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St Dunstan’s Kindergarten

Staff

We have a small team of teaching staff and educators and we are proud of our experienced and caring team, and their record of continuous service.

Pre Prep teaching staff

Nikki Samuel, Director and Pre Prep Teacher

I love being a teacher because I love watching the children grow and develop over the course of the time that I am teaching them and watching their minds explore new ideas and gain confidence within themselves and their abilities

I love being at St Dunstan’s because it feels like a family – I love how there is a real community feel to it and that it encompasses the concept that we are a community based kindergarten

My favourite book is The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Reily

My favourite place is the beach  – It’s my happy place (ask any of my friends where I am during Summer)

My favourite TV show or movie are Bridgeton, Drama Based Series and Conversations based shows

My students make me laugh when they say or do the funniest things and don’t even realise or when I get to be silly with them

Qualification – Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Distinction

Years of Teaching – 20+ years

Years of Service at St Dunstan’s  – 2023 to now

 

Taylah Jameson, Pre Prep Educator

I love being an Educator because I am passionate about being an integral part of children’s first years of learning and education. I feel very blessed and grateful that I get to work in this role.

I love being at St Dunstan’s because of the community and family involvement, the amazing “bush kinder” feel of the grounds and the intimate setting – working with a small and supportive team that all share the same passion for children.

My favourite book is any self-help or thriller/suspense.

My favourite place is home! Being with family and friends and the dog.

My favourite TV show or movie is anything thrilling or suspenseful.

My students make me laugh when they are just themselves or when they correct me. We learn from the children too.

Qualifications

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate III in Education Support

Years of Service at St Dunstan’s  – 2024 to now

 

Three year old group teaching staff

Olenia Woodyatt, Three Year Old Kindergarten Teacher

I love being a teacher because I want to enrich children’s lives with vibrant learning programs that are fun and allow me to watch them grow in confidence.

I love being a St. Dunstan’s because of the wonderful families that create such a beautiful community; the amazing grounds and resources we have at our fingertips and the fantastic staff who are supportive and brilliant to work with.

My favourite book is there are so many I just can’t choose. As an avid reader I like fantasy, historical fiction, murder mystery, gothic thrillers (not horror or psychological thrillers or romance). The list is endless.

My favourite place is Verona, Italy. But if I can’t afford that, any beach will do.

My favourite TV show or movie is anything that I can get completely lost in and forget about all the chores that need doing.

My students make me laugh when they try to tell jokes or play tricks on the staff.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood)
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Integration).

Years of Service at St Dunstan’s  – 2017 to now

 

Trish Imbastaro, Three year old Educator

I love being an Educator because once my children grew up I really missed the precious early years and the Kindergarten environment. That’s when I decided to retrain as an Educator and… the rest is history.

I love being at St Dunstan’s because the community is the best. It’s a small kinder that focusses on what is best for the child and that’s what I’m all about. I also work with the loveliest people in the world which makes coming to work so enjoyable.

My favourite books are Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë, anything by Anita Shreve or a really good crime novel by Lynda LaPlante

My favourite place is home! That’s where my family is. Or the Greek Islands, life is so simple and pared back, the weather is amazing and you can sit in the ocean or the pool all day long and stay awake all night (I’m a night owl).

My favourite TV show or movie is Sex and The City series (not the movies or the trash new series), Notting Hill, all the Bridget Jones movies and Fleabag

My students make me laugh when they are themselves. Children have great sense of humours and say some of the funniest things. Love, love, love!

Qualifications

  • Certificate III in Children’s Services
  • Bachelor of Business

Years of Service at St Dunstan’s  – 2017 to now

 

St Dunstan’s Kindergarten strongly supports and actively encourages opportunities for staff to engage in regular professional and personal development. Our teachers participate in high quality, inspiring and challenging professional and personal development experiences.