Our Teaching Team  

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.

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Karin 

Director and Teacher
Group: Purple Group

I am delighted to be joining such a beautiful community kindergarten. I was born in Durban, South Africa and moved to Melbourne with my parents and older brother when I was 8 years old. I knew from the age of 16 years that I wanted to teach preschool children.

I have worked for many years as a Kindergarten Teacher, commencing my first role in a parent managed kindergarten in Diamond Creek, moving to a private school in Armadale and most recently in Caulfield South at a kindergarten co - located with a Primary School.

My love of animals, insects, birds, and nature is often captured in photographs and used to teach the children about the role that we all have in taking care of our natural environment. In addition to photography, I enjoy walking, bird watching, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Michelle 

Teacher
Group: Yellow Group

My name is Michelle, and I am the Yellow Group teacher at Bentleigh West Kindergarten. I studied a Graduate Diploma in Education at RMIT. I also have a Bachelor in Visual Art and Design from ACU and am currently studying Art Therapy. In my spare time, I enjoy making art, taking the dogs for walks, tending to my plants, playing netball, swimming, reading, and seeing family and friends. 

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Ann 

Educator
Group: Yellow & Purple Group

My name is Ann and I am a 4 year old co-educator. I’m the ‘granny’ of the group having already seen my three children through Bentleigh West Kindergarten. I’m here Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In my spare time I head for the gym, the beach for a walk, the golf course or a comfy chair with a good book. I have six grandchildren with whom I spend lots of time.

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Anne

Educator
Group: Yellow & Purple Group

Hi, my name is Anne and I've lived in this area all my life.

 

I have 3 children Kelly, Luke and Beau. They are all grown up now. I enjoy music, dance, storytelling and I have worked in kindergartens all my career. I enjoy setting up dramatic play areas. I love animals and enjoy walking. I enjoy taking my dogs to the park and I like to keep active, so I joined a Zumba class.

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Rachel

Teacher
Group:Green Group Teacher

Hi there! My name is Rachel, I'm enjoying undertaking casual work at Bentleigh West Kindergarten and will teach both Green and  Blue Groups in 2020. I have a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, obtained from Victoria University.

I love this work, engaging children in enjoyable literacy and numeracy games, providing them with a positive start to their education. I love seeing children being busy, engaged, making friends and being creative. I want them to feel safe and cared for every day.

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Sue

Educator
Group: Green Group

Hello, my name is Sue. I enjoy working with children and watching them grow and flourish. It’s very rewarding. In my spare time, I enjoy doing craft work, going for coffee, movies and dinner with family and friends.

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Hong
Teacher - Relief
Group: All Groups

Hi, my name is Hong. I was delighted to join Bentleigh West Kindergarten team as a relief educator in 2021 while working permanently 2 days/ a week at a Kinder in Moorabbin. I strongly believe that providing a sense of being safe, valued and respected for children will flourish happy, enthusiastic and curious learners, so in my role I ensure to build each child’s sense of belonging by establishing warm, nurturing and trusting relationship.

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Jill
Teacher - Relief
Group: All Groups

My name is Jill and I began working at Bentleigh West Kinder during 2021. I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood and a Diploma of Children’s Services. I have taught both three and four year old groups of children in standalone kindergartens. I have also been employed as a reliever through an agency in private ELC settings in schools. In my spare time I am busy walking my dogs who are Australian Shepherds. I love reading, practicing my meditation skills and catching up with friends for lunch or dinner.

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Jill

Activity Leader
Group:Blue Group

My name is Jill and I began working at Bentleigh West Kinder during 2021. I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood and a Diploma of Children’s Services. I have taught both three and four year old groups of children in standalone kindergartens. I have also been employed as a reliever through an agency in private ELC settings in schools. In my spare time I am busy walking my dogs who are Australian Shepherds. I love reading, practicing my meditation skills and catching up with friends for lunch or dinner.

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Sue

Educator
Group:Blue Group

Hello, my name is Sue. I enjoy working with children and watching them grow and flourish. It’s very rewarding. In my spare time, I enjoy doing craft work, going for coffee, movies and dinner with family and friends.

Nichole 

Director and Teacher
Currently on Maternity Leave

Sophia 

Teacher
Currently on Maternity Leave 

My name is Nichole and I am the Purple Group Teacher and the Director here at Bentleigh West Kindergarten. I studied my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Charles Sturt University.

I have worked many years in private and not-for-profit kinder’s before finding my home here at Bentleigh West Kindergarten.

In my spare time I enjoying keeping fit at the gym, shopping, nail art, going to the movies, cooking up a storm, travelling and spending time with my family and friends.

Hi my name is Sophia and and I am the Green Group teacher at BWK. I love the community feel at Bentleigh West Kinder and have thoroughly enjoyed building partnerships with the wonderful team of staff and many families over the years. In my spare time, I enjoy catching up with my family and friends, going on day trips, retail therapy and eating out. I look forward to a new year of fun and adventure in 2022.