Staff

We believe it is important that every child receive the best educational experience possible during their kindy year. Each Lawnton Kindergarten group is led by a university qualified teacher, who is registered with Queensland College of Teachers. Our teacher’s assistants all have minimum Certificate III qualifications. In addition to their formal qualifications, all our teachers are experienced and caring, which makes them comprehensively suited to guiding the children’s learning & development during the important kindy year.

Our minimum 1:11 staff to child ratio is strictly maintained at all times. All teaching staff hold current Senior First Aid Certificates including CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis, as well as current QLD Working with Children Check (blue cards/exemptions).

Belinda Colebrook

Belinda Colebrook

Teacher

I have been teaching for 30 years and am always inspired by the uniqueness of the minds and personalities of Kindy Kids! I come to Lawnton Kindy wearing many different hats: relief teacher, acting director, assistant and special needs support. It is great to be involved in a community kindergarten where parents are equally excited to provide a quality educational facility for their precious little ones. My areas of interest are music (with my purple guitar and bling ukulele), extending on children’s questions through research and projects, nature and gardening, craft and inspiring individual creativity.

Pia Wilkinson

Pia Wilkinson

Teacher (Mrs W)

As a passionate teacher, I believe it is important to provide a warm, loving, secure and creative environment which encourages each child to explore and discover the world around them, to build on their prior knowledge and interests from home and to become confident and active learners which encourages and fosters a lifelong love of discovery and learning.

Linda Nugent

Linda Nugent

Assistant

My involvement with Lawnton Kindergarten started as a kindy parent. My three girls attended the centre and after my youngest started prep in 2018 I began working as an inclusion support assistant. From this time on I have been enjoying doing a variety of roles and now love my role as an assistant educator.

I have been involved in early childhood education since 1992 when I completed a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood. After finishing my studies I worked for many years teaching in a kindy/ preschool aged room in a child care centre.

I have always enjoyed working with kindy aged children. I love the curiosity they bring to kindy every day and enjoy helping develop their love of learning. I am proud that I can assist in developing confident and independent learners.

Chantelle Friske

Chantelle Friske

Assistant

My first involvement with Lawnton kindergarten was back in 2017 as a Parent, I originally thought that this is a place where children can dream, find fun and where magic comes alive. But after helping in the classroom, I soon found that it was not only where children can dream and find fun and magic, it was also where I found it!

I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care; I am fun, bubbly, creative, and full of passion and energy. My favourite part of working with young children is joining in their play and watching as their Creative, imaginative, and inventive brains grow.

In the Classroom

For many children, the kindy year is their first exposure to formal education.

The experiences children have at kindy should be interesting, engaging and positive. This allows children to learn through their own experiences that learning is fun, creating a foundation for a love of learning they will take with them to primary school, high school and beyond. An interested, caring and engaging kindy teacher who can draw on her expertise and experience in the classroom is where a lifelong love of learning begins.