About Us

Our Educators

Janet

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR – EXTENDED CARE

Janet completed her Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) at Melbourne University in 1990 and since then has worked with children in a variety of settings. Her 3 big children attended OAK and she is delighted to have recently rejoined this kindergarten community. Janet particularly enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for nature, music and art/craft with the children.

Natasha

EARLY CHILDHOOD CO-EDUCATOR YELLOW GROUP

Natasha has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in early Childhood Education. She values working in partnership with children, families, community and outside agencies to ensure children are given every opportunity to accomplish their personal best. An environment in which children are supported, challenged, nurtured and respected allows them to thrive to be the best they can be.

Miriam

EARLY CHILDHOOD EXTENDED CARE CO-EDUCATOR – MONDAY/THURSDAY

 

Kylie

EARLY CHILDHOOD CO-EDUCATOR – PURPLE GROUP

Kylie has a diploma in Early childhood Education and care, she joined OAK in 2022 in the purple group and then also in red group. Along with working at OAK, Kylie also works with children with additional needs. Kylie loves being apart of the children’s growth and play, helping them to discover and discuss their interests and to expand on their learning.

 

Lilly

EARLY CHILDHOOD CO-EDUCATOR RED GROUP & EXTENDED CARE CO-EDUCATOR

 

Cynthia

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR – YELLOW GROUP & EXTENDED CARE

 

Maudie

EARLY CHILDHOOD CO-EDUCATOR – ORANGE GROUP

Maudie believes that nurturing and responsive relationships are central to an engaging and effective learning environment. She is committed to supporting children in being responsive and considerate towards their peers, so that together, we build group cohesiveness. Maudie’s aim is to create a space where children want to be.

 

Melina

EARLY CHILDHOOD CO-EDUCATOR – PURPLE GROUP

Melina believes that learning should be fun and play based aiming to nurture and encourage children to use their imaginations while observing and interacting with the world around them. She has worked with children for many years teaching arts as well as sports. Melina has a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, enjoying all aspects of interacting and teaching young children as it is always full of surprises!

 

Su

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR – ORANGE GROUP

Su joined OAK in 2020 after completing her Masters of Teaching at Deakin University back in 2017. One of her philosophies is the belief that play can help children learn about the world around them. She has high expectations for children and believes that they can achieve and accomplish many tasks if given the opportunity. She also believes that immersing children in the natural environment around us is one of the best ways we can let them learn.

 

Denise

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR EDUCATIONAL LEADER

Denise has been part of the OAK community since 2010 as a parent, committee member and President in 2011. She has a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Early Intervention). She taught in kindergartens for many years before working in Early Childhood Intervention as a Specialist Teacher for six years. Denise is passionate about the inclusion of all children into the community early childhood programs.

 

Shelley

EARLY CHILDHOOD CO-EDUCATOR – RED GROUP

Shelley has a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. She joined OAK as a co-educator in 2016 but was part of the OAK community prior to that while her son attended 3 and 4 year old kinder. Shelley is excited to be a part of children’s early learning journey by helping young minds grow and believes that children have the right to be accepted into a caring environment in which they can learn, grow and develop self-confidence.

 

Nicole

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR – RED GROUP

OAK welcomed Nicole in 2019 as the Blue Group Educator and in 2020 she will also take on the role of Yellow Group Educator. Nicole has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and has many years’ experience in Early Childhood. She aims to create an atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, nurturing, and natural whilst always catering to each child’s individual needs. Nicole believes children learn through play therefore it is of upmost importance that the environment provided facilitates development of creativity, exploration and imagination.

 

Mary-Ellen

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR – PURPLE GROUP

Mary-Ellen joined OAK in 2017 after doing some relief teaching during 2016. She has a Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching and aims to provide a play based learning environment where each individual child is encouraged and supported in all areas of their learning. Mary-Ellen loves planning and implementing a fun and stimulating program that supports all the children in the group and ensures that each child is given the opportunities required to reach their individual potential.