Kilbreda College a Kildare Education Ministries School in the Brigidine Tradition

Teresa Lincoln

Co-Principal

Teresa has a passion for girls’ education in the Catholic context and inspired by Gospel messages in her daily interactions with others. She is a woman of strong faith and values respectful relationships, the dignity of the individual, justice and forgiveness. Teresa has a deep commitment to ensuring students are provided opportunities to engage in issues of justice and to have the courage and capacity to respond to them.

Teresa’s leadership for improving student learning and wellbeing outcomes was enhanced through her role as Deputy Principal, Student Learning and Wellbeing at Genazzano FCJ College. Prior to this Teresa had held leadership positions at Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg and Loyola College Watsonia. Teresa has been actively involved on the Executive of the Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools Deputy Principal Association, the Marcellin College Advisory Board, Trinity Catholic Primary School Education Board and St John’s Parish, Heidelberg Finance Committee. These were valuable opportunities to learn with and from others; she sees herself as a life- long learner.

Teresa has a Master of Education (International Policy) and has also completed the International Leadership and Management Program (ILMP). The ILMP strengthened her leadership capacity and commitment to leading a learning focused school through connecting her to best international practices and leading researchers. Teresa believes that the future of innovative and excellent learning opportunities for students lies in the inspiration we provide as leaders and the support, opportunities and empowerment we offer to our staff and students.

Teresa has embraced the opportunity to be Co-Principal of Kilbreda College with Nicole Mangelsdorf and sees this as a privilege and as an exciting opportunity to model collaboration in a learning focused environment.


Nicole Mangelsdorf

Co-Principal

Nicole has been an educator in Victorian Catholic secondary schools for over twenty years. She is deeply committed to the holistic education that is at the heart of Catholic schools and to leading a learning focused, faith based community. Nicole believes that learning opportunities must not only prepare students for academic success, but contribute to the development of the whole person, allowing students to grow in their faith, develop a strong sense of self, a genuine love of learning and encourage them to become discerning young adults with a strong commitment to social justice.

Prior to being appointed Co-Principal of Kilbreda College, Nicole was Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching at Siena College, Camberwell for seven years. Nicole has held various other leadership positions including Head of Science, Senior Teacher – Programs and Director of Professional Learning. Her commitment to leading a high performing, learning focussed school was further enhanced through her completion of the International Leadership and Management Program (ILMP) Senior Leaders Program.

Nicole is an active member of the teaching profession and passionate about improving educational standards and developing strong cultures of learning. She was an active member of the Executive Committee of the Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools Deputy Principals’ Association (VCSSDPA) and held the position of both Secretary and President.

Nicole is a passionate advocate for the environment and for sustainability, having commenced her teaching career as a Biology, Science and Health Education teacher. She also has a strong commitment to social justice and has led student immersion programs to Central Australia and a remote township in South Africa. Nicole is woman of faith and models Gospel values of respect, integrity, forgiveness and justice in her interactions with others.

Nicole enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities and travelling to places of beauty and cultural diversity. She recently fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit the Galapagos Islands and walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. To relax and re-energise Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, horse riding, camping, yoga and meditation.

Catherine Johnston

Assistant Principal: Learning and Teaching

Catherine brings a breadth of experience in leading learning and teaching and has worked in a range of roles both interstate and internationally She is committed to lifelong learning and in addition to her teaching qualifications, has completed a Masters of Education (International Policy), Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Leadership, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Catherine believes that schools should promote a love of learning and hope, of social justice and service to others, and be welcoming and inclusive.

Prior to her role at Kilbreda, she was the Learning and Teaching Coordinator (Years 7- 10) at Padua College, a multi campus college on the Mornington Peninsula, and held a similar role at Trinity College, South Australia. In both these roles Catherine was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Learning and Teaching program.

At Kilbreda, Catherine leads the team of Domain Leaders and is working with them to ensure that the skills required of young people; communication, collaboration and creativity, underpin the College's learning programs. She is passionate about improving student outcomes through a focus on creating a culture of continuous learning, improvement, and innovation and is a passionate teacher of English and Humanities.

Stephanie Smyth

Assistant Principal: Wellbeing and Engagement

Throughout its rich 113 year history, Kilbreda has been blessed with quality leaders, beacons of light who through their actions have inspired others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.  Stephanie feels privileged that she has been blessed with the opportunity to continue to build upon the work of those who have gone before her and is committed to ensuring that the Catholic ethos and Brigidine Charism are promoted and celebrated in the life of the Kilbreda College community.

Throughout all the dimensions of her professional life, Stephanie’s enduring passion has been the wellbeing of young people.  Her experience in working with students from a variety of backgrounds, across many year levels she has found to be challenging and inspiring.  It has enabled her to become highly attuned to their learning and wellbeing needs.  Stephanie’s compass for wellbeing and engagement is centered upon ensuring that each student has personalised opportunities to access a comprehensive, relevant and meaningful Pastoral care program and is known, cared for and valued. 

Stephanie acknowledges the important role that teachers play in modelling to their students the importance of being lifelong learners in all aspects of life.  She is excited to have the opportunity to work alongside quality teachers to ensure that the students of Kilbreda are well-equipped to contribute to the world in which they live through their actions and decisions.

Wayne Murrill

Assistant Principal: Staff Learning and Development

Wayne brings great experience and passion in the areas of educational review and innovation, and leading collaborative teams to improve the academic, social, emotional and spiritual lives of students.

Prior to his role at Kilbreda, Wayne was the Director of Middle Years at Genazzano FCJ College in Kew where he worked collaboratively with staff to re-define the learning culture, through embedding: a metacurriculum into curriculum design; visible learning; thinking routines and the implementation of Professional Learning Teams.  Wayne has significant experience in the collation and analysis of diagnostic and student voice data to inform and enhance pedagogical practice and professional learning. His skills and desire to lead a high performing, learning focused school have been further enhanced by completing the International Leadership and Management Program for Middle Leaders.

Wayne has held a number of leadership positions in the past including Middle Years Coordinator, Year 9 Program Coordinator and Innovation and Excellence Representative and is teaching Media and Italian at Kilbreda.