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Mount Alvernia College

Educating young women in the Franciscan tradition

College Leadership Team

The Leadership Team at Mount Alvernia College consists of the College Principal, Deputy Principal– Teacher Mentoring and Systems Organisation, Deputy Principal–Student Development, Deputy Principal– Staff Development, Assistant Principal–Student Learning, Data Analysis, and Logistics, Assistant Principal–Religious Education Curriculum and Religious Life of the College, and the College Business Manager.  The team is responsible to the College Board and reports to it via the College Principal.

College Principal

Dr Kerrie Tuite

Dr Kerrie Tuite has been Principal of Mount Alvernia College since her appointment in mid-2008, commencing at the College in 2009. Previously she was Principal at St James College, one of the first women to hold a principal position in a Christian Brothers school in Australia. Dr Tuite has held leadership positions at St Brendan’s College (Yeppoon) and Ignatius Park College (Townsville) and various teaching roles across Queensland.

Dr Tuite was born in Townsville and was educated at St Joseph’s, Townsville; Lourdes Hill College, Brisbane; and St Margaret Mary’s College, Townsville. A believer in life-long education, she has a Doctorate of Education, Masters of Educational Leadership, Bachelor of Arts, and Certificate of Teaching, and continues to grow her knowledge of all things educational through conferences and professional development opportunities.

Dr Tuite contributes to the growth of Catholic education generally and education in particular through her membership of various committees and networks. She is past President of both the Association of Catholic Secondary Schools Queensland and the Catholic Secondary Principals Association Queensland, Board Director of Catholic Secondary Principals Australia 2011-2015, Board Chair Horizons Caboolture, Board Member of Catholic Professional Standards Limited, a member of Worklinks Inc, member of the Congregation of Religious Australia Education Committee, and representative of Religious Institute Schools on the Queensland Catholic Education Commission. Dr Tuite is a member of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Steering Committee for Senior Schooling Review, and a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools and the Australasian Alliance of Girls’ Schools.

Dr Tuite has a strong belief in the importance of educating young women within the context of Catholic Franciscan education to ensure they make a significant contribution to whatever arena of life within which they choose to live and work.

College Deputy

Mr Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald is the Deputy Principal – Teacher Mentoring and Systems Organisation, and has overall responsibility for the curriculum and organisation of the College.  He has worked as a primary and secondary school teacher, Coordinator of Queensland Non-Government Schools Education Programs, and in leadership roles in the Queensland Catholic Education Commission and Mount Alvernia College for over 40 years.

A major part of Mr McDonald’s Master in Curriculum and Management at Deakin University involved looking at effective education for 21st century learners.  In his professional learning and practice, he has worked towards ensuring that the education provided to young people is relevant, reality-based, and directed towards improvement.  Since his initial involvement in Curriculum Mapping with Heidi Hayes-Jacobs, he is convinced of the importance of using this curriculum tool as a means of developing dynamic programs that relate to current students and their futures.

Deputy Principal – Student Development

Ms Annette Butterworth

Ms Butterworth has worked in middle leadership and senior leadership positions for the past fifteen years.  In her role as a Pastoral Guardian, and more recently as Deputy Principal – Student Development, she has relied on positive relationships to encourage students to understand how their behaviour can sometimes have a negative effect on others. This recognition forms the basis of the Restorative Practices approach to Behaviour Management which Ms Butterworth has introduced to the Mount Alvernia community.  After professional learning experiences with one of the co-founders of Restorative Practices in Schools, Margaret Thorsborne, a clear connection was established between the College’s Franciscan ethos and the use of restorative justice as a means of ensuring members of the Mount Alvernia community are able to look for the good in others and encourage positive behaviour.

Deputy Principal - Staff Development

Mr Daniel Crump

Mr Crump is a recognised leader in learning, teacher development, and arts education.  He holds a Master of Music Studies, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education, and the Australian Certificate in Kodály Music Education, and is currently completing his Master of Educational Leadership.

Mr Crump has a strong background in single-sex girls’ schools, and has worked across multi-level contexts in primary, secondary, tertiary and community education.  In addition he has held key positions of leadership within peak educational arts bodies, including the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia and as Artistic Director of the Queensland Show Choir.  Mr Crump is currently on the Conference Steering Committee for the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.

Mr Crump has substantial experience as a lecturer and presenter.  He is Course Leader of the Secondary education course at the Cuskelly College of Music International Summer School and has also held positions at the University of Queensland and the Young Conservatorium, Griffith University.  Mr Crump has presented his work on the national and international stage and is in demand as a presenter.  In 2011 he was the Co-Director of the International Kodály Symposium at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and has been a recipient of a National Award for Excellence in Music Education from the Australian Government.

Mr Crump’s work is underpinned by a passion for excellence, creativity and partnerships. He has a sincere desire for developing learning communities that extend beyond the gates of the College.

Assistant Principal – Student Learning

Mrs Debra Evans

Graduating in 1980 as a commerce teacher, Mrs Evans’s 35 years of teaching experience has seen her teach in Catholic colleges for almost all of her career, working in secondary colleges in Brisbane and Cairns.  She has held middle and senior leadership roles for the past twenty years.  As Middle Years Coordinator at St Monica’s College in Cairns, she led the restructuring of curriculum and programs in the College and, on her return to Brisbane, was employed by Brisbane Catholic Education Office as Curriculum Officer Middle Years in 2001 for six months in an acting role.  This position meant that she was able to work extensively with teaching teams in Catholic schools and colleges within South-East Queensland.  Coming to Mount Alvernia College in July 2001, Mrs Evans was employed as a commerce teacher, but primarily to work with staff in the area of middle years, to focus on developing systems and structures to support this learning philosophy.  During her time at the College, she has been a Pastoral Guardian, Curriculum Head of Department, Core Studies Coordinator, Coordinator of Teaching and Learning, and, during 2013-2014, as Assistant Principal – Strategic Transitions, was responsible for the planning and coordination of the transitioning of Year 7 into our college.  In her current role as Assistant Principal – Student Learning, Data Analysis, and Logistics, Mrs Evans is responsible for the oversight of all learning within the College, with a particular focus on the implementation of the Learning and Teaching Framework, tracking of student learning, and analysis of data to inform college growth and development.

Mrs Evans’s qualifications include a Diploma of Teaching – Commerce and Geography; Grad Cert – Business and Technology; Grad Cert – Middle Years; Certificate IV (TAS); Middle Years of Schooling Leader (MYSL); and nearing completion of study, (dual degree), Bachelor of Education, Honours – Building School Capacity, and Masters – School Leadership.

Debra is currently the President of Adolescent Success – the association dedicated exclusively to the education, development, and growth of young adolescents and is an Enabling Leader – Learning Frontiers in South-East Queensland (AITSL).  She was awarded an ACEL Commendation Award in 2015 for her work in these areas.

Assistant Principal - Religious Education Curriculum and Religious Life of the College

Mrs Denise Shaw

Business Manager

Mrs Paulette Corkery