Staff 2019



All staff at Jacaranda Preschool are experienced educators.  They have a minimum qualification of Certificate III in Child Care, with Teachers holding a 4 year teaching degree.  All staff are required to have current VIT Registration (Teachers) and Working with Children Checks, Anaphylaxis training, Emergency Asthma Management, First Aid and CPR training qualifications.


Professional development training and workshops keep all staff informed and abreast of current teaching theories and practices.



Teacher/Educational Leader/Administration

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)         Graduate Diploma of Educational Studies

Julie is the Educational Leader and Educator for the 4 year old Yellow Group at Kingsway Drive. Julie joined Jacaranda Preschool in 2007 and brings with her over 23 years experience in teaching Preschool age children. Julie was instrumental in organising the City of Whittlesea's first Bush Kinder Program at Jacaranda Preschool - Kingsway Drive.  The program commenced in 2012 and has continued since.

Julie also has great pride in leading Kingsway Drive to obtain the status of "Exceeding" the National Quality Standards in 2012 and then in 2017.


Ms KATE DIGNEY                               

Teacher/Educational Leader/ Nominated Supervisor

Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)

Kate joined Jacaranda Preschool in 2013 and is an Educator of the 3 Year Old Koala Group at Nebel Street and team teaches the 4 Year Old Groups with Emma. Kate has a background in social work where she has worked as a Case Manager for people experiencing homelessness and people with disabilities. Kate has four daughters and loves spending time with them and being involved in their activities. After being inspired with Preschool through her own children’s experiences, Kate decided on a career change and completed her teaching degree in 2012. Kate’s favourite kinder experience is reading books, cooking, gardening and creating with the children.


Ms EMMA REIMERS         

Teacher/Nominated Supervisor


Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)


Emma first joined Jacaranda Preschool in 2005 as a part-time Educator and only left to seek full-time employment. Jacaranda Preschool were able to offer Emma a full-time position in 2012 and she was more than happy to return and was instrumental in securing the Nebel Street site in 2013 where she now resides as Educator of the 4 year old program team teaching with Kate. Emma’s favourite Kindergarten experience is watching the children’s independence grow during the year.






Bachelor of Education (Primary & Early Childhood)


Joanne joined Jacaranda Preschool in 2014 as a graduate teacher from Victoria University. Joanne is the Teacher for both 4 year old Blue and Green Groups at Kingsway Drive; team teaching with Nadia, who teaches Blue group on Friday. Joanne comes from a large family , full of children, which she believes fuelled her passion to teach and feels quite at home with a room full of 3-5 year olds. Joanne is extremely enthusiastic about Early Years Education and is very thankful to be part of the Jacaranda preschool team. Her favourite part about teaching is the progress the children make throughout the year, often starting off as very timid, and slowly coming out of their shells, until their confidence levels soar sky high by the end of the year. Joanne cannot wait to see how fabulous each child will be at the end of every year!

Joanne will be going on Maternity leave after Term 1 in 2019 and is anticipating to return in January 2020.



Teacher  / Nominated Supervisor 


Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)   


Laura is the Teacher of the 4 year old Red group, and our 3 Year old Possum Group. Laura has a Bachelor of Early Childhood and is passionate about the education of 4-5 year olds. Laura has previously worked in centres, running 4yo kinder programs and is currently working alongside Tina with Red Group, and with Natalia for the Possum Group at Kingsway Drive.

Laura will be on Maternity Leave in 2019 and is anticipating to return in January 2020.


Ms NADIA DE AMICIS                          

Teacher / Nominated Supervisor


Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood


Nadia has worked at Jacaranda Preschool on several occasions to fill temporary roles for staff on maternity leave, etc.   Nadia is the Teacher for the Green Group on Monday in 2019, team teaching with Joanne.








Anna is currently teaching at Jacaranda Nebel Street.  Anna comes with almost 30 years of kinder teaching experience and with Leanne, at Jacaranda Nebel st 20 years ago when it was Lalor Park Preschool.  Anna has filled in many temporary and casual positions at both Jacaranda sites (Kingsway and Nebel St.)  Anna is a highly regarded teacher in the local area and works as a relief teacher in many of the local preschools.  Anna has two teenage children and speaks Macedonian.  We are very lucky to have Anna and all her experience, knowledge and skills with us for this 12 months.






Ms LEANNE NAUM            



Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education & Care)


Leanne is our longest serving employee and her experience, knowledge and commitment is highly regarded and respected by her co-educators.  Leanne was originally employed at Lalor Park Preschool (now known as Jacaranda Preschool - Nebel Street) in 1994 and joined Jacaranda Preschool – Kingsway Drive (formerly Kingsway Drive Preschool) in 2002 when both Preschools amalgamated. In 2013, Leanne moved back home to Nebel Street and is the Educator for the 4 year old groups. Leanne loves watching the children develop their language skills over the year and is comforted in knowing that they will progress to Primary School without a language barrier.  Leanne became a Grandma this year and is loving her new role as “Nanny”.





Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education & Care)


Rose originally started relieving at Kingsway Drive Preschool in 1998 prior to the amalgamation and was employed as a co-educator in 2000.  She is the 4 year old Educator for the Blue and Green Groups. Rose’s passion is outdoor play and teams with Joanne as Co Educator for the Bush Kinder program through rain, hail and shine. Rose loves to watch the children develop their skills through nature and outdoor play.




Ms ANGELA TOLEFSKY                



Certificate III in Children’s Services


Angie joined Jacaranda Preschool in 2014 as an additional assistant for the 4 year old Yellow Group.  Angie is the Educator of the 3 year old Koala group, and shares the educator role with Leanne at Nebel Street and Rose in the Green Group at Kingsway Drive.   Angie has a bubbly personality and loves working with children and is very excited to be a permanent member of the Jacaranda Preschool staff.





Ms TINA PARAVIZZINI                         



Certificate III in Education Support


 Educator Certificate IV in Community Services (Childcare)


Tina is the Educator of the 4 year old Red Group, Tina has a wealth of experience in child care and she is a wonderful addition to our team.





Ms CHRISTINE SEDKY                            



Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Christine is the Educator of the 4 year old Yellow Group and joined Jacaranda Preschool in 2017.  She will be working every Wednesday and participating in the Bush Kinder program with Yellow Group. Christine has a background in Social Work and has specialised in mental health for 20 years.




Ms NATALIA KALESARAN                      



Certificate III in children service

(Expecting to Complete Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in March 2018)


I joined Jacaranda Preschool last year working with the 3 year-old Possum group. As the mother of two wonderful boys I realised how important their early years were and the positive impact I had on their growth.  I was fortunate to have been able to be a stay-at-home mom and had opportunities to be actively involved in their school life for several years to help them and watch them grow.  When my youngest started high school, I joined Jacaranda’s and was amazed by the welcoming environment and support that is found in this wonderful kinder.  I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while they play.  I look forward to the continued success and new adventures with an amazing team at Jacaranda Preschool.




Ms AISLING SINNI                      



Certificate III in children service   (Currently completing Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care)


We would like to welcome Aisling to the Jacaranda team in 2018.  She will be working with our Yellow Group on Tuesday and Thursday as well as, Green Group on Mondays


Aisling comes to us with many years experience working in various early childhood settings, and we look forward to her joining us and sharing her experience and knowledge with us.




In 2019, Two new Teachers will be joining the team at Jacaranda Preschool. A big, warm welcome to Pauline and Dolly!