Staff

Our Staff

Meg Donnelly

Meg Donnelly

4 YEAR OLD ECT (Early Childhood Teacher) 

Meg is an experienced professional in education, with over 15 years’ experience in a broad range of Early Childhood and Primary School settings.

Meg has completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies and a Grad. Diploma in Education (Primary). She has worked as a Director and Kindergarten teacher in Preschools as well as a classroom teacher in Primary Schools.

Meg has a strong passion for play-based learning, running a play-based program in her Primary School classroom as well as her Preschool programs.   One of her favourite things to do is set up engaging play spaces for the children based on their interests that can provoke further exploration and thinking.

In her most challenging role, as a mother of two highly energetic boys, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, Meg spends a lot of her time drinking cold coffee, dreaming of more sleep and laughing harder than she ever thought possible.  

Meg has just added to her family a puppy, named Grizz.  He is a Bernese Mountain Dog and so he may be small and fluffy now, but soon he is going to be a (gentle) giant.  He is a big part of the family and goes almost everywhere with them.

Meg loves to have time away at her family beach house, where her and her family enjoy walks on the beach, swimming, building sandcastles, playing at the parks and quiet coffees in cafes.  

Meg is passionate about working with children and families and wants the best outcomes for each and every child.  Education is the key; Meg’s goal is to always educate young children to become problem solvers and seekers of knowledge.

Sally Carvosso

Sally Carvosso

4 YEAR OLD ECT (Early Childhood Teacher)

3 YEAR OLD ECT (Early Childhood Teacher)

I am an enthusiastic and energetic teacher. I taught in kindergarten as an educator straight out of secondary school and through my teacher training till I qualified. I then taught for a few years before I had my own children. I took a long break in which I ran my own home based business for about 12 years until I sold it and came back to teaching about 5 years ago.  For the past three years I have taught a mixture of three and four year old groups at Kinders in Frankston, where I live.

I love working in Early Childhood, I pride myself in having a respectful and cohesive relationship with staff, children and families. I love teaching and getting to know the children and building relationships with the families. I plan a play-based program for the children where I pay particular notice to the child’s development and scaffolding of skills needed to prepare them for the next stage of education; while supporting their current level of development.

I enjoy singing, yoga and swimming in my personal time. I love to travel and learn about new places with my husband and children. My children are teenagers now and are growing into independent young adults. I remember the challenges of helping them through their early years and making decisions for them. I feel this makes me a better teacher now as I have learnt so much from these experiences and I’m passionate to pass them on. I love working with all children and aim to provide a program that promotes an inclusive and respectful place to learn.  In particular Iam interested in working with bilingual families and seeing children grow to be confident communicators.

Lorelle Hyams

Lorelle Hyams

4 YEAR OLD ASSISTANT EDUCATOR

Miss Lorelle is a Kindergarten co-educator in the four year old program. She has been a co-educator for the last 15 years and looking forward to being one for many more years to come. Lorelle has five adult children with her youngest at university. Lorelle also has three beautiful grandchildren! Lorelle enjoys reading and exercising, catching up with friends and family and babysitting. She looks forward to getting to know your children and watching them grow and develop over the coming year. It will be an exciting first term meeting all the families, especially each child.

Natasha Wallis

Natasha Wallis

4 YEAR OLD ASSISTANT EDUCATOR

Miss Natasha is a co-educator in the four year old program. Natasha joined us at Jells Park Preschool at the start of 2018 after taking time of from working to raise her two children. Natasha is a highly motivated and enthusiastic educator with a passion to see the children  grow and develop. Natasha enjoys watching the children’s confidence grow throughout the year while teaching them new skills in readiness for school and  blossoming friendship. Natasha enjoys spending time with her family camping, fishing and going to the movies.

Natasha is excited to meet you and your families in the coming year.

Ivy Chan

Ivy Chan

3 YEAR OLD ASSISTANT EDUCATOR

Miss Ivy (陳慶娟) is a new co-educator in the three year old program in 2019. She is excited to join the Jells Park Preschool team for the three-year old groups for Wednesday mornings and Fridays. Ivy and her husband Paul, migrated from Hong Kong to Melbourne in 1990. Their daughters Cecie and Lilian, are grown up now which has given Ivy some more time to study again. Ivy believes that every child is a precious gift to be nurtured and respected. Upon graduation from a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in July 2016, Ivy took the opportunity to gain experience working in long day care and kindergarten settings. At the moment, she is taking units for a Graduate Certificate of Therapeutic Play to follow her interest in Play Therapy.  

Ivy speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin. At leisure, she enjoys reading, drawing, sewing and gardening. She looks forward to welcoming your child to Jells Park Preschool.