From the moment I started school at the age of 5 I dreamed of being a teacher. Now after having worked as a teacher for almost 40 years, it should come as no surprise that education is my true passion. Studying back in the 70s in Sydney as an Infants / Primary teacher, I began my teaching journey in Special Education. Although this wasn’t the pathway I had ever considered, an opportunity arose when I was approached by a friend who had taken a job at a Special School and I immediately fell in love with the children there. I worked at the school for almost 7 years, loving every minute of my time there. After the birth of my third child, my husband and I decided to relocate to Tweed Heads. We purchased a home which I converted into a childcare centre and I opened my centre in 1993. I had three more children and continued to run a successful business for 22 years. These were some of my most cherished memories. During this time, my husband and I met so many beautiful children and we ended up fostering 5 siblings aged 1to 5 years of age in 2011. A couple of years later my husband and I separated after 35 years of marriage and eventually I closed the doors of my centre to dedicate more time to the children and 3 grandchildren. I took 18 months off before I returned to work as an Early Childhood Teacher until I developed bowel cancer in late 2017. I undertook 6 months of chemotherapy before returning to teaching once again in 2018.
I was fortunate enough to be offered my current position at Beach Kids as Centre Manager in January this year and I have been very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the wonderful team at Beach Kids and the beautiful Cabarita community. Everyone has made me feel so very welcome.
My main areas of interest in the Early Childhood field lie in Literacy, Sport, Creative Arts and Indigenous Education. I have always loved playing team sports such as netball and touch football as well as swimming to keep fit. My interest has also been shared by my children who have all achieved at a high level such as playing representative netball , playing for Rabbitohs and winning Australian gold medals in Surf Life Saving. My youngest biological son is a professional dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. Two of my daughters are also in Early Childhood and Primary teaching.
Although I have been teaching for a long time, I believe that we are always learning and we can never stop learning from the children we work with. They inspire us ,entertain us and challenge us to perform to the very best of our ability every day. I would like to think I have made a difference in the lives of the children I have met over the years , along with my children and grandchildren and I appreciate the great joy each and every one of them has brought into my life.
Hopefully I have a few more years left in me to continue on my journey with my wonderful team at Beach Kids and I thank everyone for their continued support during my time here. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for all our wonderful children at Beach Kids and I look forward to sharing with them their hopes, dreams and educational journey.
My name is Miss Michelle, and I am the Early Childhood Teacher at Beach Kids.
I have had the privilege of working in the Early Childhood profession for the past 20 years. I am passionate about seeing children grow within holistic outcomes and recognising their own achievements.
My hobbies are Malibu riding and gardening. I enjoy taking care of nature which also complements my teaching profession- encouraging and sharing this interest with children is fun.
I hope to travel and see more of the world with my husband and children.
Hello my name is Giorgia. I have lived and grown up in Murwillumbah, moving away briefly to the sunshine coast, but Murwillumbah has always been home to me.
My hobbies include yoga, listening to music, reading books, and going for walks.
My passion has always been working with children.
Hi, my name is Kelsey, I started my journey as an educator at Beach Kids in 2019 when I moved from Brisbane. After graduating high school, I worked in an administration roll for 5 years until I left to travel around Europe for 2 months. When I came back, I decided to follow my passion and get into the Early Childhood industry, it was the best decision I have ever made!
On my weekends I love getting out and exploring the beaches, markets, and everything our beautiful community has to offer. I love to practice yoga and going to the gym, I believe taking care of yourself is the best way to be the best version of ourselves.
A main part of my philosophy is teaching the children holistic ways and believe it is so important that the next generation learns about connecting to the environment and how to take care of our earth.
Hi, my name is Kerri, I am lucky enough to work between all the rooms, so I get to play with all of the children. I am also a yoga teacher and massage & Reiki therapist. I have two children who are 15 and 11 years old.
It is a great joy working at Beach Kids, thank you for allowing me to have the opportunity to work with your children.
Hi, My name is Kiara and I am an educator at Beach Kids Early Learning and Pre School. I have always enjoyed the caring aspects in life. As a young adult I was involved in charities and found happiness in helping and making others happy. I have completed both my certificate 3 and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and have also enjoyed a wonderful 9 years in the industry so far.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, face painting, getting creative and signing at church. I look forward to fostering your children’s wellbeing and development to blossom and grow.
Hi, My name is Linda, I am married with three fantastic boys.
I have been in the childcare industry for more than 10 years and find my position to be very rewarding. I love teaching the children to become positive and confident throughout their younger years.
I have recently started at Beach Kids and have a great understanding of each and every individual child. In such a short period of time I have shown the children hoe to be independent whilst having fun along the way.
I feel very proud of all the children I the centre and their learning adventures.
Hi my name is Zoey and I am an Educator at Beach Kids Early Learning and Pre School. I found my love for working with children when I was teaching dancing. When I finished high school I completed my certificate 4 in Education Assistant. I have worked in the industry for 6 years and I have loved continuing on with my learning through my diploma.
In my spare time I love going to the beach, walking my dog and paddle boarding. I have really enjoyed working at Beach Kids and having the opportunity to get to know all of the children and families.
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