The Geckos Teachers
The Geckos Staff
Martina has a Graduate Dip Ed (Primary) and has taught German at primary school for six years. She is an active member of the AGTV (Association of German Teachers Victoria). She is teaching our Foundation - Grade 2 non-native class and is a native German speaker.
Till is the faciliator/leader of our playgroup (0-3 year olds). He is a German social worker (Bachelor of Arts degree) and is also working in different other childcare jobs in Melbourne. He moved from Würzburg, Germany to Melbourne with his girlfriend for the time of her Phd (2017 - 2020).
Kim Christin Lörken
Kim is a native German speaker and primary school teacher currently working as an Au Pair in Australia.
She completed her MoEd (Master of Education) for primary school teaching in 2017. Here she focussed especially on the subjects German, Mathematics and English. During her studies, Kim also completed a course for teaching German as a Second Language. She deepened her understanding for German as a Foreign/ Second Language by writing her master thesis on the topic 'Linguistic Patterns as a Resource for Second Language Acquisition' (Lörken 2017).
Julia is a German native speaker and has lived and worked in Melbourne since 2010 as fully qualified primary school teacher. Julia has experience in teaching all year levels in German language and culture and particularly enjoys promoting curiosity and a love for language learning. She has a special interest in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and Bilingualism.
Dr Bernd Kalinna
Eva Murer (principal):
Eva has a Master of Educational Science and is currently working as a teacher and cognitive behaviour therapist in different schools in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Eva runs the day-to-day activities of the school and supervises all classes.
Monika Cruz (admin)
Monika is a native German speaker and is our administrator for Geckos.
She also is a NAATI-certified German-English translator, Monika has founded a German playgroup which is located in Doncaster.
The Geckos Board & Committee
Our School is a non-profit Incorporated Association, and is run by committee members who volunteer their time to ensure the smooth operation of the school.
Heidi Stephens (president)
Alexander Murer (vice president)
Max Vom Kolke (treasurer)
Erik Donert (secretary)
Erik has been involved with Geckos since 2015 and has taken on the responsibility of Secretary in 2018. Erik is a Certified Financial Planner and co-founder of Virtue Strategic Advisors assisting people across many different industries and from various backgrounds achieve their financial goals.
Peter Weissbacher (events co-ordinator)
Rebekka Kennedy-Lambert (librarian)
Satta van Daal (IT & website)
Satta is a Designer from Germany who has been living in Melbourne since 2003. His son is a student at Geckos.