Our Staff

We have a team of friendly, caring and experienced staff members who are passionate advocates for quality early childhood education. Together they form a collaborative team of professionals who are committed to providing engaging and stimulating educational programs aimed at enhancing the learning and developmental outcomes for all children within their care. They are committed to best practice in Early Childhood Education and participate in ongoing training and staff development.

At all times children will be supervised by a staff member with a First Aid Certificate, Asthma and Anaphylaxis training.  Please also note that all Kindergarten staff are also Mandatory Reporters and obligated to report children at risk of significant harm.

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Kerry

Educational Leader

Kerry is our Educational Leader and Nominated Supervisor at the kindergarten and teaches both Joeys and Lorikeets Groups.  She has been with Hughesdale kinder since 1997 with leave to have her 2 children. Kerry has a Bachelor in Early Childhood Teaching and Primary Educational Studies from Monash University.

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Rosie

Teacher

Rosie is currently teaching the Possums Group. She has a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood from Melbourne University and a Primary Teaching degree from Deakin University. Rosie has been with us for over 15 years with a break to have her children.

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Chris

Teacher

Chris, who has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, joined the staff at Hughesdale Kindergarten in 2016. Over the past few years she has enjoyed working with 3 and 4 year-old children in different kindergartens. Chris teaches the Joeys Group and also does lunch cover for Lorikeets.

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Tanya

Educator

Tanya is an Educator with all three of the Joeys, Possums and Lorikeets Groups. Tanya began her career working with children in 2004, completing her Certificate III in Early Childhood Services 2010 and completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Services 2011. She joined Hughesdale Kindergarten in 2014. Tanya loves outdoor sports, AFL footy club Saint Kilda, gardening, cooking, a variety of crafts and loves science experiments. She loves working with children, giving them a loving, caring and safe environment to be surrounded in. 

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Lesley

Educator

Lesley is the co-educator with the Lorikeets Group and both Joeys Groups. Lesley has been with us for over 10 years and has a calm and nurturing way with the children. Lesley has completed her Certificate III in Children's Services.

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Vanessa

Educator

Vanessa is an educator who provides lunch cover for Lorikeets and Possums Groups, and relief cover when needed.  Vanessa has a Diploma in Early Childhood Services and 12 years' experience in early childhood learning. She joined the kindergarten in 2019, after taking time away from work to have her children.  

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Bhagya

Educator

Bhagya joined Hughesdale Kinder in 2019 as an educator for the Joeys Group, as well as being the Kindergarten Inclusion Support assistant for the Lorikeets Group. She has been working in Early Childhood Learning since 2014.  Bhagya completed a Certificate III in Children Services in 2014 and Diploma in Early Childhood in 2016.  Bhagya also has experience as an integration-teacher's aide since 2012.

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Natasha

Educator

Tash is co-educator with the Joeys and Possums Groups. Tash has held varied roles in marketing & business; however followed her passion to begin her career in early childhood by completing a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.  She joined the team at Hughesdale Kindergarten in 2018. Tash’s teaching philosophy is focused on preparing children with the necessary skills to lead fulfilling lives and to contribute to society in a positive way. Her goal is to ensure children feel safe, secure, respected, important, cared for and believed in.

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Rita

Support Staff

Rita is our wonderful and innovative music teacher who teaches music to each of our groups.

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Sharlene

Administration Officer

Sharlene is the Kinder Office Administrator, who works part time Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Sharlene was a sole proprietor for 10 years prior to having her children. She now enjoys the balance of motherhood and her administrative duties.