Tamara is our Director, Nominated Supervisor at Albert Waterways Children’s Centre. Tamara has been with the centre for over a decade now working in a variety of rolls over the years including Educator, Lead Educator, Educational Leader & Assistant Director before finally taking on the management of our wonderful community. Tamara holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and has been an early childhood educator since 2004. Tamara is full of fun and has a love of arts and crafts that shows in her work with the children
Haley is the Assistant Director, Educational Leader and joint Group Leader of our Junior Kindy room. Joining the education team in 2005, Haley has holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and is a kind, caring and supportive educator who enjoys supporting the children to their fullest potential.
Karen is our joint Group Leader of the Junior Kindy room. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and has been employed at Albert Waterways since 2002. Karen has a wonderful calm, nurturing nature that the children are most definitely drawn to.
Ethelene has been with our centre since 2018 and is part of the Junior Kindy educating team. Originally from Philippines she holds her Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care and is a qualified nurse. Ethelene is a warm and nurturing personality that consistently supports and encourages both the children and staff in the centre. In particular, Ethelene enjoys providing experiences that expand and extend children’s imagination.
Hitomi (Hills) joined the Albert Waterways team in 2013 and holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care . Hills has experience working in an International Kindergarten in Japan, where she worked for 4 years. She incorporates her wonderful Japanese culture, knowledge and language as well as her passion for music into our programs. Hills can be found in the Junior Kindy room.
Yoko holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and has been employed at Albert Waterways since 2015. She has a wonderful calm, nurturing nature that the children are most definitely drawn to. She enjoys sharing both her Japanese culture and musical talents with the children and can be found in the Junior Kindy room.
Nina is our Early Childhood Teacher. Originally from Norway, Nina holds a Graduate Degree in education and a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care. Nina is passionate about providing engaging, play-based learning opportunities for the children to foster positive learning dispositions. Nina can be found in the Kindergarten room on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays and has been part of AWCC educating team since 2021.
Saori is an educator in the Kindergarten room. She has been at Albert Waterways since 2007 where she began as a student completing her practicum and is now a permanent member of staff. Saori holds an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services. Saori incorporates her wonderful Japanese culture and language into our programs as well as her flair for creative art and craft.
Nikki joined the centre as Administrator in 2014 before completing her Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care in 2019. Nikki is our Centre Administrator/ Educator and can be found in the office Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays working her admin magic. She can also be found in the Kindergarten room on Mondays & Thursdays bringing her creative play ideas to the children.
Maria joined the team in 2014 with many years of experience in the early childhood field. She holds a Certificate lll in Children’s Services and has a bubbly and quirky personality that the children adore. She can be found in both rooms as a relief educator.
Liyana, originally from Indonesia holds her Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care, Liyana has brought her happy and intriguing personality to the rooms, always looking to support children’s inquiry and exploration in space. She can be found in both rooms as a relief educator.
Paula, originally from Argentina holds her Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care and started working with AWCC in 2017. Paula is passionate about nature play, sustainable practices, and environmental experiences such as gardening. She can be found in both rooms as a relief educator.
Sammy first experienced our AWCC community as a parent when her son attended the Kindergarten program. Inspired by her experience and the impact educators can have on children Sammy completed her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care with Tafe. Sammy is a warm and positive educator who enjoys spending quality time with the children and supporting their play.
Sarah is a wonderful, calm, and nurturing personality who enjoys supporting children of all ages to explore and connect through play. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education from the Philippines and is currently studying for her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care. Having joined the team in 2022, Sarah is part of the relief team and can be found in both rooms.
For Maddie, childcare runs in the family as she follows her grandmother Maureen’s footsteps into the industry. Maddie is a vibrant and happy personality who enjoys encouraging positive social connections and play experiences with the children. Maddie is currently studying her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care and provides relief cover in both rooms.
AWCC Kitchen Team
Tracy joined the AWCC kitchen team in 2017 bringing with her 30 years of cooking experience for her family & friends. Tracy has a passion for fresh produce and creating tasty, traditional dishes that would warm anyone’s heart. Tracy is the AWCC Head Cook and is a qualified Food Safety Supervisor.
Joining us as a relief cook in 2021 after her youngest son completed Kindergarten AWCC, Betania was inspired by the centre’s focus on healthy nutritious meals and was keen to add a cultural twist to the kitchen. Betania is passionate about good food and is a qualified Food Safety Supervisor.