Meet Our Team

Mr Peter Russell: Principal

Peter brings 18 years experience of working with international students in a variety of roles. He is a leader in student leadership, student empowerment and community based learning. He has pioneered 5-7 day leadership programs and weekly out of class cultural and learning experiences. He has extensive experience in working with international student study tours and has been a presenter at a number of Conferences both in Australia and overseas on Student Leadership and student study tours. Master of Teaching, Master of TESOL, BSC, BA (University of Melbourne),CELTA

Sam Gesthuizen: English Program Manager

Sam has over 12 years experience teaching ESL and working with international students in Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia and speaks Indonesian. She is an experienced high school and ESL teacher and the students love her. She is a high energy, fun loving, wonderful teacher who we are privileged to have as one of our team leaders. M TESOL; B.A. (Languages and linguistics), CELTA, Acc. IELTS Trainer, Cert IV TAA

Ling Zhang: Director of International Relations

Ling has taught in both China and Australia including for study tours in both countries.  She works closely with our Principal and international partners and speaks: English, Chinese, French and Japanese.

Nick Nicholls: Senior English Teacher

Nick has taught English Humanities and Drama at Australian high schools for more than 10 years including a long period at Eltham College.  He brings great experience and life coaching skills with him.  He has taught with our programs for 3 years.

Jen Lahom: Senior English Teacher

Jen has 4 years teaching English including 3 years teaching in Vietnam and 2 years supporting our programs.  She always builds strong relationships with students and is a popular member of our team

Katie Danials:  English performance teacher and Musical Theatre Teacher:

We are lucky to have Katie.  She has taught and performed around the world.  We believe if students can perform in English it helps them with their confidence to speak.  We have students who can perform after even one lesson.  Katie is wonderful at getting students involved in singing and public speaking.  She has taught in her area for more than a decade.

Katie Lucas:  English Teacher and Life skills coach:

Katie is a very enthusiastic member of our team who fills multiple roles.  She is an English teacher, a life coach instructor, yoga and meditation teacher and a passionate tour guide.  She is very popular with our students.

guides for international students. He has travelled widely across the world and speaks Japanese. He is a great communicator with the students and we are fortunate to have him as a team leaders. CELTA, BCSci.


Rohan Burch:  Group Manager

Rohan has more than 10 years experience with international students as a program manager, English teacher, Tour Manager in both Australia and Japan.  He speaks Japanese and English.