Our Staff

Our qualified staff have extensive early childhood experience and are committed to providing programs that allow children to learn through play by engaging in experiences that are relevant and challenging for them.  We are dedicated to creating a happy, safe and secure environment for every child.


My working life began as a social worker, working with vulnerable children. After 14 years in this field, I decided to pursue my childhood "dream job" to work in a kindergarten.  My own two children attended Helen Paul Kindergarten, and when a job opportunity to become a co-educator was presented to me, I jumped at the chance. Having been previously part of the Helen Paul community as a parent, I was familiar with the kindergarten and it's philosophy. I have been a staff member of HPK for eight years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I love watching and facilitating the growth and development of the children, especially sharing my interest of stories and singing. I have a Certificate III in Children's Services, and some university degrees in Psychology. When I'm not at work, you'll find me reading and camping with my family (in between running a busy household!)




I have been a kindergarten teacher for coming up to 20 years. I have worked in a variety of settings but always come back to community kindergarten as I have found that they are a unique setting that means we can work closely with families which makes for a very welcoming and inclusive environment. Most of my teaching has been in the Bayside area. I completed my bachelor of Teaching in 1998 and then went on to complete a Master of Education in 2009. I relished the chance to study again and really explore the theories behind education. I think curiosity and creativity are such a wonderful part of childhood and my programs aim to foster, nurture and encourage these dispositions in children. I have an 'eclectic' philosophy. I have a soft spot for Reggio Emilia inspired programs and the research coming out of nature-based programs highlights the importance of our children spending lots of good quality play time outside. 
I have one child, a daughter who is 7 turning 8. 
I look forward to getting to know everyone at Helen Paul Kindergarten!




I have been working at Helen Paul Kindergarten since 2013 after having a career change and completing my Certificate III in Children's Services. Originally from London, my family and I (husband and 2 children) emigrated to Melbourne in 2003 and have lived in Bayside ever since, continuing to enjoy everything the area has to offer.  Working at Helen Paul Kinder is always fun and every day is rewarding in some way. I feel very lucky to have a job that I enjoy so much.



When my youngest child was in four year old kinder, I was asked if I would like to relieve for a sick lunch time carer ... here I am 20 years later!  Along the way I completed my Certificate III (when all that became necessary) and have had a lot of fun.  I have been privileged to work with some very experienced educators over a long period of time and have learnt many life lessons along the way. It really is true; everything you need to know about life you can learn at kinder: being kind to each other, sharing, taking turns, asking if our friends are OK, looking after the environment and having fun.

I enjoy being in the outdoors and was lucky to be involved in the setting up of the Outdoor Kinder Program and seeing how the children really thrive in this session each week. I like to potter in the garden and hopefully pass on some of this enjoyment on to the children.  



I am the four year old Emu group teacher at Helen Paul Kindergarten. I have been a kindergarten teacher for seven years and have run both three and four year old kindergarten programs.

Prior to having my own children I worked as a nurse and also completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy (I like studying!). My mother was an Early Childhood Educator so, whilst being a kindergarten teacher always felt like ‘home’, I took a while in my career journey to come full circle and when, after the birth of my children, I was ready for a change, taking the leap and undertaking a Graduate Diploma in ECE was an easy choice to make.

Being a kindergarten teacher is certainly different to nursing but I love it; I have never felt so fulfilled. It is very cliché to say that what you enjoy most about being a kindergarten teacher is the children – but it is true. I love the learning that occurs through play, music, movement and storytelling – but what I love most about being an Early Childhood Educator is knowing that I am a part of the foundation on which a child’s education is built.



Teacher of Possums and Kookaburras groups (3 Year Olds)

I trained as a Teacher at Macquarie University Sydney and have worked across many forms of Early Childhood Education such as Family Day Care (rural based), Community Child Care Centres, work-based Child Care and, of course, Kindergarten (particularly3 year old groups).

Children's literature,nature based play and how environments are set up continue to be of great interest to me, especially in terms of how this effects children's play.

In my 'spare time', I am the mother of two wonderful boys aged 17 and 13.

I look forward to a 2018 that is fun and rewarding - with you and your children.





This will be my second year at Helen Paul Kindergarten, being one of the Diploma educators. I've been working in kindergartens for 6 years, mostly on the Mornington Peninsula where I grew up. I enjoy working with small groups of children and with children one on one. I especially enjoy cooking with children, working on big floor puzzles, playing ball games on the grass and reading stories to them. I love to see the children climbing to the tops of the trees at outdoor kinder.