Our teaching team is made up of qualified and experienced teachers and co-educators who work collaboratively to create inclusive and caring learning environments for children. We would like you to meet the people who hold the most important roles within our kindergarten and so asked each of our teaching team to write a short piece introducing themselves.
I became an Early Childhood Teacher because I believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn in an environment which supports their interests, challenges them and values them for their unique personalities and ways of being. My journey into teaching began by studying Primary teaching at the Australian Catholic University; however after a few years working in that sector I realised my place was in Early Childhood. I feel privileged to work with children every day and am excited to come to work and learn alongside the children, sharing in their excitement and joy each time they discover something new.
Alisha joined HCK in 2018, taking on the role of Director and Educational Leader. She works with educators and families to promote continuous improvement and high quality educational programs.
I chose to teach Early Childhood Education because it makes me happy. I love coming to work everyday and sharing in all these wonderful milestones and learning moments with the children.
I admire my mum the most in life because I was hard to handle as a child; she supported me and stood by my side until I could go my own way.
I am really good at bringing people together; I spend a lot of my personal time doing things with groups of friends and other families.
I love being in nature, with friends and eating good food and so my perfect day would be to walk the Camino from France to Spain with a bunch of people I like.
Andrea joined HCK in 2013, working with the four year old group. Andrea works to create fun and inviting environment which allows children to meaningfully contribute to their learning.
I have always loved being around young children. I love their sense of adventure and wonder at trying new things.
Their sense of fun, watching them absorb experiences, information and making connections with other children and adults. It is also very satisfying establishing relationships with families.
I enjoy being around people who motivate, inspire and make me smile and believe that my strongest personal quality is that I truly am a people person.
A perfect day to me would be waking up to sunshine, feeling motivated to do some outdoor exercise, spending some recreational time with family and friends. Achieving a task that I had planned for that day, my motto is to share a laugh and a smile with someone every day.
Rosemary began her teaching role at HCK in 1999, teaching the three year old program. Rosemary works with children and families to develop warm and welcoming relationships to begin their kindergarten journey.
My mother would have been a wonderful kindergarten teacher, though took a different path in life. She is my inspiration in terms of patience, kindness, fairness and pure happiness. Everyone who meets my mother loves her and she makes friends wherever she goes, including the supermarket. My love for reading, singing and dancing all come from her and I can still remember pretending to be sick once in primary school to stay home and watch Meet Me in St Louis with her.
A perfect day?
A perfect day would have to involve dancing, good music, good food and my friends.
Jess joined the HCK community in 2018, becoming a valued member of our teaching community.
Early Childhood Education is where I’m at my cheerful best (and believe me I’ve tried a number of other jobs along the way).
I admire my Mum. She remains cheerful no matter what. And there’s been a lot of “what” which is perhaps why my strongest personal quality is my humour.
A Perfect Day?
A perfect day looks like this; laughter, singing, dancing, good company, learn something and accomplish something. It the sun is shining, well, that’s just a bonus!
Andrea joined HCK in 2003 and has primarily been a member of our four year old teaching team. She brings enthusiasm. humor and creativity to work with ehr each day.
Clare has been a dedicated member of our community since 1994, working across both the three and four year old programs.
Penny first joined our community in 2001 working with both the three and four year old groups. After living in Russia for 3.5 years, Penny returned to HCK in 2019 . We are delighted to welcome Penny back to our learning community and look forward to working alongside her once again.