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Our Team

We are pleased to introduce our Team.

  • Bruce Coulson

    CEO

    Bruce is a passionate childcare industry professional, starting up the Kool Kids Early Learning Centres in the early 2000’s. After successfully building a great network of centres on the Gold Coast, Bruce believed that the industry could do better in its training and started Kool Kids Training College in 2012.

  • Sam Hendry

    College Manager

    Sam commenced with the training college at the start of 2014 and is responsible for the overall operations and strategic direction of the college. Sam has a background in leadership positions with some of the world’s largest technology companies. He is committed to ensuring every student’s experience at the college is an awesome one and that KKTC becomes the no 1 RTO in early Childhood Education and Care in Australia.

    Sam has a Bachelor of Business (RMIT) and Grad Cert in Management (Deakin).

  • Adam Murphy

    Head of Compliance and Student Services

    Adam joined KKTC in June 2017 as Head of Compliance and Student Services.

    The role is all encompassing, leading a team of dedicated trainers and ensuring the college meets its training obligations.

    Adam has an extensive background in roles such as Operational Management, Project Management, Compliance, Training and Development and Business Development.

    He has been in the RTO sector for 10+ years and has held leadership positions during this time.

    He has Advanced Diplomas in Leadership and Management, Human Resources, Management, Business and Certificate IV TAE 40110.

  • Samantha Brown

    Compliance Officer

    Samantha commenced with KKTC at the beginning of 2015 with the compliance function and leadership of the training team her key responsibilities. Samantha has an extensive background in the RTO sector in Queensland, most recently working with the mining sector.

  • Kym Paget

    Student Services and Compliance Officer

    Kym commenced with KKTC at the beginning of 2017 to support the compliance function of the training college. Kym has been in the RTO sector for the past 16 years so brings a wealth of experience to the college.

  • Sharon Stewart

    Financial Controller

    Sharon commenced with Kool Kids Early Learning Centres in mid 2000’s and has a track record of financial management in the sector over many years. in the role of financial controller, Sharon ensures the college funding submissions and obligations as an RTO are soundly managed.

    Sharon has a BComm – Bachelor of Commerce (University of Queensland) and is a CA – Chartered Accountant

  • Alison Lamb

    Trainer/Assessor – Brisbane & Toowoomba

    Alison has been in the Early Childhood Industry for 30 years in a variety of roles throughout Queensland.

    She holds a Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood and Bachelor of Education majoring in Early Childhood and a Certificate IV in TAE and TAELLN.

    She is a qualified Justice of the Peace.

    Alison has been involved with the Caboolture Toastmasters club since 2015, which have helped her to be the best presenter she can be.

    Alison has worked in preschools, primary schools, long day care and outside school hours care environments.

    She has trained authorised officers in the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care on Education and Care Services regulatory changes and was involved in the initial development and trialling of the Early Years Learning Framework.

    Alison is passionate about her role as a trainer (10 years) and strives to give students the best learning experience possible.

    She just loves to see that ‘lightbulb’ moment occur throughout a student’s learning journey.

  • Janine Gane

    Trainer/Assessor

    Starting in the childcare industry in 1993, Janine has over 20 years’ experience, with a Certificate IV (TAE) in Training and Assessment. Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Certificate III in Child Care.

    Her roles over her career have been varied; from working with babies, and all age groups in Long Day Care, to managing and training staff as a Non-Contact Director of Long Day Care to training and assessing Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services through both Online (E – Learning) and Classroom based learning.

    Janine works closely with our school based students.

  • Jackie Atkins

    Trainer/Assessor – Gold Coast

    Jackie joined KKTC in March 2015 and has worked in the Early Childhood Industry for 27 years working alongside the Industries ‘best of the best’. Her career spans from working with children from infancy to school age, both as an Early Childhood Educator, a Primary School Teacher, High School Educator and a Lecturer in Early Childhood. Jackie enjoys the positive relationship of working with students to ensure that they are supported, nurtured and given every opportunity to be a successful learner. Jackie plays an integral role in ensuring that KKTC students are given the opportunity to explore their chosen career path, identify their passion and work towards their goals within Early Childhood Industry.

