Meet the Team

CENTRE DIRECTOR

Miss Catriona

Hello, my name is Catriona – I am the Nominated Supervisor for the Centre. I currently work Monday to Thursdays. I have completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood at Q.U.T.

I am passionate about building quality relationships with all children and their families. The best learning happens in nurturing relationships. The active ingredient in brain development is relationships. Children’s brains develop best when they feel loved and secure, when they experience a warm and calm environment and when people pay attention and respond to their needs.

I am married to Bryan and we have one cheeky son called Harry.

Miss Corina – Co-Director and Educational Leader

Hello, my name is Corina. My role here at Rainbow Town is Co-Director and Educational Leader. I am currently working on Thursdays and Fridays. I have completed my Diploma of Children’s Services and have over 18 years experience in the industry.
As an Educational Leader I aim to provide a warm, caring, safe, welcoming, and stimulating learning environment. A place where children and their families can share knowledge, aspirations, skill and ideas to develop children’s self-esteem and interdependence assisting them to become confident and capable learners.
I have a beautiful little family with three children who make life so busy but so much fun!

LEAD EDUCATORS

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Miss Montserrat – Yungunn

Hello! My name is Montserrat (you can call me Mon!) and I am the Lead Educator in the Yungunn Room(15mths – 2yrs). I have been in Australia for 4 years and I am originally from Spain.

I hold my Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I started working in the Early Childhood Sector here in Australia in 2020 but I have worked with children for over 12 years as a Swim Instructor and a Secondary School Teacher. By the way, I studied Chemistry and two Master’s Degrees in my country of origin because I want to gain as much knowledge as I can as a person!

I love to engage with children, support them during their learning path and encourage them to improve their skills. I am very passionate about helping children in their daily routines. I am an active and sporty person, so I try to share that interest with the children. I usually spend my free time at the beach surfing, catching waves and swimming!

 

Miss Vicki – Pingin Room

My name is Vicki! I have worked at Rainbow Town since May 2020 and have been in childcare for 15 years. I work full time at Rainbow Town as a Lead Educator in the Pingin Room. I have been in Australia for 16mths and am originally from the UK!

What I enjoy most about my job is the moment when you give a child some new information or show them something for the first time and you can see their little minds trying to process it and make sense of it in their own way. Never gets old! I love to build them up, celebrate their achievements, support what makes them unique and try my nest to prepare them with the life skills and mind set to go out into the big wide world full of confidence.

In my spare time I like to meet up with friends, go walking, camping or spend days at the beach. I’m still pretty new here so very much in awe of this wonderful country’s beauty!

Miss Nat – Kagaru Room

My name is Natalie and I’ve recently moved back to Queensland to be closer to family. I have many years experience in Early Childhood and really look forward to being a part of this wonderful team here at Rainbow Town early Learning Centre!

Miss Bridgette – Buneen Room

Kia Ora, my name is Bridgette. I grew up in New Zealand where I also studied my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. When completing my teaching qualification, I took the opportunity to teach overseas in London for 6 years, where I worked in social services for children, primary schools and infant centres. This experience allowed me to understand diversity and developed my love of cultural learning and travel. When leaving for home, I made a stop in Australia where I have resided alongside family for the past 9 years and I have to say….I do love Australia. Since living here I have upgraded my qualification and attended Griffith University where I studied my Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education.

The last several years I have worked at Rainbow Town ELC and worked full time as the Kindergarten teacher. My passion for this age group is watching the children develop the necessary skills for school readiness. Not only is preparing children for school rewarding, it provides opportunities to work with a diverse range of families and their children while making strong connections where families and their children feel part of a nurturing and educational community. I believe for children to embrace learning it is essential for them to feel accepted and respected for who they are. Building strong relationships with children is key to a successful early learning experience and to children’s developmental milestones.

When I’m not here at Rainbow Town I love travelling, spending time with my family and friends and of course my fur babies – one cat and two dogs.

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Miss Maria – Buneen Room

Hello, my name is Maria. I am looking forward to joining the amazing team here at Rainbow Town. I have a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and have many years’ experience as an Early Childhood Teacher. I have worked in a range of settings such as Community Preschools, Early Childhood Centres and Primary Schools.

