Our Team

Our professional and dedicated Educators provide a program that supports enjoyable and creative learning with activities designed to encourage your child at all stages of their development.

Linda Negus - Centre Director

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Childcare and a Diploma of Business (Frontline Management). I have been working with children for the last fifteen years and have spent the last six years as a Centre Manager in the areas of long day care and Outside school Hours Care.

I have undertaken several hours of professional development to enrich my learning. I am very passionate about building strong teams with a common goal of working with families and children to provide best practice learning experiences. When we are working with children we are embracing a future generation. I look forward to getting to know you all personally.


Stephanie O'Brien - Toddlers Lead Educator/2IC/Educational Leader

Hello everyone, my name is Stephanie O’Brien and I have been working in Child Care for the last seven years. I have been a Lead Educator for five of those years working mainly with children in the 15month – 2.5 year age group.

I am very passionate about learning as much as I can about your child and families so that I can develop your child’s learning around their interests. 

Please feel free to speak to me at any time regarding any concerns, feedback or comments that you may have.  I encourage you and your families to participate in our program at any time.  This might include doing things like spending time in the room, showcasing your talents (music, craft etc.) or even written input (email, parent suggestion box). 

I look forward to getting to know you all and sharing your child’s learning journey at Fairfield Waters Early Learning.


Maria Auditore– Lead Educator

Hi, I’m Maria Auditore and I was born and raised here in Townsville. I graduated school in 2010, and went straight into the childcare industry, as working with children is something that I was passionate about doing when I was 15. I worked in Outside School Hours Care for six years and various childcare centres on placements around Townsville. I completed my certificate III in Children’s Services and continued on to gain my Diploma in children’s services.

Hi, I’m Maria Auditore and I was born and raised here in Townsville.

I graduated school in 2010, and went straight into the childcare industry, as working with children is something that I was passionate about doing when I was 15. I worked in Outside School Hours Care for six years and various childcare centres on placements around Townsville. I completed my certificate III in Children’s Services and continued on to gain my Diploma in children’s services. 

I enjoy going to professional development and trainings so I can enrich my learning about working with children, because as adults, our learning doesn’t stop after high school or university; there is always new information to learn, develop and help us grow in ourselves. I have also achieved my certified supervisor’s certificate as well.

 I am passionate about working with children, as children are our future, the next potential future leaders and as early childhood educators and even as parents as well, we can help children grow into young and confident community members.

 I am also gaining my Qualified Leader qualifications to become a Girl Guide Leader for Girl Guides Queensland as well; I’m also co-assisting in running a Girl Guide unit here in Townsville.

 I have been doing Girl Guides for nearly 15 years. Through Girl Guides, it has taught me to challenge myself in new experiences and try new activities. I have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh program – an Award for young people aged 18 – 25-year-olds). I have completed my Bronze, Silver, with recently gaining my Gold Duke of Edinburgh in mid-2017.

 

 


Nicole Coburn - Lead Educator

Hi my name is Nicole, I’m a Lead Educator in Nursery 1. I have been working at Fairfield Waters since it first opened in April 2016 and have been working in the Nursery 1 room since November 2016.

I hold a certificate 111 in Early Childhood Education and Care and I’m currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I look forward to meeting you and your family, I also look forward to sharing many learning experiences with your child here at Fairfield Waters Early Learning.  


Stephanie Magor - Lead Educator

Hello, My Name is Steph Magor and I am the Team Leader in the Nursery 2 room. I have completed my Certificate III in Children's services and am currently studying my Diploma. I have worked in the Childcare industry since finishing high school 5 Years ago.

I have two beautiful girls of my own that are lucky enough to attend the centre two days a week. In my spare time I like to visit family, go shopping or go swimming or for a picnic to the park. 

I love working with children and I am so excited to be working in this room. I'm looking forward to helping your children grow and reach new milestones along the way. Please do not hesitate to have a chat to me anytime.


Leah Smith - Lead Educator

My name is Leah Smith I have worked at Fairfield Waters Early Learning for the past 1 and a half years. I have worked in the childcare industry for the last three years while completing my Certificate III and then Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Prior to that I used my Certificate III in Education Support as a relief Teachers’ Aide and I taught in a martial arts school (I have a double degree Black Belt myself! J).  I enjoy working with and encouraging children, and, as they reach new milestones in their developmental areas, seeing their sense of achievement as they learn new skills.  Some of my hobbies and interests are: going for walks and watching movies with family, bowling, ice-skating and playing Oztag. I also enjoy teaching my Sunday school class and going to Church. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child even more as we learn together. I looking forward to working with your child and watching them unlock their full potential.


Ayla Hadley - Lead Educator

Hi my names Ayla, I am 21 years old and currently studying my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education.

