Perth Individual Team

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PRINCIPAL, MARG PONTIN

Marg Pontin is the Principal of Perth Individual. Marg was based for many years in Albany, Western Australia.  She originally qualified as a secondary teacher and worked for a short period in a public high school, but subsequently moved to an independent primary school for a decade. She then worked for a time in adult training before becoming Principal of Albany’s Parklands School in 2009. Highlights of her term at Parklands included more than doubling the enrolments, which entailed significant staff development and a building program, and winning a national design award in 2012 for the school’s nature-based playground. She is passionate about lifelong learning and seeking growth for herself and her staff. From the late 1990s, Marg sought out training and experience in Australia and overseas to gain accreditation as a trainer in Nonviolent Communication. She is one of only two certified NVC trainers in Western Australia. Marg has participated in school study tours including nature-based kindergartens in Scotland and positive education practices at Geelong Grammar. In 2015, she was mentored by US-based organisational consultant Marie Miyashiro, a Nonviolent Communication consultant in the corporate sector, to design and deliver a school community strategic planning process called Bright Futures. In 2017, Marg attended an Australian Council of Educational Leadership symposium on building positive school cultures, at which she met Finnish scholar and educator Pasi Sahlberg. This meeting inspired her to self-fund a study trip to Finland in 2018 and build connections with Finnish educators. In 2019, she co-led a study tour of educators from WA independent school to examine education practices in Finland. Also in 2019, she was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Leadership by the Australian Council of Education Leadership. She was appointed Principal of Perth Individual in 2020.

PERTH INDIVIDUAL BOARD

The Board of Perth Individual is comprised of members representing the existing parent community, independent board members and Perth Individual Administration team members. If you would like to communicate with the School Board please email boardsecretary@pi.wa.edu.au.

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Dr Anastasia Isakova Chair
Clayton Powell (Deputy Chair)
Jo-Anne Robinson Finance Director
Jason Talati Director
Marg Pontin, Principal Director
Barbara Watroba Acting Board Secretary

TEACHING STAFF/MONTESSORI DIRECTORS

Montessori Directors embrace the Montessori approach with a depth of knowledge fuelled by a passion for learning and developing young minds in a nurturing, caring and supportive environment. The Montessori Director, parents and students combine as a learning team for the benefit of all. Members are actively involved in the local community while appreciating and embracing the global community with a commitment to making a difference.

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Executive Staff

Margaret (Marg) Pontin Principal

Administration

Laura Ruddle Administration Officer
Nina Thethy Accounts Officer 

Academic Staff

Pre3Montes Playgroup

Sharika Nana Montessori Playgroup Leader

Cycle 1

Anitra Woodcock Director
Caroline Kennedy Director
Kerryn Johns Education Assistant
Udenie Karunaratne Education Assistant

Cycle 2

Jayne Kaiko Director
Anthea Pinto Director
Deborah Pan Education Assistant

Cycle 3

Sarah Caldwell Director
Debbie Wrigley Director
Shamim Misso Education Assistant

Cycle 4 & 5  (High School)

Elizabeth Marazzato Director

Special Programs

Adin Livnjak Physical Education, Martial Arts & Health
Cono Mangano Learning Support & Profiling
Linda Jones Language Other Than English

Music

Aaron Woolley Guitar & Rock Band Private Tutor
Todd Bebbington Piano/Keyboard Private Tutor

The Montessori Director, parents and students combine as a learning team for the benefit of all

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