Our Staff

at North Hamilton Kindergarten

Chris Wildgoose

Chris is our full time kindergarten teacher. Chris has a Degree in Early Childhood Education and brings 32 years’ experience in school, preschool and childcare across 3 states of Australia.

She has worked at North Hamilton Kindergarten for the last 15 of these. She is passionate about play based education and strongly encourages children’s learning and development by encouraging them to explore topics that interest them. She also believes that children need a wide variety of learning and exposure to many experiences and enthusiastically arranges many interesting excursions for the children in the kindergarten.

Chris is an experienced guitar and keyboard player as well as enjoying a basic skill with drums and the ukulele and brings lots of fun into the program through music. She is also passionate about exposing children to as many books as possible.

Chris is married to Colin and has 3 daughters, living in Hamilton and is actively involved in the Hamilton Baptist Church.

Ellen Blair

Ellen joined the NHK team in 2018, working 4 days a week as an assistant educator. Ellen has a Diploma in Children’s Services and works with our Kinder and Pre-Kinder groups Tuesdays through until Fridays.

Andrea Coates

Andrea is the teacher of our younger group, Pre Kinder, which occurs twice per week for 2 ½ hour sessions.

Andrea has a Diploma in Children’s Services is also passionate about play based learning as well as reading books with children and does a wonderful job in settling the children into their first formal kinder experience.

Andrea is married to Dave and lives close by Hamilton at Melville Forrest. She is kept busy with 3 children and helping out with the jobs on the family’s sheep farm.

When she is free, Andrea enjoys reading and loves to shop at IKEA.

Yuli McCaskill

Yuli is a part time educator, who has been at North Hamilton Kindergarten for 5 years.

Her association with the kindergarten began long ago when her now 23 year old son began kindergarten and she is now enjoying giving back to the children in her care. Yuli has also worked in childcare locally and has enjoyed assisting high school students with Indonesian.

Originally from Indonesia, Yuli now lives in Hamilton with her husband Malcolm and daughter, also going to Melbourne to visit her son. She enjoys cooking traditional foods, spoiling her friends and family and has a very infectious smile which the children enjoy.

Katrina Macpherson

Mrs Katrina Macpherson is our Assistant Educator in the Kinder group and holds a Certificate III in Children’s Services.  Katrina has six years experience in childhood services.

Karen McAdam

Karen is our part time Administration Assistant.  She held various positions on the Committee of Management when her children attended kindergarten and brings experience in office administration to her role in assisting the smooth running of the kindergarten.

Karen lives in Hamilton with her husband Andrew and 3 children.