Meet The Teachers

The wonderful bunch here at Bimbadeen would love to say hello!

Meet Our Teachers

At the top of the list when measuring the quality of a school has to be the quality of the teaching staff. We are beyond fortunate to have a team of teachers truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.

Meet our teachers below!

Leadership & Administration

Adele Gregson

Adele Gregson

Principal

adele.gregson@education.vic.gov.au

I am incredibly proud to be the Principal and the lead learner of this wonderful school community. It is an absolute privilege to work with our outstanding staff who keep students at the core of all they do. At Bimbadeen, we pride ourselves on building strong, positive relationships with and between families, students and community members. In my spare time I enjoy reading and engaging in academic research, riding my bike and spending time with my family.

Sabrina George

Sabrina George

Assistant Principal

sabrina.george@education.vic.gov.au 

It is with great pride that I work with the fantastic school community of Bimbadeen Heights Primary School. My role can be quite diverse and varied from day to day. One thing that is constant is to be able to build strong relationships with the wonderful families and dedicated staff to ensure that each Bimbadeen student is given the opportunity to thrive on their individual learning journey.

Adele Gates

Adele Gates

Business Manager

adele.gates@education.vic.gov.au

I am the Business Manager at Bimbadeen. I love getting to know the children and families that come to Bimbadeen and being able to help with anything they need. We strive to help our families feel welcome and supported as part of the Bimbadeen Community.  Always remember my door is open if you have any financial concerns with payments to the school. When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my own family.

Emma Chandler

Emma Chandler

Administration

emma.chandler@education.vic.gov.au

I love working in the Bimbadeen Heights school office with such a fantastic administration team. It’s great getting to know all our wonderful students and their families, and being able to help with any needs or concerns they may have. Both my sons came to this school and enjoyed their time here just as much as I do! I love spending time with my family and going on holidays somewhere sunny and warm.

Shelley Canning

Shelley Canning

Administration

shelley.canning@education.vic.gov.au 

The best part of working here at Bimbadeen is being part of this amazing school community, especially working with all the wonderful staff and supporting all the great students in our school. I enjoy helping all families that come into our school and support them in any way I can. I love coming to work each day. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children. My 3 children have and still do attend Bimbadeen Heights PS. I also love to watch them play sport, and in any spare time I have, I do love to shop.

Foundation Teachers

Malcolm Rosendale

Malcolm Rosendale

Foundation Teacher

malcolm.rosendale@education.vic.gov.au

Working at Bimbadeen with the Founders is such a rewarding experience.  I enjoy working with some amazing teachers and many wonderful children. The progress a child makes in their first year of school is incredible and every year I am amazed at what they can achieve after such a short time.  In my time away from work I enjoy sports and spending time with my family.

Kate Wood

Kate Wood

Foundation Teacher

kate.wood2@education.vic.gov.au

It is a privilege to work with such a great school community at Bimbadeen. I love watching the new founders mature and develop into independent learners, while learning to read and write. It is wonderful to see the progress achieved throughout the year in a stimulating and exciting environment. When I am not at school, I enjoy long walks with my dog Stella and travelling to new destinations.

Beth Dean

Beth Dean

Foundation Teacher (Team Leader)

elizabeth.dean2@education.vic.gov.au

The first years at school are the some of the most important in a child’s education and that’s why I feel passionate about teaching in Foundation. I love to see my students’ confidence soar as they achieve their learning goals or fall in love with reading. On my weekends I enjoy catching up with my friends for a coffee or reading a good book.

Liz Nicholson

Liz Nicholson

Foundation Teacher

elizabeth.nicholson@education.vic.gov.au

I am a Foundation teacher at BHPS. I love working in our team to develop enriching learning experiences for our students. Ensuring the classroom is a fun place to be and nurturing the students through our school values is a priority for me. In my spare time I enjoy reading and travelling.

Grade 1/2 Teachers

Alannah Aiken

Alannah Aiken

Grade 1/2 Teacher

alannah.aiken@education.vic.gov.au

What I love most about Bimbadeen Heights is how friendly, welcoming and helpful all of the students and staff have been. I am really enjoying getting to know grade 1/2A and I am excited about the year ahead. I love to go camping, taking my dog Murray for walks and reading. I have always had a passion for water sports such as water-skiing and wake-boarding.

Jacqui Duncan

Jacqui Duncan

Grade 1/2 Teacher

jacquelyn.duncan@education.vic.gov.au

I am a Year 1/2 teacher at Bimbadeen Heights. I love working with the children and watching them grow and learn throughout the year. When not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling and walking and running with my dog.

