Staff Members 2022

From all the staff, welcome to Launching Place Primary School!



Meet the wonderful staff at Launching Place Primary School by scrolling below. You will be able to put a face to a name and learn a little bit more about each member. 





Narelle Messerle - Principal


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Debra Hobbis-Hartley - Assistant Principal


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Audrey Watt - Office Manager


Welcome to LPPS, I am Audrey I would like to tell you a little bit about me. I am helpful, patient, calm and most of the time organised and I absolutely love working at Launch. I love dancing and I love my family especially the extra love I have for my grandkids. This is my eighteenth year at LPPS and I love seeing all the families who have come through over the years. All the happy little faces really makes me smile. They say it takes a village to raise a child but it takes a team of dedicated teachers, parents, administrators, librarians and support staff to educate them. I love when a parent tells me that their child thinks that I even cook the lunches on lunch order day! They sure make me smile.



Jacqui Eycken - Business Manager


I'm Jacqui and I am the Business Manager at Launching Place Primary School. I would desribe myself as dedicated, friendly and supportive. I love reading, long driving holidays and going to the footy! I love working at LPPS because of the staff and students, they are a great bunch and some of my favourite humans!







Lara Mackie - Foundation / Grade 1


Hi! I am Lara Mackie and I would describe myself as thoughtful, honest and passionate. I have worked across all levels but have been teaching Prep for 4 years now. Although each year is different and special in its own way, teaching Prep is the most rewarding level. We really are a little family in our classroom and I love being part of the start of their journey at school. My favourite moments in the classroom are spending time with children that make me laugh and make work fun! I also love that feeling I get when a child has that “click” moment and they get it and knowing I played a part in it. When I am not working, I am out walking, reading a book on the couch, spending time with family and friends or baking something sweet in the kitchen. 



Emily Rae-Taylor - 


I’m Emily, I teach Grade 1/2 this year and I am on the leadership team for our school. If I could describe myself in three words they would be bubbly, optimistic and adventurous. When I am not working I enjoy being out in nature hiking, bike riding and camping. I have a puppy called Franklin and he is lots of fun. In 2019 my husband and I backpacked through South America and Europe for ten months and we absolutely loved exploring new places, hiking incredible mountains and experiencing new cultures. We also loved trying all the different foods, I love food! The best thing about my job is building relationships with my students and knowing them individually in order to help them learn. I absolutely love seeing them experience success and achieve their goals. The best moments are when the penny seems to drop, they suddenly understand a concept and yell out “Mrs Rae, I did it!” with a big beaming smile.



Haley Rusch - Grade 2/3


Hello! My name is Haley Rusch and I am a 2/3 teacher and our school’s Learning Specialist. I have been a teacher at LPPS for the last 4 years, in both 5/6 & 1/2. Before that I taught many different year levels and also Library at Bimbadeen Heights P.S. I would have to say that the thing I love the most about my job is the kids! That look on their face when they have overcome a challenge or achieved a goal is my favourite moment. Three words to describe myself would be optimistic, enthusiastic and fun. I have two kids, one has just started high school and the other is a student at LPPS so they keep me busy when I am not teaching. If I have some spare time, I enjoy gardening, colouring, bike riding and chopping firewood! 



Jacinta Kemp - Grade 4/5


My name is Jacinta Kemp and I teach Grade 3/4 with Brydie Tatterson. If I were to describe myself in three words I would say enthusiastic, adaptive and approachable. Teaching can be a busy job but it's so rewarding to see the progress our students make in their learning. I also love the friendly classroom atmosphere we create, where kids are happy, care for each other and celebrate others achievements. When I'm not teaching, I love spending time with my family and getting to the beach as much as possible. 



Brydie Tatterson - Grade 4/5


My name is Brydie Tatterson and I am currently a grade 3/4 classroom teacher. I am lucky enough to work alongside Jacinta Kemp, in a grade share role. I would describe myself as loyal, organised and social. I also have two beautiful daughters that keep me busy at home. When I have spare time, I love to head out for walks and explore the outdoors with my family. I also love baking, anything sweet and most recently, I have learnt how to bake sourdough bread. I love being a part of the Launching Place PS community, I think teaching is a very rewarding job and it is always great to help students achieve their goals. It is just fun being around the kids! 




Marissa Tomlinson - Foundation/Grade 1


My name is Marissa Tomlinson and I currently teach foundation and grade 1. I am caring, dedicated and hard working. I live in Wesburn with my husband and three sons. When I am not at school, you will find me outside with my dogs and horses. My three boys have recently all begun learning to horse ride and now my husband wants to learn too so we can all ride together. I love working at Launching Place Primary School because our talented staff members are supportive, devoted and show a genuine care for their students. Aside from homelife, teaching is my biggest passion. I love the bond you build with your students over the year and feel privileged to share in their joy when they achieve their goals.



