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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 – Educator, 4 year old

Jenni has been with East Beaumaris Kinder as an 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 – Educator, 4 year old

Barbara 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 – Educator, 3 year old

Sam has been the three year old 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.

Kyra Gandini – Co-Educator, 4 year old group

We welcomed Kyra to the EBK team in 2019.  She works alongside Jenni as Co-Educator in the 4 year old group.

Kyra completed her Diploma of early Childhood Education and Care and has worked previously as a Co-Educator in another Bayside kindergarten.

She lives near the beach with her young family in Seaford.

Yvette Bentata-Moore – Group Co-Educator 3 & 4 year old groups

Yvette has been a Co-Educator of the three year old group since 2009, and with the four year old group 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 four year old 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..