Kelli Pickford - Chairperson
I joined Mullaloo Heights as principal in April 2015 and feel lucky to be part of such a warm and supportive community. I have worked in education, as a teacher and school leader, for 30 years and have experience in schools in the UK and Australia. I believe that good teaching can make a real difference to every child and this drives everything we do at Mullaloo Heights. As a result, the provision of high quality teaching within a nurturing and supportive environment is our priority. Of course, the wonderful school community, comprising of students, parents and staff working together with the same endpoint in mind, certainly makes achieving this a lot easier.
Shaun Carmody was born in Busselton WA. He is now married and has two children currently attending MHPS. As a current board member he brings knowledge and experience from a variety of backgrounds. In the past Shaun qualified as a chef and has worked as an executive chef in a variety of restaurants. Shaun spent time as an army reservist, and worked in many other roles in the private sector i.e. removalist, wildflower cutting etc.
In a career change Shaun trained as a teacher. He worked for 5 years in a remote Aboriginal community and then 7 years in a Duncraig school. Here Shaun spent time on the School Council offering insight into data analysis and school planning. He received finalist awards in both the ‘National Excellence in Teaching’ award and the ‘Premier’s Teacher of the Year award.’ Shaun has acknowledged expertise in Mathematics and is the published author of a mathematical text used in schools across WA. Shaun’s first appointment as a Deputy Principal in a school in Quinns Rocks in 2007 saw him implement excellent, successful programs that resulted in outstanding NAPLAN results. In 2015, Shaun was advanced to the role of School Principal where he managed a school board in an IPS context identical to MHPS. Shaun received excellent feedback from the School Board for his work and innovation.
Motivation for School Board Membership
Having children at MHPS, Shaun is highly invested and enjoys bringing his experiences from both the private sector and from 20 years in education, to the MHPS School Board. He has an intricate understanding of education processes and facilitating school improvement. He has been an active board member for many years and hopes to continue to utilise his expertise to assist with the future direction of MHPS.
John Merl - Parent Representative
John Merl was born in Gosford NSW and moved to WA in 2010. Living in Mullaloo, He and his wife, Yuting have three children, Ayden, Tyson and Lucas attending MHPS. John has worked in the Information Technology Industry Internationally over the past 30 years and holds numerous qualifications including a Master of Business in Information Technology Management from the University of Technology Sydney and Engineering Management Degree from the University of Central Queensland. He is keen on boating and had been a Sailing Instructor and Club Coach at Nedlands Yacht Club. His family feel very much a part of the lovely local community being actively involved in such activities as Oceanside Little Athletics, Hillary’s Yacht Club and Mullaloo Surf Lifesaving Club. He feels fortunate to belong to the Mullaloo Heights Primary School community and hopes to add value though a board role in helping to shape a high-quality local school which his children attend.
We have 2 children currently at the school. We live locally and chose the school because of its size, the beautiful trees, environmental area and location. I myself went to a Primary School similar in size which was great because of the lovely community feel, which I feel our school has.
I have been a Police Officer for 16 years now, I have worked in a variety of roles. I currently work at the Joondalup Police Station as a Police Prosecutor, which is a very challenging and shocking role, many are unsure what the role is, basically the charge is preferred by a police officer and my role is to present that charge to the court and prove the elements of the offence.
Motivation for School Board Membership
My motivation for being involved with the School board started a few years ago when some circumstances arose that I wasn't happy with, my thought process was I can either sulk and complain to others or I can get involved and understand the processes. This is what I did. I am not an educator, not overly business minded but I am there with the interest of our children and the parents. My motivation is to ensure the school is accountable and is staying on task to provide the best holistic school environment to our children.
As a father of three children, Flynn, Georgia and Noah, our young family joined the Mullaloo Heights school community in 2016 and immediately felt a close connection to the school and wider community. My wife Carina and I look forward to a long partnership and relish the fact that we are only a short stroll from our local school. Professionally I have worked for the Department of Education in teaching and administrative positions for over 10 years and am currently the Principal of an Independent Public School. I have led Schools both in the metropolitan area and rural communities and have a thorough understanding of the role of the Board in shaping successful schools. My motivation for Board membership is based on my commitment to a high quality local school in which our children will attend.
I proudly joined Mullaloo Heights Primary School in October, 2016. I have vast experience in public school education having worked in a number of schools across two countries over the past twenty years. Throughout my education career, I have experienced many different roles including Deputy Principal, Level 3 Teacher, Specialist Teacher in Physical Education and Science, Curriculum Leader and Cohort Leader. My philosophy is driven by my firm belief that every student can succeed.
I have enjoyed many highlights in my teaching career, my first teaching position in a New Zealand school, merit select positions at Kinross Primary and Brighton Primary School (now renamed Butler Primary School) and I am extremely proud to now be a part of the Mullaloo Heights Primary School Community.
I look forward to working with staff, students and the community into the future to achieve the best possible outcomes for the students of Mullaloo Heights Primary School.
I was born in England and moved to Australia when I was five years old. I attended Lymburner Primary School (Hillarys PS) and Padbury Senior High School. I completed my Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Notre Dame University in Fremantle and graduated in 2008. I got married in 2018 to Fraser who works on the RAC Rescue Helicopter. I am a positive and active person who enjoys: yoga, netball and personal training.
In my first year of teaching, I worked for three months doing relief at a variety of schools in the northern suburbs. I was then appointed a fixed-term position at Butler Primary School. My role for 2009 was very varied. I worked in Pre-Primary for one day per week, specialist Science, Art and Phys-Ed in Years 1-7. I also ran support and extension groups for Years 4-7 students. From 2010-2012, I was a Year One teacher. During this time, the numbers at Butler PS spiked to over 1000 students. Towards the end of this year, I was offered a permanent position. In 2013 and 2014, I was a Year 5 teacher. In my final year at Butler PS, I was in the Year 4 teaching team. From 2016 to present, I proudly work at Mullaloo Heights Primary School as a Year 5/6 teacher. I attained my Senior Teacher status in 2018 and currently act as Graduate Teacher Mentor and Curriculum Leader within the school.
Throughout my teaching career I have taught across various year levels from Pre-Primary to Year Six in both a classroom teacher, and specialist teacher capacity. I currently teach in a Year 3/4 class at Mullaloo Heights. I also lead this phase group and I have enjoyed collaborating with, and mentoring colleagues in developing teaching and learning programs which have resulted in consistently high standards across the 3/4 phase. A highlight of my career to date has been my achievement of Level 3 teacher status in 2016. I have a particular passion for the English learning area and part of my Level 3 teacher role has seen me lead the English Curriculum at MHPS for the past three years.
27 Charonia Road
Mullaloo WA 6027
Phone: (08) 6206 2100
Early Childhood Unit: (08) 6206 2112