Staff Profiles

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Nesha

Owner / Approved Provider 

BA (Psyc & Engl) MA (Psyc) MAPS, Diploma in Children's Services, PGC Couns. PGC Spec Ed. Cert IV TAE, JP
Psychologist

Prior to entering the ‘family business’, Nesha worked as a Psychologist, Recruiter, Change Management Consultant, Project Manager and Corporate Trainer (among other things!). Nesha loves to learn, and finally completed her Cert IV in Training as well as a host of short courses and workshops. she strives to impart this love with her staff and all of our children. Nesha was the President of Australian Childcare Alliance New South Wales for 4 years and is the Australian Childcare Alliance’s national Vice President.

Nesha has two children, Dylan and Olivia, some very strange cats, and a mischievous dog, Loki, who lives up to his name. She is negotiating her way through single parenting.

loran owner approved provider educational leader

Lorna

Owner / Approved Provider / Educational Leader

Lorna has worked in child care since 1999 and spent four years teaching before taking on the position of Director of Norwest Child Care Centre in 2003. She has a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood. Lorna won the 2009 Australian Family Fisher Price Award for NSW/ACT Director of the Year. She and Nesha took over the ownership of Top Ryde Early Learning in 2009.

Lorna loves her job and is really enjoying part time work and full time mothering!

In her spare time, Lorna loves to cook, take photographs and travel to interesting places around the world. She lives with her husband of 12 years, Phil, and her sons, Connor and Declan.   


Mikhala

Director / Nominated Supervisor 

Mikhala has been working with Nesha and Lorna since 2008. She has completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services, as well as her Diploma in Children’s Services. Mikhala is currently studying her degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth - 12). She has a passion for creating engaging and learning-enriching play spaces for children in both the indoor and outdoor environment. Mikhala also has an eye for design and loves creating displays that document children's learning. She is an advocate for high quality early childhood and always strives to give children the best learning opportunities.

In her spare time Mikhala enjoys going on road trip adventures with her friends and family. She also loves relaxing in the outdoors with a strong cup of tea and immersing herself in a good book.


Belinda

Administration Manager

Belinda began working at Top Ryde Early Learning in August 2016. She has lived in Ryde her whole life and loves that she is at a centre that works closely with the Ryde community. As well as working full time, she is also studying her Certificate III in Education Support.

In her spare time Belinda enjoys spending quality family time with her husband and three sons. She also has a love of baking and enjoys cake decorating.

  

Natasha

Room Leader - Lilli Pilli Room

Natasha started her traineeship at Top Ryde Early Learning in January 2016. She has completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services and is currently studying her Diploma of Early Childhood and Care. Natasha enjoys learning about all the different aspects of early childhood education in her role as room leader and is looking forward to continuing to gain even more knowledge. Natasha is very creative and is always providing exciting and engaging experiences for the children. 

Natasha enjoys dancing and has a particular passion for jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance. She enjoys teaching the children different dance moves during music and movement group times. 

Kirsty

Educator - Lilli Pilli Room

Kirsty has worked in early childhood education since 1998 and has moved between three long day care services since starting, working with Nesha in each one. She has a Diploma in Children’s Services and, prior to teaching, Kirsty was a professional ice skater. She still enjoys goal-driven activities. Kirsty married Pete in 2009 and they have two children, Angus and Ruby. 

In her spare time she loves going for walks with her children and creating photo collage albums.

Gemma

Educator - Lilli Pilli Room

Gemma started her traineeship at Top Ryde Early Learning in October 2015. She has completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services and is currently studying her Diploma of Early Childhood and Care. She loves being a part of the Top Ryde Early Learning team, and learning from all the other staff around her. All the children adore Gemma and we love seeing her engaging and laughing with them during all learning experiences. 

In her spare time Gemma enjoys playing netball and motorbike riding with her family. She also has a keen interest in caving and regularly goes caving with her friends on the weekends. 

 

Jacqueline

Educator - Lilli Pilli Room

Jacqueline joined Top Ryde Early Learning in January 2017. She has been working in early childhood since 2011, commencing at Nesha’s other early childhood centre before joining us. She has her Certificate III in Children’s Services and she is currently studying for her Diploma of Early Childhood and Care. Jacqueline has a love for all things early childhood and has a passion for embracing a holistic approach to children’s learning. 

In her spare time Jacqueline loves going on adventures around Sydney, finding new and interesting places to explore. She also loves spending time with her husband, gardening at home.


