Our Team

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Jo Richmond

Centre Director

My name is Jo Richmond and I am the director here at Wattle Road Early Education Centre. I come from a corporate background, spending many years within accountancy and internal audit, managing a team of staff and liaising with businesses to assess their risks and help build solutions to potential problems.

It was only when my eldest son was born that I stumbled across childcare and became fascinated by children’s learning and development, especially in the early years. This lead me to do my Early Childcare Teaching degree, which has only flamed my interest and passion regarding early childhood education.

I am originally from England but have lived in many different countries but have now been in Australia for 15 years and it has become my home. I live nearby, with my husband and our 2 sons who attend the local school and really enjoy the close-knit community that we have become members of over the past few years. I love to cook and spend as much time as possible with my family and friends, but I am also really enjoying working here at Wattle Road and becoming part of a new community, getting to know the staff, parents and of course the children!

My personal philosophy on early childhood education is vast and grows / evolves all the time, but it can be summed up as;

“Children’s natural curiosity and innate capability for learning and developing, will ensure they become successful and confident individuals, but only if they are given the appropriate environment for this. It is our job as educators to provide the nurture, support, guidance, activities and resources, to allow children’s discovery of themselves and the world around them to translate into positive emotional, social, physical and cognitive development.”

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Sandra Mousa

Operations Manager

Hi! My name is Sandra and I’m the Operations Manager at Wattle Road Early Education Centre.

My background is as a registered pharmacist, and I have worked in several roles within the medical industry. Following the completion of my Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, I went on to work in a number of settings, including compounding laboratories and also community roles. During my time as a pharmacist, I held both managerial and clinical roles, and it is through these roles that I developed a true affinity to providing care for the youngest members of our community.

Following my transition out of the medical industry and into the world of childcare, I obtained my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, and am currently completing university study to
become a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. My role at the centre is to oversee and manage all the day to day requirements, working closely with our wonderful Centre Director, Jo. I develop and implement programs, systems and operational processes to support our team, our children and our families. I am at our centre every day, which gives me the opportunity to spend quality time
with our children, and be a point of contact for all parents and the team at Wattle Road.

I believe that children are unique, capable and curious individuals who are actively engaged in lifelong learning. As early childhood educators, we play a critical role in their short and long-term development. It is our role to nurture and help each of their unique personalities flourish so that they can become confident and independent individuals.

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Ms Sepideh

Room Leader

My name is Ms Sepideh and I am the teacher of Dancing Dolphins’ room (3-4 years old) at Wattle Road Early Education Centre. I am originally from Iran but I moved to Australia with my family 10 years ago. I myself have 2 children, a daughter age 15 who is at year 10 and a son age 22 who studies Civil Engineering at UTS. I have always tried to be a good mother as well as a good guidance for them.

When I arrived at Australia, I had a dream of being a teacher as my passion is learning and teaching. The first step was starting the course of English for Further Study. I completed the course in 2009. In 2011 I completed Certificate 3 in Children’s services by Advanced standing. In 2013 I completed diploma in Children Services. In January 2017 I graduated from Charles Stuart University in Bachelor of Education (0-5). I’ve now been working in the Early Childhood field for 8 years.

I believe learning is happening all the time and is interlinked through all developmental fields. I believe each child is unique, has different interests, backgrounds, and developmental stages and the environment plays a major role in the success of an early childhood program. I also consider families a vital aspect of my program.