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


General Manager – 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


Head of School – Mr Mark Dooley

  • Master of Education TESOL. ( Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) Deakin University
  • Diploma in Education.  University of Tasmania
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology. University of Tasmania
  • Former Head of Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program Belmont High School
  • Author: English VCE EAL Guide. 2016 Pearson English
  • Co-author:  Pearson English Skills Book Units 1-4. 2017 Australian Publishing Award Winner- 2017.
  • Victorian Association for Teachers of English (VATE) presenter. VCE ENGLISH and EAL day 2017.
  • 18 year EAL teaching experience: Asia, U.K. Australia.


Director of Studies - Ms Jakki Postlethwaite 

  • IDLTM (International Diploma of Language 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


Head of Boarding – Ms Carolyn Matthews

  • Bachelor of Education (University of Melbourne)
  • Masters of Education studies (University of Ballarat)
  • 27 years Secondary School Educator in History, Politics and Legal Studies
  • Former Head of Boarding at Geelong College
  • PhD (Deakin University) currently studying