Places available in 
Prep, Class 1, 6, 7, 8 & 9

Staff

Chloe Ann Francis

Interim Principal

Employed from 2015

Bachelor of Education (Primary) – Curtin University
Certificate lll & lV in Fitness (specialising in children’s health and fitness) – Australian Institute of Fitness
Fundamentals of Steiner Education – Sheoak College, Adelaide.

Chloe Ann sees it as a great privilege to take the first class through the Primary School at Birali, teaching Class 1 through to Class 6/7/8 in 2020. She has attended many workshops related to Learning Support, Bothmer Gymnastics as well as the Class Teacher Intensives for consecutive years. While studying education at university, she was also working as a Steiner classroom Teacher Aide for 4 years. She has considerable experience in Learning Support, OSHC and assisted in Administration.

“I fell in love with the Steiner Curriculum after my first experiences in a Steiner classroom. I am passionate about supporting children to learn in a creative and holistic environment.”

Helen Starr

Leadership Advisor

Pep Wright

Pedagogical Coordinator

Michael Caterer

Class Teacher

Employed from 2022

Advanced Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education – Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar

Bachelor of teaching and Learning – Charles Darwin University

Michael Caterer joined Birali in 2022, as a trained and experienced Waldorf/Steiner teacher, Michael trained in Melbourne at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar, graduating in 2006 and further completing his bachelor of teaching and learning Michael has both international and national experience, teaching both in the USA and throughout Australia over the past decade. Michael brings a passion and experience working in a Steiner early childhood setting while also having taught the primary years and has worked as a Steiner teacher training tutor/coordinator.

“I have a love of teaching and a dedication to supporting the unfolding development of each child, I am excited to bring my passion for Steiner teaching to Birali, In particular, I enjoy being a part of an energetic, growing community of parents, educators, and children, a community that nurtures the future of the children of today, caretakers of the future”.

Maddie Elarkin

Class Teacher

Employed from 2022

Bachelor of Primary Education

Primary Rudolf Steiner Education Course -currently undertaking

Maddie joined the Birali team in 2022. She has teaching experience in both rural and metro settings across Queensland since 2015 and it brings her the greatest joy to connect with her students and form strong relationships. Prior to this, Maddie worked many years in the local library, where her love for reading and literature grew and now travels with her throughout her life. Gardening is a passion of Maddie’s, who feels privileged to provide her students with frequent interactions with nature and feel interconnected with it.

“I was drawn to Steiner education due to the way that it honours the individual and provides the scope for children to express themselves creatively. I’m in awe of handcrafts being taught at a younger age and believe it is such a gift for the children.”

Vanda Esteves

Class Teacher

Employed from 2022

Certificate IV in Communicative TESOL 

Certificate in Teaching Portuguese as a Second Language 

Masters of Educational Sciences: Intervention in Education (Emotions & Behaviour) 

Bachelor of Education (Primary) Bachelor of Social Work 

Vanda is a committed and passionate teacher who feels blessed for having worked with children in different settings in Europe, Africa and Australia. She has worked as a classroom teacher in State Schools, Catholic Schools, Independent Schools and Special Schools teaching and supporting all students. Her students are active developers of their own learning, resilient, supportive, creative, kind and sensitive.

Steiner Education is the only educational system I know that encompasses a comprehensive perspective of the development of the human being. Through Art, students grow and learn.

We play the Tibetan bowl. We light up a candle.  The verse nourishes our heart to receive the story. Spoken words gain life. Magic happens.  Learning begins. “

Lisa Cashion

Class Teacher

Employed from 2019

Bachelor of Education,
Currently studying Graduate Certificate of Steiner Education, USC
Certificate III in Education Support
Certified Austswim Teacher

Lisa has committed her life work to educating children in differing formats.
She has a Bachelor of Education and is in the process of completing her Graduate Certificate of Steiner Education. Prior to classroom teaching she was an Austswim accredited swimming teacher for 20 years, a nanny for 15 years and a Teacher Aide for 3 years. Her passion for Steiner Education is evident as her own children attended both Tarremah Steiner School in Tasmania and Samford Valley Steiner School. Lisa brings her years of experience as a Steiner parent to her classroom.

“I enjoy the artistic curriculum offered by Steiner Education and witnessing children discover the world via the creative syllabus and the joy of achievement this brings to their lives.”

