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Meet our team

Our staff are 100% dedicated to nurturing and educating children through their early formative years. The children at Staverton attend a 5 day fortnight, 8.30am – 2.35pm in compliance with the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) requirements of 15 hours attendance by children per week.

Staverton is staffed by highly qualified Early Childhood Educators who also hold current first-aid certificates and Blue Cards. All of our teachers are approved Kindergarten Program Providers (KPP).

Each teacher is assisted by one educator in the classroom to support the teacher and the children in the daily program. Additional needs educators are employed when required to support a child and or class.

Interested in joining the Staverton team? View available positions here.
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Mrs Kate Beutel


Bachelor of Education (Primary). Diploma in Children’s Services

Hi! I love travelling and going on adventures with my two teenagers, husband and our dog Willow. I send my family crazy with my singing and trying to learn how to play the guitar. The beach is my calm place and I love trying new things as long as it doesn’t involve me cooking! 


I love being part of the amazing Staverton team and working with such passionate educators and staff. I also love getting to know the families that help to make our beautiful Staverton community. 

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Mrs Margarita Chercoles


Bachelor of Early Childhood

Namaste everyone!!!

AKA Mrs yogi,  I am a lover of all things zen!  On holidays you will most likely find me relaxing on the beach or venturing on a camping expedition. I am a big foodie and love to travel, especially with my family in tow. I have three beautiful children and a cat called Luna!! I love Staverton because it is truly a magical place for children to experience and explore. Kindy life rocks!!

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Mrs Mina Kevat


Diploma of Children’s Services


I like to go for a jog on bush tracks in the evening after work. My favourite holiday activity is a rainforest hike. I also enjoy growing things - my family calls me a green thumb and I have a garden full of vegetables. 

At Staverton each year, I like best of all to welcome new families - to give them a feeling of belonging to the fabulous Staverton community.

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Robin Smith

Additional Needs Educator

Diploma of Early Childhood and Care


I love to use my hands creatively and am sometimes called “Bob the Builder” at Staverton as I am often called to fix things!  My relaxation hours are spent playing tennis and taking my mini schnauzer “Angus” for walks.  I can spend many hours in my garden and watching my native bees. 


The warmth and community spirit of Staverton is unique and I feel lucky to be apart of it and contribute to its continuing goals to exceed.

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Carrie Grassick 

Nominated Supervisor 


Both of my kids have attended Staverton and adore it! I love making cakes, Irish dancing and spending time with my little family.


I am very passionate about Staverton and feel strongly that community is the heart and soul of our beautiful kindy. I will strive to continue making Staverton a great place for our children to start their formal educational journey.

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Caroline Maia 

Additional Needs Educator

Diploma of Early Childhood and Care


I have been working in the early childhood sector for 11 years, since relocating from Brazil. I like to introduce my culture in activities with the children. I love watching the children grow, learn, explore and develop socially. I have a son and daughter in primary school and one of our favourite things to do on weekends is stay at the beach. In my spare time I enjoy running, swimming and riding and training for events with a group of friends.


I am excited to be working at Staverton and looking forward to meeting the new families.

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Sally Barling


Diploma Early Childhood and Care

Hello I’m Sally! I love painting and have a special interest in abstract art. On the holidays I enjoyed lots of time relaxing at the beach with family and friends. Working at Staverton Kindergarten is wondrous for me as I love the beautiful creative opportunities that are on offer for the children as well as working with a lovely group of special teachers. I feel lucky to be able to spend my day enjoying the company of your darling children.

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Mrs Kristy Coombs

Educational Leader


Graduate Diploma (Early Childhood)


I am a regular at the library, it's my favourite place! I am learning how to keep indoor plants alive and I enjoy cooking to music from the 60's and 70's.  I love being with the children, families and  staff at our beautiful Staverton 

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Mrs Judy Ford


Bachelor of Education Studies


These are my top favourite things in no particular order!

1. My beautiful, loud, busy family.

2. My dog. She's an old girl who loves long sniffy walks.

3. Going to the beach and swimming, walking and reading all day. Bliss!


I love Staverton. I love that it is an amazing community that truly cares for and supports each other.

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Mrs Angela Strickland


Diploma of Child Care and Education


I LOVE to shop. But I am exceptionally good at online shopping!!

My favourite place to be is anywhere on a beach enjoying the sun and salt water.

I love listening to music. Especially ones from when I was in school, but my children think it’s so daggy.

I am lucky to be part of the Staverton Kindy team. I love meeting new families and their children each year and it’s exciting when we get to see their younger siblings come to kindy when they are older enough.

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Paula Madrid




You can find me in the office. I have two active children and a beautiful dog. In my spare time, I enjoy walking, swimming and spending time with my family and friends.

I love working at Staverton because it is such a friendly and positive environment. All the staff and families are so welcoming and supportive.


Jill Danen 

Additional Needs Educator

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


I’m married with 3 children and have an array of fur babies.  I enjoy going to the movies, the beach and keeping fit.

I like being a staff member at Staverton Kindy because we aim to create an environment where children feel safe, nurtured and cared for

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Sophia Bentley

AKHC Educator 

Cert III Early Childhood Education and Care


I have one dog who loves to think she’s a person. I love to play the ukulele on my free time as well as play games with my brother.


I  love working at Staverton Kindy because of the welcoming and warm community and because I attended the Kindy myself. 

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Christina Theodoratos

AKHC Coordinator and Additional Needs Educator

Diploma Early Childhood and Care

Hi I’m Ms Christina.

I love working with children and have been working in the afterschool/ kindy care sector for many years. My passions include anything artistic, creative, theatrical and anything to do with imagination, colour, patterns and designs. I love being able to bring this creativity to AKHC. I look forward to being part of your Staverton journey!

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Maddy Long

AKHC Coordinator and Additional Needs Educator

Diploma Early Childhood and Care

I am happiest when out and exploring in nature - including the forests, beaches and mountains with friends and family. Growing up in Northern NSW I explored many bush tracks and grew to love the environments and build a passion for sustainability. 


In my spare time I enjoy being creative with sewing, cooking, photography and drawing. I love listening to all types of music and believe a great song can start a great day ahead. 


I am very excited to be joining the team at Staverton and meeting all the families and children.

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