Our Educators

Toormina Community Preschool employs a team of dedicated Early Childhood Educators, who are able to nurture your child and support their development and learning.

 

Our experienced Early Childhood Educators implement current trends and practices in our developmentally appropriate program.

 

We strive to provide an inclusive program for children with additional needs, and are able to seek government funding to support this.

 

Toormina Community Preschool works closely with schools and early intervention services, to ensure your child’s smooth transition to Kindergarten.

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Kerrie Stichbury

Kerrie has been the preschools dedicated director for the past 16 years. She has a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and has worked in children’s services with over 25 years experience. Previously she has worked in long day care services and owned her own child care service.
Kerrie is committed to supporting the team of educators in providing a loving, caring, educational and safe environment for you and your children. She is passionate about forming partnerships with families and being an integral part of our local community.

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Kelly Bonello

Kelly has a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).  She has worked in Long Day Care and Out of School Hours Care Services in Sydney before relocating to the Coffs Coast in 2019. Kelly has a passion for music and is skilled in playing many musical instruments which she loves to incorporate into the daily program and share with children. 

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Rebecca Ellem

Bec has a Diploma in Children’s Services. She is the mother of two young girls and has worked in early childhood services for the past 22 years. Bec loves to support children in developing new skills and reaching individual goals. Bec enjoys sharing her interests in camping and the outdoors with the children.

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Susana Estremadoyro

Susana has worked in the early childhood field for over 14 years, she is a mother of two adult children. She has a Diploma in Children’s Services and a wealth of knowledge from her teaching career in her previous home in Lima, Peru. Susana is fluent in both English and Spanish, she shares her first language of Spanish with the children through songs, stories and conversations. Over the past few years she has inspired both educators and children to learn key phrases in Spanish.

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Jessica Evans

Jess has a Diploma in Children's Services and has been working in the early childhood for 10 years. She is a mother of two young children and is returning to the preschool from maternity leave. Jess's enthusiasm and vitality are refreshing. She is also a skilled athlete and loves to engage with the children through games of soccer or gymnastics. 

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Rhonda Miller

Rhonda has a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and has been with the preschool for 16 years, previously she has owned a successful coffee shop, ran her own family daycare service and worked in aged care. Rhonda is the mother of two adult children, she also opens her home to international and local students and enjoys sharing the knowledge and experiences of their culture with the children here at the preschool. Rhonda loves to spend time with the children creating happy memories of their preschool years. She also enjoys sharing her passion for cooking with children at the service, she is renowned for making great sushi.

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Cheryl Joyce

Cheryl has worked in the early childhood field for 18 years and has a Certificate 3 in Children's Services. Cheryl is a mother to three adult children and loves to spend time nurturing her 6 grandchildren. Cheryl loves to support the children’s interests and also share her love of gardening with the children as they engage in meaningful experiences.

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Abbey Elks

Abbey has recently joined our team of educators. At  24 years she is also mature and brings an engaging youthful energy to our team. She has previously completed her Certificate 3 in Education Support. The skills she has attained in this training and work enables her to support children with respect and understanding inclusively. She is now studying for her Diploma of Children's Services. Abbey enjoys being outdoors and engaging with the children in any kind of dancing or fitness activity.

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Janet Martindale

Janet has been employed at the preschool for 18 years as the administration officer. Janet moved here in 1995 with her young family. Before she became an employee,  Janet's children attended our Preschool. During this time, she was a Committee Member and then Committee President for 2 years. Janet has endless knowledge about the Preschools history and how it has developed over the years. She is a valuable employee whose understanding of the Preschool framework is extensive; she loves the children making impromptu visits to her in the office.

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Sarah Bennett

Sarah is a hard-working and dedicated casual member of the team. Her children were also preschoolers here and we are lucky to have Sarah available to support us when needed.

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