Our Staff

Elsa MacLeod Kindergarten has a dynamic team of early childhood educators who collaborate in planning, implementing and evaluating quality programs.

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Meet The Team

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Jodi Parker

Director

Jodi has been with Elsa Macleod Kindergarten for 15 years and leads the dynamic team of teachers and educators. She holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and has been involved in Early Childhood Education for two decades. Jodi is instrumental in the kindergarten’s smooth operations and consistent levels of excellence in the provision of kindergarten programs.

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Andrea Brewer

3 & 4 Year Old Assistant

Andrea joined the Elsa team in May 2022 bringing with her 30+ years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Andrea will be assisting in planning and delivering a vibrant play-based educational program in both the four-year-old and three-year-old kindergarten programs. 

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Cathy Arthur

3 & 4 Year Old Assistant

Cathy joined our team in 2020. She holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and has over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Cathy has a deep love of nature and animals and takes great joy in sharing this love with the children daily.  

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Marjoné Zeeman

Teacher - Educational Leader

Marjoné holds a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Development (0-9) from the University of South Africa and a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne. She has been teaching pre-school aged children for nearly 20 years and currently runs the four-year-old and three-year-old kindergarten programs.  

As Educational Leader Marjoné mentors and guides the team of pre-service teachers, educators, and trainees to ensure the best outcomes for our children.

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Emma Budde

3 & 4 Year Old Assistant

Emma holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and has 5 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She forms part of the team delivering the play-based educational program in both the four-year-old and three-year-old kindergarten programs. 

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Rachel Meehan

3 & 4 Year Old Assistant

 After spending some time at Elsa Macleod Kindergarten in 2021 Rachel felt drawn to Early Childhood Education and joins us this year as a trainee. Rachel is currently studying towards her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Committee

Elsa MacLeod Kindergarten Inc. is a not-for-profit kindergarten, that is run by a Committee of Management made up of parents and community members.

Members of the Committee of Management voluntarily elect to be part of their child’s education and actively participate in the running of the center. Staff are an important resource and asset for the Committee in the effective management of the center, however, they cannot have a position on the committee, nor can they vote on any decision.

The Committee is the legally constituted body that are responsible for the management of the center. It has to be financially responsible and maintain the viability of the center. It is elected at the Annual General Meeting and members fill their positions for a 12-month term of office. Meetings are generally held monthly, run for approximately 45 minutes and all parents are welcome to attend.

Our Committee consists of office bearers, namely President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraising Coordinator as well as General Committee members. From the General Committee, we form sub-committees for projects, such as fundraising, garden maintenance and administrative reviews.