the bmel team


Valaree is the director of BMEL. She graduated from Melbourne University with her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and is has full registration with VIT. Upon discovering the Montessori method by chance, she completed her Diploma in Montessori leadership and practice with MWEI. She has been assessed by VETASSESS and recognised as an "Exemplary" Early Childhood Teacher. Valaree 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.

Cycle 1 Teacher

Serena is our wonderful early childhood teacher who is responsible for planning and implementing our Cycle 1 Montessori program at BMEL including Prep. She holds her AMI Montessori Diploma and Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education. Apart from her dual qualification,Serena also holds a Level 1 Orff Schulwerk Music certificate.

Cycle 1 Assistant

Dishani is another wonderful and supportive team member assisting during our morning cycle at BMEL. Originally from New Zealand, Dishani shares with us the New Zealand culture as well as her love of baking! She holds her an AMI Montessori Diploma and Diploma in early childhood education.

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 Kindergarten and Bilingual teacher. She will be supporting our afternoon program, being the bilingual teacher of our prepared environment and speaking to children in Mandarin. She will also deliver the ELLA language program every afternoon. Ying Ying holds a Bachelor in education , Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching and is a VIT registered teacher.

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 another assistant educator who plans for the early starters Montessori program. She hold her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and supports our Montessori program in the Mornings.

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