the bmel team


Valaree is the director of BMEL. She graduated from Melbourne University with her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and has full registration with VIT. Upon discovering the Montessori method by chance, she completed her Diploma in Montessori leadership and practice with MWEI and currently studying a Master in Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Monash University. She has been assessed by VETASSESS and recognised as an "Exemplary" Early Childhood Teacher and also holds a Level 1 Orff Schulwerk Music certification and Certificate IV in Dance teaching and management.

BMEL Teachers

The educators employed at Bilingual Montessori Early Learning go through rigorous
pre employment interviews and reference checks to ensure that we only employ
teachers who truly embrace the Montessori philosophy.

We pride ourselves in working above minimum state requirements by having 3 kindergarten teachers leading our Cycle 1 program.

Our teachers hold
necessary qualifications mandated by law such as the following:
  • Bachelor or Graduate Diploma in early childhood education
  • Masters in early childhood education
  • Diploma in early childhood education
  • Montessori Diploma or Graduate Diploma

All teachers at BMEL are required to attend regular training to stay current with our teaching practices.

Montessori Kindergarten & Prep Teacher
(Team Leader)

Serena is our wonderful early childhood teacher who is responsible for planning and implementing our Cycle 1 Montessori program at BMEL that includes our full time Prep program. She holds an AMI Montessori Diploma and Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education. Serena also holds a Level 1 Orff Schulwerk Music certificate and is known for her meticulous observation towards children's behaviour and ability to support individuals to reach full potential.

Cycle 1 Assistant

Dishani is another wonderful and supportive team member at BMEL. Originally from New Zealand, Dishani shares with us the New Zealand culture as well as her love of baking! She holds a Montessori Diploma from overseas and Diploma in early childhood education from New Zealand. Dishani has a great relationship with our families and they do love having a good chat with Dishani each day!

Bilingual Teacher

Hearing your child coming home and speaking another language is not only amazing but wonderful gift ! Our bilingual teacher, Ying Ying comes with 20 + years experience as a fully registered Kindergarten and Bilingual teacher. She will be supporting our program by speaking to children in Mandarin as well as to deliver the funded ELLA language program daily. Ying Ying holds a Bachelor in education & Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching and is known for her creativity and ability to adapt under any circumstances!

Assistant Educators

Cherish the multitasker is our "can do" educator who supports both morning and afternoon program as well as making sure our ELC is organised, inviting and well resourced. She started her early childhood journey with us as a trainee in 2018 and has since graduated from her course.

Norma is our Montessori educator who plans for the early starters program ( 2.5 - 3 years). She holds a Diploma of Early Childhood education from Ireland and is valued for her soft natured approach with children, nurturing and supporting them through their journey towards independence.

Casual Educators

From time to time, BMEL may engage in our casual pool of educators to cover for staff annual leave. Our casual relievers are often past students who we have trained, however, occasionally, and often as a last resort, we may seek relievers from agencies. All relievers will require to hold at the minimum a Certificate III of Early Childhood Education with current police check and working with children check.

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