Our People

Catherine Morato - Director

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.

Natahsa Torelli

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.

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!

Elena Sapkaroski

Elena Sapkaroski


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.

Talea Hita

Talea Hita

Educational Leader

Talea Hita has worked in the Early Childhood Education and Care field since starting a traineeship at My Cubby House Early Learning in 2018. During her time at My Cubby House Early Learning, Talea has worked in several roles that include Trainee, Assistant Educator, Group Leader and eventually, Educational Leader. Her qualifications include a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Diploma of Business.

Talea believes in the importance of providing a meaningful curriculum that encourages children’s learning, development and wellbeing while also ensuring that children are provided with a safe, healthy and inclusive environment that supports their agency and learning.

Talea has a strong belief in the importance of forming positive relationships with families and children at the service and ensuring they are treated with respect, equality, with integrity and care.

Talea is always seeking professional development through research, training and attending information sessions to further develop skills and believes in the importance of sharing this information and mentoring educators within the service to ensure quality when embedding these perspectives through daily practice at My Cubby House Early Learning.

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters

Educational Leader

Sarah has worked in the Early Childhood Education and Care field since 2013 and over the course of her time working in the industry has gained her Diploma in Child Care and worked as a Trainee, Float, Assistant Educator and Group Leader Educator. Sarah has always loved working with children and always envisioned herself being a teacher when she ‘grew up’.

Sarah worked as the Group Leader in Huggable Hills 2 for 18 months until she was given the opportunity to step up into a managerial role as Educational Leader alongside Miss Talea.

Sarah believes in the importance of mentoring staff and sharing information with educators to assist in creating a quality program and curriculum. Sarah is passionate about building positive relationships with families and children to ensure they are getting all the support they need as well as ensuring all feel safe, secure and supported.

Lynn Gu

Early Childhood Teacher

Lynn is the Early Childhood Teacher in one of My Cubby House Early Learning Kindergarten Crossing rooms. She is very excited to be given this opportunity to work with such a key year group of children and a great team.

Lynn has been working in the field of Education for over 25 years and currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Lynn is passionate about working with young children and is aware that every child and family is unique. She respects that each child has their own way to learn. She believes working with the different strengths of each child makes learning more fun and effective.

Lynn also believes that a quality teacher is being able to think outside the box to develop and deliver great learning outcomes for all children in her care. Her goal as a teacher is to be dedicated, devoted, creative and energetic so she can best support children to develop a true interest in learning and want to learn every day.

She sees her role as supporting them in these critical months in preparation for going to school and looks forward to collaborating with families to support children’s well-being outcomes and successful learning.

Rachel Montgomery My Cubby House CHild Care Gold Coast

Rachel Montgomery

Early Childhood Teacher

Rachel is one of the Early Childhood Teachers (ECT) at My Cubby House Early Learning. She was born and raised on the Gold Coast and has been in the profession for two years.

She started studying her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care then chose to advance her studies and is currently undertaking the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (birth to 5 years old) at Australian Catholic University.

Rachel works in a job share capacity with other Early Childhood Teachers in My Cubby House Early Learning.

Rachel strongly believes that children are capable and confident learners who have a right to contribute to their learning based on their interests, strengths, etc.

“Within my role as ECT, I want to provide a safe welcoming space for children and families where we can grow and learn together as one while having fun along the way.”

Teresa Brosas

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

Louise Baron

Louisa Baron

Educator- Language ( Spanish Teacher)

Jason Kozilek

Educator – “Music with Mr Jason”

Hi, My Name is Jason. I have been working in Early Learning Education for approximately 8 years.

I hold a cert 3 in children services and have been in My Cubby House Early Learning for about 4.5 years.

I currently care for the children in our Toddlers rooms. During the week on Fridays, I bring my guitar and share music lessons with all the age groups from Nursery to Pre-prep.

I have played guitar for 35 years and learnt from a local country performer and later I taught myself though music magazines. It has surprised me how each and every child at My Cubby House really enjoys my music sessions and are always excited about it.