Mrs Michelle McKinnon


Personal Message:

I believe that all students should be given the opportunity to develop their unique skills and talents and to build their confidence to meet life’s many challenges.  This inspires me to ensure that we provide a catholic education for all students guided by equity and excellence. It ignites my passion to establish a culture of leadership and learning through reflective professional practice and to make international connections and direct research into the impact of learning on student outcomes.

I believe a community should be welcoming and life giving and that all challenges in life should be met with Simplex Caritas.

Professional Experience:

Michelle has been the Principal at St Therese’s, Sadleir Miller since 2017. Prior to this, Michelle was Principal at St Francis de Sales, Wooloware. Michelle has also held leadership roles of Assistant Principal, Religious Education Coordinator, Leader of Learning and Coordinator and has taught in Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese, Wollongong Diocese and Parramatta Diocese. 

Michelle has presented at educational conferences and workshops in Australia and internationally on contemporary educational practice and leadership. 

Michelle received was the Winner of CDF Excellence in Teaching Award in the Wollongong Diocese in 2004.  She received a Teacher’s Guild Award for Excellence in Education-2019.


  • Masters of Educational Leadership
  • B.A. Education
  • Dip Teaching
  • Certificate of Special Education

Professional Interests:

I am passionate about ensuring that schooling meets the needs of today’s learners. Also about rethinking the nature of learning and teaching in a digital age and the role of learning environments and technology in supporting new pedagogies.