Staff

Our dedicated team of early childhood educators can tell you a bit about themselves!

4 Year Old Educators

Marni Wightman (Director)

 

My favourite memories from childhood are spending hours and hours with my younger sister playing outside. Coming from a busy family of seven, it was up to us to find things to do. We would play shopping games in the garden with the leaves from the trees being the money and sticks and flowers being the food. We would set up a tent in the backyard and drag everything from inside to outside including the T.V! We would play out there all day but when it came to bedtime, we would scurry inside. We used to put on ‘Young Talent Time’ concerts for mum and dad to watch and perform on the front veranda. I was also quite keen on looking after my veggie patch and when we had an abundance of veggies, I would make my way around to the neighbours to sell my produce.

 

Thinking back to all these wonderful experiences that I had as a child they have influenced me in my teaching techniques today. Setting up creative play spaces for children to enjoy and helping them to extend their interests and knowledge is an absolute joy. I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s all about helping children develop essential life skills through the wonders of play. With a little bit of intentional teaching on the side!

Martine Taylor 

 

Being passionate about children’s education; I have spent much of my life as a teacher. For ten years I worked in a primary school teaching Years 2 and 3 and then broadened my horizons to teach Creative Arts at Melbourne Girls Grammar. When my twin sons arrived very prematurely, I quickly learnt much more about children’s development! Later I was actively involved at their kindergarten and schools. For the last 6 years I have worked as a co-educator in an early learning centre. 

 

Reading, writing, acting and appreciating music are favourite activities of mine and I particularly enjoy exploring these interests with the children in my care. Children are born wired for learning. They learn most effectively when they feel safe, respected and supported and when they have the confidence to take “risks”. With a positive sense of self a child finds his or her voice. It is essential for children to feel that they belong, that they respect the world in which they live and that they believe they have an important role to play. I love working in partnership with the children, families, staff and the wider community at Gordon Street.

Dawn LaCava

 

I am a mother of two teenage children who also attended the kinder as “kinder Kids”. I had the pleasure of working with the children and their families at Gordon Street Pre-school since 2010 as the 3yr old and 4yr old Kindergarten Assistant. I also work part time as a Nanny for families in the bayside area. I’m blessed to be able to walk across the road, go to work and adore what I do! 

 

I love being involved with your little treasures in every aspect, as they are inquisitive, social, creative and playful, with the most rewarding aspect of their personalities being informative as I learn from them too. I believe that children come to pre-school as strong, capable and resourceful learners who are constantly curious about the world around them and as an educator I am committed in supporting every child’s planning and development. I feel privileged to be sharing in your child’s development and embarking on this journey together with the families of Gordon Street Pre-School.

3 Year Old Educators

Michelle Williams

 

I joined Gordon Street Preschool in 2020 as the 3 year old group educator. I have over 15 years experience as an educator both in Melbourne and also in London and I have a special interest in working with children with additional needs, I currently also work with Yooralla. I live in Beaumaris with my husband and 3 children.

 

It is an absolute privilege to work with young children, to share in their education journey and to work in partnership with their families. Each child is an individual and my play based program is designed to nurture each child and ensure they feel safe and supported in the kindergarten environment. My objective is to guide them into the next stage of development with growing confidence in themselves and an enthusiasm for continued life long learning.

 

I love to see the children’s curiosity and sense of wonder about the world around them. In the 3 year old program we love to have fun with the children, following their interests, singing and dancing and enjoying their introduction into the kindergarten years.

Olivia Wightman

I recently graduated from Gowrie Victoria with my Certificate III in Early Education and Care. Having been part of the Gordon Street Community with my daughter, it is an honour to be back here as part of the education team.

I am passionate about early education and providing secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships with all children. I believe if a child feels safe and nurtured the possibilities for fun, play and learning are endless.

Three year olds are a constant source of delight and wonder and each is unique in their own way. What a privilege it is to watch them grow and to provide an inspiring environment in which they thrive.