Teaching staff in Lutheran schools graduate from Universities throughout the world. After employment they are required to become accredited to teach in Lutheran Schools by completing a Christian Studies Equip course. The school assists staff with this accreditation process. Staff must be registered with the Queensland College of Teachers before commencing employment.
We invite you to meet each member of the staff at Redeemer.
Mrs Jenni Krenske
Teacher 1993-September 2005
Moving from my home town of Loxton, South Australia, I have been a resident of Biloela since 1975. Having attended the local highschool myself, and raising my three children in this community, I have a deep attachment to the Callide Valley. Along with my husband, I am a worshipping member of Redeemer Lutheran Congregation. Called to teach at Redeemer Lutheran Primary School in 1993 I have possibly learnt more than I have ever taught; growing spiritually, in my knowledge of educational needs and practices and understanding of interpersonal relationships. During those years I taught Year 1,3,4,5 and 7 and with a passion for curriculum had the added responsibility of Curriculum Coordinator. In September 2005 I took on the role of Principal of our School: I classify myself as an Instructional leader and have a great deal of passion for striving to provide the best for our students and raising each child’s holistic educational outcomes.
Mrs Eureka Coetzee
Student Wellbeing & Pastoral Care Co-ordinator
Senior School Support Teacher
I come from a family riddled with teachers and have successfully influenced two thirds of my sons to become one too. Teaching is in my blood. It is my DNA. Together with my husband, Nols, we have become true “Biloelians” and I am now in my twelfth year at Redeemer. Looking back I am very appreciative that I clearly remember the good times only. I have played a significant role in establishing, designing and planning the Preparatory Class. I am proud of this project which has been very prosperous and I relish in the great reputation and influence it has in our school. Teaching Year 7 will always be my highlight. Understanding and dealing with adolescents was challenging but rewarding. My new role as pastoral carer is gratifying and it is a way that I wish to put God’s love in action.
Mrs Sandra Wass
Teaching, Learning and Behaviour, Student Wellbeing
My family moved to Biloela in 2007 and since then we have happily made the Callide Valley our home. I embarked on my teaching career after taking time out to raise my two small children. After a brief time working with Education Queensland teaching year 4-7 in a local small school I came to Redeemer to work in a small, supportive, child focused arena. I have a keen interest in mathematics and enjoy sharing this with my students. I genuinely enjoy working with children and consider it a privilege to work in such a rewarding profession.
Mrs Catherine Wissemann
After having travelled around Australia and worked in Brisbane and Toowoomba, Biloela has proven to be great place to settle down and raise a family. As a baptised Lutheran and past student of Concordia Memorial College, Toowoomba, I took the opportunity to work at Redeemer when it arose in November, 1995. Since then I have felt that it would be hard to find another school where the employees are so dedicated to their work and the students. I am pleased to be able to complement the team through my work in administration.
Mrs Helen Aldridge
Born and bred in the area and living on a cattle property in the Harrami area, I went to school at Thangool State School and then the Biloela State High school. My administration training was gained as an employee at Power Brothers Accountancy Firm. Married to the gorgeous Chubb I have two wonderful children Ryan and Leticia. I began work at Redeemer in 2009 as the Office Manager. I feel very privileged to be able to work with the wonderful students, parents and staff here at Redeemer.
Mrs Petrea Jensen
I grew up in Biloela and moved away to attend University in Toowoomba, where I completed a Bachelor of Business. I then worked as an Accountant for Suncorp in Brisbane for 9 years. After marrying my High School sweetheart, I took time away from the business world to raise our three children. Biloela was always “home” for us so in 2006 we purchased a small business and moved back. It was then that my eldest daughter started at Redeemer in Prep and I became an active parent within the school community. At the beginning of 2012 I started at Redeemer as a member of staff in the office. It was a perfect fit for me as it combined my enjoyment of working with children and my love of numbers.
Mrs Heidi Stevens
I was born and raised in Toowoomba. My early years were spent swimming and going to soccer carnivals with my brother. After completing high school, I worked in the Loans Department of Heritage Building Society. It was time for a change, which took me to Brisbane and then the Gold Coast working for a Law Firm. I was married to Scott in 2001 which brought me to Biloela. We now have 2 children, Corey and Abby. My interests include swimming/keeping fit, reading, cooking and shopping.
