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U&I Educational Partners - Meet the Team
*All staff are cleared through NDIS Worker Screening to work with people with a disability

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Therapy Assistant

Kurtis is working towards his Certificate IV in Individual Support (Disability). With lived experience of ASD and ADHD, he brings kindness and humour when engaging with individual clients, families and staff. Kurtis supports our Big Picture learners during optional independent study sessions. Where needed, Kurtis also supports our clients and their families through assistance with activity based transport.

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Educational Therapist

Jacqui works with us regularly on Tuesdays and casually on other days. Being neurodivergent herself and a mum to four neurodivergent children, Jacqui has a unique understanding of the complications of operating in a society that doesn't always understand. Currently studying for her Bachelor's Degree is Social Science, she has a passion for assisting young people to overcome adversity and see their individual strengths and talents. Jacqui has a deep respect for every young person she works with and has a particular talent for quickly building relationships based on trust.

Cathie McCulloch

Art Therapist

As an artist and qualified teacher with over 30 years experience in art and education, and a Visual Arts degree in fine arts, Cathie believes art is fundamental to a child's health & wellbeing.  As an artist and teacher, she believes that  exposure to the arts can enrich a child's life.  Cathie is committed to working with students to uncover strengths and talents through art to achieve a greater sense of wellbeing. Cathie's formal qualifications include a Diploma of Primary Teaching and a Grad. Dip. Educational Studies (Vis. Arts).  She is currently workign toward formal qualifications in Art Therapy.

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Emma Brooksby

Managing Director
Educational Therapist 

Emma is an experienced leader and teacher who worked for the Victorian Department of Education and Training for over 15 years. A former school principal, she understands all facets of daily school life. As a result of her lived experience, Emma's driving force is to work for the neurodivergent community to develop their access to learning and life.  She is a strong advocate for change in education across Australia. Emma is a registered Disability Support Worker and her formal qualifications include: M.Ed. Leadership, B.Ed.(prim) and a  Grad. Cert. in Disability Studies.

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Office Manager

Jess manages all aspects of our office including accounts, reception and appointment bookings. With over 15 years experience, she is a valued member of our management team. As your first point of contact, Jess can answer the vast majority of questions and queries related to our day-to-day operations. Jess works Monday - Thursday 9:30am-5:00pm.



Support Coordinator - Therapy
Educational Therapist

Kara is an experienced Childcare Educator and Education Support Professional.  Kara has experience working with children who have developmental delays, ASD, ADHD, trauma, and physical disabilities.  Kara's skillset is in individual and group program planning and building relationships with students.  Kara's formal qualifications include a Diploma in Children's Services as well as being a Sounds Write Practitioner. Kara is currently completing her Diploma of Counselling.

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Jenelle Stancombe

Support Coordinator - Education
Educational Therapist

Jenelle is an experienced Early Childhood and School teacher with over 10 years experience working in Australia and England. She has experience working with children and young people with a wide variety of learning and behavioural challenges.  Jenelle has worked alongside children and their families working toward diagnosis and the process of obtaining NDIS funding providing support and assistance. She supports educators to develop inclusive classrooms and creating evidence-based literacy programs.  In addition to being trained in Read, Write Inc and Sounds Write, Jenelle's formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).

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