Meet our primary teachers

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At Kinma there is a very close teacher/child relationship. The informal and friendly environment encourages personal expression, as well as stimulating respect for and understanding of the individuality of others.

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.


Juli Gassner

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Educational Co-ordinator

Juli is the Education Co-ordinator of the School. She works with parents, staff and students as well as mentoring university students in progressive education.

Juli has a passion for working mathematically in exciting, creative and probing ways. She can regularly be found with a group of students in dialogue about their newest questions of how and why the world is the way it is / or not! 

Juli commenced at Kinma in 1999 and in 2004 she headed off to New Zealand to be part of a team setting up democratic primary and high schools.  Luckily for us, Juli returned to Kinma in 2008 to continue exciting us in education.

Qualifications: 1992 Master of Education (Universities of NSW and Melbourne), 1987 Grad, Dip. Teaching (Primary) (Sydney University), 1984 Bachelor of Commerce (University of NSW) 

Michelle Walker

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Group 3 Teacher

Michelle job shares with Katie in group 3, teaching our older students, including our pre-highs. Michelle was employed in 2006 and 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)

 Katie Court

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Group 3 Teacher

Katie came to Kinma after completing her internship in her last year of studying her Mastes of Teaching at UNE in 2016. Katie is also the mother of three children, and has a passion for creativity and design.

Qualifications: Masters of Teaching (Primary) - University of New England (2016); Bachelor of Fine Arts - University of NSW (2000) 

Grace Paddon (Cracknell)

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Group 2 Teacher

Grace joined the team of Kinmka in 2014 from across the ocean, all the way from the UK. We have decided we will not be giving her back! Gentle, with a big heart, shes's able to see beyond the faceade. Grace has a passion for all things literacy based and brings the learning alive with ease and joy.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Primary Education - Nottingham Trent University (2004)

Deepika Mistry

Deepika Mistry

Group 2 Teacher

Deepika joined the Kinma family at the beginning of Term 3 this year. She teaches with Tristan in Group 2 and is so excited to be teaching and learning at Kinma where she feels she has found her other home.

Deepika loves making things, all things art and is constantly intrigued by the beauty of the world around her.

Kate Chockman

Kate Chockman

Group 1 Teacher

Kate is yet another teacher who completed her internship with us all the way back in 2013. After a couple years teaching rurally and exploring the globe, Kate has returned to teach group one 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.

The inquiry-based and open-ended feel of Kinma resonates strongly with Kate’s teaching style. She loves to create learning experiences which allow children to naturally engage and explore. She finds that without even realising it, children extend their skill base. This is also the case in literacy, where experimenting with language becomes the fun and joy.

Tristan StClare

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Group 2 Teacher

Tristan was employed in mid-2015 and has brought with him his longstanding love of the natural enviornment, in all forms. From making shelters to instruments, and just enjoying its beauty. Tristan has worked in a number of other independent primary schools before joining our team.

Qualifications: Graduate Diploma: Education - University of Wollongong (2000); Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Cognitive Sicence - University of NSW (1997); Bachelor of Science (Hons.) - University of Sydney (1994)

Andy Lamond

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Group 1 Teacher

Andy team teaches with Kimberley in group 1 (5-7yrs approx.) and was employed at Kinma in 2011, after completing his 4th year practicum with the school in term 2 of 2010. Andy is easy to find - guitar playing, singing pied piper of Kinma - sitting somewhere in the sunshine. Andy is a master at woodwork and fixing stuff along with surfing and spending enormous amounts of time for his youn students.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) - Macquarie University (2010) 

Bea Heine

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Key Learning Teacher

Bea team teaches group 2 (7-9yrs approx.) and was employed at Kinma in 2012.

Qualifications: Masters of Teaching (Primary) - University of Sydney (2011); Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) - University of Sydney (2007) 

Morag

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French teacher

Jerome

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Basketball teacher