New Staff at St Albans Secondary College


Gloria Yi

Hi everyone, my name is Gloria Yi. I’m very honoured to become a staff member of SASC and I’m really excited about starting my new adventure here.

I am a foundation Yr12 teacher graduated from the University of Melbourne (Master’s degree) and Victoria University (Bachelor’s degree) and will be teaching mathematics at SASC. In addition to being an enthusiastic teacher and a book worm, I also enjoy watching movies (especially Marvel!!!), travelling, fashion, and trying different cuisines.

Since the very beginning of my days here at SASC, I have already felt extremely welcomed and well-supported by the whole school community. I have enjoyed every single day here working at SASC and I can’t wait to see how amazing 2023 will be!




Yiting (Riley) Zhu

Hello everyone, my name is Yiting (Riley). I am very excited to begin my teaching journey at St Albans SC and to join this lovely community as a graduate teacher. I completed my Master’s degree at the University of Melbourne where I learned the theoretical frameworks and practical teaching strategies to create a positive and safe classroom environment. I have a solid background in economics and finance that qualifies me to be a business teacher.

The values of St Albans Secondary College resonate with my teaching philosophy, so I believe that I will enjoy my time here. It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to demonstrate my passion for teaching and develop my own skills.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, finding and trying different foods in Melbourne. I also enjoy traveling and photographing every little thing that makes up my wholesome life. I am happy to be a part of this community and I can’t wait to meet and work with you all.


Alex Chan

Hi, I’m very excited and welcome the opportunity to be teaching at St Albans Secondary College. I loved the place the moment I walked through the door!

This year I’m teaching Humanities and Legal Studies. I have taught at a range of schools (Alkira Secondary College was my most recent school over the last five years) as well as raising two boys, Basil and Felix. I am blessed with having a very supportive husband, Tim and a labradoodle called Florry. We have a couple of beehives but don’t call me a busy bee! Lol. 

I regard myself as a lifelong learner and have a variety of interests. I enjoy the theatre, movies, Iyengar yoga and book reading. Also the occasional bushwalk and riding my bike. My current interest lies in closely watching the debate unfold with the upcoming referendum about enshrining an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the Constitution. I love the fact that I may be part of history in the making – from little things big things grow….




Patrick Burke

As a new teacher of English and Humanities to St.Albans Secondary College and a child of the Western Suburbs, I am so pleased to join this great learning community.

I spent 17 years working in Vietnam for the US Department of Labor, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Red Cross and in 2019 worked with Caritas Australia evaluating their work on the integration of children with disabilities into mainstream schooling in Vietnam.

I have taught History, Politics and English at a number of secondary schools in the northern and western suburbs, taught adult migrant English and undertaken commercial consulting work.

I enjoy playing and listening to music, reading and getting to the beach and the bush as often as I can. I look forward to working with everyone in the SASC community to draw out the best from all of the students here.



Athanasios  Theoharopoulos

Hi my name is Athanasios and I am very excited to be part of the St Albans Secondary College team and community. During my time in education I have taught Humanities, English, VCE History and VCE Legal Studies.

I have had a number of roles over the years, from being the year 7 student manager (Sub-school leader), Transition Coordinator and have been the Head of the Humanities faculty.

I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children. I am very passionate about sports (basketball, tennis, soccer, and AFL), fitness, music and watching anime.

I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all.



Andrei Alexandrescu

Hi, my name is Andrei and I am the new Assistant Middle School Leader at St. Albans Secondary College. I have previously worked at Pascoe Vale Girls College and Mount Ridley College teaching Maths and Science, and I have experience as a Year Level Co-ordinator, Timetabler and Head of Middle School.  

When I am not playing restaurants or dress-ups with my 4-year-old twin girls, I enjoy gardening and cooking.

I look forward to working with you all.  




Katie  O’Connell

Hello, my name is Katie O’Connell and I’m the new Humanities Learning Area Leader here at St Albans Secondary College. I have spent the last six years teaching Humanities and English at Sunshine College; prior to that I worked in the publishing industry for eight years, mainly in travel publishing, both in Melbourne and London. As well as living in London I have also spent time living and studying in Ireland. 

My interests include travel, music, history and politics and I love spending time with friends, family and my dog and exploring all the wonderful aspects of life in Melbourne. 

I really love teaching in the western suburbs and consider myself very lucky to have joined such a high-achieving team here at St Albans.

I look forward to working with you all in 2023!


Madeleine Matheson

Hello!  My name is Madeleine, however everybody calls me Maddy.

I am the new Wellbeing Officer for Year 9’s and 10’s at St Albans Secondary College. I am a Social Worker by trade and my experience is mostly within the Hospital setting and the family violence field.

I am passionate about diversity and inclusion and am very excited about getting to know all the students and their families over the next 12 months!



Ethan Loo

My name is Ethan and it is a pleasure to be able to join St Albans Secondary College and the greater community supporting the school. I will be joining as a science teacher, teaching year 8-10 this year. I have previous experience working as a pharmacist, working in Barwon Health University Hospital Geelong previously, and assisted in the COVID-19 vaccination program.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and love cooking and eating all types of food. I spend a lot of my spare time playing musical instruments and have recently picked up learning the bass guitar. I am an avid video and board game player, and love playing badminton.

I am incredibly excited to be joining you all for this year ahead. I look forward to meeting you all.


Katelyn Smith

My name is Katelyn and I am very excited to be apart of this school community as a humanities classroom teacher. I have recently moved from Sydney to start working here and I could not feel more welcomed by the staff and students.

I have previously worked in medical administration and am already enjoying the career change. In my spare time I enjoy hiking and I am looking forward to exploring the wonderful hikes Victoria has to offer. 

I am looking forward to an exciting year here at St Albans Secondary College. 



Ali  Yamin

Hi my name Ali, and I am excited to be part of the St Albans school community! I have recently graduated from the Masters of Teaching at Melbourne University. My teaching methods are in English and EAL, and have enjoyed getting into the classroom and refining my skills.

I have previously worked in the university industry both at Melbourne University and RMIT. 

I enjoy practicing and teaching Yoga in my spare time, as well as playing basketball with my friends. I look forward to getting to know you all!



Della  Butler

Hi, my name is Della and I am excited to be joining the team at St Albans Secondary College this year where I am teaching VCE Visual Communications and Art. I previously worked at South Oakleigh College.

 In my spare time I enjoy listening to music and catching up with friends and family.  I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all.