NORTH BRIGHTON KINDERGARTEN

OUR Teachers

 

At North Brighton Kindergarten we are fortunate to have an outstanding team of educators.

We are extremely grateful for our committed, experienced, creative and kind staff who develop lovely and long lasting relationships with the children and our community of families. We have a number of long term staff members who have helped create a wonderful culture of fun and creativity.

Each program is run by a qualified teacher (Certified Supervisor) with a Teaching Degree specialising in Early Childhood. The teacher works with an experienced assistant (Co-educator) and is supported by an additional qualified teacher in the afternoon of the full days. A parent or guardian also assists while on duty.

 
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Kim Burgess

Blue Group & Red Group Educator

One of the reasons I began a career in kindergarten teaching was because of the wonderful sense of community we became part of when children were pre-schoolers. As a parent I valued the positive learning experience of my children in their early years and felt it would be rewarding work.

For seven years I was fortunate enough to be the co-educator to two four- year old kindergarten groups before completing a degree in Early Childhood Studies at Monash University in 2014. In 2015 I undertook my first teaching role to a three and four- year old kinder group (completing a maternity leave position).

I remain motivated to providing a positive learning experience for the children I am privileged to encounter as they begin their formal education. I believe an encouraging environment is more likely to foster confidence and an ‘I can do it ‘ attitude, which will in turn create life-long learners.

I am a proud mother of three children. I enjoy keeping fit, walking my dog, reading and spending time with my immediate and extended family.

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Kylie Lawson

Green Group Educator & Designated Educational Leader

Hello! I have been an early childhood educator for 17 years. I joined the fantastic team at NBK in 2012.

I am an enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated educator. I love the reward that comes with getting to really know each child and his or her family.

I aim to support each child to develop a healthy self-esteem, to love learning and to develop positive and respectful relationships with peers and educators.  I work with an inclusive approach that values each child as a unique individual.

Outside of work, I love to spend time with family and friends and to take an active role in my son’s various sporting commitments/pursuits. I also love to read and to dance.

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Marg Mason

Green & Blue Group Co-Educator

After starting my early childhood education career at Hurlingham Preschool in 2003, I joined North Brighton Kinder in 2005 (Blue Group co-educator) and in 2006 I took on the additional role of co-educator in Green Group – and I have loved every minute of it.

The best part of my job? Opening the doors at the start of each session to be greeted by smiling families and children and knowing we are in for a great day!

To me, kindergarten is an important time for children to play, explore, have fun, grow in confidence and independence, and to become capable learners and to do so in a safe, happy, respected and welcoming environment.

Outside of kinder I enjoy long walks and swimming, gardening, cooking, travel and the St. Kilda Football Club!  I’m also a very proud mum to two young adult children, Cameron and Laura.

Kate Martin

Red Group Co-Educator

I am very fortunate to be approaching a decade working in early years education.

My experience as a co-educator with children and families in community kindergartens has been an adventure that has both excited and challenged me. Walking beside these young citizens as they explore, create, learn and navigate the world is like no other journey.

I enjoy immensely the energy and spontaneity that children and families bring to our kinder community.

In addition to working within three and four year old kinder, I have also supported children with additional needs through the Kindergarten Inclusion Support Service.

I am passionate about children expressing their ideas and experience through art, and passing on a love of books, stories and literature. I am a mother of two teenage boys and pass much of my time with a book and a cup of tea in my hand. While life is very full and busy I try to take a moment now and then to appreciate the small things and smell the flowers!

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Cathe Ross

Educator

Cathe has over a decade of experience working directly with children, firstly as a nanny, and then in an OSHC setting.  She worked as director at Mentone Girls Grammar OSHC for five years, running and growing their operation and has also worked as a coordinator at Kilvington’s Holiday Program (and relieving in the ELC).

She holds a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and brings a warmth and maturity to the service.  Cathe enjoys working with people and has a natural ability and love for children, with strong community values. She is also a mother of two fully grown children.

 Cathe is currently the Director at St Kevin's Catholic Primary School OSHC and our lunch time relief and occasional cover person.