Emily Russell

Emily Russell

Grade 1/2 Teacher & Learning Specialist

emily.russell@education.vic.gov.au

I love my job and I strive to create a warm and welcoming classroom where my students are excited to learn. We sing, dance and have lots of fun as I firmly believe in the philosophy that ‘laughing kids learn’. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time on my farm with all my animals and riding my horse.

Annie Rountree

Annie Rountree

Grade 1/2 Teacher (Team Leader)

anne.rountree@education.vic.gov.au

I have lived in New Zealand and England, been a secretary, a community worker; I am a mother and for the past 13 years, have been a teacher. I love reading, travel and gardening. I care about the environment and social justice. I believe educating our children well and teaching them how to think and learn is the best way to create a better world for all. I love my work helping children to develop confidence, to grow and learn. I enjoy seeing children’s curiosity and them being excited about the things they are learning. It’s a great job!

Sharon Egan

Sharon Egan

Grade 1/2 Teacher

sharon.dellavedova@education.vic.gov.au

I love working in Year 1/2 at Bimbadeen Heights Primary School.  Our supportive staff and wonderful children make coming to school each day a joy.  Helping children to become life long learners is what inspires me as a teacher and underpins everything we do in our classroom.  Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading and pottering in my garden.

Grade 3/4 Teachers

Hayley Cook

Hayley Cook

Grade 3/4 Teacher

hayley.cook@education.vic.gov.au

I love working at Bimbadeen in my role as a Year 3/4 teacher. I think we have a great school that promotes high quality teaching and learning. The wellbeing of our students is extremely important to all staff here. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and friends and relaxing by the beach.

Tania Maniscalchi

Tania Maniscalchi

Year 3/4 Teacher

tania.maniscalchi@education.vic.gov.au

I love working in Year 3/4 with such an amazing team and awesome students! We had a great time on camp this year at Marysville and lots of fun learning new things. I’m excited about our School Wide Positive Behaviour Program. In my own time I love going to the beach with my husband and three daughters.

Michaela Gray

Michaela Gray

Grade 3/4 Teacher (Team Leader)

michaela.gray@education.vic.gov.au

I have enjoyed working at Bimbadeen for the past 19 years. I have loved working in many different teams with amazing teachers. Mathematics is a particularly favourite subject of mine to teach. I spend my weekends with my family enjoying the outdoors.

Michelle Franks

Michelle Franks

Grade 3/4 Teacher

michelle.franks@education.vic.gov.au

I love working at Bimbadeen Heights Primary. We have a great staff and parent community who support each other and the children. I have taught in the upper school for many years and love the creativity of the students. Outside of school I enjoy reading, listening to music and spending time with my daughters.

Bree King

Bree King

Grade 3/4 Teacher & Learning Specialist

bree.king@education.vic.gov.au

I am a Year 3/4 teacher at Bimbadeen Heights Primary school and enjoy the involvement we have here with the community. I love learning and want to help students to love it too. To see a child be completely enthralled in a concept – curiosity spills over, their excitement becomes contagious, and a lifelong learner is born. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy being out and about with my family and friends.

Blair Price

Blair Price

Grade 3/4 Teacher

blair.price@education.vic.gov.au

I am excited to join the Bimbadeen Heights community and to work with the 3/4 students. Over the past three years, I have enjoyed getting to know the students in my class and enjoy having fun with them in the classroom as well as in the yard. When I am not at school, I love spending time with my family, our puppy and my friends, and enjoy checking out new cafes and cooking at home.

Grade 5 Teachers

Stacy Brooks

Stacy Brooks

Grade 5 Teacher (Team Leader)

stacy.brookes@education.vic.gov.au

I love working with the wonderful staff and children at Bimbadeen Primary School. The supportive relationships between staff and parents that we foster helps the children learn, grow and be their best. It is wonderful to see the maturity and growth in the Year 5 students throughout a year. They are involved in Production, Camp, excursions, iPad programs and more. Outside of school I enjoy running my dogs and watching my children play sport.

Virginia Gardner

Virginia Gardner

Grade 5 Teacher

virginia.gardner@education.vic.gov.au

I love working with the experienced staff and wonderful children at Bimbadeen Heights.  There are so many extra curricular activities offered like production, aerobics,  radio show and camp, just to name a few! It is lovely to see our children develop and learn from these experiences.
Outside of school I enjoy teaching fitness classes, spending time with my family and shopping.

