The Nominated Supervisor: Your Child’s Educational Leader is:
Leanne White – Monday to Thursday Leanne White – Monday to Thursday
Educators Assistants: Casual on call
Chris Brown – Tuesday to Friday Barbara Wright - Tuesday & Thursday
Alicia Macdermott - Tuesday to Friday Deborah Dunsmore - Fridays
Kerry Donaldson - Wednesday & Friday
Administration - Wendy Lake
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.
Christine Brown-Educators Assistant Day to Day Charge
Hi my name is Chris. I have a Diploma in Children’s Services. I have worked in the field of education and care for approximately 22 years, 18 of which has been at Iluka Preschool. My philosophy on how children learn is that:
I believe children have the right to learn through play in a non-biased, happy and safe environment.
Learning, understanding & development occur in the process of an activity which is more important that the end result.
I acknowledge the importance of shared partnership with families and foster their skills, beliefs, knowledge, difference and strengths.
Alicia MacDermott-Educators Assistant
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alicia. I have lived in Iluka for 25 years.
In my family I have my mum, dad, brother and am mum to Amelia who is 4 years old. I love being a mum and experiencing everyday activities we complete together. We love our crafts, gardening and dog training together. We have 2 dogs named Bella and Archie. I started my work placement at Iluka preschool completed my cert 3 in children services in 2008 and at present I am completing my Diploma in children’s services. My hobbies are dog training, beach walks, arts crafts, swimming and my favourite place is the beach.
I believe it is valuable to teach children different learning experiences and to see them achieve their individual goals through their interests. Also to respect each families different beliefs, cultures and ideas.
Barbara Wright-Educators Assistant
Hi, my name is Barbara, my husband and I settled in Iluka in 2016 after travelling for 3 years.
I have a Diploma of Teaching and my last position, prior to working at Iluka Preschool, was as a Lead Educator in a Long Day Care Centre in Cairns. I have also worked extensively in the hospitality industry.
I love working at Iluka Preschool as an Educators Assistant and being a part of their 'family'.
As an Educator I believe :
Families are the first and foremost influence on children's development and learning.
Play is integral to learning in early childhood.
Learning expectations for all children should be high.
Deborah Dunsmore-Educators Assistant
Hi everyone, my name is Deb. I have been weekend living at Woombah for 6 years and moved permanently last year.
I have my certificate 3 in childcare. I have been working with children for over 20 years so needless to say I love children. I have 4 grown children of my own and 7 grandchildren. My eldest daughter Tanika and her husband and 2 children moved to Iluka last year as well. We all love living here.
As an educator I believe:
each child is an individual I will do my best to encourage each child’s strengths, interests, social skills, communication skills and extend their learning to the very best I can.
children have a right to feel a sense of belonging and encourage children’s self confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to be the best version of themselves.
As the family is each child’s first teacher I will aim to respect and support them to the best of my ability.
Kerry 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 a Iluka Preschool looking forward to engaging with you all at Iluka preschool.
Wendy Lake- Administrator
Hi my name is Wendy Lake. I have been living back in Iluka since 2007, but my first involvement with Iluka Preschool happened when my grandchild attended and I was sometimes the drop off and pickup Nanna Wen – this was always an enjoyable experience hence me applying very promptly for this position.
In my previous lifetime I worked for Education Queensland for 12 years as an Administrative Assistant a small rural school. At time there were only 45 children attending so I became part of that small rural community and I can honestly say working there was a totally enjoyable experience, I feel like I have come full circle as I am now working with young children and their families which is both a rewarding experience and a privilege as I get to see them grow in confidence, but at the same time have a lot of fun with the creative activities these clever staff of ours create.
Away from Preschool I love to go to the beach, read as many books as I can lay my hands on, camping at Wood Head, walking my dog Betsy at the beach, cooking and spending time with my family and gorgeous grandchildren is a given.