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 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 enjoy assisting students, staff and parents.
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
Miss 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
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.
Miss Gemma Blair
Writing Specialist Teacher
I count it an immense privilege to be the first past Redeemer student to return as a full-time teacher. When I first walked through the Redeemer gates, I was a timid five-year-old. Since then I have worked as a newspaper journalist, had a brief stint in marketing, and spent 18-months as a mostly-solo traveller in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and United States. On returning to Australia, I decided to return to university to gain my teaching qualifications, and now find myself teaching at the very school that shaped me into the person I am today. I believe much of who I am as an adult has been influenced by Redeemer, including a love of learning, confidence to think creatively, and a willingness to push myself outside of my comfort zone. These are all qualities that I treasure and wish to encourage in all Redeemer students.
Miss Alexandra Blake
The Arts Teacher P-10
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
Miss Kylie Pocklington
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
Mr Joshua Ambrose
HPE TEACHER P-10
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
Mrs Tania Drower
Year Six Teacher
Mr Paul Gray
Manual Arts Teacher
Mr Paul Idstein
Middle School English / HaSS Teacher
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 Kim Campbell
My name is Kim Campbell. My husband and I, along with our children relocated to Biloela in December 2006. I have been a Teacher Assistant since September 2007 on a casual basis and as a Relief Assistant when needed. I have worked at various schools, a daycare centre and a kindergarten. During this time I have also completed a Certificate III in Children’s Services. My position at Redeemer Lutheran School started at the beginning of the school year in 2012. I love working with children as it can be very rewarding, watching them grow and learn as the weeks go by. I am a practising Catholic, but I do enjoy the singing and am happy to participate during Chapel.
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
Mrs Leonie Chisholm
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.
Ms Michelle Brown