School Board Member Profiles

Jenny Hess –  Board Chair

                                           Jen Hess

With two children attending Como Primary School, I have been a part of this awesome school for many years. I work locally in local government with a background in Leisure Planning and Sport and Recreation Management.  I have 20 years local government experience in strategic planning, project and facility management, community development, building relationships and clear communication.

Being on the Board I hope to build on the existing “family” within the school to empower, nuture and encourage our students to be the best they can be. It’s a great opportunity for me to give back to a school that provides so much to our families.

Emma Lipscombe – Principal

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Penny Herne – Deputy Principal
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I have been Deputy Principal at Como Primary School since 2012 and a teacher and/or acting Deputy at Como since 1993.  I grew up in Como and have spent most of my adult life in South Perth so I am definitely a “local” who has developed many connections with the community. I have also been on the “other side of the fence” as my daughter attended Como Primary from 1996 until 2001. During that time I was actively involved with the P&C.  I was also an inaugural member of the School Council having now served every year except one.

I am privileged to work at such a fantastic school with supportive parents, a dedicated and highly professional staff and bright, well behaved  young  learners who all strive to live up to our school motto of “Only Our Best”.  I feel my involvement on the school Board allows me to further my partnership with parents and the community to achieve the best outcomes for students.

Leanne Pool - Board Deputy Chair


With three boys currently at Como Primary School, I’ve been involved with the school for many years and will be for many years to come.  I’ve enjoyed being both a volunteer and member of the P&C where I’ve had the opportunity to meet and engage with both students, parents and staff and am always reminded of the great environment our children learn in. 

I’m delighted to now join the Como Primary School board and work with the other board members in setting the strategic direction of the school for the coming years.  With a background in Accounting, I hope to bring a financial focus to the board and ensure the school can successfully meet its objectives into the future.

Josh Honsa - Community representative

                                        Josh Honsa                                   



 Terri Youd - Staff representative

My teaching career began in the Great Southern. I then taught in a variety of schools North of the river and the Goldfields before taking time off to raise my family.

I have been working at Como Primary School since 2007. I was a member of the school council for 2 years while we were working towards IPS status, then a member of the School Board for a 3-year tenure. I was also a member of the Finance Committee for 7 years. I have had a long association with Como Primary as both my children were students at the school. 

One of my roles over the past couple of years has been to guide my colleagues through a program, ‘Assessment for Learning’, which provides tools for self-reflection and strategies to refine their practice and to optimise success for all students. 

As a member of the school board, I look forward to contributing towards providing strong foundations for every student and engaging more widely with the school community. I consider myself to be very lucky to work at Como Primary and to be able to spend my day teaching the students that make our school such a wonderful place.

Steve Pascoe – Staff representative 


I have been a member of staff at Como Primary School since 2018 and am currently teaching a Year 5/6 class. Prior to this, I held the role of Physical Education Specialist at Como and was responsible for the school sporting program and organising various events and carnivals. Before joining the Como PS team, I taught in many primary schools across a variety of roles, including ICT Specialist and classroom teacher. I have extensive experience in teaching children in the fitness industry, having run multiple swim schools and fitness programs at gyms. I believe education involves the faciliation of learning for all students, regardless of ability and this is achieved through the provision of supportive and engaging environments which encourages all aspects of learning - academic, social and physical.

I am honoured to serve as a staff representative on the Como Primary School Board and will endeavour to both maintain and improve upon the high education standards and supportive culture at the school.


Jaylene Flynn – Community representative

                                              Jaylene Flynn                                           

Jo Laufer - Community representative

                                                Jo Laufer                                        

I am an experienced teacher and school leader who has recently returned to Perth after living abroad for many years. Most recently, I was based in Hong Kong where I was Head of School for one of the the primary campuses of Kellett School - The British International School in Hong Kong.

I am keen to remain connected to education and was delighted to join the Board at Como Primary School and become part of the supportive community that surrounds it. I bring 25+ years of experience in the education sector, gained in Hong Kong, UK and USA. I have worked extensively with school boards during that time and hope that through my membership I can contribute positively to the journey of Como Primary.


Maryann Tsai - Community representative

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I currently have one child at Como Primary and I have enjoyed being part of the school community. I volunteered in the school canteen, have been a class representative, assisted with reading and have been a parent helper within the classroom. These duties have given me the opportunity to meet and engage with parents, staff and students. 

I have a Bachelor degree in Engineering (major in Information Technology) with honors from the University of Western Australia. I have worked in the private sector for 8 years as a corporate account manager in various industries managing client accounts and dealing with clients. I have also had the opportunity to run projects and manage a small team. In addition, I have worked in the public sector for the Department of Workforce and Training for 6 years in various roles dealing with students and staff.

I'm currently a founder/CEO of two businesses. I'm honoured to serve as a community representative on the Como Primary School Board and will endeavour to bring my skills to assist with the strategic direction of the school.