Sugar Gliders Room Staff


Senior Educator

Hi there my name is Darushka and l am from South Africa. I have been working at Noah`s Ark since 2017. I am a qualified Montessori educator and I have a certificate lll and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

I believe children are the future and my role as an early childhood educator is to support and guide children as they grow and develop during these formative years. I enjoy engaging inquisitive minds about the world we live in and look forward to exploring nature and the world at large.

I believe children should be part of an environment that is both stimulating and safe. Each child`s needs differ and I am constantly working with my team and the amazing families within our centre to make sure the child`s needs are met. This entails a collaborative partnership between our parents and the trusted educators within the Sugar Gliders room.


Assistant Educator

Hello, my name is Emily and I am an assistant educator in the Joey’s room. I have been working at Noah’s Ark Early Learning Centre for over one year now, I started in a casual position but now I’m a full time educator. I am currently studying my certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and in the future plan to study a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Primary School Education. Working in the early childhood education sector is such a rewarding and fulfilling job, I’m proud to say that I sincerely enjoy the job I have. 


Assistant Educator

Hi my name is Mina and I have work at Noah’s Ark since 2008. I have completed my Certificate 3 in Children Services and love working with all age groups.

In my spare time I love to cook and sew while also spending time with my husband. I enjoy meeting new families and working with you all to ensure your children receives quality care.



Senior Educator

Hello my name is Melissa Nash.

I’ve been working in Early Childhood Industry for 20 years now and have experience with children birth to 5 years. In this time I have successfully completed my studies to an Advanced Diploma level.

Starting as an assistant educator many years ago and building upon my education I became a centre director. I enjoyed this role however being a mother as well I found I wanted a better balance between work and home. This is why I love my part time role here at Noah’s Ark covering Senior Educators for non-contact time.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, weekends away and keeping active outdoors. 


Senior Educator

Hi my name is Dani (Danielle),

I currently work part time in a senior educator role, covering Senior Educators when they are absence from the room. I have worked at Noah’s Ark since 2011 I various capacities, while most of the time was spent as the senior educator in the babies room.

I am currently in my 3rd year of a four year degree at uni, studying to be a nurse and paramedic.

My favourite part of working at Noah’s Ark is watching the children grow from babies to string, confident and inspired pre-schoolers ready to make their own footprints in the world.

Also, who doesn’t love playing and creating all day?!