Staff and Management
Without doubt, our staff are the backbone of Neighborhood House. Educators want to work here because of our excellent reputation and our reputation is because of our Educators. Testament to this is the number of staff members eligible for long service leave, those who are recognised for years of dedicated and committed care and the low staff turnover. We look after our staff so they stick around long enough to educate and care for your children from whatever stage they start until they head off to primary school.
Our staff are qualified over and above minimum requirements. They have knowledge of both emotional and developmental needs of our children. Our Staff/Child ratios exceed Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Regulations. Through in service workshops we continuously extend their skills. You will surely get a sense of their nurturing, sensitive and caring natures when you visit us.
Kate Hall. Director (Commenced May 1983) Kate has been the Director of Neighborhood House since May 1983. Kate is passionate about the Early Childhood Education Industry and constantly aims to raise the bench mark in delivering outstanding outcomes for young children and Educators under her guidance. In this time Kate has overseen the relocation of the Centre from Bridport St to Carter St and the expansion and renovations in 1995, 2002 and again in 2012.
Kate has two children, Sarah and Ben who are both young adults now.
Telstra Business Women’s Award Finalist 2005.
In 2012 Kate was awarded an "Outstanding Educator Award" and an "Advancing Practice Award" from Early Childhood & Education & Care Awards.
Qualifications – Diploma of Applied Science (Children’s Services). Diploma of Business. Occupational Health & Safety Supervisor.
Margaret - Educator - Kindergarten Room (Commenced June 2015) Margaret joined our team having gained extensive experience as a nanny for several families in Paris for 15 years. Since coming back to Melbourne in early 2014 with her family, Margaret has completed her Certificate III in Childrens Services and has been working in a wide range of Centres as a casual reliever. Margaret is a mature and enthusiastic Educator who is passionate about offering high quality care and education for young children. Margaret is the co-ordinator of our ever popular French Program and ensures that French is a part of the children’s everyday life.
Qualifications - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Claudia Losada - Part-time relieving Educator (Commenced August 2016) Claudia began her journey at Neighborhood House as a student on placement while completing her Diploma during which time she displayed a huge degree of professionalism and maturity. On completion of her studies Claudia joined our team on a part-time basis to relieve in all rooms. Claudia has first hand experience with Preschool children as she has a young son Santi who is 6 years old.
Qualifications - Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Wilbert Romulo - Centre Chef (Commenced June 2017) Wilbert relocated to Melbourne from New Zealand just prior to commencing at Neighborhood House where he had gained 17 years experience as a chef across a range of different sectors including flight catering, hospital catering and Pre-school catering. Wilbert’s previous role included catering for 140 children each day including those with a range of allergies, food preferences and religious dietary requirements. Wilbert has an impeccable reputation that includes his great work ethic, strong attention to detail and superb ability to prepare nutritious and popular meals for children.
Qualifications - Food Services Course, Module 1, Module 2 and Module 3
Lynette Tah - Educational Leader (Commenced April 2019)
Lynette joined our team as the Educational Leader after 5 years of experience at another Early Years service in Sydney. Lynette is equipped with pedagogical leadership to create commonly accepted values and share vision for the teams in which she works within. Lynette’s greatest strengths are her conscientious, high level of initiative and reliability.
Qualifications: Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Fathima Zareen - Preschool Educator (Commenced November 2015) Fathima joined our team as an Educator who could work in all age groups. After 2 years Fathima was given the opportunity to be the supporting Educator in a Preschool funded program. In early 2019 Fathima went on maternity leave and soon became Mum to a beautiful little boy called Zaid. Fathima returned to Neighborhood House in early 2020 and she now works Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays in the Preschool room. Fathima is an experienced Educator who forms superb bonds with children and has a strong focus on learning outcomes for all children. Fathima is a popular and valued member of our team.
Qualifications: Diploma in Children’s Services
Corina Tiong - Educator - In-House Reliever in all rooms (Commenced June 2021) Corina joined our team having had extensive experience within Early Childhood and Primary Schools both as a Reliever and Permanent Educator. Corina is mature and displays a gentle and nurturing approach with all age ranges. Corina's degree of initiative, energy and enthusiasm is a great asset to our Neighborhood Team. Corina is a mum to two gorgeous young boys.
