New staff

Let's introduce you to our new staff this year

Welcome to all of our new staff

Esther Pyo 

Teacher-Business Management 


My name is Esther Pyo, I have had the enormous pleasure of joining Box Hill High School this year. I really enjoy the community feel and look forward to working with everyone to continue to make our school, and the lives of our students a fantastic Launchpad for the rest of their lives. I am currently engaging with the students in making memorable experience of their education and I have been very impressed by their spirit and love of learning as well as their dedication.  I look forward to getting to know you and your family throughout the year and supporting your child’s education at Box Hill High School.

James Chew

Teacher - Art/VCD


I have taught at Billanook College in Victoria’s east.  I have also worked in various industries/sectors, one of which was with design agencies. I ran my own graphic design business among other ventures. I enjoy walks on the beach, renovating and I also have a  young family. I am  excited about fostering intentional, genuine and meaningful interactions within the Box Hill High School community.”

Julio Acebron

Teacher - English/EAL


I have worked as a secondary school teacher in a variety of private and government schools in Melbourne, Spain and England.  I have taught English, Drama and Spanish.  Outside of class I enjoy playing music and keeping fit and active.

John Baratta



I teach Math Methods, Science, Mechanical and Electrical Technologies and Mechatronics. 

I entered the teaching profession after obtaining a Master of Teaching from La Trobe University. Prior to becoming a teacher, I had an extensive career as a professional engineer and project manager in the manufacturing and defence sectors.  I enjoy all things sci-fi, travelling and the occasional fishing trip. 

Eleanor Smith

Teacher - Physical Education


I teach Health, Physical Education and Science at Box Hill High School. I had been living on the South Coast of New South Wales for the past couple of years and recently moved back to Melbourne where I grew up. I previously worked as a swimming coach and camp instructor. I like playing tennis, swimming and going to the gym. I enjoy camping and travelling with friends and family. Go Hawks!  

Lindsay Fowler

Teacher - ICT


I have come from teaching for 14 years at Camberwell Boys Grammar and have been very pleased to accept a temporary position at Box Hill High School. I enjoy engineering, electronics and software and all things technological and environmental. I also like to build and fly drones as well as design embedded systems in electronics and am passionate about renewable energy and craft work using all kinds of tools and materials. What I love about Box Hill High is the amazing Technology Department, the students and staff! 

David Innes

Teacher - Maths


Hello dear reader! The following tells a tale of one of the newest additions to the marvellous Box Hill High School. In my previous nine years, I have coached kids Chemistry, made Mathematical Methods more manageable and spun scientific stories in Junior Science. At Box Hill, I am tackling all manners of mathematics from Year 8 through to Year 12 and very keen to help your sons and daughters achieve to the best of their ability in number crunching. I am a fan of baking, walking, Doctor Who, The Simpsons and the Arts.  

Jeanni Lockhart

Teacher - ART/VCD/FoodTech


I come from a creative family of illustrators, designers and engineers. My early working career started as a trained chef  - the hours didn’t suit me so I pursued a career in design. I have worked in the print industry and managed my own freelance design business for around 16 years. Making Art has always been my passion and it was my own high school art teacher who inspired me to chase my dream to teach. I am excited to be at BHHS to share my passion for creativity.  

 My hobbies include making art, being a foodie, photography and following international tennis tournaments all year round (Vamos Rafa!). My claim to fame is playing best of two matches of electronic table tennis with Lleyton Hewitt at the 2017 Australian Open (we drew!). 

Katrina Young

Teacher - English/EAL


I have recently moved to Melbourne from Sydney, having grown up and started teaching there, and I am delighted to be beginning my career in Victoria at such an excellent school, where I have felt welcomed by both staff and students. I am very enthusiastic about English and love reading and discussing literature (some of my favourite authors including Shakespeare, Michael Ondaatje, Kate Atkinson, Jane Austen, and my childhood passion, Harry Potter). While I am teaching English at Box Hill, I speak German and French fluently, having spent my childhood in Germany, and am passionate about the benefits of multilingualism.

David Blencowe

Teacher - German


My interests are in German literature and philosophy, and I have lectured and had work published in both areas.  I’m really happy to be at BHHS and part of such a strong German faculty.  I have previously taught at both the Bundoora and Cranbourne Secondary Colleges, but BHHS has a unique culture of academic excellence and I really look forward to working with the students here.  

Penny Danks

Teacher - Science


After some time off on Family Leave and teaching at another school, I am so excited to be back at BHHS! Other than being a passionate Science and Biology teacher, I love playing Netball, the beach, most sports, trekking and travel. I spend most of my life outside of work as a busy mum to my 5 & 7 year olds. I’ve loved coming back to BHHS – it feels like ‘home’ as so many dedicated staff have gone out of their way to welcome me back and the amazing students I’ve met already continually challenge me to find new and inspiring ways to help them achieve their potential!   

Thea Kamvissis

Careers/Pathways Coordinator


It is with pleasure that I join the Box Hill High School community as the Careers/Pathways Coordinator. I completed the Bachelor of Science and the Diploma of Education in the 80’s at Monash University. I accepted a position with DEECD in the late 90’s which was only meant to be a short contract, and stayed for 17 years, teaching Maths and Science, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I am passionate about Careers Education and have worked in the government and private secondary sectors over the past ten years, supporting students to make successful transitions beyond secondary school. I enjoy travelling; cooking and spending time with family and friends. One of the  highlights of my career to date, has been the opportunity to work within the Faculty of Education @ Monash University as a teaching associate with first year pre-service teachers. The opportunity to give back to the teaching profession, has been extremely rewarding. I look forward to working with the students, staff and parents at Box Hill High School. Feel free to pop into the careers office to say hello.