Pastor Graham Pfeffer
My life began at Chinchilla where I thoroughly enjoyed growing up on a farm. I went to school at Chinchilla State Primary and High Schools. I left school at the end of year ten to work on the family farm. I loved working on the land and thought I would continue to do so till retirement. While still on the farm, I married my wife Judy and together we have four children. Drought forced me to rethink our future and I took the opportunity to do an adult apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic. This lead to my working in the local John Deere company as a service technician. I loved it. God had other plans for me though. I was bought up in the Lutheran church and was active in the work of the church but never intended to be a pastor. However, events happened where it was revealed to me I was to test the call upon me to be a Pastor and we moved to Adelaide for five years of study and training to be a Pastor of the Lutheran church. My first placement as a Pastor is here in Biloela. I thoroughly enjoy being in “Bilo” and I am honoured to be part of this fantastic college.
Mrs Lana Kammholz
Having taught at Redeemer previously, I am excited to have my own three children attend Redeemer and experience all that it has to offer. I’ve taught in both school and kindergarten environments and I’m excited to be teaching in Prep. I enjoy working with children, and believe that hands on and play based experiences bring the best out of young learners. I aim to promote a love of learning through the daily interactions and experiences we have in the classroom.
Mrs Megan D'Arsie
Year One Teacher
“I grew up mostly in New Hampshire, a small state in the U.S.A. This is where I completed my Bachelors in Elementary Education and Psychology and my Masters in Educational Studies. Right after graduation I landed in Taiwan where I taught English to elementary students in Taipei. After a couple years there, I needed a change of pace and Australia seemed like a good fit. We made our way to Queensland where we decided to make our home for the time being. This is my first year at Redeemer Lutheran College and I can’t wait for many more!”
Mrs Wendy Walker
Year Two Teacher
I was born and bred in Biloela and only moved away to study my first degree in Business Management. After graduating, I worked on the Gold Coast for 11 years in Hospitality positions before moving back to Biloela to care for my elderly father. It was at this time that I realised my calling and passion for teaching. I graduated with a Bachelor of Learning Management (Primary) Graduate Entry with Distinction from the Central Queensland University in 2007. I began teaching at Redeemer Lutheran Primary School in 2010 and have progressively developed my personal philosophy to teaching. I want all children to enthusiastically come to school. In order to do this I would like students under my direction to develop a love of learning and be optimistic, eager and happy in my classroom. I make sure their classroom and school environment is safe and conducive to learning by providing all children with routine, resources and my time. I want to keep their natural curiosity and creativity alive while at the same time fostering vital critical understandings necessary for a global community.
Miss Phylicia Edwards
Year Three Teacher
Miss Stephanie Pole
Year Four Teacher
My name is Stephanie Pole and this is my first year of teaching. I grew up in Bundaberg and love the outdoors, the ocean and my family and friends. After completing my schooling in Bundaberg, I went on to complete a Bachelor of Education Primary, graduating with distinction. I am a highly motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated educator who wants all children to be successful learners.
Miss Clara Busch
Year Five Teacher
Having recently moved from the Mid North of South Australia, I have quickly come to call Biloela home. I completed all of my schooling in Lutheran Education where I then went on to study a Bachelor of Education (middle/secondary)/Bachelor of Health Science at Flinders University and obtained my Lutheran Strand Accreditation at the Australian Lutheran College, both in Adelaide. With a love for perusing a healthy lifestyle and active living, it brings me so much joy to be able to share that with the children I see every day. Redeemer Lutheran College is my first posting as a graduate teacher and I look forward to discovering all of the unique characters I will meet along the way.
Mrs Michelle Montgomery
Middle School Science Teacher
My husband and two daughters have just moved to Biloela from Darwin where I was teaching Middle School Science and Mathematics and Senior Physics at Good Shepherd Lutheran College. My family and I are all enjoying the town, and especially the change in climate. I studied Civil Engineering at The University of Tasmania and worked in the Civil and Mining industries for 10 years before becoming a Teacher and have found that this background allows me to make practical connections to what we are studying in class.
Miss Alexandra Blake
The Arts Teacher P-10
I am originally from Perth, WA and moved to Biloela at the beginning of the year. I am enjoying being back in a rural setting as I grew up in a small town on the south coast of WA.I studied Fine Art at Curtin University of Technology, graduating in 2014. After this, I completed a Graduate Diploma of Primary Teaching at Edith Cowan University, and then a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching, specialising in Visual Arts and English. I am enjoying the sense of community that comes from working in a small school, and exploring Biloela and its surrounds.
