Mrs Nicole Armatas joined St Michael’s in Term 3, 2020, as Associate Head (K-6). In Term 4, 2022 she was appointed Deputy Head of the School, and continues in her role as Head of Junior School. Nicole holds a Dip Ed (Prim), B Ed (Prim), and M Ed (Hons), from the University of Melbourne.
Early in her career, Nicole worked in several school settings, and held various leadership roles in curriculum development and design, specifically in Literacy, Gifted and Talented Education and Inquiry based learning, as well being a ‘Train the Trainer’ (Literacy) for Independent Schools Victoria.
Prior to St Michael’s, Nicole held the roles of Head of Campus (P-3) and Head of Campus (3-6) for almost a decade in a K-12, co-educational, multi-campus, independent school. Her work focused on leading and managing building redesign projects, guiding pedagogical change to build future focused programs, and developing individual and team capacity in a multi-campus setting.
During her time at St Michael’s, Nicole has focused on enhancing the learning spaces and the teaching, learning and caring programs. The new P-6 playground redevelopment, the refurbished 3YO playspace in the ELC and an architecturally designed retreat play area have added value to the external spaces in the Junior School. Additionally, after nearly two years of planning, the newly opened Centre for Inquiry and Innovation has provided all Junior School students with a purpose designed facility for research. Student inquiries, specifically into our Signature Programs, are supported by research rooms, a technology hub, maker spaces, a fully equipped kitchen and provocation zones. The Centre facilitates and supports every stage of the research process, for both students and staff.
Nicole always seeks to build a culture of aspiration amongst dedicated educators and students. Her passion is to ignite curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and agency in students through child-centred, evidence-based, innovative programs that inspire graduates to achieve their personal best.