Our Staff

All four kindergarten programs are delivered by university qualified Early Childhood Teachers and qualified Assistants who have many years of experience in teaching kindergarten aged children. The teaching staff work with the same group of children each day to provide the children with stability and continuity during the year. The warmth and passion they have for the children is evident in the quality of the learning, the connection they have with the children and the smiles on the children’s faces.

It is the long-term, experienced and caring educators who make a strong foundation for the service, children, families and the wider community. The leadership and management team at Wavell Heights Kindergarten provide a well-established and motivational workplace which promotes a strong organisational culture and encourages continuous professional learning.

Kellie Hahn

Co-Director and Teacher (Three Day Group)

Kellie began her career in 1993 with an Associate Diploma of Child Care and completed her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in 2010. Kellie has now completed over 18 years in the field of early childhood education and care. Kellie has been working at Wavell Heights Kindergarten since 2013.

Usha Balachandran

Co-Director and Teacher (Five Day Fortnight)

Usha began her teaching career in 2007 after completing her Bachelor of Education (Teaching 0-8years), with over 12 years of experience teaching in the field of early childhood education and care in New Zealand, Adelaide and Brisbane. Usha has been working at Wavell Heights Kindergarten since 2014.

Susan Spinks

Teacher (Two Long Day Group)

Susan began her teaching career in 1996 with her Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood), and has since accrued over 23 years of experience in the field of early childhood education and care.

Tarryn Christie

Teacher (Two Long Day Group)

Tarryn began her career after completing her Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education in 2012, she now has over 5 years of working in the field of early childhood education and care. Tarryn also has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree. Tarryn began working at Wavell Heights Kindergarten in 2019.

Nellie Barichello

Assistant (Two Long Day Group)

Nellie is well qualified with her Associate Diploma of Childcare and Bachelor of Teaching (primary), she has over 23 years of experience of working in the field early childhood education and care, including as a director in a child care centre. Nellie has been working at Wavell Heights Kindergarten since 2008.

Toni Dineen

Assistant (Two Long Day Group)

Toni has an Associate Diploma of Education (Child Care), with over 20 years of experience in early childhood. Toni has been working at Wavell Heights Kindergarten since 2013.

Gina Baptiste

Assistant (Three Day Group)

Gina has a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and has over 12 years of working in early childhood. Gina also has a Certificate of proficiency in Dental Nursing and experience in the dental nursing field. Gina has been working at Wavell Heights Kindergarten since 2006.

Kate Wilson

Assistant (Five Day Fortnight)

Kate has her Certificate III in Children’s Services and a ‘Diploma in High School Teaching.’ Kate has been working at Wavell Heights Kindergarten as an inclusive support assistant since 2010.

Donna Gardiner

Administration Assistant (each Tuesday and Thursday)

Donna has been working at Wavell Heights Kindergarten since 2002.