STAFF


 

Josie Milner - Penguins Teacher, Educational Leader and Nominated Supervisor.

Josie - 4yo Penguins Teacher, Educational Leader & Nominated Supervisor
I began teaching at Mentone Pre School in 2011 after a break from teaching while I stayed at home with my children. I completed my Bachelor of Early Childhood studies at Melbourne University and have taught both 3 and 4 year old kindergarten groups since graduating in 1993. 

 

If I had to name one thing it would have to be the relationships that you form with children and their families throughout the year, and the impact this has on children's learning. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to watch and support the children grow and become part of a community. I believe that providing a sense of belonging for children and their families ensures that they will flourish as happy and inquisitive learners! 

 

Over the last few years I have gained a much deeper understanding of play based learning as I have become very passionate about engaging children in nature and our Bush Kinder program. I have seen the many many benefits of this program and look forward to developing this program into the future at Mentone Preschool. 

 

Away from kinder I love being involved in my own children’s community, going to the beach with my husband and two boys and family camping holidays.



Michelle - 4yo Sea Stars Teacher

I began working at Mentone Pre School after completing my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.  Previously working as an Educator for 11 years my passion and desire to give children the best possible start to learning inspired me to continue my own learning journey. I am inspired by the children, their love of life, their enthusiasm and their never ending curiosity. I am very passionate about the early years in a child's learning and development. As a teacher I am here along with the child's family to play an active role in the child's learning by providing real opportunities for the children learn, develop and have fun.

 

Outside of kindergarten I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, spending time at the beach, watching movies and training at the gym.


Every year I look forward to meeting our new children, getting to know them and their families and welcoming them to our wonderful Preschool.




Kirsty - Dolphins Teacher

My career began after completing a Primary Education degree which progressed to teaching in NSW primary schools and for Life Education Australia. Upon moving to Victoria, my career took a varied path including working in the community development field, supporting women and children in crisis. It was my own children’s kindergarten journey and their teachers that inspired me to pursue a career in the early years.

 

I believe that it is imperative that every child should feel safe, valued and respected, so in my role I first pursue to build each child’s sense of belonging by establishing warm, nurturing and trusting relationships, that is extended to their families. I cherish the role I have in supporting children to become confident, independent and resilient individuals, incited by their imagination and creativity. I am honoured to be the three year old teacher at Mentone Pre School.

 

Outside of kinder, I enjoy dabbling in the arts and crafts, the beach, baking and playing sports - my favourite being long distance running and netball. My three boys (who keep me busy), my husband and I, love to travel and recently we welcomed our first dog to our family, Archie.



Katrina - Sea Stars Educator

I am so excited to join the team at Mentone Pre School and get to know the Sea Stars children and families.

 

I moved to Melbourne this year after relocating from Newcastle for my partners work. I completed my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2013, where I then worked at a long day care centre for 5 years in Sydney. I had the opportunity to educate all ages and gained valuable experience and knowledge. I decided to make the move to Newcastle where I worked in both primary and high schools assisting and supporting children with additional needs. It is here where I had the opportunity to run a transition to school program at a small primary school for the next years Kindergarten cohort. My passion for the early years particularly the Pre School years was reignited.

 

I get great enjoyment guiding children through their exploration, investigation and discovery of their surroundings. Our environment is a wonderful place where children can delve into their thoughts, ideas and imaginations. Sharing the joys of their findings is rewarding and exciting.

 

Outside of kinder I enjoy spending time with my partner and our families. We love spending time in the outdoors and exploring the beautiful country we live in. 


Robyn Brown  - Dolphins and Sea Stars Educator


Robyn - Dolphins & Sea Stars Educator

I was delighted to join the team at Mentone Pre School in 2017 as Educator of the Dolphins group. Having completed my Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care in 2015 I have gained valuable experience in a variety of Kinder settings doing casual relief work. Being involved in the Kindergarten environment of my two daughters re-ignited my interest and passion to pursue a career in this field, which had been a long held desire of mine. 

 

I love watching children learn in every facet of life and consider it a privilege to be a part of that journey. I’m excited to bring my experience of music leadership to the children, having eight years with the ‘mainly music’ team, believing we can have fun while learning.

 

Some of my other interests include photography, scrapbooking and craft, all of which are put to good use in my role as Educator.


 

Deanne - Penguins Educator

I am very excited to be the Penguins educator and to join the Mentone Pre School team and community. After receiving my diploma from Swinburne University of Technology in 2017, I went on to work in a long day care centre where I had the opportunity to educate and care for children of all ages between infancy and kindergarten.

 

As someone who is very passionate about children connecting with their natural environment through play, being involved in the Bush Kinder program is something I really look forward to. Sharing joy and excitement with the children through meaningful learning experiences makes me feel very fortunate to be a part of their individual learning journeys.

 

I really cannot wait to meet and get to know the children and families of Mentone Pre School. 

 


Judy - Lunch Relief Educator (Sea Stars & Penguins)

I am excited to join the wonderful team at Mentone Pre- School.


With over 40 years experience I remain passionate about the kinder years - a special time in each child’s  life. For for all involved - children, families and educators - kinder is a time no other - busy, noisy, friendly, memory making years full of joy and sadness, laughter and tears and the irresistible magic of the kinder experience.

Being the lunchtime relief educator allows me to build relationships with children, engage them in their learning, contribute and be part of the kinder community, support and work collaboratively with like minded colleagues in the wonderful indoor and outdoor play spaces here at Mentone Pre School.

I initially trained and worked as a Primary School teacher for 7 years - always in the early years. After leaving to start my own family I was involved in playgroups with my four daughters and worked in 3 year old kinder groups.


This led me to follow my first love - kindergarten teaching. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education in 1994. Being the Director/ Teacher at Evesham Road Kinder in Cheltenham for 15 years was a very special time in my life.


Then I had a great experience in doing relief teaching in 18 kinders across 3 councils. I went to Chelsea Heights Kinder for a six month relief position and stayed for six and a half years - again a wonderful kinder experience.

On a personal level my husband and I have 4 grown up daughters, 2 sons in law, and 4 grand children. We love family times together - especially pizza on Friday nights and holidays in Anglesea.  I love reading, walking on the beach, walking my dog and catching up with friends for long lunches with lots of talk and laughter.


Faye - Administrator (Part Time)
I have been involved with Mentone Pre School since my eldest son started 3 year old kindergarten in 2015 and I volunteered on the Committee of Management.  It was such a great way of getting to know all about the kindergarten, getting to know the staff better and making many friends with other people from different groups.  I continued on the Committee of Management for 3 years and gained a variety of experience from different roles. 

 

After volunteering for a few years, a part time position became available in 2018 for an administrator and I obviously jumped at the chance to keep being a part of this great preschool, and luckily for me I was successful in my application!

 

I am excited about the years ahead working with our parents on the committee and further developing my relationships with the teachers and educators.

   

 

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