VCSSDPA Executive

Phillip Tascone

VCSSDPA President

Phillip Tascone is the Deputy Principal: Leadership and Learning of Ave Maria College Aberfeldie. With over 29 years teaching experience in a range of Catholic co-ed and single-sex schools his current role sees him responsible for leadership development and learning across the College. He also oversees College operations and staffing. The primary focus of his role, in partnership with the Ave Maria Executive and middle leaders, is to drive learning and growth for students and staff. He has led significant improvement in the organisational and teaching climates in his time in this role and experienced success in instituting processes for staff and leadership learning which are focused on student growth and achievement.

"Many of the greatest leaps in my professional learning and the direct application of this learning to my work have come from my involvement in our association. Equally, the forums in which to meet other Deputy Principals and senior leaders to share ideas and experiences has added immeasurably to my growth as a leader. I cannot overstate the value of the learning opportunities the VCSSDPA provides its members."

Sam Wright

VCSSDPA Treasurer

Sam is also the VCSSDPA Country Diocese representative. He spent the last 11 years as a Deputy Principal across both Ballarat and Sale Dioceses. He currently holds the position as Deputy Principal - Pastoral Care/Daily Organisation at Mary Mackillop Catholic Regional College, South Gippsland. After successfully completing a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) at Monash University Sam travelled extensively through Africa and Europe he returned home to Australia to complete a Grad. Dip of Education. While at Marist-Sion Sam completed a Past-Graduate Diplomas in both Theology and Student Welfare. Sam was later to accept a position of Deputy Principal in Mackillop College Swan Hill. Throughout his time there and more recently in Leongatha he has been responsible for Timetabling, Daily Organisation, Staff and Student Wellbeing. Sam is an active member of the local parish community of St. Laurence O'Toole with his wife and four young children. Sam has recently completed his Master's in Education from Melbourne University.

Louis Papadimitriou

VCSSDPA Secretary

Louis Papadimitriou currently holds the position of Deputy Principal Organisation at Mt Lilydale Mercy College.

Having worked in Catholic education for 24 years and 20 of those in senior leadership roles in Student Wellbeing, Curriculum and School Operations. Through his various roles in leadership Louis has found that educational leadership is about mobilising and energising others, with the aim of improving teaching and learning.

Louis centres his spirituality and leadership around his faith. Louis believes that as leaders within a Catholic Tradition we have a shared responsibility to role model the values shown to us by the life of Christ. As part of his professional journey, in 2000 Louis completed a Graduate Diploma in Religious Education. In 2012 Louis completed a Master of Educational Leadership and again in 2015 supported though sponsorship by the Catholic Education Office Melbourne; Louis has commenced his studies in Master of Business Administration (Executive) which he hopes to have completed by 2017.

Louis is a member of the Catholic Parish of Holy Spirit and St Anthony’s (Thornbury East and Alphington).

Maurice Di Muzio

Maurice Di Muzio is the Deputy Principal of Assumption
College, Kilmore. He has extensive and varied range of teaching experiences and roles at Diocese Catholic secondary schools as well as number colleges conducted by various teaching orders.

His educational imperative has always been to bring out the 'hidden potential' within each student that he teaches. This is coupled with a strong collegial responsibility towards fellow teachers constantly striving for a 'better way' to engage our students and teachers in the craft of teaching. He has long held particular interests in; the use of ICT to augment student outcomes (not as a substitute for a type writer or classroom management tool!), the nexus between social/emotional intelligence and student learning, and the effect neuroscience on how/what we learn and teach.

Maurice has been a VCSSDPA member for many years. He particularly enjoys the collegiality amongst fellow DPs, the breadth of knowledge, and the genuine care for each other's wellbeing. Maurice is also an active member of his local Parish of St Mary's Thornbury, and is looking forward to making a greater impact as a member of the VCSSDPA Executive and annual Conference planning team.

Julie Feeney

Julie Feeney has taught in Catholic schools as an English and Religious Education teacher for over 20 years in a variety of locations. She is currently in her second year as Deputy Principal - Learning & Mission at Mater Christi College, Belgrave and previously held the roles of VCE Coordinator and Head of Senior School. She has enjoyed being part of the College Executive throughout this time and is committed to building a robust learning community with students at its heart. Julie has also worked at Aquinas College Ringwood and Marian College, Ararat and in several schools in the government sector. Julie completed a Master in Educational Leadership in 2012 and as a new member of the executive she is looking forward to contributing positively to the mission of the VCSSDPA.

Nicholas Moloney

Nicholas has been a teacher at Marcellin College, Bulleen for twenty three years, in addition to being and Old Collegian. He is currently the Assistant Principal (Operations) and oversees many of the logistical elements that make up a school. He has held a range of leadership positions including eleven years as a House Coordinator and five years as Mathematics Learning Coordinator.

Nicholas has a strong conviction to the Marist Charism and values the opportunity to teach and guide young people. He firmly believes that the Catholic ethos of schools must be a lived experience for all members of our communities.

Nicholas has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Leadership from Monash University. As a new member he looks forward to giving back to the VCSSDPA that has supported him over the last four years in his role.

Tanya Hutton

Tanya Hutton is currently Deputy Principal at Kolbe Catholic College, a new Catholic secondary college in the Greenvale Lakes area of Melbourne. Having commenced at Kolbe Catholic College in January 2010 her areas of responsibility, due to the growing nature of the College have been varied. Responsibilities currently include a focus on College operations and planning, ICT for learning, working with students at academic risk and preparation of the School Improvement and Annual Action Plans. Key achievements during the establishment phase of the College have included the introduction and implementation of learning and teaching programs; the College vertical House System and House values; the College Religious Education and Spirituality programs which include student reflection days, retreat programs and a staff community action program; student leadership programs and training; and staff induction and professional learning programs. Tanya has completed a Bachelor of Education as part of her initial qualification; a Masters of Education with a focus on school leadership and then more recently the Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies. Tanya has worked in a variety of single gender and co-educational catholic secondary schools, with over 24 years teaching experience. She shares a great passion for a holistic education where all areas of development are catered for within the individual student.Tanya is also an active member of her local parish community of St John the Evangelist.

Mark Aiello

Mark has taught in all boys and co-ed Catholic secondary schools over the past 20 years and has held a range of leadership positions across Student Welfare, Teaching & Learning and Administration. He is currently the Assistant Principal – Staff Welfare and Development at Parade College and teaches VCE Maths. Mark completed his tertiary studies at the University of Melbourne and his Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration) at Deakin University.

As an Old Paradian Mark has a real passion for providing students with a catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition. He has a deep appreciation for the commitment of his colleagues in providing the students with every opportunity to participate in a range of programs, both locally and internationally. Mark has a strong focus on creating a vibrant learning community and is fully committed to supporting his colleagues in their personal and professional development.

Fiona Hyslop

Fiona Hyslop is the Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching at Sacred Heart Girls' College

Fiona has worked in Catholic Education for many years and has held a variety of roles across Learning and Teaching and Professional Learning. This has included the planning, development and delivery of targeted school based Professional Learning programs, including working with Graduate and Early Career Teachers. She is currently Deputy Principal Learning & Teaching at Sacred Heart Girls College, Oakleigh.

Fiona continues to develop and oversee Professional Learning opportunities which are student centred and enhance student outcomes, striving to support students to become more effective learners, maximizing teacher effectiveness