Hi my name is Ayla, I am 21 years old and currently studying my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education. I grew up in Airlie Beach with my parents and younger sister before moving here to Townsville in 2014. I worked as a personal trainer for just over a year before deciding to pursue my real passion of childcare. I love spending time with my family and friends, including the smaller members. Growing up I have always loved children and I’m excited to have the opportunity to help them develop into the best little humans they can be.

My hobbies are most things fitness related including running which is my biggest love. I participate in running events throughout Queensland most of the year with my running partner, my mum. I will be running my first marathon here in Townsville next year which I’m really looking forward to.

I also really enjoy travelling and getting to see the beautiful sights and cultures of different countries. I spent 5 weeks travelling around Europe in 2016 which opened my eyes to just how great this world we live in really is.

I am thrilled to be able to get to know all the wonderful children and their families.


Chloe Champion - Educator

Hi. My Name is Chloe Champion. I’m originally from Cairns now calling Townsville home since April 2015. I live with my husband Rodney & step daughter Brittney along with my fur babies Ember & Jack

I have been a Teacher Aide throughout North Queensland for 8 years also have worked for Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) Educator for 5 years before taking up an Educator role with Fairfield Early Learning Centre. I have my Cert 3 in Education Support & currently are studying Diploma of Children’s Services with the hope to continue onto Bachelor of Early Years Education. 

In my spare time, I like to enjoy it by being outdoors and adventurous. I enjoy the Summer time, sports, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, 4x4, finding little hide away creeks and enjoy time with family & friends. I also have a passion for being creative, sewing, cooking, various other arts & craft.


Danielle Elliott - Educator

Hello my names is Danielle and I am an Educator in the Toddler Room. I have completed my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care and I am currently studying my Diploma.

I have a Boxer puppy called Bailey and a peach face called Wasabi.  Both Bailey and Wasabi will be making regular visits to the Centre to meet and play with the children.  During my spare time I enjoy catching up with family and friends and going camping.


Rhiannon Haupt - Educator

Hi my name is Rhiannon and I'm happy to say I work at Fairfield Waters Early learning. I'm a young out going girl ready to learn new things, I love working with children that's why I have chosen childcare as a career. I graduated at Kirwan high in 2015 and have previously worked for Amusements Plus for 4 years.


Sharnah Christian - Educator

Hi, my name is Sharnah I am 20 years old, I have been studying my Certificate III in Childcare for five months.

Hi, my name is Sharnah I am 20 years old, I have been studying my Certificate III in Childcare for five months.  I enjoy spending time at the beach with my dog and reading.  I am looking forward to completing my study and learning as much as I can about children and their development.

 


Kristen Littlemore - Educator

Hello my name is Kristen Tanna I’ve been in the childcare industry for 10 years. Me and my little family moved to Townsville just over a year ago from MT Isa to better a future for our child.

I’m mother to a little 3-year-old little girl. I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help children meet their full potential in these areas by providing and environment that is safe and invites a sharing of idea. I look forward to working with all our wonderful children and family’s that we have at   Fairfield waters early learning. Please don’t hesitate to ask me anything I will always be willing to help in any way I can.      


Renee Crawley - Educator

Hi my name is Renee and I am 22 years of age. I was born in Townsville and I have lived here my entire life. I am an only child.

I love animals; I currently have a cat who is a 3 year old Tortoiseshell by the name of Nala and a 12 year old Ridgeback cross Staffy by the name of Bella. My dream would be to one day adopt a Black Headed Python. In my spare time I love to read and write, listen to music (my favourite genre is rock) and watch the football.


Shaleise Becker - Educator

Hello my names is Shaliese. I am 18 years old and am currently studying my Certificate 3 in Childcare. Working in childcare has always been something that I wanted to do. I have been really enjoying interacting and getting to know all the children as they develop. I chose to work in a childcare centre because I am very passionate about children and enjoy seeing them grow into who they want to be, In my spare time, I like to spend time with my nieces and nephews.


Pama Senduran - Educator

I am Sathiyapama Senduran (Pama). I have a nuclear family structure which is made up of my husband and my two sons. I was born in Sri Lanka.

I left my country because of the civil war. I lived in UK for a few years. Townsville is the best of all cities, because of the friendly people, peaceful place to live and the climate, which is just like my birthplace.

I follow Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu culture. I respect all religions and different cultures. My diverse socio-cultural and friendly nature means that I have a knack of connecting with children from diverse backgrounds.


Sally Foster - Educator

Hello my name is Sally and I have a Certificate III in Children’s Services. I have always enjoyed working with children. I enjoy the beach and playing video games. I have twin nieces and nephews and I enjoy Face Timing with them as often as I can.


Emily Hunter - Educator

My name is Emily Hunter and I am 21 years old. I have been studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care for about 8 months now. Before I started studying my Diploma I was working as an apprentice chef at the casino in Townsville.

