Meet the Team...

Preschool is staffed by university-qualified teachers and TAFE-qualified educators in a higher than required (by regulation), ratio of staff to children.  In 2010, we introduced  an innovative staffing-role of outdoor programmer.  The staff strive for best-practice, responding to contemporary perspectives, committed to meaningful interactions with the children and families, and creating relationship-based education. 

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Pauline Iacono, Director

The Nominated Supervisor/Director and the Educational Leader (Diploma of Teaching-Early Childhood Education).  Has been the Director/Teacher at Mittagong Preschool since 2005, teacher since 1997. Has been teaching for more than twenty five years, with most of these at Mittagong Preschool.

“I love to dance and 80’s disco music is the best! I also enjoy cooking and Zumba! My passion is spending time with my family .. closely followed by my commitment to early childhood education!”

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Andrea

An educator in the Possum Room - second-in-charge (Diploma of Children’s Services) Monday-Wednesday. Has been at Mittagong Preschool since 2018 and has been working in the child care sector for ten years.

“I have two boys that keep me really busy. I love cooking, arts and crafts and travel - seeing new places and tasting different foods along my travels!”

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Belinda

A support educator in the Koala Room (Diploma of Children’s Services) Monday-Tuesday. Has been on the Parent Committee at Mittagong Preschool for several years and in 2019 took on this part-time role. Has been around the child care sector for ten years.

"My favourite thing is that Friday afternoon feeling! I'm happiest at home with my family."

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Claudeen

A support educator in the Possum Room (Certificate III of Children’s Services) Wednesday-Friday. Started at Mittagong Preschool in 2019 and has been working in the child care sector for more than ten years.

“I love finding time to curl up and read a book or head to the beach to enjoy the waves!”

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Friedel

The Teacher in the Possum Room Monday to Friday (Diploma of Teaching- Early Childhood Education). Has worked in a variety of roles since graduating in 1990. Predominantly working in Long Day Care as a Teacher and Director, but has also spent time as a Nanny and Summer Camp Counsellor. Has been teaching at Mittagong Preschool since 2014.

“My passions are horses, books and challenging the IPad to a game of solitaire!” 

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Helen

The Teacher in the Koala Room Monday to Friday (Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood). Has worked as a teacher and director in long day care and Preschool settings since graduating in 1989. Helen worked with Bowral Community Health in the late 1990’s to develop and pilot the PALS program. Started teaching at Mittagong Preschool in 2019.

I love spending time with my four children, going to Crossfit and travelling. I am also interested in archaeology”

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Janel

An educator - second-in-charge (Diploma of Children’s Services), in the Koala Room Wednesday-Friday & a support educator in the Possum Room, Monday-Tuesday. Started at Mittagong Preschool in 2018 and has been working in the child care sector for fourteen years.

“My hobbies include baking and drawing. On weekends I enjoy visiting new places!”

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Jenny

An educator - second-in-charge (Diploma of Children’s Services), in the Koala Room, Monday-Tuesday & in the Possum Room, Thursday-Friday. Has been at Mittagong Preschool since 2006 and has been working in the child care sector for twenty five years.

“My favourite place to be is the beach!”

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Karen

A support educator in the Possum Room (Certificate III of Children’s Services) Monday-Wednesday. Started at Mittagong Preschool in 2019 and has been working in the child care sector for several years.

“I love spending time with my family. I like gardening and listening to country music”

Kristie

A support educator in the Koala Room, Monday-Tuesday (Diploma of Children’s Services).  Has been at Mittagong Preschool since 1997 in a variety of roles, most recently focusing on supporting children with additional needs.

“I love cooking (especially sweet treats) for family and friends.”

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Leanne

Works as the Clerical Assistant Tuesday to Friday.  Began working at Mittagong Preschool in 1999. The position involves all aspects of admin- from payroll and banking, to maintaining enrolment records.

“I love Sudoku puzzles.....the more difficult the better”

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Simone

A support educator in the Koala Room Wednesday-Friday (Diploma of Children’s Services). Has worked at Mittagong Preschool since 2004 in a variety of roles, most recently focusing on supporting children with additional needs.

“I love to listen to music ... and dance!”

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Susan 

An Outdoor Educator Monday to Friday (Diploma of Children’s Services). Has worked in child care sector for over twenty years, since 2004 at Mittagong Preschool.

“Valuing life at every stage and, yes, I still LOVE working with preschoolers'“

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Joann

Our cleaner Monday to Friday. You may catch a glimpse of her in the background near pick-up time! Has been cleaning for many years; since 2009 at Mittagong Preschool and she especially loves vacuuming up glitter at Christmas time!

“Christmas & family …. that sums me up!”

Bronwyn

Volunteers in the Koala room on Thursday and Friday.

"I love reading, going for coffee, watching movies and being with family"