Our Staff

 

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Natasha Owens

Tash is the Director, Nominated Supervisor of Albert Waterways Children’s Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) and is a registered teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers. Tash divides her time between taking care of the Centres management (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) and teaching the fabulous Kindergarten class (most Wednesdays). Tash loves nature, yoga, singing, making music and participating in dramatic purists. She brings all of these things to the Kindergarten curriculum. With over 19 years employed at Albert Waterways Children’s Centre and over 7 years in her role as the Director.

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Lesley Walker

Lesley is the Early Childhood Teacher in the Kindergarten room.  She has over 20 years of Early Childhood experience and has been a staff member since 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) and is a registered teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers. Lesley, originally from New Zealand, brings with her an extensive knowledge of early childhood education and is a kind, caring and supportive educator.

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Saori Iwamitsu

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 of Children’s Services. Saori incorporates her wonderful Japanese culture and language into our programs as well as her flair for creative art and craft.

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Tamara Fallon

Tamara is the Assistant Director and the Educational Leader of the Centre and the lead educator in the Junior Kindy room.  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.

 

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Karen Dean

Karen holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and has been employed at Albert Waterways since 2002. She is an educator in the Junior Kindy room and has a wonderful calm, nurturing nature that the children are most definitely drawn to.

 

 

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Haley Peisley

Haley has been a staff member since 2005 and is an educator in the Junior Kindy room. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and is a kind, caring and supportive educator who enjoys supporting the children to their fullest potential.

 

 

 

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Hitomi Shackley

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.

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Yoko Johnston

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.

 

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Akiko Ariga

Akiko joined the team in 2014 with lots of experience working with children with special needs.  She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services. Akiko is very keen to learn and grow professionally and can be found in both rooms as a relief educator.

 

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Maria Tuliao

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.

 

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Liyana, originally from Indonesia holds her Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care, Liyana has brought her happy and intriguing personality to the rooms, always looking to support children’s enquiry and exploration in the space. She can be found in both rooms as a relief educator.

 

 


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Ethelene Balmeo

Ethelene, originally from Philippines and a qualified nurse. She is 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 imaginations. Ethelene holds her Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care and she can be found in both rooms as a relief educator.

 

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Nikki Thornton

Nikki takes care of the Centre’s administration and is a highly creative staff member. She is a wealth of information and can be found in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am till 4.15pm. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualified Nikki also can be found in the Kindergarten room on Monday & Thursdays.

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Wendy Marsh

Wendy is an additional Early Childhood Teacher in the Kindergarten room (Tuesday & Fridays). She has been a staff member since 2013 and completed her Bachelor of Education (Primary /Early Childhood Teaching) in December 2019. Wendy is a passionate and thoughtful educator, who enjoys engaging and challenging our children through her group time experiences.

 

 

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Tracy is our centre’s cook and has had over 30 years of cooking experience for her family & friends. She has a passion for fresh produce and can create tasty, traditional dishes that would warm anyone’s heart.

 

 

 

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Nikki Wetherill

Nikki has been part of the AWCC community for almost 18 years, working in the rooms for 8 years before taking a break to raise her family. Holding her Certificate III in Children’s Services, Nikki has recently returned to the team as a relief educator it is Nikki’s bubbly personality and playful manner that ensure positive and fun connections with our children. 

 

 

 

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