Meet our Staff

When it's time to wave goodbye and sneak another quick cuddle before drop off, our Prep parents can rest assured their children are in good hands.

Prep Coordinator, Kelly McBurnie, and her colleagues, Prep Teachers, Adele Amorsen and Debbie Wilson, have over 60 years of combined experience in early childhood education. Together, they are dedicated to providing a supportive and nurturing environment to build foundations for life-long learning and happy memories!


PREP - Year 2 COORDINATOR, KELLY MCBURNIE

Kelly has been involved in the educational sector for almost 20 years as a teacher, coordinator and early literacy workshop presenter.

In 2013, she received a National Excellence in Teaching Award for innovation and was nominated as Brisbane Person of the Year. Her classroom has been highlighted in Australian Teachers Magazine and Kelly has written articles for The Educational Leader, Brisbane Child and for online publications. Her work with gifted and talented students, consisting of a special project to raise funds for the RSPCA, was also recognised in the media during 2013.

In 2014, Kelly was nominated for the Griffith University's Alumni of the Year Award and her achievements and featured in the 2016 Undergraduate Study Guide. She  represented Australia presenting a paper for blind peer review at the Asian Conference in Education in Japan in October 2016. In 2017, Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Catalyst Journal published an article about an Action Research Project undertaken by Kelly and her Prep Colleagues, Debbie Wilson and Adele Amorsen. The article entitled,‘Talk to Me: Improving Oral Language in Prep’, details Kelly, Deborah, and Adele’s year-long Action Research Project to discover best practice for optimal oral language development in young children.

Read the article here. 

Kelly is studying for her Master's.

Kelly McBruniePrep-Year 2 Coordinator
I am honoured to work with the outstanding St Peters team".

Adele Amorsen, Prep Teacher

Adele has been passionately engaged in early childhood education for over 20 years. 

Her teaching career began with a Diploma of Teaching at Brisbane College of Advanced Education, followed by a Bachelor of Education at Australian Catholic University and a Master of Education at Queensland University of Technology. 

Adele's study in early childhood education has been interspersed with many years of classroom teaching at a range of state and private schools in Queensland. She has extensive experience lecturing in early education in the School of Early Childhood at Queensland University of Technology.  

Her passion for early education has resulted in awards for both classroom teaching and university lecturing and a range of research papers and publications including Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Catalyst Journal, which published the findings of the Action Research Project undertaken by Adele and her Prep Colleagues, Kelly McBurnie and Debbie Wilson. The article entitled,‘Talk to Me: Improving Oral Language in Prep’, details a year-long Action Research Project to discover best practice for optimal oral language development in young children.

Read the article here. 

Deborah Wilson, Prep Teacher

Deborah (Debbie) Wilson has been a teacher at St Peters for the past 15 years.

For seven years, she was the Prep/Year 1 music specialist before joining the Prep teaching team. 

During a career spanning more than 20 years, Debbie has been a classroom teacher, a Coordinator of a Prep-Year 10 Music program and a Music teacher in state, independent, tertiary institutions  and private organisations. 

Early in her career, Debbie developed a keen interest in the areas of music and learning support and how music can enhance the development of literacy and numeracy, fine and gross motor skills and social skills such as sharing in the early years. Debbie was part of a Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia DVD project titled, "Musical Beginnings", which now has a place in the distance education curriculum.

She has also been a presenter at music conferences in Queensland and interstate. In August 2017, Debbie was among a team of more than 20 Australians invited to present workshops at the International Kodály Symposium in Canada.

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"My passion is seeing how children learn skills and helping them to apply these to their daily lives to become the best person they can be," Debbie said.

Her philosophy is a simple Chinese proverb: "Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand."