Meet our Educators


Jackie Raine
4 Year Old Teacher and Centre Director

Jackie joined the staff at Donvale Preschool in 2009 as the Centre Director and 4 year old teacher. Jackie commenced teaching in 1996 after completing her Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, she returned to complete her Post Graduate Diploma of Education / Early Childhood Psychology in 1999.  Jackie has been teaching for over 20 years and has a passion for working with children with challenging behaviors and additional needs. She feels very passionate about the children and families she works with and strives to work collaboratively with them throughout the year.


Kate Ferguson
3 Year Old Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Clare Gooding
4 Year Old Teacher

Clare joined Donvale Preschool in 2015. She graduated in 2009 from Monash University and has since taught both three and four year old kinder groups within the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. Clare currently teaches the children in the long day four year old class (Green Group). She is passionate about creating engaging and creative play spaces that inspire learning.


Ann Gvalda
Assistant to the 4 Year Olds

Ann commenced at Donvale Preschool in 2003 and has worked as a kinder assistant in both the three and four year old groups for the last 14 years. She enjoys getting to know the children and their families. She is a talented guitar player and enjoys playing her guitar and sharing her love of music with the children.

"Donvale is a wonderful environment to work in, with dedicated teachers who nurture and encourage the children to reach their full potential. We have an extensive playground which allows the children to explore and learn." Ann Gvalda

Anne-Marie Anderson
Assistant to the 3 Year Olds

Anne-Marie joined Donvale Preschool in 2015. Anne-Marie has enjoyed working as a Kindergarten Assistant for the last nine years at a variety of kindergartens, including a position as an Inclusions Aid for hearing impaired children. Anne-Marie has completed her Certificate III in Children's Services.

Anne-Marie loves working with children, sharing their special moments at kinder, while helping them feel safe and secure, as they explore and learn all the wonderful things there are, about being 4 years old.


Thilani Abeywickrema
Assistant to the 4 Year Olds

Thilani joined Donvale Preschool in 2017, as our Diploma Trained Educator in our long day class. Thilani has a passion for cooking and gardening which she loves to share with the children.


Staff / Child Ratios

4 Year olds - up to 22 children with 1 Teacher & 1 Assistant Educator and/or up to 28 children with 1 Teacher & 2 Assistant Educators
3 Year olds - up to 22 children with 1 Teacher & 1 Assistant Educator

(plus parent helpers for each session)

In addition to their qualifications, all educators on site currently hold:
– Level 2 First Aid
– Asthma Training
– Anaphylaxis Training
– Fire Safety Training
– Child Protection / Safety Training