Our Team  :   Our Teachers

Marisha

Director
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree (University of Cape Town) 1996
  • Certificate in Professional Development for Chinese Community Language Teachers Methodology Phase I (R.M.I.T.) 2009
  • Certificate in Professional Development for Teachers (CLS, Monash University) 2011
  • Certificate III in Children's Services 2012
  • Diploma in Children's Services 2012
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 2015

Marisha was born in Taiwan (formally Formosa before WWII), and she is a qualified trainer and an experienced teacher fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese and English.

As a migrant herself, Marisha moved to Melbourne with her husband and first born child in 2001 when she experienced the difficulties involved in settling in a new community first hand. Joining a local playgroup, she felt frustrated and isolated as cultural differences made the acceptance of her and her family difficult amongst the local members. She realised that although the local playgroups offered opportunities for social gathering, they didn't meet the needs of a growing child. It was with this understanding that she set out to use her early childhood teaching expertise and developed Jo Jo Bilingual Education Program to encourage migrants and local communities to come together and understand each others cultures and languages through a fun, engaging, and stimulating play based language riched learning environment. Using the program Jo Jo Bilingual Education has designed for these young stars produced the best outcome for families with young children.

Under her leadership, in 2012, a new phase of bilingual early education was established: Kimmba Bilingual Early Learning Centre. It is Melbourne's very first Multilingual Early Learning Centre. With a government funded 4 year old Kindergarten Program, it is not only the next step in her dream, but will also be of benefit to the whole community in Australia.

Marisha believes that quality early childhood education should be available to all preschool age children, not just children of working parents who are on the top priority list to access child care. All children are equally valuable in our society and the establishment of Kimmba Play School in 2016 is here to offer every child the opportunity to access its quality Early Childhood Language Program.

Marisha is keen to get the message through to the community: Kimmba supports your language and culture and is looking forward to welcoming more languages on board in its new establishments, involving Kimmba families in a true multicultural society, one in which we would love to see our children grow and thrive to become the citizens of the world.

Mia

English teacher

Ni Hao,

I am Mia, I’m the native English-speaking teacher here working at Kimmba Play school since 2017. I’m one of the recipients of VCE Premier’s Award for 2018, and currently studying at Melbourne University. I have experience teaching young children English and dance. I am outgoing and compassionate and I love engaging children doing activities, such as reading story, arts and crafts, singing and dancing. Just seeing the big smiles on their faces in the class makes my day. I know that learning a language is not easy for a young child, therefore, I’m here to help. Being bilingual does not only improve children’s personal literacy skills, it also allows them to experience and interact with different people and different cultures to broaden their horizon. I can transition newly immigrant children who are not confident in speaking English, as I do speak and understand Chinese, even though English is my first language. I am looking forward to seeing you all in my class!

Marie-Aude

French Teacher

Bonjour, My name is Marie-Aude. I joined the Kimmba team in May 2018.I am the French Teacher in Southland. I have my diploma in Early Childhood services and care ; I have been teaching Bilingual classes in Cambodia for 6 years. I hope to meet you soon at Kimmba Southland .

  • Diploma in Children's Services 2017
  • Certificate III in Children’s Services, 2012
  • First Aid Level II, 2012, 2017, 2019
  • CPR, 2017, 2018, l2019
  • Anaphylaxis and Asthma Management, 2017, 2019
  • Jasmine

    Mandarin and English teacher

    Ni Hao, I’m Jasmine, one of the Mandarin and English teacher at Kimmba play school Southland. I’m currently studying Master of primary teaching at Swinburne University. I graduated my Bachelor's degree in food and nutrition science at Deakin University. I am passionate about teaching and playing with children. I am glad to introduce Chinese culture and language to all my students.

    • First Aid Level II, 2017, 2019
    • CPR, 2017, 2019
    • Anaphylaxis and Asthma Management, 2019
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