Ms Judy Wood

BA (Early Childhood)

Early Childhood Teacher

Judy is an Early Childhood Teacher for both the 3 and 4 year old groups. Judy joined us in 2011 with many years experience and has been our Nominated Supervisor for a number of years. Her previous experience is extensive, from a lunch time assistant at Xavier College ELC, to childcare centre ‘room leader’, through to qualified Early Childhood Teacher at community run kindergartens.  When not working, Judy enjoys sports, particularly netball.

Mrs Lainey Munt

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Teacher

Lainey comes to us in 2020 with many years experience in teaching in Early Childhood settings. Lainey’s philosophy, which underpins her teaching, is the belief of educating the whole child based upon their interests and strengths, She teaches the value of respectful relationships as she feels strongly about the importance of teaching this from an early age. Lainey is also a mother to 3 children of her own, a 10 year old boy and twin girls, 7. When not teaching she enjoys playing netball and going on family adventures.
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Ling Zhao

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education & Master of Teaching

Early Childhood Teacher

Ling joined us in 2021 after spending the last 8 years teaching and studying in the Early Childhood Education sector in Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from RMIT, graduating with 1st class honours, and completed her Master of Education from the University of Melbourne (specialising in Bilingual Education in early years).

Before that, Ling taught for 10 years in preschools based in China, so she has many years of experience within early childhood sectors.

Ling believes that respectful, caring bonds with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful kindergarten experience. She feels that children gain the most through play-based learning. When engaged in play, they are provided opportunities to make sense of the world around them through inquiry, exploration, interaction and problem solving. Ling believes that each child has unique strength and preferred learning style. She adopts a differentiated teaching approach to provide enough opportunity and challenge for all children to build on success and develop a positive attitude towards learning. Ling is also the mother of a twenty year-old son.

Ms Carolyn Morrow

BA (Early Childhood)

Early Childhood Teacher

After 15 years in the IT industry, Carolyn embarked on a career change and completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Monash University. Carolyn’s pedagogical philosophy aligns with the Reggio Emilia approach as well as Bronfenbrenner’s theory of a Socio Cultural view of child development. As such she highly regards and values the partnerships between educators and families in providing a holistic approach to the education, care and development of all children. Carolyn lives locally and is married with two daughters aged 10 and 13.

Mrs Maxine Ryan

Educator

Maxine has been with us since 2005. She has worked with both the 3 year old and 4 year old groups. Maxine is also a busy mother of two children. Maxine has many years of experience working with children including working in a Preschool and nannying overseas in London, where she met her husband.

Ms Jenny Grimshaw

Educator

Jenny returned to the workforce in 2010 after being at home with her four children. She is a past parent, has worked as a paediatric nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital and has completed an Integration Aid course and a Certificate III in Child Care. Returning to the Preschool has been wonderful and rewarding, she says. She enjoys working with the other staff, parents and most importantly being with the children and watching them learn, grow and develop.

Ms Maree Filopoulos

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Educator

Maree has been with Auburn South Preschool since 2014.  Marlee recently completed her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. She returned to the workforce after 8 years as a stay at home mum following the completion of her Cert III in children’s services. Maree has been actively involved in many childcare centres, and is rewarded when she sees the children’s gorgeous little faces when they achieve special goals! Maree enjoys painting, all sorts of craft, has a passion for interior design, visiting art galleries and DIY around the house.

Mrs Katie Hardy

Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary

Educator

Katie is a warm and engaging educator who joined us in 2021 after spending time at home raising her own young family. She holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary teaching and has 10 years of experience teaching in a local Primary school setting. Katie is passionate about educational issues such as School Readiness, the importance of learning through play and using student’s interests to guide future learnings.

Mrs Claire Wilson

Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)

Educator

Claire joined Auburn South Preschool in the role of Educator in 2019. She believes that children are competent, capable and born ready to learn and believes in offering children stimulating environments that promote exploration, investigation and delight in learning. Claire is a mother of a young son, is a keen reader, and loves her yoga practice.

Ms Joanne Pongracz

Educator

Joanne comes to Auburn South Preschool with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Diploma in Children’s Services and qualifications in fitness, logistics and travel. Joanne has had experience working in retail, logistics, hospitality and tourism. In 2006 Joanne started her career in early childhood education and has worked in long day care and occasional care centres in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. She has been employed as a room leader, co-educator and assistant in the past. Throughout her working career, she has also worked extensively with the Reggio Emilia philosophy and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) which complements her assistant educator role at Auburn South Preschool.

Mahnaz Eghbal

Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care)

Educator

Mahnaz is an experienced educator who joined our team in 2021 following numerous years working with us in the capacity of an Integration Aide through Connections Uniting Care, which has a long history of supporting marginalised and disadvantaged children. She is skilled in working with children with additional needs. Mahnaz is a warm and caring educator who the children enjoy spending time with. She is passionate about working with young children and is always seeking new interests to bring to the groups, including science and maths and she also enjoys sharing her Persian Culture with the children.

Mrs Nicky Tully

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Educator

Nicky joined Auburn South in 2019 as an Additional Educator. She believes that all children are special and have something unique that they can bring to their own education. She is eager to support children to learn through purposeful, quality play experiences and encourage them to express and accept themselves for who they are, as well embrace the differences of others. In her spare time Nicky loves watching her 3 sons play basketball, enjoys pilates and reading a good book.

Mrs Nicole Radford

Preschool Manager

Nicole joined Auburn South Preschool in 2012 as the Preschool’s administration officer and is now the Preschool Manager – we would be lost without her! Nicole previously worked in the hairdressing industry managing salons and has experience working in administration and serving on Preschool committees. Nicole is married and has 3 teenage boys.