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Membership of MELC

Members of the Committee are appointed by the South Australian Minister for Education and Child Development. The Committee provides advice to the Minister for Education and Child Development on languages and multicultural education.

Members of the Committee can be contacted through the MELC Secretariat on decdmec [at] sa.gov.au or 8226 1191.

Committee chair

  • Associate Professor Angela Scarino

Committee members

  • Ms Panayoula Parha – Nominee from the Department for Education and Child Development
  • Ms Anna Mirasgentis – Nominee from Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
  • Mrs Deb Dalwood – Nominee from the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)
  • Professor John West-Sooby – Nominee from the University Vice Chancellor’s Committee (UVCC)
  • Mr Hiep Nguyen – Nominee from the SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC)
  • Mr Binh Nguyen – Deputy Chairperson
  • Ms Lia Tedesco – An educational Leader (Principal, Director)
  • Dr Michelle Kohler – A leading educator
  • Mr Mohammad Taha Shabibi – Student representative
  • Ms Shamsiya Mohammadi – Student representative
  • Ms Olga Kostic – Parent Representative
  • Mr Rajendra Pandey – A community representative
  • Ms Jessica Dubois – Early childhood/preschool director


MELC Secretariat

Phone: 8226 1191
Email: education.mecs [at] sa.gov.au