My School Child Care & Kindergarten Director
I have been involved in the early childhood industry for over 18 years and hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood). I have been lucky over my career to work in a range of diverse centres both in New Zealand and Australia. I have been working within a Director role for the past 6 years and am loving the opportunities this position presents to me.
Throughout my teaching career I have developed my own personal teaching philosophy which is ever evolving and as I continue on my journey I know that it will continue to be impacted by the learning that I do, the settings I work within and the teachers I work alongside.
I believe that each and every child is unique and should be treated as an individual learner and each child brings their own special and unique characteristics, culture, values and beliefs to the learning environment. I believe that all children have the right to participate in all activities provided within the setting regardless of age, gender, ability or background.
I believe that children learn through play and hands on explorations.
I work in partnership with all families at My School and believe that the family is the first teachers of their children. Our families bring to the setting their own unique and special knowledge of each individual child. Within my practice on a daily basis I ensure that I honour the beliefs, values and culture of each child’s family.
My School Lead Educators
I have taught at TAFE for eleven years and then in the High School system for three years. Then, I was drawn to Early Childhood and I have been in an Educator’s role for three and a half years. I really enjoy working at My School with small children, in their formative years as we set up the foundation for lifelong learning. I also, appreciate that we must make connections with the children in a nurturing and familial environment that fosters the child’s development across all developmental domains; and I often use spontaneous experiences as part of play-based learning at My School.
My name is Siobahn. I’m 27 years old and I’m a mum to 3 girls (2, 6 and 8). I’ve completed my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and I’ve been in childcare for over 3 years. I believe that by forming strong and trusting relationships with children we can help them develop the confidence and resilience they need to step out and explore the world. I believe young children learn the best through play and by scaffolding their learning around their interests. My favourite part of being an educator is seeing the joy and pride in a child’s face when they achieve a goal or learn a new skill.
Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jodi Morris and I’m currently the Room Leader in the Jnr Kindy room. I‘m originally from South Africa and I’ve been living in Australia for 11 years. I‘ve been in the industry for 4 years and hold my Diploma in Childhood Education. I’m passionate about the early years and I have found through my work with educators that I can get the best of both worlds. I believe that all children are strong, capable, competent and curious learners. It’s really important to me that your child feels safe and secure in my care and here at My School, I take pride in providing your family and child with the highest quality of care and have a home away from home environment. I look forward to meeting all of you and your children here at My School.
My name is Renee Godfrey and I’m a mother of four. I first started working with children over 20 years ago. I studied my Associate Diploma full time back in 1994 and 1995, and then refreshed my knowledge by completing new subjects to complete the new Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in 2015. I have worked with children of all age groups ranging from 6 weeks to 6 years, and I’m currently Lead Educator in the Pe Kindy Room at “My School”.
I believe children are individuals that develop and learn at their own pace, and as an educator who is passionate about children’s education, I endeavour to support and nurture their learning through a holistic approach.
My name is Tanya Hielscher, and I have been working in the Child Care and education field for many years before completing my Bachelor of Learning Management (Early Childhood) in 2012. Since completing my studies, I have been working full time as a Kindergarten Teacher. I have a passion to work with the Kindy age children and I enjoy the challenge of helping them to prepare for BIG school. I have a 14-year-old son, Alex, who loves soccer and I enjoy encouraging and supporting him and being a part of his soccer journey.
I have been working with children of all ages since 2006 and hold a Bachelor of Learning Management and Diploma of Children’s Services.
I started my career as a Primary School teacher and OSCH Coordinator but discovered my passion for Early Childhood after having children of my own and have been in the industry ever since.
I am a strong advocate for inclusive practices and promote building resilience from a place of understanding. I also believe that children learn best through play and that families should be involved as much as possible in their child’s time with us.
I have extensive training in implementing the Reggio Emilia Approach, working with natural resources guiding open ended learning experiences and providing enriched care giving as well as implementing the Abecedarian method for improved language and communication abilities.
I look forward to working with my fellow educators and the families at My School Child Care and Kindergarten and being part of the village that helps raise your child.
