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.

Echo

Mandarin Teacher

Hello, Ni Hao, my name is Echo and I am one of our qualified Mandarin teachers at Kimmba Play School. I am currently studying Master of Teaching in Early Childhood at Monash University, and in addition to my Mandarin teaching skills, I am also specialised in teaching Chinese calligraphy to children aged five years upwards. I am looking forward to have your children in my class learning the beauty of writing chinese characters with traditional paint and brush.

Elodie

AEAS Teacher

Nei Hao, my name is Elodie and I am one of the bilingual teachers in Kimmba Play School. I am currently studying Bachelor of Education at Monash University majoring linguistic and Chinese. I am originally from China, Chinese is my first language. I had also finished high school education in Melbourne, experienced both Private and Public Secondary College educational environment since September, 2012. I understand the curriculum in Victoria well and I am able to design lessons based on students’ diversity and individual needs. I am sure I can lead each student into the happy learning environment and help them to achieve their potential, making continual progress at each lesson. I look forward to be your child's English teacher and assist him/her to reach their desired English learning outcome at AEAS examine.

Marie Aude

French Teacher

Bonjour, My name is Marie-Aude. I’m joining the Kimmba team for the next couple of weeks as part of my work placement. I’m currently studying for my Early Childhood diploma. I have 5 years’ experience working in a preschool in Cambodia teaching English and French.

I’m looking forward to spend time in your community until the end of June and I will be back in early 2018.

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