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Who we are

Teachers Across Borders Australia is a group of motivated Australian educators who help bring learning and teaching to life in Cambodian classrooms. A shared love of Cambodia, Teaching and Learning and authentic cultural exchange is what connects us. We volunteer our time, talent and treasure to create opportunities that empower ourselves and our Cambodian colleagues. Together with our Cambodian colleagues we share a commitment to:

 

  • Sustainable Development Goal (Goal 4) of “Quality Education”

  • the United Nations conventions (1989) on the rights of the child

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We operate as a non-denominational, not-for-profit organisation. Our board meets and operates out of Melbourne, Australia, we welcome volunteers from across Australia and around the world. 

Board members

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Jem is a practicing English and Media Studies high school teacher. She has been teaching for 13 years and is currently in a leadership role at Buckley Park College in Essendon, Victoria. Jem first learned about Cambodia when she had to teach the text “Little Brother” by Allan Baillie to a class of Year 7 English students. She then travelled there on her honeymoon in 2012, where she fell in love with the country and its people. She first joined Teachers Across Borders Australia as a workshop co-presenter (with her husband, Steve Kolber) in 2012 and joined the Board in 2015. She has co-presented a number of times in a number of locations in Cambodia and is being mentored by long-serving Board member Susie Lachal to take over the Kampong Thom program as of January 2022.
 

President

Jemina Kolber

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Michele is an educator with technical expertise in the design and evaluation of targeted school programs, as well as system level expertise with implementing Professional Learning Communities, school-university partnerships, co-designing leadership capacity building programs, governance and accountability projects and redeveloping compliance and school improvement frameworks. Presently, she is an initial teacher education course accreditation panel member for the peak body AITSL. She has facilitated international workshops on pedagogy for aspirant college level students and currently serves as an active Board and Committee member for the education based not-for-profit organisation, Teachers Across Borders. Her love for education and policy has seen her attend conferences, present papers and visit schools across a variety of systems including; Indonesia, Cambodia, India, Mauritius, China and New Zealand, along with research study tours to Germany, Finland, Norway, Singapore and the U.K. She has strong client relations across a variety of public and private sectors at a federal, state and local level and was a finalist for the prestigious Victorian Young Achievers Award for her work with improving student engagement and wellbeing. ... see more

Vice-President

Michelle Connell

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Steven Kolber is a proud public Government school teacher who has been teaching English, History and English as an additional language for 10 years. He is passionate about teacher collaboration which he supports through organising Teach Meets, running #edureading (an online academic reading group), being part of the #AussieED twitter group and taking groups of teachers to Cambodia to run teacher development workshops with Teachers Across Borders Australia. He leverages technology to share teaching ideas and develop teachers through the ‘Teachers Educational Review’ podcast and his own YouTube channel ‘Mr Kolber’s Teaching’. He is a passionate advocate for inclusive teaching practices, through differentiation, Individual Learning Plans and assistive technology to include all students in mainstream schools.

Secretary

Steven Kolber

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Bio

Ordinary Member

Marita Niccol