Our Teachers

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Established as a privately owned, family oriented long day care child care Centre.

Mellany Abernethy

Approved provider


Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Kia Ora! (Maori) Kumusta (Tagalog)

I was born in the Philippines and moved to New Zealand when I was 12.

I started my early childhood education journey 25 years ago. Over this time I took some time off to raise my family, gained an early childhood qualification, owned and operated my own small preschool in New Zealand and moved to Queensland Australia in 2007. In 2019, we decided to purchase Park Beach Child Care Centre.

My husband and I have four children and they play a hugely important part in my life. In my spare time, I like to read, explore beautiful picnic spots and walking trails, try out new cooking recipes (plant based cooking), travel to different places and karaoke.

I believe it is important to build strong, loving caring relationships with the children to create a sense of belonging and a safe loving environment for them to learn. I believe that good communication with parents is at core of early childhood education. This is the way we can truly meet individual’s children’s and families needs.

Here at Park Beach, I have the great privilege of working alongside a fabulous team in creating and maintaining successful learning environment for our youngest learners.

Every member of our team is dynamic and enthusiastic early childhood educator/teacher and we are fortunate to be a part of your childs precious learning journey.

I look forward to meeting with families and getting to know them and their children.

Justine Dawson


Assistant Director

Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care)

I have worked in the Early Childhood Industry for nearly 25 years. I have been lucky to have worked in two  Centres, that both had supportive and dedicated educators. A Community Preschool in Cobar NSW and for the past 11 years here in Coffs at Park Beach Chilcare Centre.

This year I have moved into an administrative role, which I am loving. I feel like I have the best of both worlds as I am still able to spend time with children and their families. I pride myself on building happy and respectful relationships with all families and I believe sincere communication is essential. As we are a small Centre, we have been able to create a supportive home like environment for our children and their families, which I am very proud of.

I have 4 sons and 4 granddaughters, who I love spending time with, I sometimes recognise my own family values in my interactions with our children.

 I love family time, dinner with friends and travelling.

Jenny Fennell

Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) 

Lead educator



Hi everyone,

I have had the pleasure to work in this lovely small centre for the past 12\2 years and before those 12 years in another small family-owned centre.

I have two grown children with their own families, 4 grandchildren in total. I have lived in the area for 40 years, loving our natural Coffs coastal environment.

I am still learning, as I find every child unique, with something to teach me. I am sensitive to the fact that all children need connection, attention, warmth and understanding, knowing that a child’s feelings of happiness create a strong basis for learning. My goal is for each individual child to feel welcome and respected, listened to and acknowledged.

With little voices still emerging in the Starfish room, we use their choices and gestures to plan engaging programs for them, along with family’s input.

We understand that when in an environment where friendships and collaboration are encouraged this creates strong social skill development for children’s future learning in a group setting.

I believe in building children’s self-esteem through praise and encouragement, but ensuring a calmness throughout our routine is important.


Linda Costan


Lead educator

I believe that every child is unique and should be respected and loved for who they are.

I am passionate about making all children and their families feel welcomed, appreciated, embraced, comfortable and safe.

My aim is to scaffold children’s learning through play and through meaningful learning experiences, by creating stimulating environments, documenting progress and following children’s interests.

I also aim to always provide encouragement, love, understanding, support and a positive environment for the children.

Aysha Bliss


Early childhood teacher

I am an experienced Early Childhood Teacher who is passionate about teaching and supporting children to have their best possible transition to primary school. I’m a team player with excellent time management and organisational skills along with outstanding communications skills with both colleagues and families.

I love the value that creating learning environments have on children’s learning and development. I aim to provide children with inviting and asethetically pleasing spaces that encourage their communication and relationship skills. These environments aim at fostering rich and built in learning opportunities whilst allowing myself, other educators and children to interact freely to explore and develop their own ideas.

In early childhood, I love the excitement that each day brings. No two days are the same with children continuing to amaze me each and every day with their thoughts, ideas and conversations. Getting to be part of this learning journey with children is a privilege.

I love the culture and sense of belonging that Park Beach Childcare Centre offers to both its children and educators. From when I first walked through the door, I felt like I was part of this home away from home family which is evident in each and every educators interactions with children and their families.