Qualifications: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care / Bachelor of Teaching - Deakin University (Melbourne)
Danelle (Nelly) Mollison - 2IC Preschool (Commenced July 2021) Nelly joined our team after having several years' experience in both centre based and private education and care of children. Nelly is dedicated, enthusiastic and committed with a positive and professional attitude. Nelly is 2IC of our funded Preschool program and has a professional philosophy that aligns closely with Neighborhood House's overall philosophy.
In her spare time Nelly enjoys Lacrosse at club, state and national level.
Qualifications: Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Brooke Hennessey - Teacher in charge of 4 year old Funded Program (Commenced August 2021) Brooke joined the Neighborhood House family having had extensive experience over a range of different types of schools both throughout Australia and London. Brooke's strengths include strong communication skills, excellent team work and strong commitment to partnerships with families. Brooke has a particular interest in accommodating all children and their individual needs and abilities. Brooke's interests in her own time include travelling (prior to Covid) catching up with friends, watching movies and trail hiking.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education : Birth - 5 years
Ana Peros - In-House Reliever (Commenced November 2021) Ana immigrated from Croatia 6 years ago and clearly is passionate in pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education and has completed her Certificate III and Diploma and now is in the midst of completing her Bachelor. Ana has extensive experience over a range of sectors and is a Mum to three children of various ages. Ana has a particular interest in Mindfulness and her play based philosophy based on children's interests aligns well with Neighborhood House.
Qualifications: Certificate III - Children's Services; Diploma - Children's Services in Education and Care; Working towards - Bachelor - Early Childhood Education
Carla Perea - Teacher in Charge of Early Learner Room (Commenced November 2021) Carla is a genuine and passionate Teacher whose philosophy is based on high quality intentional teaching. Carla completed a double degree in Primary and Early Childhood Education in Spain which have been recognised in Australia by ACECQA. Carla joins us with extensive experience in Europe and believes in continuously reflecting on practices and improving our quality of performance in Teaching applications.
Qualifications: Approved -: Early Childhood Teacher (Spain)
Bowen Sun - Teacher in Charge of 3 Year Old Kindergarten Room (Commenced January 2022) Bowen is a dedicated and empathic Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood & Primary) graduate with a background in Human Psychology. She focuses on social and emotional wellbeing of children, ensuring all children's interests, strengths and learning needs are prioritised and responded to. Bowen incorporates an inquiry-based approach into all aspects of learning ensuring programs are tailored to children's interests while at the same time encouraging critical thinking. Bowen enjoys reading in her spare time
Qualifications: Masters of Teaching - Early Childhood & Primary
Sunny Sritongyom - Educator Early Learners Wing (Commenced February 2022) Sunny first came to Neighborhood House during 2021 to complete her professional practical experience and due to Covid her placement spanned over many months. During this time we established that Sunny was an excellent Educator and great cultural fit for Neighborhood House. Sunny is an enthusiastic Educator who shows great initiative and maturity throughout each day and as a result is a valuable member of our team.
Qualifications: Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Maria Azupardo - In-House Relieving Teacher in all rooms (Commenced April 2022) Maria is a dedicated Teacher who is passionate about high quality Education. She displays a happy and calm nature and understands how crucial the preschool years are in a child's life. As a result of Maria's range of experience with all age groups she is ideal for our In-House Relieving Teachers role. Maria's interests in her spare time involve walking trails, outdoor activities and going to markets.
Qualifications: Masters in Education and Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Dianne Pal - Teacher in charge - 3 Year old Kindergarten room (Commenced April 2022) Dianne is a highly motivated teacher who has had a vast range of experience including working closely with children with individual needs as well as 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten programs. Dianne's maturity, professionalism and passion for high quality outcomes for young children is a wonderful asset to the Neighborhood House team. In Dianne's spare time she enjoys performing arts, keeping fit and a love for animals.