Our Staff

Our team of Teachers and 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, Sarah, Sam D, Natasha, Fleur, Liz, Laura, Hannah, Sam P, Olga, Trish, Janette 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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Sarah Bolger

Teacher and Educational Leader Joeys

I have always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. I clearly remember myself at kinder finger painting. I thought if I could do this for a job how fun would it be! Now I realise how much learning there is in such a simple experience. I enjoy documenting this learning to make visible how important Early Childhood Education is. I have been working in Early Childhood for over 20 years. This has included teaching in kindergarten, early intervention and music. My husband and I have two children. We love traveling and have done two big trips around Australia in our caravan.  

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Samantha Davies

Teacher and Nominated Supervisor, 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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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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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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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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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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Olga Ristevski

Educator, Extended Care

I am extremely excited to be a part of the Chelsea Heights Kinder team. I enjoy supporting children to build on their self-confidence through secure and caring relationships. I thrive in extending children’s learning through play-based experiences and am filled with joy as they venture into new discoveries. I enjoy sharing music, singing, and dancing within our day, which helps to promote relaxation and self-expression. 

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, craft and keeping myself active through light exercise. I am surrounded by a supportive family who love heading out together on day trips and holidays. 

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Susan Tong

Extended Care Educator

I'm very pleased to join the team at Chelsea Heights Kinder. I am passionate in providing all children a safe and healthy environment in their education and hope to share my interests in crafts, learning through play and discovering new experiences with the children.

In my spare time, I love going on long drives down the coast or to the countryside with my husband and 3 children, spending time with family and friends or relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book. I have also developed a new hobby of indoor/outdoor house plants like many others during the last couple of years.

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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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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.

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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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Janette Cowley

Casual Reliever

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.