When I am not teaching, I am kept busy with my family which includes two beautiful school aged children. I love to attend my daily gym sessions, read and make the most of our beautiful coastal weather.

Sammy Abernethy


I began my Early Childhood studies in 2019, I started by volunteering at a small Centre before joining my family here at Park Beach. I have grown to enjoy working here and getting to know so many different faces and I am now currently studying for my Diploma.

I like travelling and the outdoors. My hobbies include going to the beach to surf or swim and I also enjoy reading and making art.

I love building relationships with the children that attend our Centre. I have had many interesting conversations with many of them and the children never cease to amaze me with their knowledge; from the many dinosaurs they can name, to their current favourtie music/song they might listen to at home.

I love to interact with the children, especially in our outside environment, as they love being active and playing games like tag, stuck in the mud as well as ball games like soccer and basketball. I love seeing the impact I have on children when they frequently express their excitement towards me and ask me to play with them.

I believe children learn through play, as well as observing and copying others. As an educator I hope to create a warm welcoming safe environment for them. I want to be a positive role model

Olivia Abernethy


Hi my name is Olivia, I have been living in Coffs Harbour since 2019. I have worked at Park Beach Child Care Centre for since moving to Coffs.

Ever since I was little I wanted to be a teacher. I believe that children learn best from observing others and supporting children’s relationships has a positive influence on their learning and development.

I am passionate about educating children and learning about their interests. I remember my own experiences at my early learning Centre, and I want to create positive memories for children just like my educator did.

I believe that early childhood education provides children with the skills they need to become active learners and to achieve he skills they need for life. I love to see children develop into their own little individuals with their special personalities.

I am currently pursuing a teaching degree in Early Childhood Education.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to the gym, learning new recipes and spending time with my family.

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Janice Peterson (Maternity leave 2024)


I have been working in childcare for over six years. I have two children of my own with another on the way. Every day I carry this experience with me as I strive to care for and nurture each child as I would want my children cared and nurtured for.

In my spare time I enjoy the Gym, playing AFL, Physical Culture and in general just being outdoors. The outdoor environment and physical activities have strongly influenced my pedagogy, I strive to soon study Health and Nutriton in children and Teens.

I have found my time working in childcare to be an amazing and rewarding feeling to know that you are supporting children through some of the most important years of their lives. I love how children can learn so much from us in those critical first 5 years of life and how they can, in return teach us many valuable things.

My goal as a teacher is to help children reach their potential in their journey towards developmental milestones – I love seeing the efforts made by children and their moments of success.

Working at Park Beach Child Care is like being part of a big family – the relationship between staff, families and children is the most special part of my job. No two days ae ever the same and I love to learn and grow with the children and my team mates.

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Quennie Tabaque


I’m a Filipino national, and the opportunity to become an international student in Australia was a dream come true for me. In the past, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business administration with a major in General Business management in Cebu, Philippines. After coming to Australia, I continued my education and completed a program in Project and Leadership Management in Gold Coast Queensland.

I’m also a proud mother of a precious son and the four -year journey to have him inspired me to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. Being a mum and an educator to my child motivated me to explore a new career path in educating and nurturing young minds. I consistently priorities spending quality time with my family. We regularly attend church, and we are active members of the Filipino community here in our local area.

At present I work as support educator in the Starfish, Dolphin and Whales rooms. I have gained nearly two years of valuable experience in the early childhood education industry.

My choice to become an early childhood educator if my love for children, my passion for teaching and my belief in the significance of early childhood education. It’s a career that allows  me to make  a positive impact on children’s lives and support families while finding personal satisfaction in the process.

The most critical part is their security and trust so they will feel more reassured and maintain a good relationship with each child.


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Van Le


I am a mummy to a gorgeous boy. I enjoy the great outdoors, spending time in nature, but I also love the comfort of home. I love to travel but I also love coming home.

I have a strong sense of community; I believe being part of a community can make us feel as though we are part of something greater than ourselves. It gives us opportunities to connect with people, reach for our goals and it makes us feel safe and secure.

I thrive on providing a nurturing community for the children I care for and their families, as I believe it takes a village to raise children, and a strong. community to nurture the love of teaching and learning

Christine Brandy

Christine Brandy


support educator

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Rayleen Barnett


Early childhood teacher

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Grace Sampalingan

Currently working towards Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Care


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Paige Howell


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