OUR KINDER TEAM

Al Milsted

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Hi, I'm Al.

 

I have two wonderful children, Asher and Kaylee. 


I have a Diploma of Children’s services as well as a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education through Deakin University. 


I have worked within the early childhood field with Pre-School aged children for 13 years and have been teaching and leading the team at MPRPSK since 2017. In this time I have worked extensively with additional needs children, created progressive ways of programming and been involved in creating policies and procedures. I have focused my training on areas of science, family inclusion, supporting, children with additional needs, music and movement, bush kinder and planning for outdoor environments. 


I have worked as a consultant in supporting Education Services through their NQS Assessment and Ratings. 


I am constantly exploring the way educators implement ICT in the Early years and I have been fortunate to present on this at conferences and independent school network meetings. I currently sit on the Masters of Education Board for Deakin University as the Early Childhood representative.

Kelly-Anne Cleggett

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 Hi, I'm Kelly-Anne. 


I have been at MPRPSK since 2011 and thoroughly enjoy my job of educating young people and believe this is a real privilege. I also feel very fortunate in being able to follow the children's journey through to their Primary School education through partnerships with the school. 


I have two adult children - Brittany and Callum, and two grandchildren, Kai and Finn, who are a big delight and joy in my life. 


My interests include; reading, documentaries, history of any topic, bush walking, the beach and collecting tea pots and cups. 


My favourite colours are blue and-purple and I love learning about other cultures and trying all foods from around the world. I am originally from New Zealand and have so far been to China and have big plans to someday travel the world (I love browsing travel websites to indulge this plan). 


I am looking forward to collaboratively working with all families to create a community that enhances all our cultures and abilities and to enjoy our journey together.

Julie Mann

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Hi, I'm Julie.


 I have been with MPRPSK since 2010.  I started in the After-school Care Program then joined the 3 year old kindergarten and I am now working in the 4 year old kindergarten full time. 

 

I am married to Chris and I have twin daughters, Simone and Carmen.


I enjoy walking around Lilydale Lake, reading, taking photos of family and friends, gardening, working on projects and catching up with friends for coffee .  I also love to visit the city of Melbourne when I can.  


I look forward to investigating, imagining, learning and laughing with your children.  

Mardi Taylor

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 Hi, I'm Mardi.


I have a son Cooper, who is 8 years old and it was his kindergarten experience that has led me to pursue my interest in education. I have completed a certificate III in Educational support and am about to complete my Diploma of Early Childhood and Care.


I am passionate about supporting children to learn through their interests and strengths and am excited to be working with the three year old class and A group on a Wednesday. I feel that MPRPSK will provide an amazing place to put this learning into practice and I am looking forward to being a part of the whole school community. 


I enjoy going to the beach, gardening, creating items that bring joy to others and cooking. I am looking forward to bringing these passions into the kindergarten environment.

Jen Jenkins

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Hi, I'm Jen.


I am originally from Auckland New Zealand where I graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Education (teaching) in 2008.


I have been teaching children from birth to 6 years old for 14 years with a passion to teach the Kindergarten age group. I am inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and this influences my personal teaching philosophy which involves respecting the individual child's voice and their interests, supporting their social-emotional development and independence. 


I view children as capable and competent who are able to achieve anything they desire and I am here to guide and support them in their learning journey by empowering them, and giving them the opportunity to develop their confidence through exploring and experimenting at their own pace. 


When I am not teaching, I am jet setting around the world and/or Australia as I love to travel and explore the world to experience many new adventures and cultures!