About our Teachers


Sandy Chalmers - Reading Rockets 

Reading Rockets was founded by Sandy Chalmers in Dingley Village, Melbourne.  Sandy is a fully qualified Primary School Teacher with current Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration and has taught in several Primary Schools in Melbourne.  She also has a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELTA) and many years experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) both in Melbourne and overseas in Japan and China.  She loves teaching Prep at the Primary School Level and was nominated for a National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEITA) as a Prep Teacher in 2005 and again in 2006.  Sandy has three children: twin boys aged 15 and a third son aged 12.



Nikki Cook - Reading Rockets Dingley

Nikki is a fully qualified Primary teacher with a wealth of primary teaching experience having taught both in Australia and in England. She is experienced in working with students with additional needs and also holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. As well as running Reading Rockets in Dingley, she works part time as a Primary School teacher. Nikki has two children aged 6 and 4 and has been running Reading Rockets in Dingley for three years.




Claire Burns - Reading Rockets Berwick

Claire has completed a Bachelor of Education (Primary) majoring in Visual Arts from the University of Melbourne.  She spent six years at Dandenong South Primary School teaching Grades 2 and 4 before moving to Strathaird Primary School where she is currently employed. At Strathaird Primary, Claire has enjoyed teaching all year levels as the Visual Arts teacher. Claire is a mother of three children aged 12, 10 and 8.  Claire is now in her sixth year teaching Reading Rockets and her Home Studio in Berwick is the perfect set up for her classes.



Leonie Angelis - Reading Rockets Parkdale 

Leonie is a fully qualified Primary School Teacher and has been teaching at Beaumaris Primary School in Victoria since 2005.  She has lots of experience teaching Prep, Year 1, 2 and 3 students and also has extensive experience working with children with disabilities.  Leonie takes Reading Rockets classes at Parkdale two days a week as well as teaching two days a week at Beaumaris Primary School and she also manages to fit in some private tutoring as well.  Leonie has three children aged 13, 11 and 9.



Maureen Donnelly - Reading Rockets Mornington

Maureen has spent many years teaching primary and kindergarten aged children, both here in Australia and in Singapore.  She is a very natural and talented teacher who is in her fourth year of managing and teaching the Mornington Reading Rockets' classes.