Our Staff

 Our vibrant and diverse teaching staff are passionate about our children, community and exciting curriculum which prepares children for life, not just for school.

TOULA KLADOUHOS

EDUCATIONAL LEADER / EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER – 4YO BLUE GROUP AND PRE-PREP 

director@stpaulskinder.org.au

Toula is the Educational Leader at St Paul’s Anglican Kindergarten and has successfully completed her Diploma of Teaching. This is coupled with 35 years of experience and vast knowledge working with preschool children and early childhood development.

She has developed and maintained solid working relationships with other professionals and agencies (both internal and external stakeholders). Moreover, she collaborates with the families of the children, placing great value on open communication and feedback. She has a passion and dedication to the development of children with additional needs and seeks to offer support and assistance to the families. Her non-English speaking background is an asset as she has facilitated programs for children with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to further strengthen development.

Toula was involved in the establishment of Kindergarten curriculums. She thrives in her role as the Educational Leader, which involves the guidance of other Educators in planning and consistently supporting them to ensure effective teaching practices, furthering their knowledge and ensuring the adoption of National Quality Standards and Early Learning Years Framework within their program. Toula’s exceptional communication skills have been influential in coaching fellow Educators and Students providing effective leadership and experience.

She is a registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Toula currently teaches the 4 year old Blue Group and the 4/5 Pre-prep group at St Paul’s Anglican Kindergarten.

LAUREN HURST

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR / EDUCATOR – 
4YO BLUE GROUP

office@stpaulskinder.org.au

Lauren joined the St Paul’s team in 2012 as a relief assistant teacher. Whilst working at St. Paul’s Lauren chose to further her career by completing the Certificate III in Children’s services.

Lauren is the Educator in the 4 year old  Blue Group at St Paul’s Anglican Kindergarten.

She has a Diploma in Business Management and is also part of the Leadership team at St Paul’s in her role as Office Administrator.

SARAH WILSON

EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER – 
PRE-PREP

sarah@stpaulskinder.org.au

Sarah’s teaching career has spanned across teaching at both Secondary School and Early Childhood levels. She has completed a Bachelor of Education (Deakin University) and Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood (RMIT) and is a passionate educator with a keen interest in incorporating music and drama into her teaching programs. She has completed the Bastow Institute ‘Child Development’ Program and ‘Leadership in early Childhood Settings’ programs.  She is a registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Sarah returned to St Pauls Anglican Kindergarten in 2019.

She is currently teaching the 4/5 Pre-Prep group with Toula.

HAZEL LU

EDUCATOR – 
PRE-PREP

Hazel joined St Paul’s Anglican Kindergarten in April 2016. Before joining St Paul’s, Hazel worked for occasional care services in Boroondara for 9 years.

She has a Certificate III in Children’s Services.

Hazel has experience working with very young children (from 6 weeks), to 3 and 4 year olds and children with additional needs.

Originally from Shanghai China, Hazel speaks English, Mandarin and Shanghainese. She loves working with children and enjoys sharing her culture with them.

Hazel is the Educator in Pre-Prep.

 
ALISON D’AMICO

EDUCATOR – 
PRE-PREP

Alison joined the St Paul’s team in 2015.  She is a mum with three sons. Before motherhood, she was actively involved in various roles working with preschool aged children in the U.K. and Switzerland.  She was an established playgroup supervisor who implemented and supported mothers with their younger children.

She worked as a Nanny for families and she still continues to maintain those wonderful relationships that she established during that period.  Alison was previously an Educator in a Daycare Centre.

Alison has a Certificate III in Children’s Services

NATALIE COULSON

ACTIVITY GROUP LEADER – 
3YO PROGRAMS

nat@stpaulskinder.org.au

Natalie has been an Activity Group Leader at St. Paul’s Kinder for over 10 years. She has completed her Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) and is currently completing her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Deakin University.

Natalie’s journey began as a Kindergarten Assistant in the UK (Drayton, London), which lead her to study and successfully help run an English as a Second Language program for students.

She has participated in numerous professional development programs, including most recently a sign language course and yoga instructor certification. Natalie completed the Bastow Leading People course in 2014. Her passion for sensory experiences has enabled her to further develop this area of the curriculum at St. Paul’s.

Natalie co-authored the books: ‘Inspiring Play Space’ and ‘Inspiring Ideas’. 

Natalie currently teaches the 3 year old groups.

KATE ELSBURY

EDUCATOR – 
3YO PROGRAMS

Kate joined the St Paul’s team in 2010.

Kate previously worked at St. Paul’s Anglican Kindergarten as a relief assistant teacher before joining as an educator. Kate has completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services and is currently completing a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Kate has experience working with children with additional needs and has completed a course: Autism MOOC at Swinburne in 2015.

She has a particular interest in creating inspiring outdoor play experiences and is the Educator in the 3 year old groups.

 

RITA EARL

EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER – 
4YO RED GROUP

rita@stpaulskinder.org.au

Rita joined St Paul’s Anglican Kindergarten in January 2019.

She is currently the Early Childhood Teacher for the 4 year old Red Group.

She has come from a diverse career background from working as a scientific photographer at La Trobe University, to having an advisory role in the development in the National School Canteen Healthy Guidelines.

Her passion for Early Childhood education was developed while raising her three children and volunteering to teach kindergarten children about her hobby of beekeeping. Rita believes early childhood is a significant period where children shape their identity, begin to have an understanding of their role in the wider community and continue to develop their dispositions for learning.

Her goal as an educator is to celebrate each child’s diversity, view them as confident and involved learners and to ensure all children are supported by creating an inclusive and equitable learning environment in programming and practice.

Rita enjoys developing relationships with families and working with them to make shared decisions about their children’s education. With a bilingual background, Rita has an interest in developing programs that support children with English as a second language.

She recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education at RMIT.

RANIA DRAKOPOULOS

EDUCATOR – 
4YO RED GROUP

Rania has a Diploma in Children’s Services and has over 10 years of experience as an Educator for sessional kindergartens, long day care and kindergartens. 

She has extensive experience working with children with additional needs.

Rania joined St Pauls in May 2016.

MEL PRIOR HOCKING

LUNCH / RELIEF

Mel joins the team at St Paul’s Kindergarten after taking some time away from teaching to raise her three young children. Mel holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, and has over ten years experience working with children from six weeks to six years of age. Mel has taught in both sessional kindergarten and long day care environments, and has been fortunate to work with a diverse group of children and families over the years.  

Mel values children’s thoughts, ideas and contributions and views these as a source of inspiration to her work, personal life and professional development.  She recognises the important roles that peer and adult relationships play in children’s day to day learning, and believes that children are active and capable learners who play a key role in their own learning.  Mel enjoys developing relationships and close working partnerships with families, and looks forward to working with the children, families and educators at St Paul’s Kindergarten in her relief position.