We are excited to welcome two new staff to Next Steps Kindy in 2015. Both Emma and Gena have previous associations with Northside Christian College and it will be a delight to see them return next year.
Emma Thomas (Teacher/Director)
Emma Thomas (nee Woodrow) has worked in the Early Childcare field in Australia and the United Kingdom. She will be returning from the UK to lead our team. Emma is an Alumna of Northside Christian College, having graduated in 2006.
Emma is passionate about Early Childhood education and believes that a quality Pre-Prep program is essential in a child’s overall learning journey.
“It is a privilege to return to teach at Northside Christian College. Having attended as a student, I have many fond memories of my time at school and it will be inspiring to work alongside the teachers who taught me.”
Gena Smith (Early Childhood Teacher)
Gena Smith joins us after working the past three years in a highly regarded Lady Gowrie Kindergarten Centre. In the past, Gena has also been a full time teacher in our Junior School, and she is very excited to be returning as a Pre-Prep teacher.
Gena is passionate about fostering early literacy skills, and using every learning situation as an opportunity to further develop an understanding of language. Her aim is to respond to the needs of children within the context of family and the Christian community.
“I desire to see children develop a foundation for future success in learning. I believe that a supportive, play-based Christian kindergarten is the perfect place for such foundations to be placed in children’s lives.”