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!

Melissa Harvey, Curriculum and Education Support Coordinator

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

Kamran Hussain, Finance Manager

Kamran has been working as a Finance Manager since April 2020 as a full time employee. He is a full member of CPA-Australia and also possess es an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA-UK. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Punjab University-Pakistan in 1999 and then completed a Cost & Management Accountancy certification from ICMAP in 2003. Before migration to Australia in 2017, he worked in key roles with different businesses in Pakistan from 2004 to 2017 and served as a finance volunteer with Elev8 Ministries, Assisting Your Life to Achieve and South Perth Learning Centre.

Maureen McPhee, Personal Assistant to Principal / Administration

  • 25 years experience in Executive and Admin support
  • 10+ years working in administration within the Education System

Maureen brings a wealth of admin knowledge and passion for education.  She has worked in both the public and independent education system in both New Zealand and Western Australia.  Most recently she has held positions in the Aged Care and Mining sectors as an Executive Assistant.  She has a keen interest in working with children and meeting new people and has a flair for anything creative and crafty.  She is friendly, compassionate and is looking forward to giving back to the community.

Academic Staff

Robert Gillman, Middle School Teacher (Year 7 & 8)

  • Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching: Dunedin Teachers' College
  • Anthroposophy: Taruna Preparatory Course for Teachers (NZ)
  • Over 30 years' teaching experience

After starting his working life as a civil engineer, Robert was invited to study anthroposophy in 1985. The deep satisfaction that he gained from his experience compelled him to complete his teaching diploma and commit to teaching in Waldorf schools as a career. Robert's experience has spanned multiple countries and subjects including being the first school coordinator at Golden Hill Steiner School in Denmark (WA) and Mount Barker Waldorf School (SA). Robert is very interested in students achieving to their highest ability level and believe that the education thresholds that were developed by Rudolf Steiner are an excellent lens to use to focus on appropriate education experiences for the individuals in a class.

Yvette Ghouse, Upper Primary Class Teacher (Year 5 & 6)

  • Graduate Diploma Teaching (Primary): Education
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons): Tourism Business Management
  • 12 years of Steiner/Waldorf teaching experience

Yvette is a passionate Primary School teacher with 17 years experience in both rural and urban settings.  She has a proven history of creating engaging classroom environments that support diverse educational styles working within both mainstream and the Steiner School systems.  Yvette has many years of experience working with indigenous students in both urban and remote settings and is passionate about reconciliation, equal opportunities through culturally relevant and appropriate education programs, as well as the preservation of Aboriginal culture.

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

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education, Edith Cowan University, WA
  • Bachelor of Business, Edith Cowan University, WA
  • Zoo Docent Training, Perth Zoo, WA

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.

Stephen Fauset, Upper and Middle Primary Class Teacher

  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)

Stephen has worked as a Steiner Teacher for over 25 years throughout Australia.  He brings a wealth of experience to guide and support students through their primary years.  He writes verses, songs and staged plays to help inspire and motivate students with imaginative main lessons to engage their head, heart and will forces.  He has also enjoyed organising adventurous camps and many festivals.

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

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

In addition to her role as Curriculum and Education Support Coordinator, Melissa can be found with the Year 1 and 2 class.

Jessica Coker, Kindergarten Teacher (3.5 – 6 year old) 

  • 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

Lucy is a kind hearted, warm, friendly, and professional teacher who is passionate about Steiner Education for children. Previously Lucy has had a long career working in community cultural development through the arts, in a range of settings from International arts festivals to productions in remote Aboriginal Communities. Her journey to becoming a teacher has unfolded since the birth of her own daughter, and her keen interest in her daughters developmental journey. Lucy is a teacher with excellent communication and listening skills, and an ability to model enthusiasm for life long learning to children. She consistently creates a safe, friendly and productive environment based on clear expectations, fairness, and the use of positive feedback and reinforcement. In 2019 Lucy began her Anthroposophical training, embarking upon the two year part-time Primary Steiner Teacher Training Course at Perth Waldorf School.

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 three 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, Edith Cowan University 1997

Stacie completed her Teacher Assistant qualification 1997 whilst raising her 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 her 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, she chose to homeschool, enjoying their initial schooling journey at a gentler pace.  Stacie and her family moved back to Perth in 2019, and says she feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to work at HRSS.

Annie Porter, Kindergarten Assistant

  • Cert III in Education Support (AIWT)
  • Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults
  • Teacher of Swimming and water safety (AUSTSWIM WA)
  • Bachelor of Science (UWA)

Annie most recently worked as an Education Assistant in Year 1 at Woodbridge Primary School. Annie has a young family and is passionate about supporting student learning.  She hopes to foster positive connections and build strong rapport with students, their families and staff.

Anna Edwards, French Teacher

  • Grad Dip Education (Secondary), Edith Cowan University, WA
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Edith Cowan University, WA
  • Ph.D, University of Western Australia
  • BA 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!

Dylan Collard, Noongar Teacher

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of WA
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of WA
  • Master of Teaching, Deakin University

Dylan is a Wadjuk and Ballardong Noongar man who is passionate about learning and sharing Noongar language. He has spent several years teaching high school Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Noongar Language and is currently completing his admission as a Solicitor.

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, WA

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.

Kat Taylor, Playgroup Leader (Tuesday)

  • BSc in Social Work
  • Bsc in Psychology
  • Diploma of Music industry skills

Kat has 20+ years experience as a social worker providing support and outreach counselling to children and families in need.  She has previously worked as our Playgroup Leader here at HRSS and enjoys engaging parents and children in a Steiner Playgroup Program involving nature-based play, story telling, singing, movement and bread making.

Lesley Willow, Playgroup Leader (Friday)

  • Dip. In Early Childhood Education, Rudolf Steiner College, WA
  • Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner College, WA
  • 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.