Meet our teachers

We are proud to introduce AIAV's 'A-team' of teachers, all of whom bring a wealth of experience to their classroom teaching. From time to time you may also meet other guest teachers.


Ibu Bea Awiati has worked as a high school teacher in Australia since 1990 in both the International Baccalaureate and Victorian school programs. She studied a Diploma of Education and a Master of Computer Education at Melbourne University. Previously, she worked and studied at the University of Indonesia before moving to Australia.

For several years she has taught at AIAV’s evening classes at different levels. She has taken her school students to Indonesia to experience first-hand the language, school life and culture.

Her goal in teaching Indonesian to adults is to explore further their love of Indonesian and help them speak the language fluently without worrying about making mistakes.


Ibu Widha Chaidir has been teaching Indonesian and French for almost 35 years. Her teaching career started in Jakarta at the French International and Jakarta International schools. After graduating from the Faculty of Education in 1984 in Jakarta, she studied at Nice University, France, and completed her Master of Teaching French as a Second Language. More than 20 years ago she came to Australia to teach French and Indonesian in a private school in north-east Melbourne, where she still works today.

Teaching is her passion. She is very happy to share her knowledge about Indonesia with her students, and enjoys meeting and interacting with people.


Born in Jakarta and a graduate of the Indonesian Christian University, Ibu Nani Pollard has dedicated her life to the field of Indonesian language and culture. After working for TVRI Pusat Jakarta in children’s programs, Ibu Nani decided to continue her career in Australia. She went on to teach Indonesian Language and Literature at the University of Melbourne from 1994 to 2017. She was also part of the writers’ group who published Bersama-sama 1 and 2 – Indonesian language textbooks for high school students.

Ibu Nani holds a BIPA teaching certificate. She has also taught at the RAAF Point Cook, Deakin University and the Supreme Court. Ibu Nani is the teaching coordinator at our City classes.


Ibu Tesna Suhartati-Copeland holds a Bachelor of Economics from Pajajaran University. She completed further studies in Adelaide at TAFE SA in education management, teaching methodology and classroom performance followed by certificates in training and assessment. Ibu Tesna also completed a double Master’s Degree in International Business (MBA) of Hanze University in the Netherlands and Ruskin University of Cambridge in the UK.

For more than two decades, Ibu Tesna conducted training in teaching methodology at the Polytechnic Education Development Centre. She was also involved in the MBA program of the Indonesian Institute of Management in Bandung. Ibu Tesna has taught with AIAV since 2013 and is the teaching coordinator at our Hawthorn classes.


Yahya Zakaria, or ‘Zacky’, is an Indonesian teacher who recently embarked on his teaching career in Australia. His passion for language teaching began when he created his own digital series on YouTube called 'Learn Real Bahasa Indonesia'. Since then, he has had the opportunity to teach in a community school in New South Wales, develop his own online language program, and teach students from the Indonesian Studies program at Monash University.

To extend his interest in the use of ICT in education, Zacky recently completed a Masters Degree in Digital Learning through Monash University.


After a career in law and academia in both Indonesia and Australia, Ibu Sony Simanjuntak has devoted herself to tutoring Bahasa Indonesia to VCE students in Melbourne. She also works on a casual basis for several high schools as a language assistant, tutor and language specialist/expert, and has taught Bahasa Indonesia to Australian officials posted to Jakarta.

Ibu Sony’s passion to teach is part of her desire to share her knowledge of Indonesia with her students.


Justin Wejak comes from the eastern Indonesian island of Lembata, near Flores. Since arriving in Melbourne he has immersed himself in multicultural Australia, without losing his own cultural identity. Justin has taught Indonesian at The University of Melbourne since 1999. He has Bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Theology, a Graduate Diploma of Education, a Master of Arts/Anthropology and a PhD on the topic of ethnography of fear of 1965.

His research interests are in the fields of culture, religion and politics.

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