I am passionate about early childhood and believe that learning takes place when children feel emotionally and socially secure, when they are actively engaged, interested and challenged by experiences and their learning environments!
I have been in Early childhood education for over 20 years, I have recently returned to Riverside to take on the role of Director & Educational leader after previously teaching here from 2004 -2016. I am looking forward to leading the team into the future.
Angela has been working at Riverside Preschool since 2012 firstly as a casual staff member and currently as the new Team Leader of the 3-day Sirocco Room. She has worked as an Early Childhood Teacher for over 20 years coming from a Long Daycare background and has worked in the local community for the past 10 years.
Angela has also completed training in Sandplay Therapy with her focus towards children and their social/emotional development.
Angela has a daughter, 20 and a son, 15.
Chris has been an educator at Riverside since it opened in 2002. During this time, she has connected with many children and families within the preschool community.
She is very passionate about nature, the environment and sustainability and she enjoys educating the children about the world around us.
Jacqui has had a long relationship with Riverside, firstly as a parent and, since 2012, as an educator.
She is passionate about early childhood education and is currently studying a Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood) at Macquarie University.
With a background in mathematics and science, Jacqui loves sharing this interest with the children.
Jenny has been the Administration Manager at Riverside since 2007. She enjoys the diversity of her role and the interaction she has with parents and children on a daily basis.
Jenny is a NSW Justice of the Peace and is available to sign documents during office hours.
Jenny has three children, in her spare time, she does voluntary fundraising with Giant Steps Sydney, where her son attends.
Lisa is the Team Leader of the Zephyr Room, Lisa joined the preschool in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and has worked in preschools and long day care centres for over 15 years.
Lisa has two children of her own and, in her spare time, loves to holiday with her family.
Manori has been at Riverside Preschool since 2013 and is an educator who works five days a week, sharing her time between both rooms. She is an enthusiastic individual with a caring, nurturing personality, perfect for working with children in their early years.
Manori has two teenage sons and loves spending time with her family.
Michelle has been an educator at Riverside for 11 years.
Michelle recognises that everything is a potential learning experience and that learning can be part of every moment of the day. She especially loves promoting and encouraging children’s imaginations and creativity through shared experiences.
Michelle has three adult children and loves spending time with them.
Silvana has been working at Riverside since 2012, firstly as a casual staff member and, since 2015, as a permanent educator. In the past, she has been an Authorised Supervisor and has been involved with the preparation of accreditations in preschools and long day care centres.
She has a strong belief in the importance of giving children the best start to life through interactive, stimulating education that develops their own self-worth and self-esteem.
Silvana is a mother of two girls, aged 9 and 5 years.
Gina has worked in the Early Childhood Education and Care industry since 2003. This year we welcome Gina to Riverside Preschool, she has joined us in the 3 day Zephyr Room..
Her understanding of children’s learning and development has been gained from a combination of theory and practice in both Australia and overseas. She believes, each child is entitled to have an equal opportunity to learn, develop and grow and the best way to maximize a child’s learning potential is to work in partnership with families and community, supporting and co-operating with each other.
Gina is currently on maternity leave as she welcomed a new addition to her family, a baby boy named Evan.
Carolyn joined the staff at Riverside, firstly as a casual teacher in 2018, and now as our 2 day Sirocco Room teacher.
She has nearly 20 years experience in long day care centres and in preschools. Her desire is to nurture and educate children to become confident leaners. She has a particular passion for children’s literature. She has 3 children of her own 24, 22 and 17.
Originally from South Africa, I moved to Sydney with my husband of 16 years and our two beautiful children. I have a love of all things outdoors and an appreciation for nature. I’m passionate about early childhood teaching and I have 12 years’ experience in preschool environments. I believe that all children have amazing potential and as teachers we need to provide rich learning opportunities to help young children to become happy, confident and competent. I believe that good self-esteem leads to spontaneous and experimental learning and stimulating environment develops inquiring minds and a love for school and learning.