College Leadership Team
The Leadership Team at Mount Alvernia College consists of the College Principal, Deputy Principal – Student Development and Wellbeing, Deputy Principal – Staff Development and Organisation, Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, Deputy Principal – Identity 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.
Ms Jensen is an experienced and highly successful Catholic educator and leader. She previously held the position of Deputy Principal, Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak. Prior to that Samantha held leadership positions at John Paul College, Brisbane, and Queensbridge School, Birmingham, UK. As a passionate educator, her subject areas have included Ancient History, Visual Arts, Humanities, Philosophy, and Psychology.
Ms Jensen holds a Master of Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University as well as a Master of Teaching from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Queensland. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently undertaking further post-graduate study in Theology. Samantha has recently commenced as Deputy Chair of the Catholic Secondary Schoolgirls’ Sports Association in Brisbane.
Ms Jensen’s personal faith and proven excellence as a contemporary educational leader is clear and provides a firm foundation for her role as Principal of Mount Alvernia. She brings a strong focus on student achievement and aspiration in learning, as well as demonstrated practical commitment to the environment and the disadvantaged, particularly those from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
Deputy Principal – Student Development and Wellbeing
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 and Organisation
Ms Kerry Jell
Deputy Principal - Teaching and Learning
Ms Kath Little
Ms Little holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and has extensive experience as an educational leader across independent and systemic schools in Australia and overseas. She is passionately interested in school improvement and works closely with staff and students to build an academic culture which is improvement seeking. In recent appointments, Ms Little has led the implementation of National Curriculum, the operationalisation of College mergers, and the implementation of Senior School reforms. She also has a background in educational research to ensure pedagogy is high-impact and best practice.
Deputy Principal - Identity and Religious Life of the College
Mr Richard Rogusz
Mr Rogusz has been a teacher in Catholic schools for over twenty-five years, fifteen years of which have been in Middle and Senior leadership positions. He holds a Master of Religious Education (ACU) and, in recent years, has undertaken further post-graduate studies through the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), and the Australian Catholic University (Rome Campus). Mr Rogusz is passionate about staff and student formation in the Catholic tradition, particularly in the areas of contemporary theology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spiritualities, and social justice.