BIS teachers have the same enthusiasm for learning as they inspire in the children. They are specially chosen for their skills in recognising the talents and teaching needs of each child in their care. Staff work together to ensure that all children are nurtured and challenged. We know all the children at BIS, and love them all.
Our Educator Team is a carefully selected cohort who are willing and able to get their minds around the deeply complex philosophy that we run. New teachers are introduced to the school over a term, allowing them intensive training sessions with the Principal and Senior Staff as well as time to observe in all the rooms and understand the expanse of BIS pedagogy.
Our teaching staff are a passionate group who aspire to reach the standards of excellence demanded for a Lead Teacher. Each of the teachers know that they are considered leaders in all aspects of our schooling. They are co-creators of our curriculum and work alongside the Principal in creating the richly integrated policies and guidelines: we are all on team BIS.
The teachers are an important part of our educating team as are the teacher aides in every room. Our aides are drawn from various backgrounds, but what they all share is a passion for personal growth and supporting that growth in our students. Smart, passionate and engaged is a pretty great way to describe our team.
Our Admin Team
Jen Haynes has been the Principal at BIS for the last 5 years and in that time has established the school as the leading Integral School, attracting researchers and visitors from around the world. She comes to BIS with 20 years of teaching experience from adult education, high school and primary settings. Jen identified the need for reform in the mainstream sector of education early in her career and that led her to BIS where she has worked on developing the innovative and inspiring Expedition Learning Framework. As both a mother and an educator Jen knows that a school should be both acknowledging the uniqueness of each child and helping them awaken to new ways to see themselves in the world. Her span of professional interests has also seen her work in community arts, professional acting and within the Education for Sustainability sector.
“Learning is a life-long journey and a primary school experience should be teaching you how to navigate and find new paths for yourself; not teach you to just follow the same path as everyone else.”
Meli started out in general administration and reception at BIS, but her role quickly expanded. She is currently the school’s Enrolment Officer, where she is responsible for taking prospective families on tours, guiding them through the enrolment process, and she is also the primary liaison for the current parent body. Meli is passionate about both Integral Developmental Theory and Non-Violent Communication, two core parts of the BIS pedagogy.
Liani spent last year as a teacher aide initially in the Penguins and Otters classrooms. In 2017 she commenced full time study with her Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design and continued at BIS as part-time receptionist role in the office, with two days onsite. Liani was thrilled to be able to continue at BIS where she is learning more about herself and others through the Integral Developmental theory and is able to continue to have fabulous conversations with the children at BIS.
Kerri Sparkes began her time with the BIS community as a parent, later stepping into the newly created position of Business Manager in February 2016. Kerri has many years’ experience working in the financial and business sector, first via the banking industry and then later in the software industry. Before taking up the position at BIS, Kerri was a senior software consultant locally, interstate and overseas, specializing in financial and project management software. Kerri is an active part of our community and keeps the world of BIS running smoothly day to day.
Our Teaching Team
The Big Cats
Tim is our teacher to Big Cats. He joined BIS in 2013, shortly after he earned a Graduate Diploma in Primary Education from the New Zealand Graduate School of Education. In the Big Cats’ room, he focuses on making the curriculum exciting, practical and relevant to the lives of the students as they encounter their first experience of formal education. In Tim’s teaching, he is inspired by the researchers and theorists who dedicate their lives to understanding children more deeply. Tim enjoys trying to figure out why children do what they do, in order to accommodate their needs effectively in the classroom and playground. Tim loves hiking, working on projects and teaching.
Andrew completed an Advanced Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management and now he is studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education via Curtin University online. Andrew is a big believer of freedom to explore and interact with children and their carers. Andrew nurtures the choice of how kids learn in their own ways is what is important to them. They need to be able to have the choice of not doing something yet until they are ready. Andrew feels inspired by everyone and everything at BIS. Andrew’s greatest adventure has been his family and he loves helicopters!
Lower Primary Transition Team
Sally Willmet has travelled all over the world and taught with a number of educational systems. We have been so lucky to have her join our team as she brings a huge experience in project-based learning and training in Reggio Emilia. Sally found BIS after she returned to Australia from some adventures teaching in Budapest. She was looking for an alternative to the mainstream system as she knew that her young students needed time to play and explore. Sally brings a gift of compassion and connection to all her interactions.
Maria is Sally’s part-time aide as much of the time the Kestrels and the Penguins are working together on explorations. Maria is a trained teacher, taking some time out to explore the BIS integral model. Both of Maria’s children attended BIS and she has a gentle compassion that supports students to be courageous when they are trying something new.
Lower Primary Team
Julia Gallois joined our school after we grabbed her straight out of her internship at BIS after watching how deeply connected she was to making learning work for all her students. Julia has had experiences and training at a variety of schools and in a range of philosophies including Green School in Bali. Her passion for working with children began with nannying and then working as a OSHC coordinator (so much for one so young). Julia spent some time working in Spain and then decided that teaching was absolutely her passion. We feel very lucky to have signed her up straight out of University as she comes to us full of fervour to learn our philosophy as her model of education.
Angelica is Julia’s Aide and displays a gentle compassion for all the different types of learners in her basecamp group. Angelica has had a wide range of experiences in both mainstream and other progressive educational philosophies. She found BIS through serendipity and has been with us ever since, passionate about development and courageous learning, she always models this for the students.
Middle Primary Team
Richelle came to BIS with an incredible pedigree of teaching across grades, contexts and subjects. She has taught in remote and inner city schools, from prep to high school. A winner of a NEITA , Richelle is a deeply professional and experienced teacher who provides insight to curriculum and teaching that is always a gift. Richelle was drawn to BIS as an alternative to the lack of creativity she was feeling in the mainstream sector. Inspiring to all her students, Richelle is passionate about Integral and developmentally appropriate learning.
Kelly is Richelle’s Aide and has taken on the challenge of the Otter’s teacher aide, whilst having both her children at BIS. Kelly is adding to her current BA qualifications with study in psychology because she can see the enormous impact that social and emotional learning has on a child’s ability to learn.
Upper Primary Team
B.Ed. and LLB
Brendan joined our team full time this year after the excitement of BIS drew him away from running his Beats Bus music education business. Brendan has lived an incredible life as a musician, traveling around the world. He is adamant however, that the most amazing part of his life is being a Dad to his three girls. His passion for a better education for his children has led Brendan and his whole family to BIS.
Carlie is Brendan’s Aide because with her background as a parenting coach and entrepreneur, she provides a perfect support for the world hungry Dolphin’s class. Carlie has had both her children educated at BIS and decided to move onto the challenge as part of the educating team after being on the Board and seeing how BIS could rethink education.
Tess is a past student who has been actively involved in the school over the past few years. She has worked as the chief graphic and web designer for BIS for over 5 years. Tess works closely with the school community to make sure that her designs align closely with the philosophy of the school. She has also worked previous as a Special Needs Teacher Aide at BIS and is now building on her previous Psychology study through Postgraduate Medicine.