Meet our primary teachers

Children spend a major part of each day with the teacher who is responsible for developing the educational program for their group.

There are no bells at Kinma. Children come inside the buildings when "in-time" is called by the staff. Children work in small groups for the development of their basic skills and concepts.

Children dialogue freely with all in the community. Teachers provide feedback where appropriate. However, at Kinma we avoid evaluation that implies comparison of one child with another.

Teacher Training

The teachers at Kinma are encouraged to continue their professional development through in-service training. They also review current literature and findings in education, psychology and related fields for possible contributions to the learning program in the school.

Kate Chockman


Group 4 Teacher

Kate completed her internship with us in 2013. After a couple years teaching rurally and exploring the globe, Kate now teaches Group 4 with enthusiasm and excitement.

If you were ever searching for Kate at Kinma, you’d find her running around on the bottom field playing a game of soccer or observing and admiring the native wildlife. Kate has a strong passion for the environment, creative arts, and science which she utilises to spark children’s creativity and interest. Kate loves to create learning experiences which allow children to naturally engage and explore.

Michelle Walker


Education Leader

Michelle is Kinma's Education Leader. Michelle has been teaching Kinma primary students of all ages since 2006, most recently in Group 1. She brings a diverse range of skills to the School. Michelle has understanding, tolerance and non-judgment in her daily work.

Along with her obvious love and enthusiasm to the Kinma students is her great passion and delight in watching her two young daughters flourish.

Qualifications: 2005 Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Edith Cowan University)

Kimberley Read


Group 2 Teacher

Kimberley first joined the Kinma community as a playgroup parent and quickly realised she had found her home. She began teaching in 2016 after completing her practicum at Kinma, and is currently playing and learning in Group 2 with Sean Curran.

Kimberley loves the freedom to follow children's interests, play-based learning and getting to know her students.



Basketball teacher

Katy Bennett


Learning Support Teacher

Katy is excited to be learning and teaching at Kinma! She began her teaching career in England before travelling and teaching in Tanzania, Peru and Nepal. She’s now settled in Australia and, when not teaching, enjoys having fun with her young daughter. Katy is also a yoga teacher and is keen to share her love of yoga and learning with the children at Kinma.

Tom Brien


Group 1 Teacher

Tom completed his practicum at Kinma and co-teaches with Lisa Brine in Group 1 with Year 1 and 2 students.

Tom is happy to have found a home at Kinma joining kindred spirits both big and small.

A lover of the ocean and father to three little humans, Tom is excited to play, learn and create with our Group 1 friends.

Sean Curran


Group 1 Teacher

Sean completed his final teaching placement at Kinma in late 2021 and was thrilled to officially join the team the very next term. Before that, he’d worked with children since 2015 both as an English tutor and a children’s entertainer.

His goal is to forge deep connections at Kinma and bring his love of drama and literature into the classroom.

Lisa Brine


Group 1 Teacher

Lisa joined the Kinma family at the start of 2020 and teachers Group 1 with Tom. She has a passion for Literacy, especially storytelling and Drama.

Lisa loves to be outside and is excited to be out exploring and enjoying all of the spaces Kinma has to offer.

Priscila Kern


Group 4 Teacher

Priscila has always been very curious and passionate about nature so she decided to study Biological Science back in her homeland. She spent several years studying and working with microbiology, ecology and government projects working towards a better quality environment. She is also passionate about art and culture and is always finding creative ways of incorporating and blending these into the classroom. After arriving in Australia, Priscila came to a Kinma school tour and fell in love with the School and its education philosophy. Priscila is part of Group 4 working alongside Kate Chockman, and loves to nurture and teach young children.