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Katrina Atkinson – Nursery Lead EducatorKatrina Atkinson

A big hello! I’m better known as Miss Kat and I am super excited to be the Lead Educator in the Nursery for 2018. I have a very gorgeous son Tyler and he is the light of my life. In a “previous life” I was a dental assistant for 17 yrs but am now following my true passion, working in the early childhood profession. I am currently studying my diploma and feel very excited and blessed to be spending my working days with the wonderful little people entrusted to my care.


Cassie Vassallo – Nursery Educator

Hello my name is Miss Cassie, and I am really excited to be the Assistant in the Nursery room for 2018. I have been working in childcare since 2010. I have completed my certificate III in childcare and I am currently studying my Diploma.


Brittany Harvey – Toddler Lead EducatorBrittany Harvey

Hi all, I’m Britt. I’ve lived in and around the Clermont district almost all my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’ve been with Clermont Kindy & Day Care since 2014 and since then I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to par-take in many early childhood professional developments ranging from; child development, meeting children’s needs, behaviours, programing and creating learning environments for the early years etc, etc. I’m passionate about my role and strongly believe in building beautiful relationships with all the wonderful children in my care whilst ensuring they gain the most from my learning environment.


Kyle Schrader – Toddler Educator Kyle Schrader

Hello, I’m Miss Kyle “Kylie” and I’m an assistant in the Toddlers room. I have been working with children in different capacities for many years, in that time I’ve worked for CH Family Day Care Scheme and Teacher Aid roles. I have thoroughly enjoyed working for CKDC and have always had a passion for the education and care of little people.


Lyn Loader – Toddler Educator Lyn Loader

Hello I’m Miss Lyn. I’ve been in day care since 2007 I’m really excited to be in the Toddlers room this year. I have 2 beautiful grown up boys. I moved up from Geelong, Victoria. I have my Certificate III in Children Services & Certificate III in Commercial Cookery. I used to cook in my last Centre.


Emily Dwyer – Pre-Kindy Lead EducatorEmily Dwyer

Hello I’m Miss Emily and I’m the Lead Educator in the Pre-Kindy room. I have been working at Clermont Kindy and Day Care for over five years working mostly in the Nursery. I am very excited that I get to go on a learning journey with the Pre-Kindy children for 2018.


Leigh Dargin – Pre-Kindy EducatorChildcare Educator - Leigh Dargin

Hi my name in Miss Leigh and I’m one of the assistants in the Pre-Kindy room for 2018. I have had the absolute pleasure of working at the Centre since April 2016. I am currently studying my Cert 3 in childcare. I have lived in Clermont since 2011 and love it very much. I have one beautiful young son who is in primary school. I am so excited I get to spend this year with these amazing children as I was lucky enough to spend last year with them as well.


Kait Halter – Pre-Kindy EducatorKait Halter

Hey, I’m Kait and I started working at Clermont Kindy and Day Care in 2012. I took some time off to have my son, Aiden, in 2014 and have been working between all of the rooms since then. I’m really excited to be working in the Pre-Kindy room this year and am ecstatic to have all the Toddlers I worked with last year again this year. My goal is to finish my Diploma by the end of 2018.


Jen Murphy – Kindergarten TeacherChildcare Educator - Jennifer Murphy

Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Murphy and I am the Kindy teacher here at Clermont Kindy Day Care. I have been teaching since 2011, after graduating from University in Ireland. I traveled to Australia originally as a backpacker and after only 4 days of being here a local caught my eye and I have now been here for 4 years! I am so happy to call Clermont home. It is such a beautiful town and we have been so blown away with how much love and support our little family has gotten as we welcomed our little boy Darragh to our family in 2017! This is my third year at Clermont Kindergarten Day Care and I am loving it more each year. It is so amazing to see siblings of past children come through the Kindy program and to be able catch up with families again after having their children in previous years. Over my years of teaching I have learned so much from the different centres I have worked at and the children I have worked with. The current kindergarten program reflects this and each year I strive to grow and develop our program even more. This year I am excited to be back in the work environment after recently having a year off on maternity leave. I am looking forward to engaging in some more professional development this year and most importantly preparing all of our little Kindys for ‘big school’ next year!


Elle Absolon – Kindergarten EducatorChildcare Educator - Elyce Absolon

G’day! I’m known by parents, students and teachers of the Centre as Miss Elle and I am the assistant in the Kindy room. I have been working at this day care since 2015. I love all the children here in the centre and aim to leave many joyous memories in each and every child.


Jess Leeson – Kindergarten Educator

Hi, I’m Miss Jess and I’m an assistant in the Kindy room this year. I have been at the Centre since April 2017 and previous to that I have had various roles in childcare centres, as a nanny and as a teacher aide. I’m originally from Albion Park (near Wollongong in NSW) and also worked in Canberra before moving to Queensland. I have my Certificate III in Childcare.


