Our People

Meet Our Educators
  • Our educators pride themselves in delivering high-quality play-based educational experiences as well as foundational skills for everyday life
    • Kyi Smith
      Kindy and Daycare Educator

      Kyi Smith

      Kindy and Daycare Educator

      My name is Kyi and I turn 18 this year, I was born in Theodore and have moved around Queensland throughout my life, but now have settled in Theodore permanently after finishing grade 12 in 2020. I enjoy camping and exploring new places. I have two younger siblings aged 2 and 8 which has given me hands on experience, as well as baby sitting gigs while I was completing high school. I have a strong passion for working with kids and this year will be working to complete my Certificate III in early childcare education. In the next couple of years I hope to work towards becoming a primary school teacher.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Studiyng Certificate III in Early Childcare Education
      • Class Educator:
        Kindy and Daycare
      • What do I love most about TECCA:
        Being able to get to know each child individually and watch and help them grow and learn
      • My Hobby:
        Camping and exploring new places
    • Julie Kucks
      Kindy Assistant

      Julie Kucks

      Kindy Assistant

      My name is Julie Kucks or Mrs Julie to the children. I was born in Theodore and raised on the family farm south of Theodore. I met and married my husband in Theodore and our four children were born in Theodore so I think you could call me a local. When I’m not at Tecca, I like to spend time with family and believe family should always come first. I now have three beautiful grandchildren and I love every moment I have with them. I also work on our farm and enjoy time in my garden.

      While raising our four children I worked on a casual/relief basis at Tecca before taking a more permanent role in 2014. I have worked in every position at the centre from director to cleaner/grounds keeper and know how important the centre is for the community and visa versa because without dedicated staff, hardworking committees and community support we would not have a centre. Currently, I am working 5 days a fortnight as Kindy assistant and never tire of being here for the children and watching them grow and learn – so precious!

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Diploma of Early Childhood Education
      • Class Educator:
        Kindy
      • What do I love most about TECCA:
        Being able to watch children grow and learn
      • My Hobby:
        Spending time with my family and working in the garden
    • Bobbi Joyce
      Day Care Assistant

      Bobbi Joyce

      Day Care Assistant

      Hi, My name is Bobbi Joyce, I have lived in the Theodore area for the past 12years. I grew up in Biloela where I completed my schooling and also a Certificate 3 in Hairdressing, From there I moved to the Northern Territory for a few years where I worked as a Cabin Attendant flying around the Top End, WA & Indonesia.

      In 2009 my Husband (Dan) and I moved back to the Theodore area to help work on his families Santa Gertrudis Stud for a few years before purchasing our own property. Dan and I alongside our 2 boys Logan and Jake who are 8 & 6 years old run a commercial breeder (cattle) herd and also a Diesel Mechanic business. In my spare time you might find me Show jumping, Water skiing, Running, Instructing at Theodore Pony Club or helping coach at the U6’s for the Theodore Jnr Roosters Footy club.

      I get great enjoyment out of working with young children, whether it be making sandcastle in a sand pit, swinging on a swing or racing them around a concrete track on a small pedal bike, so when the opportunity became available to work at Theodore Early Childhood Centre and to complete a Diploma in Early Childhood – I thought “Why Not, I’ll give that a go, it sounds like a lot of fun”.

      I really look forward to working 5 days a fortnight at TECCA (Daycare) with all your wonderful children it will be fantastic to see them all Playing, interacting and Having FUN!

      Exciting Times Ahead!

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Studying Diploma of Early Childhood Education
      • Class Educator:
        Day Care
      • What do I love most about TECCA:
        Having fun plays with kids
      • My Hobby:
        Running; Water skiing; Horse riding
    • Teigan Hunter
      Kindy Educator

      Teigan Hunter

      Kindy Educator

      My name is Teigan and I am a graduate teacher who has recently completed my Bachelor of Education. I am very excited to be relocating from the Sunshine Coast to Theodore to begin my teaching career.

      I have lived locally on the Sunshine Coast since I was 7 years old. I come from the large family of six daughters which moved to the coast from Armidale, New South Wales.

      I am very passionate about teaching and have come from Early Childhood Education background. I have worked for 7 years in an Early Childhood setting, beginning as an assistant educator while upskilling and working in the position of lead educator for 3 years. I came to Theodore with my own little family which includes my husband Richard and my nearly 4 year old son Noah. Noah is attending TECCA and is very excited to play with his new friends.

      My role as a Teacher: is all about becoming a constructor, learner, question poser, listener, hypothesiser and creator. As the teacher it is important to create an engaging environment where children have a strong sense of belonging and community. A place where children feel free to be an individual and express themselves. I see it as my responsibility to get to know my learners and ensure that I teach to accommodate all learning styles. My goal is to have a positive impact on each child and assist with shaping the young minds of today.

      What I believe: I believe children learn best when they have a strong connection to the curriculum. Children should feel heard and have opportunities to explore the idea they have about the world. Children should be encouraged to inquire and develop risk taking within their learning.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
      • Class Educator:
        Kindy
      • What do I love most about TECCA:
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      • My Hobby:
        Nature walks, Music, Socialising and Spending time with my family at the beach or park
    • Melissa Anderson
      Day Care Lead Educator

      Melissa Anderson

      Day Care Lead Educator
      Hi I’m Melissa Anderson. Known to most as Mel or the little people, Miss Mel. I am the Lead educator for Daycare at TECCA.
      I live on a property with my husband John and our three girls, Sarah, Sophie and Matilda. I enjoy playing sports – tennis, touch footy, netball, volleyball and swimming, cooking and photography. My favourite colour is pink. I Love spending time with my family, getting out and about mustering and other jobs that need doing along with holidays to the beach.
      I moved to Theodore in 2009 to Nanny for a family on a property outside of Theodore. I was there for two years before taking on the Directors position at TECCA. I started at TECCA in 2011 as the Director/Lead Educator. I have worked here over the past 10 years on and off as Director but mainly as Lead Educator. I have taken time off during this period to have my own children before returning back to work.
      I have a passion for children and enjoy watching them grow, develop and evolve in to their own little characters. I admire children’s honesty, creativity, resilience, strength and determination. Knowing that my job is to help children reach their potential and assist and enhance their development is quite rewarding.
      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Diploma of Early Childcare Education
      • Class Educator:
        Daycare
      • What do I love most about TECCA:
        Watching kids grow, develop and evolve in to their own little characters
      • My Hobby:
        Spending time with my family, Holidays on the beach, Cooking, Photography, Footy, Netball, Volleyball and Swimming
    • Janelle Church
      Nominated Supervisor

      Janelle Church

      Nominated Supervisor

      My name is Janelle Church and I am the Nominated Supervisor here at TECCA.  I grew up in the small community of Topaz on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland where my family owned and operated a Tea Farm.  I am still very new to Theodore, having moved here almost 2 years ago due to my husband Gabe’s work.  We are also lucky enough to have 3 beautiful children Summer, Phoebe and Royce.

      Our lives are filled with far too many hobbies with the girls loving to compete in Pony Club, the boys off and about with motocross and football, and the entire family enjoying waterskiing. We are also very excited to start renovations on our new home so life won’t be slowing down anytime soon!

      I commenced at Tecca in July 2020 and can honestly say I am loving working here. We have such a wonderful group of people with both our staff and committee members. However, as nice as they are, they can’t compete with those cheeky, smiling, little faces that peer over the gate and into the office each day!

      Personal Info:
      • Position:
        Nominated Supervisor
      • What do I love most about TECCA:
        Seing cheeky, little faces ?????
      • My Hobby:
        Horses, Water Skiing