Nich Eady

Class Teacher

Employed from 2022

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) & Bachelor of Arts

I have over 20 years’ experience in a variety of high school education settings, including mainstream, alternative and fully inclusive contexts. The key to my success as an educator being my ability to  be inclusive of all individual needs and approaches to learning  and being. I find ways to foster the learner’s interests and passions to help them unlock their learning. I truly value the

development of a growth mindset as necessary in the development of becoming an effective experiential and lifelong learner. I am very grateful in my life for the gift given to me as  I walk along with each individual, as they follow their own personal learning journey to find their definition and expression of excellence.

“I have close to twenty years’ experience working in a variety of schools. I am a very passionate teacher and possess a deep love for learning and have made the move to Birali Steiner School as the teaching philosophy resonates very strongly with me. I am very excited to explore new learning horizons that allow the learner to explore the interconnection of the natural world with humans that live there through the exploration of a very diverse and well-grounded curriculum.”

Emma Gray

Class Guardian – Middle School

Employed from 2019

Bachelor of Fine Art (specializing in Visual Art) – QUT Kelvin Grove
Masters of Teaching (Secondary) (specializing in Art & Technology) – USC

Emma’s vocational experience saw her facilitate contemporary art classes for children in her studio, create commissions and exhibit artworks. She has also worked as a support worker and began raising her own family. Emma was drawn to Birali and is bringing her passion for artist creativity to the students of Birali.

“I am very passionate about family, art and being creative. I thoroughly enjoy the way Steiner education brings a natural, compassionate approach to learning.”

Agnes Paliffi

Teacher Aid – Individual Enrichment – Extra Lesson

Employed from 2022

Bachelor of Psychology with a Pedagogy side – Romania
Postgrad in Health Sciences (dance movement therapy)
Certificate III in Early Childhood – Australia
Currently studying to become Extra Lesson practitioner

Agnes has had a love for teaching children for many years. She has varied experience including Special Education Teacher in Romania, Early Childhood Educator (Pickler-Gerber approach to early years), fulltime nanny in New Zealand, leading parent support groups on parenting & stress management, family daycare provider in Australia and a Parent to two children, both of which have been educated in a Steiner setting.

“The framework of Steiner education brings together my varied educational experiences. I witnessed this creating a veritable island that safeguards childhood and what I consider the core human values of curiosity, kindness, compassion and respect for all the is alive.

The respect and self-initiated movement development I have seen working well in Gerber-Pikler approach is impressive. I see this happening in older ages throughout the Steiner curriculum. I have witnessed the value of play, stories, beauty, connection to nature and nurturing of senses. The holding back of reading and writing until developmentally appropriate and seeing my own children blossoming into very creative people. As a parent also in this school community I value, above all the connections, the friendships, and the sense of village for our whole community”

Christoph Steinbeck

Music Teacher

Employed from 2022

Master of Teaching (Primary)

Christoph started out as a High School Geography teacher in Switzerland before moving to Australia in 1998. Since then he re-trained as a primary, early childhood and music teacher and has been working in three Steiner schools at the Mid North Coast of NSW as a teacher’s aide, classroom teacher and music / singing teacher for the last 10 years. Christoph has always been very passionate about music, particularly singing together in harmony, and has been a member and a leader of a number of parent and community choirs for many years. Singing and making music with children of all ages, and adults, is one of his favourite aspects of teaching. 

“I love how in Steiner education we educate the whole child: head, heart and hands. Singing and music is an integral part of the curriculum right from the start, teaching not only musical ability and knowledge, but the effects of it supporting and enhancing all aspects of the children’s growing and learning, with age-appropriate and inspirational musical learning experiences throughout the whole learning journey.”

Marianne Johnson

Teacher – Individual Enrichment – Extra Lesson – Music

Employed from 2018

Diploma of Teaching (Double Major – Theatre & Music)
Bachelor of Education
Graduate Diploma in Learning Difficulties (The Extra Lesson)
iLs Practitioner
Qld Education Music Teachers Course

Marianne is still in awe of how nature and the human being works. To this end she trained in kinesiology believing and becoming more aware that change is always a possibility. She enjoys the non-invasive nature of this therapy.
Many years of participating in music and drama have endeared her love of, and belief in the healing power of these modalities. She is a folk artist at heart and has been in various bands and community theatre. Marianne has a wealth of experience as a Music Teacher and Extra Lesson Teacher with Noosa Pengari Steiner School as well as private practice in Extra Lesson. Marianne has brought her experience to the Individual Enrichment team assisting students with Extra Lesson practices.

“I remember experiencing a moment of sensible warmth when I saw a video on ‘alternative education’ at Teachers College. I saw wood, natural toys, colour, real objects being used and purposeful activity. I did not know there were any such schools in Australia so thought I would never get to experience such a thing, not until I heard of an initiative in Queensland when my daughter was 4. The healing nature and warmth that this education brings between individuals is a powerful thing to build healthy humans for future generations.”

