Our Teaching Staff

Meet Our Teaching Staff

Carolyn Gordon

Carolyn graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and gained many years industrial experience in the pulp and paper industry, which led her into environmental science. She achieved her Master’s degree in environmental planning at Macquarie University. Carolyn has more recently attained a Graduate Diploma in Astronomy and is currently working towards her Master of Science (Astronomy) degree at Swinburne University.

Carolyn has been invited to join the Golden Key community due to her high standard of academic achievement. Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honour society, which is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. Carolyn’s vast experience allows her to relate mathematical concepts to facilitate students making connections to the real world and STEM based learnings.


Rene van den Tol 

René is a NESA accredited teacher who is currently head of the Mathematics faculty at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School. He brings his vast experience in developing and delivering mathematics programmes to students at all levels, particularly to HSC Mathematics and Extension 1 & 2 courses, which he has taught for the past ten years. René has bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Applied Science (Surveying), a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Science, UK. Prior to teaching he held senior appointments as a surveyor and mapmaker, and is able to draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience to provide practical contexts for the mathematical concepts students encounter in class.

René has a proven track record in helping students

  • Develop mathematical fluency
  • Strategise and learn to problem solve on their own
  • To build in students’ intuition for why the main ideas in Mathematics are natural and true.
  • To challenge and enrich students to develop a deep personal understanding of Mathematics
  • To develop both oral and written communication skills.

David Gordon

From Sydney University, David joined General Electric as a Design and Applications Engineer which allowed him to specialise in electric drive and control systems. Over the last 30 years, David has been a respected member of multicultural teams across many large industrial projects involving leading international companies, including BHP and BlueScope Steel where David has received many accolades for his engineering expertise. David can best be described by the following reference.

“Apart from his strong technical competence in all things electrical & electronic, David’s unique skill is his ability to distil complex concepts into simple, easily understood principles and to impart these to others…. David extended this further by teaching the Advanced Engineering Electronic Computations “A” and “B” mathematics courses of the Associate Diploma of Engineering at the North West College of TAFE…. He later became State examiner for the subject…. The combination of David’s breadth of knowledge, his extensive experience & his unique skill make him well suited to inspire & educate others across the full range of science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) subjects.”( Kenneth Henderson, 18/7/2018)

David has a strong passion for Mathematics, Astronomy and Engineering and wants to inspire young students into taking up STEM based careers.