G'day from the Compass team!

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Kelly Bunyon 

Principal 

Kelly is the inaugural Principal at Compass Catholic Community.

A law and arts graduate, her interest in education came after working for five years as a defence lawyer in at the Children’s and Youth Legal Services.

Kelly completed her Graduate Diploma of Education and began teaching at the Australian Technical College, now St Patrick’s Technical College at Edinburgh North, before working as Deputy Principal at Youth Inc.

Kelly and her husband lived in Elizabeth South for 12 years as urban missionaries with the Baptist Church and after serving breakfast to 120 people in need at Hope Central Church every Sunday for several years, they set up the Elizabeth South Community Centre, with a team of volunteers.

Her belief in the importance of education is accompanied by a proven commitment to social justice.

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Scott Hockenhull 

Partnerships Lead 

As Partnerships Lead, Scott will play a fundamental role in building and nurturing key partnerships for Compass, with a strong focus on creating opportunities and support networks for students to embrace throughout the course of their educational journey.

Scott brings extensive experience in partnership management and community engagement, having worked as Commercial and Sponsorship Manager at a state sporting organisation for the past 5 years.

Born and raised in Elizabeth, Scott is deeply connected to the Playford region and its neighbouring communities.

With qualifications in Business Management and diverse experience working with young people as a coach, volunteer and administrator at grassroots level, Scott knows the importance of building trust and harnessing relationships to achieve outcomes with real benefits to the community.

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Roanne Berekmeri 

Curriculum Lead 

Roanne brings extensive education experience from a variety of sectors in regional and metropolitan locations, both within Australia and Internationally, including Catholic Education for 21 years.

She has spent the past 4 years working at the SACE Board, supporting schools, teachers and students in a wide variety of subject areas, while also capably leading a team of staff on major projects regarding VET and Recognition with the SACE.

Roanne’s passions & heart lies in working with students in the North. Prior to working at the SACE Board, Roanne was Assistant Principal at St Patrick's Technical College, Edinburgh.

At Compass Catholic Community, Roanne will be working alongside and supporting a team of staff, identifying the needs of each of our students, co-designing and implementing appropriate programs, so they have every opportunity to achieve goals and be successful.

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Sarah Cornelius 

Learning Facilitator  

Sarah believes that the future needs curious and nurtured souls. As her knowledge and understanding of what it means to educate young people in an ever-changing world continues to grow, she is excited to help make this happen at Compass.

Graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2008, she has been working as a secondary teacher in the areas of English, Humanities and Religious Education while developing her leadership skills as a Humanities Coordinator, Leader of Learning and Well-being Coordinator. She has also had the opportunity to be involved in various pilots and worked with teachers and organisations throughout SA.  

With students at the centre of decision making, Sarah’s time as a Leader of Learning aimed to improve pedagogy and teacher well-being. Sarah improved assessment practices, streamlined planning and encouraged ongoing reflection by providing regular professional development as well as one on one support. As well as this, Sarah has focused on how the general capabilities and Project Based Learning can facilitate greater student agency. Her strengths are in creating fair assessment and planning for integration.  

Sarah has also facilitated students in educating the school community about social justice and has been involved in the coordination of various events that aim to spread awareness around issues such as asylum seekers and human trafficking. In 2015, Sarah worked as the Education Officer for Caritas Australia within South Australia.
 

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Roshanna Bull 

Learning Facilitator  

Roshanna is a zealous and creative educator, with a deep focus on building relationships with young people. She loves listening to their stories and journeying with them as they achieve their goals.

Graduating from the University of South Australia in 2002, Roshanna commenced what would be a twenty-year relationship with Horizon Christian School (Balaklava), where she began teaching primary and moving very quickly into the middle school.

Wedged within her time at Horizon, she lived and worked on a cattle station in the Northern Territory for a three-year period as a Governess, working hard to support other ‘Govies’ with no teaching experience. When her student left for boarding school, she gained a position at the closest small Aboriginal community school, teaching from preschool through to senior secondary students.

Upon returning from the NT, Roshanna reignited her relationship with Horizon. During her second stint there, she was the driver of many ‘new’ projects - the Kindergym, the Kitchen Garden, Textiles and ‘The Rite Journey’. 

She loves the challenge of bringing students’ dreams into reality and is looking forward to being a part of the Compass crew.

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Rosalie Fergus 

Finance and Operations Coordinator  

Rosalie brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to Compass, having worked at a diverse range of educational institutions that engage with a broad array of students.
 
Her early professional career was spent working at the Commonwealth Bank, before she found her calling for working in an educational environment, spending time a St Patrick’s Technical College, Pulteney Grammar and more recently St Joseph’s Ottoway.
 
Having lived in the Northern suburbs for many years, Rosalie understands the complexities and bias that young people growing up and living in this area are subjected to. She sees her role as not only being responsible for the financial viability and integrity of the School, but also to nurture and support the educational and spiritual journey of all who choose to learn at Compass.

