Administration Staff

Tanami Magnus, Principal

B. Ed K-7, University of Notre Dame, WA
Steiner Teaching Diploma, Taruna College, NZ
CELTA (Teaching English as a second language), Phoenix College, WA

Tanami’s passion for holistic education began in 2001 when she began her Steiner teacher training in New Zealand. Although her previous professional life was as a chef and then clothing designer her calling now became helping to nurture and guide young children through their childhood in creative ways. She has a degree from the University of Notre Dame in primary education with specialisations in Early Childhood and Aboriginal studies. She has been working in the primary educational setting as a class teacher and special needs teacher, both in Steiner and government schools.  She is a co-founder of this school and started its first playgroup in 2013. She can now be found behind a desk in the office!

Lauren Rankin, Finance Manager

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Academic Staff

Elaine Meyer, Upper Primary Class Teacher (Year 5 & 6)

Graduate Diploma Secondary Education, English, TESOL/EALD (Edith Cowan University)

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Katherine Riley, Middle Primary Class Teacher (Year 3 & 4)

Post Graduate Diploma in Education, Edith Cowan University, W.A.
​Bachelor of Business, Edith Cowan University, W.A.
Zoo Docent Training, Perth Zoo, W.A.

After living a corporate life, the arrival of her beautiful bouncy children opened Kathy’s eyes to the precious joy of educating children. So she went back to school herself and then set about applying her many skills in the education setting with gusto. Before joining Helena River School in 2017 she taught a multi-aged group in a mobile school (homeschooling while travelling around Australia!) and has a great enthusiasm for the creativity and vast scope of the Steiner curriculum. She cycles, scuba dives, canoes, builds things great and small, plays guitar (and ukelele and recorder and bongos!) and every day in her classroom is an adventure.

Melissa Harvey, Lower Primary Class Teacher (Year 1 & 2)

Grad. Dip Steiner Education, Rudolf Steiner College, W.A.
BA. (Sociology), Macquarie University, NSW
BA. (Creative Writing and Theatre), Griffith University, QLD ( 1st & 2nd year)
Cert IV Training and Assessment (MIRO)
Graduate Business Certificate (HR/Marketing), Curtin University Business School, W.A.
Dip. Ed (Primary) (TBC)

Melissa has spent a decade in Steiner Education and is a passionate advocate for this deeply enriching curriculum. With a strong professional and academic background in Creative Arts, Sociology, Marketing and Education, she completed her 3 year Diploma in Steiner Education between 2011- 2013. Melissa was an active and valued member of the Silver Tree Steiner School Staff Faculty from 2009- 2017, teaching alongside some of Perth’s most vibrant educators. She joined the team at Helena River Steiner School in 2018. Melissa specialises in teaching our lower primary classes a rich, creative and inspiring Steiner curriculum. She is a published author, professional storyteller and current President of the Storytelling Guild of Western Australia.

Jessica Coker, Kindergarten Teacher (3.5 – 6 year old) – Currently on Maternity Leave

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, RMIT University, Melbourne
Diploma of Early Childhood Education, NMIT, Melbourne

​Jessica spent several years studying human behaviour in all its forms (working in hospitality!) before being drawn like a magnet to the pint-sized ones in our society.  She has taught in Victoria in community kindergartens and began her Steiner education adventure here with us in 2017.

When she is not bringing her gracious guidance to our kindergarten children, she enjoys exploring around the world, walking her dog, Tilly, and making and creating things.

Lucy Brown, Kindergarten Teacher (3.5 – 6 year old)

Graduate Diploma of Primary Education, Edith Cowan University
Bachelor of Music Studies, Conservatorium of Music – University of Tasmania

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Susannah Sirolli, Kindergarten Teacher (3 year old & Friday 5-6 year old)

Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)
Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood

Susie began her teaching career in the country town of Harvey, Western Australia where she spent 3 years teaching children from 8 years to 12 years of age. Teaching then took her overseas to Singapore where she taught English to children from ages 3 to 8 as well as travelling Asia and Europe. On return to Australia, Susie taught in a multi age group setting in a local suburban primary school which focused on inquiry based, cooperative learning. Susie’s most valued and rewarding experience came in the following years through raising her own 3 children and experiencing the challenges and joys of motherhood. Susie has been blessed to be able to experience a variety of learning environments and methods through relief teaching in many local schools while raising her young children and is very enthusiastic to begin her Steiner journey here at Helena River through the guidance of our experienced teaching staff.

Stacie Tompsett, Kindergarten Assistant

Teacher Assistant Certificate ECU 1997

I completed my Teacher Assistant qualification 1997 whilst raising my first two children, working in community Kindergarten and Preschool.  Moving to Dangin, near Quairading, to five acres and a 100 yr old house 20 years ago gave us many amazing opportunities, including working in a District High School, with students from K-10, focusing on Special Needs. Having two bonus children along the way, I chose to homeschool, enjoying their initial schooling journey at a gentler pace.  We moved back to Perth 16 months ago, and I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to work at HRSS.

Anna Edwards, French Teacher

Grad Dip Education (Secondary), Edith Cowan University, W.A.
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Edith Cowan University, W.A.
PhD, University of Western Australia
B.A. French Literature and Language (Hons), Le Mirail University, France

Anna’s passion for the French language is highly contagious and our students gain more and more confidence each week. Anna taught university level French for several years, then high school and now she loves teaching the language in creative and fun ways with primary children. If you walk past a room with lots of loud laughter, that will be Anna’s class!

Lindsay Rall, Bothmer Teacher

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Debby Van Trigt, Education Assistant

Bachelor of Teaching, Ipabo University, The Netherlands
Creative Therapy, Christian HBO, The Netherlands
Certificate of Dental Assistance, Alwaark College, The Netherlands

Debby taught in a range of schools in the Netherlands –particularly with children with special needs and disengaged students- before meeting an Aussie and heading to our southern shores. Since being in Australia she has taught Dutch language in school settings, kindergarten and playgroup and is currently undergoing Steiner teacher training. Debby is a horse-rider, sailor, traveller and gardener.

Carol Fuller, Art and Craft Teacher

Foundation Studies in Steiner Education, Rudolf Steiner College, W.A.

Carol comes to us with a wealth of experience.  She worked in the public school system in Western Australia for 15 years as an education and special needs assistant.  Carol is an artist who works with many mediums and has an infinite source of creative inspiration, which she now brings to our children. Carol is a born nurturer who can see each child’s individual needs and gifts.

Lesley Willow, Playgroup Leader

Dip. In Early Childhood Education, Rudolf Steiner College, W.A.
Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner College, W.A.
Dip. General Nursing, W.A.

Lesley Willow returns to us after two years away. Lesley is a Community Health Nurse and Registered Midwife and school pastoral care provider with over 10 years’ experience as a Steiner playgroup leader.

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