Teachers and staff

We have a team of extremely qualified and dedicated staff that are 100% committed to caring for your children. 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.

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, centre director, teacher, Leader Group 1 Mon-Wed

Helen has been managing the educational program at the centre for 25 years. She has been instrumental in shaping the centre’s enviable educational reputation. As a qualified early childhood teacher with 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.

Qualifications: Dip Teach Prim/Pre, B.Ed, Grad Dip E.C


MIchelle Macdonald, teacher, Leader Group 2 Mon-Wed

Our centre has had the benefit of Michelle’s expertise for the last 29 years. As a qualified early childhood teacher she leads Group 2, Mon-Wed in the centre

Qualifications: Dip Teach E.C.Bed Stud

donna vale, teacher, leader group 1 wed-fri


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

Qualifications: Grad Dip Ed Educ Dip Teach (Primary)


Janet Ledger, Teacher, leader group 2 wed-fri

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.  

Qualifications: B. Ed Dip Teacher Early Childhood


Coral Samal, Teaching Assistant Group 1 Mon-Wed

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

Qualifications: Diploma Community Services (Children's Services) | Teaching Assistant 


Anne Bourne, Teaching Assistant Group 1 Wed-Fri

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


Wendy Lazzarini, Teaching Assistant Group 2 Wed-Fri

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 Group 2 Mon-Wed

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.


Laura Plant Fucus, Kindy Club (before and after care) Coordinator

Laura has a passion for watching children learn, observing them taking new risks and watching them discover new things about themselves and their environments.

Qualifications: Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, currently studying a Bachelor of Education majoring in Early Childhood.


Neeshi DeSilva, Assistant Kindy Club (Before and after care)

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


Tracey Birks, administrator 

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.


Melissa Miller, special needs assistant

Melissa supports students with additional needs in our Monday to Wednesday Group. She's a qualified teacher and the newest staff member.


Julia Bell, special needs assistant

Julia supports students with additional needs in our Wednesday to Friday Group. She has a Certificate III in Education Support.