Mrs Bec Wall
I graduated from USQ with a Bachelor of Education P-10 (Major in Special Education). Moving to Biloela 8 years ago, I have passionately taught special needs years 8-12 and mainstream years P-7. This year I have been blessed to work with dedicated and dynamic teachers in my role as Learning Support Teacher years 4-7. I endeavour to engage and inspire students to reach their full potential by valuing their individual learning needs.
Mrs Sue Appel
Born and raised in Brisbane, I moved to Biloela in 1990 after accepting a teaching position at the local high school. I joined the staff at Redeemer in 2008. I have experience teaching multiple disciplines in both the public and private sectors from Prep through to Year Twelve. Alongside being a committed educator, I am thoroughly enjoying raising three very active daughters with my husband.
Mrs Leanne Neilson
Born and raised in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. I came from a family of musicians and teachers. My first love has always been dancing and theatre productions which I performed and competed in for many years. My passion for working with children came about when I was approached by my childhood Primary School to direct and coach the dancing and drama of their school play. It was during that time that I found my calling to teach. I went on to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education and Specialization in Special Needs Education. I have been teaching for over 10 years, both in the classroom and in the Educational Support Department. I believe in teaching from the heart. As my role of Educational Support teacher for Junior primary at Redeemer, I strive to make every endeavor to design and implement differentiated teaching techniques to meet every child’s individual needs.
Mrs Kylie Leonard
Middle School English / Humanities Teacher / Dance and Drama / Cheer and Dance
I moved to Biloela in 2014 from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane, in search of a ‘country’ change. I am happy to say that I am absolutely loving living in this vibrant community. After teaching for the last 14 years at a large Christian College, it has been a fantastic opportunity to be able to move to a smaller school where I am able to offer more personal attention to my students. Apart from my passion for teaching I also love teaching cheerleading and dance and have been fortunate in my career to be able to travel and judge at the World Championships.
Miss Kate Victor
Middle School Mathematics Teacher
After completing my high school education at Grace Lutheran College, on the north side of Brisbane, I chose to study my Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Australian Catholic University, with a focus on the Lutheran strand. Graduating in 2012, I was fortunate to be offered a position at St Stephens Lutheran College in Gladstone, teaching in the Middle Years. Over the last four years, I have taught a variety of subjects with a focus on Maths, Science and Christian Studies. During my time at St Stephens I have enjoyed working on Musicals, Wakakirri performances and with sporting teams. I have found a real love in working in the Middle Years – both the rewards, and the challenges it presents. I feel privileged to be able to have the opportunity to continue my teaching career within the Lutheran schooling at Redeemer Lutheran College in 2017!
Mr Raj Vairavan
I am originally from southern part of India, where I completed my Bachelor’s degree. During my last semester I started to look for universities and colleges in Australia which offered the best Master’s degree in IT. My search led me to Brisbane University. After completing two years of my master’s program I started working for an IT company in Brisbane and Gold Coast. I worked for this company for a year. At the end of 2017, I was offered a role as an ICT Co-ordinator at Redeemer. After four years of city life, Biloela is the first country town I have visited in Australia and I feel Biloela is a great place to live. I feel privileged to be able to work with wonderful students and staff at Redeemer and I am looking forward to continuing my career in Lutheran Education.
Mr Joshua Ambrose
HPE TEACHER P-10
I grew up in Tamworth in regional NSW in a family where both parents are Teachers. Redeemer Lutheran College has provided me amazing opportunities for development and opened the door once again on my faith journey. Physical activity has always been a passion of mine from when I was little, seeing the enjoyment students get from both their personal achievements and working as a team is extremely fulfilling. I have been blessed to have discovered this fantastic place of learning and growth. Aside from teaching, Rugby Union coaching is a strong passion of mine and I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to attend various carnivals and tournaments around New South Wales and Queensland and I am enjoying sharing this experience with my students.
Mrs Megan Worthington
Middle School Science Teacher
I grew up on a western Queensland sheep and cattle station, attended the local school up until Year 10 and then went on to complete Year 12 at a boarding school in Charters Towers. I continued studying at James Cook University in Townsville, completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and then a Graduate Bachelor of Secondary Education. I have been teaching Science and Biology for the past 16 years. My husband and I moved to Biloela to be closer to extended family at the end of 2015 and I have been on leave after the birth of our beautiful daughter in early 2016. Outside of school, I like to cook, sew, play tennis and travel when possible. I have recently returned to work in a part-time capacity, teaching Science in the Middle School and have been enjoying getting to know the staff and students. To me, teaching affords infinite variety, challenge, humour and a huge capacity to foster human connection and I am looking forward to continuing my career here at Redeemer.
