Nicky 2019

Nicky Ostrom

Early Childhood Degree Bachelor of Primary Teaching Monash Lecturer

Nicky has a range of experiences to offer as the CEO of Teacher Relief Services. She began her working life within the Banking sector both within branches and also in data processing. Then a short stint in the Victorian Police Force created the need for some decisions to be made and that was to go back to study. After reassessing what exactly she would like to do, Nicky did a Certificate of Physical Education before attending Monash to complete an Early Childhood Diploma.

After graduating she began her teaching career in England as a CRT in Primary before returning to Melbourne to teach Kindergarten for the next six years.  Nicky then proceeded to have two children and worked part time as an Office Manager for Australian Unity before returning to CRT work on the Peninsula and Casey area.  This then led to a year teaching Kindergarten at Pearcedale Pre-School and the following year starting at Pearcedale Primary School as a P.E. Specialist amongst other positions which included Grade Five teacher, Art specialist, and Intervention. During this time, she completed her fourth year at Monash to obtain her Bachelor of Primary.

During the eight years of teaching at Pearcedale, she also spent five years lecturing and taking tutorials at Monash University, Peninsula campus within the Primary Education Sector. This involved a range of subjects including Health, P.E. and sports injuries. She also began studying her Master’s in Education.

After taking a break from all teaching to travel around Australia with the family, Nicky returned to teaching at Pearcedale for the next two years.

It was in January 2010 that she took over management of Teacher Relief Services before purchasing the company in June 2010. Using the skills obtained through this access to education and personnel, Nicky personally oversees all placements and is very conscious of making a valued and carefully selected decision when placing a booking. It is the benchmark of the company to carefully screen every teacher with regard to professionalism, efficiency and versatility. Schools are then able to request teachers that they prefer and it is important to maintain a high level of service both for the schools and the teachers.



Tess Farmer

Masters of International and Community Development Bachelor of Psychological Science

Tess has a range of different life experiences to bring to Teacher Relief Services as the Office Manager. She studied a Bachelor of Psychology at Deakin University for three years with the goal of becoming a practicing psychologist. After graduating she decided to use the people skills she had learnt to improve the lives of those suffering poverty and injustice overseas and so enrolled to study her Masters in International and Community Development.

Now fully qualified, Tess divides her time between being the ­­­­­­Office Manager at Teacher Relief Services and working in donor support and fundraising at a non-government charity organisation. Between these two she loves working overseas, having travelled to Papua New Guinea, Thailand and India to work in disadvantaged communities.

Having been with Teacher Relief since the beginning of 2017, Tess has built special relationships with our teachers and the school administration staff and dedicates time to fostering these relationships. Coming from a family of teachers she is aware of the importance of selecting the best person for the job and is constantly communicating with our schools and teachers to ensure that we are meeting their needs and keeping them happy.