Our Team

Working with us

Joining Mount Peter Early Learning will give you options for your career in early education. We are a growing organisation with many opportunities available.

To apply you must:

  • be an exemplary role-model in early childhood practices,
  • have a love of learning in your own professional life,
  • have an outstanding commitment to contemporary early childhood pedagogy, and;
  • excellent understanding and commitment to implementing practice around the EYLF.

Enquire about working with us by sending your resume to manager@mountpeterelc.com.au

Fiona O'Donnell

Approved Provider

I consider myself so fortunate to have found a career in early childhood that has continued to give me so much joy for the past 30 years.  I am an advocate for children, and their ‘rights’ are at the Core of all decisions in our business.  Advocacy for children has taken me to Uganda working with Child Soldiers – who never had the opportunity to be children.  I am also an active researcher of children and have presented research internationally.  My research focus is on improving well-being of children through teaching gratitude, empathy and kindness.

Dianne McDermott

Centre Manager

I have my Diploma in Children’s Services and over 20 years of experience in the Education field.  I believe that by having trusting and safe relationships with children it opens the doors to endless mutual learning.

I have 2 wonderful children that keep me very busy.  We love to spend our time together enjoying the wonderful discoveries that come from camping in our beautiful country.

Lee-Ann Boor

Kindergarten Teacher

I have been working within the early childhood profession for 26 years and hold my Bachelor of Early Childhood. During this time I have had many opportunities to experience different theories and perspectives of children’s play, wellbeing, education and child development. I am passionate about the early years learning and development as it is the foundational years for long life learning and forming mindset. Through spending time conversing and observing each child, I gain a perspective on how they think, feel and view the world, which I find intriguing.



Hannah Goyen


I am Diploma Qualified and have been an educator for one year. I got into childcare because I adore children, I love watching them grow and learn. Once I had children of my own, I knew I had to make sure I did everything in my power to ensure each and every child feels loved, safe and secure.  I also wanted to make sure if a child was going through something at home or in their lives that I can help make their day a little brighter.   I am a mum of two boys, so my husband and I are always running. Our weekends consist of being outdoors exploring swimming holes and playing at parks all over our beautiful region. 

Kathy Lee


I have a Diploma in Early Education and Care of Children and have been working in the Day Care setting for 14 years.  I have 4 beautiful grown up children and a wonderful supportive husband. Outside of work I love to visit my favourite places, Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls and Bramston Beach.

I am very passionate about children. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else but caring for and educating young children. I try to be a positive role model whilst promoting their confidence and self-esteem, to help children become happy and successful adults.

Sue Masters

Junior Kindy & Kindergarten 

I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and have been working alongside children and families for 26 years.

I love igniting curiosity and wonder in children through extending their interests using play environments that invite a child to explore and experiment. I feel it’s important for children to feel empowered and confident through integrating gratitude into their lives through relevant expansive conversation as I support their play and interactions.

I also have a love in natural horsemanship, building confidence and communication in horses and humans as partners. I love the outdoors and doing what I love to do with nature around me.

Leona Hastie


I have my Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and have been in the industry for 8 years. I love working with the children and watching them grow and reach their milestone and goals. Seeing the look of excitement on their faces brings me joy each day.   Knowing that they have achieved a goal, makes me glad I have chosen this profession.

I have a partner and a dog. I spend my spare time on our cattle farm, at the creeks, beach, fishing, watching my partner play his sports on weekends and time with my families and friends.

Layne Linneman


I am currently studying my Certificate III in Early childhood, and have been in the industry since May 2019.

The reason I chose early childhood is genuinely because all through my schooling years I always had the mindset that I wanted to work with children when I finished school. I love seeing the positive impact we make on the children each day and the smiles we put on their face day in, day out.

I have always been a bit of a sporty person, when I was at school I was doing sport every day. I played netball and touch football when I was at school, however I no longer do but, I still love these sports in particular. I love adventuring on the weekends and doing things such as, finding swimming spots, going fishing, going on hikes/ walks etc. I’m really close with my family and have a few good friends whom I enjoy doing these things with.

Maria Marcelo


I have my Cert III and 2 years experience. I chose Early Childhood Education because after 12 years running my own business from home, I felt I needed a career change.  I have always liked children and being in contact with them. They always have lots to teach adults.

I am Spanish,  I moved to Australia in 2007 to start a new life. I have a lovely 10 year old boy, Nico. We enjoy watching movies, going for walks and bike rides, getting together with our friends and cooking Spanish sweets together. 

"I value Educators that have been trained in the Circle of Security and understand the importance of ‘Attachment’ the caregiver provides."


Fiona O'Donnell