Amy

Educator - Lilli Pilli Room 

Amy has studied her Certificate III in Children’s Services and is now completing her Diploma of Early Childhood and Care. Amy has a passion for early childhood and loves that she gets to build relationships and seeing children reach developmental milestones every day. She started working at Top Ryde Early Learning in January 2017, after working at another early childhood centre owned by Nesha.

In her spare time Amy loves to make and decorate cakes and especially enjoys sharing her cake-making talent with the children, providing them with fun cooking experiences. She also loves spending time with her friends and family on the weekend.


Kieran

Early Childhood Teacher - Acacia Room Leader

Kieran completed his Diploma in Children’s Services in 2006 and completed his Bachelor of Primary Education in 2014. Even after graduating with his degree in Primary Education, Kieran has a passion for early childhood and decided to continue to stay in early childhood education. Kieran believes that it is important to have both male and female influences in early childhood education and is a role model and inspiration to other males wanting to work in early childhood. 

Kieran is married with two beautiful children and he enjoys spending all his free time going on adventures with them. He also has a love for the performing arts and enjoys incorporating his love for drama and music into many learning experiences for the children.                     


Gabrielle

Educator - Acacia Room

Gabrielle is currently studying her Diploma of Early Childhood and Care and enjoys bringing what she has learnt to the learning experiences she provides for the children. She began working at Top Ryde Early Learning in March 2017. Gabrielle has a special interest in providing inclusive environments for children of all abilities and is an advocate for the inclusion of children with special needs in Early Childhood. 

In her spare time Gabrielle enjoys being creative, drawing and painting portraits. She also loves listening to music of all genres.                     


Pina

Educator - Acacia Room

Pina has been working in early childhood since 1995. After having a break to have a family, Pina returned to her love of early childhood and began working at Top Ryde Early Learning in 2011. She has a Certificate III in Children’s Services and completed her Diploma in Children’s Services in 2016. 

Pina lives with her two children Kristin and Blade and in her spare time enjoys bike riding, walks and taking her children out for fun experiences. Pina is extremely proud of her children’s achievements: Kristin is a competitive gymnast and Blade is talented in many different sports. 

 

Caitlin

Educator - Acacia and Waratah Room

Caitlin began her Certificate III traineeship at Top Ryde Early Learning in May 2017. Before starting her career in early childhood she travelled Europe for four months, exploring all the exciting things it had to offer. Caitlin incorporates her worldly knowledge and adventurous spirit into all learning experiences she provides for the children. 

In her spare time Caitlin enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys relaxing while doing yoga or reading a good book. 



Elizabeth

Early Childhood Teacher - Waratah Room Leader 

Elizabeth has a Bachelor in Early Childhood and Primary Education, Birth to 12 Years, and has been working in the industry since 2008. She has a strong belief in early language and its importance in our community. She has a particular passion for working with the preschool children and supporting them to gain skills, as they get ready to transition to primary school.

Elizabeth lives with her mum, dad and two sisters and loves fashion and design, spending lots of spare time developing her interests and researching the latest in fashion. She loves to travel, listen to music and has a goal to research more about the importance and impact environments can have on children’s learning.


Amanda

Early Childhood Teacher - Waratah Room

Amanda has had over three decades of experience in early childhood and couldn’t imagine working in any other career. She has a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education. Amanda has been working with Nesha and Lorna for more than ten years and decided to join the team at Top Ryde Early Learning in January 2017. Amanda has a world of knowledge and incorporates this into everything she does with the children; she also uses it to inspire the educators around her. 

In her spare time Amanda enjoys spending time with her friends exploring the wonders of Sydney. She also loves to immerse herself in a good book. 


Dalia

Educator - Waratah Room

Dalia has a Bachelor in Science majoring in Statistics, and fluently speaks Arabic, Armenian and English! She moved to Australia in 2005 with her husband and two children and began studying her Certificate III in Children’s Services while working at Top Ryde Early Learning in 2008, which she has subsequently completed. She has also completed her Certificate IV in Education Support. Dalia has taken on the role as our Special Education Teacher and supports all staff in creating inclusive environments for children of all abilities. 

In her spare time Dalia loves cooking, especially traditional Arabic style food. She spends lots of time with her family, going for walks around Sydney.

 

Natasha

Chef

Natasha started her traineeship in March 2016. She completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services and is now delving into the world of university where she is studying her degree in Early Childhood (Birth-12). As well as a passion for early childhood, Natasha has a passion for cooking, which is why being the chef at Top Ryde Early Learning is perfect! She also loves to get creative and is an advocate for promoting children’s healthy eating. 

Natasha is an animal lover and is very passionate about the welfare of all animals. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and playing with her cat Guppy.