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

Program 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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CORAL

Renown Quality Officer

Nominated Supervisor

Teacher - 3 year old Possums

Hi there, my name is Coral and I am the the teacher for the Possum group at Renown Kindergarten.
Indoors I like helping children express their creativity through art and a range of other resources, and I love books and reading stories together. Outdoors I love seeing children enjoy all the sensory experiences and the space to run and explore their environment.
It's always special to me to see children develop their confidence and sense of identity, and express pride in sharing this with others. I think empathy, compassion and respect  for ourselves and one another is so important and hope to nurture these qualities in my work with children each day.

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ANDREA

Renown Educational Leader

Teacher - 3 year old Echidna & 4 year old Koalas  

Hello, My name is Andrea and I am an educator in the Koalas and Echidna classes. My passion is creating an environment which encourages a child to learn and develop no matter their age, level or talents. 
I believe the experiences we have as a young child impacts on our future development therefore, I strive to be a positive role model where I can inspire each child to reach their full potential. 
My favourite learning takes place outdoors where I love to be active with the children and encourage their curiosity by exploring the garden and nature. 
The best part of being an educator is having the privilege to be creative and fun with the children and watch them grow in confidence each day. 
I love being a part of the Renown Kindergarten team and truly value the relationships I am able to build with all children and families.

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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

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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MONTANA

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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LAURA

Teacher - 4 year old  Koalas 

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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BARBARA *Currently on maternity leave 

Educator - 3 year old Echidnas &  French Les Coccinelles

Hi, my name is Barbara and I am the bilingual Educator in Les Coccinelles group. I am a Montessori trained teacher and discovered this method of education while living France! I believe the "hands-on" learning method has a significant impact on children at this crucial stage of their educational development. Therefore I enjoy having one-on-one time with the children, making Arts & Crafts and specially working with Practical life and Sensorial materials with them. I have really enjoyed spending time with the children outdoors as they are free to explore all areas of imaginative play and it is very rewarding to see them playing together with smiles on their faces! I couldn't be happier to provide them with a safe, fun and caring environment where their physical, emotional and intellectual development is promoted.

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ALANA

 Educator -  3 year old Possum

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

 Teacher - 4 year old Kookaburra

Hello, my name is Leigha 
 
I have had the pleasure of working in Early Childhood for 7 years as an Educator and Kindergarten Teacher.
 
I am passionate about Early Childhood Education as I value the importance the first 5 years are in a child’s life. 
 
As a teacher, I have a significant role in supporting the learning and development of individual children and provide rich, hands-on learning opportunities that enable the children to develop a sense of wonder and a love of learning. 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 critical for success in school and life. I also think 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 satisfying to observe the learning, growth and development in every child over the course of their educational journey at Renown Kindergarten.
 
The best part about my profession is making children smile and laugh and the relationships I build with them and their families.
 
In my spare time, I like travelling, going to the beach, swimming, listening to music, watching movies, going to cafes and restaurants and spending time with my family and friends.
 
I look forward to getting to know you and your child over the coming year.

 

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BREE R 

 Educator -  4 year old Wombat 

Hello! 
My name is Bree and I am one of the Kindergarten assistants Renown.

I have recently joined the Renown team after working with young children for the last 8 years.

I am very passionate about helping develop young children's relationship skills. Always encouraging and showing kindness and respect for one another. 

I am also passionate about sustainability and like to incorporate this in their everyday learning following the reduce, re-use, recycle response and having discussions about how we can make small changes to help have a more sustainable environment.

In my spare time, I really enjoy fitness and love to cook delicious meals with my friends.

I am really excited to be a part of Renown and look forward to getting to know all the families over this coming year.
 

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NIKKI

Activity Group Leader - Wallaby Extended Care

My name is Nikki, and I will be your new activity group leader for 2021. I am very excited to be a part of Renown kindergarten.  A little bit about myself. I am of Fijian Indian background. Born and brought up in Fiji.  I have been living in Melbourne Australia since June 2010. I got married here and have a beautiful daughter. Her name is Aaliya and she is 4.5 years old. 

 

I really enjoy working with children and have worked from after school care programs to Child care, managed family Day care programs and also worked in sessional kindergarten programs. I have 10 years of working experience with children.

I am passionate about working with children and love to get involved with them and explore every aspect of life in a different way. My favourite things to do with the children is cooking, dancing and love to meditate and do yoga for some down time.

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BETH

Educator - 4 year old Koala 

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 - 4 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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JASMIN

Educator - Les Coccinelles

Hello, my name is Jasmin and I work as an educator in Les Coccinelles class.
Throughout my teaching journey, I have become quite a fan of inquiry-based learning; an education approach that focuses on investigation and problem-solving. It is so interesting to observe children solve challenges through their critical and creative
thinking and form their own ideas through hands-on investigations. Early childhood is such an exciting time for this kind of learning, as children at this age are so curious about the world around them. I am also passionate about supporting children’s social and emotional development. It is always so rewarding to reflect on children’s growth throughout their time at kinder. Outside of kinder, I enjoy rock-climbing, hiking, yoga, gardening, reading and photography.

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VANESSA

Administration and Marketing Officer

Hi, my name is Vanessa and you will find me in the office on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I am often families' first point of contact with the kindergarten and do all the fun admin things like invoices, payments and enrolments.

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