Our Educators

We pride ourselves on our highly qualified and caring educators and early childhood teachers at Apples & Honey Preschool Chatswood. They are a team of certified early childhood educators and teachers, dedicated to providing children with the best start in life through loving care and learning development.


Our educators take the time to get to know your child – their unique interests, personalities and developmental stages. We collaborate with you to help deepen their learning opportunities with experiences that relate back to their home environments. Your child will be supported in their development - we regularly communicate with families on how their child is progressing and on their day-to-day experiences at the centre both in person and through our specialised app, StoryPark.

To ensure our educators are always developing and keeping abreast of changes within the Early Childhood Education field, we provide them with extensive professional development opportunities.

What Makes Our Educators Special?

It takes a unique set of skills, passions and attributes to make a fantastic educator. Here’s what makes our educators so special:

  • Highly trained early learning professionals who care deeply about each and every one of the children in their care

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  • Creating meaningful play-based experiences for children that will both challenge them and extend their learning.

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  • Our preschool has a high educator to child ratio. 

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Jo Dworkin

Centre Director

Early Childhood Teacher

I bring with me over 25 years' experience working in Early Childhood to Apples & Honey Preschool. I have worked as an Educator, Teacher and Director in schools, private long day childcare centres and community based preschool centres.
 

I believe all children have the right to learn and achieve at their own pace, and be recognised as individuals. They come with a wealth of experience from a variety of backgrounds. They progress developmentally at different stages, and we should take into account their strengths, abilities and areas of need.

Our preschool programs are based on children's experiences and are play-based, taking into account their interests. Our preschool environment is supportive, calm and nurturing.  

Building respectful, trusting, nurturing and equitable relationships with all stakeholders as well as  fostering the building of respectful and genuine connections with families and communities is everyone's responsibility and the foundation of a long and happy educational journey.

As a preschool centre director, my job is to establish and sustain a true professional learning community — a place where teachers see each new day as an opportunity to expand their competence and confidence and support one another in moving toward a shared vision of program excellence.

My door is always open. Please feel free to come in.

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Michelle Lee

Co-Director
Educational Leader

Early Childhood Teacher

I’ve been an Early Childhood Teacher for 12 years and a Nominated Supervisor, Educational Leader and Preschool Room Leader for the past 8 years. I grew up in Hong Kong and can speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia. 
I absolutely love children. I think they are the most precious thing in the world! Being a teacher is such a privilege because I get to be involved in children’s early years where they absorb new knowledge like sponges and they’re full of curiosity and wonder. As an educator it is important to be able to feed their curiosity and set challenges to increase their hunger to learn. I believe that children learn best through play, creating a safe environment where children can explore, confidently express themselves and be supported in their learning. I believe that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education. It is important to accept themselves for who they are, as well embrace the differences of others. 
As an Educational Leader at Apples and Honey, I believe I will bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day. I believe that I owe it to the children, as well as the community, to bring consistency, diligence, and warmth to my job in the hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage such traits in the children as well. Teaching is a process of learning from the children, colleagues, parents, and the community. This is a lifelong process where I will learn new strategies, new ideas, and new philosophies. 

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Marcelle Haylings

2IC Early Childhood Teacher

I am a qualified Early Childhood and Primary School Teacher with over 7 years of experience working closely with children from the ages of 0-12 years.

 

I am passionate about providing quality teaching from an early age and instilling a love of learning. My belief is that children learn best through play. Therefore, my role as an educator is to provide an environment that is inviting, engaging and allows children to follow and extend their own interests. 

 

My teaching philosophy centres around the belief that all children are capable learners, no matter what age or stage of development and learning they are at. When children feel secure, supported and respected in their learning environment, they have the confidence to develop to their fullest potential. My aim is to build positive relationships with the children in my care so that they feel supported in their learning and have a strong sense of belonging. 

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Kim Holloway

Room LeaderDiploma Early Childhood Educator

I am a Diploma trained Early Childhood Educator and this year marks my 22nd year of working with children. 

 

I believe that every child is a unique individual who deserves a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to mature physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially.

 

My belief is that children learn best through play and that my role as an educator is to provide an exciting educationally based program and environment that will best facilitate learning based on their individual interests. 

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Dorota Stefanowski

Early Childhood Teacher

I am an Early Childhood Teacher with over 30 years of experience working with children from 3-5 years old. My teaching journey started out by acquiring a Masters in Pedagogy in 1988. From that time onwards I have followed my passions and dedicated myself to the education of young children.


My drive comes from the joy in working with families and interacting with children. 


I put a key emphasis to explore and follow children’s interests and help them to develop problem solving skills. I aim in providing a loving and secure environment for children to feel safe and reach their full potential. 
I see every child as a unique individual with their own passions, beliefs and diverse background that should be celebrated and embraced. A key component of my role in Apples and Honey is to promote diversity and bring the wider community celebrations into the centre. 

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I am currently working towards my Diploma as a trainee in the Apples and Honey community. 

 

I believe children are independent, imaginative thinkers that learn important social, physical and emotional skills through play. Each child deserves the opportunity to experience learning in a fun and secure environment that fosters their interests and expands their knowledge. As an educator, I believe it is my role to support children as they grow into socially capable thinkers and encourage them to build on their interests and pursue their dreams. 

 

I bring with me my knowledge of nature and the love of sharing this with the children. I believe children should be encouraged to explore and develop an appreciation of the natural environment. 

Angela Moore

Educator
Diploma Trainee

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Neelam Agarwal

Certificate III

Early Childhood

Educator

I am a Certificate III trained educator in Australia.

 

Although I was born in India most my experience with young children over the past 10 years has been in Australia.

I also had many years of opportunity to work in Kenya and India with young children as well.

I believe young children are very energetic and curious and are eager to learn knew things.

 

The world is evolving around them as they are experiencing things for the first time.

 

As an educator I harness these traits, providing our children with knowledge, care and the opportunity to learn and engage in a warm, caring and nurturing environment.

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Elena Pecipajkovski

Educator
Certificate III Trainee

I have spent 8 years teaching English as a second language overseas and I have a Diploma in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication. 

Currently I am working towards my Certificate III as a trainee at Apples and Honey Preschool. 

 

I am a kind-hearted, patient, reliable and a very responsible person. 

 

My strengths are empathy, engaging and interacting with children as well as promoting learning and education.  

 

I enjoy organising activities and experiences, reading books and doing arts and crafts with the children.

 

I believe that the children’s main way of learning and developing is through play in a warm safe and stimulating environment.

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Emma-Lee Poole

Early Childhood Teacher

I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher, graduating from university in 2015, with a Bachelor of Primary Education and Early Childhood Education. I believe that all children are unique, highly confident and capable learners that bring knowledge and personality to their learning environment. Children should all be treated with respect, trust and importance. Along with these values I believe that our wider community, parents and guardians are of great value. Their input is highly valued and supported to create meaningful learning opportunities and a sense of community. 

My teaching philosophy also encompasses that learning occurs through meaningful and spontaneous play opportunities. As educators, it is our role to create and foster these learning opportunities in a positive and exciting way.