The Executive Team at Northside Christian College are a committed team of Christian men and women who come from a wide range of school and business backgrounds, and provide an enormous range of skills and experiences to benefit the Northside Christian College school community. The College is governed by the Committee of Management, which has responsibility for the overall vision, direction and financial management of Northside Christian College. The Principal, supported by the Executive Team, has the responsibility for executing the vision and mission of the school community through implementing the College’s strategic plan and managing the overall operations and resources of Northside Christian College.
Michael joined Northside Christian College in 2017 and commenced as College Principal in 2022. Michael’s leadership experience in education has been diverse, with experience as Principal, Deputy Principal, Head of Primary, Head of Secondary, VCE Coordinator, and gifted and talented education coordinator. At Northside, Michael has played a key role in the effective leadership of the day-to-day College operations. Michael is passionate about Christian education, and has made significant contributions to policy development, compliance, and Senior School leadership (Years 10-12). Prior to commencing at Northside, Michael was the Principal / CEO at Kerang Christian College between 2012 to 2016. During that time, Kerang Christian College expanded from Year 8 to Year 12. Michael project managed a number of key building projects and implemented some key strategic initiatives during his leadership. Michael was the Vice President of the Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children (VAGTC) in 2010 and 2011 and has served on the VAGTC committee since 2009. Michael has taught in Government and Independent Schools in the United States and Australia including Kerang Christian College, Oxley Christian College, and Shades Cahaba Elementary School. Michael studied a Bachelor of Information Systems (Electronic Commerce) degree at the University of Tasmania and completed his Master of Science in Education at Troy University in the United States of America. He has also studied for a Graduate Certificate in Education (Inclusive Education) at the Queensland University of Technology. Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). Athletics and Cross Country have been sports close to Michael’s heart. He has been a nationally ranked middle distance runner, qualifying for two Olympic Trials. Michael is determined to see a focus on meeting the needs of each student at the College and wants to nurture the community atmosphere of the College as the school continues to expand. Michael’s areas of expertise include curriculum development, policy development and implementation, strategy development and implementation, working with a wide range of stakeholders. Michael is married to Michelle. They have two daughters, Eliana and Adelyn.
Christopher has a long history with Northside Christian College. He is a past student of the College, graduating from the inaugural Year 12 Class. After completing his education degree he held the position of Physical Education Teacher/Coordinator at Northside Christian College before pursuing a career in the sport and recreation industry. Christopher worked for YMCA Victoria in a number of roles, including Bushfire Programs Project Manager, Centre Director at Diamond Creek Community Centre and Outdoor Pool, and Outside School Hours Care Area Coordinator. In his role as Project Manager he spent time overseeing the YMCA’s work with Victoria’s bushfire affected communities, managing partnerships with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Department of Human Services and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund. Since returning to the College in 2013, Christopher has taught a range of year levels, developed our Primary Life Experiences program and has been an integral member of the Physical Education and Sport department. Christopher has a passion for Christian Education and providing a comfortable, respectful and supporting environment for students, parents, and staff that can nurture the growth and development of individuals.
Jo joined Northside Christian College in 1999. She has been instrumental in the development of the Middle School at Northside, including having significant input into the design and layout of the new Middle School facilities at the College. Jo has overseen the the implementation of the Middle School program at Northside Christian College and is passionate about seeing students thrive during this period of schooling. She has 25 years’ experience teaching at Independent Schools in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Jo studied Education at Flinders University, and is an experienced and passionate teacher of Visual and Studio Arts and Humanities. She has taught a diverse range of subjects at Northside Christian College from Primary School classes through to Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects. Her education degree specialised in Middle School education and Jo has embraced the opportunity to establish a collaborative Middle School learning culture at Northside. Jo is a valuable member of the College community and a source of encouragement to all our students. Furthermore, Jo highly values the opportunity to work collaboratively with staff and families to support the diverse learning needs of our students.
