Director & Owner
Maria is the director and owner of Garfield Street Children’s Centre, having established the centre in 1995. She has worked in Child Care and in related areas of tertiary education all of her working life.
As well as being the Director of Garfield Street Children’s Centre, Maria works as an Educator across the Centre. She works with children and her coworkers to design and implement an educational Preschool program and to develop curriculum for each room at the Centre. Download Resume B.Ed. Hons (Early Childhood Education), M. Arts (Applied Linguistics), Graduate Cert. Educational Studies, Cert. IV Training and Assessment (University of Sydney)
Dr. Bill Walsh
Bill’s first career was in Academia. He has an M.B.A. and a Doctorate in Fluid Mechanics, completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University and has worked as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering UNSW. Bill also worked for about 20 years in Finance, managing teams in investment management risk management and derivative products. In 2007, Bill and Maria had a third child named Morgan who is severely disabled. His needs called for a change in path. Bill’s current career is ‘family support’ which includes the support of Maria’s business. B.Sc. (App. Maths), Ph.D., M.B.A. (University of Sydney)
Among our staff, we have members who are fluent in Italian, Spanish, Sinhalese, Arabic, Hindi, Tagalog, Mandarin and Samoan. Furthermore we have staff who can speak basic French, Malay, Cantonese and who have training in key word signing.
Arosha is a full-time educator in the 2-4’s room. She works with the children and coworkers to design and implement an individualised educational program. Arosha has been working At Garfield Street Children’s Centre since 2006. Prior to Garfield Street Children’s Centre, Arosha worked for several years in preschool and long day care settings, and has experience with special needs children.
Dip. Children’s Services (Petersham TAFE), Senior First Aid Cert.
Dip. Children’s Services, Senior First Aid Cert.
Laura Gonzales Voigt
Laura is permanent part time while completing her Diploma in Children’s Services. She works in the Kookaburras room (ages 4 to 5).
Diploma (Children’s Services)
Erin was one of the first children to enrol in Garfield Street Children’s Centre in 1995. She has been working as a Teacher with us for most of the years since 2008 and is now undertaking her Ph.D. in Education started July 2019 at the University of Sydney. Erin will remain as part time during her studies and will continue to contribute to our educational program. B. Education (Early Childhood) (USYD), University Medal, Cert. ‘Developing Menus to Meet Special Dietary and Cultural Needs’, Cert. ‘Preparing Nutritionally Balanced Food in a Safe and Hygienic Manner’
Susie works throughout the Centre. Susie was one of the first staff members to work at Garfield Street Children’s Centre in 1994, and rejoined our team in 2010. Assoc. Dip. Social Sciences (Child Studies) (Meadowbank TAFE)
Imogen works on a casual basis. She has completed a Certificate III (Children’s Services), has a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy (University of Sydney) and is now studying Medicine at Notre Dame University. Certificate III (Children’s Services)
Wei Zhao (Vika)
Vika works 3 days Part-Time in our Nursery. She joined our team early in 2020. Diploma (Children’s Services)
Cookie joined Garfield Street 2021. She works full time in Kookaburras (preschool). Diploma (Children’s Services)
Hannah works with us on a permanent part-time basis. She works both in the Preschool as well as the 2-4’s Room. Diploma (Children’s Services)
ZhenNi (Jennifer) Yang
Jennifer joined us in 2020 and works full-time in the 2-4’s room. She is working towards a Diploma in Children’s Services. Certificate III (Children’s Services)
Xu Gao (Wendy)
Xu works with us on a permanent part-time basis (Monday and Tuesday) while she works towards a Bachelor of Education. Diploma (Children’s Services)
Twinkee starts full time at Garfield Street February 2021 and will be working in the Echidnas room (Nursery). Diploma – Children’s Services
Uma has had very extensive experience in Children’s Services and has been with Garfield Street since January 2014. Uma works in the Nursery team. Certificate III (Children’s Services)
MengTing (Monty) Zhang
Monty joined Garfield Street in 2020, Monty is working towards a Diploma and works “Casual” in the Nursery team.
Certificate III (Children’s Services)
Cecilia Gonzales Lopez
Cecilia works in the Wallabies (2-4) team and is a former primary school teacher from Peru (4 years) who (in addition to having an Education degree in her home country) has a masters in speech therapy. Diploma (Children’s Services)
Filiata has been working at Garfield Street Children’s Centre since 2010. She is the Centre’s Cook. Cert. ‘Basic Food Safety Procedures’, Cert. ‘Planning and Evaluating Meals and Menus to Meet Recommended Dietary Guidelines’