My School Early Childhood Educators
Hi, My name is Kritsana Henderson and my nickname is Nhom. I am originally from Thailand. We moved to Australia in 2010. I am a mother of two girls. In July of 2014 when I decided to start my Early Childhood Education and Care certificate, and in 2015 I have received my Certificate III. Since then, I have received my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in December 2017. I started working with children in February 2015, and I really enjoy watching them grow and learn. Having the chance to learn how to be even better at a job that I love is very interesting and I am loving every minute of it. My role as an educator has shown me the importance of having strong understanding of the stages of child development, so as to help parents know what to expect and how to best support their child as he or she grows and develops. In observing how children learn and grow, I am actively moulding myself as an educator to reflect the needs of the children in my classroom. Getting to play with and nurture young children as they reach new milestones and abilities is the most rewarding accomplishment I have ever achieved. I have strong beliefs that the first 5 years of a child’s life is the foundation that shapes their future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievements at school, in their family, community, and life in general. I also believe children all learn at their own pace and learn from experience of hands on activities. I am looking forward to working with you and getting to know your child and helping them succeed in their learning and participation.
Hi, my name is Deann. Since completing my Certificate III in Children’s Service’s in 2011, I had the opportunity to start my career in a small country town in Victoria working with children 6 weeks to school age. I have since relocated to Mackay in 2017 and commenced studying my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I am now working at My School in the Toddlers room with children up to the age of 2. As an educator working with the younger children, it is my role to set up activities catering for the children’s interests and needs but also making sure that the children feel safe and secure. Working with children is such a rewarding experience and I enjoy building trusting relationships with the children and families in the service.
Hello, my name is Denise, I am 58 years old and a mother of 5 and grandma to 6. I have been a Child Care Educator for 15 years and I currently work as a Co- Educator in the Jnr Kindy room. I believe I bring to the My School team an Educator that aims to nurture each child in all stages, emotionally, socially, educationally and physically at their own pace and capabilities guiding them into the next stage of development with confidence in themselves and excitement for continual learning experiences, helping them become the person they wish to be.
Hi my name is Haley Gillespie, I am a certificate 3 qualified Early Childhood Educator. I have 3 sons age 14, 12 and 6. I have always had a strong passion for working with children and have been In the Childcare industry for 7 years. I aim to provide a loving, caring and safe environment while being passionate, patient, caring, fair, fun and educated. I have been with My School Child Care and Kindergarten since June 2018 and am enjoying my position and the new challenges every day brings.
I believe that early childhood education allows the foundation for lifelong learning to be established. Each child is unique and has diverse needs, values and beliefs. Therefore, through respecting diversity and striving to meet each child’s needs they are able to grow and reach developmental milestones in a safe and supportive learning environment. I am currently studying the diploma of Early Childhood Education and have worked in the childcare industry for two years.
Hi my name is Linda McLaren. I have two daughters and have worked with children for about 20 yrs in different fields. I have my diploma in children’s services. I have always found children to be interesting with their perspective on life. My philosophy at My School is to give children the best environment to explore and learn in while discovering who they are as individuals and the social skills to succeed in anything and everything that means something to them. I enjoy being able to help children along their journey in learning and discovering new ideas and experiences.
Hi my name is Aleysha Yorkston. I was born and raised on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. I am a proud Torres Strait Islander and regularly return to visit my family on TI. I spent my earlier school years at Tagai State College but then my family relocated to Mackay and I attended Mackay Christian College and graduate in 2015. I have recently completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and I am currently studying a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Hi, my name is Brooke Dodd. I am 19 years old and have recently moved to Mackay in May of 2019.
I am currently studying my Diploma in Early Childhood.
Before moving I worked with children as a Teacher’s Aide at a primary school and discovered my passion for helping children.
I hope to make a long-term career at My School and study my Bachelor once completing my Diploma.
Hi, my name is Jessica McKenna. I grew up in Mackay, graduating from Pioneer High School in 2017.
I am a mother to one son.
I have recently obtained my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and have decided to further my studies and am now working towards my Diploma. I am excited about working at My School