College Staff
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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 Team.  We have worked together not only in various other institutions in Melbourne but also overseas. 

Joanna Kelly

Joanna Kelly

Operations Manager

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+ 61 3 9602 4800

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Almost 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 and empathy to her position as Operations Manager which stems from her personal experience immigrating to Australia to study in 2003.

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 achieve to the best of their abilities during their time at Discover English.

Janine Rainbow

Janine Rainbow

Director of Studies

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+61 3 9602 4800

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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 almost anytime.

 

Pip Linney Barber

Pip Linney Barber

Assistant Academic Manager

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+ 61 3 9602 4800

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After working as an Academic Pip completed a CELTA qualification in 2007 and in 2012 he successfully undertook a Graduate Diploma in International Language Teaching Management (IDLTM). Pip has worked in the ESL industry since 2007 both as a teacher and in academic management. 

He has travelled extensively and is acutely aware of the social and cultural demands of living in a foreign country. As Discover English’s assistant director of studies Pip’s job is to ensure that all teachers have at their disposal everything they need to deliver high quality professional English classes on a day by day basis and to maintain the school’s mission which is to place students and student needs first and foremost.  

 

Junka Steinert

Junka Steinert

Student Services Coordinator

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03 9602 4800

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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.

 

Juliana Villa Ortiz

Juliana Villa Ortiz

Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator

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+ 61 3 9602 4800

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Juliana has worked in the International education industry for almost 7 years, 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 relations ship with every single Discover English student, agent and pathway provider. 

 

Yoshiko Yamada

Yoshiko Yamada

Business Development & Admissions

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+61 3 9602 4800

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Yoshiko has been working in the international education industry since 2004, both in overseas and Australia, she brings wealth of experience to Discover English. She loves Discover English's environment where all students, teachers and staff are friendly and close-net, like a family. 'The best part of this job is meeting new people and developing long term relationships which often turns into friendships'.

Yoshiko has also travelled almost eight months around Australia and is thrilled to give travel advice to others. Experiencing other parts of the country and seeing others cities, she has lived in Melbourne from 2007. Still today, she loves Melbourne and is happy living in this energetic and abundant city.

 

Mina Obana

Mina Obana

Administrative Assistance

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+ 61 3 9602 4800

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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.