Educators

Four to Five Year Old Group

Alyssa Baxter, Teacher – Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

I completed my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Melbourne University in 2002. I have an extensive range of experience in a variety of settings and age groups.  I am passionate about Early childhood education and creating a love of learning for all children. 2021 has been my first year with MEYM and as a Service coordinator, Educational Leader and 4 Year old Teacher at Turner Street. I am thrilled to be at Turner Street and look forward to making positive changes for the families and children who attend this wonderful service.  Outside work I am a mother to twin girls and a calisthenics coach.

Antoinette Altobelli – Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies

Hello my name is Antoniette Altobelli and I have been part of the Turner street family since 2019. I am currently teaching one of the 4 year old groups.The field of Early Childhood Education continues to inspire me. I admire  our community of learners, and am grateful to work in an environment that emphasises a sense of belonging and wellbeing for everyone.It is my belief that strong relationships are essential foundations for optimal learning.

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.

 

Three to Four Year Old Group

Aradhana Singh – Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching

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 9 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.

Pina Bertoncini, Co-Educator – Certificate III in Children’s Services

Hi my name is Pina and I am an educator in the 3 year old group. I have worked at Turner street since 2007.  I enjoy being part of the Turner Street team and value the relationships I have been able to build with children, families and staff.  The best part of being an educator is having the opportunity to be creative and have fun with the children and inspire children to reach their full potential.  I believe empathy, compassion and respect for ourselves and one another is important and hope to be a positive role model and nurture these qualities in my work with children each day. My interests include going to the movies, reading, cooking and relaxing and spending time with family and friends.