Our Staff

Our educators plan and implement the educational programs with the children in a caring, nurturing and fun environment.

Susie Alston is the Director and Lead Teacher of Alfred Nuttall Memorial Kindergarten (ANMK). She holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) and has been working in the early childhood field for over 15 years. Susie is passionate about the importance of outdoor and nature play for children including the influence of this play on developing within the children a love and care for the environment. Susie is also a practicing yoga instructor and enjoys camping trips with her family.

Claire Perrone is a passionate and nurturing teacher who has been working with children and families for almost 10 years. She builds respectful and supportive relationships with children by getting to know their dispositions and curiosities. Claire loves learning alongside children, working with them to explore their interests and to understand the world around them. Claire knows the affinity children have for nature and the impact this has on children’s wellbeing, so she ensures children have ample opportunity to be active and explore the natural world. An Alphington local, Claire loves paddling on the river and riding around town. An Italian at heart, Claire loves to cook and tend the garden, at home and at the farmers market. When she gets the chance she’s climbing mountains in Tassie or sitting around the fire with friends and family. Claire loves to sew, and is learning to crochet.

Lana Foster
is one of our educators working and has worked at ANMK for 19 years. Lana has a Diploma in Children’s Services and has experience working with a range of age groups in early childhood. Lana enjoys being with her family and following her daughter’s ever-growing interests. Lana’s own interests include writing, reading, music, art and craft, parks, zoos and museums.

Amanda Saltmarsh
is an educator working with the four year old groups. Amanda has a Certificate III in Children’s Services and is working towards completing her diploma. Amanda also holds a Certificate IV in vet nursing and has a strong passion for reading, spending time with her family, listening to music and caring for her many pets at home. Amanda enjoys sharing her love for arts and animals with the children and her fellow teachers.

Yukie Green
has worked with children of different ages in child-care centres and kindergartens in Japan. In 2015 Yukie joined ANMK as an Additional Assistant and since 2016 has been working as an educator with both the three-year-old and four-year-old groups. Yukie is Japanese and enjoys sharing her culture with the children, including the Japanese language and origami. Yukie likes to listen to music, watch movies and musicals, and swimming.

Luluk Hanifah
 is an educator in our the Bush Kinder Program having completed a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2015. She has worked in a preschool in Banyule since 2014 as well as undertaking relief roles in several preschools. Luluk moved from Indonesia in 2008 and decided to work with children as a career choice due to the rewarding nature of supporting them to achieve their goals. Luluk enjoys sewing in her spare time.

Deena Ryan is a Diploma trained Co educator and has been working in the sector for over ten years. Her passion in Early Education is sustainability and nature play/bush kinder, where she brings 7 years experience from half day Bush Kinder to full days. Deena strongly believes that long periods of unstructured play outside in nature builds knowledge and care for our environment.

Currently studying horticulture, Deena loves learning all things plants, soils and the environment. She volunteers with the Tree Project where she helps to grow and plant out hundreds of native plants for regenerative projects.

Hiking, camping/traveling with her family, tending her veggie garden and walking her dog, Ruby, are some of Deena’s favourite things to do.

Our team works together  to create a warm, caring and stimulating environment for the children.  We draw on each staff members’ individual skills to create and deliver a varied experience for children across the three and four-year-old programs. Throughout the year, additional staff members may also be involved at the kindergarten, such as assistants and other specialists.  The kindergarten also participates in training programs for teaching students.  Student to staff rations and qualifications of staff are maintained at all times and staff interact with each other and others at the kinder in a respectful and ethical way.

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