Brent Smith - Grade 2/3


Hi, my name is Brent Smith and I teach Grade 2/3. Three adjectives I would use to describe myself are hard working, determined and self-motivated. I have taught all class levels at LPPS from grade 1 to grade 6, but have been teaching in the senior school for the past 6 years. I find the senior classes the most rewarding, as I enjoy the deeper conversations and connections to the content that the students have. For me, the best part of teaching is when a student’s confidence develops and they begin to believe in themselves. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family (especially my two wonderful daughters), martial arts training, and keeping fit.




                       Sarah Hartshorn - Grade 4/5




                        Jess Freeman - Grade 6





Ala Lorenc - 


I am Ala Lorenc and I am currently a grade 6 classroom teacher. I would describe myself as strong, organised, and caring. The best thing about being a teacher is getting to know the students and sharing in their learning.






Candice Nyman - The Arts and P.E. (Specialist Subject)

My name is Candice and I love my job! This year my role includes a variety of different hats, which keeps each day interesting. For three days of the week I teach The Arts to the whole school. The Arts is a lot of fun as it combines Performing Arts with Visual and Media Arts. On a Thursday I am part of the Phys Ed teaching team, and on a Friday I teach a grade 6 class. One of the best things about my job is witnessing growth in the confidence of the students, as they take on challenges and step outside of their comfort zones. I am passionate, creative and organised. One of my main passions includes Calisthenics and I have been involved in the sport since I was 2 years old. I have competed in teams and solos at both state and national levels and I currently coach many solo competitors, as well as two sections at one of Victoria’s elite clubs - Regent Calisthenics. 



Toko Osadczuk - Japanese (Specialist Subject)


Konnichiwa! My name is Toko Osadczuk and I teach Japanese at LPPS from Prep to Grade 6. I would describe myself as honest, friendly and patient. The best thing about being a language teacher is to see children opening up their minds to the Japanese language and culture and enjoying learning them. When I’m not teaching, I love running, making Japanese sweets, going to the beach and spending time with my family and friends.



Andrew Devisser - P.E. (Specialist Subject)


Hi, my name is Andrew Devisser and I teach Physical Education and organise our Sports programs. I would say I work pretty hard at my job, I’m very organised and caring of others. I’ve been at Launch for a long time and have taught many of our parents in the many years I was in the classroom. When I’m not at school I do a lot of handyman stuff around the house which I really enjoy, as well as camping, bushwalking and spending time with my family, in particular my grandchildren. My best teaching moments are when I see children taking on challenges they are not always comfortable with and then seeing them take off from there.






Heather Taylor


My name is Heather and if I had to describe myself in 3 words it might be happy, kind & reliable. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy going to the beach, boating days, reading a good book, knitting/crotchet, and spending time with my husband, 4 daughters and grandson. The best part about teaching is the satisfaction of helping children to learn new things and succeed in achieving their learning goals.






Sonia Dunn


My name is Sonia and I am an ESO. I like to think I’m friendly, caring and helpful. I love listening to music, gardening and crocheting. I have been at LPPS for 17 years and I am fortunate to say I love coming to work! It is the school community – students, families and staff that make work an absolute pleasure for me.




Fiona Boek


Hi, my name is Fiona and I started my journey with LPPS in 2005 when my eldest daughter began prep, I was then really lucky to start working here as an ESO in 2009. I love working at Launch as it is such a rewarding job being part of a child's development, seeing them learn and create and watching their little personalities grow and mature. The best part of my job is building relationships with the children, being someone who they can ask for help, support their learning or just have a joke and a laugh with.




Naomi Read


Hi, my name is Naomi and I am an ESO here at LPPS. I feel privileged to be able to be a part of our wonderful school community and fortunate to be a part of our amazing children's school life. I would describe myself as caring, honest and passionate about the work I do. The best part of my job is being able to work with our wonderful students and brilliant staff. I feel blessed to share my love of learning, as well as learn from our children - they teach me something new every single day!



Paul Traynor


My name is Paul and I am an ESO at LPPS. I like a good joke, playing and coaching basketball, football and writing. I really enjoy working with kids, helping them be kids and showing them that 'fun' is part of school life. I also help run the Environmental team with kids that like working outside, doing hands-on stuff. 





Sharyn Barrile


Hi, I'm Sharyn and I am an ESO at LPPS. I would like to think that I am generous, friendly and thoughtful. I have been working at Launch for 7 years, initially as a casual relief aide. I have 3 children, all of whom went to Launch. I love that I can honestly say that I love my job, particularly the feeling of family within the school community, and the look of pure joy on the childrens' faces when they "get it". Outside of school I enjoy going on mini-getaways with my kids and ferrying them around to their various sporting and other activities!







Chezelle Conroy


My name is Chezelle Conroy and I’ve been the Chaplain here for 9 years. I am silly, old fashioned and friendly. Honestly, I can’t help being friendly when I’m at Launch Primary because I’m so thrilled to do this work in such a wonderful community, most of the time I can’t help but smile! I love building connections with students and their families, and watching our children grow and change over the course of their school years. I love to garden, run, and play outdoors with my beautiful twin boys. 









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