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OUR PEOPLE
DISCOVER TEACHERS
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

We believe that teacher quality is the Discover English difference. We do everything we can to employ, retain and develop only the best English teachers available because we believe that what students want more than anything else is a great teacher. Our teachers create a fun, friendly and safe classroom environment where you can progress at your own pace or reach the academic goal of your choosing. We encourage innovation in the classroom. We encourage the use of different methodologies, mediums and teaching techniques. Our academic managers work hard to create a collegial staffroom that produces a positive and happy group of teachers who are always willing to help their students. We aim, not just to teach, but to inspire!

 

All our teachers are fully qualified, experienced and dedicated to teaching English as a second language. You will gain exposure to a world of English accents through teachers that come from Australia, Britain, the United States, South Africa and New Zealand.

  • Ali Shahsavand Discover English Teacher

    Ali has an MA in TESOL and has taught for just over 16 years in England, Iran, Dubai and Australia. He has also worked as an IELTS Examiner, head teacher and a teacher trainer.

    He has a particular interest in the following areas: 
    PTE Academic preparation courses (He has designed and successfully ran the first PTE Academic course in Australia )
    IELTS Preparation Courses

    Language learning through technology, in particular smartphone applications and online teaching, in order to enhance communication and collaboration.
     

    Hobbies

     

  • Patrick Ramsay Discover English Teacher

    Pat started his teaching career ten years ago after living and working with Korean and Japanese backpackers and discovering he had a special talent for communicating across languages and cultures. Pat has been teaching English for 8 years in both Melbourne and Vietnam. 

    Hobbies

    Getting lost in National Parks Botany Saving the world

  • Kate Hill Discover English Teacher

    Kate has been teaching ESL for the last 5 years and thoroughly enjoys developing a rapport with her students and making her classroom fun and engaging. She has a keen interest in art, craft and Australian Rules football and often brings these cultural elements into her classroom.

    Hobbies

    AFL Ceramics and art

  • Gabriele Mentz Discover English Teacher

    Gabrielle has been teaching for ages! She’s taught in South Africa, Taiwan and Australia. She enjoys teaching lower levels as she loves seeing students rapidly progress. In her free time she designs handbags. She also rides a motorcycle!!

    Hobbies

    Drawing Travelling to exotic lands Going for long walks

  • Kim Granic Burenkova Discover English Teacher

    Kim has worked as an ESL Teacher in the adult sector since 1993 and is experienced in teaching all levels from beginners to professionals, including English for Academic Purposes and IELTS & OET preparation.  

    Hobbies

    Reading Film & theatre Yoga and walking

  • Steve Baggaley Discover English Teacher

    From Melbourne, Steve has been teaching in the ESL industry for more than 15 years. His experience crosses continents, having taught in Japan for 3 years and Melbourne for more than 10. Teaching a variety of nationalities and assisting people from different cultures has been a motivating factor in Steve's commitment to English teaching.

    Hobbies

    Cycling Beer brewing Cooking

  • Russel McGilton Discover English Teacher

    Russell has been an English teacher practitioner for over eight years. He has extensive experience both in Australia and abroad and brings a unique perspective to his teaching with his background in writing and theatre. Since arriving back in Australia his enthusiasm has only been further fuelled by the great staff and students at Discover English.

    Hobbies

    Reading Writing Cycling

  • Melinda Sung Discover English Teacher

    Milly loves working with international students and helping people to enjoy travelling and learning about other cultures. She has worked in the tertiary education sector and education development for over ten years, both in Australia and overseas. She has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia and North America, and has now settled in Melbourne and started a family. In 2013 she began teaching General English at Discover English and it is her favourite job to date.

    Hobbies

    Travel Reading Baby Sitting

  • Mark Whitehead Discover English Teacher

    Having graduated from university with a degree in Communications (Public Relations), Mark first developed a taste for ESL teaching when he left Australia in 1994 to spend a year teaching in Chong Ju, South Korea. On his return to Australia, he was offered a position within the foundation programme of a regional university and subsequently transferred to its international campus in Sydney. After moving to a private college, he was offered a position managing an ESL college in Far North Queensland. After three years in tropical Cairns, Mark moved back to Melbourne and returned to his first love, teaching. In 2006, wanderlust struck again and Mark relocated to Osaka, Japan, where he remained teaching specialised programmes until 2013. Now back in his beloved Melbourne, Mark is proud to be a member of the Discover English team and truly enjoys coming to work each day. When asked about his philosophy of teaching, Mark said “Every student is different, just as every teacher is different and it is this difference which makes us the same, do you follow? You see, you can fit a square peg in a round hole, if you push hard enough. That is the miracle of learning, right there.” Mark loves grammar and has a passion for teaching within exam preparation programmes, especially Cambridge and IELTS courses.

