Our Staff

The River Nile School is fortunate to have a team of high calibre staff with a deep personal passion and understanding for our work, extensive experience and skills and a wealth of ideas to enhance student outcomes.  All staff work unpaid volunteer hours in addition to the paid hours.

All RNS Teachers are VIT registered and committed to building foundational skills using engaging and student-centred teaching and learning. Our recurrent funding from Commonwealth and State Governments allows us to employ all our staff. Other Specialist Programs such as Swimming, Art and Craft, Work Readiness, Driving Lessons, MYKI top ups, Foodbank and Welfare Support are funded through various philanthropic grant programs.  

  Lisa Wilson   Foundation Principal   Lisa joined River Nile as its inaugural paid Director on a 0.5 FTE basis in May 2014 and has led a transformative process, founded in the organsation's strengths, enhancing capacity, securing a new home and becoming a registered School in December 2016.  She serves voluntarily as the inaugural Director of the new RNLC.   Lisa is an established company director and general manager, with extensive experience in strategic planning, governance, stakeholder engagement and general business management. This, combined with her people skills, strong networks and passion for community leadership, education and social justice, underpin her success.  Throughout her career, Lisa has supported the empowerment of women, both in Australia and internationally.  She’s made significant voluntary contributions to community leadership development, women's advancement and African community programs.  Since 2010, she's co-coordinated an  Out of Africa  Camp, supporting youth of African heritage in Australia to foster positive cultural and social links and access a safe network to explore some of the unique challenges African migrant youth and their family’s face.

Lisa Wilson
Foundation Principal

Lisa joined River Nile as its inaugural paid Director on a 0.5 FTE basis in May 2014 and has led a transformative process, founded in the organsation's strengths, enhancing capacity, securing a new home and becoming a registered School in December 2016.  She serves voluntarily as the inaugural Director of the new RNLC. 

Lisa is an established company director and general manager, with extensive experience in strategic planning, governance, stakeholder engagement and general business management. This, combined with her people skills, strong networks and passion for community leadership, education and social justice, underpin her success.

Throughout her career, Lisa has supported the empowerment of women, both in Australia and internationally.  She’s made significant voluntary contributions to community leadership development, women's advancement and African community programs.  Since 2010, she's co-coordinated an Out of Africa Camp, supporting youth of African heritage in Australia to foster positive cultural and social links and access a safe network to explore some of the unique challenges African migrant youth and their family’s face.

  Maggie Bradley  VCAL Teacher    Maggie has studied a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at James Cook University in Cairns and has worked as an Early Childhood Educator in Aboriginal communities in Far North Queensland for the last six years, completing her professional placements and obtaining teaching appointments in various communities in and around the Cairns area. Due to lack of resources and high need demands of the students and wider community, early literacy and numeracy was a strong focus in each learning setting.  Programs such as Reading Recovery, ‘Walking Talking Text’ and cultural philosophies were applied to engage and encourage students, families and the community to become involved in the school setting.  In 2012 Maggie worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at New World Institute, an English language school.  Here Maggie ran a Phonics program for students aged 3 – 12 years old and a Reading and Comprehension program for students aged 12 – 17 years old.  Maggie joined River Nile in 2014 and is passionate about supporting and motivating our students to feel success and control over their future choices.

Maggie Bradley
VCAL Teacher

Maggie has studied a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at James Cook University in Cairns and has worked as an Early Childhood Educator in Aboriginal communities in Far North Queensland for the last six years, completing her professional placements and obtaining teaching appointments in various communities in and around the Cairns area. Due to lack of resources and high need demands of the students and wider community, early literacy and numeracy was a strong focus in each learning setting.  Programs such as Reading Recovery, ‘Walking Talking Text’ and cultural philosophies were applied to engage and encourage students, families and the community to become involved in the school setting.

In 2012 Maggie worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at New World Institute, an English language school.  Here Maggie ran a Phonics program for students aged 3 – 12 years old and a Reading and Comprehension program for students aged 12 – 17 years old.

Maggie joined River Nile in 2014 and is passionate about supporting and motivating our students to feel success and control over their future choices.

 
  Francesca Pisano  VCAL Teacher    (0.8 FTE)   Francesca has worked as a secondary teacher within Catholic Education for 10 years, specialising in English, Humanities and Commerce, and leading curriculum development within the Humanities and Middle School.  Francesca completed her Masters in TESOL from The University of Melbourne in 2014, including a minor research project on identity and young refugee learners in the Australian context. Francesca has also been involved in the Mercy Connect volunteer program across 2013-2015, working with young refugee learners in schools and more recently providing English language support to adult asylum seekers in Sunshine.  Francesca joined River Nile in 2014.

Francesca Pisano
VCAL Teacher

(0.8 FTE)

Francesca has worked as a secondary teacher within Catholic Education for 10 years, specialising in English, Humanities and Commerce, and leading curriculum development within the Humanities and Middle School.

Francesca completed her Masters in TESOL from The University of Melbourne in 2014, including a minor research project on identity and young refugee learners in the Australian context. Francesca has also been involved in the Mercy Connect volunteer program across 2013-2015, working with young refugee learners in schools and more recently providing English language support to adult asylum seekers in Sunshine.

Francesca joined River Nile in 2014.

  Rebecca Robinson  EAL Teacher    (0.65 FTE)   Rebecca is an experienced secondary teacher of more than 10 years, specialising in Mathematics and Psychology teaching as well as working as a year level coordinator.   Rebecca completed her Masters of TESOL from The University of Melbourne in 2015.  She joined the River Nile in 2014 as part of her TESOL placement and subsequently remained engaged as a volunteer tutor, and was then employed as an EAL teacher to support the development of our growing programs.   She is a VicTESOL Committee Member.

Rebecca Robinson
EAL Teacher

(0.65 FTE)

Rebecca is an experienced secondary teacher of more than 10 years, specialising in Mathematics and Psychology teaching as well as working as a year level coordinator. 

Rebecca completed her Masters of TESOL from The University of Melbourne in 2015.  She joined the River Nile in 2014 as part of her TESOL placement and subsequently remained engaged as a volunteer tutor, and was then employed as an EAL teacher to support the development of our growing programs. 

She is a VicTESOL Committee Member.

  John O'Shea  Welfare Director & Business Manager    (0.65 FTE)   John has a long history of Welfare Coordination dating back to the late 1980’s where for 10 years he was Head of Pastoral Care at Mowbray College, he went on to become Head of the Melton Campus, and later overall Principal of 3 campuses for Mowbray College.  John has degrees in Science and Education and a Post Graduate qualification in adolescent welfare.  He has been involved with the River Nile for many years. In 2014 he was Acting Director for several months which gave him a much deeper understanding of the welfare needs of our students. He fills the role of Business Manager temporarily.

John O'Shea
Welfare Director & Business Manager

(0.65 FTE)

John has a long history of Welfare Coordination dating back to the late 1980’s where for 10 years he was Head of Pastoral Care at Mowbray College, he went on to become Head of the Melton Campus, and later overall Principal of 3 campuses for Mowbray College.

John has degrees in Science and Education and a Post Graduate qualification in adolescent welfare.  He has been involved with the River Nile for many years. In 2014 he was Acting Director for several months which gave him a much deeper understanding of the welfare needs of our students. He fills the role of Business Manager temporarily.