Our Team

Our experienced team welcomes and supports each child’s ideas, experiences and understandings in a learning environment which values play. We work together with each child and their family unit to encourage a child’s disposition to learn and create.

We are fortunate to have highly qualified and experienced team. All team members hold current first aid certificates and participate in various professional development activities such as workshops and conferences.

Sharon Kemp

Director of the Kindergarten and Educational Leader of the Bees Group (Mon – Wed)

B. Ed/Early Childhood (Hons), Blue Card, First Aid and CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Training 

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Sharon is a passionate early childhood teacher with extensive international training in Reggio inspired learning environments, Danish and UK forest schools. She has over 20 years experience in Early Childhood (16 years with C&K) and over 10 years as a qualified teacher. Since joining Banks Street Kindy, she has also been juggling a Masters in Education, which she is close to completing, and has started working with ACU as a tertiary placement supervisor.

Sharon has the ability to facilitate an inclusive, calm and vibrant learning space for children and families. Her teaching practice has strong connections to building a sense of community and nature education. Sharon believes family and friends are a strong foundation in maintaining a healthy work life balance. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys gardening, crochet, art and volunteering.

“I am inspired by the knowledge and diversity each of us bring to our community kindergarten. I believe in education for a sustainable future by learning and teaching in, with and about nature, to nurture connections to the world we live in.” – Sharon Kemp

Kim Crisp

Dedicated Supervisor and Educational Leader of the Butterflies Group (Thurs/Fri)

B. Ed/Early Childhood (Hons), Blue Card, First Aid and CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Training

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Kim joined Banks St Kindy at the start of 2018. She has over 25 years of working in early childhood programs. Prior to joining Banks Street Kindy, Kim taught in kindergartens, schools and long day centres.   Kim’s teaching practice has a strong focus on the interconnectedness between social skill development and children’s cognition and learning.  The concepts of kindness and respect are explored throughout the year in the kindergarten program.

When she is not at Kindy, Kim works as a research assistant in the School of Early Childhood at QUT.  She is currently part of a research project that is exploring exemplary practices in early childhood education.

“I believe that childhood is a place to be, a place to stop and smell the roses. In our busy world, where there is so much emphasis on preparing for the next challenge, it’s important that we remember to enjoy the present, the magic of childhood and all of the wonder and learning that comes with it” – Kim Crisp

Melissa Calkin

Assistant Educator for the Bees and Butterflies Groups

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Diploma Child Services, Blue Card, First Aid and CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma training

Melissa joined our Kindy in 2018 and is now the Assistant Educator for both the Bees and the Butterflies Groups.

Melissa has over 20 years experience working in a variety of Early Childhood settings and since 2010 has worked in a variety of roles in Kindergartens.

“It’s great to join the team at Banks Street Kindy.  I have many years experience working in early childhood settings in a range of roles and I am also a mother of two children – Grace and Louis. I love taking time just to visit a creek, sit in nature or go bushwalking. I look forward to getting to know all of the children and their parents/carers throughout the year.” – Melissa Calkin

Dena Wright

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Assistant Educator for the Bees Group – every second Wednesday

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

We are excited to welcome Dena to the Banks St Kindy family! Dena has many years of experience working in various positions in the early childhood sector. She is extremely passionate about working within the early years, supporting young children to develop and maintain strong concepts about themselves as capable and successful life-long learners.

“I believe that all children have the right to be treated with respect and to feel safe at all times. One of the many joys of my job is helping children to develop a sense of belonging by supporting them to engage in all aspects of the Kindy environment.” – Dena Wright

Kath Reilly

Artist-in-Residence / “Kath the Artist Lady”

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B. Fine Arts, EN and Blue Card 

Our multi-talented Kath holds a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in Illustration QCA 2000, as well as having a background in nursing and childcare. Kath began working at Banks Street Kindy 2007 facilitating group artworks for the Annual Art Show. She is an incredible Artist and communicates so well with the children, enlightening them to the wonders that surround us, and teaching them how to describe their ideas verbally and through art.

 “Why I love working here? At Banks Street Kindy I am always overjoyed to see how much the children (and their families) are supported – as a community, as individuals and in a creative capacity. I love seeing the children share ideas and explore problems together. It’s a home away from home and a pleasure to work with such a positive and knowledgable team.” – Kath Reilly

Elizabeth Oliver

Administrative Assistant,  Tuesday and Friday mornings, 8.30am, – 1.00pm

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B. Business, MA Professional Accounting, Blue Card

Elizabeth is our exceptionally qualified Admin Assistant and go-to girl for almost any question. She is inspired by everyone she comes into contact with an enjoys a chat.

Elizabeth started at Banks Street Kindy in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Hospitality Management, and a Masters of Professional Accounting.

Elizabeth brightens every room she is in and is an all round good chook, and an incredible asset to the Kindy.