    Hobbies

    woodblock printing cooking history

  • Alexis O'Donoghue Discover English Teacher

    Alexis has been an English teacher since 2008. She is also a high school and primary school teacher and has an extensive understanding of contemporary educational methodologies including the communicative method which she users at Discover English. Alexis enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures and is particularly aware of her role as inculturator and as such she incorporates a wide range of authentic materials and multimedia texts in her lessons.

    Hobbies

    Music Film Travel

DISCOVER STAFF
The staff at Discover English have had a long history of professional collaboration and are proud to come together to form the Discover Dream Team! We have worked together not only in various other institutions in Melbourne but also overseas.
  • Joanna Kelly Chief Executive Officer

    Over a decade of experience in the international education sector, working both domestically and overseas, has prepared Joanna well for the challenges that Discover English provides. Jo brings a combination of enthusiasm, empathy and passion to her role at Discover English, which stems from her personal experience immigrating to Australia to study in 2003.

    Her short visit to Melbourne over 10 years ago turned into a life changing experience and Jo has lived here ever since. Jo loves the relaxed lifestyle that Australia has to offer and she has made many international friends over the years.

    Completing her masters in Marketing & Management has given Jo a high degree of insight into the business of education. Jo is an open and friendly communicator and enjoys helping students reach their full potential during their time at Discover English.

    Jo is a bit of a workaholic and feels very proud to be part of an amazing team here at Discover English!

    Hobbies

    Travel Walking her dogs Languages

  • Janine Rainbow Academic Manager

    Janine has worked as an English teacher since 2002 and has been an Academic Manager for the last five years. She has taught in China and Spain and in various schools in Australia. She loves her job!! ‘Discover is such a wonderful school to work at because the students here are really motivated to learn English and are also interested in seeing places in and around Melbourne and experiencing Australian culture.

    Janine is very proud of the teaching team at Discover and is confident students who come to study here will really benefit from the wide range of backgrounds the teachers come from as well as the diverse range of methodologies they use in the classrooms.

    Janine welcomes getting to know students who come and study at Discover and is free to discuss academic matters anytime.

    Hobbies

    Learning Greek Playing blues piano Eating exotic food

  • Junka Steinert Student Support Services

    Junka has worked in the English education industry since 2004 with experience in both Australia and Japan. Having grown up in Japan, and with English as her second language, Junka understands the hopes and needs of international students studying away from home. Her experience working abroad and with learning another language helps her to understand students and to be able to assist them more readily

    Junka adopted Melbourne as her home in 2006 and is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge with Discover English students and assisting them in any way. She believes that the extra student support services at Discover English will truly benefit the student and ensure they discover all that Melbourne has to offer.

    Hobbies

    Walking Snow Skiing Cooking

  • Juliana Villa Ortiz Senior Marketing Manager

    Juliana has worked in the International education industry since 2005, in both offshore and onshore markets. She has a passion for this industry that makes her a perfect fit in the select team here at Discover English. Working for offshore and onshore markets has given Juliana a wide range of experience and knowledge about the industry, students and agents.

    Juliana completed her degree in marketing here in Australia; hence she has experienced being an international student. She knows how students feel when they are far from family and friends and can empathise with the types of problems they may have.

    She is excited to be part of this amazing team, and hopes to build an excellent relationship with every single Discover English student, agent and pathway provider.

    Hobbies

    Gym Eating Out Reading

  • Iris Lee Regional Marketing Manager

    Iris is originally from Korea and worked in the education industry over a decade both agency and school.
    As she was an international student, she can fully understand what international students want and hope for. 

    Iris is a friendly and open-minded person with a good sense of humor. She is also a good problem solver with lots of experience.

    She loves travel, watching movie and helping students. One of her secret is she was a popular barista who cannot drink coffee!

    Her favorite proverb is:
    "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today"

    She hopes to meet all of you at Discover English. 
    Let's Discover more!!

    Hobbies
  • Brian Lin Regional Marketing Manager

    Brian is originally from Taiwan and has studied in Taiwan, China and Australia. He has been working in the education industry since 2005, in both education agency and schools. His favourite part of the job is to talk with students from diverse cultural background and assist them to achieve their goals.

    His favourite quote: “in order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure”.

    Hobbies

    Walking Gadgets Reading

  • Mina Obana Student Welfare & Support Officer

    Like many students at Discover English, Mina came to Australia on a working holiday visa in 2007. She studied English for six months in Melbourne and then completed a Diploma of Community Welfare and Certificate III in Aged Care in Australia. From her experience, as an international student, she understands the difficulty of living overseas without family and friends, not to mention studying and using a different language. Mina is continuing to expand her language skills and is currently studying Korean.

    Mina has a natural sense of caring for others and helping people in need. It is her job to assist students with their administrative needs, to help resolve problems and to build good rapport with our diverse student body.

    She has Bachelors of Social Work in Japan.

    Hobbies

    Walking Ballet dancing Learning Korean