Lily Love

Playgroup Leader, Library Assistant and Teacher Aide

Employed from 2019

Foundations of Early Childhood – Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
Kindermusik Educator
Holistic Nutritionist
Infant Massage Instructor

Lily has experience at Rainbow Ridge Steiner School as Librarian and at Caloundra Steiner as Playgroup Leader. Lily has had an affinity with Rudolf Steiner’s holistic, arts-based education since the birth of her first son, over 20 years ago, and has been collecting nature songs ever since!  Her youngest son is now attending Birali Steiner School where she is now the school’s devoted Playgroup Leader – a role she finds both creatively fulfilling and deeply meaningful. Lily is also Birali’s Library Assistant and continues her passion for Early Childhood with support in the Preschool as a Teacher Aide.

“I’m passionate about Steiner Education because I see it nurturing children on all levels. This holistic approach has spoken to me deeply for many years. Steiner Education for me, is a voice of common sense that unifies both the spiritual and practical aspects of life. It is a joy and a privilege working with children during these vital early years.”

Fiona Bradshaw

Individual Enrichment Teacher

Employed from 2022

Dip Teaching, Bachelor of Arts

Fiona has taught in both primary and secondary schools around Queensland and London over the past three decades. Teaching students with disabilities and learning difficulties for the past six years, however, has been her greatest and most rewarding career experience. “To be able to work one-on-one or in small groups with children and see them progress and develop gives me a real thrill.”

She loves the natural, unaffected environment of Birali where kids can be kids; splashing their wellie-clad feet in puddles on rainy days and climbing trees, instead of being glued to technology.

“I love watching the children weave their baskets, garden, feed the chickens and cuddle the guinea pigs. There’s no pretense, no ‘Mrs’ or ‘Sir’. Working here is like being part of a big, loving family. Birali Steiner is a very special place indeed.”

Megan Allison

Teacher Aide

Employed from 2017

Diploma in Community Services (Welfare)
Certificate lll in education support
Certificate lll in Children’s Services (Early Childhood)

Megan began her career after completing her Diploma in Welfare and working with young children affected by trauma. She was then offered a traineeship in a Long Day Care Centre and after working in the industry for 10 years she began a new journey opening her own Family Day Care business. Motherhood led her into a career in Steiner education as she valued that same kind of education for her own children.

“I have always been passionate about giving young children the gift of play. Finding Birali has allowed me to be a part of a fantastic play based program whilst providing children with nutritious meals. We also incorporate lots of nature play into our days, which is another passion of mine. I love being able to educate the young child’s head, heart and hands in such a nurturing environment. I feel grateful everyday to be a part of the magic at Birali.”

Trisha Hanley

Craft Aide

Employed from 2021

Trisha has been a part of the school community since her oldest child began at Birali Steiner School in 2016 and since then has volunteered as the collective shop manager and craft group coordinator, teaching parent’s various crafting techniques and the importance of creativity in a Steiner setting.

Her artistic abilities and knowledge in Steiner philosophy led her into the role of craft aide in 2021. Trish now supports teachers and children in their art lessons each week.

“We can find Nature outside us only if we have first learned to know her within us. What is akin to her within us must be our guide. This marks out our path of enquiry.” Rudolf Steiner

Torie Meggitt

Teacher Aide & Administration

Employed from 2019

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Certificate IV in Frontline Management
Currently studying – Certificate IV in Education Support

Torie spent over 10 years in early childhood working with children from 6 weeks to 12 years.

“Having worked in early childhood for over 10 years the first thing that engaged my interest was the beautiful environment and the calm atmosphere within the school.  I find this environment creates calm children that are considerate of their classmates.”

Angela Fryer

Teacher Aide

Employed from 2021

Certificate IV in Education Support

Angela has been a teacher aide since 2018, including working with children with disabilities and disorders. Angela appreciates that every child is unique and gifted in their own way.

“I was drawn to the cultural and environmental aspects of Birali. I am passionate about a humanistic approach to teaching and nurturing the emotional and creative needs of children. Birali Steiner School offers all of this.”

Administration & Maintenance Staff

Business Manager
Beck Walker
Reception & General Enquiries
Racheal Parry
Enrolments & Finance Officer
Bek Blansjaar
Maintenance & Grounds Officer
Dave Milway
Cleaning Staff
Karen Hyslop
Maureen Rowe
Noeline Fabian

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670 Beachmere Road, Beachmere 4510.
P.O. Box 137 Beachmere
MBBSSA Inc. T/A Birali Steiner School