis enjoys reading, learning, music, and time with family.
Glynis was saved in 1961 at a young people’s camp, and is married to a retired pastor.
- Patricia Dingle – Teacher Coach/Mentor and Enrichment Teacher
Patricia Dingle holds a Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Education and has been involved in teaching for many years. She has taught in a variety of schools including state and private schools in N.S.W., Queensland and Tasmania.
Pat is our Enrichment Teacher, supporting student learning and providing support to teachers through teacher mentoring and coaching. Her interests include reading, gardening and outdoor activities. Her formative Christian years occurred through Baptist churches in the Lismore area.
- Paul Haycock – Pastoral Care
Paul Haycock has a Diploma of Theology earned from Sydney Bible Baptist College and has completed all Government compliance courses required for Queensland chaplains. Paul has been Good Shepherd Christian School Chaplain since 2009 and is involved in the GSBC Youth ministry.
Paul likes fishing, spending time with family and participating in most sports and was saved at age 16 at a small Baptist Church in Northern NSW.
Early Childhood Staff
- Tegan Filmer – Early Childhood Teacher
Tegan holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). During her final year at university, Tegan spent time at Good Shepherd Christian School both as a volunteer and prac student. Tegan grew up in a Christian family and committed her life to Christ at 8 years of age.
Her positive Christian High Schooling experience fostered Tegan’s own desire to work in a Christian school herself. Tegan enjoys the arts and is passionate about mentoring young people in their walk with the Lord.
- Rachel Varga – Early Childhood Teacher
Rachel earned a Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree in 2012, with a specialisation in Early Childhood. Rachel always felt a calling to teaching, and following completion of her degree, then spent some time teaching the kindergarten program before transitioning into a position at Good Shepherd Christian School.
Having grown up in a Christian family, she committed herself to the Lord at 6 years old was baptised at 16. Rachel has participated in many short term mission trips into Aboriginal communities and into schools in Vanuatu. Her interests include baking, music and spending time with friends and family.
- Laura Ryan – Early Childhood Teacher
Laura holds a bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) and has always felt a calling from the Lord to teach and loves journeying with children as they develop both spiritually and academically. After graduating, Laura taught prep at a Christian school before transitioning to Good Shepherd Christian School.
Laura grew up in a Christian home and committed her life to Christ at the age of seven. She enjoys serving in the youth and music ministries at church and has been involved in short-term missions. Laura’s interests include music, all things crafty and spending quality time with her family and friends.
- Laurel Haycock – Librarian
Laurel previously worked as a Library Technician for 7 years in a large public library, gaining valuable experience in a wide area of library duties. At Good Shepherd Christian School she was instrumental in starting the new library in 2011.
Laurel has completed all the grades for piano through the Australian Music Examination Board and teaches many of the school students after school. At the age of 9, Laurel came to know Christ as her personal Saviour, through an Independent Baptist Church in Gladstone.
- Marilyn Ibanez-Almarche – Teacher Aide
Born and raised in the Philippines, Marilyn moved to Australia in 2001. In 2005 her family moved to Spain due to her husband’s contract work, where she ran a holiday business.
In 2008 Marilyn and family returned to Australia and she came to the Lord in 2013. Since that time Marilyn has attended Good Shepherd Baptist Church and began working as a Teacher Aide at GSCS in 2014. She has 2 children attending Good Shepherd Christian School. Her interest is cooking.
- Julie Pavitt – Teacher Aide
Born in Eastern Europe, Julie and her family migrated to Australia in 1963. She came to know the Lord and baptised at the age of 15. Since that time Julie has worked in the banking industry and has been a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church for 4 years.
She enjoys reading, knitting, needlework, cooking and chocolate and dislikes anything lukewarm! She joins our Good Shepherd Christian School team with 18 years of teacher aide experience.
- Nicole Barns – Teacher Aide
Nicole has been part of the Good Shepherd community for a number of years and currently serves as a Teacher Aide while studying a Certificate III in Education Support.
She came to know the Lord in 2006 and since attending Good Shepherd Baptist Church in 2007, has been heavily involved in the catering ministry and now works alongside her husband in leading the church’s Youth Ministry.
Nicole spent the majority of her adult life working in banking and finance, and now finds a great passion in assisting teachers and students in our Christian school environment. She is the mother of two girls who both attend Good Shepherd Christian School and thoroughly enjoys baking, searching for the perfect cup of coffee and spending time with her family.