Our Early Childhood teachers are highly motivated and dedicated and employed by the Department of Education and Training.


Alison Ford

I have been involved in teaching and children’s education for over 30 years and have been the Teacher in Charge of Hillary’s Community Kindergarten since 2001. Originally I taught in the Primary School sector until I took a break from teaching to have my four children. During this time I was the President of Duncraig Community Kindergarten and Duncraig Playfun 3’s and this is when I developed my passion for kindergarten teaching and a strong belief in the community kindergarten system. In 2000 I returned to university to complete a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and was then appointed as the Teacher In Charge at Hillary’s Community Kindergarten. I am very passionate about the ‘play based’ system and I support the 26 remaining Community Kindergartens in Western Australia through my involvement in the Community Kindergarten Association Committee.


Michelle Kalma

I have a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Teaching. I have been teaching for 25 years.

Education Assistants

We have two qualified education assistants work alongside the teachers and share the  contact time with the groups.


Julie O’Brien

I have completed a Teacher Assistant Certificate at Edith Cowan University. I have twenty years experience in kindergartens as the class assistant as well as working with children with special needs.


Sandra Thompson

I started working at Hillary’s Community Kindergarten in 2006 and I work part time doing a five day fortnight. I hold an Associate Diploma in Education (0-6 years) which I gained in 1994 in Alice Springs. I moved to Perth in 1995 and have been working with children for 24 years, mostly within the child care system as a qualified child care worker. Leading up to having children of my own, I was the director of a 60 place child care centre. When my youngest child went to full time school I started working as an education assistant. I enjoy working with the children in their first year of the school system as their enthusiasm for learning is wonderful.