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


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


  • 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.


Emma-Lee Poole

2IC Educational Leader

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.  


Kim Holloway

Room Leader

Diploma 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. 


Marcelle Haylings

Early Childhood Teacher

Office Administrator

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. 


Theresa Ying Shin Tan

Early Childhood Teacher

I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher, having graduated from university in 2019 with a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.


I believe that all children are unique, competent and capable learners . Every child learns best when they engage in a play-based learning environment with intentional teaching from early childhood professionals. I find Vygotsky's ‘zone of proximal development’ very helpful. The educator should scaffold children’s learning through inquiry and investigation.


Parents are the child's first teachers. Thus, it is crucial to have collaboration and partnership between early childhood professionals and families in order to provide the best outcomes for children's development and learning.


Community also has an important impact on children's learning. We should all acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, Australia's Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.


Community also involves recognition of Australia as a multicultural society, something that I am enthusiastic to contribute to by working with your children at Apples and Honey.


I am a Certificate III trained educator and have been working with children in Australia and New Zealand for more than 20 years. 

I believe that all children are unique, strong, capable, and rich with wonder and knowledge.   

Every child approaches the world with great curiosity, which fosters imagination and develops their understanding.

I realise that it is important to provide an opportunity for all children to explore the world around them, and encourage them to cooperate with others to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.

Li Hua Yan

Certificate III

Early Childhood Educator


Neelam Agarwal

Certificate III

Early Childhood


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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Serena He

Early Childhood Teacher

I have my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree and have 4 years of experience working with children from the ages of 0-5 years.


I believe that every child is a unique individual; they have their own way to learn and understand the surrounding environment. Therefore, I aim to create a welcoming, resourceful learning environment that provides diverse opportunities for children to explore freely with their peers or individually.


My belief is that young children learn best when they play. The development of creativity, exploration, imagination and discovery are strengthened during playtime. I see children as capable learners that are resourceful towards their own learning. Therefore, my role as an educator is to follow their leads to provide appropriate support that will empower their autonomy in seeking new understanding of the world within their own pace.

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Angela Moore


Certificate III Trainee

I am currently working towards my Certificate III 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.