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Catherine Morato

Centre Manager

Catherine Morato has over 20 years’ experience in the Early Learning and Education industry and is a university-trained teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Teaching and is passionate about early childhood education. Catherine also holds an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management (Community Sector) and is currently completing a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.

She commenced her career in Early Childhood Education from an assistant capacity and continued to study until she completed her teaching degree. Catherine has worked in various roles in the Early Childhood and Education sector including teaching, Centre Director, Operations Manager, University Advisor, and Centre Manager.

Catherine believes in the importance of play based learning theory in children’s development and learning including. She is passionate about the Abecedarian Approach which highlights the importance of language in everyday interactions which supports children’s Literacy and Numeracy learning outcomes.

Catherine believes that children are capable learners that thrive in early childhood settings when relationships between family and educators are well-established with open communication.

Educators professional development and growth is one of her passions and mentors each educator to reach their full potential. She believes in providing Educators regular professional development to ensure that learning programs, theories and early childhood philosophies reflect new and contemporary practices that enrich children’s learning and development.
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Natasha Torelli

Assistant Director

Natasha has been working in the Early Childhood Education sector for over 20 years across all ages. She began her Early Childhood Education career as an assistant educator, before becoming a group leader in 2013. After teaching the wonderful children of Junior Kindy 1 for 18 months, she stepped up to become Educational Leader before making the transition to Assistant Director in August 2020. She is passionate about children’s education and assisting our educators in the implementation of our National Framework. Natasha holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and is currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector – Leadership and Management.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with my family, watching movies, attending singing and dancing lessons.

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Sharon Haywood

Senior Admin

Sharon has been working in the childcare industry since 2011 and holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care. Prior to this, she worked for a bank in England and a government department in New Zealand, before taking a career break to raise a family here in Australia. After 7 years working as a Lead Educator in the baby & toddler rooms, she jumped ship back into an administrative role within the management team here at My Cubby House.

She now feels that she has the best of both worlds – She gets to emerge herself in accounts but she still has the pleasure of working with children!

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Shae Colbran

Educational Leader

Shae Colbran has worked in the Early Childhood Education sector for 13 years and holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education. In this time, she took a short break to have her own children who are now 7 & 9. She has worked at My Cubby House since 2016 and was originally group leader in Junior Kindy and given the opportunity to step up into the Educational Leader role.

Over the years at My Cubby House, she has attended many training sessions.  Shae is always willing to learn and further develop her skills as she feels it is our job as Educators to ensure that each child receives early intervention for a right start to their education. Therefore, she truly believes in the abecedarian approach and how this can help each child through enriched language interactions.

Shae is passionate about teaching and developing a positive relationship with educators and families. I believe it is important to provide a curriculum that has a holistic approach and supports a child’s development, interests, and wellbeing from diverse cultures and backgrounds which links in perfectly with my belief in the abecedarian approach. Shae is looking forward to sharing and mentoring the Educators at My Cubby House to work toward embedding Early Childhood educational perspectives and providing the children with enriched caregiving, language priority, Conversational reading and Learning Games which are all strategies of the abecedarian approach.

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Teresa Brosas

Early Childhood Teacher, Pre-Prep 1

Hello families, my name is Miss Teresa and I am the Pre-prep 1 teacher. I have been in child care for over 10 years and 7 years as ECT. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Griffith University in 2011 and have been working in the Early Childhood sector since then. I thoroughly enjoy my role as ECT and believe that this age plays a vital role in what children learn for life and thus feel strongly about my role in helping them be prepared as much as possible for the “real world”.

I am passionate about teaching and developing a positive relationship with both my students and their families. I also believe that working together with the families helps create positive role modelling for the child which develop better outcomes for all specially for the children. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with you and getting to know you and your children.

Miss Teresa

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Amy Haynes

Early Childhood Teacher, Pre-Prep 2

Hi, my name is Amy and I am the Early Childhood Teacher for Pre-Prep 1 at My Cubby House Early Learning. I hold a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree. I have worked in the industry for 11 years, including working within remote indigenous communities in the Northern territory.

I believe that it is important to create a classroom that is welcoming and positive where children can learn from one another, feel safe and comfortable and are able to share their thoughts and ideas. I believe it is important to provide a curriculum that is holistic and supports a child’s development, interests and wellbeing of children from diverse cultures and backgrounds. I believe each child is individually unique and that we need to enrich and enhance their early years by providing a safe, stimulating and supportive environment.

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Ficky Gerbavec

Early Childhood Teacher

Ficky Gerbavec has completed her diploma in Child Care and Education in 1999. In 2007 she completed her Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) at QUT.

In 2019 an opportunity come up for me to join this dynamic Team at My Cubby House Early Learning which I embraced with all my heart. Ficky believes that young children learn through active involvement with others in play situations and are more likely to learn when they are intrinsically motivated and involved in negotiating their own learning. She also believes that children are active learners who seek to make sense of the world and explore patterns and relationships as they investigate and play with materials, ideas, and people.

As an early childhood professional she supports and extends young children’s learning by ensuring that play and real-life experiences are purposeful, integrated, and relevant to children’s needs, interests, and abilities as well as their family context.

She sees her classroom like a garden full of flowers, bushes, and trees. Each child has a different purpose and very different needs in order for them to grow and flourish. Some children need more water than others, some need extra fertilizer, while others grow without a great deal of attention., I nurture all my children. Just like flowers some of them will need extra support and attention to help them to flourish. Sometimes it takes a while to work out exactly what they need, so I observe carefully and reflect upon what is happening each day.

Ficky likes to spend time with her daughter, stepson and their partners, her dogs, cats, bearded dragon lizard, many fish, and countless birds. She loves nature and animals and enjoys spending time in the garden and at the beach.

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Elena Sapkaroski

Receptionist

Elena is the receptionist at My Cubby House Early Leaning. She completed her Business diploma qualification at the young age of 17 years old. She worked in the administration industry since 2018 and through this time she has been able to gain lots of experience from a range of firms around the Gold Coast.

She believes in quality customer service and that first impressions are vital in maintaining a good relationship with families as she is the first from of contact families experience.  Elena is passionate in what she does and believes in creating a bond by welcoming everyone with open arms is rewarding. Even though she doesn’t have experience in the children’s rooms she is family driven/orientated person that has a nurturing nature. When she’s not keeping busy with work you can find her having fun with my friends.