Our Staff

SEDA College (SA) staff are experts in their field, helping students to develop their individual passions and achieve success.

TEACHERS & student mentors

Our teachers, while being experienced educators, also have a broad range of professional skills and excellent theoretical and practical grounding. Our teachers, mentors and learning assistants will walk alongside and support the individual journey of our students as they complete their secondary education.

 

Emma Knight, Teacher, Basketball

My number one passion is working with youth to achieve their individual goals and help shape them into the person they aspire to be. I love basketball, love sport, and am motivated by those around me.

Lachlan Hennig, Teacher, Basketball

I am a young and passionate teacher with a love for sport. I bring an enthusiastic approach into my teaching with a focus on inclusivity, to allow all students to be appropriately challenged and achieve personal success.

Ben Jansan, Student Mentor, Basketball

After 4 years of college basketball experience in America, I am excited to pass on my knowledge to the next generation of players. I currently play at the NBL1 level for the Norwood Flames and have been actively involved in the sport of basketball since I was 7 years old. I value communication, positive affirmations and promoting confidence within these young student athletes. I am excited to be actively involved in helping them reach their goals academically and athletically, whilst individually promoting their well-being.

Ben Williams, Teacher, Adelaide Crows & SACA

With 12 years teaching experience and a teaching philosophy built around pastoral care and academic independence, I am passionate about Health and Fitness, Sport and Recreation. I believe in encouraging students to value attributes such as resilience, dedication, confidence and leadership. In my role as Vocational Education and Training Coordinator I am focussed on providing students with the skills and opportunities to complete their Certificate III in Sport and Recreation.

Joe Gatting, Student Mentor, Adelaide Crows & SACA

I was born and bred in the UK. I have been fortunate to play professionally in two different sports. I played football (soccer) for Brighton and Hove Albion FC before moving to cricket to play for Sussex CCC and Hampshire CCC. Since 2009 I have spent eight summers in Adelaide before relocation full time early 2021. I am currently the head coach / captain at Tea Tree Gully District Cricket Club, and I will be playing soccer for Para Hills Knights Soccer Club during the winter months. I have a passion for helping people discover their brilliance by understanding their individual needs and desires, while falling back on my knowledge and life experiences, to give them a head start in starting their journey to achieve their future goals.  

Taylor Renfrey, Teacher, Netball SA

I entered the teaching profession in 2018, and quickly established the belief that educating young people is my contribution to the future. I continue to be inspired by the quote: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” and so using a relationship-centred approach, I aim to mentor students in the essential skill development for a prosperous tomorrow. I am dedicated to making the learning experience impactful, authentic, and positive, allowing students to begin their post-school journey with zest, confidence and passion.

Ellie Kangur, Student Mentor, Netball SA

I am a country girl from the Flinders Ranges who moved to Adelaide in 2009. I am new to SEDA this year. For the last 7 years I have worked in a variety of different roles within the South Australian Cricket Association. I have a passion for sport and using sport as a vehicle to help young people achieve their dreams and aspirations. I want the people that I work with to feel valued and cared about.

Joshua Lloyd, Teacher, Adelaide Crows

I have been teaching since 2007 in a range of different subjects and roles, including teacher, Sport/PE Coordinator, Year 11 Coordinator and Curriculum and SACE Coordinator. My passion is sport and to see students achieve their best in all they do, being able to take responsibility for their actions to maximise their learning. I have been teaching the Adelaide Crows Sports Development Program at SEDA College since 2019.

Xaiver Wagner, Student Mentor, Adelaide Crows

I am originally from Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula and have been living in Adelaide since 2015. I am a hard worker who is passionate about sport and I absolutely love footy. I have been lucky to have worked for the Port Adelaide Football Club and most recently, Adelaide United, so I have a strong understanding of what it takes to work in elite sport. I also have experience on the field having played at SANFL Reserves level, SAAFL Div 1 level and I am currently playing A grade footy back home on the Eyre Peninsula. I am keen to draw on these life experiences to be the best mentor that I can be for the students. 

Christopher Pahl, Teacher, Adelaide Crows

I am passionate about the capacity for sport to transform the lives of young people. My experiences in physical and outdoor education, coaching and sports administration (along with my own involvement with sport, exercise and the outdoors) have fostered my appreciation for its importance in social, psychological, cognitive and physical growth. I am particularly enthusiastic about an intentional approach to teaching and learning that promotes the development of skills, attitudes and dispositions that transfer to new and unfamiliar contexts.

Shaun King, Student Mentor, Adelaide Crows

I am an enthusiastic mentor who has a wealth of life experience from moving around the country during my schooling and young adult life. Predominately living in the country, I relocated to Adelaide in 2018. I am currently studying a bachelor’s degree in social work at Flinders University. I have experience at both SANFL level football and State League basketball. I am passionate about all things sport and coaching, specifically AFL.

