Chris is our full time kindergarten teacher. Chris has a Degree in Early Childhood Education and brings 32 years’ experience in school, preschool and childcare across 3 states of Australia.
She has worked at North Hamilton Kindergarten for the last 15 of these. She is passionate about play based education and strongly encourages children’s learning and development by encouraging them to explore topics that interest them. She also believes that children need a wide variety of learning and exposure to many experiences and enthusiastically arranges many interesting excursions for the children in the kindergarten.
Chris is an experienced guitar and keyboard player as well as enjoying a basic skill with drums and the ukulele and brings lots of fun into the program through music. She is also passionate about exposing children to as many books as possible.
Chris is married to Colin and has 3 daughters, living in Hamilton and is actively involved in the Hamilton Baptist Church.
Andrea is the teacher of our younger group, Prekinder, which occurs twice per week for 2 ½ hour sessions.
Andrea has a Diploma in Children’s Services is also passionate about play based learning as well as reading books with children and does a wonderful job in settling the children into their first formal kinder experience.
Andrea is married to Dave and lives close by Hamilton at Melville Forrest. She is kept busy with 3 primary aged children and helping out with the jobs on the family’s sheep farm.
When she is free, Andrea enjoys reading and loves to shop at Ikea.
Yuli is also a part time educator, who has been at North Hamilton Kindergarten for the past 2 years.
Her association with the kindergarten began long ago when her now 20 year old son began kindergarten and she is now enjoying giving back to the children in her care. Yuli has also worked in childcare locally and has enjoyed assisting high school students with Indonesian.
Originally from Indonesia, Yuli now lives in Hamilton with her husband Malcolm and daughter, also going to Melbourne to visit her son at Uni in Melbourne. She enjoys cooking traditional foods, spoiling her friends and family and has a very infectious smile which the children enjoy.
Tori completed her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services with North Hamilton Kindergarten in 2015 and is continuing as a full time educator across both age groups in 2016.
She brings youth and enthusiasm to the team of educators and enjoys playing tiggy and hide and seek with the children in the outdoor environment.
Tori lives with her parents at Merino and enjoys playing netball and other sports in her spare time.
Karen joins the team this year as Administration Assistant on a part time basis. Karen brings experience in office administration to her role in assisting the smooth running of the kindergarten.
Karen has recently finished her time as a parent at North Hamilton Kindergarten, during which time, she volunteered in various roles on the Committee of Management.
She is very familiar with the way the kindergarten operates and will be a great asset in supporting and freeing the educators from administrative jobs to fulfill their task of educating and spending time with the children.
Karen lives in Hamilton with her husband Andrew and 3 primary aged children, who are actively involved in Tae Kwondo and Ballet.