Meet Lisa Cleverly
Lisa Cleverly holds a Bachelor of Education from Deakin University , Diploma of Teaching from Victoria College (majoring in Science and Mathematics) and a Graduate Certificate in Theology from Charles Sturt University.
Her teaching career began in Victoria where she taught in the public sector before being appointed to a position at Shelford Anglican Girls’ School, in Victoria in 1994. Lisa took on a variety of teaching roles at this school including teaching Physical Education, co-ordinating the Gymnastics program and inter-school sports program. In 1995, she moved to St Hilda’s School, Gold Coast. With an interest in sport and qualifications in the coaching of Gymnastics she taught Physical Education from Prep to Year 10.
The following year, Lisa moved into the classroom and has taught a range of year levels across the Junior School, which included a Mathematics specialist teaching role in the upper primary years. Throughout her time at St Hilda’s School Lisa has also held positions of Junior School Sports Co-ordinator and Head of Administration/Junior School. In these roles Lisa was responsible for the co-ordination of inter-house and inter-school sport, Andrews Cup and the day-to-day organisation of the Junior School as well as guiding and mentoring the Junior School Student Representative Council.
In 2012, Lisa was appointed Head of Junior School. During her time as Head of Junior School Lisa has overseen the implementation of the iPad program and the Australian Curriculum in the Junior School. She has initiated a number of innovative programs including Enrichment Programs, Chess, Robotics, Bounce Back, the Young Leaders Program and the integral pastoral care of students. With Lisa’s passion for educating girls, she is continuing to strive in developing further innovative pedagogy within the Junior School.
Chris Dunn After attaining my Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Biology degree, I spent four and a half years in Japan living in Fukuoka. During that time I attended a Japanese language school where I studied for three years before attaining my Level 1 in the Japanese Proficiency exam. Returning to Australia from Japan, I attended Macquarie University to complete my Graduate Diploma in Education. Since starting work at St Hilda’s School, I have been the senior Japanese teacher and was promoted to the position of Head of Languages in 2011. I have been an active member of the Modern Teachers’ Language Association of Queensland and for the past three years and Vice President of the Gold Coast branch. As a member of the association, I have created opportunities for St Hilda’s students to participate in Regional and State Speech and Writing Competitions. For three years, I was the Regional Speech Competition coordinator for the annual Griffith University competition. For the past five years, I have been the co-convener for the Gold Coast Writing competition. From 1997 to 2011, I was a panelist on the Gold Coast region panel. Since 2011, I have acted as Panel Chair for Japanese in the Gold Coast region and regularly attend Professional Development courses regarding assessment and the curriculum. I am passionate about giving students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language that they study at St Hilda’s School and have coordinated and conducted nine trips to Japan with students.