Meet the Team
Our commitment to the care, education and safety of your children is reflected in our team. We hire teachers and assistants who are well-versed in the best practices of early childhood education. Each member of our team nurtures each child in her care in a safe, supportive learning environment.
Team members receive ongoing training to continue their education and are evaluated throughout the year. Our team excels at stimulating children to learn and preparing them for future education. Our team is devoted to making each day fun and educational. Their dedication makes all the difference for your children.
Hi! My name is Paul and I am the Owner/Operator and Approved Provider of Kool Kidz @ Goods Shed Docklands. I hold a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Diploma in Education and have been an educator for the past 25 years. My journey in our industry began in 1996 when with Kathy my wife we opened our first service in the suburb of Oakleigh. The 17 years spent in our first service was a wonderful time, so when the opportunity became available to join the Kool Kidz family I did not hesitate.
At our service, I pride myself on the focus on quality and the importance of developing a strong culture of feedback and responsiveness. I value the importance of collaboration with the community and parents and believe that the more involved the parents are in their children’s education and centre life, the more it shows our children how truly important they are to us.
Hi, I’m Kathy Klisaris. Approved Provider.
I hold my Bachelor Degree in Education and Social Science and also hold a Diploma of Early Childhood Education.
I’m a mother of three grown children and have 17 years’ experience running our first service with Paul. I am truly passionate about all children having an equal start at life. I love my work and feel so lucky to come to work every day and have the privilege of working with our amazing staff, children and families.
I believe that by providing a safe, educational, stimulating and challenging environment children can truly achieve belonging and the sky’s the limits as to what they can become.
Our job is to inspire and facilitate curiosity and wonderment in all children and have them enjoy the moment and feel togetherness within the classroom while they are on their own educational journey.
Hi, my name is Tari and I am the Nominated Supervisor at Kool Kidz@ Goods Sheds Docklands. I hold a Diploma in Children’s Services and I joined this amazing service at the beginning of Paul and Kathy’s exciting Kool Kidz journey. I really look forward to working in partnership with you and your family.
I believe that all children are capable of learning from the day they are born and that children learn in all manner of environments. By providing open-ended activities, an environment that enhances individualism, love, respect and a feeling of security, children will flourish, develop and grow to their full potential, in their own time. I am excited to be part of the Kool Kidz Docklands team and I look forward to the countless opportunities to develop warm and caring relationships with all families and their amazing children.
Second Nominated Supervisor
Hi, my name is Emma and I am one of the nominated supervisor’s at Kool Kidz Docklands. I love coming to work every day and seeing all of the children put their own thoughts and imaginations into a variety of learning environments. I look forward to the challenges that being a nominated supervisor brings, and also look forward to extending on my own knowledge and skill set in an administration role.
My name is Tamara and I am the Educational Leader at Kool Kidz Docklands. I have been in the early childhood industry for 13 years and in that time I have worked as an early childhood assistant, a room leader and as a nanny. Currently, I am completing my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Swinburne University.
Early Childhood to me is about self-discovery, exploration, constructing knowledge, communication & developing a sense of self that will encourage decision making and choice. Children are capable of so many things and our role as educators is to guide, facilitate and build on their learning by providing them with the tools they need by implementing engaging, stimulating and appropriate learning experiences. It is important to me that children feel safe, nurtured, loved and have a sense of belonging in their environment to build confidence as they progress through childhood. My role as Educational Leader is to work alongside all educators to ensure that our children have the highest quality care, our educational program is about our children and for children and to encourage and reflect with our educators about our practices.
With all that said, the smiles, the new skills, the new words and the absolute the fun they have while doing all this learning is what I love to see. In the words of Albert Einstein, “Play is the highest form of research”.
Receptionist & Teacher
My name is Megan Leahy.
I hold and Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communication) and my Post Grad Diploma of Early Childhood Education.
I have 7 years diverse experience in the industry working as a nanny, assistant, Kinder Teacher, Educational Leader and Education Admin.
I believe that each child is completely special and unique has a point of view to offer.
My biggest passions in the industry are language and literacy and health and development. I believe that by providing children with language skills, it helps promote them to have meaningful interactions with everyone in their lives. It also gives them the confidence to communicate their wants, needs and be their most authentic self. I believe that that “ Your heath and your Wealth” and that’s most important for children to lead an active a healthy lifestyle as this will influence them later in life. I believe that by giving children the opportunity to enjoy outdoor play it not only promotes health and social skills but also promotes a connection with nature as well. These things invaluable in creating a well-rounded happy child.
I look forward to welcoming you to our service.
Snugglepots Room Leader
My name is Maria and I am the room leader the Snugglepots room. I am from the Philippines and moved to Australia in 2007. I speak Filipino and English. I achieved my Diploma in Children’s Services in 2012.
I have been working at Kool Kidz for two years. I moved into the Snugglepots room in 2016. I want to create an environment that is fun and exciting for all the babies and believe that this is an important age to start building a child’s character. I love working in a team to create learning experiences for the babies that will extend on their development and wellbeing.
Honeybees Room Leader
My name is Nianyou Wu. I have my Diploma of Children’s Services and have been working in the industry for 11 years.
My favourite things about working with children are seeing children’s natural growth and I enjoy the time learning from children as well.
I believe that children are active learners they see things differently and learn from their family, educators, environment and community.
I am passionate about providing quality care, safety and supporting children at various stages of their lives.
Beetlebugs Room Leader
My name is Lousie and I have 11 years experience as an early childhood educator and have completed my certificate 3 Children’s Services and have nearly completed my Diploma in Early Childhood Education as well.
My favourite thing about working in childcare is creating relationships with the children and their families and having the opportunity to watch children grow, learn and reach milestones. I believe children should have the opportunity to develop a sense of agency and be supported as they learn through play and daily routine.
I am passionate about being a positive, caring and nurturing educator in the industry.
Jitterbugs Room Leader
Hi, My name is Mouly Barua and I have a Diploma in Early Childhood. I have 3 years’ experience in the industry. My favourite thing about working in childcare is spending time and playing with the children. I believe that children are like flowers that need to bloom with proper love and care. I am passionate about all aspects of the industry.
Caterpillars Room Leader
My name is Aman, I have my Bachelor of Teaching from India and have recently completed my Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching in Australia.
My favourite thing about working with children is their openness and the joy they find in learning new things. As a mother, aunt and educator I am always amazed at the open hearts and minds that children have, that allow them to achieve their goals.
I am passionate about cultural studies and believe that there is a so much for children to learn and experience in the world around them.
Butterflies Room Leader and Kinder Teacher
Hello, I’m Aletheia . I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and my Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I am passionate about providing a nurturing environment for children that builds on their social and emotional wellbeing. I believe that children learn best when they feel valued and respected , and each child is unique with strengths and interests of their own. I endeavour to provide opportunities for play based learning , child – led learning that piques curiosity and imagination.
Originally from Singapore , I am bilingual in English and Mandarin , I hope to bring an added dimension of cultural awareness to the room.
My name is Julie and I have a Bachelor and Masters in Education and a Diploma in Early Childhood.
My favourite thing about working with children is seeing big smiles on little faces and watching children grow and become engrossed in the many activities and experience here at Kool Kidz every day. I believe that children are our future and that they are big thinkers. It’s up to us to unpack their thoughts and curiosity about the world we live in and ultimately shaping their lives to love what is good, true and beautiful.
I am passionate about every aspect of education as I believe that education is the key to a positive change in the world.