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


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


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


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


Preschool Support Assistants

Preschool AssistantsGroups
Fiona Xu
Blue and green groups assistants

Fatima Ali

Red and yellow groups assistant

Chad Miller

Lunch Release