Faces of Clonard – Mr Ian Callahan and Ms Sarah Clark

Mr Ian Callahan

In celebration of Father’s Day, it would be remiss of us not to recognise Clonard’s Master of Dad jokes, Mr Ian Callahan😁 Mr Callahan has been a teacher at Clonard for eighteen years, teaching in the specialist area of mathematics.

Mr Callahan’s sound knowledge and wealth of effective teaching strategies in the area of mathematics ensures all students are positioned for success, particularly in the senior levels. His dedication to understanding every student’s strengths, weaknesses and developing rapport across a cohort is evident in the respect and fondness Clonard students past and present have for him.

Mr Callahan’s most enjoyable roles at Clonard include being a classroom teacher, a diving judge at the House Swimming Carnival and goal umpire during the Staff Vs Students AFL match. Outside of school, Mr Callahan enjoys fishing, traveling, football at Bell Park, spending time with his family and especially in his role as Pa. Happy Father’s Day, Cal!

Ms Sarah Clark

Ms Clark joined the teaching team at Clonard in 2016 after 8 years teaching at MacKillop College, Werribee. Ms Clark works within the Senior Pathways Team as the VCAL Leader and teaches Year 11 and 12 Personal Development and Work Related Skills.

Clonard’s VCAL program emphasises the application of knowledge and skills within real life contexts and Ms Clark has been instrumental in developing programs and initiatives to ensure success in these areas and valuable links and partnerships in our community.

These include Backyard Blitz programs undertaken with local Catholic Primary Schools, numerous enterprising initiatives delivered at the College and most recently the planning of activities and awareness raising strategies to promote RU OK? Day.

Successful outcomes for students enrolled in the VCAL program is what drives Ms Clark’s commitment and determination as VCAL Leader. “Visiting students who are thriving in their Work Placements and knowing that they have found purpose can be amongst the most rewarding experiences as a teacher and person”. – Ms Clark.