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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi, I'm Treesje.
I have a Master of Teaching in Early Childhood through Deakin University and previously completed my Certificate 3 in Children Services. I have worked in the Early Childhood industry in a number of roles over 7 years, starting as an additional assistant, a co-educator and now a teacher. This is my first year teaching within the Mount Pleasant Road community, where I will be teaching in both the kinder and primary school.
Outside of teaching, I love nothing more than spending time with my wonderful children, husband and our boxer dog, where we spend most of our time exploring the outdoors, camping, hiking, trail running and bushwalking. My love and passion for the outdoors is an inspiration in my teaching practices and is infused in my planning. Along with the inspiration of nature, I have a strong interest in literacy, music & movement and children’s metal health. I am looking forward to working together with families, utilising the outdoor spaces to provoke curiosity, and learning alongside children as my inspiration.
Hi, I'm Cristina.
I moved to Australia from China 7 years ago. I am a registered Early Childhood Teacher with the Master of Teaching - Early Childhood Education. I have Completed a Master of Translating and Interpreting. I have been teaching Mandarin for 5 years. I am working as a Mandarin teacher in VSL (Victoria School of Language) as well as implementing the Early Childhood Language Program at Mt Pleasant rd Kindergarten. I am keen to share my home language and culture with the children.
Our language program will support young children in play-based early childhood settings. I believe children learn through discussions and with rich input. The language learning should link to their interest and be interactive. Chinese culture will be embedded through books, songs, dances, games, artwork and celebrations, as language and culture are interconnected and need to be understood in relation to each other. This is achieved by fostering a team approach where educators are valued and respected. Also parental input is encouraged and welcomed.
Hi, I'm Jo.
I have my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood.
I worked for over 20 years as a co-educator in a three year old group at a preschool in Ferntree Gully and also work for Uniting as an Additional assistant helping children with additional needs in a preschool environment.
I love introducing children to nature and discovering what’s available in the world around us. This flows into my passion around how we implement nature into our daily life.
My husbands name is Andrew and we have been married for 37 years and have 2 children Rachel and Rhys, and a border collie dog called Marlee!
Rach is married to Rich and we have two gorgeous grandchildren Hayden and Alannah.
I love reading, sewing, knitting and pottering in my vegetable garden .