Friendly and Expert Team

Working alongside you to raise the future generation.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

A dynamic mother and daughter team focused on providing a safe and natural environment for children to learn, play and thrive.

Sheela Edwards

Founder and CEO

Sheela has created an holistic, hands-on learning environment for Aurora children, designed to encourage them to achieve their full potential.

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Simone Edwards

Co-Founder and COO

Simone is passionate about supporting Aurora’s staff to grow and flourish via positive leadership, communication, creativity and innovation.

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We only work with the best.

Highest Quality Team

At Aurora, we only work with the best. All our teachers are well versed in early childhood education best practice and share our commitment to nurturing your child in a safe, supportive learning environment. Their dedication makes all the difference.

Our Leaders

Our professional early childhood educators maintain an up-to-date knowledge of recent pedagogical research and best practice. They ensure approved National and Victorian Learning Frameworks guide our programmes.

Kate Sigley

Centre Manager Rowville

Kate brings knowledge and experience to our team with a Diploma in Children Services and an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management. She is bright and bubbly and has wonderful skills in supporting children, families and staff with any needs they may have throughout their time with us.

Kirby Crowley

2IC & Educational Leader, Rowville 

Kirby holds a Bachelors of Education specialising in Primary school. She found her passion when working in an Early Childhood Setting and has fallen in love with children between the ages of 0-3. She is highly knowledgeable, experienced and an amazing mentor to the many staff working at Aurora. 

Jennifer Cox

2IC & Educational Leader,  Doncaster

Jennifer has an Advanced Diploma and is currently studying her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (0-8 years). She has been working with Aurora for 9 years and loves nurturing and teaching children and seeing them reach their full potential.

Melinda O’Brien

Administration/Marketing Assistant

Melinda holds an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management. She has been in the Early Education industry for 15 years. She is enthusiastic and involved in ensuring Aurora’s operations run smoothly.

Ashlea Dimopoulos

Enrollments Officer, Doncaster

Ashlea has joined the team coming from a background in Retail Management with 7 years experience in Leadership roles and holds a Cert III in Retail Supervision. With previous experience in childcare centers and primary schools, she has been a part of the Aurora Doncaster Office Team for the past 18months. She is an enthusiastic and bubbly part of the team.

Jessie So

Willow Walk Kindergarten Teacher, Doncaster

Putting her Bachelor of Early Childhood degree into practice, Jessie always engages, motivates and inspires children to follow their dreams and continue to learn throughout their lives. She is fluent in Mandarin and English and works hard to support our bi-lingual and new children and families transition into the service.

Indika Rajapakse

Willow Walk Kindergarten Teacher, Rowville 

Indika believes that each child is unique, and Indika works alongside them to maximise the full potential of their individual learning experience. Indika holds a Bachelor in Early Childhood Studies and is passionate about connecting with each family and child to create a seamless transition into school.

Maggie Shao

Moonglade Kindergarten Teacher, Rowville

Maggie has a degree in Masters of Early Childhood Teaching and has a strong passion to deliver a high quality play and learning experience.

Kiah Reynolds

Sea Breeze Studio Leader, Doncaster

Kiah is passionate about creative arts and has run art programs for her community and with children. She brings her expertise and her passion into Aurora as the Spring Rain Studio Leader.

Michelle Pereira

Seamist Studio Leader, Rowville 

Michelle Pereira has been working in this industry for 9 and a half years. She firmly believes that every individual, adult or child should be treated equally and with respect. In her free time she enjoys playing board games with her children.

Karishma Joshi

Marketing and Compliance Officer

Karishma holds a Masters of Teaching and uses her passion for and knowledge of pedagogy to ensure that policies and procedures support high quality practice. She is also focused on creating connections with the community, both in the Aurora Village and beyond.

Total years experience
Bachelors Trained Teachers
Diploma Qualified
Total professional development experience