Lana is a bit of a study junkie with an inquisitive mind. She recently graduated from the University of Melbourne and is already contemplating studying at the post-graduate level.
Lana also works part time at Santa Maria College in Northcote in the Design and Technology Department and we are happy to have head-hunted her and have her join the team.
Lana epitomises dedication and commitment in ensuring that young people kick goals when learning. Their success is her success!
Lana's particular strength is the way that she engages and communicates with parents. She makes such a positive impact to the lives of her students and their families.
Hey kids, here is a secret about Lana. She is an amazing artist. If you ask kindly, she'll even draw a picture for you.
As an experienced teacher, Lasting Lessons is blessed to have Hayley Johnston on the team. Hayley has a robust background in working with students with additional needs. Hayley will be bringing a wealth of knowledge via her completed modules from the Masters of Learning Intervention qualification from the University of Melbourne. She absolutely loves being with partnering with students' parents and teachers in supporting their learning growth and development.
Hayley barracks for Carlton, but we will forgive her for that. She confesses to being a bit of a nerd and loves watching a documentary or two. Maybe the kids and Hayley can compete in a quiz together. Who will win?
Hayley has a wonderful nature with all of the children in her care. She has this wonderful knack in making them feel safe, which in turn, results in them putting in their best efforts.
Lasting Lessons is over the moon in having Janine, a highly experienced teaching practitioner, as a team member. Janine has worked in the education system as a teacher for so long that if education was on the stock market, they should be rewarding her with shares.
Janine oozes literacy and she gets a huge kick out of phonemes and graphemes. Yes, that is possible!
Janine is an absolute joy to be around and has this wonderful way in making children feel safe and happy. She has a brilliant sense of humour, loves a chocolate or two and the children speak to her as if they have known her for ages.
For Janine, it's all about the children. She always goes above and beyond and has this wonderful capacity to inject children's interests into their lessons.
Rachael has a goal and her goal is to support children in kicking their learning goals. Rachael is the ultimate multi-tasker. She is already halfway into her Master of Teaching degree, and she has coupled this with volunteering as a literacy and numeracy tutor at a local primary school. She is tremendously excited to be doing a teaching internship with Lasting Lessons.
As a mother of four kiddos (including twins), Rachael is pressed for spare time. When she does have time on her side, she actively volunteers as a puppy carer for Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs. She is currently caring for a black Labrador called Zula.
Rachael barracks for Geelong because she apparently has a distant relative that played for Geelong in the 1850s. Maybe she’s famous!
Rachael is always in for a good laugh and the children who have worked with her always say how much they love her.
We are so blessed to have Rachael as part of the Lasting Lessons’ community. Rachael is our resident superhero and she enjoys supporting kids in finding their own super powers.
As a teaching practitioner, Melissa presents with the most valued background experience. With her very own child having additional needs, Melissa understands what it is like from a parent perspective about the challenges in navigating the school system and in advocating for the necessary supports.
A Bachelor of Psychological Sciences qualification isn’t enough for Melissa, as she has returned to university to study towards a Masters in Education. Psychology and education … what a brilliant combination. Her teaching internship with Lasting Lessons is an added bonus.
Melissa is a little bit sporty. She is an avid Western Bulldogs fan and enjoys watching Melbourne United playing basketball. Melissa is stuck in the 80s, so if she comes dressed in fluro and is bopping to Cyndi Lauper, feel free to join her. She has a thing for anything sweet. Don’t let her loose in Office Works, Smiggles or Typo because she publicly admits to being addicted to stationery. The children love her assortment of weird and wonderful pens and pencils.
Melissa adds to the Lasting Lessons’ community by sharing her insights into how the human mind impacts learning.
With an established career in public relations and communications, Kyra feels that her command of the English language can be better utilised to support young people in not only developing their literacy skills, but in also fostering a love of how language can be used for expression.
Kyra's calling to teaching means that she is studying at the Australian Catholic University to obtain her teaching degree. Kyra's open-mindedness to being a life-long learner makes her the best role-model for young minds who feel that school life is a challenge. Kyra understands the importance of generalising literacy learning beyond the four walls of a classroom and into the community.
Kyra loves writing, travel and supporting others in their endeavours in any way she can. Compassionate and dedicated, Kyra gets a real buzz in watching children grown in their literacy levels and confidence at school. Kyra unashamedly plays Sims and loves that the students are trying to get her to master Roblox, Minecraft, Fortnite and Among Us.
By the way, Kyra can dance, dance, dance. Keep an eye on her ... she may bust a move!
Kaitlyn is a very welcomed addition to the Lasting Lessons' community. Kaitlyn is studying towards the Bachelor of Education qualification with La Trobe University, with a specialisation in disability inclusion.
