Shannon Davey is Kerry Street’s Year 3 class teacher Mondays through Thursdays. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from the University of Tasmania and has worked in schools in Perth, London and Oman, where she was one of only three teachers at an international primary school.
Shannon first joined Kerry Street in 2013 in a volunteer capacity, to refresh her teaching capability after having her children. She began relief teaching for the school in 2014 and was offered an ongoing position as an Education Assistant in 2015. In 2019, Shannon co-taught the school’s Year 2/3 class in tandem with former Kerry Street staff member and good friend, Veronika Mihalj.
“I value the community-oriented nature of Kerry Street and how nurturing the environment here is. I believe that as educators, we need to provide a space that caters for our students’ individual learning styles, interests and needs. Kerry Street does that in a fun and safe way. I also appreciate the relationships we get to develop with families, staff and the community at large.”Shannon Davey
In 2020, Shannon works closely with Kerry Street’s Art and Italian teacher, Caroline Colliss, who teaches the Year 3s on Fridays.
Caroline Colliss holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement and Italian Language and a Diploma of Education in Physical Education, Health and Italian, both from the University of Western Australia. Caroline has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, having taught the subjects of health, physical education and outdoor education in addition to art and Italian. She has also mentored pre-service teachers at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle.
Caroline joined Kerry Street as our Language other than English teacher in 2016 and has worked diligently to adapt her teaching methods and materials to meet individual student’s needs. In 2019, Caroline took on the additional role of Artist in Residence and has introduced our students to a range of topical and thought-provoking artists, providing the impetus for whole school participation in movements such as Plastic Free July. From time to time, she supports our school even further by stepping in as a relief Education Assistant.
Caroline first visited Italy as a 10-year old, which resulted in her life-long love of the country and its culture. She has visited many times since, each time coming away with a renewed appreciation for the country’s history and traditions.
“After school, I lived in northern Italy for two years which completely changed my life.
In addition to teaching Italian, I have always wanted to teach art and so now I am rather fulfilled having the chance to do so at Kerry Street. Kerry Street kids are often a huge source of inspiration, as they reveal their sense of the world to me.”Caroline Colliss
In 2020, and in addition to her Italian and art teaching roles, Caroline works alongside Shannon in the Year 3 classroom. Her advocacy for using less plastic, avoiding pesticides and eating healthfully aligns well with Kerry Street’s philosophy, and her authenticity and integrity make her a valued community member and friend.
When Caroline’s not at school, she loves spending time outdoors, cooking, taking care of her family, and running her part-time business selling reversible bicycle seat covers.