School Board

North East Language Development Centre are seeking nominations of Parent Members for the School Board for the 2024 school year. Parents from all three campuses are welcome to nominate by completing the attached form.

There are normally four meetings per year, with one meeting each term. Digital attendance is available if required, however face-to-face attendance is preferred to actively participate in our school improvement agenda.

The NEMLDC Board works with the school community to achieve the best outcomes for students. Board members play an important role in contributing to good school governance so that school resources are used efficiently, and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of our students.

Active Board members contribute to effective school governance, which leads to better informed decision-making, new ideas, opinions, solutions and stronger connections with the school community.

If you would like to nominate as a Parent Member, please complete the attached form and return to your classroom teacher or your campus office by Friday 16th February 2024. The nomination forms will also be available on our school website and at the administration office of each campus.

Please feel welcome to contact our front office on 92181600 or if you would like to find our more about nominating for our School Board.

Kind regards,

Shelley Collins

North East Metropolitan Language Development Centre

Click the link below to print out the School Board Nomination form.

Board nomination form

Nomination letter

Members of the School Board

Chair of the Board

Fiona Butler – Parent Representative

As a proud Mum of a NEMLDC student I am honoured to be supporting our school community in the role of parent representative.  Professionally I have worked in the field of communications for over 15 years, with experience in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors. Specifically, I have focused on leadership, executive communications, issues management, media relations and internal communications.

I look forward to using my skills, combined with my most important experience as ‘Mum’ to the role.



Shelley Collins


Community Member

Michael Mount-Bryson (Principal)

Lydia Timms (Speech Pathologist)

Anna Taylor (Speech and Language Specialist)

My passion for working with children with speech and language difficulties in schools began when I joined the NEMLDC as a Speech Pathologist over a decade ago. I have recently joined the team at MultiLit, and am delighted to continue my connection with the NEMLDC as a Community Representative on the School Board.

To the Board I bring extensive experience in the delivery of speech pathology services in an educational context. I have ongoing interests in oral language and literacy development.  Having worked closely with children with Developmental Language Disorder for many years, I understand the importance of continued, high quality intervention and support.

I believe that when families, schools and communities work together children do better and are happier at school. As a Community Representative on the Board, I endeavour to strengthen the school’s capacity to best meet the learning and social needs of students.


Parent Representatives

Melanie Prentice

Tran Huyn


School Representatives

Annette Hopkinson (Deputy North Balga Campus)

I started my teaching career with 3 years at a mainstream school in a small wheatbelt town, and then I applied for a job at the NEMLDC! I started here in 2002 and am passionate about working with children with DLD and their families to help them achieve to their full potential. I have worked across many different NEMLDC sites and all year levels. I have worked with the Outreach team delivering professional learning to staff from mainstream schools, both in the metro area and the wheatbelt. I have been the ICT coordinator, Technologies coordinator and STEM coach in the more recent years and I love to spark children’s curiosity and to encourage them to use their oral language to explore the world around them in interesting ways.
I am now a Deputy Principal and am privileged to be given the opportunity to support staff to make our school exceptional, and to be able to be there for students and families in their educational journey.


Katelin Neil  (Teacher)

Katelin Neil

I feel very fortunate to be a teacher at the North East Metropolitan Language Development Centre. Prior to NEMLDC, I taught Kindergarten and Pre-primary in a mainstream school for 4 years. I believe all students have the potential to succeed and enjoy creating an inclusive and engaging learning environment. I aspire to create a classroom environment whereby families and the wider community can connect and share their knowledge. I am passionate about ensuring all children with Development Language Disorder are provided with quality learning experiences. I am dedicated towards advocating for awareness about Development Language Disorder and sharing greater knowledge of how we can ensure all students with Development Language Disorder can thrive. I look forward to representing NEMLDC staff on the school board to continue to support our students, families and community.

Jacinta Guerrini (Teacher)

Jacinta Guerrini

I have been working at the North East Metropolitan Language Development Centre as a Year 2 Teacher at the West Morley site for the last 3 years. Prior to this, I worked at the South East Metropolitan Language Development Centre for 3 years, in a country town for 1 year as well as relief teaching in a variety of schools in between travelling. I am passionate about working with children with Developmental  Language Disorder, helping them progress and learn skills and strategies they can implement through out their future schooling. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the School Board, being an advocate for other NEMLDC staff members in addition to having a deeper understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in our school.