Our Staff

Teresa Stella-Bagnara

Teresa – Director, Education Leader, 4 YO Teacher
Teresa commenced as the Director of Thomastown West Kindergarten in 2004. Her 30 years experience includes directing other local kindergarten services. Following a two year period as a teacher in Singapore and an Education Consultant in Melbourne, Teresa returned to Thomastown West Kindergarten as the Director in 2010. Teresa holds a Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Studies and A Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) and is an accredited mentor for new service teachers. She is the Nominated Supervisor, Director and Educational Leader of the Kindergarten.


Bekhita – Educator
Bekhita joined us in 2018 as our 4 year old Educator. She has over 14 years work experience in the early years sector and holds a Diploma of Children Services.






carla De Sousa

Carla – 4 YO and 3 YO Teacher
Carla is our 4 year old and 3 year old Teacher holding a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Studies. She has 21 years experience working as a teacher and Director throughout Melbourne and the United Kingdom.






Maureen Coade

Maureen – Educator
Maureen is an Educator for the 3 and 4 year old groups.  She has over 22 years experience working with children in long day care and home environments. Maureen holds a Diploma in Community Services (Childcare).






Poppy Alexopoulos

Poppy – Educator
Poppy is our 3 yo Koala group Educator for 2019 and is currently studying toward a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood. She is also our regular reliever for the 4 year old programs. Poppy also holds a position as Learning support officer at St Clare’s Primary School.






Sandrine Etienne
Sandrine – Educator
Sandrine is an Educator for our 4 year old groups holding a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and Integration Support. She is currently studying toward a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.