Our Team

At Ness Reserve we have an experienced, passionate team of Teachers and Educators who believe that children learn best through play and who work to create an amazing educational kinder program.

Learn more about our incredible team at Ness below.

Lisa Kotlarewski
4 year old Group Teacher

I have been teaching sessional kindergarten for the past 20 years and am so excited to have joined the Ness Pre-School staffing team.  I love working with pre-school age children and learning about their understanding of the world.  It is a privilege to be able to share their early years education and observe their development throughout the kinder year. Within the kindergarten program I am passionate about promoting positive relationships and a strong sense of belonging for both children and families. I love that everyday brings unexpected learning and enjoy exploring the outdoors with the kinder children. 
I have a particular passion for gardening and enjoy running a kitchen garden program which encourages children to cook using the produce we grow in our kinder garden! I also enjoy developing children’s appreciation of music and love of literacy as we read stories, sing songs and use puppets and musical instruments.  I am married with two children, who are now both in High School.  We live on a small hobby farm with a pet dog and cat and have some chickens, sheep and cows.  I enjoy running, hiking, reading and working in the veggie garden and am very grateful to be part of the Ness Reserve Pre-School community. 

Angie Winduss
3 year old Group Teacher

I am so thrilled to have recently started working as the 3 year old teacher at Ness Reserve Pre-School! The Kinder is in the most beautiful location, teeming with nature and wildlife and I feel very fortunate to come to work in such an idyllic corner of the world!

I have worked as an Early Childhood Educator for many years though most recently I have been at home raising my own 4 children.  With my youngest daughter about to start school next year, the time was right for me to return to my much-loved profession!

It is such a privilege to work with young children as they make small steps out into the wider world! Kindergarten is a very special time for children and their families. It is so wonderful to be able to facilitate and support children’s thirst for learning, creativity, socialisation and fun.

The community of families and staff at Ness Reserve are so warm, welcoming and down to earth……it is a lovely community to be a part of and I look forward to many happy years working at Ness!

Jen Agar
3 and 4 year old Group Educator

I started out as an additional assistant working in the field of kinder inclusion support at a few different kinders in the area. Ness Reserve was the first kinder I worked at. The whole team were so welcoming and lovely, it was a really beautiful environment to be a part of and confirmed I had chosen the right career path for me. I obviously said “absolutely” when the opportunity arrived for me to take on a permanent role at Ness!

I now get to work with both the 3 year olds and the 4’s, and I’m truly happy to be back with the team and the fabulous Diamond Creek community. It’s such a fun environment to call ‘work’ and I feel so privileged to be a part of these children’s lives. To be able to see them grow and develop their individual personalities over the year is such a joy.

Outside of Kinder I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my family. I have three children of my own who I love sharing adventures and seeing the world with.

Stacey Dabrowski
4 year old Group Educator

I have worked at Ness from when I was on relieving staff and studying in 2015. I have been an at Ness since the beginning of 2017. I love meeting with, talking to, and getting to know all the children, families, siblings, and extended families. I get great enjoyment out of seeing the children progress in their development, and seeing the joy on the families’ faces when they see their children’s achievements!

If you love your job, it’s not work, and that definitely relates to me in my job. Every day is unique and comes with its different accomplishments and challenges, but there will no doubt always be children rushing in to tell you all about what they have been doing! I like that these chats will also come about with past and present families when I’m out and about in our community.

I have two beautiful children, Jamie and Jasmin, and I love spending time with them. I also enjoy walking our dog, Pippa.

Charlotte Pratt
4 year old Group Educator

I have worked for 13 years in the early childhood field, the last 7 as a co-educator at Ness Reserve. I love the terrific conversations I have with the children and getting to know all our families. I particularly like our friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Ness Reserve. In my free time I like reading, yoga and bushwalking.

Andrea Tyler
4 year old Group Educator

Thank you to all the staff and families that have welcomed me into the ‘Ness Community’.

I have previously worked in long day care before having my own family of the 3 boys. I then worked at Diamond Creek East Kinder for 8 years as a co-educator (prior to its closing late in 2019).

I am so grateful to be able to continue working with pre-school children. I love that each day is full of wonder, adventure and learning that happens through play.

When at home I have 3 teenage sons who keep me busy on the weekends playing footy, basketball and cricket. In my spare time I enjoy reading, scrapbooking and spending time with friends on camping trips.