Michelle Adams- Director and Teacher
Michelle Adams is a qualified Early Childhood teacher with many years’ experience working in community-based Preschool and Kindergarten settings. She is passionate about sharing in the joy, wonder and curiosity that children bring to the Kindergarten year. A strong advocate for Play and the voice of the child, she values an emerging curriculum where children and educators create learning opportunities together. Michelle has a passion embedding Visual Arts and Nature pedagogy into the program. She enjoys sharing and working with children on all things colour mixing, clay, sculpture, painting in a variety of mediums, printmaking, and using nature as the backdrop/landscape for children’s learning.
Tiesha Trapp- Teacher
Tiesha commenced at South Pine Kindy in 2022 and is qualified Early Childhood Teacher. Tiesha has been working in this field for many years and has been a Teacher since 2012. Tiesha sees the value of relationships, and believes that children learn best in a play-based environment in which children are at the center of the learning. She sees that her role as a teacher is to observe and guide children as they explore their own interests. She seeks to support each child by providing a variety of open-ended experiences to stimulate imaginations and inspire. She thoroughly believes that learning should be engaging and fun!
Melissa Graham- Educator
Melissa Graham has very quickly become a valued member her at South Pine. She comes to us with over 24 years of experience. Melissa has completed her Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and is the Educator for both groups. Melissa loves getting to know each child- learning their interests and strengths. She works with and beside teachers, the children and their families to build upon these areas, creating an inclusive kindy environment where everyone belongs and flourishes.
Jess Smith- Administration Assistant
Jess Smith is our trusty Administrative Assistant. She is always ready to greet families with a friendly smile, and often wears many ‘caps’ assisting families with all things enrolments and tours to the ordering of Kindy uniforms. She holds a Diploma in Childcare and sometimes you will see her in the rooms as an Educator.
Inclusion Support Educators
We employ additional Educators, as the need arises to provide support to children with diverse learning needs. This year we have Tarnya Stock and Michelle Woodger working in each of our groups.
Tarnya Stock has a caring and nurturing nature, and children are always eager to greet her when she arrives. This year Tarnya is working in the End of the week group.
We welcome Michelle Woodger to South Pine in 2022. Michelle has very quickly become a valued member of the team. She is working across both groups.
Sue has been employed as our Financial Assistant since 2004. Sue works offsite, and supports the Kindy with organising budgets, fees, and all things finance related.