Leaders at Springfield

Meet our team

Principal — Mrs Natalie Houston

Mrs Houston is a passionate and forward-focused educator who has held leadership roles across three Lutheran schools. She served as a Founding Staff Member of St Peters Lutheran College Springfield from 2008 to 2012, giving her a unique insight into what makes St Peters Springfield special. Committed to lifelong learning, Mrs Houston holds a Bachelor of Arts (English and History/Ancient History) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education from Australian Lutheran College, a Master of Education from Australian Lutheran College and a Master of Educational Leadership from Australian Catholic University. She is currently completing a Master of Business Administration (Leadership). Mrs Houston has served on Lutheran school and church councils, bringing governance experience to her role.

Head of Secondary School — Mrs Sue Grotherr

Mrs Grotherr commenced at St Peters in 2015 as P-12 Curriculum Coordinator having substantial executive leadership experience in Christian schools particularly in the critical area of teaching and learning. Across her career, Mrs Grotherr has taught all year levels from Prep through to Year 12. Her post-graduate qualifications include a Graduate Diploma of Teacher-Librarianship and a Master of Arts in the field of writing, editing and publishing.

Head of Primary School — Mrs Debbie West-McInnes

Mrs West-McInnes is a founding staff member of St Peters Springfield. An outstanding educational leader specialising in Early Childhood, Mrs West-McInnes has extensive experience in both government and Lutheran education sectors. This invaluable experience led her to being appointed as Junior School Coordinator at St Peters in 2008 and subsequently to the role of Head of Primary School in 2014.  In addition to her teaching qualifications she has earnt a Graduate Diploma of Theology.

Chaplain — Pastor Matthew Wilksch

In 2012, Pastor Matt accepted the call to a dual role of Chaplain at St Peters Springfield and Church Planting Pastor to what has become Arise Lutheran Church. Pastor Matt was ordained by the Lutheran Church of Australia in 1999 completing his vicarage at St Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Adelaide. He subsequently served as Pastor at the Rosewood District Lutheran Parish in Rosewood Queensland and at Grace Lutheran Church, Bridgewater, South Australia before joining St Peters.