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Melissa English  

Learning Supporter 

Melissa’s passion for working with young people was ignited through her involvement with Catholic youth groups in the early 2000’s. She went on to study psychology at the University of South Australia and after working in high schools as a career mentor whilst on placement, she knew she had found her calling.

During a two-year period as career mentor at UniSA College, Melissa found herself drawn toward working with young people who were at risk of falling through the cracks and motivated by how they responded to her support.

This led her to the next chapter of her career, working with young people who were under the guardianship of the Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection. Her studies on mental health, attachment and trauma proved invaluable as she supported young people through some of their most challenging periods.

After going on to complete post graduate studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Adelaide, Melissa was drawn to working in schools again. Working in northern Adelaide schools as a case manager, she supported FLO students to remove barriers that prevented them from engaging with education, including housing support, legal aid, financial assistance, mental health support and learning independent living skills.

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Kelly Copeland  

Early Years Coordinator  

As Early Years Coordinator, Kelly will play a critical role in providing a safe and secure space for the children of Compass students, at the same time as providing an educationally rich Early Years program for the youngest members of our community.

Kelly has over 25 years’ experience in the early education sector with a Diploma in Community Service.  Her work journey has seen her in the roles of Assistant Director and Lead Educator working with children in all pre-school age groups at several childcare centres and as a Team Leader at St Joseph’s Education Centre, a program for teen mothers seeking to return to school and complete their SACE. At St Joseph’s Kelly was responsible for establishing a program for the care and development of children aged 3-weeks to 2 ½ years, while also providing support and advice to new mothers trying to balance the requirements of parenthood and study.

Kelly is passionate about early education and childhood development and a strong believer that providing a safe environment, where young children can develop trust and attachments with the key people in their lives is critical for their future success. During her career, Kelly has undertaken specific training to develop her understanding of attachment theory while also having the opportunity learn about the importance of sleep to the development of young children and teens while working with sleep specialist Dr Brian Symon.

Kelly's desire to improve the lives of young people extends to supporting new parents and she looks forward to working with them and their children to help them navigate the challenges faced by any new parent during their time at Compass.  

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Mba Uduma 

Learning Supporter 

Mba has a deep passion for and extensive experience working side by side with disengaged and vulnerable young people.

Before migrating to Australia in 2005, Mba spent five-years working as a police officer in Africa, where he also achieved great success as an elite 1500m runner, which eventually brought him to Australia in preparation to compete at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.  

Mba’s exposure to supporting young offenders in his early career sparked his interest in working with the cohort, something he’s been doing ever since.

As well as holding qualifications from the University of South Australia (Bachelor of Social Work), Mba has experience working as a placement consultant and employment specialist for youth at both Yourtown and Workskil. He also spent time on placement at the Metropolitan Youth Health Service in Elizabeth, has experience supporting youth from CALD backgrounds and has worked within FLO programs in the north of Adelaide.

As a father and community leader, he has a strong passion for giving back to the community and supporting young people. With a personal focus on growth, goal setting, life-long learning and wellbeing, Mba is a valued contributor to the lives of young people at Compass. 

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Jakob Aebi  

Learning Facilitator  

Jakob is an early career educator with an affinity for twenty-first century learning. In the ten years since completing his SACE, he has acquired tertiary qualifications in communication design and secondary teaching, as well as experience working with young people across a broad range of mainstream and alternative education settings.

Jakob discovered his passion for teaching through many hours of part-time work as a swimming instructor during his university studies. Prior to Compass, he completed two years of service as an arts teacher in category 1 and 2 government schools, during which he acquired his full teacher registration through evidence of application in flexible learning options (FLO) programs. These collective experiences have equipped him with a range of pedagogical skills and a professional identity pertinent to success in disadvantaged contexts.

Jakob sees accomplished teaching as both sophisticated performance and dynamic interaction. In his practice, he likes to explore the social and creative affordances of learning environments to generate an inclusive culture in which students feel known and valued. This approach is realised through an emerging focus on the development of transferable skills and general capabilities as paramount assets that can alter a young person’s educational trajectory, and therefore expand their life chances of beyond school.

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Rich Sanders  

Learning Facilitator  

Rich Sanders is a huge advocate for lifelong learning and education!

After completing a Masters in Teaching from the University of South Australia, Rich has spent the majority of his career in early years settings, where his passion for innovative teaching and learning practices focused on each individual learner, has led his pedagogy and practice.

Rich has also been privileged enough to spend time teaching young adult learners at Northern Adelaide Senior College.

During his time with the Department for Families and Education, Rich worked with other teachers leading learning and encouraging teachers to listen to each learner’s voice, promoting agency in their learning.

