About us

What is NESTS (Necessary Educational Strategies for Teachers and Students)?

NESTS provide special needs PD (Professional Development) for teachers in VIC. NESTS focus on a range of topics, including Autism Spectrum, Dyslexia, ADHD and other special needs.


With more than 30 years’ combined experience across the teaching spectrum, Cressida and Jamie are passionate about helping schools and teachers create positive and inclusive learning environments. They founded NESTS to give teachers the tools they need to support all students.

Who are we?


Jamie Coombs is a special needs teaching specialist. She works with students, teachers, administrators and government agencies to implement appropriate strategies to continuously improve student learning outcomes. Jamie has been the Special Needs Coordinator at an inner city Melbourne primary school since 2010. She works with the full spectrum of learning challenges and at all ability levels. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Master of Education (Special Needs).



Cressida Crossley is an educator with more than 20 years’ experience across the teaching spectrum. She has taught students K-12 in public and private Victorian schools and at post-graduate level. She is recognised for her work with gifted and high achieving students as well as challenged students developing practical, high value interventions to improve learning outcomes. She has a Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Education (Post Graduate) and a Master of Education (Special Needs).


NESTS adapt each session to the specific needs of each school or educational setting. 

Why choose NESTS Education workshops?

By giving teachers knowledge and practical strategies they are better able to run an effective classroom for all of their students.

To address important new professional development requirements that address the needs of learners with disabilities for all teachers.

Jamie and Cressida will adapt each session to the specific needs of your school population.

Sessions will specifically outline teaching activities that:

  • Support the participation and learning of students with special needs
  • Identify differentiated strategies 
  • Explain how to implement and establish inclusive and positive interactions
  • Identify and assess students
  • Include practical strategies and learning activities
  • Support the learning of gifted and high achieving students 
  • Support working with teachers, students, families and all professionals 

Sessions fast track teacher understandings by providing strategies that teachers can use immediately to address the needs of all learners.

Please contact us to have workshops and seminars developed for your specific needs or book now for upcoming seminars. 

What do we offer?


NESTS education provides professional development sessions that fast track teacher understanding by providing strategies teachers can use immediately to address the needs of all learners. “Our primary focus is giving teachers the tools they need to create positive and inclusive learning environments.” 


All teachers are required to complete professional development focused on Special Needs to renew their teaching registration. NESTS can fulfil this requirement by presenting a tailored presentation for your educational settings to help your staff understand, identify, assess and teach students with learning disabilities.


As educators we are experienced in helping with identification, transition, and everyday activities. We specialise in helping students, teachers and families with the whole process of school. We provide strategies and professional learning for parents and teachers to make all learning environments inclusive.