Norman Park Community Kindergarten Team

Hannah

Teacher | Educational Leader

Bachelor Early Childhood Education

 

Hannah started with Norman Park Community Kindergarten in 2021. Hannah is an early childhood teacher and forest school facilitator; she is passionate about children’s rights to environments that nurture their autonomy, resilience and flow. “I have taught in a range of early childhood contexts and am also a mum to two very beautiful tween humans. I’m so excited to be able to work alongside you and your children and support their growth and learning as part of our learning community.”

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Akiko

Assistant

Diploma of Childcare and Education

 

Akiko has been working in kindergartens and international schools for 16 years. Akiko has two children and an interest in art, science, music and yoga. As a parent to a child with special needs, Akiko is interested in learning to help children with additional needs such as ASD and giftedness.

Desley

Director | Teacher

Desley has been working in early childhood for over 20 years in a variety of settings from childcare to stand-alone kindergartens, both private and community-run centres. Desley began at Norman Park Community Kindergarten in 2018. “I am very proud of the unique program we have developed at Norman Park Kindy, where the child is at the heart of what we do. My own daughter attended kindy at NPCK in 2020 and I loved watching her independence, agency, autonomy and resilience grow within the program. And she loved kindy because she felt that her opinion was valued and she could follow her own needs, ideas and interests (her words would be I got to play with my friends and eat whenever I want!). I love that we are able to give children the time, space, environment and support to find such joy and ownership in in their kindy days."

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Jodie

Assistant

Diploma of Children's Services

 

Jodie joined Norman Park Community Kindergarten in 2021.

She has worked in Early Childhood for over 20 years in kindergartens, long day care and occasional Care.

Jodie enjoys collaboratively working alongside children to build on their ideas, helping to facilitate their creativity and imagination. She always strives to provide a positive and inclusive environment promoting the love of learning through play. 

 

Jodie loves the outdoors walking, going to the beach and spending time with her family. 

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Anne

Assistant | Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) QUT

 

Anne commenced at Norman Park in 2009. With 25 years experience in community kindergartens and child care services, Anne enjoys music and singing with the children. Anne will be assisting with the Kookaburras group in 2022 and is our relief teacher. Anne loves connecting with families and being part of the kindy community.

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Masako

Assistant

Diploma in Early Childhood

 

Masako joined Norman Park Kindy in 2020 and has been working as an Early Childhood Educator for 8 years, with a special interest in indoor and outdoor activities, nature play, art and craft and gardening with children. 

 

Masako loves spending time with her family; visiting the beach, gardening, creating art, travelling, walking, and cooking. 

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Janelle

Assistant

Certificate III in Early Childhood

 

Janelle lives locally and has been working at Norman Park Kindy on and off for many years. Both her daughters attended this kindy when they were small. Janelle is well known in our local community and has worked as a  public librarian, disability support worker and also runs a children's activity business. On the weekends she loves spending time with family, gardening, reading and going to the beach.

Mel

Administration Assistant

Mel joined Norman Park Community Kindergarten in 2018 and has been working in kindergarten admin for seven years. She supports the teaching staff and management committee, as well as the parent community, working on a part time basis.

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