Our Team

Alison Staniford
Director/Nominated Supervisor/Teacher

I have enjoyed working in the role of Director and Educational leader at our preschool for over twenty years and was lucky enough to grow up in our beautiful mountain’s community. I have a degree in early childhood and believe in continuous learning journeys. I am passionate about early childhood education and advocate strongly for children’s rights. I hold the belief that all children have the right to feel safe, supported and secure. I am inspired by children’s enthusiasm to learn, excitement to explore and willingness to laugh. I feel privileged to be working with a wonderful team of professional early childhood educators and supportive parent committee. My passions include travel, exploring great eating places, gardening and sharing quality experiences with my family.

Cassie Krampitz

I am an Early Childhood Teacher and I have been in early childhood for 10 years.I live in the lower mountains and in my spare time I love cooking, bush walking and travelling with my husband and dog Marley. I love being in the moment and connecting with nature and the world around me.  
As an educator I am passionate about children being in the moment too. Encouraging them to explore, engage and experience the world around them. I am also passionate about developing children’s social and emotional skills, building them up to be and have confident self identities and prepared to thrive on life long learning.

Julie Cormack
Cert III Educator
Justine Williams

I have lived in the mountains for the last ten years. I gained my Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood in 1994, through the University of Western Sydney and have worked in long day care and preschool, which has been my passion. I have a supportive husband and four young children whom I dearly love and my life revolve around. I love working at Katoomba Leura Preschool and I find real joy in seeing your children grow and develop throughout their time here.  I believe working in partnership with families invaluable and makes my role so rewarding.

Sue Frost

I am thrilled to join a dedicated team of professionals who are always striving for best practice within a beautiful and inspiring work environment. I am a dedicated educator and absolutely love sharing in children’s  wow moments. I believe relationships are fundamental so I am committed to building meaningful and authentic relationships with children and families as we progress along a shared learning journey. I have worked as a specialist early years music teacher in London and Sydney and believe in the power of music to teach across all areas of the curriculum. I moved to the Blue Mountains in 2012 and feel very privileged to be living and working in the local area.

Alison Mark

I am delighted to be a part of the team at Katoomba Leura Preschool. I live in the Blue Mountains and enjoy the outdoors, cooking, travelling and spending time with my partner and two children. I have worked in the early childhood industry for over 13 years where I completed my Diploma in Children’s Services, then completing a Bachelor of Teaching Birth-5 years in 2013. I am passionate about quality care and education of young children and believe the best way for this to be achieved is to work in partnership with families. I am committed to ensure each child feels safe, secure and nurtured with a strong sense of belonging in their environment. 

Jeanine Goodwin
Cert III Educator
Kirsty Willmott

My name is Kirsty and I have been an Educator at Katoomba Leura Preschool since August 2013.  I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and I absolutely love the family atmosphere that this beautiful preschool creates.  I have two young daughters who will both have the opportunity to enjoy Katoomba Leura Preschool in the near future.  I am looking forward to beginning a University degree in Early Childhood Education as I love this service and hope to extend my career here for many years to come.

Tina Simpson
Cert III Educator

I began working at Katoomba Leura Preschool 18 years ago and I have loved the community, the friendships, the families and my role ever since.  It is quite simply the best job in the world. I knew of the preschool prior to beginning working here as both my daughter and son had attended and had both enjoyed a wonderful preschool experience, so when I became part of the team I was thrilled.  Each year brings new families and meeting and coming to know each child has been a joy.  Although it is sad to goodbye to the children when they leave for school, there is a sense of achievement and pride in watching each of them grow and flourish and that’s why I love my job so much.

Perrine Pioli
Cert III Educator

I have worked part time at Katoomba Leura Preschool since 2000. I completed the certificate 3 in children’s services in 2011 and cherish my role as an educator.  I consider the children to be like my extended family and take pride in their achievements and milestones. I love the community feel and spirit of our local area, where I have lived for many years. I look forward to meeting new children and their families

Roelonna Barker
Cert 111 

I began working at Katoomba Leura Preschool on the 31st July 2017 as a trainee, studying my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.  Last year I worked with the children and educators in the Bower Bird room.  This year I have spread my wings and will be working in the Lilli Pilli room.  I love and enjoy working in such a wonderful, loving and caring environment!

My name is Jeanine but the children call me ‘Beanie’ and I have been a part of the Katoomba Leura Preschool family since 1991. I have a certificate 3 in Children’s Services and have many years of experience with my own four children and now I am fortunate enough to have grandchildren to love as well!  I have lived in the mountains for over thirty years and love my job where I am thrilled to share the milestones and achievements of our children at Preschool.  I am passionate about the nurturing and positive experience that preschool offers and love to share with the children all the fun, excitement and opportunities for growth and learning that our stimulating preschool programme offers. 

I have had the pleasure of working at this very special preschool since 2008. I have completed a Cert 3 of Children’s Services and a Diploma of Community Services/Welfare and I am currently studying to further extend my knowledge in Early Childhood Education. My family and I have lived in the Blue Mountains for more than ten years. We love the environment, sense of community and the very special people who live here. It is an absolute privilege to be caring for and teaching your preschooler.



Sarah Mills
Cert 111 Trainee

I’m excited to be joining the wonderful team as I begin my Cert III. I look forward to creating wonderful relationships with our staff, parents and children. I am working across the centre allowing me to meet all our wonderful children and experiencing new things everyday! 

I grew up in the Blue Mountains and loved the community. After moving back 4 years ago it has only become better! I look forward to being involved in this wonderful preschool and watching the future generations grow in a loving and caring environment. 

Dianne Fisher
Administrative CoOrdinator

I have worked in an administrative capacity in not for profit businesses for many years and now have the best job in the world!  

I have known and loved Katoomba Leura Preschool since my own daughter attended many ago. I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful team. I have such treasured memories of the time my daughter spent here and consider myself very fortunate to now be able to work in this lovely environment.

Dana Cottrell
Diploma Educator

As the newest member of staff at Katoomba Leura Preschool, I am very excited to be a part of this amazing team. I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and am very much looking forward  to becoming a part of the preschool community. 

I enjoy living here in the Mountains making the most of the beautiful landscapes and going on adventures with my dog Sam.

I look forward to getting to know your children, their strengths and interests and building quality relationships with their families.

Cody Lane
CERT 111 Trainee

I have started my cert 111 in 2019 here at Katoomba Leura Preschool and will be working in the Bilby room.  I feel very welcomed by all staff and families.  I was motivated to become an early childhood educator to be a part of the children’s learning journey.


I am committed to building meaningful and authentic relationships with the children.  I love the beautiful centre and the wonderful children and families I have had the opportunity to meet. I feel happy to be working in such a wonderful environment. 

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