Leadership team profiles

The Academic Development Team is led by the Director of Learning & Training with a focus on the scope and sequencing of curriculum from P-12, discipline specific pedagogy, classroom innovation, teaching for learning, assessment and data analysis, staff peer observations, professional learning and customised support for student learning. 

Staff in the Academic Development Team are ready to assist with questions or issues related to curriculum, assessment or learning in respective subject areas. 

Andrew Peachey

Dean of Arts

It is a great honour to be Dean of Arts at Redlands College. Since 2002, I have been part of the Redlands College community and have over 30 years teaching experience. I have been a Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) District Panel member for Brisbane East Visual Art since 2002 and QCAA Brisbane East District Panel Chair since 2012. A member of the Expert Writing team for the 2019 Visual Art syllabus, consequently I was invited to be part of the team to write a new textbook for Cambridge University Press to complement the new syllabus. I am currently a member of the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Teacher Advisory Group which is part of the GOMA Learning Team where we prepare resources and provide presentations for teachers and students on current artists’ works and practices. I am also a member of the Redland Art Gallery Exhibition and Acquisition Advisory Panel. All of these roles have enabled me to have a greater insight into the wider Visual Art Community and maintain vital arts connections. I have a Bachelor of Education from Griffith University and a Masters of Visual Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. As a practicing artist, I identify with the struggles and triumphs our students go through when they are in the throes of their art making process.

Community, Culture and Curriculum are crucial areas in the arts. The Arts at Redlands College aims to connect our students through our talented and experienced Arts staff into the broader Arts Community of the Redlands, Brisbane and beyond. We are not only working through best arts teaching practice but are also continually searching for and acting upon next best arts teaching practice as we aim to strengthen Redlands College Arts Culture.

Annamari Twomey

Dean of English

Being passionate about valuing and empowering people, I work wholeheartedly to provide excellent, best practice teaching in English.  In my 13th year at Redlands College, I have stepped into the new role of Dean of English in 2018, having previously held the position of Senior School English Coordinator for 7 years.  My teaching experience is predominantly in English across middle and senior school.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (English, History/Ancient History)/ Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from University of Queensland and have undertaken a number of leadership courses through ISQ and SWL Education Consultancy.  I have also held a number QCAA roles, including QCST writing task marker, English Panellist – Brisbane East (current), English External Assessment Trial – exam writer and marker.

The key focus of my new role is to purposefully lead a community of learners in English, facilitating student learning, while leading and managing professional practice and improvement.  2018 involves a particular focus on curriculum preparation in Year 10 to 12 for the new senior system and building on strengths in Year 6 to 9, while developing greater continuity and consistency across all year levels.

Carolyn Turner

Dean of Vocational Education

I joined the staff of Redlands College in 2002, teaching business subjects, after having taught in both private and public schools and the Sarina Russo Business Academy.  I gained my teaching qualifications in Brisbane and completed a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration in 1986.

In 1988, I wrote a textbook ‘Practicing Business Principles’ published by Macmillian Publishers that supported the Year 9 and 10 curriculum.

In recognition of distinguished leadership in the field of business education, I had the privilege of being admitted as a Fellow to the BEAQ (Business Educators Association of Queensland) in 2014.

With a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, I look forward to working with the students that choose a vocational pathway or elect to study a certificate subject within their academic studies.  I am passionate about helping the students achieve their goals, and to do their very best.

Cathy Zerk

Dean of Mathematics

Joining Redlands College in 2006, I have taught Mathematics, primarily in the Senior School, also serving as a member of the Brisbane East District Panel, as Mathematics B Co-ordinator, and being involved with Gifted and Talented projects. I had previously taught at Somerville House and Ormiston College and used my teaching skills in a variety of other ways including tutoring, running extension mathematics classes and teaching Religious Education.

Teaching for learning has always been my passion, with a focus on teaching for understanding and enjoyment.  Problem solving is emphasised in my classroom, where I design resources which promote engagement in this.  Each student is a unique individual with many God-given gifts and I actively seek to extend each student as they journey along the mathematical pathway.

I am enthusiastic about the role of Dean of Mathematics.  Leading learning and the development of others is my focus in this role, along with a desire to encourage students to be active participants in the learning process and to further equip teachers in their classroom roles.

