Our People

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Our Principal and Teachers

Angie Kelly

For the last 20 years, Angie has held management roles in the not-for-profit sector, as well as state and federal government departments. While her background is in organisational psychology and communications, she is passionate about progressive education and ensuring our community and young people has a choice in schooling. Joining Maleny Independent School in a leadership role was a natural progression for Angie. It brings together her diverse skills and experience and applies them in the most meaningful role of her career – establishing and operating a progressive middle school.

Linda Moore
Teacher – English, Humanities, Languages and DigitTech
Linda is a fabulous teacher with over 15 years’ experience in high schools across south-east Queensland and Japan. With a Bachelor of Arts (majors in linguistics and Korean and minor in Mandarin Chinese), Bachelor of Multimedia and Bachelor of Education, Linda brings a vast range of skills and experience to our school. Linda is fluent in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. In her spare time, Linda runs her own web design and development business.

Allyson Williams
Teacher – Math and Science
With a rich career as a scientist and educator, Allyson comes to the Maleny Independent School with a vast range of skills and experiences. She holds a Grad. Dip. Education, a PhD in climatology, and degrees in physics and environmental science. Allyson has served her community in a variety of ways, including being a United Nations Advisor.

Kester Chalkley
Teacher – Dance, Drama and Music
Kester started dancing at a young age and took up music in his early teens. With a Bachelor of Dance and Post Grad. Dip in Animatuering (Majoring in Improvisation, where his thesis was on the connection between dance and childhood development) Kester brings extensive experience in the performing arts. Dance, music and drama have been an integral part of his life, and Kester is thrilled to bring the arts to Maleny Independent School. Kester, along with his partner, Kirsty, are the directors of Heartspace Performing Arts Centre that adjoins our classroom.

Our Administration

Helene Burns
Wellbeing and Administration Officer
Helene has rich life experience. Her skill set not only supports the administration and day-to-day running of the school but extends to providing wellbeing support for our young people. Helene holds a Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Intervention and a Bachelor of Nursing. For almost a decade, Helene worked as a Child Safety Support Officer and then went on to be a Business Officer in the Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services. We are blessed to have Helene on the team with her youth, counselling and admin experience.

Sandy Wainwright
Sandy is an experienced bookkeeper with the knack of the numbers. She keeps our accounts and all things numbers up to date and is a valued member of the team.

Bernie Dwyer
ICT Support and Systems Development
Bernie brings his amazing expertise in I.T. and systems development to the school, supporting the smooth operation of our student and staff computers and systems.

Our Teacher Aides 

Mikala Johnson
At 19 years of age, Mikala brings a gentle and creative energy to our community.  She has the ability to connect with our young people on their level and will support the individualised learning plans for our students.  

Ninnie Lines
Ninnie is also 19 and a passionate supporter of our young people. She is an amazing artist in her own right, and provides heart-centred energy and support to teaching staff and students at our school.


Our School Board

Rowan Hutson
Rowan is an environmental, sustainability, risk and communications specialist with 20 years experience in advisory and management roles in government, consulting and industry. She is passionate about writing and trying to capture and document creative ideas so they can be turned into a reality.

Sarah Biddlecombe
Sarah has a background in Public Health, Project Management, Commissioning, Case Management, Management of Health Visiting (Child Health) and School Nursing, as well as Clinical Nursing in a variety of areas. She has worked within Health in both the UK and Australia and is passionate about Child and Youth Development, encompassing the biological, psychological and emotional changes that occur from birth through to adolescence and into adulthood.

Debbie Rossow
Debbie is a highly experienced educator with extensive qualifications, including a PhD, Master of Education Studies, Reading Recovery Tutor Certification, Bachelor of Teaching and Grad Dip in Education. Throughout her career, Debbie has been a lecturer, literacy consultant, tutor, mentor, advisor and more.


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