Education Assistant: Early Childhood
Mrs Anne Bauer is an experienced Education Assistant who was born and raised in France. She began working in a Montessori school as a LOTE teacher – prior to working at St. Andrew’s Grammar as an Education Assistant.
She holds a Diploma of Education Support, a Certificate III in Children’s Services, an office Management Certificate and a Baccalaureate in Science.
Sport has always played a significant part in her life, from tennis, handball, skiing to fencing in the last decade. Other favourite activities in Mrs Bauer’s life are: travelling, reading, and camping.
She was one of the founders of The Bilingual Families Association, which support and promote bilingualism in Perth families.
Her personal pedagogy is grounded on her understanding that every student is different and unique, and is deserving of the upmost care and guidance from his or her teacher within a safe and supportive environment.
Education Assistant: Early Childhood
Olimpia Hurtado has over 15 years of experience working at St. Andrew’s Grammar. Born and raised in Chile. She qualified as a Paramedical Nurse’s Aides and as a Tourist Guide with distinction in Travel Agencies.
Olimpia moved to Australia in 1985 in search of career opportunities and a better quality of life. Due to her passion and love for children, she decided to pursue a career as an Education Assistant becoming qualified in 2002. Olimpia has worked in the Early Learning Centre as an Education Assistant ever since.
As a proud mother of two daughters, this schools holds a special place in her heart as she watched them graduate from St. Andrew’s Grammar. She believes that this small community helped shape the people they are today as their teachers and caring school environment instilled the values they practise in their everyday life.
Olimpia’s teaching philosophy is that every child needs nurturing and a safe learning environment for them to thrive academically and emotionally. It is her strong belief that Education Assistants play a pivotal role in a child’s learning, social and emotional development as a whole. Therefore, her calm approach, friendly manner, unique sense of humour and commitment to work, help create a classroom environment in which the children feel safe to flourish. She always works with enthusiasm and demonstrates respect towards the Greek culture and the ethos of the school.
Outside the classroom, she enjoys quality family time. She loves cooking a hearty meal for her family to share while engaging in conversations. It is important to Olimpia for her daughters to be exposed to their Chilean culture. She does this by carrying on traditions, cooking Chilean cuisine and celebrating important festivities. A hobby that is enjoyed by the family are puzzles.
Olimpia also adores the company of her furry friends; a dog and a cat. They are considered members of the family and therefore play an important role in her life. One of her greatest hobbies is gardening. She enjoys nurturing the plants and appreciates the produce of her herb garden and fruit trees.
Education Assistant: Early Childhood, Special Needs
Christine Smith has been at St. Andrew’s Grammar as an education assistant for 19 years. Originally from the United Kingdom, she has worked with hard of hearing students and provided assistance using B.S.L.
Christine loves St. Andrew’s and while she has been here, has watched a generation grow up and many are now competent teachers themselves.
Working predominantly in the Early Learning Centre, she thrives in this role and looks forward to coming to school every day.
When not at school, her second passion is her family and long walks on the beach, where she can be found every weekend.
Education Assistant: Special Needs
Ms Garyfalia (Renae) Lampropoulos is a passionate, professional and experienced staff member of our school. She loves working with children and enjoys helping them learn. Renae migrated from Greece to Perth in 1996. After three years, she commenced her work at St. Andrews Grammar in 1999, as a volunteer assistant in Kindergarten. Her time there was short, lasting only a year, as she became a mother soon after.
In 2012 she recommenced working at the school after completing a Certificate III in Education Support. In 2017, she completed a Certificate IV in Education Support which enabled her to work as a Special Needs Assistant, helping children with learning difficulties such as Autism in both Secondary and Primary school.
Apart from this, Ms Lampropoulos also works as a Greek teacher on Saturdays for the Centre of Hellenic Studies, where she helps children learn the Greek language.
Daniela Galipo is an experienced and energetic Education Assistant who brings over ten years of experience to St. Andrew’s Grammar.
She obtained a Certificate 3 in Teacher Assistant and prides herself on working collaboratively with teachers and supporting the needs of all students.
Daniela was born and raised in the town of Northam where her Education Assistant journey began, having worked in various primary schools within the region. She is proud of her personal growth which lead to Perth where she was able further her career.
Daniela’s experience ranges from the early learning years to upper primary as well as assisting at a senior school level. She also obtained experience in the area of special needs, where she has tailored programmes to suit specific students’ needs.
Daniela shares a personal passion and connection to St. Andrew’s Grammar, having sent her three children since Kindergarten. She is proud to be part of the school community and is looking forward to another rewarding year.
Daniela is also a sports enthusiast who has initiated a Year 6 Spring Netball team which promotes the value and importance of family time.
When not at school, Daniela loves spending quality time with her children and husband.