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Educators

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Viewbank Preschool is incredibly fortunate to have a dedicated team teaching and caring for our children. They bring a range of experience to our preschool and are enthusiastic and passionate about what they do.This is reflected in our children’s faces as they leave kinder every session.

All our educators have current Level 2 First Aid (CPR) qualifications, Police Checks and Working With Children Checks as required by the Department of Education and Early childhood regulations. Staff are also qualified to administer EpiPen and hold a current Asthma Management Certificate.

From time to time our educators take leave to attend professional development training and organisational activities. Wherever possible our staff will cover internal leave. In unforeseen circumstances a relief educator will be appointed to run the kinder session/s. Relief educators are always appointed following our policy to engage appropriately qualified staff and advance notice is given to parents wherever possible.

Ann-Marie Bucello
4-year-old RED GROUP Teacher

After working with children for over 25 years my passion is still strong. I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1989 (Diploma of Teaching - Early Childhood) and have taught at Viewbank Preschool since the start of 2012. The uniqueness of each child and the important developmental learning at this age makes teaching a joyful challenge.

My program has a large focus on environmental awareness, the creative arts, perceptual motor skills, body awareness and sensory integration. The preschool provides a perfect natural environment for children to be, grow, and develop. Our outdoor space is extensive with many play spaces for the children to be creative and explore.

Sophia Mustica
4-year-old BLUE GROUP Teacher

My first experience as a teacher in a kindergarten occurred at Viewbank preschool in 2005 during my placement and I am excited to be back as the blue group kindergarten teacher in 2019. In 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from the University of Melbourne. Since graduating I have worked as a kindergarten teacher in both long day care and sessional kindergarten. 

I believe that children learn through play. Through play children are empowered, capable and powerful learners. Play allows children to naturally explore, research, learn, develop and challenge them through motivating experiences. My program is flexible and consistently evolving in response to children's changing needs, interests, passions and strengths that builds on their interests, questions and wonder about the world using a wide variety of indoor and outdoor learning experiences. 

I love being a kindergarten teacher as I find that just as children are consistently learning from their educators and peers, I too am always learning from the children, families and my peers. I look forward to continuing my learning journey along with the children, families and my peers at Viewbank Preschool. 

Barb Madrigale
3-year-old GREEN GROUP Teacher

I was fortunate enough to join the Viewbank Preschool teaching team in 2016 in the role of 4 year old BLUE GROUP Teacher for a 12 month maternity leave position. I thoroughly enjoyed my year getting to know the staff and families in the Viewbank community and was delighted at the end of 2016, to be offered the position of 3-year-old GREEN GROUP Teacher.

Prior to working at Viewbank Preschool I have spent the last 20 years working with children in both sessional kindergarten and Long Day Care settings. I believe that children learn through play and from experiences they create and carry out themselves. I enjoy sharing each child’s learning journey and providing them with an inviting, stimulating and caring environment to grow and learn in. I am particularly interested in fostering children’s self esteem and relationships with others. I love to dance and sing with the children and am always looking for new ideas for creative expression and art.

Merryn Milesi
4-year-old RED GROUP & 3-year-old GREEN GROUP Educator

I have lived here in the Viewbank area for the past eighteen years. During that time my two children attended Viewbank Preschool.  It was through my own interest in my children's development that I gained interest in early childhood education. In September 2008, after seeing my youngest off to school, I was offered a position as an aide assisting a child in the four year program. This experience lead to working at the preschool as an Additional Assistant. During this time I gained my Certificate III in Children's Services.

In 2010 I was employed as an Assistant in the Three Year Old program and the following year I also became an educator in the Four Year Old Red Group. During the past 8 years I have worked alongside four teachers, each with twenty plus years experience which I have found to be invaluable in developing my own 'body of knowledge' in early years learning.

Anna Rappa
4-year-old BLUE GROUP Educator

Viewbank Preschool enables me to help children learn in a fun, creative and safe environment, and positively contribute to their growth and wellbeing. My two children have both attended Viewbank Preschool where I assisted as a duty parent on many occasions and volunteered on the committee. 

I have a Certificate III in Children’s Services and hold a Certificate in Education Support (Integration Aide). I am enthusiastic and have a passion for children’s learning whilst being sensitive to their individual needs. I commenced at Viewbank Preschool in January 2013 and have enjoyed developing a solid rapport with the children, families and staff.

Mia Cao
4-year-old Chinese Language Program Teacher

I had my placement at Viewbank Preschool in 2018 and am very lucky to be the Chinese teacher for 4-year-old groups in 2019. I graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Education -- Early childhood (RMIT) and a Bachelor of Education (East China Normal University). I used to be a Chinese teacher in Shanghai, China before I migrated to Australia with my family in 2009. In the past few years, I have been working for early learning centres, kindergarten and Chinese language schools.

I am passionate about researching relationships between brain development and learning a second language (or even more) at a young age. I believe learning a new language not only increases children’s language and literacy skills, but also supports their overall development. My favourite moments are listening to children proudly sharing their cultures and languages just as I share mine.