Meet our Staff

Meet a selection of our dedicated staff who want nothing but the best for your daughter.


Kath McGuigan


I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and being the eldest of six children I think I always wanted to be a teacher because I loved school. I loved reading and learning. My siblings might disagree and say it was because I was opinionated and bossy! My father loved numbers and finance and my mother loved drama and reading. I was lucky enough to inherit these loves from both of them. My parents were also great dancers; this gift was not passed on to me.

I attended Glasgow University and studied Physics and Mathematics. When I graduated I then attended Teacher’s College for Post Graduate Studies in Education. I taught in Glasgow for four years before immigrating with my husband and young son to Australia. We wanted a change in lifestyle and more sunshine. I then taught Mathematics at Santa Sabina College and John Paul 2 Senior High before moving to Adelaide in 1992.

In 1999 I was appointed Science Coordinator at Cardijn College and in 2004 was appointed Deputy Principal.  I was attracted to the position at the Catholic Education Office which assisted schools to implement the New SACE as it allowed me to visit all of the Catholic secondary schools in the state and work with school leadership teams and teachers.

In 2011 I began as Principal of Mary MacKillop College. I love being the Principal of a girls’ school. I like being able to think of the many ways that we can make the College a better place for students and staff.  School improvement and change management are two of my focus areas. In particular I love the history and tradition that comes with Mary MacKillop College; the ongoing ministries of the Sisters of St Joseph and the legacy of Mary MacKillop.


Helen Steele

Deputy Principal

“You should be a teacher!” These five words came to me from the Principal of St Therese Catholic Primary School Colonel Light Gardens where I began my working life in Parish Youth Work. They were five words I had never considered but I soon found myself pondering the idea and with the encouragement and support of the other staff at the school, I enrolled in a Diploma of Education at Magill SACAE.

I took up my first teaching position at Mary MacKillop Memorial School in Penola where I was nurtured as a young teacher by the Sisters of St Joseph. Since that time I have taken up many posts and transitioned into the secondary world through Sacred Heart College Middle School and Cardijn College. I have continued a love of learning, having completed a Bachelor of Education, Masters of Educational Leadership and am currently a PhD student with Curtin University.

Since joining Mary MacKillop College I have learned what makes a girls’ school unique; laughter, confidence, potential. I am particularly interested in the middle years of learning and development, taking delight in watching girls transform into young women of clarity and conviction. Those five words; “You should be a teacher,” they changed my life and shaped my future of which I am grateful for every day.


Cathy Swain

Director of Curriculum

Teaching and learning has always interested me, and I've wanted to be a teacher since I was a young child. I have worked in schools my whole career and have found recently that developing engaging and creative curriculum and exploring new pedagogical methods is my passion in education.

This led me to the Director of Curriculum role at Mary MacKillop College and I am excited everyday by the wonderful opportunities our staff offer the students in teaching and learning. We live in times of rapid change, socially, educationally and technological, and I am privileged to work with dedicated teachers who take on board new ideas or curriculum and shape it to suit our students, their needs and their learning styles.

As a teacher it is so gratifying when a student achieves that "aha" moment, when all their learning comes together and they can see the connections to their life and their world. Teaching young women to become creative and collaborative learners who understand their place in the world and to lead the teachers and learning in this school, in the footsteps of Mary MacKillop, is my aim, and from this develop an educational community of like minded and life long learners. 


Rosette de los Reyes

Director of Business and Finance

For as long as I can remember, my motivation has always been to have a variety of experiences.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that prior to coming to Mary MacKillop College, my education and professional work took me from Asia, to the United States, then to Australia.  I worked in audit, tax, business services, consulting and advertising, and along the way had some of the most unforgettable moments in my life. This included taking helicopter/twin-engine plane rides to reach clients, being in an open pit mine and feeling the earth shake when the dynamite exploded, actually seeing gold being smelted, and working in the Silicon Valley and meeting some of the most brilliant IT minds in the world.

Coming to the College was born out my desire to do something completely different from the Chartered Accountancy profession, although my two daughters will jokingly argue that was not the case.  Just like any young children, they felt a sense of pride if they could see me working in the Canteen.  So when this role came up they thought it was a nice substitute.

