Our Team

  • Eva, Centre Manager

    Eva

    Originally from Ireland, I have found my home away from home in Melbourne. Having started my journey as a student working in the early years sector, I knew then this was the career I wanted to choose. I moved from Ireland in 2017 and have found my love for the early years all over again. After studying my Diploma of Childhood Education and Care, I completed my Bachelor of Supervisory Management.  Over 10 years, I have progressed in various roles in the sector in Ireland before leaving my role as a Centre Manager in 2017.

    I joined Samantha's Camberwell in 2020. It’s been a steep learning curve which I believe has shaped my philosophy today. I have gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge through the changes of 2020.  The sense of community and the interactions are of genuine value. Every day is incredibly rewarding, the role we place in shaping young lives of young children is huge, I love that we empower and shape this.  

    I am a passionate Centre Manager who is collaborative and supportive to my team to ensure high standards of education and care are always met. I believe in providing a safe, secure, and warming environment that sees children are healthy, happy, and secure to develop important emotional, social, and intellectual skills and children and families feel they have a sense of identity and belonging.  

    It is an honour to lead and be part of a fantastic team who provide a safe, stimulating learning environment for each individual child. After all, there is no I in teamwork. 

  • Victoria, 2IC/ Support Educator

    Victoria

    I started working at Samantha's after finishing my placement in 2014. I have worked consistently in our Nursery room, moving from assistant to room leader and now starting my journey as 2IC. I have recently finished studying my advanced diploma and am looking forward to learning more about how the centre runs and all the behind the scenes. My favourite part of my job is creating relation ships with all the children and watching them learn, grow, and figure out who they are. I believe that by creating these relationships goes hand in hand with creating a warm, secure, and loving environment for the children to explore and be confident in.

  • Tahlia, Nursery Room Leader

    Tahlia

    I have been working at Samantha's Camberwell since 2013. I have completed my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and have had the opportunity to work in the capacity of a support educator, assistant educator and Room Leader.  I love working with children of all ages but my passion really lies with the infant and Toddler age groups. Watching children make new discoveries and flourish over the years give us as educators great satisfaction as we make connections with the children and their families. It is my pleasure to work at Samantha’s, as all the educators have such high standards and a love for children’s learning and well -being.

  • Alexis, Toddler Room Leader

    Alexis

    I have been working in the Childcare Sector for 4 years and I have a passion for ongoing learning and professional development. I thoroughly enjoy working alongside families and my team to support the growth, learning and development of the children in my care. I pride myself on my energetic, happy and positive nature.

  • Kayla, Nursery Educator/ HSR

    Kayla

     As an early childhood educator, I have a passion for encouraging children to find their voices to express themselves creativity through planned or spontaneous experiences. I love to help them find their sense of identity and support them to find their confidence to build relationships with educators, other children and in their internal and external community while feeling safe and secure. I have been a part of Samantha's since 2012, through my journey I have had many roles, assistant educator, room leader, chef, 2IC, acting centre manager and my current role, Health and Safety Representative for Samantha's Camberwell. Through each role I have taken on I am very grateful for the knowledge and experience I have gained, I have built trusting relationships with my co-educators, families and the community has shaped me to be the educator and person I am today.

  • Fleur, Nursery Educator

    Fleur

     My passion for as long as I can remember is educating and caring for children. I started working as a teaching assistant in 2011. When I moved to Australia in 2014 I began working as a nanny, before starting at Samantha's in 2015. Whilst working I have completed my Cert III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. In July 2020, I began studying my Bachelors degree. During my time working at Samantha's, I have worked as a room leader and assistant in each of the rooms. I am passionate about giving children a voice to be heard, developing their sense of self whilst adopting a Montessori style approach to education. I have a strong interest in working with children with additional needs and supporting their pastroal needs. I have been heavily influenced by my parents professional backgrounds in mental health. As I am continuing on in my studies, I am working across the centre 2 days a week currently in our nursery room and I love seeing your little ones grow into confident and intelligent little people.

  • Viji, Toddler Room Leader

    Viji

    I started my career as a Kinder Teacher in my home country India. I travelled with my husband around New Zealand and Australia which has helped me to understand all different cultural practices. I had an opportunity to teach in the community schools during this time.

    I have a very strong passion for the early childhood and teaching industry. I have also worked as a prep teacher in my home country. When moving to a different country I had a lot of volunteering experience in a School and Multicultural Centre.  

    I moved to Melbourne where I completed my Diploma of Childhood Education and Care, working in early childhood during my studies. Samantha’s have given me an opportunity to be a part of their team. I believe that each child is an individual and as an educator I will value and develop each child's strengths, interests, skills, abilities, and knowledge to extend their learning.

    I believe that children learn through play-allowing them the choices, acknowledging their work and giving feedback in a positive way while respecting their values.   I will provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, create, and imagine. I respect all children with a holistic approach while focusing on their cognitive and social, emotional development. I believe our environment plays a vital role in the children learning and will consider all families a vital aspect of my program.

  • Tara, 3-year-old Early Childhood Teacher (ECT)

    Tara

     I’ve been working as an Early year’s teacher (specialised 0-8yr) since 2014 and have been working at Samantha's Kindergarten since 2019. My first degree is a Bachelor of Art majored in English literature and international business. I then acquired a Master’s degree in Teaching at Monash Uni and a Certificate of teaching English as second language at RMIT after gaining strong interests in human language, cognition, development and learning post-working 7 years in HR and project management.

