All of our staff work part time and currently our administrative processes are also changing in line with requirements aligned to the modernisation of education that the state is undertaking at the moment.

Simone Jamieson

Simone joined the ESNLC team in 2013 and brings with her many years of community and adult education experience. Simone studied Health Science and Arts at Deakin and facilitated community development projects in Bass Coast and Melbourne. After being accepted in the Toyota Community Foundation Mentoring Program 2016 Simone was appointed manager of ESNLC in early 2017.

Simone is originally from the Bass Coast and has a passion for languages and travel. She thrives on meeting new people and will always greet you with a smile.

Guillaume Steiner

Guillaume (Gui) has recently taken up the responsibility of the financial management of the office. Gui has an extensive background in project management and has a passion for community based projects. Gui has a gift for numbers and is enthusiastic about being in tip top shape for a sustainable and viable future.

Melanie Norton

Melanie is a qualified Social Worker with a very varied history.  She began as a family therapist in Hobart then moved to England where she worked with the voluntary sector. She then moved into training, writing the education material for the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors as well as delivering the diploma of Welfare to international students. She volunteered with ESNLC to do a research project on how the City of Port Phillip recruit and celebrate volunteers. Melanie loved being at the ESNLC so much she applied for the Education Coordinator position. She loves meeting new people and seeing the regulars at the neighbourhood centre making work fun and interesting every day.

Lisa Murphy

Phillipa Armstrong

Philippa is a highly experienced community arts worker and is the current editor of The Roomers Project. She has over twenty years community arts experience working across the fields of creative writing, librarianship, music, dance, theatre and visual arts. Philippa was the children’s librarian at St Kilda library for many years and managed the Port Melbourne library for a few years. She coordinated the social meals program for the City of Port Phillip: working with residents to prepare, cook and eat delicious nutritious meals and create a “family table” and is currently working on a project to establish community gardens in a number of rooming houses in Elwood and St Kilda. Philippa is an Elwood local and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She tries to catch at least a glimpse of the beach every day and thinks Elwood is the prettiest suburb in Melbourne.

Jody O’Connor

Jody began working here in the beginning of 2012. She holds a four year primary teaching degree. She has current first aid, anaphylaxis and asthma training. Her experience includes working as a teacher in schools, and many years of experience working in child care. (About 16 years). Jody is committed to providing a relaxed, warm, caring environment in which children always feel safe and secure. She is passionate about respecting each child as an individual and catering to their individual needs whenever possible. She is also currently the group leader of a three year old activity group in Carnegie.

Jody is here on Wednesdays.


Vivien Atkins

Vivien is an experienced teacher who has taught literacy to adults with an intellectual disability and English as an Additional Language.  With more than ten years’ experience in this area, Vivien has embraced the opportunity to be abreast of the industry by taking a Cert. IV in TAE.  Vivien has been teaching since 2006 at our centre and is passionate about training adults from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  Her aim is to create a friendly learning environment in which her students can develop not only language abilities but also confidence to communicate in a conversational or written manner. Vivien is currently teaching pre accredited and accredited training.

Renee Callander

Renee is our Moving on UP! teacher on Mondays

Damian Curtain

Damian Curtain

Damian is our Art Therapy teacher who has a talented group on Fridays. Damian has worked as a painter an sculptor for thirty years. He has sculptures in many public places around Melbourne. He has worked as a visiting artist in primary and secondary schools, and teaches adult art classes in community centres.

Penny Digaletos

Penny has been involved with the ESNLC for 24 years teaching yoga. She didn’t realise it was this long until a student reminded her that that’s how long she’s been coming to class.

Monica Fleck

Monica is our Yoga teacher on Tuesdays.

Dianne Goborit

EAL Teacher (English as an Additional Language)

Annette Shilton

Annette has been teaching English language, literacy and numeracy for over 25years. She has taught in government secondary schools and adult education institutions in both Victoria and Western Australia.  Annette’s main purpose is to develop in her students good reading and writing habits combined with the ability to function confidently in the broader Australian community.  Annette teaches the literacy program at ESNLC.

Tanya Vessey

Tanya Vessey teaches digital literacy at various Learn Locals throughout Melbourne to learners and trainers alike.  Her skills cover online resources, programs and App, mobile devices and course design for digital literacy training.

Tanya also teaches creative writing workshops across Melbourne focusing on self expression and storytelling.