I am very passionate about the children and furthering their knowledge in life, guiding them to making the right choices, also finding out their hobbies and interests every day. I am looking forward to furthering my childcare knowledge in the Toddler room at Fairfield Early Learning. 


Noeleen Cockburn - Educator

Hi my name is Noeleen. I am currently studying my Certificate 111 in Child Care at Fairfield Waters Early Learning.

I have been here for about three months and have enjoyed working and seeing the children each day. I have worked in the Plant Nursery Industry for 20+ years, so this is a nice change for me to see the little people grow. I am looking forward to this new and exciting change in my career


Scott Pope - Lead Educator

My name is Scott Pope. I am from Sydney, I moved to Townsville eight years ago. I love Townsville, the weather, the relaxed lifestyle, the people, this is my home now. I own a large property outside of town at Reid River, where I am establishing a farm and, learning how to do this in an ethical and sustainable way with our challenging climate.

I have been in childcare now for seven years, I still love it. It is such a rewarding experience when you look back though all the challenges and hard work put in over a year and see the growth that has occurred it is all worth every minute of it. I look forward to working with your families and getting to know you here at Fairfield Waters Early Learning.


Georgina Pearson - Educator

Hi, I’m Georgina (Georgie) Pearson, I moved to Townsville in April 2017 due to my partner posting up here with the Army.

I have worked in the childcare industry since September 2017 and am completing my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Alice Khong - Educator

Hi my name is Alice Khong and I am 18 years old, currently studying my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

I began working in childcare because I love educating and caring for children.  I aspire to help each child learn and grow in their own individual way.  I also began working in childcare for the most important reason, I love children.  I was born in England and moved to Townsville in 2007 to attend school.  I now live with my partner and our five fur babies.  I have a great passion for traveling around the world, as well as a love for music from different cultures.


Chloe Holden - Educator

Hi my name is Chloe and I am 21 years old.

I am new to Townsville after making the big move from Newcastle NSW.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, finding new places to swim and explore.  I love taking afternoon walks along the Strand.  I have completed my Certificate 111in Children's Services.  I am currently studying my Diploma in Children's Services. I enjoy working with children and look forward to learning all I can about each child and their families.


Hayley Cooper - Kindergarten Teacher

Hi my name is Hayley Cooper and I am very excited to be the Kindergarten Teacher at Fairfield Waters Early Learning.

I am originally from Ballarat, Victoria but made the big move to Townsville with my fiance and our little dog Nala in June 2017.  We love everything about our new home, especially the beautiful weather and relaxed lifestyle.  I have been working in the teaching/child care profession for 6 years and am very passionate about early childhood development and learning.  In addition to working as a Kindergarten Teacher, I have also had experience teaching primary education.  I look forward to working with and getting to know all of the children, families and staff here at FWEL.


Lynda Goulding - Kindergarten Teacher

Some interesting facts about me.

I have a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) from University of Southern Queensland.  My background is in Enrolled Nursing and Teacher Support and I am a lifelong learner having finished my degree in 2010.  My husband is in the Defence Force.  I have three daughters.  This is my third time living in Townsville and I love this area, there is always something fun and interesting to do.  I love to travel and have seen lots of great places and cultures; Europe, Alaska and the Rockies are next on my bucket list.  My passion is working with children, they are the most interesting to talk to and engage with, they share the most amazing things.  I look forward to getting to know all the lovely families and children.


Michelle Blatchford - Educator


Natalie Ley - Lead Educator

Hello my names is Natalie. I am 23 years old and enjoy spending time with friends, traveling, going camping and playing touch football.

I was born in a small seaside town called Redcliffe, which is located approximately a half hour north of Brisbane City.  I moved to Townsville when I was 11 years old, with my family.  I have an older sister who is a School Teacher, and a younger brother who is a Boilermaker.  My mum and dad enjoy going camping  and so does their dog "Lucy".  I have always had a passion for teaching children.  I chose to concentrate on early learning as I enjoy the age group.  I love watching the children develop and learn new skills over their time in my room.  I create a special bond with all of them as they learn and grow. 


Emma Appleby - Cook


Simon Conway - Kitchen Hand/Cleaner




"My daughter has been attending FWEL since she was 18-months old and is now 3 years old and it was the best decision I ever made.  The centre staff are exceptional, professional and like extended family to us all and I had no hesitation referring three friends and their children to the centre.  The facilities are top notch and the design of the children's rooms and play areas show that plenty of thought has been put into this centre right from the start especially the train window, animal shelters and water park. Thanks Linda and the team for giving me peace of mind every day, even as my 3 year old kicks me out and says this is 'her place' not mine!"

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Michelle Anderson
Parent