Our Teachers

Our passionate teachers are highly qualified experts with years of teaching experience and are specifically trained in online instruction methods.

They all share a desire to make a difference and help students learn in the ways that work best for them. Our teachers enjoy ongoing professional development through the SCEA Institute of Teaching and Learning to ensure they stay current with future advancements in online instruction.

Their innovative pedagogy makes optimal use of all available teaching tools and technologies, and they care deeply about each individual. 

Teachers meet with their students in an online virtual classroom where they lecture, show videos, demonstrations and presentations, ask questions and hold discussions, just like they would in a bricks and mortar classroom. 

Teachers and parents communicate by email and phone to discuss student progress and individual needs. 

 

  

Marion Poynton (Head of Swanonline, Teacher of Business Studies and Certificate III WorkSkills)

As Head of Swanonline Marion Poynton has an extensive background and career in Online Education and is passionate about growing and extending quality Christian Education courses to develop high-caliber students Australia wide.

She directs strong emphasis towards fostering the potential in teachers to ensure quality delivery of courses and enjoys coaching, mentoring and grading pre-service teachers.

Having recently completed a Master in Christian Education Leadership, she has a particular interest in Christian Education and in her spare time works with a team writing curriculum for an International Distance Education dance course.

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Craig Anderson (Online Teacher)

Craig Anderson studied a Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia and graduated in 2002 with a Human Movement and Exercise Science major, as well as a Diploma of Education in Health and Physical Education. He started teaching at Swan Christian College in 2003 and has since taught in different capacities at the school, including Health and Physical Education, Outdoor Education and as a Swanonline teacher. Craig currently lives in Mundaring and has been married for over 10 years with three young children.

   


Jane Arney  (Online Teacher)

Jane Arney has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She launched her teaching career at Swan Christian College, teaching across several subject areas, including Phys Ed, Outdoor Ed, Science, Mathematics and Christian Living.  At the end of 2005, Jane took some time away from teaching to grow her family. She and her husband now have three wonderful children. In 2014 Jane returned to Swan Christian College with the Swanonline program teaching Mathematics and Art. She is a passionate artist herself and is driven by a desire to serve Christ. Jane has a heart for nurturing and encouraging students to realise and reach their potential in learning.

   


Charles Coghlan (Online Teacher)

Charles has been teaching for ten years and been involved in online education for the past four. To Charles, teaching involves creating the opportunity for students to discover their own strengths and to become well-rounded, responsible individuals

His personal interests include reading, kayaking, rugby and traveling with my family. 

 
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Devlyn Coleman (Online Teacher)

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Christine Crump (Online Teacher)

This year Christine began as Head of Pedagogy at Swan Christian College after five years serving as Head of Middle School. She has more than 35 years of experience in teaching and leading learning in various schools. Recently Christine worked out that she has taught about 25 different English courses, with a raft of different theoretical foundations, in two states, including the IB Diploma. She has been co-writer for three syllabuses and taught a range of non-English courses too. These experiences have been foundational to her new role, a role that is enormous and challenging, exciting and life-changing. Christine has written and co-written several textbooks and continues to publish. Christine admits to making lots of mistakes and she is always ready to learn something new. Her favourite things are playing with her grandchildren, baking, reading (especially poetry), learning about the Bible, and watching a great movie. Christine’s personal vision is to be impelled by the gospel and compelled by love.


   


Bronwyn Dennis (Online Teacher)

Mrs Bronwyn Dennis joined the Swanonline teaching team in 2015 and previous to this worked at various private schools in both Regional Western Australia and Metropolitan Perth. Formal education includes a BA in Social Sciences at Curtin University, major units of study included both Geography and Biology.  Second to this, a Diploma in Education at Murdoch University. Having the experience of completing part of her Tertiary Education through distance education she is passionate about encouraging and engaging students in their online learning journey wherever they may be in the world. Raised in a rural setting developed a strong interest in the ever-changing face of nature, her favourite subject has never changed, Geography. 

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Jorja Di Lello (Online Teacher)

   


Libby Dowell (Online Teacher)

Libby loves teaching HASS and has a passion for both History and photography.

Online education suits her perfectly as she lives in the South West on a little farm with her family and a menagerie of animals including chickens, cows and a trusty farm dog.

