Year 3 / 4 Teaching Team

Mr Peter Usher

Years 3 and 4  Executive Teacher

I’m passionate about making a difference and ensuring our students come to school feeling happy, safe and ready to learn.

I have a variety of interests but am an avid golf fanatic. I love working at Mawson Primary as it is a highly learning focused school where teachers and students work together.

Peter Usher


Mr Timothy Yap

3MIP - English Teacher

My name is Tim Yap and this is my fourth year teaching at Mawson Primary. I am highly passionate about supporting students through their primary school journey. My interests include sports, reading, gardening and spending time down the coast.

Timothy Yap


Mrs Jing Sun

3MIP - Mandarin Teacher

My name is Jing Sun. I am passionate about teaching younger children Mandarin. My teaching philosophy is all children are capable of learning and achieving their potential. I like to spend my leisure time reading, knitting and travelling with my family.

Ms Jing Sun


Mrs Fiona Stevenson


I have been teaching for over 30 years! I love the cultural diversity of our school and enjoy learning about our world from my students and their families.  I am married and we are blessed with three adult children, a Border Collie, a Mini Foxie and two cats. I love to read, kayak, 4WD, fish, camp and drive my Mustang.

Fiona Stevenson


Mr Andrew Beit


My name is Andrew Beit and I’m from Cairns in the sunny north. I’ve been a teacher in Canberra for 12 years and in Queensland for 5 years before that. I have a passion for learning and reading and a love of coffee, fine dining and the Brisbane Broncos.

I have taught at Capella State School and Blackwater North State School in Queensland. I've also taught Year 3, 4 & 5 classes at Harrison and Accelerated Learning classes at Garran in the ACT.  I am excited to be starting at Mawson in 2023 teaching a year 3 class.

Andrew Beit


Mrs Leanne Harrigan

4MIP - English Teacher

I have been teaching for over 20 years. I lead a busy life with a husband, 3 children and a dog. I love to help the students become independent critical thinkers of the future. I like yoga, reading and walking the dog.

Leanne Harrigan


Mrs Amy Mann

4MIP - Mandarin Teacher

My name is Lixue Mann. I have over 10 years of experience in early childhood education, as well as teaching Mandarin in a Canberra language school. I always love a good movie and enjoy many outdoors activities, such as trekking, camping, visiting a beach or kayaking in nearby lakes. Being bilingual, I am passionate about Mawson’s Mandarin Immersion Program. I am eager to share my experiences, learn and grow with my year four classes this year.

Amy Mann


Mr Simon Sher


My name is Simon Sher and this is my fourth year at Mawson Primary. I come from Melbourne and I am a native Cantonese speaker. It is my passion to teach Mathematics and see students grow in their learning. I enjoy playing basketball, playing with my German shepherd and watching movies.

Simon Sher


Mr Jonathan Baird

I have been living in Canberra now for 3 years and teaching for 7 years. My special passion in teaching is having students fall in love with learning and having them realise that they have what it takes to succeed. I love coffee and cats, in that order. But don’t tell my pussycat, Miss Fyshwick, who believes she is the centre of the universe and totally entitled to wake me up in the morning by walking all over my face.


Jonathon Baird