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Our Team

Mary-Ann Rizzo, Director

With over 20 years of experience working as an Early Childhood Teacher within the sector, Mary-Ann brings professionalism, insight and expertise to the role of Director at PLC Sydney Preschools.

Throughout her career, Mary-Ann has worked in a director’s role in both long daycare and preschools. Mary-Ann has also used her expert knowledge as a Trainer Assessor for TAFE NSW where she taught the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Mary-Ann is passionate about early childhood and enriching children’s sense of curiosity, investigation and inquiry.

Nicola King, Early Childhood Teacher

Nicola has 11 years experience working in the early childhood sector. She recognises that young children are curious and enthusiastic learners and understands the importance of bringing patience and a sense of humour to the classroom to ensure children are kept engaged in the daily activities. Nicola builds strong relationships with colleagues, children and families based on trust, understanding, respect and enthusiasm.

Leah Balding, Early Childhood Co-Educator

Leah is one of our co-educators. Leah is one of our co-educators. She comes to the early childhood sector having studied and obtained both her Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Birth -12 years). Leah is passionate about inclusive learning and ensuring that all our children are given the best opportunities to develop and grow. She particularly values building strong relationships with children in order to promote their confidence and learning.

Sunny Sun, Early Childhood Teacher

Sunny has been working with children for over 8 years and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. She is a passionate educator and bilingual in Mandarin and English. Sunny is a mother to two primary school aged children and shares a determination for learning as she completes her final semester of her Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).

Tanya Mankarios, Early Childhood Teacher

Tanya holds a Bachelor of Education and has worked in both the primary and early childhood sectors. Having experience in both areas gives Tanya a unique understanding about how to best prepare our Preschoolers for ‘big school’. Providing children with an opportunity to learn and grow through play is one of the core tenets of Tanya’s educational philosophy. She believes in a holistic approach where children learn through their interactions with families, teachers, peers and the environment. Tanya is an avid reader and loves reading across a wide range of genres and authors.

Sabrina Dai, Early Childhood Co-Educator

Maternity Position until the end of 2022. Sabrina has worked in the Early Childhood sector for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Sabrina’s passions lie in building positive relationships with children, and families, as well as supporting children to reach their fullest potential. Sabrina is trilingual, speaking English, Mandarin and Korean. Fitness and baking are interests that Sabrina enjoys engaging in. Sabrina currently holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and is studying a Bachelor of Education (Birth - 5 years).

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