Laura Simkin

Laura Simkin

Grade 5 Teacher

laura.simkin@education.vic.gov.au

Hello! I have been at BHPS since 2005 and enjoy the friendly and helpful nature of students here. This year I am looking forward to an exciting learning adventure with the delightful children in Year 5. I really enjoy helping my students through their learning journey and seeing them beam with pride when they achieve a new goal. Outside of school I love baking and decorating cakes and watching my children play sport.

Tracey Johansen

Tracey Johansen

Grade 5 Teacher

tracey.johansen@education.vic.gov.au

I enjoy working with the fantastic staff and children at Bimbadeen. I love teaching and learning and helping children do their best. In Year 5 some highlights are our excursions, sport and circus production. Outside of school I enjoy walking my dogs, reading and being with friends and family.

Grade 6 Teachers

Matt Laws

Matt Laws

Grade 6 Leading Teacher

matthew.laws@education.vic.gov.au

I am a Year 6 teacher and ICT coordinator. I love working at Bimbadeen. We have a strong focus on working in teams to provide an ‘all round’ education for our students. When I’m not at school I enjoy travelling, keeping fit and reading.

Jemima Gange

Jemima Gange

Grade 6 Teacher

jemima.gange@education.vic.gov.au

I am a Year 6 Teacher at Bimbadeen Heights Primary School. I am very much looking forward to seeing my students mature during the course of the year and I hope to prepare them well for their future endeavour, high school. In my spare time I love playing netball, going on holidays with my husband and two daughters and walking our dogs along the beach.

Melinda Ruscitti

Melinda Ruscitti

Grade 6 Teacher (Team Leader)

melinda.ruscitti@education.vic.gov.au

It is a delight to teach at Bimbadeen. I love teaching Year 6 as I enjoy helping our students grow, mature and develop into wonderful people who are ready to take on the next challenge in their lives. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, baking and watching Geelong battle it out on the weekends.

Specialist Teachers

Lynne Burt

Lynne Burt

Music Teacher (Team Leader)

lynne.burt@education.vic.gov.au

The Music Room is the most wonderful place in the school.  It’s a place for children to learn to read and write music.  They listen, move, persist, think, create, co-operate, learn from one another, stretch their imaginations, and develop as musicians and as people.  There’s nothing like the satisfaction of singing or playing something and “getting it right” together.  I love to celebrate with students as they tentatively try something and succeed way beyond their own expectations.  Bimbadeen students are amazing at having a go and creating delightful compositions and improvisations.  Outside school I love to read, make beaded jewellery and spend time with my family and friends.

Natalie Lowe

Natalie Lowe

Music Teacher

natalie.lowe@education.vic.gov.au 

I am excited to be returning to Bimbadeen to work with Lynne Burt in teaching music this year. I was previously a classroom teacher for 7 years and taught specialist classes regularly as a relief teacher. There are so many benefits to learning music, including developing language and reasoning and expressing feelings and emotions. I have fond memories of music classes from my childhood and wish the same for our current children. I enjoy spending time with my young girls and husband, gardening, exploring outdoors and Snowsports through winter.

Kate Schie

Kate Schie

Physical Education Teacher

kate.schie@education.vic.gov.au

I am passionate about encouraging children to be active and develop the skills to be lifelong active people. Seeing students reach their goals and surpass their expectations is so rewarding. Outside of school, I am a keen cricket player and hiker. I also enjoy playing ukulele and attempting to ride my unicycle.

Cath Buckland

Cath Buckland

Student Wellbeing & Literacy Intervention Leading Teacher

catherine.buckland@education.vic.gov.au

Working with students and families in my literacy support and wellbeing role, is very satisfying.  I love the sense of community and belonging at Bimbadeen and seeing over time, former students returning with their own children. My grandchildren are also ‘Bimbadeen Kids’. Reading, gardening and enjoying time with my family is what I most like to do out of school.

Annikka-Rose Smith

Annikka-Rose Smith

Art Teacher

annikka-rose.smith@education.vic.gov.au

I can’t wait to be back at Bimbadeen Heights in my new role as the Art Teacher in 2020. Bimbadeen is such a warm and welcoming school and it is a privilege to be returning after my leave period. When I am not teaching, I spend as much time as I can with my Fiancé and baby girl. We love seeing friends and family as well as travel and trips to the beach. 

