Our Leadership Team

David Radke | ​Principal​

As the new principal I am conscious that people right across the Grace community will have all kinds of questions and expectations of me. Firstly I am very conscious that I need to learn about the Grace community before I begin to talk about changes or newly identified needs at each campus. My initial goal therefore is to ask questions, lots of them and about many things. So far I have been doing that and I take this opportunity to thank students, staff and parents for their patience as they interact with me in the weeks and months ahead.

I come to the Grace community blessed with a reasonable amount of experience. Following my three years of teaching at Grace from 1985 to 1987, I moved to Immanuel Lutheran College at Buderim as an Acting Head of Department, and after seven years of service there I moved to Good Shepherd College in Hamilton Victoria as Principal. Good Shepherd was my first Prep to Year 12 school. From Good Shepherd the next move was to Tatachilla Lutheran College, just south of Adelaide, and then back to Qld, to St Peters Lutheran College. Across those ten years I served in many administration roles in both colleges, from Curriculum Coordinator to Campus Principal, often filling more than one role at the same time. In 2009 I transferred to Redeemer Lutheran College as Principal, before returning to Grace this year.

There are many things which excite me about returning to Grace. There is a little familiarity with Grace as a place, and it is most enjoyable to be serving families from 30 years ago, all be it a generation further along. The familiarity also extends in some cases to staff whom I have previously worked with either at Grace or at other Lutheran schools. I am especially pleased to be back in a school which includes the High School Years, Years 7 to 12 as its focus; this is after all my educational specialty. Grace’s move toward contemporary teaching practices that embrace technology, as well as enterprise education evident through such programs as the Traded Skills Centre, the Robotics Program and Grace Academy are all hallmarks of a school wanting to embrace the future. Just as important though is Grace’s commitment to the traditional academic skills and subjects, with a real passion to educate to the highest standard in these traditional disciplines. Lastly on this topic, but most importantly, Grace is not just a school, it is a Christian community striving to make a difference to both its immediate community as well as the wider community; as a Christian educator this is very special.

I believe my goals are quite simple to express, and almost certainly more challenging to achieve. I hope to build on the excellent work of Grace’s principals who have preceded me; their legacy is that they both cared deeply about Grace, excellent education was developed to meet ever increasing needs, and both Mr Stolz and Mrs Butler had the vision, foresight and commitment to introduce new programs which have seen the Grace community constantly challenged to improve individual student outcomes as well as a school as a whole. I think parents choose Grace because it does not stand still, it is always seeking to change in order to meet the new educational needs of the families in the surrounding communities. In forever changing, Grace retains its focus on the Christian faith and aiming to live its Christian values, both of which provide a stable school culture providing surety for the whole school community.

Serving Grace as the Principal can easily become all-consuming and I have learned over many years that it is important to have a thriving life outside of my job. This involves regularly engaging with my family, my wife Naomi, and my two daughters who are no longer at home. My wife and I also enjoy our two dogs, Rocky and Charlie, both with personalities as large as the most boisterous national leader that you could think of. These joys are supplemented with hobbies such as keeping relatively fit, car and motorcycle restoration and woodwork.

I am honoured to be back at Grace and I look forward to the years ahead.

Cheryl Budd | ​Head of Rothwell Campus and Deputy Principal​

After previously teaching at Bremer State High School and St Peters Lutheran College, I began at Grace in 1990 taking a part time contract as a PE teacher. Over the years, I have held the positions of classroom teacher, Year 8 Coordinator, Head of Health and Physical Education, Dean of Studies and now Head of Rothwell Campus and Deputy Principal.

My role now revolves around the daily operation of the Rothwell Campus, dealing with many facets of school life including staffing, facilities, timetabling and whole campus events among many others. The students are always my top priority in all of these aspects. In my time at Grace I have taught Physical Education, Health and Physical Education, Social Education and Christian Studies. I am a member of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation (ACHPER) and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL).

I completed my initial teacher training at Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education (now QUT) before further study at QUT and Australian Lutheran College. I have a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Physical Education), a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education.

I love to travel overseas (the longer haul the better!) and I still play hockey.