    I have just finished a first degree in Psychology this year, I have gained additional knowledge in mind, behaviour and other developmental issues that are commonly associated with early childhood. I believe that children need to be treated with respect and care, and are provided with consistent role modelling, boundaries, and opportunity to make decisions so their sense of belonging, autonomy, curiosity, and capacity in learning can be fostered.

    Apart from our throughout-the-year focus on emotional regulation, self-help, and safe-play skills, I aim to design a holistic, inclusive, and fun program that promotes children’s early literacy, numeracy, and social skills, as well as their love of nature, animals, and the planet.  

    When I’m not working or studying, I love reading, doing yoga, going for walks along the beach, trying new vegetarian recipes and painting.

  • Narelle, 3 Year-Old Kindergarten Educator

    Narelle

    I have worked with children since the age of 15 when I first became an athletics coach. Following my completion of secondary school, I decided to complete my Certificate III and Diploma of Childhood Education and Care. I love working with children, seeing them grow and develop to be involved learners.  

    I see children as incredibly capable with unique minds. I believe in various aspects from many philosophers, that have changed the way I think of how I teach and educate children.  Loris Malaguzzi states that a child’s parents are their primary teachers, and we are the secondary teachers. From this knowledge, I believe that if I build relationships with parents, it can give children heightened opportunities for learning.

    Other theories I have felt have aligned with my philosophy are Jean Piaget’s Cognitive Development theory, Lev Vygotsky’s Sociocultural theory. However, my main philosophy is nurture. I believe if children are nurtured, it is the foundation for development and learning. I am currently studying a Diploma of Community Services. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to boot camp, jogging and personal growth in areas of self-improvement.

  • Linda, 4-year-old Early Childhood Teacher (ECT)

    Linda

    I have been working in Early Childhood since I left school in the mid-1980s. I have a real passion for teaching and nurturing young children, through respectful and genuine relationships with the children and their families, which recognise and celebrate their cultural identities. I believe children are capable and discerning from infancy. We can support young children’s growth and development through providing a caring, and nurturing environment, where they are supported to be decision makers in their lives while encouraging them to self-regulate their emotions, wonder at their discoveries and share their unique personalities through positive social interactions. As the Educational Leader, I love to support and nurture the learning and understanding of the educators, encouraging them to have high professional standards and to be the best educator they can be, while serving the families in our Centre. I love to see young educators grow and develop a passion for their profession and realise the positive and important role they have in the lives of children.

  • Sophie, 4 Year-Old Kinder Educator

    Sophie

     I have been working in Early Childhood since 2019. I believe each child is precious and needs to be treated with respect at all times. I am passionate about supporting children to be kind, to share and be respectful and honest. As we are a multicultural class, it is important that all children feel safe and have a strong sense that they belong. That, even though we are all different and unique, it is fun building relation ships and learning about our differences and similarities.  

  • Caitlin, Support Educator-Casual

    Caitlin

    I am a Diploma qualified educator and have worked in Early Childhood for over 4 years. I am friendly, patient and caring with a bright and bubbly personality. I enjoy getting involved in children’s play and take a hands-on approach. My favourite part of the role is knowing that I am a part of the children’s lives and I take great pride and satisfaction in watching them grow and develop whilst in my care.

  • Mary, Centre Cook

    Mary

    I was born and raised in a county north of Christchurch in New Zealand. My father was a GP and my mother a nurse. They both instilled in me a love of nature and acceptance of all cultures. I moved to Melbourne in 1984 and joined a pilot program assisting people with disabilities to live independent lives. I moved on to youth work and stayed in this role for 12 years. I then followed my love of cooking and took on various roles in commercial cooking and worked full time as a chef. I joined Samantha's Childcare – Camberwell in 2018 and I have a passion for providing high-quality nutritious meals for all of the children. I enjoy working in partnership with families and staff to ensure that each child is supported in their dietary needs and I love sharing my recipes and working collaboratively.

  • Derlin, Support Educator-Casual

    Derlin

    Bio to come...

  • Chelsea, Support Educator-Casual

    Chelsea

    I am currently in the process of achieving my Diploma in Early Childhood and from there I hope to continue to complete my Bachelor in Primary Years.

    I have had a passion for working with children since before I can remember as I find it very rewarding being able to play a part in helping further develop and influence children’s learning. I am a very patient, loving, caring and enthusiastic educator who takes great pride in being able to watch the children flourish under my care and guidance. 

  • Barkha, Support Educator-Casual

    Barkha

    Bio to come...

  • Amie, Support Educator-Casual

    Amie

    I started working in childcare in 2013, in a centre in my home town of Busselton. I eventually moved to Perth then to Melbourne in 2016, where I found my home at Samantha’s Childcare – Camberwell. Since I joined the Centre, I have been inspired by the love, passion and dedication of those around me, and found my own renewed sense of passion and enthusiasm for this career. I have been built into the educator I am today thanks to my team. “What a child can do with help today, they can do alone tomorrow” is my favourite quote and the one I uphold in my professional pedagogy. I strive to help children discover their own competent self-identities, knowing who they are and what amazing things they can and will learn to do.

  • Jane, Toddler Educator

    Jane

    Bio to come...

Our Team