Madge Sexton Kindergarten

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Staff Profiles

leanne_lovettLeanne Lovett (Director)
Leanne has been working in Education for 17 years with children aged from Kindergarten to Year 10. She has worked in many settings including various communities on the Pitjantjatjara Lands, Townsville, McLaren Flat Primary School, Chandlers Hill Kindergarten and Coromandel Valley Kindergarten. Leanne has exceptional skills in developing and implementing effective learning programmes for children due to her experiences of working in various roles including Kindergarten Director, Literacy Coordinator, Numeracy Coordinator, Special Education Teacher and teacher (Reception – Year 7). She holds a Bachelor of Teaching in Junior Primary/Primary Education and her strengths lie heavily in developing effective literacy programs for children and supporting children with additional needs. Leanne’s passion lies in exploring principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy which focuses heavily on: listening to the “children’s voice”; recognising that there are 100+ languages or ways that children can express themselves and communicate through; and creating engaging and inspiring learning environments. Leanne enjoys working with early years children and their families, fostering a love of learning in others, and developing strong connections with the community.

tennille angeluddeckeTennille Langeluddecke (Teacher)
Tennille is a highly experienced and effective teacher having worked in various Early Childhood settings over the past 17 years. Her experience extends from Preschools, Schools, Out of Hours Care, Vacation Care and Long Day Care, both as a Teacher and a Director. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and a Diploma in Community Services. Tennille is highly skilled in designing interesting and engaging learning environments and providing fun, creative and innovative small and large group experiences. Tennille’s effective communication and relationship skills allow her to develop strong connections with the children and extend their learning.

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jonette thorstenseinJonette Thorsteinsen (Teacher)
Jonette has 30 years experience working as a Pre-school Teacher in various kindergartens in southern Adelaide. She holds a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education, a Graduate Diploma in Community and School Relations and a Bachelor of Special Education and is currently completing a BA focusing on the history of women and children in South Australia. Jonette enjoys sharing her learning with the children, and is committed to developing positive relationships with children and their families, and working together as part of the children's educational journey.

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kalinda glatterKalinda Glatter (Atelierista/Early Childhood Worker)
Kalinda has a Certificate 3 in Office/Administration as well as a Diploma in Interior Design and a Certificate 3 in Children's Services. Kalinda has been an Early Childhood Educator for over 5 years working initially as our finance officer, then taking on an additional role as an Atelierista (Art Teacher). Kalinda works closely with the teachers to ensure the atelier program runs alongside the emerging curriculum, guided by the children’s voice. Kalinda builds strong relationships with the children who use her as a facilitator for their imaginations. Often an idea is difficult to turn into something concrete so Kalinda’s role in the atelier is to supply the tools for the idea, however the “thinking and doing” process remains the children’s. Kalinda enjoys creating a harmonious and beautiful learning environment for the children to thrive in.

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jo pritchardJo Pritchard (Atelierista/Early Childhood Worker)
Jo brings many talents and a vast amount of experience to us at Madge Sexton Kindergarten. She is a highly experienced Early Childhood worker, having worked for over 12 years with the children in various Preschools in the Southern area. Jo provides specialised support to children with additional needs in her role as Preschool Support Worker, including the use of sign language. Jo is an artist in her own right and we are extremely fortunate to share her abilities and skills with the children in her role as Atelierista (Art Teacher). Jo enjoys encouraging the children to try new things, explore new mediums and shares their excitement throughout their learning journey. Jo currently holds a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services.

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emma shawEmma Shaw (Early Childhood Worker)
Emma has extensive skills in working with preschool children including supporting children with additional needs and working with all preschool aged children to extend and build on their interests. Emma has a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services. One of Emma’s passions is setting up amazing socio-dramatic play environments for children. Her effective communication skills and caring nature provide Emma with a solid connection with both children and families within the kindergarten. Emma facilitates our “Madge’s Minis playgroup on a Friday morning, engaging pre-kindergarten aged children and their parents in creative based learning experiences. Emma is also our “Queen Flocker”, training and working with our parent Flocking Team to bring joy and a sense of fun to our local community. Emma is nervously excited out working in her new role as an atelierista in 2016 with support from Kalinda, our experienced atelierista.

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angela ryanAngela Ryan (Early Childhood Worker)
Angela joins the Madge Sexton Kindergarten Team after previous careers supporting the elderly and emergency services. Her qualifications include a Certificate 3 in Children's Services and she passionate about providing a positive, nurturing, encouraging, respectful and fun learning environment for the children of Madge Sexton Kindergarten. Angela enjoys fostering lasting relationships with the local children and their families. Angela loves cooking and shares her expertise with the children where possible, creating engaging learning experiences in the kitchen and encouraging the love of healthy sustainable food from the kitchen to the table.

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laura reayLaura Reay (Early Childhood Worker)
Laura comes to Madge Sexton Kindergarten with over 16 years’ experience as an early childhood educator. Initially working in the UK and more recently in Australia as an Early Childhood Worker specialising in Preschool Support for children with additional needs. Laura holds a certificate 3 in Children’s Services and is currently working towards her Diploma in Children’s Services. Laura has worked in supporting roles for children with additional needs in many local kindergartens and continues to support and build on the needs of all children. Laura‘s passion lies in transient art, where she encourages the use of loose parts in children’s learning experience.

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