Meet our team

Lauren Mair

4-year-old Educational Leader

Lauren marked her 14th year as Educational Leader/4-year-old Teacher at Tecoma Preschool in 2022.

Since completing her Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2004, Lauren has been working full-time in the field.

“What a pleasure it is working with such dedicated and supportive educators to deliver a program that enlightens, inspires and encourages children to explore and expand their understanding of this big and beautiful world. Each and every child and their family bring something special to this kinder community and I am most appreciative that I can be part of it.”

Jo Cleeman

4-year-old Co-Educator

Jo has worked at the kinder since 2007. She has worked extensively with the 4-year-old groups over this time and currently runs the extended session on a Thursday afternoon.

Jo completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services in 2013 and her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2014.

Previously, Jo was involved with the kinder as a parent, participating on the preschool committee in many roles including fundraising, secretary and president.

“As an Educator I am very lucky to watch your children grow & develop each year. Not a day goes by without one of the children making me laugh & smile. Their honesty keeps us grounded & they always continue to surprise me with their views on what’s happening around them.”

Sami Biggs

3-year-old Educational Leader/ 4-year-old Co-Educator

Sami started her journey at Tecoma Preschool in 2019, taking on the position of 3-year-old Activity Group Leader. Sami has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

“I am so excited to be working at Tecoma Preschool. Being part of a team that is so supportive and caring makes work so enjoyable. I look forward to making memories with the children and their families during their time at Tecoma and hope to make a positive impact on the young children’s start of education.”

Alina Karpovich

3-year-old Co-Educator

Alina started working with us in 2020. She also assists Jo in the 4-Year-Old Extended Session run on a Thursday Afternoon.

Alina has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

“Being so grateful for this opportunity to become a part of kinder community,
today I would dare to say that Tecoma Kinder community has been always famous for its sense of unity. Educators here motivate and inspire sense of belonging is what I admire. Children flourish and there is a support to everyone.
‘Kinder is a safe place for me, – they think, To learn and have fun’.
Every day is different and brings challenge and joy.
And these are the things I truly enjoy.”

Amelia Anderson

4-year-old Co-Educator

Amelia started working with us in 2022 alongside Lauren in the 4-year-old program.

Amelia completed her Graduate Diploma in early Childhood Education in 2021 and her Certificate III in Early childhood education in 2012.

Both of Amelia’s children attended the kindergarten so she was very familiar with the kinder, previous to her coming onboard as staff.

“Tecoma Preschool is a true community kinder – with families, educators and the wider community working collaboratively to bring a wonderfully inspiring program.

I feel so privileged to be part of the kindergarten, and absolutely love working with children. No two days are the same, as no two children are the same – and with this brings creativity, innovation, and pure enjoyment!”