Our staff

Melinda Gray:  Educational Leader / 4-year-old Blue Group Teacher

Melinda joined the team in 2014 and holds a Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood), together with a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management).  Melinda's aim is to create a visually enticing space for children where they feel engaged and excited to explore.  She believes in designing a program that allows the children to gain confidence at their own unique pace.  Her program includes hands on learning opportunities and is drawn from observing the children and expanding on their interests.

Jennie Meese: 4-year-old Red Group Teacher

Jennie joined the team at Deepdene Preschool in 2017. Jennie has over 25 years experience working in early childhood teaching, with a significant portion of her experience being at community run sessional kindergartens.  Jennie brings with her a wealth of knowledge and an enthusiasm for children. 

Emma Byrne:  3-year-old Yellow Group Teacher

Emma joined the team at Deepdene Preschool in 2016 as our 3yo teacher.  She holds a Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood), together with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours. She has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Business. Emma has been a wonderful addition to our team.

Kerry Madden: Co-Educator

Kerry is one of our co-educators and our most experienced staff member.  She is a firm believer in providing high-quality education for all children, and is passionate about outdoor play spaces and the stimulating and engaging learning experiences outdoor programming offers. She has three adult children, two grandsons and absolutely loves her job!

Liesl Christopoulos: Co-Educator

Lisel has completed her Certificate III in Children's Services and has valuable experience working at a number of kindergartens, with specific experience in working with children with additional needs.