Four to Five Year Old Group
Alyssa Baxter, Teacher – Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Anna Psarras, Co-Educator – Certificate III in Children’s Services
Hi, my name is Anna. I have been at Turner Street Kindergarten since 2014. I have been working in the Early Childhood sector for over 10 years and have a background of experience in supporting children with additional needs in my previous role and I still retain a strong interest in this area. I have a Certificate III in Children’s Services and am currently working toward completion of my Diploma in Children’s Service with Melbourne Polytechnic.
I strongly believe children learn best through play by participating in a range of fun and interesting hands-on experiences and where learning takes place both indoors and outdoors. My hobbies include spending time with my family, crocheting and knitting.
I have completed my Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood from Victoria University and I also hold a Masters Degree in Commerce. I have been working in the Early Childhood sector for the past 8 years. My first role in 2013 was in a Steiner Kindergarten from 2013-2017, then from 2017 within the MEYM and Turner Street in 2020.
Three to Four Year Old Group
Janet Bucknell, Teacher – Diploma of Teaching
Hi, I’m Janet and have been teaching at Turner Street since 1991. I have witnessed and been a part of many changes at Turner Street throughout these years, and look forward to further enhancement of our service to the local community. I am excited about teaching the children who are attending this year’s three year old group, and developing a partnership with families in fostering children’s learning and development. My pastimes outside of kindergarten are tennis, cooking and gardening. I can always find a spot for another plant in my garden.
Pina Bertoncini, Co-Educator – Certificate III in Children’s Services
My name is Pina, I’m the three year old group co-educator. I have worked at Turner Street Kindergarten since 2007 and have a Certificate III in Children’s Services. My interests include going to the movies, reading, cooking and relaxing and spending time with family and friends.