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Meet the Smarty Pants Team

<strong>Andrea</strong>
AndreaCentre Director
Andrea has a Diploma in Primary Teaching, a Graduate Certificate of Early Childhood studies and a Diploma of Childcare. Before completing further studies to pursue her career in Childcare, Andrea worked in Primary schools for many years. Andrea has worked in a range of services for 15 years and has completed further studies to become a Manager. Andrea has Managed Smarty Pants Early Learning Centre now for over 12 years.
<strong>Peta</strong>
PetaSenior Educator Canaries
Peta has a certificate III in Childcare and is now studying her diploma. Peta has been the lead educator in our Canaries Room (6 weeks – 15 month children) for over 6 years and her knowledge with this younger age group is extensive. Peta prides herself on running a calm and relaxed room with flexible routines for her children.
<strong>Nicky</strong>
NickySenior Educator Lorikeets
Nicky has completed a Diploma in early Childhood Services and is the Group Leader of our Lorikeets Room, Nicky is well known to the children and families within the community. Nicky focuses on offering the children support and comfort to form secure attachments and a trusting relationship. These relationships allow Nicky to encourage and support a child’s efforts when attempting to succeed, teaching them to never give up and to be persistent to challenge their skill set by learning to recognise their own efforts and achievements.
<strong>Jessie</strong>
JessieSenior Educator Kookaburras
Jessie joined Smarty Pants in 2018 returning home to Cooroy after some time away travelling. Her goal is to continue growing as a professional to give the children at Smarty Pants the best possible learning experience that will help them develop and get ready for Kindergarten. Jessie spends a lot of time having fun while providing the children with knowledge, understanding and social skills they will need to move to the next class.
<b>Kelly</b>
KellyKindergarten Teacher
I immigrated to Australia from the UK 10 years ago and live in Cooran with my four children and husband. I started my child care journey nearly 20 years ago with a Diploma in Childcare and Education, followed by a Bachelor Degree in Childhood Studies and finally a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Teaching. I have a strong passion for early years as research has shown children’s experiences in their first five years are crucial for development, so high quality child care and education is so important. I believe in a fun, exciting, engaging & interest-based curriculum, which ensures learning is relevant to children’s lives, their families, their culture and the community. I enjoy spending time with my family, walking and cooking delicious meals.
<strong>Holly</strong>
HollySenior Educator Emus
Holly is the Early Years Educational Leader at the centre and has worked within the education sector for 10 years now. She is originally from the UK which is where she completed the majority of her training and experience. She has completed a Bush School Teaching program, a Diploma in Childcare and Education, several special education courses, a Cert 3 in Education and Cert 2 in a Makaton and Sign Language.. Parallel to her career at Smarty Pants, she is also a singer/performer and performs all over Australia with her husband and trio vocal group. This is something that Holly prides herself in bringing to the children of Smarty Pants; leading the music, sign and movement sessions on a daily/weekly basis. She cannot wait to extend her career with Smarty Pants further!
<strong>Tracy</strong>
TracyAssistant Educator
Tracy has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and has been working with children aged 0 – 5 for the past 4 years. Before this Tracy was a Teacher aide at a primary school. Tracy enjoys working with children and she understands that when a child feels safe in their relationships and surroundings they can become more confident in showing their individuality. Learning through play is a great way to achieve this for young ages.
<b>Melissa</b>
MelissaAssistant Educator
Melissa is currently completing her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. I have also completed my Senior First Aid Certificate.After having two children of my own, I am passionate about wanting to pursue a career in childcare.My focus is to provide the best possible care, by offering children a safe and nurturing environment for them to grow and learn.
<strong>Molly G</strong>
Molly GAssistant Educator
Molly has held a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and care for 5 years and is currently studying her Diploma. She has experience as an Au Pair, working with Babies and Toddlers. Her enthusiasm for working with children has inspired her to want to eventually further her education and ultimately become an Early primary School Teacher.
<strong>Shendell</strong>
ShendellAssistant Educator
Shendell is currently studying her Certificate III in Early Childhood services and works in the position of assistant. Shendell has three children, which attend Smarty Pants and Cooroy State School. Shendell believes in supporting children to become confident and involved learners and supports their learning of dispositions such as their problem solving development and encouraging learning through play.
<b>Rita</b>
RitaAssistant Educator
Rita currently works at Smarty Pants Early Learning Centre as a casual assistant. Rita provides valuable support to both our educators & children.
<b>Kimberley</b>
KimberleyAssistant Educator
Kimberley currently works at Smarty Pants Early Learning Centre as a assistant educator. Kimberley provides valuable support to both our educators & children.
<b>Molly S</b>
Molly SSenior Educator Kookaburras
Molly  has a diploma in early childhood education and care and a diploma in school aged education and care as well as a certificate 3 in children’s Services. She is going on her 9th year in the childcare industry and has a strong passion for working with children and believes that every child has the right to have their emotions acknowledged, requests acted on and needs taken care of promptly but most importantly to have their voices heard.
<b>Teneal</b>
TenealAssistant Educator
Teneal currently works at Smarty Pants Early Learning Centre as a assistant educator. Teneal provides valuable support to both our educators & children.
<b>Tim</b>
TimAssistant Educator
Tim currently works at Smarty Pants Early Learning Centre as a assistant educator. Tim provides valuable support to both our educators & children.
<strong>Hugo</strong>
HugoSmarty Pants Best Friend
Hugo is our centre pet french bulldog. He may sleep at home with our director Andrea but we still think of him as our own. Hugo loves napping in the sun, lots of pats from the children and the occasional game of catch me if you can in the backyard. Hugo has a calming influence on both our staff and children at Smarty Pants.
<strong>Ada</strong>
AdaSmarty Pants Second Best Friend
Ada is Hugo sister and is our second centre pet french bulldog. She may sleep at home with our director Andrea but we still think of her as our own. Ada & Hugo love napping in the sun, lots of pats from the children and the occasional game of catch me if you can in the backyard. Both Ada & Hugo have a calming influence on both our staff and children at Smarty Pants..