Peregian Beach College Early Learning Centre has a highly qualified staff team. The staff are long-term members of the Centre and enjoy and respect the children and come to know them well during their Kindy journey.
Barbara Wearing - Director of Early Learning
Qualifications: National Nursery Nursing Examination Board (UK equivalent to Diploma in Early Years) and First Class Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies
Barbara has worked with children and families for over 30 years. She has been fortunate to have worked in a variety of roles, with families and young children both in Australia and in the UK. During this time she has greatly enjoyed developing her skills and knowledge of different early years programmes.
She is passionate about ensuring that children receive the best possible early years’ experience, in which they are valued as individuals and where their childhoods are cherished. She loves to watch children blossom as they explore and engage in a wide range of experiences that excite and stimulate their natural thirst for learning. She prioritises building strong relationships between staff, families and children to create a positive environment where the best interests of the children are at the heart of all we do.
Shyra Chapman - Lead Educator Pre-Kindy
Qualifications: Bachelor in Communication; Gradudate Diploma in Education.
Shyra is our Lead Educator for our Pre-Kindy learners and has been working at Peregian Beach College Early Learning Centre since May 2018.
Shyra has been working with children for over 10 years in a variety of teaching settings. She has been a pre-kindy leader, a relief educator, an Out of School and Holiday Care education leader, acting coordinator and a camp counsellor on a summer camp in Canada.
Shyra enjoys building strong relationships with children and their families and is skilled at building confidence in children through her positive interactions.
Lauren McGreevy - Educator/Kindy Teacher
Qualifications: Working toward Bachelor of Early Childhood (final year)
Lauren is one of our Early Childhood Teachers, she is working towards her Bachelor of Early Childhood degree at USC. One of Lauren's first experiences teaching children was on a school practicum at Peregian Beach ELC. This is where she knew she wanted to teach children.
Lauren's enthusiasm for engaging children in holistic learning experiences combined with her energetic attitude towards the children in her care drives her desire to provide good quality authentic learning opportunities for the children in the centre. She loves being outdoors in nature and encourages the children to feel the same.
Lauren's colourful personality and wardrobe encourage the children in her care to be themselves, explore and develop their own personality that is unique to them. She is a big believer in aiding children to experience their emotions and develop skills to cope later in life; experiencing what joys life has to offer and take wonderment in the things that make being a child so wonderful.
Katie McDonald - Kindy Teacher
Qualifications: Bachelor of Learning Management (Early Childhood)
Katie is one of our Early Childhood Teachers. She has taught in a variety of early childhood settings for the past 14 years, including Queensland public schools, family daycare, preschools and long daycare centres.
Katie's teaching and education style is all about empowering children to become confident, independent learners. Her role is to support, facilitate and encourage children's learning while valuing routine & play-based learning through the Walker Learning Program.
Katie feels privileged to guide & support children in their precious and magical early childhood years.
Rhianna Geraghty - Pre-Kindy Educator
Qualifications: Certificate 3 in Early Childhood
Rhianna is our assistant educator at Peregian Beach College Early Learning Centre. Rhianna completed her Certificate 3 in Early Childhood in October 2017 at the same time as she completed year 12 at Peregian Beach College. She is continuing to develop her skills, having enrolled as an Early Years Diploma student.
She has been working at the Kindy for around 2 and a half years, initially as a school based trainee. She wanted to work with children most of her life and being able to work at the Centre has helped her see that this is exactly what she wants to do.
Angie Bennett - Pre-Kindy Educator
Qualifications: Certificate 3 in Early Childhood
After having her son attend Kindy here at PBC ELC, Angie realised that being involved with kindergarten aged children was something that she really enjoyed.
She decided to change her career path from beauty therapy and went on to complete her Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care.
One of Angie's key strengths is her communication skills, enabling her to building close relationships with the children and their families. She delights in her role with the children and is committed and passionate about extending her skills and expertise in early years.