• BA (Hons) Primary Ed and French; CELTA
  • 20 years teaching experience (K- 8)
  • Taught in Private and International Schools
  • Specialises in tailor made programs to foster children’s confidence through enjoyable, successful educational experiences

Karen (Kay) Bailey


Kay graduated from the University of Exeter, UK, with a BA Hons Degree in Primary Education and French. Having grown up in Lagos, Nigeria, Kay always had a passion for travel and so began her teaching career in Singapore. In Singapore, Kay spent four years teaching small groups of children aged 2-16 at Lorna Whiston Schools. The school is one of the most prestigious language schools in Singapore and was founded (in 1980), due to demand for high quality, interactive English language programs. Kay initially joined the school as a class teacher however, in 1997, she was given the opportunity to move to Malaysia and set up the first Lorna Whiston Centre in Kuala Lumpur. There, she helped expand the programs to include Early Childhood and Kindergarten classes, developing a unique syllabus based on the best of Australian and British curriculums and English language classes for students up to the age of 16. Later, Speech and Drama and TESOL programs were included.

Kay handed over the leadership role after 11 years to spend time with her young son. However, she continued with her first love, teaching part time and acted as a consultant for the school until her departure from Malaysia.

In January 2014, Kay, together with her Australian husband and young son moved to Coffs Harbour to be closer to family. Kay believes they couldn’t have asked for a better place to live and have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome they received in this fantastic part of the country. Kay has valuable experience in teaching small groups of children and creating tailor-made programs to suit individual needs, with an emphasis on enjoyment, in order to build confidence. She also enjoys the rapport with parents and appreciates the importance of working together to achieve the best for each individual child.