Mrs Leah Brosnan
Middle School Business and Work Studies / Home Economics – Food Technology Teacher
Mr Michael Rankin
Music Teacher P-10
I was born in Wodonga, Victoria and grew up as the oldest of five children in Yeppoon, Queensland. I have always loved music from a young age starting on recorder and piano in primary school and advancing to clarinet and bassoon in high school. My love of singing began at fourteen when by accident, playing guitar, I discovered I had a voice. I completed my teacher training at Central Queensland University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree before commencing a 15 year career as a music teacher with Education Queensland. During that time, I went on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Musical Studies at the University of Queensland. I was fortunate in my teaching, as I got to teach classroom music and instrumental music, sometimes both at the same time. I have run my own music teaching business, tutoring students in voice, instrumental music and music theory while teaching early childhood music in childcare centres. The study bug hit again in 2014 and I completed a Master of Music degree in 2016. I commence a PhD program in October 2018, again at the University of Queensland. My research activities have enabled me to become a casual researcher with the University of Queensland and meet a network of very talented musical performers and researchers. I believe all students can experience success in music to their level, and I strive to create a learning environment where this can happen. I want students up and creating music. Two highlights of my career were the opportunity to perform at the Australian Consulate in London and the publishing of my children’s novel “The Fiendish Hair Plot”. This is my first year teaching at Redeemer and my wife and I hope to have many happy years here in the Biloela community.
Mrs Tania Drower
Year Six Teacher
Mr Paul Gray
Manual Arts Teacher
Having grown up on the Norfolk Plains in northern Tasmania I attended a local state Primary School and then went to a large Catholic High School in Launceston. After leaving high school I won a place as an apprentice boilermaker/welder on a farm in my home town. It was during this time I met my wife and we have two sons. After several years in Tasmania we moved to South Australia where I took up studies to become a teacher. I have worked for Lutheran schools both in Port Lincoln (Navigator College) and Murray Bridge (Unity College). We have also lived around different regions in SA for 15 years working for both Government and Independent Christian schools. My wife and I are so pleased to serve the Lord in another Lutheran School here Biloela. I look forward to many fruitful years here as we serve Christ in this community.
Mrs Kathleen Tuimaseve
Middle School English
My husband, three of our five children relocated to sunny – yet very cold – Biloela towards the end of July 2018. We are excited to raise our children in this lovely community and in a rural township with lots of rolling plains and fresh air. As a family we have recently spent five weeks in lush New Zealand and (if you ask my son, we stopped at every waterfall) China where we ran The Great Wall Marathon (42.2km). I started teaching in Brisbane almost twenty years ago as Saint Columban’s College. I coached Swimming and Volleyball to three successive victories in the TAS Interschool competition and I started the school Cheer and Dance team – The Eagles. I have taught Year 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 for English Years 10, 11, and 12 for English as a Second Language, Year 11 and 12 for English Communication (now to be known as Essential English), Year 8, 10 and 11 Religion, Year 11 and 12 Study of Religion and Year 10 Maths, Science and SOSE. I have been a Head Of English and a Director of Sport and Activities, where I organised school carnivals, sports and touring teams to the Confraternity Rugby League and Netball Championships and the NQ Schools Cup Volleyball. Recently I coached a Gold Medal team for Volleyball at the National School’s Cup Volleyball in Melbourne – 2017. I am excited to continue the teaching and learning programs established at Redeemer Lutheran College and use my background and experience to bring even more opportunities and success to the students here.
Mrs Kathy Callow
My family have been part of the Biloela community for 17 years now. My husband Rod and I have been blessed with two boys who are past students of Redeemer. When arriving to Biloela I was offered an opportunity to manage a local daycare center, this is where I found my passion and interest in early childhood education. I completed a certificate III whilst my boys were younger allowing me to work as a relief early childhood educator at many facilities in Biloela. For the past six years I have been a member of staff of the Redeemer Lutheran College school community as a Teacher Aide.
