What is your job?
I work Mondays and Wednesdays as a kindergarten teacher for Alpine Children’s Services at the Tawonga Kindergarten. It is a new service for ACS, who took it on last December. At the moment I only have two enrolments but I hope I will get more from the beginning of next year. Before the ACS took over it was run by a mobile kinder service out of Wodonga. Taking on this position I hope will make us closer to our community.
Is it something you always wanted to do?
Yes it is. As a little girl I had a very inspirational kinder teacher called Denise Burt. She was just so caring and interested in what we were doing, and she was such fun. Going to kinder was a real highlight for me.
Have you always been in the Kiewa Valley?
I am a local girl, born and raised in Mt Beauty. I went to local schools up to year 10 then to boarding school at Walla Walla which offered kids all sorts of options. For instance I did horsemastership for two years which was wonderful. After school I went to teachers college in Christchurch, New Zealand because there was a renowned nannying course there, and I planned to qualify as a nanny and then travel. My teacher encouraged me to stay and finish my teaching qualifications, so I ended up with a diploma in early childhood teaching. Before I left Australia I had started a relationship with Dean, who is a Kiewa Valley boy. He was with me on and off in New Zealand and when I decided to come back to Australia we worked in Canberra for a year, then came back to Mt Beauty in 2000. I got a teaching job with the City of Wodonga and stayed there for 17 years. In the end I got sick of the travelling and decided to take some time off to refresh. I did a ski technician course which qualified me to work in ski shops, and also worked in local cafes. At the end of last year the Tawonga kinder job came up.
What do you love about your job?
I love seeing the children come in at the beginning of the year and watching them change and grow and develop. They become so much more mature and ready to take on challenges.
What do you do in your spare time?
In winter our family are avid skiers. It’s an activity we love doing together, we go up to Falls Creek every weekend and any time we can chance we get during the week. I also love road bike riding and walking especially around this area because of its beauty.