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Our Staff

We have a great team of experienced and caring professional Early Childhood educators.  There are always staff members on site with current First Aid certificates and all our staff have Anaphylaxis and Asthma management training.

Teachers:

Education Leader and Kindergarten Teacher

Debra commenced with Lara Lake Pre-School in 2005 and holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies.  Deb has been working with children since 1989 and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the early childhood industry.  She currently teaches and leads our Kindergarten and Pre-Kinder programs.  She enjoys scrap booking, reading, going out for a nice meal with family and friends.

Kindergarten Teachers

Monique commenced teaching with us in 2012 and is very experienced with over 16 years in the industry within Montessori Pre-Schools and has run Kindergarten programs within Long Day Care Centres.  She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Diploma of Social Science (Childcare). She loves spending time with her family and friends and going shopping.
Pep commenced teaching with us in 2014 and has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Certificate IV in training and assessment.  Pep has many years of experience as an early childhood educator and has a love of music, drama, creative arts which she enjoys sharing with the children.  Pep has a passion for enjoying live theatre, drama, music and believes creative arts bring many significant benefits to children and adults.  Pep would like to share this knowledge with the kindergarten community. 
Linda has a Bachelor of Teaching Birth to 5 Years and has many years experience working with preschool aged children.  Linda commenced teaching with us in 2013.  She enjoys shopping, movies, reading, spending time with family and friends and also enjoys traveling and cooking.
Sam commenced working with us in 2016. Sam holds a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education and has been working in the industry since 2004. Sam enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and going to the beach.

Assistants:


Tracey
commenced with us in 2012, holds a Diploma in Children's Services and now studying for a Bachelor's degree.   Tracey is confident, positive and cheerful.  She loves outdoor activities, movies, cooking and shopping.
Renee
commenced with us in 2016, coming from long day care service where she was working with babies up to kindergarten aged children.  Renee completed her Diploma in Children’s Early Childhood Education and Care in 2014 and has been working in the industry since.  In her spare time Renee enjoys spending time traveling the great outdoors with family
and friends.
Cabby
holds a Diploma in Children’s Early Childhood Education and Care and has an array of experience working with children.  She has a relaxed and calm personality.  She loves spending time with family, reading, candle making, walking the dog and cooking.
Estelle
enjoys shopping, photography, going to the movies, theatre productions and catching up with family and friends. She plays the piano and the accordion. She loves animals and has a pet dog. She loves to bring art, science and music into the kinder program. Her favourite children’s books are “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Very Cranky Bear” series and “Do not open this book!” 
Anje
has been working in the child care industry for 22 years. She has worked in long day care, worked as a nanny and now works at our kindergarten.  Anje holds a Certificate III in Children's Services and a Diploma in Community Services. She has always loved working with children and feels she has the best job here working with your children.  She enjoys singing, dancing and reading stories with the children.  Out of work she loves dining at great restaurants with her family and spending time with her animals.
Brooke commenced working at Lara Lake preschool in 2016 as a casual staff member and has commenced working in a permanent part time position in 2017.  Brooke holds a Diploma in Children's Services and has many years experience working in the children's services industry.  Brooke is a very happy and bubbly person.  She loves being outdoors and loves being creative with the children.
Stacey commenced working with us in 2016 in a part time position. Stacey holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and is currently studying towards a Bachelor in Early Education. Stacey has 8 years experience in the childcare industry, having previously worked in Long Daycare and as a OSHC coordinator.  She enjoys sharing her passion for literacy and creative arts with the children. She also enjoys cooking and photography.
Hanna enjoys spending time with her 3 boys and Husband camping, building LEGO, reading books and kicking the footy. Her favourite things are a good book, a good pair of slippers and lots of coffee!Hanna completed her diploma of Early childhood education and care in 2018 after only deciding once she’d had kids of her own that there’s nowhere else she’d rather work. she loves seeing the world through the eyes of children and never tires of the hilarious conversations and hugs she gets at work.  
Christine is currently working towards her Diploma in Early Education and Care. Christine loves spending time with family and traveling to new holiday destinations together, she also enjoys cooking and daily walks with her Dog. Her favorite part of working at Lara Lake community Pre school is undertaking art and cooking classes with the children. 

Pre-School Administration:

 
Jo-Anne joined our team in July 2013 in the position of Administration Manager.  Jo comes from a background in early adult education, working at a Registered Training Organisation where she was the Senior Training Coordinator and Operations Manager for approximately 12 years.  She holds a degree in Bachelor of Training & Assessment.  Jo's role requires her to work collaboratively with the Committee of Management in the daily running of the Pre-School, provide human resource support and continuous improvement to policies and procedures.  She supports our Early Childhood Educators by allowing them to focus on delivering a quality kindergarten program and ensuring compliance with Pre-School Core Values.  She loves travelling to sunny beach side places and would love to live by the beach one day.  She also enjoys spending time with friends and family and enjoys theatre productions and movies. 
Angela
is our Administration Officer and as a previous Committee Member, she has a great depth of knowledge about our Pre-School.  She is available in our Office on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings after 9:15am.  Angela's role includes the co-ordination of all administration tasks such as enrolments, fees, liasing with the City of Greater Geelong and the Department of Education and Training.  Angela works closely with Jo-Anne and also communicates with and acts for the Committee of Management regarding the day-to-day running of the Pre-School.  She enjoys travelling, spending time with family and friends, reading and watching movies.

Cleaning:
Carol
 
is a valued member of our team and one of the longest standing employees.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with all of her grandkids, knitting, camping and water skiing.


Relief Staff

Where possible we try to use our regular staff or those suitably qualified from the Pre-School community.

Staff Availability

During the year you may find that you have times where you need to talk about your child’s progress.  Please feel free to approach the staff at any time regarding queries you may have about the Pre-School program or your child.  If you feel you would require a longer time for this discussion, staff will be happy to arrange this.