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, Primary Education 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 possesses 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.

Lucy Brown, Upper Primary Teacher (Year 5 & 6)

  • 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.

Kerewin De Souza, Upper Primary Teacher (Craft and Games)

  • BA in English and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia
  • Masters in Primary Education, Notre Dame University, Fremantle

Kerewin went through the Steiner education system from Playgroup to Class 12, where her passion for creative arts and handcrafts grew. After working, studying and travelling for a few years, she found her love of teaching through tutoring and education assistant roles. Although originally planning to teach English, Kerewin was inspired by the younger students she worked with and changed to a primary focus in her studies. She has found that her patient, calm and caring demeanour is suited to younger children and she aims to continue her studies in child development and Anthroposophy. In her free time she enjoys travelling, reading and creative writing.

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.

Claire Parker, Kindergarten Teacher (5 and 6 years)

  • Bachelor of Arts - Fine art and photography first class honors, University of Wolverhampton UK
  • Masters in Fine Art, Staffordshire University UK
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching (Tertiary), University of Wolverhampton UK
  • Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching, Murdoch University
  • Master in Steiner Education, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies
Claire started out teaching visual studies to adolescents in the UK. Whilst travelling in her late 20's she found a new home in Margaret River, Western Australia. Having her own children sparked a renewed interest in teaching and she embarked on a teaching diploma in Primary, finding herself working in early childhood settings. She came upon the works of Dr Rudolf Steiner when she sought an educational experience for her children that aligned to her philosophies - that was 12 years ago! Since then she has immersed herself in Anthroposophical studies and Waldorf/Steiner education. First applying her understanding in non-Steiner settings and in the last two years in Steiner school environments. 

Sarah Duffus, Kindergarten Teacher (4 years)


  • Bachelor of Performing Arts, Victoria University
  • Masters of Education, University of Tasmania
  • Steiner Early Childhood Education, Perth Waldorf School
A multi-faceted life in the in the arts saw Sarah performing at festivals, corporate events, in the theatre and at schools. She was involved in making costumes, set, props and puppets for theatre and touring shows. She greatly enjoyed creating performances with children and adults as an artist in residence. After starting a family, Sarah starting bringing her talents to the classroom. She has spent the past nine years in early childhood settings in both Tasmania and Western Australia.

Jessica Coker, Pre-Kindy Teacher

  • 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.

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.

Mary Yarran, Noongar Teacher

Mary considers it a pleasure to be part of keeping Noongar Language alive and spoken, at Helena River Steiner School.
She is grateful and acknowledges past, present, and emerging Noongar Language Speaking Elders because their handed-down knowledge and achievements reaffirms a unified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander saying; 'Always Was Always Will Be'.  She also acknowledges Noongar elders past, present and emerging that we stand on Nidja Noongar Boodja. Mary works under Brenda Larson, Coleen Sherrat, Roma Winmar, Dylan Collard and Cindy Moody.

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!

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.