Our Team

BGKLLEN (or Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning & Employment Network) is helping young people stay engaged or reengage with schooling.

We do this by facilitating partnerships that help build the capacity of young people to attend education, build positive relationships with educators and develop the skills they will require to move on successfully to the next stage of their life. We are currently focusing on engagement in learning and school retention as well as professional development for staff and educators working with young people.

At BGKLLEN we are receptive and ready to listen and act. We are passionate, tenacious and care deeply about young people. We are fun to be around as we love what we do!

We are also very committed to Child Safety. To read our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety, click here.

Jayne Valle – Chief Executive Officer

Jayne has been working alongside schools for 20 years in roles within LLEN’s and School Focussed Youth Services at Department of Education and Training. Her work has focused on improving outcomes for young people in some of the most disadvantaged regions in Victoria. Jayne is passionate about building the capacity of organisations and individuals to reach their full potential, particularly students at risk of becoming early school leavers.

Jayne has a Community Welfare and Counselling background with further qualifications in Management in the Community Services Sector and Career Development. Jayne is an accredited Neurosequential Model of Education Trainer and studied under the guidance of Dr Bruce Perry at the Neurosequential Network.

Carolyn Langdon

Carolyn is the SWL Project Officer and joined BGKLLEN in 2019. Carolyn always had a love for children so trained as a primary teacher, achieving a Double Degree; Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching. Throughout her time teaching and interacting with young people, Carolyn developed a strong passion for helping young people with their mental wellbeing. During her time teaching, Carolyn furthered her passion and completed her Masters in Student Wellbeing. Using her educational background, passion and drive to help students and their mental wellbeing, Carolyn has begun facilitating school sessions around Managing Stress and Anxiety. After working with the Junior levels at one local school, Carolyn is expanding the number of schools taking part in these school sessions. Carolyn looks forward to reaching as many students she can, helping them strengthen their mental health.

Maddy Heaton

Maddy joined BGKLLEN in 2022 in the role of Partnership and Pathways Coordinator and Project Ready facilitator. Maddy has extensive experience in the VET, TAFE, health, and student placement sector. During her time training and assessing, Maddy studied further to complete the Diploma of Training and Assessment and Diploma of Design and Development.

Maddy has the skills, knowledge, and passion to support all students to achieve their highest level of protentional.

Jamie Freese

Jamie commenced at BGKLLEN in February 2021 as part of a traineeship in Certificate 4 in Community Services. Jamie is passionate about young people and challenging the school system to be inclusive and dynamic to meet the diverse needs of all young people.  Jamie oversees the administration needs of the office and provides critical support in all initiatives, projects and events we have going on.   Jamie also does a fantastic job keeping our social media platforms engaging.