Nat Shannon – Lead Educator Lunch Relief

Hello my name is Miss Nat.

You may have seen me around before as I previously worked at the Pharmacy. I am married to Peter and have 2 children, for the few of you that don’t already know them they are Bradley and Piper.

At the end of last year I decided to head back to the childcare industry as it is a job I have a huge passion for.

I completed my diploma in 2008 and have worked in the childcare industry for about 7 years on and off.

I am excited to get to know all the families and children that now attend the Centre.


Kylie Jeffery – Educator Lunch Relief

Hello my name is Miss Kylie, I moved to Clermont and started at Clermont Kindy and Day Care as Assistant Relief in April 2017. I am a mother of two gorgeous children and have had previous experience in childcare at Middlemount, QLD and Richmond, QLD. I am currently studying my Certificate III in childcare. I am honoured to be a part of your child/children’s early development.


Ang Mora – Relief Educator

Angelica Mora

Hi my name is Angelica.

I’m from Colombia. In 2012 I came to Australia as an international student to learn English. I met my husband at the school. We moved to Clermont in 2015 because my husband is working with the council. We have a little boy together.

I did a bachelor degree in my country and I did a childcare diploma in Australia in 2017. I love working with kids. It’s fun to spend time and learn from them.


Tish Williams – Lead Educator Programming Cover

Hi, my name is Miss Tish and I will be working in each of the rooms to cover the programming days for the Lead Educators in 2018. I have been working here at the Centre since 2008 and my favourite part of my role is the fact that I get to work with all of the staff and children in the Centre. Every day brings something different! I am married and have two beautiful children. I have lived in Clermont my whole life and once attended this lovely little Centre! It has been amazing to be able to watch it grow over the years and be a part of it all!


Lauren Kelly – Currently on Maternity Leave

Lauren Kelly

Hello my name is Lauren Kelly. I moved to Clermont in January 2015 from the Toowoomba region and I am now happily married and love living in a smaller community. I am currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I love working with children and am passionate about empowering them to be confident in who they are as creative, involved learners.


Katie Bergman – Currently on Maternity Leave Childcare Educator - Katie Bergman

Hi, my name is Katie Bergman and I am currently on maternity leave. I am originally from Tasmania and have been in Clermont for a short time moving here in November 2015. My husband has been here for several years with a fly-in-fly-out position but we thought it was time for us to be together as we have 2 children now – Darcy and Leni-Jane. I have been working in the child care industry for 16 years and have worked with all age groups throughout my Centre in Tassie, and I was also lucky to obtain my diploma along the way in the first few years of working with children.  I enjoy my job and consider myself lucky to be able to experience working with your children here at Clermont Kindy and Day Care.


Support Staff


Kelly Harms – AdministratorKelly Harms

Hi, my name is Kelly Harms and I am the Administration Manager at Clermont Kindergarten and Day Care Centre until the beginning of March 2018. I have resigned from my role as I am expecting my fourth child the beginning of June 2018. Before taking on this role I was a member of the Management Committee for several years and really enjoyed learning about our wonderful centre. I moved to Clermont in 2010 when my eldest child was 6 weeks old for what was meant to be 6 months… 2 more beautiful children, 1 on the way and a house, I now call Clermont HOME! As a family we love camping and fishing, kicking a ball and heading to the pool for a swim. Personally I love a good season of netball and shuffling around my busy schedule to catch up with my girlfriends. I love my position here at the Centre and work with a great group of ladies. It has been wonderful to see the changes at the Centre in my short 2.5 years and I look forward to helping the Centre grow and work towards an ‘EXCEEDING RATING’ in all areas of the National Quality Framework in any way I can.


Karina Murphy

Karina MurphyHi, my name is Karina, I have been with the Centre since 2006. I have had the pleasure of working with and seeing many children of the Clermont community grow and learn, with each year I have also seen the Centre grow. I look forward to seeing the Centre get an exceeding rating against the national quality framework. I moved to Clermont in 2005 and now have 3 children and husband. During my time at the Centre I have completed my studies in Early Childhood Education.


Katie Hobbs – DirectorKatie Hobbs

Hello, my name is Miss Katie Hobbs, I have been part of the Clermont Kindergarten Day Care team since 1995 during that time is have had the opportunity to worked with all age groups and been blessed to meet so many amazing people. Over the years I have completed my Diploma in Children services before many years later moving onto University studying Bachelor of Early Years Education. Clermont Kindergarten Day Care has been in my life for many years and I hold this service very close to my heart. I am a firm believer of building strong relationships with children as they are the driving force of our future.