Meet The Staff

At Darkinjung Barker we are fortunate to have a team of highly dedicated and committed staff working with the children. Their focus is on teaching literacy and numeracy while also celebrating the Indigenous culture of the students. The two full time bus drivers have a key role in ensuring attendance.

Jamie Shackleton

Head Teacher at Darkinjung Barker Campus

Jamie started his teaching career in Western Sydney and moved to Barker College in 2005. He has taught across all stage areas and has a passion for education. Since commencing at Barker, Jamie has been actively involved in all facets of life at Barker College. He has previously been appointed Grade Coordinator and Co-Curricular Coordinator and his love of sport has lead him into Rugby, Cricket, Swimming, Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball coaching. Jamie coordinated and chaired a working party on the development of Darkinjung Barker Campus. In late 2015 he was appointed Darkinjung Barker Campus Coordinator.
“The challenge of setting up a new school has been immense. The feeling, personally, for me has been one of excitement and accomplishment. I still remember when the idea of an Indigenous Campus on the Central Coast was first raised, it took my imagination and education journey to a new level. I knew that this was something very special that I wanted to be a part of. To be appointed to be the Head of the campus was the most significant moment in my teaching career and I am thankful every day that I have been trusted with this responsibility.”

Tom Spencer

Classroom Teacher

Tom Spencer joined Darkinjung Barker in 2017 as a classroom teacher for Years 3 – 6. Tom has extensive experience teaching primary aged children including three years at Barker’s Hornsby campus and before that at Windsor Park Public School.

Tom has a Masters of Teaching – Primary and a Bachelor of Health Science PDHPE, along with a Certificate III in fitness and a Certificate IV in personal training.

Before he commenced his teaching career, Tom spent time travelling, as a volunteer worker in Costa Rica, as well as undertaking conservation work with sea turtles.

Chernita West

Teacher’s Aide

Chernita is a proud Aboriginal Wiradjri woman from Wellington NSW and also a member of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council. She completed her Higher School Certificate at Wyong High in 2014. Chernita loves her work at Darkinjung Barker where she is able to help the children both with their schoolwork and to learn about their culture. Engaging with the local community, reading and sharing her passion about her Aboriginal culture, are what Chernita enjoys.

Ian and Brett

Bus Drivers

Bus Drivers, Ian Benton and Brett Edwards are valuable members of the Darkinjung Barker team. Ian loves spending time with the children each day and will often stay on at the School assisting where possible. Brett loves spending time listening to the children read and helping out where possible. Ian and Brett are always keen to jump on board and give a helping hand at any school events. Both gentleman have a key role in ensuring the regular attendance of the children and communication between the families.

Sharyn Bailey

Teacher's Aide

Sharyn has been a Teacher’s Aide for 10 years. Four years ago, Sharyn moved with her family from Bathurst where she worked as an Aboriginal Teacher’s Aide at Mackillop College for six years and also secretary of the local AECG. Working at Darkinjung Barker,  is a dream come true. Sharyn loves the children, the staff and the environment in which she works.  She is passionate about her heritage and culture and loves that she gets to share this with the beautiful children here at Darkinjung Barker.

Sharyn's passion has always been to help Aboriginal children with their education and to make their time at school as happy as possible. Sharyn lives on the Central Coast with her daughter Chloe and son Josh.

Amy Shackleton

Administration Assistant

Amy joined Darkinjung Barker in March of 2016. She is the Administration Assistant at our Yarramalong Campus. Amy thoroughly enjoys her work at Darkinjung Barker getting to know all the children and families through her daily role. Sometimes she even helps out with group work when time permits. “Being part of such a wonderful little school is so special to me. Watching how far the children have come amazes me every day.”