Outside of teaching Rich has been involved in running and establishing community gyms, gaming spaces and networks supporting young adults from all walks of life, also serving as a member of his local CFS Brigade, as well as a variety of Church Outreaches. He is a firm believer that everyone deserves a supportive and caring community around them to succeed either in learning or what ever goals they wish to achieve.

Rich also knows the north! After growing up in the Barossa Valley, he now calls Willaston home with his wife and three young children. In his spare time he is an avid gym-goer, enjoys photography and painting, and is a board game enthusiast. 

 

 

 

 

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Christina Gagliardi  

Learning Supporter  

Christina has always enjoyed connecting with people of all ages and hearing about their journeys in life.

As a young mum she volunteered at her children’s preschool and this is where her journey working with children began. Being a Montessori preschool, Christina soon realised the philosophy behind it was all about empowering children, no matter their age or ability, everyone is capable of learning.

Moving on from the preschool she then completed her Cert III in Education Support and spent the next 8 years working in primary schools in the north, specialising in behaviour support. Through her work as an Education Support Officer Christina was inspired to explore her passion for supporting the whole child, so in 2020 completed the Cert 4 in Youth Work and began her journey working with young people and their families.

In 2022 she spent time working at a high school in the city but immediately missed being out north. “Being at Compass feels like I’m home. I am so excited to be working with and supporting these amazing young people.”

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Blair Breeding  

Learning Supporter  

Blair has an extensive career helping young people identify their strengths and passions, build confidence in themselves, grow their skills and realise their potential.

He has always been a passionate advocate for social justice and strongly believes in the universal right for everyone to have access to an education which allows them to actualise their ambitions.

Blair strives to make his teaching fun, engaging and centered on the student as a whole person.

Blair has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama and a Bachelor of Secondary Education, both from Flinders University. While studying, Blair worked as a Peer Educator and Mentor with Relationship Violence-No Way! program helping young people build skills for positive relationships.

After teaching for a year in Adelaide, Blair travelled to London where he taught English, Drama and Media at Kingsford Community School. After 2 years Blair returned to Adelaide where he taught Drama and English for 2 years at Scotch College and then 10 years at Mercedes College teaching Drama and Media. While at Mercedes Blair built the Creative Arts - Film course which saw great success particularly in the area of Music Videos with his students winning South Australian and National prizes for their creations. Blair taught Drama, English and Creative Arts Media at Adelaide Botanic High School as well as running specialist Theatre Tech, Improvisational Drama, and Dungeons and Dragons Studios. He has directed over 24 Drama productions throughout his teaching career. 

Additionally, Blair has experience as Flinders University Radio Director, running his own Theatre Company, being a Comedy Judge for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and editing his daughter’s YouTube videos.

His interests include podcasts, writing, reading, acting, boardgames, Role Playing Games, computer games, movies, tv, music, art, Barbequing, collecting comic books and hanging out with his wife and two daughters. 

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Tania Rogers 

Early Years Supporter 

Tania has a deep passion for working in the Early Years space, particularly with families and children living with ASD, learning difficulties and speech challenges.

Tania’s personal learning journey saw her gain an Associate Diploma in Beauty Therapy before opening her own beauty salon to work around raising her own children. After her two young children presented with learning difficulties, Tania was inspired to study again, completing a Certificate III in Education Support to not only support her own little people but make a difference to the lives of other children.

For the past seven years she has worked in DECD kindergartens, most recently at the Ingle Farm Children’s Centre, where her main roles were supporting children with special rights and working side by side with families, carers and health professionals to achieve positive outcomes for children and their families.

Tania is also an active contributor to her own community, working with Autism SA on fundraising initiatives and supporting her daughter as an off-skate official at junior roller derby. Her personal interests include seeing live music, collecting vinyl records, hanging out with family watching movies and baking sweet treats!

Tania understands that we all learn differently and everyone has something unique to contribute, no matter how big or small, living by her own personal motto “never say never”.

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James Bromell  

Learning Supporter 

James grew up in regional Victoria, where he was taken in by a Barkindji, Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri family at the age of 12. He looks back fondly on this time and believes everyone deserves to be raised in a protected and loved family environment, just as he did!

James draws on his lived experience to connect with and support young people, which is strengthened by his formal qualifications, a Diploma of Community Services and Certificate IV in Youth Justice. 

James moved to Adelaide in 2016 and since this time, his professional career has firmly focused on supporting young people. Initially working in residential care for Aboriginal and Family Support Services, James then moved on to Uniting Communities where he worked within the “FamilybyFamily” program, and more recently applied his skills and experience at the Adelaide Youth Training Centre – Kurlana Tapa.

James has also been part of the Collab4Good initiative and in 2020 spoke at the National Indigenous Youth Empowerment Summit.

A father, former junior rugby league coach and all-round nice guy, James is a valued and positive contributor to the lives of young people at Compass.