OUR DIRECTOR – TANYA LYNCH
Director and Education Leader
Tanya has been Director at Brooklyn Park Kindergarten, as well as at Glandore Private Kindergarten since 2014, and has worked in Early Childhood Education since 1997. During this time, she has worked with children of all ages. Previously, Tanya was the Assistant Director at our sister Centre and she ran their highly successful Kindergarten program for 7 years.
Tanya is dedicated to achieving optimal outcomes for children, families and her staff. She is highly experienced, and committed to ongoing Professional Development. She has attended many interstate conferences and regularly attends professional development workshops. Through her attendance at conferences and workshops, Tanya is able to incorporate the best of contemporary educational theories and practices into the educational programs. She uses this knowledge to lead her team as the Education Leader. Through her leadership, and the support of our wonderful Educators, the Centre achieved the outstanding result of achieving Exceeding the National Quality Standards in all 58 elements.
Tanya believes that every child is a capable learner and should be provided with the opportunity to develop to their full potential with the guidance of caring Educators.
ANNETTE CHIQUITA - EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER
Annette is passionate about learning and has received Master’s degrees in Teaching and Clinical Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapies. She joined the team at Brooklyn Park Private Kindergarten in 2019 as one of our early childhood teachers.
Annette believes that warm, trusting relationships with children is essential for learning to occur. She also has a keen interest in the arts and often tries to incorporate dancing and craft activities in her program. Annette enjoys sharing a laugh with the kids and works towards creating a warm, friendly environment that the children feel safe and secure in.
LEANA RUIZ- EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER
Leana has completed her Masters of Teaching in Early Childhood and Bachelor of Psychological Science. Throughout her study, Leana volunteered her time to work with children in kindergarten and school.
Leana prides herself on creating a warm and welcoming environment where children can feel safe to explore their world, particularly through play and connecting with nature. She has a strong view of children as capable individuals who play an active role in their learning and development. Leana’s philosophy follows an emergent curriculum where learning experiences stem from each child’s changing needs and interests. Leana’s overall goal for children is for them to develop a strong sense of identity, build confidence in their ability and show enthusiasm and curiosity for learning.
ERIN HALTON - QUALIFIED EDUCATOR
Erin believes the first rule in working with children is that you must first become a big kid again, yourself. One must be playful, have an imagination and always tell amazing stories. She has been in the Early Childhood Education industry for over two years, having been offered a place at a small community-based centre during her second semester at TAFE in 2017.
She completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in July 2018, where she studied at Regency campus. She joined Brooklyn Park Private Kindergarten in March 2019 and has enjoyed each day. She has experience with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and prides herself on being fun, caring and creative. She enjoys watching children learn new things, make discoveries and connect with others. She finds children to be incredible teachers, and by working alongside them, we can learn so much from one another.