Educators & Staff 2020

Pre Kinder

Educator - Julie Junge
Co-Educator - Tiffany Giddings
Co-Educator – Tamara Lawrence

Red Group

Educator - Michelle Veenstra
Co-Educator - Stacey Orchard
Co-Educator - Kylie Fraser
Co-Educator - Tamara Lawrence

Blue Group

Educator - Marian Howell
Co-Educator - Stacey Orchard
Co-Educator - Tiffany Giddings

Office Manager

Kylie Fraser

Staff Bio's

Michelle Veenstra

I commenced my teaching career at Westdale Kindergarten in 1990 after graduating from Phillip Institute of Technology. Currently I teach both the 3 year old group and the 4 year old Red Group. I have also taught at Coates Road Kindergarten in Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale Kindergarten in Bairnsdale. I have implemented programs which are flexible and responsive and take into consideration children's current interests and passions and which have an ability to 'seize the moment'. I see each child as competent, capable, creative, resourceful and resilient, and assist children to strive for all that they are capable of being.

Marian Howell

My name is Marian Howell. I have been teaching at Westdale Kindergarten for the last 18 years. Prior to that I taught Pre Kinder groups, Toddler groups and of course kindergarten groups in Bairnsdale and the Latrobe Valley. I have always enjoyed my job as a kindergarten teacher; I enjoy the interaction with the children and I feel privileged to be part of their lives. The contact with each child’s family is an important part of my role. I have lived in the Bairnsdale area for the last 30 years with my husband and 3 children. Our children now have families of their own, making my husband and I the proud grandparents of 5 young grandchildren.

Stacey Orchard

Hello, my name is Stacey. My husband and I have lived in East Gippsland for our entire lives, we have two teenage children. I have been a part of the Westdale Kindergarten community since 2001, when my eldest child attended Pre Kinder. I really enjoyed being a parent helper and loved the interaction I had with the children, I was always made to feel very welcome! In 2003 I was very honoured to be asked by the Westdale committee and of course the Educators if I would like to become a part of the 'Westdale family', I have since been 'back to school' and now have my Certificate III in Children's Services. I particularly enjoy getting to know the children and their families every year and I work hard at developing a trusting relationship with them. I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Westdale Kindergarten, I have met and had the privilege of being a part of so many children's and their families lives over the past 10 + years.

Kylie Fraser

Hi, I’m Kylie Fraser. I live in Bairnsdale with my husband and our three children. I have worked at Westdale Kindergarten for over 5 years, as not only the Office Manager, but also an Assistant in the Kindergarten groups. Starting in 2015, I have the pleasure of also working in the Pre Kinder group. My three children all attended Westdale, so I have had a connection with the kindergarten for over 10 years. I feel that Westdale is a supportive & nurturing environment for children to begin their education journey, and I really enjoy seeing the developments the children make over their time with us. It is a pleasure to come to work everyday and see so many happy little faces!