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Our Staff


Linda Watson –

4-Year-Old Educator

Hi, my name is Linda Watson and I joined the teaching team at Oban PreSchool in 2013.

I teach the four year old Red group and am the Lead Educator for the centre staff.

I am a ‘ local’, having lived in the local area for 20 years and in Ringwood North for the past 10 years. I have two sons, both attend Yarra Valley. In my spare time I love holidays with my family, walking, reading and an ongoing project is tracing my family tree.

I have a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) which I obtained at The University of Melbourne in 1993. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to be centre director at sessional preschool, teach both 3 and 4 year old classes at sessional Preschool, manage large Early Learning Centres and teach funded kindergarten programs in long day care. This wide variety of experience has helped me to ensure that I have kept up with current practice and have remained enthusiastic about my work.

As a teacher, I answer a child’s question with a question…what do you think? How could we find out? What do you already know? And so on. This sets the scene for the opportunity to investigate and find out, work it out and experiment with possible answers. I endeavour to help children become all that they can be and acknowledge the fact that we all have different interests, strength, learning styles and skills.

For as long as I can remember I was ‘going to be a kindergarten teacher. How lucky I am to continue to have the opportunity to be involved with so many wonderful families and so many young and enthusiastic children – it’s not only my job but also a huge part of who I am.

Tanya Whalan –

3-Year-Old and 4-Year-Old Certificate 3 Educator

Hi my name is Tanya and I am very excited to be part of the team. I have a Certificate III in Children’s Services and have worked as a 3yr old assistant since 2007 in Boronia. I also work at an occasional care centre in Blackburn. I find working with young children very rewarding, watching them grow in confidence, gain independence and develop new skills whilst having fun.

I enjoy playing netball, camping, watching movies and a variety of sports, but most of all I love spending time with my three daughters, family and friends.

Helen Vickery –

4 year old Diploma Educator

I’m Helen,

I am a Diploma qualified Early Childhood Educator and have been working in Early Childhood Education since 1990.

I’ve been employed by bestchance since 2007 and I have been working at the Glen Waverley Kindergarten. 2019 is my first year at Oban Pre-School.

I’ve enjoyed watching children become independent and grow stronger through play based learning during their time at Kinder.

I’m passionate about cooking, learning about our emotions, Yoga, music & dance, listening to the children’s voice and incorporating their ideas into the program.

I feel privileged to be a part of the Oban Pre-School community and look forward to being involved in your child’s journey

Laura Kearney –

4-Year-Old Diploma Educator

Hi my name’s Laura Kearney and I will be working as a co-educator in the four-year-old program.

I hold a Diploma in Children’s Services and I am currently in my last year of my Bachelor of Education- Early Childhood.

I have worked in the Early childhood industry for the best part of 15 years and enjoy helping children to grow and develop into the best individuals they can be through their engagement in play, exploration and interactions.

I love spending time with my family, reading books, going to gym or just relaxing at home in my spare time.

Shannon Leicth –

3 year old Educator

Hi my name is Shannon and I am the three year old teacher here at Oban Preschool. I have a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) and a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and I joined the Oban teaching team here in 2013. Oban holds a special place in my heart as my three children all attended both the three year old and four year old kinder programs here.

I am very passionate about Early Childhood education and I have been fortunate enough to experience teaching both here and overseas. I believe that children learn through their play and it is our role as educators to facilitate that learning. It is such a privilege to be a part of their development as little people. I love singing with the children (just so you know I am no singer but what I lack in skill I more than make up for in enthusiasm), I love movement and dance (love a groove with the children) and I love reading stories. Music, movement and literature are never far from my mind when planning the three year old program, along with the needs and interests of the children and their families.