Our Educators

Dedicated, passionate and committed to Wee Wonders’ mission of inspiring children to wonder, many of our staff have been here a long time. Some have been involved in the centre for almost 20 years. We have families that have been here for 11 years and all their children have had the same main carers looking after them. It’s this consistent quality in our staff that makes Wee Wonders stand out from the crowd.

Wee Wonders always has qualified Educators, many with degrees, working with good ratios to achieve best outcomes.

Wonderful… Educators

SIOBHAN FINEGAN
SIOBHAN FINEGAN Wee Wonders Director, Approved Provider, Nominated Supervisor, Educator, Masters Degree qualified (B.ED M.ED)
I was born in Tipperary, Ireland and immigrated to Australia when I was six. I’m a proud Irish Australian and come from a big family – I’m one of…
five and have 13 nephews and nieces.
Teaching has always been my passion. I completed my Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching and taught here in four schools and in New Guinea and London for 10 years. I returned from London to re-train with my mum and open this centre.
I’ve been running Wee Wonders for two decades. I love this place: all the families, children and staff. I feel very committed to it and I love that everyone involved feels that way, too.
Travelling is my other passion. So far Africa and South East Asia have been the highlights. I love to explore the world and its people.
MARNEY MORRIS
MARNEY MORRISEducational Leader & Main Nursery Carer, Certified Supervisor, Educator, Degree qualified (B.Teaching EC)
2020 marks my nineteenth year at Wee Wonders. I’m an only child and I grew up in Mascot. I have a big extended family that lives in both the Central…
and South Coast. Before starting my job at Wee Wonders I completed my HSC at JJ Cahill Memorial High School. Through my high school years I studied Exploring Early Childhood. I had a lot of hobbies including: dancing, acting, swimming and art — just to name a few.  Dancing was my main hobby and I participated in many competitions over a 16 year period. Performing at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics was the biggest dancing thrill I had. Having thousands of people shouting “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” as I tapped my way down the stairs was amazing!

I’ve wanted to be a childcare worker for as long as I can remember and I’m so happy that I found this warm loving environment. I started at Wee Wonders as a trainee the day I turned 18. I’ve completed my Cert III and Diploma. In 2013 I also completed my Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood. I always really looking forward to starting with my new little nursery group each year, and caring and teaching them for their first years before they move up to the Big Room. I’m always sad to see another group of my babies head off to big school at the end of each year… Can’t we just keep them forever?!

I would like to thank Siobhan, Josie (Nan), and Patrick (Pa) for giving me the opportunity and guidance over the last 19 years to help me become the childcare worker I am today. Each year here at Wee Wonders I’ve learnt and grown as a person and I believe I have Siobhan to thank for this as she’s a wonderful role model. I love working here and working with your children and having a family in my workplace, too.

 

HOLLY WILKES
HOLLY WILKESPreschool Teacher, Certified Supervisor, Educator, Degree qualified (B.Teaching EC)
I’m an only child, born in Sydney. Ever since I was in Primary School I always wanted to work with children. I’ve always been a bit of a “big kid”. I have…
completed my Diploma of Community Services (Children’s Services) and started work at Wee Wonders as soon as I finished TAFE (2003).

I enjoy playing Hockey as a sport. I play twice a week and love to be out in the sun when I’m not shopping or driving around in my car…

While working at Wee Wonders I’ve completed a Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education by correspondence at the University of New England.

I’ve been at Wee Wonders for almost 20 years and I’m looking forward to many more wonderful years in the Wee Wonders community.

JAMIE WILLIAMS
JAMIE WILLIAMSMain Carer of Toddlers, Educator, qualified Children’s Services (CERT III)
I am originally from the United Kingdom, growing up in a small town called Bury. I came to Australia in 2012 for one year but ended up…
finding my partner Rebecca and her two children Jack and Mikayla. I am now a permanent resident and Rebecca and I had twins this year: Emelia and Harper!

I enjoy technology, movies and outdoor activities including walking my dog and spending time with my family.

I have recently finished my Diploma in Early Childhood. I’ve worked in care services for more than 10 years with adults and children with disabilities, and for the last 7 years I’ve been working here at Wee Wonders.

CARINA HAURUA
CARINA HAURUA Educator
I was born and raised in New Zealand, being the middle child of three; I have an older and younger sister. My heritage is mainly from the Cook Islands, however, I also have German…
and English ancestry.
I served in the Royal New Zealand Army Signal Squadron Territorials for three years as a challenge in my life.
Prior to joining the Wee Wonders team I was a full-time respite carer for an elderly woman.
My passion is music and I have been singing professionally in various bands for more than 20 years. I have also been involved in a community school called Sing and Perform for many years, assisting with students.
When the Village People toured Australia in 2007 I had the privilege of supporting them as a back up singer in all of their concerts in New South Wales. I’ve been at Wee Wonders for five years now. I love sharing my love of music with the children and watching them grow as individuals.
ALEXANDRA WRIGHT
ALEXANDRA WRIGHTAssistant Educator, working towards B.ED EC
Hello! My name is Alexandra, you may hear the kids calling me Alex, Lexi, Ar or any other variation. One of the first babies to attend Wee Wonders, I…
graduated from St Vincent’s College in 2015 and am currently studying a Bachelor of Education and loving it. Growing up in a large family around the Eastern Suburbs I have always enjoyed helping look after younger family members, family friends and members of the community. I have always found myself naturally stepping into leadership positions and have a passion for helping others. I have always known I wanted to be a teacher. I find it really rewarding and strive to provide the best quality learning experiences for the children in my care. My interests include: sport, the beach, the arts and reading.
SHOKO KAWADA
SHOKO KAWADAEducator
My name is Shoko. I was born in Japan and immigrated to Australia with my family. I have one son and a daughter. They are both grown up. I’ve worked in childcare since 2015 and I really love it…
I continuously enjoy watching the children learn and grow. It’s very rewarding. In my spare time I like going to the beach, swimming and hiking.
LIV MARASHLIAN
LIV MARASHLIANTrainee
My name is Liv, I was once a Wee Wonder myself! I attended Wee Wonders for five years before heading off to primary school. I’m the oldest child…
Ever since I was young, I always wanted to be a teacher. I’m currently still at school while completing my Certificate III in Early Childcare. I’m very passionate about sport and always have been. I love that I have the opportunity to gain experience at Wee Wonders while I’m studying. I can’t believe I’m teaching now at my old daycare – it’s amazing!
SARAH RUDDUCK
SARAH RUDDUCKTrainee
Hello, my name is Sarah. I’m currently working towards my Certificate III in Childcare at Wee Wonders and I’m aiming to later complete a Diploma…
of Early Childhood and Bachelor of Education/Psychology. I’m originally from the Sutherland Shire and grew up as the middle child alongside my younger sister and older brother.
I have a passion for working with children and have done so in a variety of settings: before and after school care, volunteering with the Schizophrenia Fellowship For Children who have a parent with a mental illness and now in childcare. In my spare time I enjoy studying French, drawing and socialising with my friends and family.