Our Staff

Our team of educators are qualified and experienced in the Early Childhood sector. They have been part of the Chelsea Heights Kinder Community for many years and have strong attachments to the local children and their families. We have an open door policy at our kindergarten.
Sharon, Sam D, Natasha, Fleur, Janette, Liz, Laura, Hannah, Ashlee, Sam P, Trish and Kelly welcome you at any time.

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Sharon Cummins

Director Part-time, Teacher

I feel happy and proud to have been part of the CHK community for over 20 years. It’s a positive and beautiful place for children to grow and learn. I’m committed to providing quality teaching and learning opportunities in Early Childhood.  My interests include gardening, travel and reading.

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Natasha Balog

Teacher, Wombats

Being a Kindergarten Teacher has always been my passion. Having taught in Early childhood education for over 20 year now, I believe children thrive in an environment that supports learning by encouraging play, exploration and interaction. I aim to provide an atmosphere where children and families feel welcomed, supported and respected.
Outside of kinder l am a busy mum of two children and during my spare time l love going to the movies, travelling and going to the beach with my family.

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Samantha Davies

Teacher, Possums

I have been a Kindergarten Teacher in the Chelsea area for about 12 years. Previously, I have taught sessional kindergarten in a variety of settings and locations during which time, I have had 5 children. I am passionate about Early Childhood Education and supporting children and families during this critical period of learning in children's young lives. I love that Early Childhood teaching and learning is child-centered, flexible, responsive and lot of fun! In my spare time, i love to be in nature, camping on the Murray River with my family and 2 dogs, Maggie and Lucy.

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Fleur Eddey

Teacher, Koalas

I have worked in both Early Childhood and Special Needs settings here in Australia as well as in London. My passion is teaching three year old kindergarten. I am passionate about creating an inclusive play based environment where the children feel safe, secure, respected and nurtured as they learn, explore, create, discover and have fun! Having lived in the Chelsea/Edithvale area for over 20 years I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. I live with my husband and 2 boys who like to acknowledge they are taller than me. When I'm not working, I love spending time with my family and friends, keeping fit, going to the beach, shopping and going on holidays.

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Janette Cowley

Teacher, Joey's

I have worked in Early Childhood Education for over 16 years. I love working with children and couldn't imagine doing anything else. I've lived in the City of Kingston my entire life and love the beaches and lifestyle our community offers. I'm a proud mum of 7 year old twins and we love to spend family time together. I also love to read and draw whenever i get a chance.

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Samantha Payet

Educator, Koalas & Possums

My passion to work with children ignited after becoming a mum and watching my own daughter grow and learn. I believe my role as an educator is to create an environment where all children feel safe and secure and helping each child to be the best they can be. Outside of kinder i love spending time with my family, going for walks and enjoying the beach. I also love cooking in my spare time.

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Laura Ashurst

Educator, Joeys

I am so happy to be part of the Chelsea Heights Kindergarten team. I feel very priviledged to be able to educate each child and love getting to know all their personalities. I hope each child feels safe, secure and supported when in my care. Outside of kinder I love spending time with my two sons and husband as well as going on holidays to sunny Queensland.

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Hannah Snow

Educator, Koalas

I joined Chelsea Heights kinder 2020 but have worked in the early learning sector since 2010. I have gained experience across all age groups and in a variety of roles. I pride myself on having positive and warm interactions with children by offering praise, support and respect. Creating a fun and exciting environment means I can also challenge and inspire every session. I live locally to the kinder with my husband and 2 children. I love living so close to the beach where we spend most of our time during the summer. I will be on Maternity leave for 2022, returning 2023. 

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Elizabeth (Liz) Thornell

Educator, Possums & Wombats

I'm Liz or Lizzie as I'm known by everyone at kinder. I have been working as a Co-Educator with both the three and four year old groups over the last 19 years. I love the sense of community at our kinder and that we all work closely together to provide a safe and happy environment for the children to learn and play. I have two daughters who are also in the Education field. To relax i love listening to music and going for walks. I also enjoy camping and have recently taken up kayaking too for some fun.

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Ashlee Bray

Co-ordinator, Extended Care

My aim is to get to know each individual child's needs and interests then use this knowledge to create a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for everyone to feel a part of. I also aim to establish and maintain respectful relationships with families in our community. In my spare time i enjoy taking my dog (Amani) on fun adventures, visiting cafes and restaurants with family and friends, gardeningm painting and travelling.

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Trish Bull

Casual Reliever

It always gives me great joy to relieve at the wonderful and vibrant Chelsea Heights Kinder. It's actually my favourite out of all the bayside kinders i teach at. The welcoming and friendly team and beautiful children always inspire me. I love sharing my interests in music, mindfulness, wellbeing and nature based programs. It is such a happy, caring and fun educational setting for everyone to be, belong and become.

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Kelly Cooper

Administration Officer

During my 25 year career as a Youth Worker across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, I developed policies and procedures, compliance documents and manages government contracts. For the past four years i have been working in Early Childhood Education setting assisting committee and staff to meet their legislative requirements. I have two children, i love to read and i have a strange fondness of spreadsheets.