Avalon College is owned and managed by Jeffrey Brook. Jeffrey has three children and lives locally. He is well supported by an experienced and dedicated staff.


Managing Director – Mr Jeffrey Brook 

  • Diploma of Applied Science (nursing), Sturt College of Advanced Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Outdoor Education, South Australian College of Advanced Education
  • Head of Outdoors, Geelong Grammar School, Timbertop Campus
  • Instructor qualifications in skiing, bushwalking, canoeing
  • Tour leader for groups of all ages


Head of School – Mr Paul Hoban

  • Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration. The University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Diploma in Inter-ethnic Studies and Education. The University of Melbourne
  • Diploma in Education. Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Indonesian and Malay Languages. Monash University
  • Former Head of School Brunswick English Language Centre, Melbourne
  • Former Examiner Victorian Certificate of Education Year 12 English as a Second Language
  • English Language Program Coordinator for six Government and Private Schools in Hanoi, Vietnam, 2009 - 10


Director of Studies - Ms Jakki Postlethwaite 

  • IDLTM (International Diploma of Learning and Teaching Management), University of Queensland (enrolled)
  • Assistant Education Manager/Acting Education Manager, Ability English, Melbourne, Victoria
  • TESOL Cert IV Trainer and Assessor, Kangan Institute (TAFE), Melbourne, Victoria,
  • Master’s in Applied Linguistics (in TESOL) with Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (in TESOL), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

  • University of Cambridge CELTA Pass "B", International House, Sydney, Australia

  • Cert IV Training and Assessment, TAE 40110, Plenty Training

  • 12 years of EAL teaching experience

  • Certified IELTS Speaking Examiner, Macquarie University Testing Centre

  • Published Book Reviewer, English Australia Journal

  • Has held positions of responsibility in various English language schools internationally and nationally



Director of Transitions to Schools – Ms Diana Kay

  • Trained Primary Teacher's Certificate – Coburg Teacher's College
  • Trained Teacher Librarian Certificate – Melbourne University
  • Cambridge RSA/CELTA – Holmes Institute Teacher Training
  • IDLTM (International Diploma of Learning and Teaching Management), University of Queensland
  • Experienced teacher and librarian
  • Has held positions of responsibility in private and government schools


Head of Boarding – Mr Douglas Parkin

  • Diploma of Japanese, Umeda YWCA
  • Certificate in Residental Care, Australian Catholic University
  • 5 years experience teaching in Japan
  • Senior management positions in boarding at Avalon College