Staff

Chloe Ann Francis

Teaching and Learning Coordinator

Employed from 2015

Certificate lll & lV in Fitness (specialising in children’s health and fitness) – Australian Institute of Fitness
Bachelor of Education (Primary) – Curtin University
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.”

Luke Deacon

Class Teacher

Employed from 2015

Bachelor of Teaching -Primary and Secondary, Deakin University 
Foundation Studies and Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education – Sydney Rudolf Steiner College  
Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts – Deakin University 
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Asian Studies, Osaka, Japan 

Luke has 20 years teaching experience ranging from being an early childhood educator in Japan for 5 years (including in a Steiner based Kindergarten) to upon returning to Australia becoming a Primary Teacher and taught at various holistic based schools.

“I’m committed to the Steiner curriculum because it deeply nourishes the child on the physical, mental and spiritual levels. It is wonderful to work in an environment that focuses on teaching and educating the whole human being with an age-appropriate engaging curriculum. This allows children to fully celebrate childhood through conscious engaging learning experiences and a loving and nurturing environment where they can thrive.”

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.”

Jo Lovell

Class Teacher

Employed from 2020

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Jo has been teaching for fifteen years in state and private schools in Melbourne and has taught all year levels from Prep to Grade 6. She has recently made the change to a Steiner school as she was looking for an alternative to the ‘one size fits all’ education of other schooling.

“One of my favourite parts of teaching is making connections with the students and really getting to know their personalities. I feel very grateful to be teaching my Class from Class 1 and staying with these students on their journey, through to the end of their Primary schooling.

“I am really enjoying working at Birali Steiner School. The Steiner approach embraces ‘children being children’ and allows students to work and grow without added pressure. I have noticed the students are content and aware of themselves and others, and have amazing imaginations. They have initiative, focus and a love for play. I love working in the beautiful, natural surroundings at Birali.”

Becci (Soutar) Valli

Class Teacher

Employed from 2016

Bachelor of Arts
Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education
Master of Educational Leadership
WA Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy

Becci began teaching in 2009 and in 2010 & was privileged to start her Steiner teaching journey with 4 years at West Coast Steiner School (WA), followed by 3 years at Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School (Vic) before joining Birali in 2016. She was part of an Australian Independent Schools (AISWA) research project (published 2013) exploring ways teachers could focus on play based early years education while meeting the National Curriculum requirements.

“My passion for Steiner education stems from my own experience as a Steiner student and my enthusiasm for play based education. I am grateful to be able to create a warm, loving, nurturing space for the children to naturally unfold and start their education journey.”

Emma Brown

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.”

Ted Muller

Specialist Teacher – Middle School

Employed from 2020

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Visual Art & Mathematics) – QUT

Ted has worked in a broad range of educational settings and contexts including First Nations communities, State Education, International Schools and Waldorf Education.
He has been working within Steiner Education for the past 10 years and has experience as both a high school teacher, working mostly with the Aesthetics and Mathematics streams, and as a class teacher for three years (class 4-6). He is also trained as a specialist teacher in Bothmer Gymnastics (class 3-12).

“First encountering the indications of Rudolf Steiner was a profound and enlightening experience; the insight into human development as set forth by Anthroposophical research is extremely heartening and is a well-spring of strength for our work in the school. I enjoy bringing lessons to children that are inspirational and uplifting; leading them into a state of wonder and awe for the incredible world that awaits their potential.”

Yuka Judd

Japanese

Employed from 2021

Graduate Diploma of Education – QUT Kelvin Grove
Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistic) – Bond University
Certificate Ⅲ in Early Childhood Education – Gold Coast Business College

Yuka is a passionate advocate for the benefits that learning an additional language can bring to a child’s education and overall development. She is an experienced professional of over 10 years and envisions the role as providing a community of care while valuing learning for life.

“I feel privileged to join the Birali Steiner School because I was attracted to the warmth of the Birali environment, and the uniqueness of Steiner education. I love nature and always like to think of life in a spiritual way. I endeavour to teach Japanese language in artistic and practical ways and help children to broaden their thoughts globally.”

Marianne Mclellan

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.”

Agnes Palffi

Teacher Aide – Individual Enrichment – Extra Lesson

Employed from 2018

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 working with children for many years. She has varied experience including Special Ed Teacher in Romania, Early Childhood Education (Pikler-Gerber-approach to early years), Full time Nanny in New Zealand, leading parent support groups on parenting & stress management, Family Day care provider in Australia and a Steiner parent of two children.

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

Megan Allison

Teacher Aide – Pre-school

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.”

Mirai Deacon

Instrumental Tutor and Teacher Aide

Employed from 2016

Graduate Diploma of Education (Early childhood) – Monash University, Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – State University of New York, USA
Bachelor of Art (English) – Kansai Gaidai University, Japan

Maetreyii (Mirai) has studied English, Psychology and Early Childhood Education from three different universities from New York, Osaka and Melbourne. She has worked in early childhood centres and taught Japanese and Music. She enjoys being an instrumental tutor as well as a classroom aide.
As a talented musician, Mirai excels with ukulele, marimba and recorder groups.

“I love how Steiner Education encourages a child to compete against themselves rather than others. This creates an atmosphere of inclusiveness and increases a child’s self-esteem and self-respect.

Over the years I have witnessed the school’s focus of ‘Education for the Head, Heart and Hands’ create the necessary developmental pathways that create a natural progression of skills that allow a child’s talents to flourish.”

Steph Shaw

Teacher Aide

Employed from 2019

Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
Certificate III Education Support
Certificate II & III Horticulture

Steph has extensive experience working with children in various settings and roles.  Her career has included the role of a classroom teacher for twelve years, childcare worker, youth treatment counsellor in a residential facility for abused children & supporting students with complex behaviours and trauma. Steph has further experience as a Special Education Program Aide, an Aide providing intervention for students with learning difficulties, a swimming instructor and mother.

“I was aware of Steiner education but when I climbed out of my car for my interview and looked around, I knew that I wanted to be part of the community. After a week of relief work, I was offered the position. A week was more than enough time to feel at home, at peace. I was drawn to the fact that imagination and creativity is given a chance to thrive, alongside the 3 R’s. I am grateful to be part of a collection of dedicated, nurturing, fun, wise, creative, compassionate, caring and kind educators and the children for whom they care.”

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.”

Jenny Treacy

Wellbeing Officer

Employed from 2019

Advanced Diploma Holistic Counselling – Sophia College
Bachelor of Education – James Cook University

Jenny’s experience as a primary school teacher, Private Tutor, Counsellor & Art Therapist has culminated in her role as Wellbeing Officer for the whole school community at Birali.

“I’m passionate about my work here at Birali because the school allows me to practise a holistic approach to Education which is inclusive of the children’s mental health and wellbeing. As part of the Individual Enrichment team, I’m able to support the developing child’s mind, body and spirit. Working one on one with the children, parents and staff is indeed rewarding and ever changing as Birali continues to flourish and expand.”

Administration & Maintenance Staff

Business Manager
Beck Hewat
Enrolments & General Enquiries
Diane Broder
Finance Officer
Bek Blansjaar
Marketing Officer
Penny Nelson
HR Officer
Torie Meggitt
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