Miss Cathy, Helen, Miss Lynn, Cheryl, Margaret & Sooz
Susan Crowle (Front)
Sooz (she’s usually only ‘Susan’ when she’s in trouble with her mum!) began work at Kendall Community Preschool in 2011 and took over as Director in 2012 after Andrew. She began her teaching career in Canberra developing a small Independent School as the Education Director there. She is always interested in new developments in Early Education and has a developed a teaching philosophy that embraces aspects of the Reggio Emilia Project, Nature Education and The Blue Gum School Approach. Although Sooz would love to be an incredible fisherman, she really is quite terrible at it, but her family indulge her by taking her fishing most weekends! She is happiest digging in the compost, playing in the mud patch, telling stories and listening to the amazing imaginations, conversations and problem-solving techniques of preschoolers.
Catherine Steinmetz (from left to right)
‘Miss Cathy’ has been working at Kendall Preschool since it began in 1988! She is the longest serving staff member and a favourite with all preschoolers past and present. Over the years, Cathy has evolved from working as a volunteer, to a casual staff member who works many and varied hours. Cathy is much loved by the families and children, and is a huge part of Kendall Community Preschool with her joyful nature and her ways of creating special relationships being some of her greatest treasures. Cathy enjoys a variety of cakes with a big passion for chocolate cakes, sponges, and even other baked products! She despises rats and mice, and likes to admire the chook flock from a distance!! In 2013, for 25 years of service to the preschool, she was honoured with her very own ‘Miss Cathy’s Chair’ and has spent many wonderful hours reading stories to preschoolers in this special place in the garden.
Helen is the very efficient Office Manager at Kendall Community Preschool. She always has her ‘finger on the pulse’ and juggles budgets and wish lists with great prowess! Her helpful nature means that she can answer even the trickiest questions – even the ones to do with Child Care Benefit!! Although she has travelled extensively, Helen and her family enjoy their farm and are recently the proud ‘parents’ of little piglets! She is also the ‘go to’ girl for advice on good coffee and good places to eat out!
Lynn is also a long-serving educator, beginning her career at Kendall Preschool in 1992 after working in Port Macquarie. During this time, Lynn has become an integral part of the preschool, with her connections to the local community and her commitment to supporting all of the children who attend Kendall Preschool being very important aspects of her work. ‘Miss Lynn’ has completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services, yet her knowledge, experience, patience and intuition with children and families is beyond measuring on paper! Lynn is very active in the community, spending much of her time with her children and her beautiful grandchildren and catching up with friends. Lynn has a particular passion for the health of children – not just her own children or the children at preschool, but also the health of young children in general. She always encourages fitness, movement and good, natural food-oriented nutrition to ensure the growth of healthy well-balanced young people.
Cheryl has recently joined the Kendall Community Preschool team after completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services. Cheryl has close connections to the local music community and is skilled in many musical areas which she enjoys bringing to her work with the children. Cheryl enjoys time camping and catching up with her grown up children, and loves watching the preschoolers connect with the chooks although she is equally happy doing important baking in the sandpit café!
After beginning her relationship with Kendall Community Preschool as a dedicated and involved parent, Margaret has completed a traineeship Certificate III in Children’s Services as well as a Diploma in Early Education and Care with very impressive distinctions! She is a rare find – a true natural at working in respectful, meaningful ways with young children. Margaret has shown herself to be a wonderful resource for supporting children’s creativity, developing and implementing Environmentally Sustainable Practices, gardening and chook-whispering! Margaret’s knowledge of plants, her contacts with the gardening community and her thirst for knowledge in the connections children make with the natural environment all contribute to her desire to support children and families to reconnect with nature and its gifts and joys.