Kate Troschke

Kate Troschke

Art Teacher

kate.troschke@education.vic.gov.au

I have been part of the Bimbadeen team for most of my teaching career and have been fortunate to work in a variety of roles. I am looking forward to teaching Art in 2020, as I love taking on new challenges and modelling life-long learning. I am fortunate to be able to work in our brand-new Art room and am excited about the opportunity to work creatively with my students. Every child at Bimbadeen is an artist! My husband and I have 3 little girls who keep us very busy. We love simple things like getting outside to play and learn together.

Jane Zheng

Jane Zheng

Chinese Teacher

jianxue.zheng@education.vic.gov.au

I am the LOTE Chinese teacher for 2020 and look forward to sharing my love of Chinese language and culture with all of the students. It’s rewarding to see students taking up the challenge to learn a totally different language and trying to speak Chinese and learning the Chinese culture. I feel privileged to join the school community and look forward to having fun with the kids in Chinese lessons! Outside of school I enjoy cooking, travelling and spending time with my family and friends.

School Support Staff – School Chaplain

Anne Lawry

Anne Lawry

School Chaplain

annelawrybhps@gmail.com

Engaging with the whole school community, staff, students and families, is a rewarding privilege. I am a mum to four adult children, three daughters and one son and Grandma to seven grandchildren. Gardening, photography and craft are pursuits that I enjoy in my spare time.

School Support Staff – Teacher Aides

Leslie Clarke

Leslie Clarke

Integration Aide

leslie.clarke@education.vic.gov.au

I work in Education Support. Thankyou Grade 3/4F for making me feel very welcome in class.

In my spare time, I love catching up with family and friends, bike riding, listening to live bands, playing badminton and table tennis, walking and going on day trips with my family.

I enjoy watching movies and I also love eating Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Indian, Italian, Korean and Japanese food.  I especially love eating spicy food and trying new cuisine.

Tracey Price-O'Reilly

Tracey Price-O'Reilly

Integration Aide

tracey.price-oreilly@education.vic.gov.au

I enjoy working with and supporting children with additional needs and helping them build relationships with their peers. My personal interests include cooking and gardening which also allows me to share my skills and interact with my students in a positive and hands on learning approach.  

Mandy Riley

Mandy Riley

Integration Aide / THRASS

mandy.riley@education.vic.gov.au

I love being part of a team who are dedicated to assisting all children work towards their full potential.
Watching a student’s confidence and ability grow is always exciting.
Outside of school I enjoy doing craft, reading and travelling.

Elizabeth Downs

Elizabeth Downs

Integration Aide

elizabeth.downs@education.vic.gov.au

I am an Integration Aide at Bimbadeen Heights Primary School. I absolutely love working with the children  – watching them learn and grow is such a privilege. I couldn’t have wished for a more rewarding job!
In my spare time I love exploring our beautuful country with my family & spending time with friends.

Joanne Palmer

Joanne Palmer

Integration Aide

jo.palmer2@education.vic.gov.au

I have been fortunate enough to join this welcoming and inclusive school.   I was born in England and came to Australia when I was 2, and  am now honouring a promise to my mother by becoming an Australian citizen. I have been a beauty therapist for over 20 years and wanted to embark on a challenging and rewarding career change.  I have 3  grown children and 3 grandchildren who take up all my spare time.  I do love spending time at the beach with my dogs whenever I can.

Helen Thomson

Helen Thomson

Integration Aide

thomson.helen.h@edumail.vic.gov.au

My role at school as an Integration Aide is to support students with individual needs, this allows me to build relationships with students in all different year levels throughout the school.
Outside of school I like to enjoy the great outdoors through hiking and camping with my family.  This allows me to talk about my experiences with the students.

Penny Long

Penny Long

Integration Aide

penelope.long@education.vic.gov.au

Since becoming part of the Bimbadeen team l have felt very welcomed and accepted by all of the staff and students. I feel very fortunate to have begun my integration aide career at a place like Bimbadeen.

In my past life, before children l was a full time artist exhibiting in Melbourne and Sydney. I produced large oil on canvas paintings which were part figurative, part abstract. One of the most amazing commissions l have had to do was a large painting of the Virgin Mary for Cistercian monks. It remains permanently in their chapel.

I enjoy swimming, yoga and walking in the forest. These have remained my sanity savers throughout parenthood. I am a mother to a beautiful 10 year old girl and 7 year old boy.

Stacey Eley

Stacey Eley

Integration Aide

stacey.eley@education.vic.gov.au

I love working with the wonderful staff and students at Bimbadeen Heights Primary. It is a wonderful and supportive community, that helps include all students and their families, especially the students I work with. Outside of school I am involved in my sons football club and my daughters netball club.


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