Our People

The Director of the Centre, Paula Papanicolaou, holds the following qualifications:

  • Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Child Care)
  • Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Paula also lectures at Holmesglen TAFE in the area of Children's Services
  • Educational Leader of the service

The Centre employs qualified and experienced staff who design and implement developmentally appropriate programs for the children in their care. Essex Heights Juniors has employed staff who have a genuine desire to work with children, enjoy their work, show love, warmth and understanding to each individual child, are actively involved in children’s play and routines and will nurture the well-being of the child physically and emotionally at all times. 

Our Staff

Paula Papanicolaou

Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services

Diploma of Community Services ( Child Care)

Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training

Arthur Papanicolaou

Certificate 3 in Children’s Services

Jane Kim

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Educational Leader

Sofie Diamantopoulos

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Sandra Lioe

Masters of Teaching (Primary & Early Childhood)

Jessica Vakulcyzk

Diploma of Children’s Services

Monica Basa

Diploma of Children’s Services

Vicki Ross

Diploma of Children’s Services

Katrina Lee

Diploma of Children’s Services

Sarah Goh

Studying Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Lydia Jensen

Diploma of Children’s Services

Su Szen Yeah

Studying Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary)

Kayla Erzetic

Studying Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Chelsea Bransden

Studying Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Madolyn Lee

Studying Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Michaela Straw

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Cici Pan

Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)

Laura Mc Leod

Diploma in Children's Services

Nadeeka Perera

Certificate III in Children’s Services

Liezl Embido

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Lara Groves

Diploma in Children’s Services

Keleni Vea

Diploma in Children’s Services

Zoi Psomiadis

Certificate III in Children’s Services

Nicole Theodorakopoulos

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Studying Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Saurabh Dhawan

Advanced Diploma in Commercial Cookery

Diploma in Hotel Management