Dan Graham

Academic Administrator

It has been my privilege to be a part of the Redlands College community since 2008, when I was appointed as Senior School Physics Coordinator. Over the past nine years, I have taught science and maths classes and specialised in senior Physics whilst also holding a number of roles including Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator and Year Level Coordinator and being heavily involved in the College’s Outdoor Education Program. Prior to my time here I have taught at a number of schools, all in the Darling Downs region.

As the Academic Administrator at Redlands College, my role sees me supporting and facilitating academic processes within the College. In all my work, I love having the ability to openly encourage others in their walk with God through my work at the College. I am passionate about serving the school community with my gifts and talents and in so doing, provide teachers with streamlined administration to release them to focus fully on providing excellent education to the student body. This is why I am excited to have the role of Academic Administrator and to teach at Redlands College.

Joel Hughes

Dean of Christian Studies

With a background in Middle School education, I commenced work at Redlands College in 2015. My focus is on engaging students in thought regarding their worldview. I also relish the opportunity to teach English. Having taught in private schools for over ten years, my experience prior to teaching was in management and ministry.

As Dean of Christian Studies, I am assisting in the formation of a unique Christian Studies program across a number of year levels. This subject will engage students’ minds and hearts as they learn to know God, know about God and partner with God in His ministry in the world today.

Kimberly Fukushige

Dean of Languages

Graduating from the University of Queensland majoring in Japanese and Political science, I soon followed this with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. A few years later, I completed a Master in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) through Macquarie University. I am very excited to be working in the role of Dean of Languages at Redlands College.

Being passionate about language learning, I have geared my own tertiary education as well as professional development projects towards a career in teaching foreign language. I lived nine years in Japan and have experience in a variety of international educational settings. Following this time abroad, I returned to Australia with my family, and commenced work at Redlands College. Currently in my fifteenth year of employment at the College, I have focused on building the language program to include a variety of trips and cultural exchanges which give students opportunities to apply knowledge they have gained in the classroom.

I believe that each student can succeed with a strong work ethic and persistence and am passionate in helping students to achieve their potential. In the classroom, my aim is to foster responsibility, commitment and a positive work attitude in students while  enjoying and appreciating the culture of the language.



Lauren Downs

Dean of Science

Attending Macquarie University in Sydney and Massey University in New Zealand, I graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry and a Graduate Diploma in teaching. After teaching in Canada and New Zealand, I completed a Master of Education with a focus on effective teaching practices/pedagogies in Biology and Chemistry.

Now in my 9th year at Redlands College, I greatly value being able to connect with students both inside and outside the classroom in order to help them maximise their learning opportunities. A particular interest of mine is to help students to connect with extra-curricular Science programs, research organisations and universities in order to enrich student learning in and excitement about Science.

As Dean of Science, I am grateful to be working with a team of teachers who have the privileged opportunity to help students explore and understand the handiwork of our supreme Creator.

Lisa Smiley

Dean of Humanities & Social Science

Before joining the Redlands College community in 2003, I taught in Education Queensland for seven years as a History and English Teacher. In my time at Redlands, I have held the roles of Senior School History Coordinator and Brisbane East Modern History panellist from 2012 to present. I have been involved in History curriculum development in both the writing of Modern History work programmes and assessment, as well as coordinating the Redlands College ANZAC Service each year.

I am committed to educating students to become open, fair and honest and I advocate for them to be independent learners and to achieve their best. I enjoy working with others and have a passion for Humanities.

My vision for the Humanities department at Redlands is to ensure that the students receive a comprehensive learning experience, achieving the best results and outcomes possible, and for staff to develop the God given talents of the students in their care.

Stephen Handreck

Dean of Health & Physical Education

Passionate about the holistic health of students and staff, I recognise the importance of healthy diet, quality sleep, being physically active and allowing time for rest and recovery. I endeavour to provide opportunities for students to build lifelong skills within Health and Physical Education, to help them become an educated and healthy citizen. Stepping into the new role of Dean of HPE, I am excited about the challenges and opportunities this year will bring, along with the changing syllabus in Senior School.

Though I enjoy participating in all sports, I have a particular interest in Cycling, AFL, Team Handball and Golf. Having participated at an elite level, I understand the importance that participating in HPE can have on understanding the body and how best to use the gifts and talents that God has provided us with. I hope that all students can find their God given talents and use them to their best abilities, whether it is in a sporting context or in something else.

I am extremely excited to be working at Redlands College and look forward to the years ahead as Dean of HPE, supporting staff and students in accomplishing their goals.