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East Beaumaris Kindergarten has a dedicated team of early childhood educators who bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge and culture. Our educators are respected for the important work they do and are focused on promoting a culture of learning, a sense of belonging and a sense of well-being in partnerships with families. They have a passionate commitment to maximise the learning for each child at the centre and help develop their potential.

Jenni Hawthorn – Lorikeets Group Educator

Jenni has been the Lorikeets Group educator since 2009 having worked previously in a range of kindergarten settings and as an early childhood educator in a local non government school.

She has a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) as well as a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary).

Jenni lives in Beaumaris with her husband and adult sons and you will often bump into her when you are out and about!

Barbara Hooper – Rosellas Group Educator

Barbara is the educator of Rosellas Group and has been at the centre since the beginning of 2010. Barbara is an early childhood qualified educator and has a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood. She has worked in a variety of kindergarten and preschool settings and has worked with both 3 and 4 year old groups. She is married with 3 children.

Sam Gill – Blue Wrens Group Educator

Sam has been the Blue Wrens Group educator since 2014 having worked previously in primary schools as a teacher and in a variety of early childhood settings as an educator and director.

She has a Bachelor of Early Childhood and a Bachelor of Primary Teaching.

Sam is a mother of twin girls and has grown up living in the Bayside area.


Penny Rawlings – Lorikeets and Rosellas Group Co-Educator

Penny has been our co-educator for both the Lorikeets and Rosellas groups since 2011.

She moved from the UK to Australia in 2004 with her husband and 2 girls.

Penny has completed her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and has previously worked in various early childhood settings before coming to our kindergarten.

Yvette Bentata-Moore – Blue Wrens Group Co-Educator

Yvette has been the Blue Wrens Co-Educator since 2009, and the Rosellas Co-Educator since 2013.

She has completed her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and has previously worked in a variety of Kindergarten and Preschool settings before coming to our gorgeous kindergarten.

Yvette is married with two daughters, and has recently become an empty-nester!

Denise Batchelor - Educational Leader

Denise has been the Educational Leader at EBK since 2015, as well as at three other local kindergartens.  She also joins the Rosella and Lorikeet Groups on their long days as the lunch cover teacher.  Denise has a background in both kindergartens and specialist teaching in early childhood intervention, and has most recently taught a 3 year old group locally.

She has a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Early Intervention).

Denise lives locally with her husband and two daughters.