257 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132
(03) 9874 2132


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

Desiree Kinnes

Desiree Kinnes is our Director and teacher of our four-year-old program. Desiree has a Bachelor of Education and has previous experience in both Long Day Care settings and sessional kindergarten. She is married and has two little boys, Kaizer and Taj. Desiree has a genuine love for children and is passionate about building relationships not only with children, but with their families and the greater community.

Kerry Cardwell

Kerry Cardwell is our teacher of the three-year-old program. Kerry has been a kindergarten teacher for many years and enjoys reading, cooking, bush camping and holidays with her family.  Kerry joined us in 2017, to continue her love and passion - caring for and educating young children.

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.