Our Staff

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.

Kate Vanderpoll - Kindy Teacher

Qualifications:   Bachelor of Education/Diploma in Children’s Services


Kate is one of our Early Childhood Teachers and shares the leadership of the Kindy curriculum with Katie. Kate has spent over 10 years educating and caring for children in swim schools, vacation care centres, primary schools and early learning centres.


One of Kate’s main goals and passions is to assist all of children in their ongoing development and learning journey. Kate is fabulous at recording children’s learning and development and enjoys creating exciting programs based on the Walker Learning Approach.


Kate is integral in ensuring all parents stay informed about how their children are progressing.

Katie McDonald - Kindy Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Learning Management (Early Childhood)

Katie is one of our Early Childhood Teachers and shares the leadership of the Kindy curriculum with Kate. Katie 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.