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Alistair Gardiner

Alistair Gardiner

Year 7 & 8 Wood Tech Teacher

Email: Allistair.Gardiner87@schools.sa.edu.au 

Hello families. This is my sixth year teaching in Whyalla and my eleventh year as a teacher. In 2024 I am primarily teaching woodwork in years 7, 8 and the flexible program at TAFE. Outside of school, I play squash and am a volunteer firefighter with Middleback Country Fire Service.

Linda Brown

Linda Brown

Year 7 Food Tech Teacher

Email: Linda.Brown852@schools.sa.edu.au 

Hello! My name is Linda Brown and this is my third year at Whyalla Secondary College. I have taught year 7’s the past two years and this year is my first year teaching in year 9. I will be teaching maths and science to year 9’s and food tech to year 7’s. I am very passionate about science and maths and my vision is to help students who have found these subjects a challenge to enjoy learning more. I have lived in Whyalla since 2000 and I have three children that are all grown up. I have been a part of the Whyalla Hockey Association for the past 20 years and have recently retired from coaching. My other passions include cooking, reading and lego!! I can’t wait to meet all the new families this year.

Bethany Hodgkinson

Bethany Hodgkinson

Year 7 Food Tech Teacher

Email: Bethany.Hodgkinson557@schools.sa.edu.au 

My name is Bethany Hodgkinson, I currently teach Food Technology and Child Studies across various years in the school. This year will mark the 9th year of my teaching journey and 5th year teaching in Whyalla. Cooking and baking in particular are a favourite hobby of mine; I love trying out new recipes and sharing food with others to find out their opinions and see their reactions. This year I am returning to work after taking the majority of last year off for maternity leave to welcome my beautiful baby girl Lila into the world. I’m excited to get back into work, seeing familiar faces, teaching students about food and the life skill that it is and now, share my firsthand knowledge of babies with my child stu

Brittany Styles

Brittany Styles

Year 7 & 8 Advancing Tech & Year 7 & 8 Textiles Teacher

Email: Brittany.Styles597@schools.sa.edu.au 

I moved to Whyalla in 2022, starting my teaching career as a teacher at Whyalla Secondary College. I fell in love with both the town and the school. I am passionate about digital media and absolutely love video editing. I have a Bachelor of Film (Postproduction), and with this I helped edit season 2 of Seafood Escape with ET. I teach a range of subjects including Year 7 Textiles and Advancing Tech, Year 8 Advancing Tech, Year 9 Digital Media, Year 10 Child Studies, and Year 12 Lowly Extended Care Group.  I look forward to meeting you all.

Lauren McManus

Lauren McManus

Year 7 Textiles Teacher

Email: Lauren.Mcmanus20@schools.sa.edu.au 

I grew up in Whyalla and completed my secondary schooling at Samaritan College in 2013. Shortly after, I moved to Adelaide and completed a Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Technology and a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Fashion at Flinders University. I’ve always loved being creative and crafty whether it’s hands on or digitally creating. Covid-19 led me to a career change and the beginning of my teaching journey, completing a Masters in Teaching (Secondary) through Charles Darwin University. I’m excited for 2024 and to be a part of the Visual Arts and Future Technologies communities across multiple year levels.

Ema Botei

Ema Botei

Year 7 Horticulture Teacher

Email: Ema.Botei790@schools.sa.edu.au 

Hi, my name is Ema Botei and I am the Flexible Learning Leader at Whyalla Secondary College. I am a Home Economics and HASS teacher but have taught just about everything here in Whyalla from Year 1 to Year 12. I have been here since 2017 and taught at many schools across Whyalla. I have 2 dogs and a cat and enjoy spending time with them. I will be teaching Year 9 Food Technology and Year 7 Horticulture and Aquaculture. 

Lauren Smith

Year 7 Horticulture

Email: Lauren.Smith948@schools.sa.edu.au 

Hello, my name is Lauren Smith and I will be teaching Year 7 Mathematics, Science and Aquaculture/Horticulture along with Flexible Learning for 2024. Born and raised in Whyalla, I have returned to the area after teaching Agriculture and Science at Riverton & District High and Birdwood High over the past 13 years. I look forward to joining our students on their educational journey and assisting them to become active and engaged members of our community. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Michelle Harvey

Michelle Harvey

Year 8 Food Tech Teacher & Home Economics Leader

Email: Michelle.Harvey111@schools.sa.edu.au 

Hello, my name is Michelle Harvey, I am the current Home Economics Leader. I have been teaching for 14 years and I enjoy teaching future technology to students. We engage in hands on practical learning combined with the design thinking process. I am excited to be teaching students practical skills in a safe and collaborative environment.

Robert Schofield

Robert Schofield

Year 8 Wood Tech Teacher

Email: Robert.Schofield431@schools.sa.edu.au 

Greetings WSC families. I am Robert Schofield and I have been teaching in Whyalla since 2010, beginning at Whyalla High School. I teach Design and Technology across years 8 to 12, focussing on wood technology and advancing technology. Outside of school I have been involved with the GFG student program since it began in 2018 along with touch football and, until recently gymnastics. I wear the dual hat of teacher and parent with daughters in year 10 and Uni. In my free time I collect and paint miniatures for tabletop gaming along with playing computer games.      

Tammy Smith

Tammy Smith

Year 8 Food Tech & Year 8 Textiles Teacher

Email: Tammylee.Smith678@schools.sa.edu.au 

Hi, My name is Tammy Smith and I am teaching Food Technology and Textiles this year, along with mentoring a group of Year 11 students. After 23 years of teaching experience I continue to be passionate about all subject areas I am involved with, including the Visual Arts. I am an avid gym participant, netballer and when life permits traveller to local, remote and far off destinations with my family and friends.  

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