Leaders at Springfield

Meet our team

Principal — Mr Craig Schmidt

Mr Schmidt has twenty-five years of executive leadership experience in schools in both state and independent Christian schools. He joined St Peters in 2012 as Deputy Principal and Head of Middle School, Junior High and Senior School and was appointed as Principal in 2018. Committed to lifelong learning, his post-graduate qualifications include a Master of Education and a Master of Business Administration with Distinction, with a Master of Education and Theology being completed in 2019.

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.