St Mary MacKillop
Early Learning Centres

Meet our Centre Directors

Amanda Wassman

Director, St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre MUNDINGBURRA

Hi, my name is Mandy, I have recently taken on the position as Director of St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre, Mundingburra in January 2017.

I currently hold an Advanced Diploma of Children's Services. I first started at our centre in October 2005 in a casual capacity, then accepted a Lead Educator Position of the Senior Toddler room in 2006. After 10 years in that position, I have now decided to embark on this new journey as Director.

I believe that every child is a unique individual and each are gifted with varying abilities.  Play is the foundation for children’s learning and through interactions within their environment and guidance by adults, children will learn new skills whilst enhancing older ones.  Like Freud, it is my belief that when a child feels successful it encourages them to try new things as they grow in confidence.  I endeavour to provide a welcoming environment where children and families from different cultural backgrounds feel welcomed and accepted.  I believe that family is the most important and influential part of a child’s life.  For this reason families are encouraged to participate in the child’s room and centre activities.

I look forward to welcoming you to our centre.

Jackie Twist 

Director, St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre KIRWAN

My name is Jackie Twist and I am the Director of St Mary MacKillop ELC Kirwan. I have worked in the child care industry for nearly 30 years in many different parts of the world, including England, Africa Germany, Brunei and my latest adventure was to Papua New Guinea.

I first joined St Mary MacKillop in 2005 as a Lead Educator and progressed through to Director over a 10 year span. In 2015 I left this amazing centre to join my husband in Papua New Guinea to embark on another new journey.

Returning as the Director of St Mary MacKillop ELC Kirwan it is my aim to provide an environment that is warm, nurturing and educational for children, whilst being respectful and supportive of families within the community.

I believe the experiences that I have been involved in over the years has expanded my childcare knowledge and has given me a greater understanding of children’s needs and their development. Each child will learn and develop at their own pace and it is our role to support, guide, encourage, excite and nurture these children who are after all our future.

I look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful centre.

Amanda Spoto

Director, St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre RASMUSSEN  

Hello, my name is Amanda Spoto and as the Director of Rasmussen I would like to extend a warm welcome for you to come and view our centre.

I discovered my passion for early years learning after I had my first child, which now I have three young beautiful children of my own and they surprise me every day with their new discoveries.

As the Director of the Rasmussen centre it is my goal to give full support to families, communities and co-workers, as we provide an engaged, safe, secure and positive place for children to learn and grow.

Personally I believe the early years of a child’s life are critical in building the child’s self-identity as well as engaging and exploring new ideas and concepts that they will use as the foundation for growth in years to come.

I have worked in St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centres since 2011. I began my St Mary MacKillop journey at the Kirwan centre and more recently at Rasmussen as the Director. I hold a Diploma in Children Services.

I look forward in meeting you at St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre, Rasmussen.

Sarah Floyd 

Director, St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre INGHAM

My name is Sarah Floyd and I am the Director at St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre Ingham. I have worked in the Childcare Industry for 10 years. During this time and through completing my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, I have gained lots of knowledge and experience in all aspects of early childhood care and education.

I have two beautiful children of my own and love watching them learn and grow. I believe that the first five years of children's lives are the most important and children should be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential. It is also my belief that all children are unique and should be treated with dignity and respect.

As Director it is my responsibility to make our centre a safe and welcoming place for all children. With the support of our educators our centre provides an environment for children to learn through play, real life experiences and routine.Our centre also provides children with the opportunity to develop their spirituality and their relationship with God.

Julie Louis

Director, St Mary MacKillop Gooddo Early Learning Centre PALM ISLAND

I would like to introduce myself, I am Julie Louis and I have been working in the early year’s profession since 1991. Within this time I have been able to complete an Advanced Diploma in Children's Services, Bachelor of Family and Child Studies as well as a Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education.

I am a mother of two adult aged children. I find it a pleasure and rewarding to work with so many beautiful children over the many years. I see children as a blank canvas and that my role is to assist parents in guiding children into becoming confident, socially acceptable young adults.

Nicole Anderson

Director, St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre MOUNT ISA

I believe our centre philosophy, goals and core values represent a strong foundation on which to begin lifelong learning and to launch a positive sense of self, others and the world.As an inspirational leader, working directly within the early childhood sector over the past decade. In setting such as, Long Day Care, Family Day Care and Teaching of TAFE as a Trainer and Assessor towards Early Childhood Education and Care qualifications.I strive to work alongside and encouraging all staff to meet high expectations and equity.

As a Director of a service, continuous improvement towards the National Quality Standards is paramount as below: 

  • Educational program and practice
  • Children’s health and safety
  • Physical environment
  • Staffing arrangements
  • Relationship with children
  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • Leadership and service management

The rights of the child are paramount. I believe children need to be provided a safe, supportive, consistent, challenging and holistic environment. Developing respectful relationships and partnerships with families are of high regard.

While respecting diversity and reflective practice to develop a sense of belonging and also enhance high self-esteem in each individual child. I believe each child will meet successful learning outcomes to be competent and capable learners. By this, implementing play-based approach and program provides a child-centred, teacher-guided curriculum, in which all children are encouraged to construct their own knowledge and understanding.

As a service providing active learning environments in the early childhood setting promotes Agency. Consistently nurturing children to develop and grow independently, guiding by our beliefs of faith adapting religious education, for all to be kind, have respect and care for one another.

I look forward to working with the children, parents and staff to make this a reality.