Our Team

MandiMiss Mandi 

Director

Miss Mandi has attained her Diploma of Early Childhood Education, Diploma of Nursing (RN) and Diploma of Beauty Therapy. Mandi and her husband Pete have been in Early Childhood Education for almost 20 years, they have 3 children who have grown up in the industry and are now all in their late 20's.

Mandi has always been engaged in artistic pursuits, as well as her Nursing and beauty therapy careers. She found Yoga and meditation and has taught Yoga for a number of years as well as having a diligent practice.

Mandi passionately believes that children who start learning literacy and numeracy in the early years of life, build a strong self-esteem and self-concept and continue to excel throughout their school years and beyond. "All people should have the opportunity to be supported, educated, and loved from the time they draw their first breath until they take their last". 

Since arriving in Castle Hill in 2013, to take over The Discovery House Preschool, Mandi has seen the positive effects that have been achieved by the passionate and professional staff at the Preschool. 

MaddyMiss Maddy

Enrolments & Administration 

Maddy Joined the Discovery House Team, full-time in 2018. She has come to the TDH Group from a Human Resources corporate background.

Maddy is a wonderful asset to our team, as she has been around the childcare industry since she was 8 years old and has a very clear understanding of the industry and how it works. During her high school holidays and Uni semester breaks Maddy has worked in a number of the other Centres, coordinating the office and management, as well as assisting on the floor as required pre-2014. She has worked and supported a family owned 90 place LDC Centre, with 30 before and after school care places, until it was sold in 2014, which is a testament to her excellent organisational skills.

Maddy has brought The Discovery House Preschool into the 21st Century, and the Preschool is now completely online, offering a simple and seamless communication service with our families. You are able to access The Discovery House Preschool Castle Hill, on Facebook, Instagram, through our new Website, and parent secure portals.

Maddy has commenced her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and is hoping to complete this in 2019. 

Miss Michelle

Education Leader
Room Leader: Lady Bugs

Miss Michelle is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher currently holding a Bachelors of Teaching (Birth to 5 years) and is currently studying towards her Bachelors of Education (Primary) and Psychology. Miss Michelle has come to us with a wealth of knowledge, having been a room leader for the ages 2 - 5 years for the past five years, as well as assisting in the running of a 72 place centre.  

Michelle's teaching philosophy follows intentional teaching and hands-on learning, which is aligned with that of The Discovery House. She knows how important it is to equip each individual child with the right tools, to prepare them for school and the life they are going to lead. She is focused on ensuring every child is socially, emotionally, physically supported throughout their time at TDH. Every child is unique and she aims to create an environment tailored to each individual child, family and their needs.
 
“…The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”- Dr. Seuss

JanMiss Jan

Room Leader: Bumble Bees (Monday & Tuesday)

Miss Jan is the heart of The Discovery House, having been with the centre since she started in childcare in 1995. Mss Jan’s incredible energy and passion for developing children’s early learning is infectious! She has a natural ability to settle the young Bumble Bees when they take their first steps into preschool and make them feel safe and secure in their environment, allowing for them to find their confidence and express themselves. Jan has a Diploma in Children’s Services and is room leader of the Bumble Bee’s Monday and Tuesday.

Jan’s passion for growing the foundation of children's learning is evident, she enjoys being part of a team, building friendships and strong bonds. She values having close ties to the community and loves bumping into past Discovery House children, as it shows the centre has made an impact in their lives. Jan’s two sons graduated from The Discovery House preschool and family is an important part of her life. 

Miss Erin

Room Leader: Big Bumble Bees (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

Miss Erin is a Diploma trained educator who has worked across all age groups in the early childhood industry. Miss Erin joined the Discovery House this year after working for the last 17 years at a long daycare centre, during these years she has been a room leader of all age groups and enjoys working as a part of a warm and friendly team. 

Miss Erin’s teaching philosophy is that she believes each child is an individual and should feel safe and secure while under our care. Miss Erin enjoys finding out what makes each of your children unique and working with them to discover who they are and what they love to do. Through this Miss Erin provides a program that not only supports their joy but also challenges them to try new things and discover the fun in trying new things.  

At the end of your child’s time here with Miss Erin, we hope that they are well-rounded individuals who will be well equipped with the confidence and all the tools for a successful life ahead. 

GillianMiss Gillian 

Room Educator

Miss Gillian joined The Discovery House Team in 2016 after the youngest of her two daughters graduated from the Discovery House Preschool.

Gillian works across the Lady Bug and Bumble Bee rooms. She is able to engage the children of all ages and inspires the children to do their best work while having a playful and fun day. 

Her incredible creative gift coupled with her desire for perfection has led the whole team to further our creativity, which has influenced the children as well. We are seeing amazing educational craft being produced by all the age groups and the 4-5-year-old, Ladybugs group is benefiting greatly from Miss Gillian’s wonderful innovative educational craft.

Gillian is working towards her Diploma qualification in Child Services, which she will finish before the end of 2019.

We are very fortunate to have Gillian on our team, she is a wonderful educator and we believe she has found her calling here at The Discovery House. I know the children all agree with us, that Gillian inspires joy, fun and laughter.

Miss Triona

Room Educator

Introduction coming soon :)

JennyMiss Jenny

Room Educator

Miss Jenny joined The Discovery House Preschool in 2016, bringing to the Bumble Bee’s room a wealth of skills from teaching in China. Jenny has a Certificate III in Children’s Services and is passionate about teaching and giving children the tools to grow their confidence and self-esteem through learning. In 2019 Jenny has commenced her studies in completing her Diploma in Child's Services and is expected to be completed this in early 2020.

Jenny is a mother of one boy, and one girl and when not teaching loves spending time with friends. She is fluent in Mandarin, a language taught to the children of The Discovery House. 

LindaMiss Linda

Room Educator

Miss Linda has been with The Discovery House since 2016 and has a Certificate III in Children’s Services. Prior to the Discovery House, Linda taught children in years four and five English in China, she brings these teaching skills to the Bumble Bee’s room. Linda is fluent in Mandarin and enjoys teaching the children Chinese songs and greetings. 

Linda is a mother of two boys and loves hiking, cycling and playing badminton with her children. Now her children have grown up, she loves working with young children and watching them grow. 

StephanieMiss Stephanie 

Room Educator

Miss Stephanie joined The Discovery House family in 2018 as a Trainee and in 2019 has completed her Certificate III in Children's Education and Care. We are thrilled that Stephanie will be commencing her Diploma studies in 2020. Stephanie is fantastic with the children in both the Lady Bugs and Bumble Bee’s rooms and will be assisting Miss Michelle, Miss Jan and Miss Erin across the week. She commenced her career in childcare in 2017 and we look forward to seeing her grow at The Discovery House. 

Stephanie has younger siblings that inspired her to pursue childcare as she loved teaching them, watching them learn and grow.