Featured Staff

Raffaela’s contributions to the College span over 30 years, from her initial engagement as English, Social Studies and Humanities teacher to her appointment as Principal of the College in 1991. Over the past 20 years, Raffaela has won a number of awards for the College; gaining state-wide and national recognition for leadership in Technology and Design, expanding the College’s service capacity to regional provider of Vocational Education to over 400 students from 39 State and private ...

Shelley Scown, Performing Arts

As an accomplished, award-winning professional vocalist, Shelley contributes an eclectic mix of passion and pizzazz to our Music Department.   With a successful career as a performing artist, recording artist, producer and advisor, Shelley brings over 20 years of career highlights from Australia’s ABC Radio, ABC TV, Channel 7 and the Australian Art Orchestra to our music students. On-stage performances at Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House and Sidney Myer Music Bowl, together with ...

Anne Connors, Visual Arts & Product Design -Fashion

Anne trained in Fine art, in Tasmania and Victoria, majoring in painting and printmaking.  After graduating, she began a career as a practising artist, exhibiting internationally and nationally for over two decades. Her work is represented in private collections and major public galleries around Australia. During this time, she also taught in Fine Art and Design programs at Deakin University, Warrnambool campus, RMIT, Victoria University and Swinburne University. In 2008 Anne decided to ...

Conrad Henderson, Instrumental Music Teacher

Conrad is a professional Musician, specialising in the Contra Bass and Electric Bass Guitar. He continues to tour & perform internationally, gives master class clinics around the world. He works in many musical styles including Jazz, Latin, Reggae, African, pop/R&B and other progressive styles. Conrad has been involved with education since 1987 and has witnessed enormous change and growth in the college, to what it has become today. ...

Danielle Joughin, Visual Arts

Danielle has a passion for teaching and passing on the industry knowledge she has acquired working as a commercial wedding photographer and Jazz vocalist. Her love of being creative across various disciplines is the reason why she loves working at NCAT.  As a musician, some of her performances include; live on ABC Radio, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Mordialloc Food Festival, VCA Open Day, ANZ, Miele for Shannon Bennett, MCG, The National Gallery, Crown Metropole, Crown Palladium and ...

Marcus Newman, Multimedia & Photoimaging

Marcus is a photographer and media artist. He attended RMIT University and completed a Bachelor's Degree in Media Arts. His photography received awards from the Centre of Contemporary Photography in 2013 and 2014. His music was profiled on the Triple J Arts Program Artery. He's constantly producing art whether it takes the form of music, photography or videography. “The students at NCAT are so inspiring. Their passion to learn digital technologies to tell their own stories is so exciting. ...

Mark Russell, Folio Preparation & Instrument Making

Mark has 30 years of teaching experience, starting off in a part time capacity while running his own practice, but found a passion for teaching & learning. “ I love the enthusiasm of the college community at NCAT. There is always something new and exciting to creatively explore.” Mark's interest in the arts began when studying Ceramics, Photography and illustration. After many years of professional practice in these fields running his own business, he decided to retrain in Graphic ...

Natalie Gates, Theatre Studies, VCAL Literacy and English

Natalie completed a Double Degree in Arts/Arts Education at La Trobe University, followed by an appointment as Head of Performing Arts and Musical Production Producer/Choreographer, Hairspray (2016) Beauty & the Beast (2017). Natalie pursued teaching to motivate, mentor and inspire young adults to become passionate for the Arts. She believes the classroom is a place of exploration and reflection, where contemporary students deserve adaptive teaching styles that allow them to flourish as ...

Neil Davis, Visual Arts & Program and Curriculum Manager

Neil has over 35 years of experience in education across a wide range of subject areas. Neil currently teaches in the Art & Design areas both in traditional art forms and in highly specialised skills in the digital realm. Neil has been involved at NCAT for many years, due to the passion of staff and students for the specialised educational pathways they work in. The opportunity to see, work and assist in a dynamic workplace, that is all about growth, pathways outcomes and with the freedom ...

Peter Myers, Head of Music

Dr Peter Myers (PhD, MA, DipEd, BAHons)   Peter Myers studied and later taught at La Trobe University completing a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours in Music in 1983, and a Master of Arts by research in composition and music analysis in 1988. In 1989, Peter travelled to the USA to study composition with the distinguished American composer, Eugene Kurtz, in Hartford Connecticut. In 1991, he graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Graduate Diploma in Education; and in 2006, ...

Rachel Sztanski, Music & Voice Instrument Teacher

Rachel completed a highly specialised vocal performance education at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Victorian College of the Arts.  During that time she performed extensively on the Melbourne Gilbert and Sullivan circuit performing roles including Phyllis in Iolanthe, Casilda in The Gondoliers and the title role in Princess Ida.  Rachel has taught singing for almost fifteen years and has a keen interest in vocal science.  She holds a Certificate of Figure ...