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Christy-Lee Antonas, Winner 2022 STEM Leader Award

Christy-Lee Antonas is a Bachelor-educated teacher at Hensman Street Elementary, WA, with 24 years of experience in early childhood education. She has attended almost all Little Scientists workshops, plus a number of other professional development opportunities, including workshops on loose parts and nature play.  Christy-Lee strongly advocates for the quality of learning that can occur […]

David Sutherland 

David is an outdoor educator at The Rumpus Room Darling Street, NSW, and has been working in early childhood education for 12 years with a focus on outdoor play/learning, creating engaging environments, interacting with the natural world, growing food, simple machines, and animal interactions.  David explains that the play-based model used at his service blends […]

Natalie Bennett 

With 17 years of experience in early childhood education and a special interest in sustainability, Natalie Bennett is a qualified educator in the 3.5-5 years room. She has participated in professional development on a variety of topics, including inquiry-based learning and gardening.  With her holistic approach to early childhood education, Natalie believes all areas of […]

Jessica Kneale 

Jessica is an early childhood teacher and educational leader at Goodstart Riverside Gardens, WA, with a professional interest in conservation and sustainability education and understanding for young citizens. She looks to support the development of critical thinking skills required for young people to make the changes required for our planet’s future.  Jessica believes that inquiry-based […]

Joshua Brennan 

Joshua Brennan is a diploma-qualified educator at Kirrawee Child Care Centre, NSW, and is currently studying for his Bachelor of Primary Education with an early childhood specialisation. His professional interests are in pre-school, STEM, natural elements, Aboriginal cultural perspectives, engineering, biology, physics, and chemistry.  Joshua believes that child-led, inquiry-based practices are important in early childhood […]

Charlotte Morgan 

Charlotte Morgan

Charlotte is an educational leader at Sky Tree Kids Early Learning Centre, QLD, with five years’ experience in early childhood education. Her professional interest is in the development of children’s brains and how different learning styles and approaches can impact children differently.   Charlotte believes that STEM is so important in the early years because it […]

Sanju Sharma

With 16 years of experience, Sanju is a diploma-qualified childcare aide at Erskine Park Children’s Centre, NSW, who has participated in Little Scientists’ Optics and Engineering workshops.   Like theorist John Dewey, Sanju believes that children should be involved in real-life tasks and challenges, and that children can learn from a simple daily task. In her […]

Nadine Payne 

With 16 years of experience in early childhood education, diploma-qualified Nadine is STEM leader and 3-4 room leader at Sweetpeas Kindergarten and Long Day Care Centre, St Clair, NSW.   Nadine believes in listening to children’s voices and supporting their choices. She is passionate about setting up engaging environments for the children and believes it is […]

Bethany Hewitt 

Bethany Hewitt is a senior early childhood educator and currently an education leader at Glandore Private Kindergarten and Child Care Centre, SA. With extensive qualifications, including a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and a Graduate Diploma of Montessori Education, Bethany has also participated in several professional development opportunities on nature play.  Bethany sees inquiry-based […]

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