Meet the team

Our educators come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and share a passion and dedication to bringing the best out of children. Working in small groups, our educators bring different personalities and skills together to provide your children with a fun and enjoyable experience. 

The teaching team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and have over a combined 194 years of teaching experience! All our staff have various qualifications under their belt with our lead educators having all completed Bachelor degrees in education with some also furthering their education through completing Postgraduate studies. At Sunnyside Kindergarten, we’re committed to the ongoing growth and education of our team and pride ourselves on the knowledge and skill of our highly qualified staff. 

Yellow Group

Kate McNamara
4 year-old Yellow group teacher
and Nominated Supervisor
Kate McNamara
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Jenni Lythgo
4 year-old Yellow group teacher
Jenni Lythgo
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Kathleen Harley
4 year-old Yellow group teacher
Kathleen Harley
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Blue Group

Alanna Burns
4 year-old Blue group teacher
and Nominated Supervisor
Alanna Burns
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Michele Zabalegui
4 year-old Blue group teacher
Michele Zabalegui
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Bronwen Dendle
4 year-old Blue group teacher
Bronwen Dendle
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Red Group

Donna Hayes
3 year-old Red group teacher
and Educational Leader
Donna Hayes
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Azumi Kobayashi
3 year-old Red group teacher
and 4 year-old Japanese teacher
Azumi Kobayashi
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Satinder Panesar
3 year-old Red group teacher
Satinder Panesar
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Green Group

Alison Lucas
3 year-old Green group teacher
Alison Lucas
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Genevieve Cuthbert-Blake
3 year-old Green group teacher
Genevieve Cuthbert-Blake
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Steph Lythgo
3 year-old Green group teacher
Steph Lythgo
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Other Team Members

Jody O’Connor
Teacher/relief teacher/extended-care teacher
Jody O’Connor
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Anna Tanti
Teacher/relief teacher/extended-care teacher
Anna Tanti
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Nicklaus (Nick)
Seeing Eye Dog in Training
Nicklaus (Nick)
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Meet the Committee

Sunnyside Kindergarten operations are managed by a voluntary Committee of Management consisting of parents whose children are enrolled at the kindergarten. The committee’s responsibility is the overall running of the kindergarten on behalf of parents including: managing financial affairs, staffing requirements, adherence to the Victorian Department of Education and Training regulations, fundraising events, social functions and communicating with families. The members of the association elect the committee, but it is also answerable to the Department of Education and Training.

Above all else, the main objective of the Committee must be to ensure the optimum benefit to the children attending Sunnyside. Committee meetings are held approximately once a month and typically run for 2-3 hours. The Annual General Meeting is held in November.

The committee welcomes your participation. If you are interested in standing for a position, please review the position descriptions here and  then contact your child’s teacher or any committee member for further information. All committee members require a cleared police check and working with children check.

If you have a matter you feel should be discussed at a committee meeting, please contact a committee member.

Executive Committee

President
Sophie
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Sophie
Vice President Human Resources
Sharleen
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Sharleen
Vice President Policies and Procedures
Elissa
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Elissa
Honorary Treasurer
David
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David
Honorary Secretary and Public Officer
Lauren
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Lauren

Committee (Non Executive roles)

Grants & Special Projects
Melissa
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Melissa
Assistant Treasurer
Zac
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Zac
Social and Fundraising
Katie and Nadja
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Katie and Nadja
BBQ and Events Volunteers Coordinator
Josh and Simon
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Josh and Simon
Communications Officer
Alexa
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Alexa
General Committee
Kate
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Kate