Our Staff

We pride ourselves on a highly experienced, professional team of Educators who are looked after well by their Employer so that they are their best selves and able to provide high quality education and care to your child.

OWNER / APPROVED PROVIDER – Rebecca Grugan

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The owner of The Hills Montessori is Rebecca Grugan.  Rebecca first founded I AM Montessori in 2013 and has provided services including Family Day Care, Parent Child Classes, Training, Material and Retail sales and Child Care Management.

This is the first centre Rebecca has owned and we look forward to making it a centre of high quality with amazing Educational opportunities for kids and families alike.

Rebecca has her Diploma in Children’s Services, has owned businesses previously and is a mother of one, soon to be two.

You can email Rebecca at rebecca@iammontessori.com.au.

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CENTRE MANAGER – Kim Shepherd

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Our Centre Manager is Kim Shepherd.  Kim has been in the child care industry for over twenty years and held many positions including Director and Area Manager. Kim has her Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and her Diploma in Montessori.

Kim’s role is to ensure the centre is compliant, staff are looked after and mentored and the centre’s philosophy is embedded in our day to day activities.

You can email Kim at kim@iammontessori.com.au or call 07 3824 4244.

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DIRECTOR – Kylie Templeton

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Diploma in Children’s Services
Certificate in Montessori – Building Futures

Kylie is our Director and will take on the role full time in February once she returns from her holiday.

Kylie will still be in and out of the rooms whilst all children are settling and to assist the team with their montessori experience.

Kylie has her Certificate in Montessori and has many years of experience in a Montessori classroom.

 

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RED ROOM GROUP LEADER (15mths – 3yrs) – Kimberley Hargreaves

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Diploma in Children’s Services
Completed Introduction to Montessori Basics with Montessori Training Australia

Kim will be the Lead Educator of the Red Room which will be the first of our two younger rooms to open.

Kim has an amazing relationship with her families and is highly professional in all that she does. Kim is also our dedicated ‘Chicken Lady’ – she is known to spoil her own chickens with a blow dry in the past!

 

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BLUE ROOM GROUP LEADER (15mths – 3yrs) – Lee Monaghan

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Post Graduate Diploma of Education
Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)
Certificate III in Children’s Services
Studying Diploma in Children’s Services

Lee is a warm, calm and passionate person who loves helping others reach their full potential.

Highly experienced and well qualified, Lee joins our team as the Lead Educator for the Blue Room.

Lee believes ’embracing diversity and that it brings with it diverse learning styles and if children have the opportunity to be educated in a manner and environment which supports and empowers them, then they have the ability to reach their goals and become valuable members of society in adulthood’.

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YELLOW ROOM GROUP LEADER (15mths – 3yrs) – Jason Alexander

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Bachelor of Early Childhood
Studying Certificate in Modern Montessori – Montessori Training Australia

Jason is cooler than cool and absolutely LOVES what he does!

With over eight years experience in Early Childhood, Jason is an amazing Educator who is dedicated to learning as much as he can about the Montessori philosophy.

 

 

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RED ROOM EDUCATOR (15mths – 3yrs) – Tori Byatt

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Studying Diploma in Children’s Services
Completed Introduction to Montessori Basics with Montessori Training Australia

Tori is part of the Red Room and has a bubbly personality that all children and parents adore!

Nurturing and caring with some montessori experience in a different centre, Tori is an Educator who has chosen her career, not just a job!

 

 

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RED ROOM EDUCATOR (15mths – 3yrs) – Sue 

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BLUE ROOM EDUCATOR (15mths – 3yrs) – Dannielle Brown

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YELLOW ROOM EDUCATOR (3YRS – 6YRS) – Joanne Scott

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Studying Bachelor of Education majoring in Special Education

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ASSISTANT EDUCATOR – Meridee

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ASSISTANT EDUCATOR – Layla

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