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Meet our New Head of Primary, Mrs Coto

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Laurelle Coto, as the new Head of Primary for our College.

Mrs Laurelle Coto started her teaching journey in 1994 in Geelong, Victoria and moved to WA in 2002. Mrs. Coto is married with 2 teenage daughters, and lives in the sunny coast of Secret Harbour, where they attend Cavalry Chapel Church.

Mrs Coto has a Masters of Education (Special Education) as well as a Post-Graduate in Gifted Education. She believes that educators must be positive contributors to a dedicated team within the school and wider community. “By working together, we can meet the shared responsibility of ensuring effective care and high-quality education of every student, through provision of a safe, effective and holistic learning environment. This way every student can fulfil their potential by becoming lifelong learners, realising that their goals and aspirations can be attained through their own efforts and determination, in collaboration with others, so they can flourish at school and beyond”.

She is also passionate about partnering with families and ensuring that every students’ needs are met through personalised learning that provides both scaffolded educational opportunities, whilst also developing servant-hearted students, who flourish with the characteristics of integrity, resilience and courage and demonstrate essential personal skills including social interaction, intrinsic motivation, self-responsibility, critical thinking, teamwork, communication and a love of learning.

During her career she has enjoyed establishing new programs in independent Christian schools in Gifted Education, Inclusive Education, Early Childhood outdoor play, and the Western Australian Curriculum K-6.

 “ELC and Primary school provides key learning for students wherein they develop foundational educational building blocks as well as character growth and essential skills. It facilities opportunities for them to develop a life-long love of learning, and empowers students with agency, voice, well-being and personal growth”.

With over 23 years’ teaching experience, including 10 years in leadership roles across both Primary and Secondary schools, Mrs Coto has held roles including Regional Principal, Head of Curriculum and Deputy Head of Primary. This experience combined with her passion and commitment to shape the lives of students through excellent Christ-centered holistic education, gives us confidence that that Mrs Coto is an excellent fit for our College.

What you might not know is in her spare time, Mrs Coto enjoys traveling with her family, editing books for aspiring authors and horse riding.

Mrs Coto is looking forward to joining our school, and supporting the students, staff and families at Southern Hills Christian College.