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“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.

  • Daniel Ednie-Lockett Discover English Teacher

    Dan has been teaching English since 2006 and has taught in China and Australia. Dan was a travel documentary presenter among other roles on Jiangsu TV in China for two years. He also did his Master of Education in China and he speaks fluent Chinese. He loves encouraging students to continue to do their very best.

    Dan loves learning languages, coffee, working out in the gym and travel.  


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  • 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!


    Writing Travelling to exotic lands Photography

  • 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.



  • Lucy Maddox Discover English Senior Teacher

    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.


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  • Steve Hjerrild Discover English Teacher

    Steve is from the west coast of the U.S. but moved away in 2008 and has no immediate plans to return. He has taught in Vietnam, China, and the U.K. but Melbourne is now Steve’s favourite place on the planet. 


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  • 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. 


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  • 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!!


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  • 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.  


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  • Elinor Griffith Discover English Teacher

    Elinor first began teaching in Corsica, France in 2005 in a secondary school as a language assistant for the British Council. She has since continued to teach in schools in both France and Spain and most recently, Australia. Her experience working abroad and with learning other languages helps her to understand students and to incorporate this experience into her classroom teaching.

    Elinor loves teaching here at Discover English and is very happy to have made Melbourne her home. She is also passionate about travel, language learning and rather more unusually, mediaeval history in which she has a Masters from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Since embarking on her teaching career Elinor was pleased to find that it has proved to be both interesting and highly enjoyable and she looks forward to meeting any new students in the English for Academic Purposes course that she teaches.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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”.


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  • 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.


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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!


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  • 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.


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  • Sam Gibilisco Assistant Academic Manager

    Sam has extensive experience in the ESL sector having taught the gamut of English programs in several Melbourne colleges. Sam commenced teaching English to International students in 2006 and also had varying roles from Co-ordinator to Assistant Director of Studies. As well as delivering Business English to our valued International students Sam is also our Assistant Academic Manager.

    Sam particularly enjoys the combination of teaching and his academic duties, as it gives him an insightful perspective on all aspects of a college's operation. "Discover English is a great college and it's so rewarding to see so many eager, positive and happy International students!"

    Sam shares the same passion and commitment as his other Discover English teaching and administrative associates in providing qualified and quality English teaching and excellence in student service and support.


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  • 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.


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  • Juliana Villa Ortiz Regional 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.


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  • 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!!

  • Noa Aziz Regional Marketing Manager

    Noa has been dealing with domestic and international students since 2013. Her career started in Tokyo where she worked for a study abroad agency dealing with foreign and local students.
    Apart from being able to speak English and Dutch, Noa also speaks fluent Japanese.

    Being in the education sector is for her the perfect place. Noa loves to communicate with students and supports every individual who wants to broaden their horizons.

    While obtaining her Bachelor in International Business & Communication, Noa was a language exchange student in Japan during her second year in university. 
    She therefore knows all the fun things but also all the struggles.

    Noa is looking forward to meeting you at Discover English. Feel free to drop by anytime!


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  • 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”.


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  • Mariko Toyoda Administration & Student Support Officer

    Mariko came to Australia in 2001 to study English at a language school like our students. She fell in love with Melbourne so much that she has pursued to complete a Bachelor degree in International Business Management and lived in Melbourne since.
    She has more than 13 years of working experience in customer service and office administration and worked in hospitality, travel and non-profit industry.
    Having been an international student herself, she can relate to the experience of international students. She loves getting to know the students at Discover English and supporting them with enjoying their time and making many precious memories in Melbourne.

    Mariko speaks fluent Japanese, English and Korean. 


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  • Mina Obana Administration & Student 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.


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