Lenna Waters is currently the Director of Senior School Learning having taken on that position in 2020 – right at the beginning of a year of change. Lenna joined the VCE teaching staff as a maternity replacement in 2010. She has taught Food Studies, Textiles, Health and Human Development, and Careers/Work Studies for Years 3 to 12 for the past 10 years. Lenna had a long history in various sectors of education in the USA having taught in both Christian and public high schools and served as a university lecturer. Upon coming to Australia, Lenna homeschooled her two children for 14 years while teaching at Bible College, doing volunteer work as a Christian Camp cook and serving alongside her husband while pastoring. Lenna has enjoyed facilitating the growth of the Home Economics and Careers departments at Northside and enjoys serving the Northside community through catering. Lenna has a Bachelor’s of Home Economics from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina and a Master’s of Education from the University of North Carolina – Greensborough. In addition, she holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice. She is passionate about preparing young people for future opportunities in education and the work world and interacting with both students and their parents in the career counselling space.
Leigh joined Northside Christian College in 2016 and has been instrumental in the development of the College's Business Plan and Marketing Plan. He is passionate about Christian education and is a valued member of the College's Executive Team. Leigh manages the financial and business administration functions of the College. In addition to this primary role, Leigh provides valuable support to the Principal as the Chief Executive Officer of the College. Leigh plays an important role in helping to realise the College’s Mission and Vision. He is dedicated to ensuring the adequate provision of resources needed throughout the College. Leigh is a Chartered Accountant (CA), and member of the Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA). He brings over 19 years of commercial acumen to the role of Business Manager at Northside Christian College. Leigh spent a decade as an auditor with KPMG in Melbourne, and has various industry experience working at Honda, John Holland, Peters Ice-cream and Countrywide Austral. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Melbourne School of Theology and Eastern College Australia, and former Non-Executive Director and Treasurer of Harvest Bible College. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Business from La Trobe University, and Graduate Diploma in Theology and Master of Arts (Ministry) degrees from Harvest Bible College. He is a lifelong North Melbourne Kangaroos supporter.
Chris joined Northside Christian College in 2006. He is a passionate Media, English, and Psychology teacher, who has particularly enjoyed working in the Senior School and with Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) students, helping guide his students to excellent ATAR results. In 2012, he commenced the role of eLearning Coordinator, and in that capacity led several important initiatives to help the College integrate digital technologies to provide a cutting edge education. These projects included the move to one-to-one student devices, the introduction of online and hybrid learning models, the Continuous Online Reporting Program, and developing the College’s Model of Teaching and Learning. Chris has presented on several topics related to education and technology for Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV), Independent Schools Victoria (ISV), and Christian Schools Australia (CSA). He has worked for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as an assessor of the Media Examination, assessor of the Media SAT, and writing the Unit 3 & 4 Media Examination. In 2022, Chris transitioned into a new role at the College as the Director of Teaching and Learning. This role has provided him with greater opportunities to work collaboratively with staff to raise student achievement and improve the quality of teaching and learning across the College consistent with the College’s Strategic Plan, Vision, Mission, Philosophy, and Values. Chris is passionate about increasing student’s intrinsic motivation and autonomy as self-directed learners. He believes this stems from developing learning experiences that are authentic to student’s lives, and that illuminate the truth of God’s creation and His purposes.
Serene joined Northside Christian College in 2017. Before her teaching career in Australia, she taught in Singapore for several years and managed the ICT Department at a local primary school after attaining a First Class Honours Degree in Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from The University of Glasgow - Scotland and Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education from National Technological University - Singapore. Upon her arrival to Australia, Serene worked at various schools. Her passion for teaching and serving others led her to leadership and executive positions. With a desire to understand and explore educational leadership in diverse contexts, Serene pursued a Master of Education (Educational Leadership) at Charles Sturt University. The skills and professional knowledge acquired by Serene have assisted her in her leadership in education, to act critically and creatively to address the challenges faced by educational leaders. At Northside, Serene teaches students from a range of primary school year levels as a generalist and specialist teacher. She has also supported the INSPiRE program. Over the past two years, in her capacity as the Learning Support Coordinator (Primary), she provided targeted support programs for students in consultation with students, staff, and families. Together with a dedicated team of staff at Northside, the overarching objective is to provide a learning environment that values all members and assists them to learn, participate, and succeed within an inclusive school culture. Most recently, Serene completed her Master of Inclusive Education (Advanced Practice) at Charles Sturt University. Her studies addressed the diverse needs of all learners. Serene is interested in personalised learning to support all learners, thereby fulfilling the school’s mission and vision statement to be an inspirational Christian learning community and ‘Transforming lives through Christ and the wonder of learning.’
Northside Christian College
31 McLeans Rd, Bundoora VIC 3083, Australia
Phone: 03 9467 2499