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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

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and care

Hi Everyone!

My name is Taylah Cahill, 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.

Room Assistant - Island Room

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Lingyun Jin

Certificate III Education and Care

 

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

Room Assistant / Kitchen Assistant

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Georgia Karantonis

Diploma 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.

Assistant Educator - Support

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David Dilimulati

Certificate III Education and Care

I believe that children learn through play. As an educator I will value and develop each child's interests, skills and abilities to extend their learning. Establish respectful and caring relationships with children and families, At Astra early learning, I am committed to providing the best quality care possible.

Early Childhood Teacher - Marine Room

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Mohd Shahnawaz

 

My name is Mohd Shahnawaz and I am a dedicated Early Childhood Teacher with an early childhood degree from RMIT University and a Masters from the University of Melbourne.

I believe in a holistic approach to Early Childhood Education and Care that promotes learning: social, emotional, physical and cognitive. My teaching values and beliefs align closely with the teaching philosophy of Reggio Emilia. I believe that respectful, caring bonds with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful kindergarten experience. As a teacher of the young, I share with parents the responsibility for teaching their child.

I believe that emotional engagement is the key to all powerful learning.

That is why I bring love, laughter, passion, and meaningful project work into my kindergarten. I always look for ways to personalize learning and engage the child's imagination. I am looking forward to our collaboration where we can share our insights and ideas to get the best learning and development outcomes for your child.

Room Assistant - Harbour Room

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Lora Marinier

Certificate III 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.

Room Leader - Coral Room

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Peter Cao

Graduated Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching

Hi, I am Peter! 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.

Early Childhood Teacher - Island Room

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Amalia

 

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 emotionally secure foundation within children to support them in building their sense of self and empathy toward others. Together with children, team, and families, I am keen to creating and supporting learning community that embarks on safe and exciting learning journeys.

Room Assistant - Coral Room

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Pan Thummaket

Certificate III 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.

 

Assistant Educator - Support

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Jenny Ban Huynh

Diploma Education and Care

Every child deserves love, care and a nourishing upbringing and education. It is our job as educators to guide them through the early years of their life and I am proud to be a part of that.