    She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood in-Service) Associate Diploma of Children’s Services and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

    She is passionate about developing high quality early childhood programs and aims to help you to build strong foundation of how to support children’s learning as you start your journey as an Educator.

  • Kandis Orr

    Trainer & Assessor Townsville

    Kandis moved to Townsville from Sydney 5 years ago and hasn’t looked back. She loves the Townsville lifestyle and being part of a growing and vibrant community. Kandis is a passionate educator and has been working within the Early Childhood sector for the past 8 years. Kandis has had the pleasure of delivering training to many aspiring early educators over the past 3 years and has worked extensively to create change within the training sector. A highlight of her career was when Kandis was part of teaching program in Cambodia in which she facilitated new educators and taught disadvantaged children that ran for several years.

    Kandis has been trained as a Primary School teacher and holds her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, a Diploma of Youth Work and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

  • Sarah Chamberlin

    Trainer/Assessor – Townsville

    Throughout Sarah’s early childhood career she worked with children of all ages and eventually held a centre management role in Townsville. This role allowed her to lead, manage and mentor her fellow educators as a Director within a busy Long Day Care environment. Sarah believes it is important for those entering the early childhood sector to be given the opportunity to learn best practices from start to finish. She knows first hand having completed a School Based Traineeship for her Certificate III. She has a passion for inspiring and supporting fellow educators to be the best educators they can be in order to provide children with the best quality care and early education. It is her passion for inspiring and supporting educators that has led her to entering the Training and Assessing sector in 2019. Sarah has her Certificate III and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, and most recently completed her Certificate IV (TAE) in Training and Assessment.

  • Vanessa Iakovakis

    Sydney Trainer & Assessor

    Vanessa joined Kool Kids Training College in January 2019, following 20 years in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector in roles ranging from working on the floor with children to managerial positions in addition to being a project leader in the successful start-up of a 90 place centre.

    Vanessa had 5 years mentoring early childhood educators, including working as a tutor for the Indigenous Diploma. Her ambition is to ensure that educators are equipped with knowledge and experience to enable them to provide an environment where children and families have the ability to feel a sense belonging and children are able to reach their full potential.

    The most rewarding part of her role is revisiting students once they have completed their training and seeing what exceptional and amazing educators they have become.

    Vanessa’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood), Diploma in Children Services and Certificate IV in Training & Education.

  • Yoko Jenkins

    Trainer/Assessor - Cairns

    Yoko came to Australia in 2007 to look for a new adventure after being a qualified librarian working at a University library in Tokyo for 3 years.

    While travelling around Australia, Yoko decided to join the early learning sector which she believes has been ‘the best choice ever!’

    She has been working within the Early Childhood sector since 2008 and moved into the training and assessment industry in 2015.

    She has experience in delivering via classroom and face to face delivery, also remote training to distance based students.

    Yoko holds a Bachelor of Arts English Literature, Diploma of Children’s services, Certificate III in Children’s Services and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

  • Kirsty Crozzoli

    Trainer/Assessor – Sydney

    Kirsty commenced at Kool Kids Training College in April 2018 and has worked in various roles in the Early Childhood Sector since 2004.

    Kirsty completed her diploma in 2004 and has moved from assistant educator roles, to room leader roles and management roles in private and not for profit early childhood services. Kirsty completed her TAE in 2014 and has a passion for working with educators who are dedicated about study and genuinely have a passion for working in the industry.

    Most recently Kirsty has worked in a Sydney based Early Childhood organisation as an Area Manager overseeing 150 educators at 8 services, during this time Kirsty developed numerous training programs to be implemented with educators at various skill levels and understanding. Kirsty was also responsible for a number of parent education programs and was heavily involved in the Human Resource department and is continuing further study in this area.

    Having grown up in Sydney and worked through various locations, Kirsty is familiar with the ever changing face of early childhood expectations placed on services and educators, and  hopes  to help them continue to change to provide parents the quality they deserve

  • Tamara Turner

    Trainer/Assessor – Brisbane

    Tamara has been employed in the early childhood education sector for over 20 years in many roles including educator and lead educator right through to director roles.

