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Meet Our Team

At Astra Early Learning Port Melbourne, we believe our team of Early Childhood educators are one of our most valuable assets and we could not achieve our goals or honour our philosophies without their knowledge, support and hard work. Our team understand the responsibility that comes with the role of an educator and are committed to ensuring that every child not only enjoys their time with us, but has been exposed to every available developmental and learning opportunity.

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Taylah Cahill

Assistant manager in training

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

I have been in The ECE sector for 5 years. I believe that respectful, caring bonds with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful early childhood experience for a child. Parents are the child’s most important teachers. I believe that families are the most important aspect for the student because they are their child's first teacher. I strive to have upmost respect and love for all the children I have the privilege to meet each day.

I am responsible for running and coordinating the day-to-day administrative duties here at Astra Port Melbourne, and I am available to support your transition into our service.

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Rhiannon Savage

Head of Community

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

I have over 10 years of experience in the Early Childhood profession. I am passionate about Early Childhood education and strive to support children in reaching their full potential.
I value strong partnerships with families to support their child, as they develop skills that will help them thrive and create strong foundations for their life ahead.
My passion for the natural environment and all living things is embedded in my personal and professional teaching philosophy and I enjoy sharing this interest with children and educators.

I have strong professional interests in Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy which highlights relationships as the cornerstone of teaching. It details the environment as the third teacher, art as a language and reflects the belief that children are capable and intelligent learners which is directly related to Howard Gardeners theory of Multiple Intelligences.

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Amanda Fitzgerald

Room Leader - Ocean Room

Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care

I have my Diploma of children's services and have been in the ECE sector for 5 years.

I have been lucky enough to work in all age groups in the sector which has allowed me to realise my passion lies with the 3 years and unders!

I am a firm believer that respectful and caring relationships with children and their families are the key for happy and calm early childhood experiences for a child. My aim is to ensure the child feels safe, secure and supported at all times! From my experience, clear and respectful communication between educators and families is the vital foundation to a successful care experience.

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Esra Ranjbar

Assistant Educator - Ocean Room

Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care

I have moved to Australia from Turkey. 

When I first came here, I completed my Certificate 4 in Aged Care and Disability where I worked for 7 years in the industry. I also studied a Diploma of Public Relations in Turkey.  I have just recently finished my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

My personal philosophy states that all children should be treated equally and be provided with a fun, safe and engaging environment where they feel that they belong. This allows children to express themselves, learn and grow and to also create meaningful relationships with each other and their educators. I also believe that educators learn from those around them, including the children and that we never stop learning.

Being an Early Childhood Educator is one of the most rewarding careers and I am so privileged to be part of your family

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Peter Cao

Room Leader - Coral Room

Graduate Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care

As an early childhood educator, I believe that every child is special, unique and capable. I would like to communicate with every child in their own 100 languages with my experience and patience. To do my best to give each child my support, help and enhancement to reach their best capabilities and explore their unique way in a safe environment, of course, Every child will grow up in his or her own way and I like to be the “side wheels of a bike” in that path.

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Pan Thummaket

Assistant Educator - Coral Room

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

I love working with children and playing a fundamental role in their growth and development. I believe that care and education in the early stages of life is the most important as it shapes the child's future.

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Aoife Galvin

Assistant Educator – Harbour Room

Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care

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Yilin Jiang

Early Childhood Teacher – Marine Room

I believe that each child is an individual, and as an early childhood educator it is my job to help them develop their strengths, interests, skills and abilities. I believe that children learn through play. I have a real desire to work with children, to connect with them and their families. I am enthusiastic about working with children to ensure they are receiving the best of care. Above all else, I believe in creating a secure environment where the children feel safe.

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Lingyun Jin

Room Assistant / Kitchen Assistant

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

I believe that every child learns, just not necessarily on the same day or in the same way. 

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Lora Marinier

Room Leader – Reef Room

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

I believe that each child is an individual, and as an early childhood educator it is my job to help them develop their strengths, interests, skills and abilities. I believe that children learn through play. I have a real desire to work with children, to connect with them and their families. I am enthusiastic about working with children to ensure they are receiving the best of care. Above all else, I believe in creating a secure environment where the children feel safe.

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Nelli Armstrong-Ekinsmyth

Assistant Educator – Reef Room

Commencing Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care

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Georgia Karantonis

Assistant Educator – Reef Room

Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care

A theorist I look to is Erikson and his psycho-dynamic theory, which emphasizes each child’s unique history, skills and style of learning and the importance of assisting children in developing their individual identity and self-esteem. Drawing out each child’s strengths, interests and abilities, and place these in the curriculum.
The attention and environment you provide shapes your child’s brain development for life – Erik Erikson.

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Amalia Rosdianingtyas

Early Childhood Teacher – Island Room

I am always beyond excited to watch children grow as I see them capable, creative curious and naturally motivated to explore their world. I believe that acknowledging and supporting the diversity of children’s capabilities will nurture the development of their thinking and understanding through different ways of learning. I also recognise that children learn and develop at different rates, hence the importance of establishing an emotionally secure foundation within children to support them in building their sense of self and empathy toward others. Together with children, teams, and families, I am keen to create and support a learning community that embarks on safe and exciting learning journeys.

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Georgia Risini

Assistant Educator – Island & Marine Room

Commencing Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

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