Wenting Ouyang has completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in China and obtained a Master of Teaching Degree at La Trobe University in 2009. With several years of teaching in Melbourne, she gained intensive experience of teaching and designing appropriate curriculums to suit diverse levels and backgrounds as a qualified teacher. As a native Chinese Mandarin speaker, she enjoys creative Mandarin teaching and also bringing rich Chinese culture into the classroom.
Elizabeth Blair (BA Dip Ed) has been involved in languages education for over 35 years. She has worked in a broad range of environments: teaching German from Prep to Year 12 as well as some French; co-ordinating the introduction of languages into primary schools in Central Queensland; organising language camps and school tours for students and implementing remote language learning programs using computer/phone links. Elizabeth travels to Germany regularly to kept her linguistic and cultural knowledge current, but having learned German at school/university in Queensland, understands the challenges of mastering a second language in Australia. She has organised the Sunshine Coast Speech Competition for the last 8 years since its inception and is a member of the Goethe-Institut sponsored Multiplikatoren group, which provides professional development to other German teachers. Elizabeth has a passion for languages and cultures and believes anyone can learn one regardless of age.
Lee-anne Gordon has over 15 years’ experience as a French Teacher in both Australia and the UK. She is qualified with a 4 year French Honors Degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary French with distinction. She is an avid learner herself and regularly attends professional development and network meetings to ensure her language teaching pedagogy is fresh and innovative. Having lived and studied in France, she has a passion for all things French and currently teaches in a prominent school on the Sunshine Coast.
Ms Endah Pancaningsih Curtis, originally from Solo, Central Java, has a Master of Education Studies from Curtin University, Perth and has taught Indonesian language for over fifteen years in various Australian schools and universities. Endah engages her students in Indonesian language and culture through fun personalised learning interactions spiced with humour, performance and the occasional Indonesian meal. Endah is conducting research on the state of Christian schooling in Indonesia.
Laura Mason-Baierl is a native Italian speaker and an experienced teacher with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from USC. She grew up in the Italian canton of Switzerland and is passionate about learning and languages. To pursue these passions, Laura completed her tertiary studies firstly in French, with a Master of Economics and Social Science from the Swiss University of Fribourg and then with a Master of Commerce at the University of NSW in Sydney. She is now an Australian citizen and has been teaching Italian to adults and children for many years.
Michiko Matsumoto is a dedicated Japanese Teacher with 10 years’ experience teaching both children and adult learners. Before moving to Australia 10 years ago, she has completed a Bachelor degree majoring Japanese history and culture, and Japanese language teaching course. In Australia, she received a Graduate Diploma and Masters in Education from QUT. Her passion is to provide enjoyable learning opportunities and support Japanese learners to achieve their goals.
Fran Smartt is a qualified Modern Languages Teacher from the UK. Having been interested in languages from an early age, she completed a degree in Italian and Spanish at the University of Bristol in 2003, achieving 1st Class Honours. As part of this degree course, she spent 12 months living in both Cuba and Italy. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at London Metropolitan University in 2012, achieving a Distinction. Having relocated to the Sunshine Coast in January 2015, she has been teaching languages in schools and also to adults in evening classes.
Maatakiri Te Ruki is a second language learner of te reo Māori (Māori language), the Indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand. Maatakiri has been tutoring te reo Māori in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast since 2006. Maatakiri completed her formal higher learning at Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa (www.wananga.com), a Māori tertiary provider, which focused on a ‘distinctively Māori learning approach’. Maatakiri has completed a Diploma in Māori and Management, Bachelor of Māori and Administration and a Master of Māori and Management.