    Tamara has also worked as a long day care validator for NCAC, ensuring centres are assessed fairly on quality assurance standards.

    Tamara has been training and assessing since 2011 and holds a Certificate IV (TAE) in Training and Assessment, Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Certificate III in Child Care.

  • Emma Thompson

    Trainer/Assessor – Brisbane

    Emma began working in the Early Childhood Education sector in 2005 and since that time has had the opportunity to work across in a number of early learning centres in education and leadership roles.
    For Emma, children have always been her passion and she entered training and assessing to share this passion to inspire a new generation of educators and provide a high level of education and care to our children.
    She believes the greatest achievement in training is to see students that didn’t believe in themselves grow the confidence and knowledge to complete their qualifications and leave training with the belief they are capable to be amazing educators.
    Emma holds the Certificate III and Diploma in Early Education and Care along with Certificate IV (TAE) in Training and Assessment.

  • Amy Conrad

    Trainer/Assessor – Gold Coast

    Amy was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She attended university in Denver, Colorado and lived in London for two years before relocating again – this time to Australia, where she has made the Gold Coast her home.

    Growing up, Amy saw her parents deeply involved in the education sector; dedicating their passion into lifelong careers. Amy shares her family’s love for education, teaching and training. Amy holds a Certificate III in Children’s Services, a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

    Fostering individual achievement and potential within her students and herself is of the upmost importance to Amy. She believes that continuing professional development is a fundamental part of the journey of being an educator. Facilitating shared learning across the industry is not only beneficial for trainers and educators, but also for students where they can see the cohesion between teaching and learning. Amy has proudly been working for the Kool Kids brand since 2014.

  • Patricia Falcon

    Trainer/Assessor – Gold Coast
    (Maternity Leave 2020)

    Patricia has been working in the Early Childhood sector for 10 years; she started as an Early Childhood Teacher in Spain before moving to London. Patricia spent three and a half years in London while she was working in a trilingual childcare as a Key Practitioner. That experience gave her the opportunity to learn a different education system and also other ways to support children’s learning and development.

    In 2014, Patricia arrived in Melbourne where she volunteered in a Community Centre and learnt about the Early Years Education in Australia and then soon moved to a role as Lead Educator in a Reggio Emilia inspired Centre. Throughout this career progression Patricia realised that what she really enjoyed was mentoring and sharing her knowledge and experience with other educators, notably supporting children, families and educators from diverse groups and cultures.

    Since commencing her career as a trainer on the Gold Coast prior to joining Kool Kids Training College, Patricia gained experience in the local sector by delivering face to face training and also supporting centre-based students across SE QLD. Patricia holds a Bachelor Degree (Early Years Education), Diploma level Education and Care (ACECQA) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110).

  • Michelle Adams

    Trainer/Assessor – Central Coast NSW

    Michelle joined Kool Kids Training College in March 2019. She brings to Kool Kids over 16 years of teaching experience, working in primary schools, private and non for profit child care centres in room leader, mentoring and supervisor roles. Michelle’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Teaching/ Bachelor of Social Science (Early Childhood) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Michelle is committed to sharing her experience and knowledge with a new generation of Early Childhood Educators and brings an enormous amount of energy and passion to the role. She is focused on ensuring that all Early Childhood Educators achieve their full potential and provide quality education and care to our children.

  • Bronwyn Reid

    Trainer/Assessor – Brisbane

    Bronwyn joined Kool Kids Training College in March 2019. Bronwyn has dedicated 26 years to the Early Childhood industry, beginning her career as an assistant in a long day care service in 1991. Bronwyn is very passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience about quality pedagogy and practices with students and educators working in the children’s education and care settings. She also enjoys helping her students learn to engage with children in play and to scaffold their learning and support their development. She has a special interest in helping other educators achieve their career goals. Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood studies and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and is a fully registered teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers.

  • Tara Day

    Trainer/Assessor – Melbourne

    Driven by her passion to support and empower individuals to be the best they can be, Tara spent the earlier part of her career leading a range of community educational services from library playgroups to Outside School Hours Care programs.

