Our HRK Team

Tammy Gonzalez; Educational Leader & Blue Group Teacher
Tammy has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. She has 10 years experience of working as a Kindergarten Teacher in sessional, primary school and long day care settings. Tammy grew up in NSW and moved to Melbourne with her husband 8 years ago. She enjoys running, hiking and spending time outdoors with her family.
Nicole Nicole Polson; Educational Leader, Orange & Purple Group Teacher
Nicole has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies. She has previously worked as a Kindergarten Teacher in long day care and sessional settings, as well as running her own family day care service. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and camping with her family.
 Sandra Sandra Knight; Red Group Teacher
Sandra started with HRK in 2015 and has a Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood. She enjoys working with children and nurturing their curiosity and ideas through responsive relationships. Sandra has three children and outside of work enjoys the movies and spending time with her family.
Maureen Jamieson-Wood; Green & Yellow Group Teacher
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Lisa James; Orange & Purple Group Co-educator
Lisa joined HRK this year, with many years experience working within the Kindergarten setting and holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood. Lisa’s particular area of interest is arts and crafts and seeing the joy that creative experiences bring to each child’s day.  Lisa is passionate about being part of and contributing to each child’s essential learning during their Kindergarten years, which is paramount in building the foundations of children’s early education. Lisa lives locally and has two teenage children.
 Dianne Dianne Childs; Green Group Co-educator
Dianne joined the Home Road Kindergarten team in 2011.  Her son and daughter attended Home Road Kindergarten in their early childhood years and as a result, Dianne completed her Certificate III and Diploma in early childhood and is currently working towards her Bachelor in Early Childhood and Primary. Dianne’s passion is gardening and she is involved with coordinating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden here at HRK.  It is through her passion that she encourages and provides opportunities for children to connect with nature, developing their curiosity and creating an interest in learning. She believes that happy children will thrive and excel.  Dianne loves the natural sciences, baking and running.
 Amelia Amelia Heath; Red Group Co-educator
Amelia has a Bachelor of Early Childhood degree and has been working on and off for the past 25 years. Amelia has worked in both sessional kindergarten and long daycare as both a teacher and as a co-educator, during the past 25 years and enjoyed both. She is a strong believer in learning through play and providing an environment that supports, strengthens and extends young children through play based learning. Amelia is the mother of two teenagers and lives locally.
Erin Erin Stubbs; Red & Purple Group Co-educator
Erin has worked in early childhood for almost 20 years and has worked in many different settings, from long day care, private nannying and running a family day care service.  Erin joined HRK when her daughter started 3yo kinder, by joining our committee.  She then became a co-educator at HRK in 2016 and has completed her Diploma of Early Childhood Education.   Erin’s passion is working with children and their families, building warm relationships and always advocating for children.  When not at HRK, Erin enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, going on adventures around Melbourne, camping and exploring delicious coffees spots, socialising with friends.
Krissy Wilson; Blue & Purple Group Co-educator
Originally from Canada, Krissy has been in Australia for 17 years. Krissy has three children and lives in Yarraville. Krissy has a Certificate III in early childhood and has been working in Kindergartens for the past 9 years, this being her third year at HRK.  Krissy enjoys taking her children on overseas holidays to see family and just relaxing.  She also loves cooking and reading in her spare time and being outdoors with the children.
Jan Zahra; Orange Group Co-educator
Jan has a Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood from  Melbourne University and started at HRK in 2017. Inclusion of all children is very important to Jan and she works very hard to make sure all children feel that they belong and to provide children with a safe place to become all they can.  Jan lives in Williamstown with her family, she has three children. Jan enjoys theatre shows, musical productions, concerts, movies and plays and even the odd footy game at the MCG.
Sarah Rookes; Blue & Yellow Group Co-educator
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 Carly Carly Conlan; Centre Manager
Carly is a previous committee member and President of the kinder and joined the staffing team as administration manager in 2011. Carly is currently studying a Diploma of Early Childhood and thoroughly enjoys her role and working with great people, particularly the relationships she has built with many families in the community over the years.  Carly has two children; Olivia and Joshua who attended HRK years ago. Apart from kinder, Carly enjoys reading, watching movies, theatre productions, concerts and socialising with family and friends.

I AM A TEACHER

I am a counselor and psychologist to a problem-filled child,
I am a police officer that controls a child gone wild.
I am a travel agent scheduling our trips for the year,
I am a confidante that wipes a crying child’s tear.
I am a banker collecting money for a ton of different things,
I am a librarian showing adventures that a storybook brings.
I am a custodian that has to clean certain little messes,
I am a psychic that learns to know all that everybody only guesses.
I am a photographer keeping pictures of a child’s yearly growth,
When mother and father are gone for the day, I become both.
I am a doctor that detects when a child is feeling sick,
I am a politician that must know the laws and recognize a trick.
I am a party planner for holidays to celebrate with all,
I am a decorator of a room, filling every wall.
I am a news reporter updating on our nation’s current events,
I am a detective solving small mysteries and ending all suspense.
I am a clown and comedian that make the children laugh,
I am a dietician assuring they have lunch or from mine I give them half.
When we seem to stray from values, I become a preacher,
But I’m proud to have to these people because…
I’m proud to say, “I am a teacher.”
By Stacy Bonino