Mrs Kerry Dew
I was born in Biloela on a very cold August day (so I’m told). Redeemer Lutheran Primary School was where I went to school from grade 1 to grade 7. I then graduated to the Biloela State High School. After graduation I worked at Amcal Chemist for almost 5 years. From there I moved to England for 2 years where I worked in a Bakery/café while travelling around Europe. While in Europe I decided to go to University and complete a teaching degree. On my return I settled at Hervey Bay and completed my Bachelor of Education at the University of Southern Queensland’s Wide Bay campus. This is where I met my husband to be, who, recently widowed, was completing his BA. After I graduated, my husband, our 4 kids and I moved to Toowoomba, where our two youngest children were subsequently born. Due to more or less suddenly becoming a parent of 6 children, I have been a supply teacher only since leaving University—a feat in itself, my husband tells me. In January 2018 we moved back to Biloela where I have become a Teacher-Assistant at Redeemer—and have done some supply teaching both at Redeemer and Biloela State School. My husband shall join me in the new year after a difficult hiatus—he remains most of the time in Toowoomba for now while our youngest from the first four finishes year twelve. I thus find myself back where I started, with my family, and my husband and I look forward to enjoying a less hectic existence here. Teaching remains my abiding passion and I feel Biloela is the place where I can finally realise my vocation.
Mrs Eran Bailey
Since becoming a registered Psychologist in 2002, I have worked with children and adolescents predominantly within the community sector regarding many common issues such as anxiety, family conflict, family separation, loss and grief, behavioural issues and social difficulties. My work with children and adolescents requires the use of a range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused, Strength-based, Narrative and Play therapies. At the beginning of 2016 I welcomed the opportunity to work at Redeemer and I feel privileged to be able to work with the wonderful students and staff at Redeemer both as a Teacher Aide and as a Counsellor.
Mrs Katie Maas
Being born and raised in Biloela and loving my childhood here, my husband and I have continued to raise our two children here. After working in retail for 16 years I decided I needed a change. I found my calling after enrolling in Cert 3 in Education Support and doing my work placement at Redeemer. I enjoy what each day brings working at the school and seeing the children learn and grow. I feel extremely privileged for the opportunity I’ve been given, working at Redeemer, the school I did my primary school years at.
Mrs Myra Davidson
Having lived in Biloela most of my teenage years, we moved to Rockhampton to complete my senior high school years. After getting married in 1997 I moved back to Biloela with my husband where we owned and operated a Bakery until 2012. We have been blessed with 4 wonderful children who we have enjoyed raising in the Biloela area. I began working at Redeemer as a Teacher Aide in 2013 and have since completed my Certificate III in Education Support. I have great passion for my job and find great comfort in supporting children in their learning.
Mrs Leonie Burling
Biloela has been home to our Family for 7 years now. Having moved here in 2011, so that my husband Adam, could take up a mining position and be at home every night, was the initial drawcard. We have since added to our family over the years and now are lucky to have four healthy children, who love their school, Redeemer. I have previously worked in the Nursing field but am now very much enjoying a new experience as a Teaching Assistant, as my youngest child began Prep this year. I love to watch the students have fun and enjoy learning and am inspired by their energy and curiosity.
Mrs Leonie Chisholm
I was born in Biloela in 1971. I attended Biloela State Primary school and later the High School where I completed year 12. I moved to Brisbane with my high school sweetheart. Later we moved back to Biloela, got married and raised two beautiful girls. They attended Redeemer Lutheran School and then Biloela High School. I now work at Redeemer as a cleaner and my husband works at the mine. We are now settled in Biloela and enjoy loving our grandchild with another grand baby on the way.
Mrs Delmay Bennett
I have lived in Biloela since 2002 and although I am not a true local, I have lived in the Central Queensland area most of my life. I completed my primary years at Wowan State School and secondary at North Rockhampton State High School. Since leaving school, I have been working in office administration for rural businesses and have gained over 20 years experience. I am married to Justin and in 2006 we were blessed with two wonderful children, Scott and Jacinta. Prior to the children commencing kindergarten, I provided home day care for a number of children under school age for a year and since Kindergarten have volunteered as a parent helper as much as I could. In 2014, I made the decision to change careers and have since achieved my Certificiate III in Education support as well this position as Teacher Assistant.
Mrs Natalie Pollock
Having lived in Biloela most of my life and having completed primary and high school here, I feel Biloela is a great place to live and bring up a family. My husband and I raised our three children here and are very pleased and proud with how they have grown into wonderful young adults. I have worked in the school environment since 2002. I was a Teacher Assistant at a small local school for seven years prior to commencing my employment with Redeemer Lutheran School in 2009. My role at Redeemer is Library Assistant. I enjoy working in the library and interacting with the students when they come for library borrowing. I love the challenge of encouraging the more reluctant readers.
Miss Michelle Brown