Meet the Staff

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Jean Varty


My career has stemmed from working in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and the Dandenong Ranges in the 1980’s.


My pedagogy is heavily influenced by the work of Dr Chris Sara ‘Stronger Smarter Institute’, working with Aboriginal Communities, ‘Dr John Munro’ research and interventions for Aboriginal Literacy interventions and most recently Tom Brunzel’s ‘Berry Street Education Model’.


I am most passionate about supporting students to achieve their personal best.

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Nicolle Answer

F - 2 Classroom Teacher

I completed my Diploma of Teaching at Monash University and then went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Science Education at Deakin University. I have taught in London and Katherine before picking up a permanent position in 1997 at St Andrews in Werribee.


In 2000 I moved to Mooroopna after getting married and was teaching at St Mary’s in Rushworth until I started a family in 2002. I continued to do CRT while on family leave looking after my 3 boys until I went back to fulltime teaching in 2018 at Harston Primary School. 2022 was time for a change, and I arrived here at Ardmona Primary School.


I have done a lot of professional learning around autism, other learning disabilities and trauma.  I am passionate about using inclusive practices and have a lot of knowledge about student intervention programs to support learning especially those on the autism spectrum. Given a positive learning environment and belief in themselves all students can succeed!


Conor Bragge

3 - 6 Classroom Teacher

My professional life commenced in the Australian military. I then worked in several different industries before studying education. I began teaching in 2001. I have taught in several educational settings during this time, from small Victorian rural schools to large international schools in Asia, to alternative settings for at-risk students and students with high learning needs in language.


I have travelled and lived in many different parts of the world and gained extensive experience using many different curricula. I am passionate about inquiry-based learning and supporting all students to develop and find enjoyment in the learning process; hopefully enabling them to readily adapt to an ever-changing world.


In my spare time, I am either enjoying time with my family or taking any opportunity possible to get my motorcycle out on the open road.


Talia Cosgriff

Teacher - Tutor Learning Initiative

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Nathan Turner

Education Support Officer

I have been work at Ardmona Primary School since July 2015 as Education Support, Student Wellbeing and Koorie Education Support.

I have grown up within the Goulburn Valley area having done my schooling at St Georges Rd Primary School and Shepparton High.

Upon completing Year 12 I then attended the Academy of Sport Health and Education(ASHE) and completed my Certificate 4 in Community Recreation whilst also work at St Georges Rd as a teachers aide.


Before commencing at Ardmona Primary School I worked as an indigenous trainee for 3 years for AFL Victoria in which I also completed my Certificate 4 in Sport and Recreation as well as a Diploma in Sports Management. 


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