Our Staff

Andrea Simons

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

Andrea has worked at our kindergarten since 2010 as the Three-year-old educator and as of 2019 is now our nominated supervisor and Four-year-old educator alongside her colleague Janet Stamp. 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, emotional and fostering their skills in becoming independent. 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 embedded 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.

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 11, 17 and 19. 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-111Four-year-old 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 an ancient African proverb: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. This quote captures the essence of the importance of the whole community when influencing and educating a child.

Jenny Traeger-Haig

Four-year-old educator – Tuesday and Thursday

Jenny holds a Diploma in Education and has been an educator in the early childhood sector for over ten years. Prior to joining St Johns she was a three-year-old educator for over five years and ran the sustainability programme for the four-year-old groups for two years. Jenny has a passion for sustainability and our local environment. She enjoys helping children to learn about the environment in which we live and fostering children’s curiosity in the outdoors. Jenny also loves to incorporate music into her programme and watch the children at kinder grow in confidence over their four-year-old kinder year. In her own time, Jenny enjoys gardening and keeping fit.

Liz O’Donnell

Educator – 3-year-old group – Friday

Liz holds a Certificate III in Children’s Services. She is 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. Liz is committed to providing the best quality care and education to the children and believes that play is important in a child’s life.

Liz is of the belief that every child has the right to quality education, to ensure they have the opportunity to develop their full potential.

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

Outside of kindergarten, Liz loves to spend time with her family-2 adult daughters and 4 wonderful grandchildren – and friends. She enjoys keeping fit by walking the family dogs and relaxing with a good book.