Meet Our

We are a community operated kindergarten that welcomes and encourages family participation and involvement in our program.

Our vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. Play is the work of the child (Maria Montessori). Our teachers guide children’s play experiences by carefully designing learning experiences and activities exploring the foundations of the Early Years Learning Development Framework.

Kristen Mazzoletti


I have been working with preschool children both in long day care and preschool for over 15 years.  I have always felt an immense satisfaction in being instrumental in a child’s development, as they practice and achieve the skills required for school and indeed for life! 
I think the most important part of my professional role as a preschool Educator is supporting and guiding children to achieve their very best. One of the favourite parts of my day is being greeted every morning with the children’s smiling faces. Who can say they start their workday like that?! I look forward to meeting your child and getting to know your family.

Robyn MacRedmond


I initially qualified with a Bachelor of Education in Primary school in Tasmania, and worked as a Primary Teacher for many years in Tasmania, London and Dublin. I then returned to Uni to complete a second degree in Early Childhood teaching. I started my journey with Crossway Preschool in 2019 as the Wombat 4 year old teacher.

I am a passionate about the early years and I draw on my extensive experience as a primary teacher to ensure the children attending our kindergarten have the both the emotional and developmental skills to succeed at school from day one. As educators, our job is to provide an environment where children feel supported and safe as they develop a love for learning. I have raised three children of my own and I draw on my own experiences as a mother to guide my teaching and help children to be the best version of themselves.

Martine Spurrier

Teacher Wombat 4YO Group

Fondly known as “Miss Martine” I started working at Crossway Preschool in 2009 as the 3yo and 4yo teacher. Initially trained in primary education, I quickly realised my passion was in early education and now hold a dual degree. After 15+ years of teaching I find the children still teach me something new every day. I am reminded how lucky we are as educators to spend this time with your children nurturing their development.

I am a creative soul and enjoy helping children to find what they love at kindergarten and uncover their unique personalities. As a mum of a teenage boy I am reminded every day how special this time is and how quickly children grow. Our team value the time spent with your children and make every moment count.

Annette Lavati


I began working at Crossway Preschool in 2018. With 20+ years of Early Childhood experience, there is not a day that goes by that I am not fascinated by a child’s innocent and carefree approach to life and learning. Children remind me of how precious and uncomplicated life can be and I use this to guide their learning.

With a smile I welcome everyone at the door, building important relationships with families as I work in partnership to meet the needs of each child. I believe that building respectful and warm relationships with families creates a sense of belonging. Watching children grow and develop throughout the year provides me with so much joy and a sense of satisfaction as they leave kindergarten as happy and confident little learners.

Michelle Fernandez


I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education. The journey of becoming a teacher has been such a rewarding experience, and it is an honour to witness children becoming confident and independent learners. I believe each child is wonderfully created, powerful, capable and full of curiosity about the world.

I am passionate about seeing all children reach their full potential as individuals and value what each of them bring to the group. I enjoy getting to know all the children and families as well as the liveliness and colour within the world of preschool.

I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know all the children and families at Crossway Preschool.

Heather Forster

Sports coach 4YO Group

Fondly known by all the children as ‘Sports Heather’s I am never too far away from the outdoor area with a ball or bat in my hand. I love everything active and I use my own passion for sport to foster a child’s love of movement by giving them opportunities to succeed at all things active.

Whether it be music, games or obstacle courses I encourage children to get active, try new games and build their social skills. I play with the children in an effort to develop their coordination and sense of self. I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to teach this highly valued perceptual motor program at Brighton Baptist Kindergarten since 2003.


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