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RENOWN TEAM

Passionate, dedicated, and loving, Renown teachers love their work and it shows in everything they do. Our goal is to make a positive difference on young kids who come to our Kindergarten.

Renown is also overseen by a Committee of Management comprising of families and friends of Renown. There are 15 roles on the Committee. The day to day running of the kindergarten is overseen by the Senior leadership team which is made up of The Director, Educational Leader and QIP Officer

Renown employs 7 teachers, 1 Activity Group Leader and 6 educators to deliver the programs.

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SALLY

Director

Nominated Supervisor
Teacher - 3 year old - Echidna

Hello! My name is Sally and I am a teacher and Program Director at Renown. Working in Early Childhood Education has been a lifelong passion for me and I am lucky enough to work alongside these future scientists, explorers, artists, politicians, performers and amazing citizens on a daily basis. My love of literacy is one that I take great pride in sharing with my class. You can often find me with a classic fairy tale in hand or teaching the basics of reading and writing.
As teachers we have the important role of intertwining concrete learning with a play based curriculum, one which encourages risk taking, exploration, discovery and wonder. Making the most of the great outdoors is essential in tapping into the children’s imagination and creativity. It is for this reason that when I am outdoors there is nothing better than getting all messy in our mud kitchen!

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VANESSA

Business Manager

Hi, my name is Vanessa and you will find me in the office on Monday to Thursday. I am often a family’s first point of contact with the kindergarten answering most of your questions via email or on the phone. As well as enrolments, I also get to do all the fun admin things like invoices, payments and payroll to name but a few. 

 

I can happily help any French speaking family as I am fluent in French - N'hésitez pas à me contacter pour toutes questions relative à la maternelle !

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MONTANA

Educational Leader

Teacher - 4 year old Wombats 
 

Hello I'm Montana, 
I have been at Renown since 2018, I have had the pleasure to be a student teacher and assistant teacher across all the Renown Kindergarten programs. Having completed my studies in 2020, as of 2021 I undertook the role as one of the lead teachers in the Wombat Program. 

 I am passionate about play-based learning, and providing exciting learning and development opportunities that are inspired by the children’s interests. In the classroom I aim to create endless opportunities for children to take ownership for their learning and allow their voices and ideas to shine through the programs we plan. 

I also am very passionate about Reconciliation in Australia and embedding learning about Indigenous Australian culture and history through everyday experiences across all aspects of the kindergarten program. In my spare time I love to hang out at the beach with my family, go camping with my friends and travel! 
I look forward to getting to know you and your child over the coming year.

 

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CECILE

Teacher - 3 & 4 year old French Les Coccinelles

Bonjour! My name is Cécile and I am one of the French teachers, I currently teach the Coccinelles on Thursdays and Fridays at Renown. In our class the children have been passionate about science and understanding the world around them, especially bugs! I enjoy observing and sharing my knowledge with children! I love seeing the children improve their French speaking skills and I am passionate about linguistics. Helping children to develop language skills through the approach of learning different languages at the same time is a key component of why I love my job.
 

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BREE

Teacher - 3 & 4 year old French Les Coccinelles

*Currently on maternity leave

Hello! My name is Bree. 
From joining the team at Renown in 2018, I have since worked across all classes. I am now the Australian Teacher in the French bilingual program Les Coccinelles. 
Having an almost 2 year old daughter at home has strengthened my passion for teaching in the Early Years. Confirming how important the first five years of children’s lives are and how families play an integral role through this journey. 
You will often find me learning alongside the children as we explore and wonder about the natural environment together. I am passionate about children’s social and emotional wellbeing. As a teacher I am dedicated to creating a welcoming and nurturing environment, where all children feel safe and included. This sets the foundations for children to become expressive, independent and successful in their learning and development. 
I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children in the year ahead.

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LAURA

Teacher - 4 year old  Koalas 

*Maternity leave in 2023 

Hello!

My name is Laura and I am the teacher of the Koala program! I have been teaching at Renown since 2016 and have taught in a variety of programs including the 3s and the bilingual program. I have a background in special needs, spending some years teaching in an early intervention program. This is an area that I am passionate about and believe in implementing many strategies to assist a variety of learners in my classroom. I love to cook and you will always see me cooking with the children! I love literacy and all stories and it is one of my favourite things to do with my class. I spend a lot of time focusing on developing the social and emotional skills of my students and assisting them in developing stronger self regulation skills. 