Adrian Stenta, Teacher, Football SA

My two greatest passions in life are education and football and I’ve been very fortunate to be employed as both a teacher in a secondary school setting and football coach since 2003. I believe in using a student-centred, inquiry-based approach to learning where students are encouraged to reflect on their experiences to find meaning in their own lives. For me, teaching is a social process, which means building positive relationships is fundamental within the classroom. As such, I value communication, conversation, and positive reinforcement within my classroom.

Antonia Macadam, Student Mentor, Football SA

While working across a range of jobs as a qualified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, swimming teacher and pool lifeguard, I graduated in 2020 from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity. During the last 12 months I have broadened my skill set by working in a leadership role for a Summer Camp in the USA and am excited to be working as a Student Mentor with SEDA College in 2022. I am very passionate about helping students work towards their aspirations and finding pathways that match their interests and skills. 

Sam Carmichael, Teacher, Football SA

New to the SEDA Teaching team in 2022, I have been in the sporting world for most of my adult life. Firstly as a player playing at range levels in USA (University system), Sweden, Scotland, New Zealand and currently locally at Cumberland United, and more recently as a coach in a range of different settings including with FSA, SACA and local soccer clubs/schools. My passion is to help people find their goals and then support in achieving them.

Tom Monsignuer, Student Mentor, Football SA

I have over 15 years experience in sport Coaching, Management and Administration. I am community and advanced coach qualified in both Cricket and Soccer while being Head Coach of Unley Cricket club and Southern Knights Soccer Club. I am currently studying Sport Health and Physical Activity at Flinders University. I have a passion for all Sport and support Port Adelaide, Liverpool FC and Adelaide United FC. 

DIRECTORS, support Staff & learning assistants

Dana Kempster, Director of Student Experience

Respect, relationships and relativity are central to my philosophy. My approach is holistic, acknowledging the inextricable link between wellbeing and learning. I am enthusiastic about empowering young people to develop confidence and character as they navigate the adolescent years, guiding them to leverage their strengths and develop a solid personal brand that is alignment with their values. I am committed to the ongoing development of a strong and healthy culture at SEDA College and am delighted to serve the community as the Director of Student Experience.

Ashley Jenner, Director of Learning Innovation

It has been very exciting for me to be a part of the growth and improvement of the College since joining SEDA as a teacher in the Football Program at the beginning of 2020. I love being able to combine my passion for innovation and problem-solving with the physical side of the role, particularly joining the students in my new role as Director of Learning Innovation. Outside of the school setting, I enjoy playing and watching sport with my family and friends. 

Cathy Buttignol, Inclusion Coordinator

‘Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists; it is making a new space, a better space for everyone.’ (George Dei 2006). The student voice and their lived experience informs, enriches and drives my passion within secondary settings. I have worked in education for 25+ years, with both domestic and international students, teaching Mathematics and English, coordinating year levels, and for the last 15 years, providing Professional Counselling to adolescents in schools. I have a Master’s degree in Social Science (Counselling) and one of my strengths is a love of learning. The sports focus at SEDA provides an innovative and inclusive platform for celebrating diversity.

Catherine Smith, Program Admin & VET Instructor

I’m a country girl who moved to Adelaide in 2017. I strive to get the best out of our youth so they can reach their potential become a successful well-rounded adult and ready for what life can throw at them. I love sport and teamwork, after all a champion team will always beat a team of champions.

Courtney Roberts, Classroom Assistant

I started my career in footy with the SANFL before recently transitioning into teaching. I am currently studying a Master of Teaching at Charles Darwin University, which is giving me a great skillset to be successful in my role at SEDA as a Learning Assistant. I am very passionate about making an impact in young people’s lives, thus I am enthusiastic about supporting SEDA students through their final years of schooling. 

Kelsi Ley, Classroom Assistant

My journey at SEDA College began in 2019 as a Year 11 student and upon completing Year 12 I was offered a position as Student Support Officer. I have a strong passion for all sports, in particular, netball, football and soccer. Within my role at SEDA I focus on connecting with students and helping them to complete their work in a way that best suits them. I achieve this by identifying strategies which allows students with different strengths and learning styles to achieve the best results possible. 

Alana Lishmund, Classroom Assistant

As a 2021 graduate student, my main focus is to help students get the most out of their time here at SEDA College. Through supporting them as individuals and assisting their understanding of work, I am very excited to get to know students and do the best I can to be there for them. I can relate to the student experience here at the college having completed Year 11 in the soccer program and Year 12 moving to the AFL class. Having a background in a few different sports, I now spend my time playing League footy for the Norwood Women’s side, hoping to pursue a career in AFLW one day. Whilst being around the college I am also currently undertaking a Certificate 3 in Education Support to reinforce my knowledge of assisting and observing student life. 

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