Meet Our
Teachers

We are a community operated kindergarten that welcomes and encourages family participation and involvement in our program.

Our vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. Play is the work of the child (Maria Montessori). Our teachers guide children’s play experiences by carefully designing learning experiences and activities exploring the foundations of the Early Years Learning Development Framework.

Kristen Mazzoletti

Educator Possum 3YO Group

I have been working with preschool children both in long day care and preschool for over 15 years.  I have always felt an immense satisfaction in being instrumental in a child’s development, as they practice and achieve the skills required for school and indeed for life! 
I think the most important part of my professional role as a preschool Educator is supporting and guiding children to achieve their very best. One of the favourite parts of my day is being greeted every morning with the children’s smiling faces. Who can say they start their workday like that?! I look forward to meeting your child and getting to know your family.

Robyn MacRedmond

Teacher Possum 3YO Group

I initially qualified with a Bachelor of Education in Primary school in Tasmania, and worked as a Primary Teacher for many years in Tasmania, London and Dublin. I then returned to Uni to complete a second degree in Early Childhood teaching. I started my journey with Brighton Baptist Kindergarten in 2019 as the Wombat 4 year old teacher.
I am a passionate about the early years and I draw on my extensive experience as a primary teacher to ensure the children attending our kindergarten have the both the emotional and developmental skills to succeed at school from day one. As educators, our job is to provide an environment where children feel supported and safe as they develop a love for learning. I have raised three children of my own and I draw on my own experiences as a mother to guide my teaching and help children to be the best version of themselves.

Martine Spurrier

Teacher Wombat 4YO Group

Fondly known as “Miss Martine” I started working at Brighton Baptist Kindergarten in 2009 as the 3yo and 4yo teacher. Initially trained in primary education, I quickly realised my passion was in early education and now hold a dual degree. After 15+ years of teaching I find the children still teach me something new every day. I am reminded how lucky we are as educators to spend this time with your children nurturing their development.

I am a creative soul and enjoy helping children to find what they love at kindergarten and uncover their unique personalities. As a mum of a teenage boy I am reminded every day how special this time is and how quickly children grow. Our team value the time spent with your children and make every moment count.

Maria Carpino

Koala Activity Group leader 4YO

Having recently obtained my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, I feel privileged to have this opportunity to guide the development of your child. With more than 10 years’ experience, I commenced my career in early education working as an educator.

In 2013 I started with Brighton Baptist Kindergarten as was given the opportunity to lead the 3yo program. It wasn’t long before I realised my heart was in teaching and so began my journey back to university to qualify as a teacher. For many children, 3yo kindergarten is the first time they have been away from their mum. With that in mind, my job is to ensure all children feel safe and secure as they experience this first taste of lifelong learning. We giggle, we sing and we get really messy! Memories are created and friends are made. It’s all in a day’s work at 3 year kindergarten – how could anyone not love this job!

Annette Lavati

Educator Wombat and Koala 4YO Group

I began working at Brighton Baptist Kindergarten in 2018. With 20+ years of Early Childhood experience, there is not a day that goes by that I am not fascinated by a child’s innocent and carefree approach to life and learning. Children remind me of how precious and uncomplicated life can be and I use this to guide their learning.
With a smile I welcome everyone at the door, building important relationships with families as I work in partnership to meet the needs of each child. I believe that building respectful and warm relationships with families creates a sense of belonging. Watching children grow and develop throughout the year provides me with so much joy and a sense of satisfaction as they leave kindergarten as happy and confident little learners.

Heather Forster

Sports coach 4YO Group

Fondly known by all the children as ‘Sports Heather’s I am never too far away from the outdoor area with a ball or bat in my hand. I love everything active and I use my own passion for sport to foster a child’s love of movement by giving them opportunities to succeed at all things active.

Whether it be music, games or obstacle courses I encourage children to get active, try new games and build their social skills. I play with the children in an effort to develop their coordination and sense of self. I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to teach this highly valued perceptual motor program at Brighton Baptist Kindergarten since 2003.

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