Our Staff Community

We have 32 committed staff working at St Joseph's, including 17 teachers.  You can read some of our stories below:-

Staff Team 2020


Cynthia Thompson 

Assistant Principal (Religious Identity & Mission)  

I first come to St Joseph's Tranmere as APRIM (Assistant Principal in the area of Religious Identity and Mission) in 2010.  Previous to my appointment here, I had been R-5 Co-ordinator/REC at Caritas College  in Port Augusta for 3 years, with 7 years as a Senior teacher at St Barbara’s, Roxby Downs.  I became a teacher almost 30 years ago, having gone through UniSA as a mature aged student qualifying as an Early Years Educator and later as a School Counsellor as well as gaining my Masters in Catholic Education.  Past involvement with my Parish includes time on the Liturgy team, being a reader and a Eucharistic minister, as well as writing Prayers of Intercession. 

It has been a very rewarding experience working at St Joseph’s.  Having been a student at St Joseph’s Woomera a very long time ago, and having had a great aunt who was a Sister of St Joseph, the Mary MacKillop legacy has been a strong influence in my life.  It has been particularly gratifying to be involved in fund raising for the Mary MacKillop Foundation and recently being involved in Restorative Practices.  This process is empowering of all of us as we work to improve the way we engage with each other in restorative conversations.  Restorative Practices sits within our Sacramental Programme which looks at how we are with each other as we all work to proclaim the Kingdom of God.  I especially enjoy working with students who form the Just Leadership Team. This group helps me to strengthen Catholic Identity and Spirituality throughout our school community bringing alive the message of Social Catholic Teaching. As well, my role brings me in contact with students in a way that helps me to deepen my relationship with them and their families.  Working in the Leadership team also gives me a different perspective of the needs of the community and the running of the school.  All in all, I enjoy a very rich experience in all aspects of the school community and consider myself very lucky!

I am the parent of two adult children, Daniel and Katherine, and I have 3 very delightful granddaughters, here in Adelaide, and in Melbourne.  In my spare time, I really enjoy gardening and pottering around my house.  I love walking especially in the Flinders and along the coast line.  I have a very demanding Burmese cat and am kept on my toes with his antics!


Tanya Barrett 

Director of Teaching and Learning 

I joined the St Joseph's Tranmere community in 2014 with 20 years teaching experience in Catholic Education. I have previously taught in country schools, metropolitan schools, R-12 and R-7 schools.

My current role is Director of Teaching and Learning.  This includes the role of Inclusive Education Coordinator. I enjoy my role in the school which gives me the opportunity to have many varied interactions with students.

I live in the Adelaide Hills and enjoy the tranquillity of rural living.

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Frank Colagrossi 

Year 4/5 Teacher 

I have been teaching for over 40 years and spent the first 14 years of my teaching career in a metropolitan high school. I am married to Anna and have three grown up children. I am a "nonno" to three grandchildren who I adore.

Outside of school I walk every day, enjoy going to dinner and the cinema and am a passionate Adelaide Crows supporter. My claim to fame is that I am the only person I know who has seen Elvis Presley live in concert!  Ask me and I will tell you that story.


Janet Price 

Business Manager 

I joined the St Joseph's Tranmere community as Business Manager in 2010 after migrating from England where I had worked in the same role in a Surrey primary school for the previous twelve years.  My Mum was born in Sydney and I am enjoying visiting some of the places that she has talked about over the years.

This role gives me the opportunity to use my skills and experience in many areas such as finance, HR, premises management and marketing.  I really enjoy the interactions that I have with the children and their families, and am glad of the times I am able to help with concerns and queries.

Out of school I help with a kids club in Mount Barker run by my church, and enjoy living in the Adelaide Hills with all the walking, gardening and living with the wildlife that brings.  I still feel like a very excited tourist when our resident koala appears!



Jess Hicks 

Year 1/2 Teacher 

I knew I wanted to be a teacher from a young age. I had a friend that would furrow her brows when reading and writing. I remember, after giving her a few extra steps, her face would light up with the brightest smile that said "I've got this!" I find myself thankful every day to be surrounded by curiosity, creativity and a room full of bright smiles.

Tranmere is the perfect place to share my passion for Early Years Education. It is a warm, loving community where parents and teachers work closely together to provide a safe, happy and engaging learning environment for children. This is my first year as a permanent teacher at Tranmere and I have been awed by the warm welcome.

I am an avid researcher and I am currently focusing my study on mathematical thinking and programming using digital technologies. I believe children deserve teachers that are progressive and committed to life long learning and that is one of the reasons why I feel at home at Tranmere.

When I am not teaching or reading, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and Pugalier Boston and trying to hunt down the best coffee place in Adelaide. 


Glenda Barone 

School and Enrolment Secretary 

I first came to know the St Joseph’s Tranmere community in 1994 when my husband and I enrolled our oldest son into the Reception class.  Over the course of the next 13 years we watched our three sons grow in self-confidence, respect and belief in themselves whilst attending this school.  Our family happily attended many quiz nights, sports days, soccer matches, school assemblies and liturgies during those years. 

I was privileged to begin working in the school office as the School/Enrolment Secretary eleven years ago and I have watched students grow in stature, confidence and respect during their time here before leaving us for high school. 

St Joseph's Tranmere has been a major part of the life of my family for many years, especially as we live very close to the school.  I enjoy catching up with past students at local activities and listening to their stories of high school, university and new jobs.  My main interests these days are travel, swimming and spending a lot of quality time with my family.

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Emma Browne 

Reception Teacher 

I first joined St Joseph’s Tranmere in 2018. I’m a Reception teacher and I love the school. The moment you walk in it’s very friendly and welcoming. The students and their families are lovely and the staff are very kind. There is a definite sense of belonging in our community. I love teaching every subject to my students but if I had to choose favourites they would have to be Art, English and Religion. I love teaching Art because it gives the students a chance to express themselves, and teaching English because it’s fun to teach the students how to read and write. I love teaching Religion because I can teach the students about our Catholic faith and Christian ways. In my spare time I love cooking, baking, shopping with my friends, gardening and planning my wedding.

I was inspired to become a teacher ever since my mum became a childcare teacher. She had many young children under her care - I would help her supervise them and also help the children with the activities they had been given. My school teachers also inspired me as they were always kind and I thought that it would be a great job to teach children. When I was in Year 10 at high school we had a work experience opportunity and I decided to experience what it was like being a teacher. I really enjoyed it and not long after that I knew it wasn’t something I simply wanted to do anymore, it became a calling.

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Rocio Callisto 

Curriculum Education Support Officer (ESO) 

I joined St Joseph's Tranmere in January 2010.  I work with all the year levels from Reception to Year 7 and assist students with all lessons but my favourites are Maths and Persuasive Writing.

Outside of school I enjoy participating in Zumba.  I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, especially my children.

The people who inspired me to work in education are my own children.  I love St Joseph's because the community are so supportive and caring, and they are always open to helping the students and staff.


Charlotte Mason 

Reception Teacher 

As a Reception teacher, I share in the learning of some of the youngest boys and girls at St Joseph’s Tranmere. I adore working with little people and sharing their daily discoveries and joy of learning. I enjoy getting to know the children and families in my care and providing a welcoming and happy environment where children can thrive. I love learning and I want to encourage and inspire my students to love learning too.

Beyond teaching, I enjoy walking down to my local beach, spending time with my family and Weimaraner, playing social football and planning my upcoming wedding! 

I am excited to be a part of the St Joseph’s Tranmere community.