Senior Leadership Team
Mr Glenn Johnson, Principal
Graduate Diploma of Education (Science), Bachelor of Commerce, Masters of Educational Leadership, Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member of Australian Council of Educational Leaders.
Glenn is the second Principal of Kimberley College and joined the College in 2019. He was previously Deputy Principal of St John’s Anglican College in Forest Lake. He has also taught at John Paul College and several State High Schools throughout Queensland during more than 30 years of teaching. He has a passion for STEM and innovation and has taught Senior Chemistry and Mathematics for many years.
As Principal, Glenn is the Chief Executive of the College. He is appointed by the College Board and is responsible to the Board for the proper running of the College in accordance with the strategic vision and policies set down by the Board. Away from the College, Glenn enjoys adventure pursuits including trail running, hiking and mountain climbing.
Ms Janine Parkinson, Deputy Principal
MA (Educational Leadership & Management), PGCE (Secondary), BA (hons) Religious Studies, Member of Australian Council of Educational Leaders.
Janine commenced teaching in 2003 and has occupied a range of teaching, middle and senior leadership positions in independent and state schools in Hampshire (UK), as well as in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane (Australia). Previously, Janine worked for a number of years as an external marker for OCR Religious Studies examinations (UK) and the ATAR Philosophy & Ethics examinations (WA, Australia).
Janine's professional areas of interest include individual & collective wellbeing; coaching; relational & contextual leadership; future readiness; and collaborative philosophy inquiry. Underpinning all this, is the aim of supporting and strengthening the holistic growth of students, staff and whole school community. During school holidays, Janine spends quality time with her family enjoying the beaches and great outdoors.
Ms Donna Foxwell, Chief Financial Officer & Business Manager
Bachelor of Commerce (Accting) BComm, Certified Practising Accountant, CPA.
Donna commenced in the Education Sector in 2000, starting at the Financial Controller for Brisbane Boys College then moving to Business Manager roles at Sheldon College , Trinity Lutheran College, Villanova College and Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School (LORDS). Donna is currenlty on the Finance Committee Member on the Independent Schools Queensland, Block Grant Authority. In her spare time, Donna enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs and reading.
Mr Chris McAlpine, Director of Senior Studies
BAppSc(BltEnv), GradDip(IndusDes), DipEd(Sec), CertIV(CareerDev).
Chris commenced teaching in 1988 but left the profession early to pursue a degree & career in Industrial Design. After working in the industry and business sector for just over 10 years, his passion for teaching was reignited by the commencement of his children at school. He joined Kimberely College in 2004 as a middle school & senior school teacher of mathematics & science. He was promoted to Deputy Principal in 2008 and was appointed the Director of Studies in 2021. Chris is the QCAAs Principal's Delegate for Kimberley College.
From 2005 to 2019, Chris was a member of the QCAA's Mathematics A Brisbane South Moderation Panel that oversaw the monitoring of year 11 assessment and the verification of year 12 assessment and exit results for all schools in the Brisbane South region. Together with his administrative roles Mr McAlpine continues to teach in the classroom having both Year 11 and Year 12 General Mathematics classes. Chris is particularly interested in developing assessment tasks for students that focus on actual real world contexts so that assessment is imparting knowledge that prepares for the real world. Chris has always had a love of water and enjoys fishing onshore and when boating.
Mrs Margherite Rigden, Middle School Coordinator
Bachelor of Education, Masters of Guidance and Counselling, Masters of Education.
Margherite started teaching in 2002 at a Primary Catholic school in Innisfail before moving to Brisbane in 2005 and commencing at Kimberley college. Margherite is heavily involved in many extracurricular events including support crew for Kokoda, Write a book in a day, Musical, Graduations, Raw Challenge, Boat of Origin, Opti-Minds and the College Fair. Margherite is professionally interested in curriculum design and development and in her spare time loves to read and cook.
Ms Denise Bould, Director of Teaching and Learning
Bachelor of Education (Conjoint Education & English Literature), Diploma of Teaching, Pedagogical Leadership Category 2 (International Baccalaureate), Future Leaders Program (QELI), Dip Dance, Member of Australian Council of Educational Leaders.
Denise began her journey into teaching in 1996 and has occupied various teaching, middle and senior leadership positions in both independent and state schools in New Zealand and Brisbane (Australia). Her experiences include teaching in international baccalaureate schools, boys' education, early years education, intermediate education, multi-age educational institutions, and inclusive education.
Denise's professional interests include understanding diverse pedagogical approaches that will significantly impact student learning. She has a passion for literacy acquisition, literature and leadership focused on teaching and learning. Denise is a keen Boatie and a member of the Southport Yacht Club; she enjoys spending time with her family on weekends and studying energy practices such as Reiki and other alternate therapies.
Ms Kristy Damen (nee Shepherdson), Primary School Coordinator
Bachelor of Education (Primary), Master of Educational Leadership.
Kristy commenced teaching in 2005 at Kimberley College, teaching in the Middle School for a number of years, before moving to Coordinator of the Primary School in 2017. As a keen snowboarder, she has facilitated the annual Kimberley College Snow Trip for over 10 years. Kristy is particularly interested in curriculum development and creating fun, hands-on, exciting activities for the students to engage in. She believes whole-heartedly that each child is unique and learns their own way, at their own pace, and endeavours to create an environment that fosters this belief. She is passionate about inspiring the primary school staff to incorporate these school philosophies into their classrooms. During the school holidays, Kristy enjoys spending time with her family and reading.