My role working Monday and Tuesday will involve helping Miss Bridgette in the Buneen room and as a Multi-Age Educator.

I have a passion for the Early Years and enjoy partnering with families to support children’s growth and development. I believe children are capable leaners who can actively contribute to their own learning.

I have 3 beautiful children and in our leisure time we love to go hiking, camping and spending time outdoors.

 

 

EDUCATORS

Miss Yvette – Pingin Room

Hi I’m Yvette, I am an educator who works full time and I have my Certificate 3 in childcare. I love working in this centre and I love watching and helping the children become happy and settled. I love seeing the children grow and develop throughout the year. I also love how it keeps me young! Other than work I love to hang out with friends, go to the movies, going for walks and spending time with my daughter.

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Miss Nadine – Kagaru Room

Hi my name is Nadine and I am an educator in the Pingin Room at the Centre. I started working in the industry 20yrs ago and took some time out to become a mother of two beautiful girls. I am very passionate and committed to working with children. It is a joy and very rewarding to watch their growth and development. I absolutely love traveling and going on holidays!

 
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Miss Sarah – Buneen Room

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am an Educator in the Junior Room. I hold a Certificate III in children’s services as well as 9 years experience in which I have acquired many skills relevant to the industry. I am passionate about the children’s social and emotional well being. I am a nurturer to the core and engage in meaningful interactions with children that further develop long lasting relationships as their secondary carer. I uphold families as primary carers and enjoy receiving family input along each learning journey. This allows me to get to know the children as individuals taking into consideration the global contributors to their development. I enjoy learning abut the children’s home culture and diversities and encourage children to feel valued and respected within the learning environment.

In my own time I enjoy shopping and spending time with my family – husband Gareth and 2 beautiful daughters.Jumior

ADMINISTRATION STAFF

Miss Julie – Administration

Hi, I’m Julie and am the office  administrator at Rainbow Town Monday through to Thursday. I have been a part of the Rainbow Town family since June 2016 and I absolutely love working here. Not any one day is ever the same and there is always something new to learn! My favourite part of this role is meeting and getting to know our families! My husband Adam and I have twins which completes our little family. We love to be active and outdoors so we are often swimming, boating, or visiting new destinations and attractions on our weekends.

Miss Anne – Robina Anglican Church Administration

Hello, my name is Anne and I am the Pastoral Administrator for the Church and work upstairs in the church office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I do the admin work for the Church, the Op Shop and Trinity Family Support Network. I also do all the rosters for all the volunteers for the organisation, for Sunday School and I manage the Blue card system to make sure that all our staff and volunteers have a current Blue Card!

I am also responsible for any Pastoral Care for the members of our community and with a team of volunteers, we go out into the community to visit people who are home bound, in hospital, lonely or who would appreciate a meal and offer pastoral support to people in need.

On a personal note, I emigrated from England 12 years ago and now live in Robina with my husband, my two children and 2 very fluffy cats! I love going to the beach for long beach walks and enjoying the beach cafes and all that the amazing Gold Coast has to offer!

MULTI-AGE EDUCATORS

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Miss Gail – Cook and Multi-Age Educator

My name is Gail, I am the Cook and Multi-Age Educator and I have been a part of the Rainbow Town Team since November 2000. I love that I get to work with children of all ages across the 4 rooms in the Centre as part of my role. I believe in nutritionally balanced meals to promote healthy growth and development in the early years.

When I’m not at work I enjoy gardening and spending time with my family and friends.

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Miss Nat – Multi-Age Educator

My name is Natalie and I’ve recently moved back to Queensland to be closer to family. I have many years experience in Early Childhood and really look forward to being a part of this wonderful team here at Rainbow Town early Learning Centre!

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Miss Paige – Multi-Age Educator

My name is Paige, I completed my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood and Care and did my placement here at Rainbow Town for two years. I was then lucky enough to be able to keep working here at Rainbow Town. I am so excited to be able to be here working at Rainbow Town and spending time with all the wonderful children. In my free time I like to spend time with my family and my friends going four-wheel driving and camping. I am currently studying to become a Registered Nurse and when I finish my degree I hope to continue working with children in a children’s ward.

We would all love to meet you.