 
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Josh Newland (Careers Advisor)

Josh comes from a Carpentry and Cabinetmaking trade background. He has previously worked supervising apprentices before moving into training and lecturing at South Metro TAFE, where he found his passion for helping young people achieve their goals. Josh joined Swan in 2014 to help with the Try-a-Trade program that Swan runs every year for Year 10 students to get a taste of the Trade Centre. He was appointed the new Building and Construction Trainer, where has worked ever since. Josh has enjoyed a variety of roles in his time at Swan but none more-so than his current one as Careers Advisor. Josh also helps facilitate and run the highly successful work experience program in the Trade Centre, where we’ve seen many students go onto apprenticeships with ABN Group, Hoffmans and WesTrac.

Josh is married to his beautiful wife and enjoys their usual Saturday breakfast dates. He loves soccer, weight training, wrestling and Jurassic Park.

   


Kristie Fleming (Online Teacher)

Kristie has been teaching a range of subjects including Mathematics, Science and Home Economics at Swan Christian College for a number of years and joined the Swanonline team in 2013.

She enjoys the challenge of teaching Lower School Science and Mathematics classes in an online medium.

 
   


Manuela Harmon (Online Teacher)

Manuela Harmon has been teaching at Swan Christian College for over 10 years in several different capacities. She has a Bachelor of Education Degree with First Class Honours and has completed her research in the area of Special Needs and Gifted Education. Manuela is passionate about meeting student needs and helping them to reach their potential by exploring each students’ God-given gifts and talents. Manuela is married to Paul and together they have three wonderful children. On the weekend, Manuela enjoys spending time with her family, friends, attending church and working in her garden.  

   


Bronwyn Horlock (Online Teacher)

Bronwyn Horlock is a former student of Swan Christian College and has been part of the Swanonline teaching team since 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Human Biology Preclinical) and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Curtin University. Although she enjoys most areas of Science, Bronwyn has always had a fascination with the structures of the human body and how precisely they work together to form functioning systems. She enjoys sharing this knowledge with her students. Outside of her teaching role, Bronwyn enjoys camping and exploring new places with her family in their four-wheel drive.

   


Alex Smilovitis  (Online Teacher)

Alex has been at Swan Christian College for seven years, primarily teaching senior Mathematics, and joined the Swanonline team in 2011.  

He is passionate about education and technology and believes that quality online education is achieved by directing passion through appropriate online tools.

 
   


Yana Snyman (Online Teacher)

Yana Snyman has a Bachelor of Consumer Science Education completed in South Africa. She also taught in the United Kingdom for five years where she obtained internationally recognised Qualified Teacher Status. Yana moved to Australia in 2005 where she completed a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Cert IV in Hospitality. In addition to teaching Home Economics and a Cert III Hospitality, she has worked as a Teacher Librarian. Yana has been married to Eugene for 19 years and they have three wonderful girls. On the weekends, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to church and trying out new recipes for the enjoyment of her family and friends. 

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Jane van der Westhuizen (Online Teacher)

   


Anne van Oudtshoorn (Online Teacher)

Anne van Oudtshoorn completed a BA degree in South Africa, followed by a postgraduate Higher Education Diploma in 1978. She taught English, Music and Northern Sotho for a number of years in both secondary and primary schools in South Africa. While bringing up her children at home, Anne completed a postgraduate Diploma in Translation and also an Honours degree in Applied Linguistics. Since relocating to Perth in 1996, Anne has taught English at Lake Joondalup and at Carey Baptist Colleges. She has been teaching English at Swanonline for four years now. She loves poetry and novels and finds teaching composition especially rewarding. Gardening, music and antiques are some of her many interests.

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Cherie Mongony (Online Teacher)

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Mathew Woodbine (Online Teacher)

Mathew Woodbine has a Diploma of Christian Ministry, Bachelor of Social Science, Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education and Master of Education. He has been at Swan Christian College since 2009 and is a passionate Middle School Teacher teaching Digital Technologies, HASS and English. He enjoys using technology and teaching students how they can use technology to solve real-world problems.

Mathew also coordinates the First LEGO League at Swan Christian College and has competed in a variety of competitions.


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