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Meet The Team

Vanessa Callan


Nominated Supervisor

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Adv. Dip Children's Services

Lara Iwanko

Inc. Support: Kookaburras

B.Ed. (Early Childhood), B.Teach. (Primary)

I have a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and I have been teaching for many years. I have been at Wynnum Manly Kindergarten since mid-2019 as the Kindergarten Teacher in various groups covering relief positions and long-term roles.

Hello, my name is Vanessa and I am the Director at Wynnum Manly Kindy. I have my Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and have worked across all facets of Early Childhood since 1996, including working in the UK.

I’ve been at Wynnum Manly Kindy since 2021 and love meeting all the children and parents. When I’m not crunching numbers and sending out emails, you might find me in the rooms chatting to the children and talking about the wonderful things they are learning at Kindy.

I’m originally from Melbourne, so at home in gorgeous bayside Brisbane, I love spending time with my Husband and 2 kids and our very energetic Hungarian Vizsla, exploring all the beaches along the coastline.

You can contact me via the info email and am available to take you through our beautiful Kindy.


Carolyn Conlon
Kindergarten Teacher: Kookaburras

B.Ed. (Primary), Diploma Children's 

Hi, I am Carolyn the Kindergarten teacher for the Kookaburra class and I started working at Wynnum Manly Kindergarten in 2022 and love being part of this wonderful community! I hold a Bachelor in Primary Education and a Diploma in Early Childhood and I have been working as a Early Childhood Teacher for the last ten years.  I am passionate in providing a play based program and creating experiences and environments that foster curiosity, imagination and fun. I view children as competent and capable learners and I aim to engage the interests and strengths of each individual child.

I am originally from the UK and came to Australia on a working holiday visa and never left! I love spending time with my family which consists of my husband and my two young children and I also like to travel and go to the beach.


Lauren Brown
Kindy 3's Teacher: Sugar Gliders

Kindy 3's Teacher: Bush Bee's
Cert III Early Childhood Education, Studying Bac

Sharleen Welch
Kindy 4's Assistant: Water Dragon's
Kindy 4's Assistant::Kookaburra's

Dip. Early Childhood Education

Hi, I'm Sharleen and I have been working in the early childhood industry for over 15years. I relocated to Australia from NZ with my family and love working and continuously learning. I have many years experience with children with additional needs and I'm passionate about children's learning and their accessibility to quality care and education.   

Hi, I’m Miss Lauren

I hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and have recently begun a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching). I work as the Group Leaser in the Sugar Gliders class and Bush Bee's, and my absolute favourite part of our program is Creek Kindy! I love to advocate for Risky play and outdoor learning. Building the Creek Kindy program in 2021 has been such an amazing journey towards this as we have been able to see our children grow so much confidence throughout this time. 
When I’m not at kindy….or studying my Bachelor Early Childhood, you’d probably find me playing hockey, reading or taking sneaky pictures of all the odd bugs that I find hiding around my garden. 


Vanessa Warburton

Kindy 3's Assistant: Sugar Gliders

Kindy 3's Assistant:  Bush Bees
Adv.Dip. Community Services (Children's Services)

Hi my name is Vanessa and I joined Wynnum Manly community kindy in 2020 after working in a relief/ inclusion support capacity for a term. This wonderful kindy community has been the breath of fresh air I have been looking for after working in the Early Childhood Education field since 1993. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Community Services (Children’s Services) and have been privileged to manage three long day care centres during my career. I have always had a passion for child directed education and feel all children learn best when they are interested, engaged and feel a sense of autonomy in regards to how they choose to learn.I have a husband and 2 boys who keep me very busy, but in my spare time I love to garden as well as watching my oldest boy’s  extreme sport pursuits and my youngest boy’s art creation.


Karin Braytenbach
ECT: Water Dragon's
Inclusion Support::Water Dragon's

Bac Science Bio Chem, Post Grad ECT, Dip ECEC

Emily Havard
Administration Assistant
Relief ECT

Bac Science, Post grad ECT

Hi, I'm Karin and have been at Wynnum Manly Community Kindergarten since the start of 2023. I love coming to work with the children each day. I have a background in biochemistry and love doing all sorts of experiments with the children.

I have travelled from South Africa and have been in Australia for a few years.  

Hi, I'm Emily and I have been working in the early childhood industry for over 12 years. I relocated to Australia from NZ with my family

and originally from the UK.

I am loving the experience of what Creek Kindy has to offer to the children and see the wonder and curiosity in their learning. I am in the office Mon, Tues and Thurs and can assist with any enquiry you may have.


Tanya Gorrie
Kindy 4's Inclusion Support Assistant: Water Dragon's

Bac Ed (Primary), Bac ECT

Hi, I'm Tanya and have been at WMCK since the beginning of 2023 in the role of Inclusion Support. I have many years experience in the education industry with teaching over18years and really enjoy all that comes with working with children.

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