    Tara then turned her focus to early childhood, gaining extensive experience in regional managerial positions. Tara’s diverse career has enabled her to gain a wide range of knowledge across multiple age groups; encouraging and providing insight to achieve educators and teams’ aspirations. Tara’s holistic educational mindset and her commitment to inspiring early childhood students led her to follow her ambitions and become a trainer with Kool Kids Training College.

    Tara holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
    Tara commenced with Kool Kids Training College in November 2019.

  • Lee Kirby

    Trainer/Assessor – Sydney

    Lee commenced her career in the Early Childhood sector 12 years ago as a trainee completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services, since then, she has obtained her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, Bachelor of Education and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

    Lee has held many roles within sector, most recently for the past 4 years being a Director of a 90 place service in Sydney’s Eastern Beaches.

    She is a passionate advocate for children and their rights, volunteering across a variety of organisations to support the development of children and providing them with a voice. Lee believes every child deserves access to quality education, this belief has led her to becoming a trainer to support the upskilling and development of Educators within the industry.

    Lee commenced with Kool Kids Training College in October 2019.

  • Alison Manning

    Trainer/Assessor – Sydney

    Alison joins KKTC with over 15 years experience in the industry working with large and small private organisations. Alison has worked in a variety of roles from starting out as an Educator, Room Leader and Director roles and in more recent years working in Operations Management roles.

    Alison is passionate about the Early Childhood Education and Care sector and enjoys mentoring and developing future Educators. She sees this role as a vital part in helping shape future generations lives.

    Alison has obtained her Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care along with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Alison joined KKTC in January 2020.

  • Samantha Di Pede

    Trainer/Assessor – Sydney

    Samantha has been in the Early Childhood sector for 9 years holding a variety of educational roles from educator, educational leader, centre manager in both long day care and OSHC and Area Manager. Samantha holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma in Leadership and Management and Certificate IV in TAE.

    As a mum of 4 boys, Samantha understands the need for families to be able to leave their precious children in the capable hands of educators, with the knowledge that they will be cared for in a safe, friendly nurturing environment. It is incredibly important to Samantha that services and educators provide a high quality learning environment for all children and also a reliable service for their families. Samantha believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially.

    It is Samantha’s desire as a trainer/assessor to help and guide educators to meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing support, mentoring and up-skilling educators. Samantha joined Kool Kids Training College in July 2020.

  • Rhiannon Ryan

    Trainer/Assessor – Newcastle

    Rhiannon has worked in the education sector for the past 10 years. Holding a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Early Childhood Studies and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Rhiannon has undertaken a variety of roles over this time. Her previous roles include teacher, nominated supervisor and RTO trainer/assessor, working in early childhood education, primary schools, OOSH and the training and assessment sector.
    Rhiannon strongly believes in the importance of all children having access to quality early childhood education, and educators being adequately trained to deliver this quality educational experience to all children. This belief led Rhiannon to entering the training and assessment field so she could share her knowledge, experience and passion with educators entering the early childhood profession.
    Rhiannon joined KKTC in January 2020

  • Katie Hartley

    Trainer/Assessor – Gold Coast

    Katie has been working in the Early Childhood sector for 18 years with experience as an
    Educator, Educational Leader and Centre Director in both long day care and OOSH settings.
    Working in some more challenging areas of the Gold Coast, Katie came to recognise the valueof her own contribution to the industry. Katie is passionate about pedagogical practice andmentoring Educators through the National Quality Standard. Katie grew up in a big familywhere her home was shared with children in foster care, and this has contributed to her ownperspectives on quality care for young children and the significance of meaningful
    relationships. As a trainer/assessor Katie is passionate about the unique leadership
    opportunity in providing support to students on their own journey through the diverse
    landscapes of Early Childhood Education. Katie believes in being a learner and that
    professional development is a fundamental component to providing high quality care. Katie
    holds a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, Certificate IV in TAE and is currently
    studying a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary Education).

    Katie joined KKTC in May 2020

  • Emma Lee

    Compliance Administration – Southport Campus

    Emma Lee joined Kool Kids Training College in May 2019. As a trainee, she is
    learning policies and procedures that RTO’s have to follow and supporting the
    inhouse compliance team and trainers and assessors with their day to day
    operations.

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