Our Staff


Medowie Gumnut Preschool has achieved several awards since its establishment in 1992. Our most recent achievement has been under going assessment and achieving an overall rating of ‘Exceeding’ all National Quality Standards. 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 30 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.

Kiara Tanner

Holding 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.

Jessica Halliday

Currently studying her Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care, Jess is from Worimi country and is dedicated to showing younger generations their indigenous culture.

Jess aims to use wholistic teaching methods to enhance children's learning.