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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.

  • Lucy Maddox Cambridge Coordinator

    Lucy has several years of experience teaching English in Korea, the UK, and now Australia. She has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics as well as a CELTA qualification. She moved to Australia in 2011 from the United States and she also studied abroad in Japan and Argentina, so she understands the needs and goals of international students

    Lucy has experience teaching all levels from Elementary to Advanced as well as Cambridge courses, and she works hard to help students make the most of their time at Discover English. She loves teaching and finds her students to be extremely fascinating and inspiring people!

    In addition to teaching regular classes, Lucy also teaches free Discover Extra! classes in the afternoon and is available most days for extra help in the library.

    Hobbies

    Walking Running Live Music

  • 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.  Mark loves grammar and has a passion for teaching within exam preparation programmes, especially Cambridge courses."

    Hobbies

    woodblock printing cooking history

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ali Shahsavand Discover English Teacher

    Ali has taught for just over 17 years in Iran, Dubai and Australia. He has also worked as an IELTS Examiner, head teacher and a teacher trainer. He has a particular interest in language learning through technology, in particular smartphone applications and online teaching, in order to enhance communication and collaboration and make learning relevant.

    He actively attends annual ELT conferences as a presenter; some of the recent ones are EA Conference 2015, where he presented on ways of preparing PTE Academic candidates. And then Victoria University PD session on WhatsApp in education. The most recent was IELTA, where he delivered a session on making assignments relevant to real life. Another field he is interested in is IELTS and PTE Academic preparation courses.

     

    Hobbies

    Walking Running Live Music

  • 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

  • Leigh Taylor Discover English Teacher

    Leigh started ESL teaching in 2005 after many years in Media administration. Her first teaching role was in Prague, the Czech Republic, where she worked for 18 months for the Caledonian School teaching Business English and General English from Elementary to Advanced levels, in both one-to-one and classroom situations. Leigh found this experience to be extremely rewarding and enjoyable. Since then Leigh has taught in Melbourne, and has been with Discover English since October 2010, teaching Business English and General English. She has also had some classroom experience teaching IELTS Preparation and English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

    Leigh feels very fortunate to do the work that she does, and says “Discover English is a great school, due to the interesting and wonderful students, and to the excellent management team and teachers who make being at work a pleasure”.

    Hobbies

    frequenting jazz clubs seeing theatre walking

  • Tim Blight Discover English Teacher

    Tim has been teaching since 2006, and has taught in Australia, Pakistan, India and Iran! He is experienced in teaching IELTS, Business English and Cambridge courses. He loves tailoring lessons to according to students' individual needs, using technology wherever possible to enhance the learning process.
    Tim loves travel, coffee, photography and writing, and has even written a book!

    Hobbies

    Writing Travelling to exotic lands  Photography

  • Tina Prasad Discover English Teacher

    Tina moved to Indonesia for 6 years as a teenager and this is where she gained her first experience as an ESL teacher.  She returned to Australia to complete her university degree in Communications and Tourism.  After graduating, Tina worked in various hospitality and event management roles.  None of these positions provided her with the same level of satisfaction as her initial teaching experience so she decided to return to her first passion, teaching English.   

    In her spare time Tina enjoys a good happy hour with friends and discussing deep space exploration.

     

    Hobbies

    Walking Running Live Music

  • Eric Henshall Discover English Teacher

    Eric has been teaching at Discover since 2015 and, having grown up in Melbourne, is a true local. He is a very creative person and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Victorian College of Art. Eric is a part-time teacher and part-time artist holding exhibitions throughout the year in local galleries.

    He loves vintage and unusual bric-a-brac; he also has a great eye for design. You'll know Eric by his distinctive style - he even makes his own clothes!

    Hobbies

    Music Film Arts

  • Christopher Lee Discover English Teacher

    Chris has taught ESL to adults and young people in Australia, Japan and Mexico and is fascinated by language, second language acquisition and intercultural communication. As an avid language learner,

    Chris enjoys helping students overcome barriers to successful communication and is focussed on creating highly engaging and meaningful classroom experiences for his students

     

    Hobbies

    Walking  Running  Music

  • James Ashwell EAP Coordinator

    James is a Kiwi boy from NZ, who studied History at Victoria University of Wellington then went on to teach English in Korea for two years and China for one semester.  After finishing his Masters Degree in Maritime Archaeology & History in the UK, he returned to Auckland, NZ where he learnt CELTA from the University of Auckland and then went on to work at New Zealand Language Centres (NZLC) from 2013-2015.  
     

    James moved to Australia in July, 2015 and began working at Discover as a reliever in August, 2015; he has taught EAP courses at Discover since late August 2015. 

    In his free time he is an active writer and researcher who enjoys getting out for a drink or two with friends, diving on shipwrecks and going on a few road trips whenever time allows.  


    Hobbies

    Writing 

  • Oisin Collins Discover English Teacher

    Oisin started his career working as a Japanese-English interpreter and translator. After working in a number of jobs in Japan including teaching, fine arts, and hospitality, he moved back to Australia to pursue a career in teaching English.

    Oisin has a particular interest in developing his teaching skills through the application of teaching theory to practical situations, as well incorporating new and emerging technologies into his lessons. In his spare time, he loves reading and watching films.

    Hobbies
     

    Music Film Travel

  • Scott Aumont Discover English Teacher

    Scott has been teaching English since the beginning of 2013. He loves the English language in its multiple registers.  He enjoys the spontaneity of the classroom.

