Our Staff

Educators

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
Educator
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
Educator
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
Educator
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.
Kiara Tanner
Educator
Currently studying her Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care, Kiara's interests include snow skiing, camping and she is also passionate about animals. Kiara believes that children learn through play and that each child is unique.
Mallory Freund
Educator
Currently studying her Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care, Mallory enjoys reading, sports and adventure. Mallory likes to learn new things and believes that children learn through experience and play.