I am married and have a one year old daughter named Rose and a cat named George :) I love to go on walks, go to the park and have fun with my family. I love summer and the sun. I love eating and cooking, it’s one of my passions to cook for my family. I love to travel and have enjoyed seeing many parts of the world! 

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ALANA

 Casual Educator 

Hello, my name is Alana and I work with the Possum group. I have recently started working in early childhood education and I absolutely love it. I like to help children with literacy based activities such as reading and discussing treasured strorybooks, problem solving and creating artwork. Together we explore the outdoor environment through searching for insects, digging in the sand or playing ball games. I always strive to help children feel safe and nurtured, and of course, to have fun.

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LEIGHA

 Quality Officer 

Teacher - 3 year old Kookaburra

Hello, my name is Leigha 
 

I have had the pleasure of working in Early Childhood for 8 years in both childcare and sessional Kinder settings. It has been a lifelong passion of mine since I was around the age of 6 years old. I remember helping out during the school holidays at my aunties childcare centre that she worked at and absolutely loving it. I also remember lining up my teddies and using my chalkboard to play schools and teach my students.

I like to focus on developing children’s social and emotional skills as well as their independence and confidence as I believe these skills are essential for success in school and life. I also think kindness, compassion, empathy and respect for ourselves and one another is so important and hope to encourage these qualities in my work with children each day. It is always so fulfilling to watch the learning, growth and development in every child over the progression of their educational journey at Renown Kindergarten.

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BETH

Casual Educator 

I have been working at Renown kindergarten for the last 3 years, I have worked in a number of different capacities in this time including kindergarten administrator, settling in the classroom and educator in the 3 y.o and 4 y.o rooms. I am currently studying my certificate III and will complete this in 2021. 

 

Before working at Renown I worked as a teachers aid with a child on the spectrum for 3 years at Kindergarten and primary school.

 
In my spare time, I enjoy skiing with my family and volunteering at my children's school.

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RHEDYN

Educator - Wallaby Extended Care

Hi! My name is Rhedyn. I completed my certificate III in children services in 2010 and have been working with children ever since.
My favourite things to do with the children are arts and craft, cooking, sports and science experiments.  
I believe kindergarten is the most important time in a child’s life so I look forward to making it an unforgettable learning and playful experience.
I look forward to meeting all the children and families and watching each child reach their full potential.

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LOUSIA 

Educator - 3 year old Kookaburra 

Hi, my name is Louisa and I am working in the Wombat & Kookaburra Room.

I started out as a Montessori directress and had the opportunity to move on to explore other teaching approaches. 

I believe that a teacher’s main role is as a facilitator - there to offer support and advice when needed, and to provide the essential scaffolding and teaching of skills when necessary.

In my free time, I love to read and chill at the beach with my family and friends.
 

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ALICE

Teacher - 3 year old Echidna

Hello!

My name is Alice and I am a 3 year old

Teacher at Renown. I first started at Renown

back in 2015 as a student Teacher, where I then

worked for 3 years before moving to Adelaide.

I have been lucky enough to come back

to Renown to work once again! I am passionate

about play based learning and the importance it

has on children’s ability to build social and emotional

development as well as sparking creativity and curiosity.

I love having fun and being active with children. I enjoy reading stories, arts and crafts as well as exploring all areas of our outside learning environments.

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DANIELA

Educator - 3 year old Echidna

I would like to introduce myself to you all, my name is Daniela. I will be the new educator in the Echidna Class. I am excited and cannot wait to start this new adventure with you all.

I am Chilean, and my mother language is Spanish. I have a Diploma in Early Childcare Education and care, which I obtained here in Australia. I have been working with children for over five years.  My previous experience was the room leader in the toddler room.

I love working with children and seeing them grow in their day to day. I am a great fan of relationships that can be built with parents and the community.
I look forward to meeting you soon and that we can do great things together for our children.

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DOLLY

Teacher - 4 year old Wombat 

I have been teaching ballet for 10 years before I came to Melbourne and completed a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) at the University of Melbourne in 2020. It is a great pleasure for me to join the team of Renown and assist all the little learners here to achieve their best. I love embedding dance and music experiences in the play-based curriculum as I believe children can develop their literacy, numeracy, cognition, and motor skills while having fun. 