    Scott loves seeing students come to an explicit awareness of a grammar point, and also watching them immersed and oblivious that they are learning and expanding their competency. He has taught at all levels from elementary to EAP.
     

    Hobbies

    Writing   Travelling to exotic lands  

  • 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

  • Shane Bennett Discover English Teacher

    Shane has been teaching IELTS Preparation at Discover English since 2015. His teaching career first began (way) back in 2003 in Tokyo, Japan which then  lead him to teach in Vietnam and Australia.

    Completing a Masters of Applied Linguistics in 2012 and various other teaching qualifications, he has taught various levels of General and Academic  English, and is now thoroughly  enjoying being a part of the teaching team at Discover English. 

     

    Hobbies

    Walking Running Live Music

  • Victoria Higgins Discover English Teacher

    Originally from the UK, Victoria has a love of travel and has worked overseas in a number of countries including the USA, the UAE, Thailand, Switzerland and now Australia.  Having studied a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Psychology, Victoria’s interest in people coupled with her interest in travel and language then led her to become an ESL teacher. Initially she trained and worked in Thailand before returning to her beloved Melbourne, where she has now lived for 8 years.

    Victoria has worked as an ESL teacher in Australia since 2013 and has been at Discover English since 2015. Being experienced at teaching all levels of General English, she has also spent a year teaching IELTS Preparation. 

    Victoria particularly enjoys being creative with her lessons and designing lesson materials. She loves meeting people from all over the world and learning about different cultures. However, her favourite part about teaching IELTS , is  when a student significantly improves and gets the band score they need. Victoria loves having the opportunity to make a difference in her student’s lives and to see them go on to achieve their goals, hopes and dreams. 

    Hobbies

    Reading Writing 

  • 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

  • Mazen Karroum Discover English Teacher

    Mazen has been teaching ESL for over 10 years now and really enjoys teaching students from different backgrounds, and appreciates the unique experience each student brings to the classroom. He's taught English in Lebanon, China and Japan. And has a keen interest in travel, motorsport and football.

    Hobbies

    Cycling Beer brewing Cooking

  • 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

  • Tam Kendi Discover English Teacher

    Tam has travelled the world from a young age and through this, he naturally gained an appreciation and understanding of intercultural communication. He worked in journalism and marketing for several years before he decided to change his career path.  He has always gained satisfaction through the sharing of knowledge, which is why he decided to become an English teacher.

    He enjoys communicative classroom teaching and finds fulfilment in assisting students in improving their writing. He thinks the key to learning language is not just through books, but a healthy balance of real life communication. 

    Hobbies

    Walking  Live Music

  • Vincent Clark Discover English Teacher

    Vincent has worked as a volunteer with an NGO in Cambodia, helping English teachers and university students to improve their English skills. This experience in Cambodia, and his past experience teaching archaeology and history at university, has inspired him to become an ESL teacher in Melbourne. He loves learning about the varied cultural backgrounds of his students and really enjoys the challenge of helping them to discover the English language.

    Vincent continues to pursue his interests in archaeology and history and to be involved in volunteer work in Cambodia. In his spare time he enjoys travel, gardening, walking, reading and experiencing Melbourne’s multi-cultural diversity.

    Hobbies

    seeing theatre walking

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 Spanish Playing piano  Eating exotic food

  • Tegan McCarthy Academic Coordinator

    Originally from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Tegan has been enduring the Melbourne weather since April 2015. She has worked as a high school English teacher in Brisbane, a substitute primary school teacher in London and an ESL teacher in Hanoi. She has worked at Discover since May 2015 and is currently the academic coordinator.

    Tegan loves seeing live music in Melbourne, going to the beach in her hometown Noosa and travelling wherever and whenever she gets the chance. Her favourite places to visit are Italy, Cuba and the USA. 

     

    Hobbies

    Music Film Travel

  • Germano Vieira Regional Marketing Manager

    Germano is from Brazil and studied in Brazil, USA, Argentina, Canada and Australia.  He has over ten years experience in the international education sector, working with the onshore and offshore market.

    Completing his MBA has given Germano the perfect skills for the Marketing Manager position. He is excited to be part of this amazing team and hopes to continue the excellent relationship that Discover English already has with its students, agents and pathway provider partners.
     

    Hobbies 


    Beer brewing  Frequenting Clubs   Photography

     

     
  • 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

  • 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 humour. She is also a good problem solver with lots of experience.  


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

    Gym Eating Out Reading

  • Moe Sugiyama Regional Marketing Manager

    Moe visited Australia at first time as an exchange student in 2008 which was a life-changing experience to her. 

    After three years working experience in Japan and one year working holiday in Ireland she came back to Australia.

    As an international student, working holiday maker and education agent, Moe can fully understand the student and is keen to help them at any time.

    Moe is looking forward to seeing you all at Discover English.

    Hobbies

    TravelingReading Eating

  • 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

  • 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

  • Paulina Bravo Marketing & Administration Officer

    Paulina is a marketing professional who decided to take a break from her career to enhance her English language skills in Melbourne. She first worked in the education industry while simultaneously completing her Master of Marketing Research qualification in Mexico in 2007.

    The combination of her work history and status as a former Discover English student made Paulina a natural match to work with our Marketing and Administration departments. Paulina enjoys networking and possesses a great sensitivity to identify customer needs. These skills ensure she can help international students select the best options to meet their expectations, and make the most of their time in Melbourne.

    Hobbies

    TravelingReading