Our team members have a diversity of learning and educational backgrounds. They also love to travel!
Meet the team who are happy to answer your questions about home education, registration or the review process.
Chris is our Home Schooling Manager. He was a high school teacher at various schools throughout Queensland. Chris began working in home schooling in 2012 and quickly developed an understanding of the various approaches within the community.
Chris left sunny Queensland to join the VRQA in 2017. He is excited to work with Victorian home educators and has been impressed by everything he has seen through the reviews.
Chris's favourite destination: "Brisbane—the warm weather and relaxed lifestyle will always be home."
Helen is the newest member of the Home Schooling team. Helen brings to the team her personal experience of home educating her four children for 15 years, and generally hanging out in the home education community.
Her children have now successfully moved into formal education and work, and Helen is delighted to be able to use her own experience to support home educators in Victoria as she moves on from being a home educating mum.
Helen's favourite destination: "Tasmania—great scenery and walks, amazing ocean views. Oh, and chocolate and wine."
Sarah’s background in early childhood education and educational counselling has seen her work with children with unique learning needs and backgrounds. Sarah has been with the VRQA for more than five years, starting in the apprenticeships team and the student services and complaints team. This has given her a diverse learning background, particularly for understanding student pathways.
Sarah's favourite destination: "Tasmania—it has the best food, art, scenery, walks, water and mountains surrounding it. It also hosts the wonderful annual Taste of Tasmania festival and the Sydney to Hobart yacht race."
Emily came to the VRQA after several years’ experience in primary school education and with a postgraduate qualification in special education. Her professional background and learning experiences bring value to the home schooling team, and she enjoys supporting Victoria’s home educating community.
Emily's favourite destination: "Outside of Australia, my favourite destination would be New Zealand. My mum’s family live there and it feels like home whenever I'm there. The landscapes are so varied and the people are friendly (and it’s only a four hour plane trip—I’m not a huge fan of flying!)"
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