About Us

Meet Leap into Literacy’s wonderful staff. These qualified teachers and expert tutors have extensive experience helping students improve their literacy skills.


Allison Greenland – Owner / Teacher

Hi, I’m Allison – Leap into Literacy’s founder and a facilitator. I am endlessly passionate about literacy levels in our children, who in turn become our next generation of leaders.

I designed the Leap into Literacy program to help children become engaged in reading and writing through fun creative techniques that aid retention, foster independent learning and promote students’ future success. Our workshops assist kids’ reading confidence and enhance their creative writing abilities.

I have thirteen years’ experience as a Primary teacher and most recently as a Gifted and Talented teacher for both Primary and Secondary students, as well as a Creative Writing teacher for adults. I’ve spent many years working with students who have learning disabilities, special needs, and who are gifted and talented.

In 2019 I finished my PhD in Curriculum and Teaching, and I hold a Master’s degree in Education. My research has focused specifically on reading comprehension strategies for adolescent students and successful learning techniques for students of all abilities.

I have always tutored students throughout my career and in 2013 decided to focus my attention on creating my own programs to aid children in their learning. My vision for Leap into Literacy is to foster a life long love of reading and writing.



With a love of English, literature and creative writing for stage and screen, Alisha is excited to be teaching with Leap into Literacy. She feels students need to be engaged with quality literature and film as a starting point for developing an interest in writing and reading comprehension. She also believes students should feel encouraged and supported and given explicit guidance for transferring their ideas and thoughts into cohesive writing samples.

Alisha is an experienced and passionate teacher, holding a Bachelor of Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), Alisha has vast experience in Primary teaching, creative writing instruction and music tuition. Alisha has taught extensively in the Hunter/Central Coast and Sydney region. Since 2014, she has also been a tutor of English for stages 1-3, including NAPLAN preparation.




Passionate about reading and writing herself, Elina is keen to impart this delight to her students. Elina has a Bachelors degree in English Literature as well as a TEFL qualification. She has been teaching English for more than 8 years and also has experience teaching primary and secondary students in tutoring sessions as well as seasonal teaching of Academic English at the University of Sydney, UNSW and UTS.

Elina sees her role as teacher as finding creative ways to engage and motivate every student, whatever their interest or capacity. Once trust is built, and a delight in learning formed, there is no limit to what a student can learn. Teaching at Leap into Literacy is a wonderful opportunity to encourage enthusiastic primary students and help them to access learning through increased literacy skills.



Bronwen joined Leap into Literacy over a year ago.

She has been teaching at Macquarie University on the teacher education programs for the past 8 years. She is a fully trained primary school teacher and has taught in the classroom for more than 10 years. Bronwen’s Doctoral studies specialised in bringing creativity into the classroom mix of subject areas, including teaching children how to enjoy learning English language in an innovative and fun way.




Katie uses joy and an enthusiasm for curiosity to foster an environment in which her students are able to explore creative concepts thoroughly. She believes in the power of knowledge and wishes to instil a strong understanding of language and expression in her students in order to accommodate future growth. She teaches with strong guidance and a recognition of the unique capabilities of each individual student.

Her passion for literature, particularly creative writing, led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. It was during her time studying abroad at Queen Mary University of London that she began tutoring. Working primarily with high school and university students to begin with, she then spent time in Perth and Sydney as both an English Literature and ESL tutor. She has had extensive tutoring and teaching experience working with people of all ages in both group and private tutoring sessions.




Nicole is a passionate teacher who believes every student should enjoy learning. She works towards not only helping students achieve great success in their studies, but to also become passionate about learning.

Nicole studied Arts, majoring in psychology, and then furthered her studies by completing a Masters in Adult Education, a Masters in Social Science with a focus on children and youth, and a Masters in Teaching focusing on primary education.

She has spent time teaching abroad in both China and America as well as teaching in classrooms in Sydney. Nicole has worked with a diverse range of students, and has spent time developing courses, as well as teaching these same courses in the classroom. Nicole enjoys helping students find their passion for learning and is currently studying for her TEFL accreditation.



Darlene is an experienced teacher who holds a Bachelor of Arts and Post
Graduate Diploma in Education and a TEFL qualification. Throughout her years
of teaching she has also volunteered as an English Second Language teacher and
a tutor across different age groups.

Darlene’s greatest teaching joy is to watch her students grow in their reading
and writing ability and overall confidence. She feels Leap into Literacy is an
innovative way to enable students to fall in love with reading and writing in a
positive environment.