I am truly privileged to be part of the Mary MacKillop College community where everyone is warmly welcomed, valued, appreciated and supported.  I am given this opportunity to use my professional training, skills and varied experiences to manage and improve the resources of the College, for the provision of an enriching education for girls, the way St Mary of the Cross MacKillop envisioned it to be.


Kate Fallon

Year 7 Pastoral Care Coordinator

As an educator, my role goes far beyond teaching the curriculum. I believe students flourish when we focus our attention on their holistic development, taking into consideration their social, emotional, academic and spiritual development. This is particularly important during that Transition from Primary school to a Secondary setting. As Year 7 Pastoral Care Coordinator, it is my privilege to work closely with teachers, students and families during this important time of challenge and new opportunity. 

In my eight years of teaching in Catholic Education, I have developed a passion for teaching in the middle years. I believe it is through relevant and engaging learning experiences that young people develop a desire to be creative, resilient, lifelong learners. Our Josephite tradition encourages us to approach challenges and opportunities with confidence, energy and passion. I aim to draw out each student’s individual characteristics, enabling them to become active participants in the community.


Ida Parente

Year 8 Pastoral Care Coordinator (Class of 1984)

In my role as Year 8 Pastoral Care Coordinator I have the privilege of accompanying girls as they transition from the primary years to a high school setting. I delight in watching each girl accept new challenges, embrace new experiences and set out to achieve personal goals.

Throughout my 30 years in education, I have seen many changes for women in society and I am passionate about ensuring our girls are equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and wisdom to live life as women of confidence. I take every opportunity to listen and work with the girls, providing opportunities for them to take on leadership roles so that they can build positive relationships with others in the school and wider community.

As a past student myself, I enjoy meeting other old scholars who visit the College, now as mothers, keen for their own daughters to have that same positive and nurturing experience at Mary MacKillop College that we did.

I have always been very passionate about engaging Year 8 students in their learning and self-development. It is in these years that the foundation is laid and a secure spring board is set for success in the years to come. I draw on the values of respect, hard work and integrity in my work with your daughters as I support them in their endeavours as learners, explorers and contributors in a world of opportunity.


Lauren Sutton

Year 9 Pastoral Care Coordinator

Imagine a young child who just wants to know why and how something works, a child who loves trying and playing every sport and a child who could not sit still no matter how hard her parents tried. That was me. With a love for discovery, sport and an inability to remain still, becoming a Physical Education Teacher seemed like the perfect profession for me.

Having been teaching now for five years, nothing makes me smile more than seeing one of our students attempt and succeed in something she has been working towards. The sense of relief and pride on their face is incredible.

Equal to my passion and commitment for all things sport is my belief in girls’ education in the Catholic setting. Having been educated at Siena College, an all girls’ school, I was encouraged and challenged to be my best self. This has further strengthened my belief in girls’ education.

The experiences that I was lucky enough to have are what I want to bring to MacKillop. As Year 9 Pastoral Care Coordinator I am passionate about developing resilience in our girls so that they can continue to grow in confidence and self-belief, to speak the truth, take risks and contribute to the greater good of the community.


Martina O'Connell

Year 10 Pastoral Care Coordinator

Jeanene Corbo

Year 11 Pastoral Care Coordinator

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher. My first opportunity to teach was in a Josephite school, Caritas College in Port Augusta. While I was there, I got to know and love many of the Sisters of St Joseph and their caring ways. After a few years in the country, I returned to Adelaide and began teaching at Mt Carmel College, another school with a Josephite tradition. It was here that I discovered my passion for leadership in pastoral care. The extra care that I could share with students in a Pastoral Care Coordinator’s role became an integral part of my career.

I have continued my passion working with Sisters of St Joseph at Mary MacKillop College with continuing leadership roles in pastoral care. It is my strong belief that happy students learn well. I aim to build strong relationships between the girls and their teachers by providing a learning environment in which the girls feel valued and care for each other, and where our Catholic and Josephite ethos are in harmony with the culture of our College, shaping positive relationships within our community.


