IQRA College

Junior School

Sarah WallerSarah Waller is originally from London, England, and a Junior Primary trained teacher. She has been teaching for almost 13 years; of which, 2 years have been with IQRA College, and she is loving her time in IQRA. 

Her passion lies in teaching children through real-world experience and play. She believes that talk, hands-on engagement, rich inquiry, and children having ownership of their learning, provide an excellent foundation for early education.

She is known as the high-spirited teacher and currently serves as the Junior Primary Coordinator. 

Carmen LeungCarmen Leung has been with IQRA College since 2018. Born and raised in Adelaide, she graduated from Flinders University in 2017 with a master’s degree in teaching. 

She loves teaching young children thus enjoying her time working with the rest of the team in the Junior School. She enjoys inspiring the students to learn and strive for their goals. 

Outside of work, her favourite things to do are spending time with her partner and 2-year-old son, exercising, trying new restaurants, going to new places and watching movies.  

“My philosophy of teaching is to create a safe and welcoming environment where students feel comfortable participating and pushing themselves to try new things.”

Zach SchwanckZach Schwanck is a graduate of Flinders University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Teaching (Primary / Special Education).

A calm and caring teacher, Zach enjoys every single day of teaching. He has a driving interest to support students with additional needs and provide every student with an equal opportunity to grow and learn. 

Before coming to IQRA College, Zach was a temporary relief teacher for private schools across South Australia. His teaching experience has shown him the importance of being flexible when working with a group of students. He has learnt the importance of creating and maintaining positive relationships with his students and to keep regular open communication with them. This has helped him to better support his students in their learning and get the most out of them.

Alison Jansen is delighted to join the team at IQRA College in 2022. Born and raised in Adelaide, she graduated from the University of New England in 2019 with a master’s degree in primary teaching. Alison has previously held positions teaching junior primary intensive English, year 3 Science, and has worked as a relief teacher in many schools in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.

Alison enjoys working with children of all ages and believes that each year level in a child’s learning and development is special and interesting. She takes a creative approach to teaching and enjoys using quality literature and working with children on collaborative hands-on activities. She aims to make the classroom a place where children enjoy learning and are challenged to reach their full potential. 

Outside of work Alison is kept busy by her 11- and 9-year-old children. When she has a chance she enjoys baking, reading, swimming, going to the beach and watching movies.

 Kerrie Davis, born and raised in Adelaide, graduated from Flinders University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary). She also completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood education in 2010 though University of South Australia. 

Kerrie has taught all over Adelaide in both private and public schools. She spent 2 years teaching junior primary grades in London. Most recently, she has been working as an Early Learning Teacher in a long day care setting. 

When not at school Kerrie loves to be active with her husband and 2 sons Lincoln, 10, and Jackson, 6. She also loves to read, knit and paint.

“My main goal as a teacher is to share my love of learning, with my students, and foster their own natural curiosity into meaningful development. I am passionate about incorporating technology into the classroom and learning. I am dedicated to fostering creative and reflective students. I understand that children learn in lots of different ways and I am focused on providing as many different learning opportunities as I can.”

Catherine Sangster began teaching in 2009. She has worked at a number of schools around Melbourne, initially as a PE teacher, then moving into the classroom where she taught Year 1, Year 3 and Year 6.

Catherine took up a teaching qualification while she worked in Special Ed at a Melbourne private school. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Adelaide University, a Master of Arts (Communication) from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from La Trobe University.

“I believe in providing a safe and happy learning space for all children where they feel valued and their voice is heard. In this way I am able to bring out the best in their learning and ensure that every child can reach their full potential.”