Our Team

Our Staff

The staff at YouSTUDY International College bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to each of their roles.  From Chris, our longest-serving teacher at the school, to Tom, our Principal, all our staff are passionate about providing an engaging and memorable experience for every student during their time at the School.

Carol

Carol

CEO of YouSTUDY International College

She has lived in the Cairns region for over 10 years and loves to help students enjoy the beautiful Cairns region and to achieve their goals.  She is also the current President of Study Cairns, a local organisation that works both in Australia and overseas to promote Cairns as a study destination.  She also has a very cute dog named Kira!

Tom

Tom

Principal of YouSTUDY International College

Since leaving the UK almost 20 years ago he worked in a variety of teaching and education-related roles in countries around the world before eventually migrating to Australia in 2008 and settling in Cairns.  He is passionate about international education and language study and in helping students achieve and exceed their goals.  He still cycles to work every day, even when it’s raining.

Jeanette

Jeanette

Student Services Manager

The Student Services Manager at the school and is usually the first person that new students meet at the school on their first day of their studies.  She can help with most student enquiries, and is an expert in assisting students with their courses of study.  She is a long-term resident of Cairns and is always happy to share her great local knowledge.  She also always knows the best restaurants to go to!

Maya

Maya

Accommodation and Travel

Maya assists students with their accommodation and their travel plans, and is a passionate life-long traveller and scuba diver.  Originally from the Netherlands, she has lived in Australia since 2010 and in that time has seen more of the country than most Australians! She has also worked in the travel industry for nearly a decade and is the best person to speak with about diving, booking excursions and any other travel questions you may have.

John

Senior Teacher (Independant Study Coordinator)

John is passionate about helping students feel comfortable and confident when using English and living in Australia, and loves to bring real-world language and situations into his classes.  Having lived overseas for much of his life he has first-hand experience of learning another language to an advanced level, and uses his own learning strategies to help students become better independent learners through his involvement in the Study Centre.  John also runs Song Club, one of the noisiest and most fun activities that we offer every week!

Chris

Teacher

Chris is our longest-serving teacher at the school and has a well-earned reputation for helping students to make big improvements in their spoken and written accuracy.  He regularly teaches both Cambridge and General English courses and also regularly assists in running sessions in the Study Centre with John.  Chris is always happy to help with even the most difficult grammar questions!

Jo

Teacher

Jo teaches all levels but is an expert at supporting our beginner and elementary-level learners, and she is very well-known in the school amongst our long-term students as she is often the first teacher people meet on their English learning journey.  Jo has lived and travelled in Europe for much of her life and uses her own experience of learning other languages to help her own students.

Sandra

Teacher

Sandra teaches all levels of our English programs and is passionate about helping her students develop confidence and feel comfortable using English. She also loves to incorporate new technology and current events into her classes, and to help students engage with social activities in the local community.

Kerrie

Senior Teacher (and Acting Director of Studies)

Kerrie is our other Senior Teacher (and Acting Director of Studies) and has two main roles at the school; managing the operations of the Cambridge Test Centre, and providing expert academic counselling for our students.  She is kind, patient and incredibly knowledgeable about learning languages, and is happy to provide assistance to students who need help to develop new learning strategies.  Originally from Melbourne, she is a lifelong Hawthorn Hawks supporter and loves AFL.

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