Jill Lange-Mohr OAM, Head of College
A Principal of more than 15-years’ experience, our Head of College, Jill Lange-Mohr, began her career as a teacher of Secondary Art, Speech and Drama. After 20 years in Primary and Secondary education Jill moved into the corporate sector where her leadership was evident in Tertiary education, specifically in Marketing and Public Relations roles and as a CEO. The 2001 Queensland Telstra ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ for the Private and Corporate sector, Jill completed her MBA in 2012.
She also has many years of experience contributing to organisational development at board level. Jill joined Geelong Lutheran College in July 2018 and has relished the opportunity to steer the College community into a period of significant development.
Sue Ellis, Principal
Sue Ellis brings both educational experience and business proficiency to her role as Principal at Geelong Lutheran College. Along with working in business for 15 years, Sue has been a teacher within the Lutheran Education system for two decades, serving in numerous leadership positions in several Primary and Secondary schools across the course of that time.
Her pedagogical management extends to overseeing the Primary Years Program (PYP) in International Baccalaureate World Schools in South Australia over an eight-year time frame. Sue was initially employed as Campus Principal at St John’s Newtown from the beginning of 2018; however, her leadership capabilities were ultimately recognised as being integral to the development of the whole school where she now works across both campuses.
Geelong born-and-bred; Paul Riddle is a former St John’s Newtown student who began in his role as Business Manager of Geelong Lutheran College in May 2020. A Certified Practising Accountant, Paul worked as Financial Controller of a national company based in Geelong for 11 years.
Prior to joining Geelong Lutheran College, he worked as a Business Manager in the education sector at another multi-campus, independent Christian school for three years. Paul’s experience in organisational sustainability, along with his business acumen, has quickly made him a valuable addition to the executive team at Geelong Lutheran College.
Head of Primary (St John's Newtown)
Stephen Illingworth began his work life in the Sport and Recreation Industry where he was responsible for leading, training and supporting volunteer groups, sporting clubs, schools and disability agencies. After six years he transitioned into education where he enjoyed eight years of classroom teaching, embracing numerous leadership roles and positions of responsibility in his time at St John’s Newtown. Stephen’s leadership skills, combined with his warmth, energy and capacity to relate to children, saw him appointed to the position of Head of Primary at St John’s Newtown for the beginning of 2020. His extensive community sport experience as player and coach, is reflected in his capacity to continue to build the family and community atmosphere that is the trademark of our St John’s Newtown campus.
Head of Primary (Armstrong Creek)
Vicki Schilling has had 20 years of experience in education, teaching across Prep-Year 10. During this time, she has also held leadership positions with a focus on curriculum. Vicki served as Education Officer for two Lutheran School systems in both Queensland and also Victoria/New South Wales/Tasmania for 12 years. She provided curriculum and educational leadership with a focus in the areas of Christian Studies and Indigenous Education. Vicki’s involvement with Lutheran Education Australia extended to the development of the national Christian Studies curriculum and Teacher Accreditation programs. She joined the team at Geelong Lutheran College in 2017, as P-10 Curriculum Coordinator, and commenced her current role as Head of Primary at the Armstrong Creek campus at the beginning of 2020.
Head of Secondary (Armstrong Creek)
Sharlene Tattersall’s extensive all-round experience makes her an ideal Head of Secondary at Geelong Lutheran College’s Armstrong Creek campus. Her 26-year teaching experience in both Victorian and Queensland schools has included a variety of management roles including Sport Coordinator, VCE Coordinator and Careers/Pathways Coordinator. Sharlene has spent 12 years in educational leadership including serving as a P-12 Vice Principal. She has been instrumental in the development of the Secondary program at our Armstrong Creek campus, serving as Senior School Coordinator prior to her appointment as Head of Secondary under the restructure for 2020. Sharlene’s positive and effective leadership style empowers our Secondary teachers as they engage our Secondary students in a broad range of learning opportunities.