Capalaba Kindergarten

Our Educators

All Educators hold qualifications in Senior First Aid, Fire Safety, Child Protection.

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Samantha Kent

Director/Early Childhood Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching - Early Childhood
Forest School Leader Qualification

I have been working in the field of early childhood education since 1995.

I firmly believe that learning should be a joyful, organic process that is driven by a child’s natural curiosity and passion for exploration. By harnessing children’s innate desire to learn and creating a supportive learning environment, I strive to foster creativity, resourcefulness, and agency in my students. 

My approach involves nurturing relationships, promoting un-hurried play, and building a desire to question, reflect, and learn. I firmly believe that building strong connections with both children and families is essential in fostering an environment of respect, trust, and belonging. 

Through these meaningful relationships, I am able to better understand the unique needs and interests of each child, and tailor my teaching approach to ensure they receive the best possible support and guidance. Ultimately, I am passionate about creating a safe and supportive learning environment that encourages children to explore, learn, and thrive.

As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, I am deeply respectful of individual backgrounds, cultures, and customs, and seek to instil in children a sense of respect for themselves, others, the environment, and the wider community. I am excited to continue my work with young learners and their families, and to play a role in shaping their bright futures.


Fiona Corones

Diploma of Children's Services

I have been working in Early Childhood since 1998.

My focus is on helping children “just be” – to be amazing, kind, safe, and active learners who are confident, respectful, and engaged in the world around them.

Through play-based learning and exploration, I encourage children to develop their creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and social-emotional skills. I also believe that learning should be fun and meaningful, and I strive to create a learning environment that is engaging, nurturing, and supportive.

My goal is to help children develop a positive sense of self, a love of learning, and a deep connection to the world around them. I am excited to work with your little ones and to help them become the best versions of themselves!

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Sandy Millar

Certificate 3 in Childcare and Education

I have had the privilege of working in the Early Childhood Education field for the past 24 years and am also a proud mother of three adult children.

My utmost priority as an early childhood educator is to provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for children to learn and grow in. I strongly believe in the power of play-based learning, and I am committed to creating opportunities for children to engage in activities that spark their interests and encourage exploration, discovery, creativity, and imagination.

It brings me great joy to witness children’s curiosity, sense of wonder and adventure as they learn and explore the world around them. I am dedicated to nurturing their self-esteem, self-confidence, resilience, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are all essential for success in both learning and life.


Tricia Kormendy

Certificate 3 in Childcare and Education

Hello, my name is Tricia, and I am an early childhood educator. I hold a strong belief that every child is unique and special, and I strive to honor their individuality by valuing and nurturing their unique strengths, skills, abilities, and knowledge to help them reach their full potential.

One of the things that sets me apart as an educator is my personal experience with autism. As an adult with autism, I have developed a high level of patience and compassion for all children, and I approach my work with a deep understanding of the diverse needs and experiences that children bring to the learning environment.

I am committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and supportive learning environment that encourages children to explore, experiment, and take risks in their learning. I believe in fostering a positive and respectful relationship with each child, building trust and rapport as we work together to achieve their individual learning goals.


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Libby Young

Diploma of Children's Services

Hello, my name is Libby. As an educator, I prioritize listening to children and providing a safe space for them to share their thoughts and feelings.

I believe in valuing each child as an individual and creating an environment that nurtures their strengths and talents.

My approach to teaching involves embracing the natural world and allowing it to inspire and educate the children in my care.

I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of the team at Capalaba Kindergarten. It is an inspiring and nurturing environment that encourages children to explore, discover, and learn.

I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know you and your family.


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