The Nominated Supervisor: Your Child’s Educational Leader is:
Leanne White – Tuesday to Friday Leanne White – Tuesday to Friday
Educators Assistants: Cleaners:
Anna Lawrence – Tuesday to Friday Liz Shield
Kerrie Donaldson - Tuesday to Friday Linda Ramon
Connie Ellis - Thursday & Friday
Rebecca Baker - Tuesday, Wednesday
Administration - Melinda Gillespie
Leanne White-Nominated Supervisor/Teacher
Well hello my name is Leanne. I have a Bachelor in Teaching (Early Childhood). I have worked at Iluka Preschool since July 2006. Previous to this I worked in Early Childhood Intervention for children with additional needs 0-6 years for 23 years & 2 years as the Director of a Long Day Care Centre.
I believe that children are unique, valued and powerful human beings and that play is an essential in the lives of young children. Also that each person and their families values, culture, beliefs, abilities and language should be acknowledged and accepted and reflected in the preschools environment.
Anna Lawrence-Educators Assistant Day to Day Charge
Hello my name is Anna and I have had the privilege of working with children on the Northern Rivers for 16 years. I have recently moved to Iluka from just up the road at Ballina and my husband and I are very happy to be here in this beautiful town. We have five amazing adult children between us and one gorgeous old dog called Cinda.
I believe children have the right to enjoy simply ‘being’ in childhood and I am committed to helping them feel safe and secure and supporting them to learn and thrive in these precious early years. I hold a Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care and find I am still always learning from fellow educators and from children. I most recently worked for TAFE as a support to students and trainees of Early Childhood and found this role very rewarding however I am excited to return to a Preschool where I can fully engage with children and families again. Children are important members of our community and I see my role as an advocate for them. I support them to express their ideas and feel valued as they develop a strong sense of who they are now and who they will become in the world.
Kerrie Donaldson - Educators Assistant
Hi my name is Kerrie. I moved to Iluka in February 2017. I have a Diploma in Children Services and 20 years experience working in an Occasional Child Care Centre with Children 0-6 years. I have also worked in the cleaning & hospitality industries.
I believe all children are to be treated individually by understanding each child’s interests need and abilities. Children have the right to a safe caring and supportive environment that allows them to learn, achieve & develop to their full potential I respect the uniqueness of each child and their family & accept all beliefs, lifestyles, culture & differences
I’m looking forward to engaging with all children families and team members at Iluka Preschool
Rebecca Baker-Educators Assistant
Hi, my name is Rebecca (Bec for short).
I'm a local to the area having lived in Woombah most my life, & here's a fun little fact about me; I actually attended here at Iluka Preschool when I was little! And I've always enjoyed being part of this wonderful little community we have here in the Clarence Valley.
I have my Certificate III in Childcare, & have always maintained a passion for educating & encouraging young children to develop socially, emotionally, & intellectually. It's an extremely rewarding job to be part of children's development & to be part of the process of getting them ready for the next stage - school!
I always strive to be a positive influence & set a good example for children, as I have two children of my own, & being a mum has really highlighted & reinforced the importance of leading by example.
Connie Ellis-Educators Assistant
Hi, my name is Shih-yu Yeh but in Australia I am also known as Connie.
I am a Taiwanese Australian so i can speak in both English, Mandarin and Taiwanese languages.
I have a certificate 3 in early childhood education.
My three young children Kayla, Meesha and Byron attend primary school in Maclean.
I love working with children and enjoy helping them learn through play.
I really value the new learning experiences we have each day with our little friends at preschool
Melinda Gillespie- Administrator
Hello, I am Melinda or Tully & Rory's Mum,
I started working as the Administrator at the preschool in June 2020 after moving back home to Iluka and enrolling my son here at the preschool.
I grew up in Iluka and even attended the preschool myself as a child.
I completed my cert 3 in business administration in 2008 and have worked mainly in the aged care sector.
I work Monday's and Thursdays 9-12, and love seeing the children's smiling faces and listening to them play whilst I am in the office