Preschool Teaching Team


Preschool Teaching Team

Mrs Laurel Rodrigues

Deputy Principal and Preschool Team leader

I am excited to be leading the Preschool and Kinder teams. I am passionate about early childhood education and supporting students to have a positive start to their schooling life. I love reading and sharing quality literature with students. My free time is filled with walking my dog, Nacho and spending time with my family.

Laurel Rodrigues

Email: Laurel.Rodrigues@ed.act.edu.au

Mrs Watkin

Blue group

I am Mrs Watkin. I have been teaching at Mawson for seven years. I have taught Year One and Year Two as well as Preschool. I have been here to see our school grow from very small to very big in a short time. I have two children. They have taught me a lot about being a great teacher and the amazing role parents play as the first, and life-long, educators of their children. I love to read stories and sing and dance. My favourite author is Julia Donaldson. I love her books and the stories they tell. In my classroom, you will see lots of hands-on learning and hear lots of conversations about all the fun activities we are doing.

Nicole Watkin

Email: Nicole.watkin@ed.act.edu.au

Ms Friend

Red and Yellow groups (Wednesdays)

Hi, I am Ms Friend. I work in the Preschool on Wednesdays with the Red and Yellow groups. On other days I am a busy mum to 4 little boys. I love working at Mawson and have got to know many families in my time. I am looking forward to getting to know yours. I love watching children learn through play and on Wednesdays I take the children up to the school library to read stories and experience being part of the Primary School.

Amanda Friend

Email: Amanda.friend@ed.act.edu.au

Ms Fei He

Green Group

My name is Fei He. I was born and raised in Beijing, China and Mandarin is my mother tongue. I came to Australia in 2016 and did my master degree (Master of Teaching - Early childhood & Primary) in Deakin University, Melbourne. After graduation, I moved to Canberra in 2019 and worked in early years education. Before entering the education field, I worked as a radio reporter for more than 10 years in China and the U.S. I'm a foodie and cooking is my way to relax on weekends. I'm also a traveller, wishing to tour around the world to see different sceneries and to experience all cultures.

Fei He

Email: Fei.he@ed.act.edu.au

Preschool Support Assistants

Preschool AssistantsGroups
Fiona Xu
Blue and green groups assistants

Fatima Ali

Red and yellow groups assistant

Chad Miller

Lunch Release