On Campus

Meet our Teachers

Great teachers are more important than great facilities. Please click on the photos below for a brief introduction from each teacher.

David Ramsay


David grew up in Sydney and moved to Albany to begin a new adventure. He and his wife moved across the country and have loved the journey God has taken them on. David loves getting outdoors, exploring the local area, and exercising with friends. He has shifted between a number of different hobbies, always enjoying something new. David has a heart for the students he works with, looking to support their holistic health. He strives to be a lifelong learner, whether it be at church and through biblical studies or through further university education.

Jade Baker

Head of Secondary

Jade completed an arts degree at the University of Western Australia, majoring in English and History, before gaining a Graduate Diploma in Education from Curtin University. Jade has been teaching for 8 years and is currently immersed in a Masters research project through Murdoch University, where she is exploring creativity and writing in senior secondary schooling. Outside of school, Jade loves reading, going to the beach and spending time with her husband and three children.

Rachel Power

Head of Primary

Having grown up in an educational family, with her Dad a principal and Mum a teacher, she initially avoided teaching until she took a position in Thailand and loved working alongside children. Rachel meet her husband at university and they both went remote teaching in the Kimberley, caught a barramundi and made great friends with many. Rachel has now combined her Christian beliefs into the teaching profession and finds it even more rewarding. Teaching keeps her young at heart.

Aneen Lamble

Learning Support Coordinator

Aneen completed her teaching degree at Curtin University before making the tree change with her husband and two children to Mount Barker in 2017. Aneen is a Maths teacher and Learning Support Coordinator. Her greatest passion and joy is helping students with learning difficulties while supporting them to reach their full potential. Aneen is currently completing a second teaching degree to broaden and improve her teaching skills. She is an avid quilter and attends the Mount Barker Baptist Church.

Michael Poole

Systems Coordinator

Michael was born and grew up in Albany before moving to Perth to study where he met his wife and had two children. He has been teaching for over 20 years. In 2010 he moved back to Albany to embrace a sea change. On the weekends you will find him woodworking and handcrafting electric guitars and eating the produce from his 55 fruit trees, 11 vegetable gardens and 2 bee hives.

Naomi MacGregor

WACE Coordinator

Naomi completed a Higher Diploma in Secondary Education in 1992. She started her teaching career in South Africa the following year. Naomi is a committed lifelong learner and has completed various qualifications through distance education while teaching, including a Honours degree in Educational Management. She immigrated to Australia and started teaching at ACC in 2012. Naomi’s greatest professional joy occurs when students lose their fear of Maths. On the weekends she likes to relax and read.

Angela Van Der Snoek

Primary Teacher

Angela grew up in the town of Augusta before moving to Perth, where she completed her Bachelor of Education (Primary). She has experience in both private and public education systems. Her teaching began at Ellenbrook Christian School, then ventured north and eventually brought her to Albany. Angela is married to her husband Alan and have been blessed with three wonderful boys. As a family, they find joy in various activities such as camping, gardening, and preparing delicious feasts to be shared with loved ones.

Andrew Sephton

Secondary Teacher

Andrew is an enthusiastic outdoorsman, father of 3, Labrador owner and husband to Kelly. He completed his Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Education at Edith Cowan University and Masters of Education at Morling College. Andrew is currently researching the benefits of Outdoor Learning on student growth and wellbeing at Murdoch University. At school Andrew enjoys working with Year 12 graduates as they move beyond school life and start to use their God-given gifts for service.

Melissa Patterson

Secondary Teacher

Melissa grew up in Albany and went on to study Agricultural Science in Perth. After marrying her husband, she moved to his family farm in Tambellup and later completed her Diploma of Education. Melissa taught secondary school mathematics and science in rural Western Australia for over ten years before returning to Albany with her family. In her leisure time, Melissa enjoys being outdoors, whether it be working on her family farm or exploring the stunning landscapes of the Great Southern.

