Our Staff

Beverley Nolan

Nominated Supervisor, Four year-old educator – Monday mornings and all day Tuesday

Bev has been teaching Kindergarten for about thirty-five years and says that it is the best job in the world because every day is filled with fun and laughter.  Bev loves teaching music and drama to the children and loves being part of each child’s learning journey.  Bev is also interested in art and enjoys helping the children to develop their own creative spirit.   As well as her Master’s degree in Early Childhood, Bev has a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology.  She has used this qualification to work as a volunteer tour guide at the Melbourne Museum.  Bev loves encouraging inquiring minds and gets a sense of satisfaction watching children develop independence and confidence.  Bev has three adult children and one darling little grandchild.  Bev has lived locally for most of her life and in fact her own daughter came to St. John’s Kindergarten many years ago.

Janet Stamp,

Four year old educator – Monday afternoons and all day Thursday

Completing the Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) in 1990.  Janet has worked with children in a variety of settings such as schools, kindergartens and occasional care.  Janet is very musically talented; this talent combined with passion and her extensive knowledge of young children’s educational needs creates a wonderful platform for the children at SJK musical and literacy development.  Janet loves to witness students enjoy singing and music, because children have fun and learn a lot along the way.

Outside kindergarten, Janet is married with three children of aged 7, 13 and 15. Janet enjoys Irish dancing, bike riding-especially along the rail trails in Bright, and, of course, music.

Janet’s favourite quote: ‘It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.’ by Maria Montessori

Rose Bisognin

4Yr St Johns Kindergarten-111

 Four year old co-educator- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Rose completed the Certificate III in Children’s Services in December 2012. Before commencing in 2014 at St. John’s, Rose worked as an aide in a kindergarten for a child with additional needs. She worked as a team with guidance from the kindergarten teacher, the child’s family and professional service providers also using different educational therapy methods to work with the child. Rose feels being part of this child’s journey was a humbling experience.

Rose thoroughly enjoys working with kindergarten age children.  She admires the diversity of children, their skills and their abilities, observing and guiding them to get involved in learning experiences, feeling truly privileged to be part of their world!

Outside kinder, Rose lives with her husband Livio, three teenage children Liam, Chloe and Jacinta and a four legged family member Lizzy, a Jack Russell X.  Rose enjoys, reading, gardening and catching up with her ever-expanding extended family. Sometimes Rose just likes to stop, take a breath and reflect, however it doesn’t happen often!

Rose’s favourite quote comes from ancient African proverb: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ This quote captures essence of the importance of the whole community when influencing and educating a child.

Andrea Simons,

Educator- 3 year old group – Friday   

Andrea is the Three Year Old Kindergarten Educator and has been with SJK since 2010. She holds a bachelor of Early Childhood Education, and has worked in the Education sector for the past 10 years in a range of settings.

Andrea believes that the early years in a child’s life are the most important in children’s education, focusing on a sense of self, social and independency skills. Andrea runs an emergent curriculum based on the children’s interest and needs. She also places a strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills, which are imbedded within the kinder environment. There is also a strong hand’s on approach to nature and sustainable practice through recycling and gardening within the kindergarten.

Andrea works very closely with the Australian and Victorian Curriculums and Quality standards to ensure a high quality and innovative program is met.

Liz O’Donnell,

Co-Educator – 3 year old group – Friday

I am the 3 YO group Co-educator, and hold a Certificate 111 in Children’s Services. I am passionate about working in the Early Childhood environment, to have the opportunity to inspire a love of learning and to make a real difference to the lives of children. I am extremely committed to providing best quality care and education to the children and believe that play is important in a child’s life.

I believe that every child has the right to a quality education, to ensure they have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

One of my favourite quotes is: “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” (Chinese Proverb)

Outside of kindergarten, I love spending time with my family-2 adult daughters and 4 wonderful grandchildren – and friends. I enjoy keeping fit, the family dogs and relaxing with a good book.