Our Staff


Medowie Gumnut Preschool has achieved several awards since its establishment in 1992. We have been awarded “2014 Trainee of the Year in Children’s Services”, overall “Trainee of The Year – Hunter Region”, and runner up for “2016 Trainee of the Year – Children’s Services”. Gumnuts has also been given an award for the “Small Green Steps” for Sustainability Program – Level 3.

Sharon Hales
Director & Educational Leader
Sharon holds a Bachelor of Education. She is a mother of 2, enjoys horse riding, the beach, camping, photography, boating and snow skiing. With over 27 years of teaching experience, she is the Owner/Director of Medowie Gumnut Preschool.
Mikaylah Hales
Mikaylah holds a Certificate 3 and Diploma in Child Care. She values acceptance, a sense of belonging for each child, play, as an integral part of early childhood learning to develop the whole child, potential of each child and staff, partnerships with families, staff and our community.  
Kirstin Walker
Kirstin holds a Diploma of Children Services. She likes to create a fun, exciting, mind stimulating, safe and caring atmosphere for each child and believes the most important years of a child's life is 0-5.
Kylie Hayter
Kylie holds a Certificate 3 and Diploma in Child Care. She has a 7 year old son and has lived in Medowie for the past 25 years. She enjoys spending time with her son, going on crazy adventures, and loves the colour pink.
Aleisha Wade
Currently studying her Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care, Aleisha's interests include fine art, textiles and she is also passionate about the environment. Aleisha believes that learning is limitless when children are given confidence to express themselves.
Jessica Petryk
Jessica holds a Certificate 3 in children's services and has completed a Bachelor of Social Work with Distinction. Jessica values honesty, respect, compassion and integrity and believes in each persons potential and unique strengths.