Warren Irvine | ​Head of Caboolture Campus​

I commenced at Grace in 1995, originally employed as a Maths/Physics Teacher, I was also the Year 11 Coordinator, Head of Mathematics and Head of Curriculum. I am now the Head of Caboolture Campus.

Briefly, my position oversees all aspects of curriculum directions, development and implementation. I ensure compliance with educational authorities such as QCAA, LEQ and ISQ and work closely with students on managing successful educational pathways and outcomes particularly in the Senior School.

I am in constant contact and partnership with teaching staff on all aspects of teaching and learning.

My working career started in Financial Services/Banking and then I decided to change into teaching.

I have a Bachelor of Science (Maths/Physics) & Postgraduate Diploma in Education from University of Queensland.

I have a keen interest in hang gliding and German Shepherds.

Kylie Duyzer | Head of Senior School​​

I commenced at Grace in 1999 employed as a Home Economics and Hospitality teacher.

Throughout my years at Grace I have also held the positions of classroom teacher of Food Studies, Lifestyle Technology and Early Childhood, Head of Department - Home Economics, Year Level Coordinators of 7, 11 and 12.

I am currently Head of Senior School which involves supporting the mission and ministry of the College by working with staff, Year Level Coordinators and the Head of Curriculum to provide an optimal learning environment for students in the Senior School at the College.

Also providing firm, gracious pastoral care and management of staff and students in the Senior School, nurturing the development of young, independent adults.

Something you may not know about me is that I have about 1000+ books in my library at home which we built our house around – moved a few walls and changed plans to create a wonderful book-filled room. I guess I just love books…oh and karaoke!

Peter Miles | ​Head of Middle School​

I started working at Grace Lutheran College in Semester 2 of 2006, having worked previously with Education Queensland for six and a half years.  Currently my role is Deputy Head of Middle School.  In this position I oversee the Pastoral Care of students and the Middle School Student Services Team.  Within this team of people we aim to care holistically for each individual student, so the student can focus on their study and develop the gifts and talents God has given them.  My background as a teacher is in Health and Physical Education and previously I have spent five years at GLC as a Year Level Coordinator working with male Year 9 and 10 students, before moving into my current role.  A fun fact that people may not know about me is that my favourite sport is Futsal. 

Rita Hermus | Head of Teaching and Learning

I commenced teaching at Grace in 1999 in the Science Department. Since then I have had the roles of Deputy Head of Science, Head of Science, Deputy Head of Curriculum (Middle School) and even for a short period I was Year 10 Coordinator. I am now the Head of Teaching and Learning.

In my current role of Head of Teaching and Learning I oversee all aspects of curriculum directions, development and implementation. I ensure compliance with QCAA processes and procedures and the embedding of the Australian Curriculum into curriculum, assessment, reporting, excursions and teaching practice in the College. I work with teaching staff on all aspects of teaching and learning. I work closely particularly with senior students on managing educational pathways for successful outcomes.

Having studied agricultural science at university, I worked for a number of years as a Research Horticulturist and then a move back to Brisbane turned me towards a teaching career. But I still love to turn my hand to growing plants including vegetables and pottering around in my garden is one of my passions.

Peter Kellett | Manager of Innovation, Enterprise and Technology

I commenced working at Grace in 2003. I am responsible for Managing Grace Innovation and Enterprise – the College’s community focused program.  GI&E seeks to engage the wider community on a local, national and global level.  Our programs are principally based on Technology (Robotics), Music and Performing Arts and well as active Sports programs.  I am also totally responsible for all the College Libraries and Senior Studies Centre (including the after school homework club).

I grew up in mining towns where I learnt a considerable amount about IT working for mining companies in my later teen years. After formal study I used these IT skills in the classroom and was given a teaching position at Harristown State High School.

Seeking employment in the independent sector I then spent 7 years as IPT specialist at Toowoomba Grammar School where I also assisted in the boarding environment. In 2003 my wife and I moved to Brisbane and I was fortunate enough to be given a position of added responsibility at Grace Lutheran College. My role has grown and evolved ever since.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts - Politics and Law (UNE), a Graduate Diploma of Education - Secondary (UNE), and a Graduate Certificate in Computer Science (Monash).

