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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, Sinhalese, Arabic, Mandarin, Samoan, and AUSLAN Sign Language.

Furthermore we have staff who can speak basic Greek, Malay, Cantonese and Spanish.

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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BiRong Gao

ED_BIRONG_GAO_9413_copyBiRong is Diploma qualified and works Full-Time in our Nursery. She has been with us since early 2014.

Diploma (Children’s Services)

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Beth Del Rosario

Beth is Diploma qualified and works Full-Time in our Nursery. Beth joined our team in 2016.

Diploma (Children’s Services)

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Erin Harper

Erin_SmallErin works in the 4-5’s Preschool Room. Erin was one of the first children to enrol in Garfield Street Children’s Centre in 1995. She has been working at Garfield Street Children’s Centre since 2008.

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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Anne Belgar

Anne works with is on a casual basis while she undertakes her Masters in Teaching (Early Childhood) at the University of Sydney. Anne completed her undergraduate studies in Media and Communications and speaks Mandarin and Tagalog.

BA (Media and Communications)

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Guillaume (Gil) Cyterman

Gil works in our Nursery team. Previously, and in addition to his experience in child care, Gil worked in IT and also as a stay at home Dad for his two children. He lives locally and is a native French speaker.

Certificate III (Children’s Services)

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Stephanie Dib

ED_STEPHANIE_DIB_9374_copyStephanie works with us on a casual basis. She is studying for a Diploma in Children’s Services and works throughout the Centre.

Certificate III (Children’s Services)

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Chloe Kippen

Chloe is an Early Childhood Teacher from Sydney University. Chloe is responsible for the educationChloe Kippenal program in the Nursery (Echidnas).

M.Ed. (Early childhood)

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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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Amanda Vallini

Amanda comes to us with 10 years experience working in a range of Early Childhood Education and Care settings.  Amanda is the mother of a young son and lives locally.

Diploma (Children’s Services)

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Xian Li (Sue)

Sue works Full-TIme in the 2-4’s team. Her first language is Mandarin. She has adult children and has worked in China as a secondary school teacher.

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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