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Our Staff

Below is information about our staff, including a link to our role statements and responsibilities with Aranda Afters.

Staff Roles and Responsibilities

Education Leader and Assistant Director – Leon Mason 

DSC_0219“I began working in Out of School Hours Care in 2012 and have since then thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities to provide guidance and support to learning and well being as an Educational Leader, as well as be inspired by the creativity shown by students that we work with each day.

What brought me to Aranda Afters was the excitement to build successful, supportive and collaborative relationships with our students and families and the opportunity to support the learning and development of a strong and enthusiastic Educator Team.”

Program Coordinator – ​​Sam Hoppitt

DSC_0218“I first joined childcare in 2010 and then became an Aranda team member in 2013. After a year long absence in London I am excited to be part of such an amazing team again.

Coming back as a Program Coordinator has got me excited about building a fun new program that incorporates inclusion, enjoyment and education =)”

Program Coordinator – Brooke JarmanDSC_0222“I’ve been working in Childcare since 2014 where I began in Early Childcare centres and I have a Diploma of Education and Care from Optimum Training Services.

I look forward to expanding my skill set with an older group of children while building positive relationships with our children, families and community.”


Sam and Brooke

Educator Team​


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Staff Stars

Our three most recent Staff Stars are displayed here!

Laura Rowston – Term 2 2019

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Laura brings quiet confidence and strength to the Aranda Afters educator team. If something needs to get done; Laura’s on it, no questions asked. Currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education, Laura brings her experience working with children to make the service as strong as possible. She loves the energy, positivity and fun-loving nature of the kids at Afters and is proud to watch them grow and develop into great people! Way to go Laura!

  • Favourite Ice-Cream Flavour: Hokey-Pokey
  • Dream Job: “A teacher, maybe in a leadership position, or maybe I’ll go back to do further study in something! I know that I want to work with children.”
  • Best Joke: What did the cheese say to itself in the mirror? Halou-mi!

Hugh Morell – Term 1 2019

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Hugh can be found on the floor having fun and engaging with the kids. With a knack for encouraging participation, Hugh feels that one of the most important thing about working with kids is being a positive influence. Hugh’s hard work and commitment to the Aranda Afters community proves that he is well deserving of the Staff Star.


  • Favourite colour: Orange, particularly the colour of a perfect sunset.
  • Favourite movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
  • Dream job: Either a teacher or a scientist.

Michael Temme – Term 1 2019

Need help with an arts and crafts project? Maybe you feel like flexing your green thumb and heading to the garden? If so, Michael is the educator you need! Michael is a long-time educator with Aranda Afters, and often goes above and beyond what is expected to ensure that children are getting the best experience possible. Michael loves hearing all the kids crazy ideas and as our resident garden guru has saved the veggie patch more times than we can count!

  • Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Mint Chocolate or Lemon Sorbet.
  • Favourite Dance Move: Unknown.
  • Best Joke: “Three people walked into a bar….. at least the last one ducked.”
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