Something you probably didn’t know about me is that I love plane spotting!

Ray McKinnon | Business Manager

I commenced my role as Business Manager at Grace in 2009.

My role at the College includes responsibility to the Principal for all matters of business administration and financial control and contribution to the strategic planning of the College.

I am a Chartered Accountant and my past roles have included Business Manager of St Peters Lutheran College and Bursar/Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Brisbane Grammar School.

My favourite pastimes include travelling within Australia with my wife and spending time with our family including our two married daughters (who are alumni of St Peters Lutheran College), sons-in-law and three young granddaughters.  As a matter of possible interest, I am an identical twin and played representative rugby league and hockey as a youngster.

Naree Wittwer | Assistant to the Principal, Administration

I started working at Grace in 2008 in my current position as Assistant to the Principal, Administration.

My role oversees staff recruitment, staff induction, professional learning, teaching, timetabling, cross campus support, strategic planning, policy/procedure reviews, special projects and logistics.

My experience within Lutheran Schools has been as a teacher, Head of Department, and Assistant to the Principal.

I have a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Physical Education); MACE; MACEL; Graduate Diploma of Education (Educational Administration); and Master of Educational Leadership;.

I enjoy bike riding to and from school; playing netball and basketball; basketball refereeing and scoretabling; playing the piano and baking.

Kate McKenzie | Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning

I was excited to start teaching at Grace in 2008 as a Business Teacher of which a few years later I was Head of Department. In my current role as Deputy Head of Teaching I am passionate about ensuring students have a smooth transition from primary school into the Grace community. 

My role involves working with Heads of Departments to ensure a rich and diverse curriculum is on offer in the Middle School with alignment into the senior years ensuring students confidently move into Senior School to achieve their potential and live out their dreams. 

Something you may not know about me is that I love cooking and baking as well as spending time with my family and friends watching my two boys grow up.”

Jason Miles | Deputy Head of Caboolture Campus

I started at Grace Lutheran College in 2004 and I was very excited to receive a position teaching Biology, Junior Science and Physical Education. I taught at the Rothwell for 4 years and in that time I did some work as the Deputy Head of Physical Education. I moved to the Caboolture Campus as one of the founding staff members when we opened in 2008. I have many fond memories of our developing campus from mud, to new buildings and our family of ducks who used to live in our current quadrangle area. 

Over my time at Caboolture I have had the opportunity to gain experience in some different roles including Physical Education and Sport Coordinator and the Middle School Pastoral Care Coordinator.

I have just started in the new role of Deputy Head of Caboolture Campus where my responsibilities primarily include the daily management of our school day and the oversight of pastoral care.

My hobbies include Soccer, surfing and playing the guitar. I also love Marvel movies. I am absolutely blessed to be part of the whole Grace community and look forward to meeting and working together throughout the year.

Monique Atwell | Head of Teaching and Learning, Caboolture Campus

I commenced at Grace Lutheran College, Rothwell campus in 2010, employed as a Business and Legal Studies teacher. In term 2 of the same year, I moved to the Caboolture campus and have been located here ever since. In 2012, I took on the role as Career Guidance Officer, as well as some aspects of teaching and learning. In 2019, I was appointed as the Head of Teaching and Learning for the Caboolture campus.

The primary purpose of my role is to work with others to build an effective learning community within the College as a whole, providing an optimal environment for student and staff development. I now oversee all aspects of curriculum delivery for this campus including the implementation of the new QCE system. I ensure that we are compliant with educational authorities such as QCAA, LEQ and ISQ and work closely with students and staff on managing successful educational pathways and outcomes particularly in the Senior School.

My initial career was in Human Resource Management (HRM) at the University of Queensland, I thoroughly enjoyed this career, but felt a calling to work with teenagers and thus deciding on a career change in my early 30s to teaching.

I have a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management), Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and a Master’s in Education (Leadership & Management). I also have a Certificate IV in Career Development, which I obtained prior to commencing my Career Guidance Officer role.

My hobbies include netball, watching my daughter engage in all aspects of life, going to the gym and spending quality time with family and friends. I feel privilege to be working with the Grace community in my new role and working together to uphold the College’s mission statement.