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.

Ms Megan Hoppe

Early Childhood Teacher

Megan Hoppe joined us in 2018 as Educational Leader and Teacher of Blue group.  She graduated from Edith Cowan University in Perth, WA with a Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood Studies.  Megan moved to Melbourne in 2011 from Perth where she had taught at several schools including Hale School and Christ Church Grammar. She recently taught at St John’s Kindergarten in Toorak, and before that taught at Caulfield Grammar School in Malvern. Megan is also a mother to two young daughters, Amelia and Eve.
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Ms Katherine Ford

GradDip Ed (Early Childhood), BA (Dance)

Early Childhood Teacher

Katherine joined Auburn South Preschool in 2010, and has worked with both 3 and 4 year old groups during this time, as well as being our Educational Leader from 2012-14. She recognises the importance of these early years, and wants to provide an environment that is warm and nurturing, ensuring each child and family​ ​feels a sense of belonging. She believes her job as an educator is to provide a learning environment that is safe and stimulating, encouraging self-esteem in children, self help skills, resilience and an environment that supports a play based program.
Away from kinder, Katherine has two children and will be returning from maternity leave at the beginning of 2018 to continue her fulfilling career as a teacher at Auburn South Preschool.
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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

Educator

Maree recently completed her Diploma Certificate III in Children’s Services and has returned to the workforce after 8 years as a stay at home mum. 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.

Ms Stephanie Wang

Educator

Stephanie is a Diploma qualified educator for our 3 year old Yellow group. Stephanie has experience working in 3-4 year old kinder rooms for the past four years. She has worked in the early childhood sector for the past ten years. Currently, she also works a a kindergarten relief educator for other services on Monday to Wednesday. When not working, Stephanie enjoys cooking, particularly trying new recipes.

Ms Silvia Pochettino-Morton

Educator

With an extensive period of employment as a graphic / web designer overseas, Silvia’s interest in early childhood came later in life and was greatly inspired from starting her own family in Australia. Silvia holds a diploma in children’s services and her experience ranges from Italian bicultural support educator in Sydney, where she offered cultural assistance and care to children from an Italian background, to nanny, to early childhood educator at several childcare centres both in Sydney and Melbourne. Silvia believes that early childhood education is the foundation for lifelong learning and that each child is a unique individual and should be valued, respected and treated as such. Silvia has recently joined the team and, when not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, as well as volunteering in Italian aged care programs.

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.

Ms Debra Moore

Educator

Deb joined us in 2012 as our special needs assistant after being a mother to her three children. In 2013 Deb continued with us as assistant for 3 and 4 year old groups. She has completed a Certificate III in Children’s Services. Deb enjoys her time with the children, watching them develop into independent learners, as well as her outside interests in rowing, patchwork, walking, and travelling. In 2018, Deb will work in a Relief Educator role for our Preschool.

 Mrs Sharon Macdonald

Educator

Sharon joined Auburn South Preschool in 2011 after previously working as a primary school teacher. She was also the assistant for two years at West Hawthorn Preschool for their 3 year old group. Sharon has been working as a casual Relief Educator since 2017. She is married with two children, and enjoys skiing, tennis and watching the Hawks!

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.

Mrs Briana Elsley

BA Early Childhood and Primary Teaching, Dip Children’s Services, Dip Ed Montessori

Early Childhood Teacher (Maternity leave)

Bri joined the team in 2012. She has been a primary and kindergarten teacher for 10 years and has taught a variety of age groups. Bri has specific Montessori training which brings something different to the Preschool. She enjoys the freedom and emergent program that is characteristic to the Reggio Emilia approach; the teaching philosophy that our Preschool references as a basis for our programming. Bri combines part-time teaching with being a mum of young children.

Mrs Carmen Chen

Co-Educator (Maternity leave)

Carmen has worked in the children’s services industry since 2010 after completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services. She is currently undertaking the Diploma of Early Childhood Education to upgrade her own skills and to help children to achieve a better learning outcome. Carmen believes children are creative, independent and have great potential. With a young family of her own Carmen understands the challenges families might have, and is keen to support both the families and their children. Carmen is married with a young son.