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KATHERINE

Educator  - 4 year old Wombat 

I will be one of the educators in the Wombat room in 2023. I'm very excited to meet you all and getting know the children this year. My teaching career has started since 2016 which come from the love with children naturally.

 

I am passionate about the children learning, I love to see how children grow and develop every day. I enjoy spending time with children when we can share interests, hobbies and everything in life together. I love to hear about their daily activities, their stories and their ideas which I can expand it into their learning programs.

 

I prefer the outdoor areas where we can explore the endless resources, be active with lots of laughter. I also passionate about the Sustainability learning where we can reuse the recycle materials for learning and protect our environment.

 

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ALICE

Teacher - 3 year old Possum 

Hello, I would like to introduce myself as the new 3-year-old Teacher at Renown Kindergarten.

I grew up in Melbourne, however, I have lived most of my adult life in the Northern Territory. A passion of mine is traveling, and I love to incorporate this into my teaching through exploring different cultures, diversity and learning about the environment. I also love to integrate music, singing and storytelling into my teaching.

 

I have taught in the Northern Territory since 2012. I have worked in both urban and remote bush schools across the NT, through Preschool  into the early years of Primary School. I am passionate about early childhood teaching and love coming to work every day.

 

Making Kindergarten as fun as possible, full of rich learning experiences for the children is something I stive for every day.

I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow emotionally, socially and intellectually.

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ANUJA

Teacher - Wallaby

Hello! 

My name is Anuja. 

 

End of 2022 marked the beginning of my employment with Renown, and I recently assumed the position of Activity Group Leader for the Aftercare program.

 

I've been employed in the early childhood field for more than five years, and I adore going on the learning journey with the kids. I have a strong interest in art, math, and science, and I adore discovering new places and picking up new skills outside. I support intentional teaching because it inspires me to create learning opportunities for the kids based on their interests. In my practice, I make sure that every child has the right to participate in educational opportunities that are significant and meaningful to them, enabling them to develop greater mental independence.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children in the year ahead. 

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TAKAKO

Educator - 3 & 4 year old French Les Coccinelles 

Bonjour! 

My name is Takako. I am Japanese but I lived in Paris for almost 14 years. I speak English, French, and Japanese is my mother tongue. I live in South Yarra and I am very happy to work with the local children. Renown Kindergarten was my first workplace as an educator when I started in 2013. I was very lucky to start my career in a wonderful environment with such a rich history. I have also worked at other kindergartens since then.

 

I like drawing and painting. I sometimes organise or participate in exhibitions. I also offer art lessons afterschool for primary-aged children. 

 

I would like to deliver lots of art experiences to kinder children, Art for young children is a language, a way to express themselves for healing and fun,  

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IRENA 

Teacher - 4yo Koala

Hellothere, my name is Irena and I am extremely excited to join the Renown team as a Teacher in the Koala Room.

 

I started working in Early Childhood Education in 2018, and since then I have absolutely loved watching children grow and develop each day, and it brings me so much joy to be part of their amazing learning journey.

 

I am passionate about providing a fun, inclusive and healthy environment for children, while actively supporting their social and emotional development. I highly encourage critical-thinking and emotional development through a variety of experiences, and you can often see me engage in meaningful conversations with each one of the children.

 

I am currently doing my Master of Learning Intervention and would love to use my knowledge and skills to provide better learning opportunities through inclusion and ongoing support. In my spare time, I love reading books, catching up on TV shows, going for long walks, road trips, and exploring different cuisines with my friends. I cannot wait to see what the new year brings and I am looking forward to meeting you all in the year ahead.

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MEGAN

Teacher - 4yo Koala 

I am excited to be joining the Renown community in 2023. As an experienced kindergarten teacher, I particularly enjoy interacting with children to; delve into science experiments, engage in crazy art projects, explore the natural world around us, go on excursions, and expand their interests in imaginative and creative ways. I am a very creative and imaginative individual who gains inspiration from the fascinating and unique minds of kindergarten-aged children.  

Outside of teaching, I take pride in my health and fitness. I'm an avid cyclist, swimmer, and walker fitting at least one of these into my daily routine. I grew up on a cattle farm near the Snowy Mountains, NSW, and during some holidays I love going 'home' to see and help my mum with her massive garden and orchard to maintain. Otherwise, I’m into watching foreign films, seeing live theatre and being social with my friends.

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