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 and teacher of Year 11 Business Studies)

As Head ofSwanonlineMarion 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.


Charis Mitchell (Admin Assistant)


Jane Arney  (Teacher of Year 10 Maths, Year 11 and Year 12 Essential Maths and Year 11 and Year 12 Visual Arts)

Helping others is Jane’s passion and she enjoys helping students reach their unrealized potential through nurturing and encouragement. Jane has a big love of art and is an accomplished artist herself.  


Charles Coghlan (Teacher of Year 11 Economics and 12 Business Studies)

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. 


Bronwyn Dennis (Teacher of Year 7 Maths, Science, English,  HASS and Year 11 Geography)

Bronwyn joined the Swanonline team in 2015 after working at various private schools in both Regional Western Australia and Metropolitan Perth.

 She studied a Diploma in Education as an external student whilst living in a regional area and it is this personal experience of being an external student that drew her towards becoming an online teacher.  


Libby Dowell (Teacher of Year 8/9/10 HASS  and Year 12 Modern History)

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.


Sarah Du Plessis (Teacher of Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR Biology, Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR Human Biology) 

Sarah completed herPhDin Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Cape Town and was involved in lecturing Microbiology to undergraduate students.  In 2012, Sarah moved into Senior School teaching and joined the Swan Christian College Science Department in 2016, where she taught both Biology and Human Biology, as well as Science.

She is extremely passionate about Science andteaching, and loves exploring and learning more about God’s wonderful creation. 


Norm Ewing (Workplace Learning Coordinator)

Norm has been at Swan Christian College for 28 years and been part of the Worklink program for the past 15 years.

Norm has a passion for seeing students develop their workplace skills so they can transition into life after school successfully. 

For Norm, it is always a pleasure to meet graduates that have been through the workplace learning program and who are happy in their careers.


Kristie Fleming (Teacher of Year 8 Maths, Year 8 Science and Year 9 Maths)

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 Swan Online team in 2013.

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


Manuela Harmon (Teacher of Year 8 English and Year 9 English)

Manuela has been teaching for over seven years, is passionate about her profession and loves what she does.

Originally from Switzerland, she has a wonderful husband, two beautiful children and two chickens called Lilly and Milli.


Bronwyn Horlock (Teacher of Year 9 and 10 Science and Year 11 and 12 Integrated Science)

As a former student of Swan Christian College, Bronwyn is excited to reconnect with the College through teaching at Swanonline. Although she loves most areas of Science, Bronwyn has always had a fascination with how the human body works and enjoys sharing this with her students. 
Her personal interests include camping and exploring our beautiful country on road trips.


Laura Lecciones (Teacher of Year 9 and Year 10 Science, Year 11 and 12 Integrated Science and Year 11 and Year 12 Human Biology)

Laura enjoys teaching Science, with a focus on Human Biology.

At home, she is kept busy with a toddler and enjoys spending time in the garden.


Paul Oesterheld (Teacher of Year 11 General Ancient History, non-ATAR)

Paul has been teaching for 11 years. He is a trained Humanities and Social Sciences teacher with an emphasis in History. Paul has a particular interest in Ancient History and has been teaching in this area for many years now.  

He is an avid reader and sports fan. Reading interests revolve primarily around theology, education and history. Sporting interests: boxing, rugby league, Moto GP and the Bundesliga (German soccer league - supports Bayern Munich). 


Alex Smilovitis  (Teacher of Year 11 and Year 12 Maths Applications)

Alex has been at Swan Christian College for seven years, primarily teaching senior Mathematics, and joined the Swan Online 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.


Anne van Oudtshoorn (Teacher of Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR English)

Anne has been teaching English in WA for just over twenty years. 

Since the skills of reading, writing and speaking form the basis of all learning, she considers it a privilege to explore these three skills with our students through the English courses at Swan Online. Anne believes that curiosity is the key to all learning and that the longer we live, the more we realise how little we know.


Kristina Wesley (Teacher of Year 12 Biology)

Kristina has taught Biology for many years, including through online education for over 5 years.

She enjoys the one-on-one relationship with online students and sharing her passion for God’s creation.

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