Over the last 15 years I have worked closely with schools, the Department of Education, Catholic Education and Association of Independent schools as well as other stakeholders supporting schools to implement health promotion programs and policies to improve the health of children, staff and families.
My work has focussed largely on intervention research trials involving curriculum development, whole-school activities and policy review and implementation to improve social and emotional skills, resilience and mental health as well as nutrition, road safety, sun safety and alcohol and other drugs. More specifically, my research passion and PhD studies explored the concept of school connectedness and its influence on students’ mental health and academic achievement.
I have extensive Board experience as the current President of the Injury Control Council of WA and Board Member of the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation. I have also completed the required training for Independent Public School Boards and have a working relationship with the Department of Education and the School Innovation and Reform Unit who support IPS schools in WA.
I am excited to lead the MPPS Board and look forward to working with the whole-school community to continually improve our beautiful school.
Paula Hooper - Principal
Cameron Schuster - Secretary
Cameron lives with Robin in Mount Pleasant and has a background with senior roles in the Western Australian public sector and the Wesfarmers Group. He now runs a small consulting business offering regulatory and sustainability support to his clients.
Cameron has also served several terms as a Councillor with the City of Melville, including two years as Deputy Mayor, and has also chaired the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council until late 2017. He is currently a Director of several private companies, and also serves as a Director of a Greening Australia entity where he is a Life Member.
Apart from his community interest Cameron is strongly connected to MPPS through one of his grandchildren. He is also the Hon Secretary of the MPPS P&C, and in both roles is happy to represent parent’s interest in this great Primary School.
Genevieve has worked in the education field for more than 20 years and has taught in both rural and metropolitan schools in year levels ranging from Kindergarten to Year 7. In 2006 she successfully achieved Level 3 Classroom Teacher status and has embraced the leadership opportunities this role has provided her. Genevieve currently works at Success Primary School as the Literacy Specialist. She enjoys working with all of the students and supporting their teachers, both in the classroom and in their professional development.
Genevieve is committed to cultivating an attitude of life-long learning in students. She enjoys promoting inclusivity and building positive partnerships to enhance student learning. She is a passionate educator!
Outside of work she enjoys Pilates, boxing classes and spending time with family. She has 2 children attending Mount Pleasant Primary School.
Shane is a director of a Mount Pleasant based civil engineering consultancy. He is a nationally registered engineer and has over 20 years experience in infrastructure and land development. Shane is active in his industry and is a member of two infrastructure committees and a workforce and diversity committee. Away from work, Shane is keen swimmer and is a member of a local water polo club. Shane has two children at Mount Pleasant Primary plus an elder daughter who graduated from Mount Pleasant Primary in 2019. Shane has been a board member since 2017 and his objective is to support the school to ensure all students achieve their goals.
Jenny is currently Deputy Principal at Mount Pleasant Primary School and has worked in the education field for 29 years. Jenny’s experience has been mainly in Central Wheatbelt schools as both a teacher and administrator, until her return to Perth in 2016 to begin at Mount Pleasant Primary School as deputy.
Jenny enjoys being a member of the school board as it provides the opportunity for developing greater connections with parents and driving new, exciting and innovative projects at a school level for all students.
Tanya has worked in education administration for 23 years, 12 of those as a Manager Corporate Services in both secondary and primary settings. Working in both rural and metropolitan areas and in a variety of socio-economic spaces has given her a broad understanding of the complexities across the system.
A background in financial and HR management, coupled with further studies in Educational Business Leadership and Mentoring have enhanced her abilities to provide quality support in resourcing for the school to enhance student outcomes.
Diane has over 25 years’ experience in public health nutrition. She is passionate about the health of our children and is especially interested in the important role physical and mental health has on a child’s ability to learn and thrive.
Diane currently works at Diabetes WA, a not for profit, member-based organisation. She has extensive experience working with the Diabetes WA board of directors and has undertaken board training in the past.
Diane is excited to join the Mount Pleasant Primary School board and is looking forward to working with the school to achieve its goals
Diane has two children who currently attend the school.
Michelle’s background for the past 20 years has been in education. This has included specialising in the areas early childhood, special education and literacy. Michelle has taught overseas and in both regional and rural settings. She currently works with undergraduate teachers at two universities and with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
She is an active community member and is the President of the local playgroup and has a strong passion for assisting local government schools to excel. The focus of her Master’s in Education was researching how full service schools can provide a partnership between a school and its community.
In her role on the board she hopes to assist in making Mount Pleasant a school of choice in the local area to meet the community’s needs.
Summa has worked for the Western Australian Government for 15 years in policy, financial management and governence roles. Summa has happy memories of attending MPPS as a student. She now has two children attending MPPS. In her time on the MPPS Board, Summa hopes to contribute to MPPS continuing to be an inclusive and high-performance school that supports all children to reach their potential.
I have experienced a very rewarding career in Western Australian Health firstly as an ICU Nurse and currently as a Nurse Manager. With two children enrolled in Pre Primary and Year two I look forward to the opportunity to support the leadership team of Mount Pleasant Primary School. As a member of the board I hope to foster inclusivity, connection with community and environment, innovative learning and helping achieve best outcome for all children.