Lu-Ann, our Kindergarten Teacher and Educational Leader with a Master’s degree in Education, has a diverse background, having taught in the early childhood field, primary schools, and university as a casual academic. Lu-Ann uses this experience to provide a well-balanced educational program, focussed on the individual child’s learning pathway. Lu-Ann runs a challenging Reggio Emilia-inspired program that takes as its starting point children’s natural curiosity about the world around them, together with recognition that they are strong and capable learners.

 

Miranda, our 4-year-old nature kinder Educator spent many years in the primary area teaching Italian and art. Hence, she was naturally draw to the Reggio Emilia approach. Miranda spent many years on our committee as a parent before becoming part of our educational team.

 

Bec, our 4-year-old nature kinder Educator originally completed a degree in Parks, Recreation and Heritage and complemented this with a teaching qualification in order to follow her passion for environmental education.  Bec has worked in a variety of environmental education settings and has been employed as a sessional teacher at the Royal Botanic gardens at Cranbourne, for the last 7 years.  Bec’s role as an educator at nature kinder is an opportunity to further share her passion for nature play and exploration with young children.

 

Pauline, our Pre-Kindergarten Educator has been working with Kallista Kinder since 2012, starting as a parent volunteer, then artist in residence, Nature Kindergarten Educator, and current role with Pre-Kindergarten. Pauline has a BA in Visual Arts and a Post Graduate Degree in Primary Education and currently work as an art teacher 2 days a week. Pauline feels inspired by the natural creativity of children during the early years and feels blessed to have the opportunity to inspire them to bring their creative ideas to life.