Our Staff

Over many years our centre has earned an enviable reputation for the quality of teaching carried out by a highly experienced and exceptionally dedicated staff. Our staff turnover is one of the lowest of any centre in Queensland and our average tenure one of the highest. This level of experience and expertise is the key factor in the success of our program.We have a team of extremely qualified and dedicated staff that are 100% committed to caring for your children. Kindergarten can be a big step for some children and we aim to make it a very smooth transition.


Our staff love seeing the development of the children and are thrilled by the end of each kindy year they have helped prepare them for their transition into fulltime schooling.

 


 

Helen Knaggs | Dip Teach Prim/Pre, B.Ed, Grad Dip E.C |Centre Director | since 1993

 Helen has been managing the educational program at the centre for 22 years. She has been instrumental in shaping the centre’s enviable educational reputation. As a qualified early childhood teacher with a many years of experience she knows what works best for our children. Helen's current focus is to ensure a quality education is maintained across all centre programs. Helen also leads Group 1 Mon-Wed in the centre.

Michelle Macdonald | Dip Teach E.C.Bed Stud | Teacher | since 1989

Our centre has had the benefit of Michelle’s expertise for the last 26 years. As a qualified early childhood teacher she leads Group 2, Mon-Wed in the centre. 

Donna Vale | Grad Dip Ed Educ Dip Teach (Primary) | Teacher | since 2012

Donna Vale who leads the Wed-Fri Group 1 class. Donna brings with her  enthusiasm and over 25 years teaching experience.

 

 

Janet Ledger |  B. Ed Dip Teacher Early Childhood | Teacher |since 2014
Janet Ledger leads the Wed-Fri Group Unit 2.  She is a fully qualified Teacher and has been teaching since 1983.  Janet brings lots of enthusiasm and knowledge to the centre.  

Coral Samal | Diploma Community Services (Children's Services) | Teaching Assistant | since 2016

 Coral has been working in early childhood education for over 13 years. She works as teaching assistant in the Unit 1 Mon-Wed group.

Anne Bourne | Teaching Assistant | since 2007

Anne is a qualified early childhood teacher who works as assistant in Unit 1 Wed-Fri group.  Anne is skilled at nurturing the childrens interests and enjoys seeing them blossom. She is also a former parent of the centre.

Wendy Lazzarini | Teaching Assistant | since 2010

Wendy has been associated with the centre for a number of years in various capacities, including the Kindy Club after hours program. Wendy is assistant to Janet Ledger in the Unit 2 Wed-Fri group.

 

 

Trang Dingh | Teaching Assistant | since 2016

 Trang is assistant in Unit 2 Mon-Wed, working with Michelle. Trang has experience as an educator and in integrating children with additional needs in kindergarten.


Tracey Birks | Office Administrator | since 2007

Another long serving member of staff Tracey manages all financial and administration matters at the centre. All parents get to know Tracey and her efficiency is a key factor in the smooth operation of the centre.

 

Neeshi DeSilva | Assistant Kindy Club Program | since 2016

 Neeshi is a qualified assistant who assists in running the Kindy Club program.

 

 Laura Plant Fucus | Kindy Club Coordinator| since 2017

Laura holds many Early Childhood qualifications including a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services. She is currently studying her Bachelor of Education majoring in Early Childhood. She has a passion for watching children learn, observing them taking new risks and watching them discover new things about themselves and their environments.