Carryn Lagesse

Primary Teacher

Carryn moved to Australia in 2015 from South Africa and has never looked back. Carryn’s love for teaching is only surpassed by her love for children. Outside work, Carryn and her husband are kept on their toes by their beautiful son. Carryn enjoys walking on the beach, exploring new places and going on holiday with her family. As an animal lover, a farm packed with all types of animals would be her dream home.

Daniel Pitman

Secondary Teacher

Born and raised in Albany, Daniel completed his schooling locally after which he completed an apprenticeship before moving to Perth where he married. While in Perth Daniel completed a Bachelor of Education. His first teaching years were spent in the Pilbara. Since returning to Albany, he has taken up a teaching position at ACC. At church Daniel serves by playing guitar and on the weekend enjoys taking the dog for early morning runs and spending time with his family.

Dianne Downing

Secondary Teacher

Dianne was born and raised in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It was here that she completed her schooling, and later went on to study at the University of KwaZulu Natal, where she completed her Bachelor of Education Degree majoring in English and Geography. She met her husband at her local church, where he was a Youth leader. They have two beautiful children: Zoe and Troy. After teaching in South Africa for 15 years, they decided to embrace the opportunity to settle in Albany, WA. She has qualifications in dance and this will always remain a passion of hers. In addition to this, she loves reading and serving at their local church, Living Water.

Elisa Pitavanik

Secondary Teacher

Elisa is a Visual Art Teacher who believes in equipping students to express themselves through the Visual Arts. She enjoys creating artworks in her dedicated home art studio and finds Visual Art very therapeutic. Elisa believes that God is the ultimate Creator and that we are made in His image to also be creative. She attends Albany Church of Christ and loves getting outdoors, going to cafes, gardening and taking her young daughter to the park and beach.

Heather Jefferies

Secondary Teacher

Heather was born in Canada, where she completed a Bachelors of arts majoring in communications, followed by a Bachelors of education. In her twenties she travelled widely, spending extended time in the Africa the Middle East and Europe. These experiences gave her an appreciation for differing cultures and landscapes of the world. These perspectives have given her a love for the humanities and how they can inform us about the world and people with whom we share it with. She is currently working towards a masters in education through research with a focus on teacher wellbeing. She has lived with her family in Albany for the past 13 years and enjoys the natural beauty and pace of this corner of WA. On the weekend she can be found, reading, catching up with friends, watching her kids play sport or pottering in the garden.

Lewis Sinclair

Primary School Teacher

Lewis studied psychology at Curtin University before meeting his wife Jess in Perth. Once married, they moved to Albany where Lewis studied a Masters of Teaching. They have recently had their first child and are loving living in Albany. Outside of school Lewis enjoys going camping, hiking and playing sport. Lewis is currently enjoying teaching year six and enjoys seeing young people become confident in their learning and their social interactions.

Peter Findlay


Peter grew up in Albany. He was raised in a very musical family with many car rides involving singing and testing his musical knowledge. He has completed both Dance and Music exams to high levels and has grown up on stage. He is a third-generation teacher. He has served in the church since he was 8 years old from worship to media to youth ministry.

Russell Hunt

Secondary Teacher

Russell was born in Sydney, grew up in Perth and moved to Albany with his wife and daughter many years ago. Russell became a Christian in 1988 while travelling around Australia in a Kombi. He has been a high school teacher for most of his working life, with the majority of that time in Christian education. Russell fellowships at Calvary Chapel Albany and is slowly working his way through a Masters in Divinity.

Stuart Thomas

Secondary Teacher

Stuart was born and raised in Perth, where he studied Sport Science and eventually a Diploma of Education. He married his wife in 2017 and briefly taught in remote Western Australia and in Queensland before settling in Albany. In his free time you will find him training, playing football, basketball, fishing, gaming, and watching his beloved Dockers. His greatest passion in teaching is helping students discover and develop their God-given physical gifts and abilities, and equipping them to live a healthy and active life.