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Our Staff

Our staff delight in the opportunity to work in such a professional, academic and friendly community. We recognise that it is vital for staff to cultivate positive relationships with the children and young people in our care; as well as with their families, so that our students can thrive.

Our School owes much of its success to the learning opportunities provided by our teachers who develop innovative and effective learning pedagogies in the classroom. We attract and retain exceptional staff who consider it an honour and a privilege to work with the children and young people of the school. Every teacher from ECEC to Year 12 is engaged in regular and rigorous professional learning to ensure that they are the best they can be, in the interest of enabling our students to be the best they can be, and in turn, considerably enhance student learning outcomes.

Teachers at Hills Grammar have the opportunity to:

  • Work with highly qualified, experienced and skilled colleagues in one of Sydney’s leading contemporary Independent Co-educational Schools.
  • Focus on the art of teaching, while they facilitate student learning in small classes.
  • Enjoy the challenges of innovative curriculum development and work in well-resourced learning environments.
  • Engage in teacher accreditation programs related to NESA and ISTAA requirements that are authentic and enriching learning and development opportunities, through a well-managed and clearly articulated process.

Support Staff contribute to the School’s educational program across Pre K-12 by providing operational, professional and para-professional expertise in positions covering a wide range of services. They have the opportunity to engage in professional learning and study opportunities that enriches their capacity to support those who are at the front line of student learning delivery. 

Staff Prospectus

Click here to download our Staff Prospectus and learn more about the benefits of building your career at Hills Grammar.


Visit our employment page to discover current employment opportunities at Hills Grammar.

Staff Profiles

Praneetha Singh

Head of Mathematics

Praneetha is our Head of Mathematics. She enjoys representing Hills Grammar nationally and internationally as a presenter; talking about current mathematical topics. She often reminds her students that Maths is the only subject that counts! 

Dr. Geoff Gates

Director of Learning and Teaching

Geoff is our Director of Academic Programs, English teacher, published author and occasional guitarist. He is passionate about promoting a culture of thinking in the school, and treating each student with respect. Taking his cue from Dead Poets Society, he asks students to not only ‘seize the day’, but to ‘seize the lesson’. 

Owen Nelson

Head of Music

Owen is our Head of Music, with specialisations in choral conducting, voice and piano. He is passionate about engaging students in the full range of opportunities provided by the music department. Owen is an experienced HSC senior marker and organises festivals and performances that take our students ‘beyond the school gate’.

Fernando Mazzei

Junior School Teacher

Fernando has been a Junior School teacher at Hills Grammar for over 20 years. He revels in seeing his students’ joy and satisfaction when they discover and learn. “When I had long hair and played guitar we called it ‘Discovery Learning.’ Today, Hills Grammar Deeper Water program offers children learning challenges through an exciting transdisciplinary approach."