Arcadia College Staff

CEO

Aaron Devine

Aaron Devine is a leading education executive, with over 20 years as a senior leader of some of Australia’s largest and most innovative educational providers.

Aaron is committed to supporting students achieving their goals and in seeking to ensure all students have access to quality education irrespective of social, emotional or financial barriers.

Aaron is a respected Educational consultant working in tertiary and school education. Until October 2016, Aaron led TAFE Queensland Brisbane in the role of General Manager. Aaron was also the Chief Executive Officer for the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, and Pro Vice Chancellor at Charles Darwin University. He worked as a Solicitor in Victoria where he practiced in Commercial Law, Civil Litigation and Employment Law. Aaron served as a Senior Adviser to the former Premier of Tasmania, the Hon Jim Bacon AC and Senior Policy Adviser to the Paul Wriedt MHA when he was the Tasmanian Minister for Vocational Education and Training.

Arcadia College Principal

Tahlia McGahey

Tahlia believes that Arcadia College provides a unique form of education. The motivated and committed staff facilitate an innovative and flexible educational program, with a focus on individual opportunity and success.

Tahlia is the Principal of Arcadia College. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the school and holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), a Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), and a Master of Forensic Mental Health. Additionally, she is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Southern Cross University, researching the topic of School Improvement through the Arts.

Tahlia believes that Arcadia College provides a unique form of education. The motivated and committed staff facilitate an innovative and flexible educational program, with a focus on individual opportunity and success. Tahlia is very proud of how the school has grown and evolved since its beginning.

As the school moves to a new campus at Robina in 2021, Tahlia’s focus is to continue to cater for a unique student group, and to foster and support their individual successes. The aim is that the students will be healthy, happy, and successful learners who continue on their individual pathways into a prosperous adulthood.

Tahlia draws inspiration from Elliot Eisner; an educator and educational researcher. His quote: “Art is literacy of the Heart.” is among Tahlia’s favourites.

On weekends and school holidays, Tahlia can be found performing at venues on the Gold Coast as a Country Music Artist. She has also toured and recorded in Tennessee, USA.

Guidance Officer & Registered Psychologist

Carley

Carley is excited about the new School at Robina opening in 2021 because of the new wellbeing spaces, offices and meeting rooms that will assist all staff in delivering a meaningful and personalised learning and wellbeing experience.

Carley is the Guidance Officer & Supervising Psychologist at Arcadia College. She has spent the past 10 years working with youth in schools and loves the energy that young people exhibit. Carley holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours, a Graduate Diploma of Education, is a Registered Psychologist and is also a Board Approved Psychology Supervisor.

Carley and the Wellbeing team at Arcadia College support student mental health, learning, attendance, social skills and emotional regulation. They assess individual learning issues, produce support documents, work with staff and students to personalise learning, and most importantly create success stories.

Carley is excited about the new School at Robina opening in 2021 because of the new wellbeing spaces, offices and meeting rooms that will assist all staff in delivering a meaningful and personalised learning and wellbeing experience. The students will have access to a climbing wall, a cafeteria, basketball court, recording studio, and overall a place they can call their own.

Carley believes Arcadia College is a great school. The staff strive to personalise learning and wellbeing, build positive relationships, celebrate success and provide a second chance for many students. School doesn't have to be dull, boring or impossibly hard and students know that staff care.

In her spare time, Carley is an avid paraglider, enjoys yoga, hiking, and all things wellbeing.

Arcadia College 2020 Staff