Our team:

Joanne (Jo) Lucas
Director / Teacher
Bachelor Qualified
Crystal Hearn
Bachelor Qualified

Hi my name is Jo.

10 years ago I was very lucky to be employed with Rutherglen Kinder as it was always my dream to work in a stand-alone Kinder, I have enjoyed getting to know the community, families and the children and I like running into past children I have taught.  I love dress-up days and the expressions on children's faces when they realise they can accomplish something they didn't think they could.

I live in Wangaratta with my husband.  I enjoy playing tennis, going away with my family and baking for my family and friends.  Another thing you need to know about me is I LOVE the colour blue.

Hi my name is Crystal.

For the past 15years I have worked in a variety of Early Childhood Education and School settings. I have also had the amazing opportunity to live and teach in Singapore.  During my time in Singapore, I worked with a range of teachers from around the world and taught many different students from different nationalities.  Through this incredible experience I deleloped the love of travel and learning more about the world we live in.  I hope to share this knowledge and experience with the students I teach in the future.

Rebecca (Bec) Jones
Early Childhood Educator
Diploma Qualified

My name is Rebecca Jones.

I have worked in early childhood for 21 years and been at Rutherglen Kinder for 7 years.

I have a husband and 2 children.  We like spending time camping and fishing.  I especially love to go on long walks with my border collie Maggie.

My favourite colour is red and I love the song called Wiggle woo.


 Irene Moloney
Early Childhood Educator
Certificate 3 Qualified 
(almost Diploma qualified)

Hi my name is Irene.

I have been in the Early Education sector for 11 years.  For the past 8 years I have been supporting children with additional needs.

I am a mother of 4.  My favourite colour is purple and I love going for long walks and catching up with friends.


Caroline Barber
Early Childhood Educator
Certificate 3 Qualified
Sandra Lowe
Early Childhood Educator 
Diploma Qualified

Hi my name is Caroline.

I have been working in the education sector for eight years in a variety of settings.  I love working with children and watching them learn and grow.  My favourite colour is blue and I love barracking for the Melbourne Demon's and watching them play at the MCG.  I have four children and love spending time with my family and going on holidays to the beach.


Hello Everyone, my name is Sandra and I have been very lucky to have been working in the early education industry for over 20 years! I have 2 children and 2 Grandchildren. My favourite pastimes are spending time with my family, horse riding and reading.


Tanya Backhouse

Hi I am Tanya.

I am new to Kinder administration but I have worked in various administration roles for 30+ years.  I have three adult children (who grew up too fast).  I love hearing your kids play and sing.