Meet the Geckos Team:
Teachers & Staff
Ich war von 2013 bis 2018 GECKOS Schülerin, aber ich habe in 2019 als Lehrerassistentin zu arbeiten angefangen. Ich studiere Deutsch an der Schule und werde vielleicht in Deutschland studieren. In meiner Freizeit lese ich oder ich gucke Filme an. Ich singe, tanze und schauspiele gern.
My name is Ben Schley and I am going into Year 11 this year. With my background being German, I have had no chance not learning the beautiful language of German. I have learnt German at GECKOS for 10 years and also 3 years at high school. In my free time I like sport, Cricket and AFL in particular, reading, listening to music and playing video games. I am now a teaching assistant at GECKOS.
Eva is a native speaker and holds a Master degree in Educational Science as well as a Grad.Dipl. Primary Teaching. She works for several public school during the week and is also a language assessor for the ADF. As an enthusiastic reader, she is working for SBS as part of the podcast team of Abenteuer Lesen – Reading Adventures, a weekly podcast on SBS German.
Simone is the Office and Social Media Manager at Geckos and will graduate from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Media and Communications (Public Relations) later in 2022. A native English speaker, Simone studied German while in High School and is now continuing her studies in the Geckos adult class.
Simone’s professional background is in community relations and admin in the public sector and recruitment in the education not-for-profit sector. In her free time, Simone enjoys reading books, playing computer games and practising German, of course!
The Geckos Board is made up of a group of friendly parent volunteers who work together to strengthen our Geckos Community. There are 4 scheduled Board meetings each year where official business is addressed, but the board is always working towards one project or another. They work behind the scenes to raise funds for many projects, the biggest of which currently is our new library. One of the fundraisers for the library was our December Bunnings Sausage Sizzle – a great opportunity to get to know our school community and to have lots of fun!
We hope to have this up and running by mid-year 2021!
Feel free to approach any of the members or our principal if you feel you have some level of expertise that will help us in our endeavours or if you’d just like to join the team and help us towards achieving our many goals.
Having attended a Saturday morning German school as a child myself, it was very important to me that my children had the same opportunity. I recollect a strong sense of community & I have fond memories of our German community Christmas celebrations.
With 2 children at Geckos since its foundation, I have loved being part of the Board for the last 3 years to help build this sense of community & lay the foundations to create similar memories for all of our students.
Mitbegründer von Geckos Inc 2013, hat an der Schule als Direktor/ Lehrer und in verschiedenen Board-Funktionen gedient. Alexander hat Musik-, Mathematik- und Geschichte Lehramt Oberstufe studiert und mehr als 20 Jahre als Opernsänger gearbeitet. Momentan arbeitet er als Head of Arts/Tec am MSC in Mansfield und unterrichtet bei Geckos Inc die 2/3 Muttersprachler Klasse – und ist natürlich als Vizepraesident auch im Geckos Inc Board.
Max has an extensive financial background which he utilises to help Geckos in his role as the Treasurer. He has worked in Tier 1 Investment Banks in Germany and London before migrating with his family to Melbourne.
Max has 3 children attending Geckos at the moment and in his free time he enjoys playing hockey.
IT & Website
Satta is a Designer from Germany who has been living in Melbourne since 2003. His son is a student at Geckos.