257 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132
(03) 9874 2132

Teachers

At Dr. Stanley Cochrane Memorial Kindergarten we have four very experienced, qualified and dedicated staff. 

Desiree Kinnes

Desiree Kinnes is the teacher of our four year old group and our Educational Leader. In her role as Educational Leader,  Desiree affirms and inspires our kinder’s programs and practices,  and is responsible for providing support, whilst mentoring and encouraging educational growth opportunities for all our staff.  She was born in South Africa and moved here with her family when she was 12 years old. She lives in Belgrave with her husband Josh and boys, Kaizer and Taj.  She has a genuine love for children and is very passionate about building relationships not only with children but with their families and the greater community. Desiree enjoys cooking and spending quality time with family and friends.

Stephanie Mach

Stephanie joined our team in 2018 and has experience in a similar non-for-profit, family committee run, sessional kindergarten in Richmond where she taught for 5 years. She has experience teaching both 3YO’s and 4YO’s and holds a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and also a Diploma of Visual Arts.  Stephanie has an interest towards Education for Sustainability and learning about the natural world with children. She values the importance of establishing positive and meaningful partnerships with families and educators and building warm, responsive and close relationships with children. She also strives for working in an environment that is culturally inclusive and encourages every child to reach their full potential.
In her spare time she enjoys making floral arrangements, walking her dog Reuben at Warrandyte river and visiting her parent’s at their property on the Mornington Peninsula, where she recently got married.

Sharyn Nash

Sharyn Nash is our Certified Supervisor and is a Co-Educator in the four-year-old group. Sharyn commenced working at Dr. Stanley Cochrane Memorial Kindergarten in 2005, previously working in the Childcare sector for many years. Sharyn finds working with the children very rewarding and as the kinder year progresses she is always amazed at the growth in the childrens' confidence, skills and abilities. Sharyn feels very privileged and honoured to be able to play a small part in helping to prepare the children for their next big adventure.

Sharyn is married to Peter and they have two adult daughters, Jessica Lee and Laura. Tilly, their little dog is also a part of their family. Sharyn enjoys taking Tilly for walks, reading, trying out new recipes and catching up with friends for coffee or dinner.

Olivia Johnson

Olivia joined our kinder in 2015 as the Co-Educator to the three-year-old group and is also the Co-Educator in the four-year-old group. This has made for a seamless transition into the four-year-old group with our returning children. Olivia has completed her Masters in teaching, and is a passionate and enthusiastic Educator. Olivia has a special interest in the environment and facilitates many of our wonderful environmental programs at the kindergarten.