Sarah Morris

Year 12 Pastoral Care Coordinator

Adriana Sotira

Religious Education Coordinator

Gavin Hughes

Head of Music

My music career began as a Brass Instrumental Teacher almost 30 years ago, where tutoring at a variety of schools and gaining exposure to different music programs helped to shape my overall music teaching philosophy. My classroom music career commenced 20 years ago and similarly, I gained a wide variety of experiences in Catholic, Independent and DECS schools. I draw from this wealth of experience to create rich and varied music educational experiences for students and combine this with a healthy mix of rigour and humour. Needless to say, I know what works and where to best channel my resources to create a vibrant music program.

Music transformed my life and it is my hope that I can also share and help facilitate a similar transformation in my students. I have found that success in music can be found in the most surprising places and from sometimes the least obvious students. This is really encouraging for any beginning student as anyone has the potential to be successful in music: it comes down to effort, commitment, passion, perseverance and honest evaluation. Music is a life-long adventure that I am passionate about and I have the absolute pleasure of having my favourite pastime, my career.

I love teaching at Mary MacKillop College and I unashamedly have plans of grandeur for music at the College. It is my hope that the students have every opportunity to engage in the Music curriculum and experience success in their area of interest. My broad musical tastes enable me to accept all styles of music and I am continually learning new things in music technology. Having a daughter myself, I have a special interest in girls’ education and strive to establish equal opportunity and removal of gender based assumptions in regards to musical choices.


Kate Marks

Sports Coordinator

In my final years of senior schooling I knew I didn’t want a nine to five desk job. I wanted a career where each day was different from the last, regularly providing new challenges and experiences. This combined with my active childhood, which included frequent camping trips to the Murray River, jogging with my dog, a history in competitive netball and many other outdoor adventures, led me to become a teacher specialising in Physical Education. Being able to share my passion for an active and healthy lifestyle with students motivates me to provide a fun, challenging and engaging learning environment for students. Teaching and guiding girls to embrace new opportunities, overcome challenges and develop teamwork skills (all whilst having fun) brings an overwhelming sense of purpose and pride in my role.

My teaching career began in 2013 at a Catholic all-girls school. There I was blessed with many opportunities to broaden my knowledge and experience, through teaching Physical Education and coordinating sport. I am passionate about providing an education for girls where they are encouraged to become the best they can be through commitment and resilience in a supportive and caring environment. I feel privileged to be able to continue my passion of teaching Sport and Health at Mary MacKillop College.



Jessica Johnson

College Counsellor

Growing up, I always wanted a career in which I was able to help children and adolescents. In high school I contemplated teaching before entering the field of counselling by completing my Bachelor degree and Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, as well as a Master of Social Work. My professional career spans over the last ten years working predominantly in mental health services providing counselling, therapy, training and support to children, young people, families and schools. As a social worker, my therapeutic work is evidenced based and is underpinned by the values of respect, kindness and genuineness. 

I am privileged to hold the position of College Counsellor, with my role encompassing the support of students with school or personal concerns. This includes individual counselling as well as linking and working with relevant external agencies to ensure that every MacKillop girl is well supported. Wellbeing impacts all aspects of our lives and I am passionate about sitting alongside and supporting young women as they take on life’s challenges, build resilience, foster connections and strengthen their sense of self. In the words of Oscar Wilde, ‘be yourself, everyone else is already taken’


Mary Superina

College Counsellor

Throughout my secondary education, I was always fascinated by human behaviour and how the brain and mind worked. This interest led me to complete my qualifications in a Bachelor of Psychology, Post-graduate Bachelor of Social Work, and Grad. Cert in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Mental Health Sciences). My career in mental health began 16 years ago, during which time I have worked within the government, not-for-profit and private sector in a variety of roles that provided acute and community care, therapeutic interventions, and leadership positions. Throughout this time, I have collected knowledge, resources and a broad range of experience that I am able to draw upon when supporting the students of the college.

In my role as College Counsellor, I am privileged to support Mackillop girls through the many transitions of adolescence and secondary education. With the understanding that wellbeing and learning are intrinsically linked, I provide a collaborative and evidence based approach that aims to increase emotional wellness and resilience and help foster an environment where the Mackillop girls can flourish and pursue their dreams.