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Maria Walsh

Director & Owner

MariaMaria 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.

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B.Ed. Hons (Early Childhood Education), M. Arts (Applied Linguistics), Graduate Cert. Educational Studies, Cert. IV Training and Assessment (University of Sydney)

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Dr. Bill Walsh

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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)

 

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Languages

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 Perera

ED_AROSHA_PERERA_9421_copyArosha 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.

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Sangeeta Bajoria

SangeetaSangeeta is a part-time educator in the 2-4’s room. Sangeeta has been working at Garfield Street Children’s Centre since 2007.

Dip. Children’s Services, Senior First Aid Cert.

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Beth Del Rosario

Beth is Diploma qualified and has worked Full-Time in our Nursery since 2016.

Diploma (Children’s Services)

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Erin Harper

Erin_SmallErin 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’

Susanna Ginex

Susie_small_3Susie 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 Walsh

ED_IMOGEN_WALSH_9370_copyImogen works on a casual basis. She has completed a Certificate III (Children’s Services) and is studying Medical Science at the University of Sydney.

Certificate III (Children’s Services)

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Melissa Law

Melissa works part time in the Wallabies (2-4) team (Monday to Wednesday). She joined our team in April 2019.

Certificate III (Children’s Services)

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Wei Zhao (Vika)

Vika works 3 days Part-Time in our Nursery. She joined our team early in  2020.

Diploma (Children’s Services)

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Dr Henry Chen

Henry works Full Time and (in addition to a Diploma) has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from University of Tasmania.

Diploma (Children’s Services)

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Hannah Sandeman

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)

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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)

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Uma Suresh

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)

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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)

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Filiata Tutunoa

FiliataFiliata 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’ 

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