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.

Kellie Lewis

Centre Manager Doncaster

Kellie holds and an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and is an experienced and passionate leader. She enjoys coaching and mentoring educators to be the best version of themselves, and continues to work closely with children and families to support in anyway she can.

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.

Haylee Prins

Educational Leader

Haylee is an experienced lead educator with a bubbly, positive attitude. Haylee has worked in several leadership roles, working within the Kindergarten environment as well as younger age groups in her career. She has been in the Early education industry for over 6 years.

Jess Quigley

2IC Doncaster

Jess has been in the industry for 6 years and has recently joined the Aurora Team. She has worked with all age groups but has spent most of her experience running a babies room. Jess has a calm and happy personality, which is a lovely addition to the Aurora family.

Kirby Crowley

2IC & Seamist Studio 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 in her Studio.

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.

Mary Jane Donnellan

Doncaster Willow Walk Kindergarten Studio Leader

MJ is passionate about Early Childhood Education and enjoys seeing ‘wow moments’ as children learn, grow and develop within environments which offer opportunities to explore, discover and ignite their creativity and learning.

Indika Rajapakse

Willow Walk Kindergarten Studio Leader – Doncaster

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.

Jessie So

 3yo 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.

Despina Dadalias

3yo Kindergarten Teacher Rowville

Despina is currently completing her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and has had many years working with Aurora to develop her skills in leadership and early childhood development. Despina is comfortable working in all age groups and has recently found a passion working with our 3-4yr olds watching them blossom before they head off to Kinder.

Caitlin Portarianos

Spring Rain Studio Leader Doncaster

Caitlin has been in industry since October 2011 and holds her Advanced Diploma in Early Education. Caitlin is our studio leader and enjoys helping children learn, grow and develop.

Jennifer Cox

Seamist Studio 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.

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

Team Members

Supporting our team to do its best work. We emphasise ongoing training and professional development so your child gets the very best experience at Aurora.

Georgia Baziotis

Rowville | Seamist Studio Team Leader

Leah Miranda

Rowville | Chef

Lawrence Cha

Doncaster | Chef