Working with kidlets is not alien to Kaitlyn. When Kaitlyn isn't studying or at Lasting Lessons, she is having a blast with the kids at the Glen Katherine Primary School Outer Hours School Care. Lucky kids!
Kaitlyn didn't have much to say when it came to AFL, so we may have to convert her. She says that her favourite sport is gymnastics. Kaitlyn must have been pretty good at gymnastics in her heyday, as she competed at state level. If you're lucky, she may do some kind of groovy floor routine for you.
Kaitlyn really values forming solid relationships with the students and their parents. She feels super special in knowing that she is making a difference in their lives and feels honoured in fostering the gift of literacy.
As the centre's Project Officer, Naomi is accustomed to the crazy, fast-paced, fun world at Lasting Lessons. She will be undertaking a number of weird and wonderful duties to keep this boat afloat. Sandra may be the captain, but Naomi is the little skipper.
Naomi is currently studying a Bachelor of Business degree at La Trobe University with a major in event management. Her organisational skills are truly welcomed whilst we continue to streamline our library of decodable books, and our curriculum resources.
Naomi is a tad arty farty (am I allowed to say that?). In her spare time, she likes to bake, especially anything with chocolate. We may have to put in an order. In her spare, spare time, she contributes as a volunteer at Beyond Blue, which is testimony to her kind and caring spirit.
Massimo is currently studying to become a teacher via Victoria University. He is also close to finishing his studies toward Certificate IV in Fitness with the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers.
Massimo has an amazingly wonderful nature and the children that he has worked with in the past, and the children that he currently supports at Yarrambat Primary School, simply gravitate to him.
Living with a younger brother with additional needs means that Massimo is dubbed the "child whisperer". He is unusually skilled at calmly guiding and influencing children and young people, and supporting them in believing in themselves and their futures.
Massimo is a gaming and basketball enthusiast, so the gamer and sporty kids are massive fans. Massimo says " I go for the LA Lakers and have been a fan for many, many years. I also love sneakers and I enjoy collecting all different types of shoes. I have lost count of how many pairs I own. I also really enjoy playing video games. I play all sorts of games from sport and racing games to fighting and adventure games."
Massimo enjoys working with the wonderful kids that he has been assigned to, coupled with working alongside an amazingly dedicated team.
Vanessa voluntarily attended the Lasting Lessons' in-house training at the beginning of the 2021 year, which is testimony to her dedication in wanting to learn more about the science of reading. Initially, Vanessa attended this training so that she could bring her new learning back to Glen Katherine Primary School where she works as a School Support Officer for children with additional needs. The timing is brilliant, as we can now welcome Vanessa to the team as one of our newest recruits.
It has been very easy to pick up that for Vanessa, it is all about the kids. Vanessa's younger daughter has dyslexia so I am positive that her lived experience will support her well when communicating with parents.
Vanessa is a bit arty-farty (can I say that?) and also has a certificate in professional photography. She's also a baker, so we look forward to her feeding our faces with cakes and biscuits.
When asked about what she enjoys the most about working at Lasting Lessons, Vanessa says " … assisting students learn in a fun environment and celebrate with them about how fabulous they are!" Beautifully said, Vanessa.
Marguerite personally reached out to Lasting Lessons with a massive faith that she would be a perfect match with the teaching practitioner team … and she isn't wrong. She has previously facilitated literacy intervention and instruction in the primary school setting, and is really big on sourcing reading materials and literacy games to extend skills and encourage student engagement.
Marguerite lives on a small piece of paradise in outer-Melbourne, and in collaboration with her kids, she is busy taming the garden, restoring orchard fencing, planting new fruit trees, and rebuilding the hen house. Sounds like a great place for an excursion. Marguerite says "I love exploring our bush block with my children, trying to spot evidence of native wildlife that may have been visiting or spotting tiny native orchids." Apart from hanging out with one Golden Retriever X Labrador named Goldie, and a cat named London, Marguerite and her family have two regular visiting Kookaburras that they have named Cookies and Cream.
Much to her husband's disappointment, Marguerite barracks for the Tigers! That's okay, we will forgive her. Marguerite seems to be very outdoorsy. Apart from family bike rides and walks, Marguerite collects wood. That is so cool! Something us city slickers are not accustomed to.
Marguerite gets a real kick out of connecting with children and watching them amaze themselves with their abilities, perseverance and success. Teaching provides such an amazing opportunity to learn from and with students, she is very excited about supporting children with their learning journey and being challenged with my her own. She most looks forward to powerfully providing Multisensory Structured Language Education to facilitate young learners to reach their fullest potential.