Mosaic was founded in February 2014 on the initiative of South Perth Baptist Church who, having served the community of South Perth for over 114 years called Steve Izett to spearhead a new vision. This new direction is evolving and includes the redevelopment of the current church facilities into the Mosaic Centre, which will include the School of Life, and the Early Learning Centre.
Steve, Janet , Rose and the rest of the team are devoted to building a community that lives out the ‘Jesus’ way, helping connect people with God, with self, with others and with opportunities to be difference makers in our world. We are excited about this next step in adding you to our Mosaic Family.
About our Mosaic family.
Rose Byron – Director (Mrs Rose)
I feel privileged to have been chosen as Mosaic’s founding Director in January 2014, joining Steve and Janet to nurture their visions into reality. My name is Rose Byron and I have more than twenty years of experience in Early Childhood. I graduated from Edith Cowan University and continued my education in a practical sense by working at long day care, occasional care, and kindergartens across Perth and in Melbourne. I am married an live in the community in Salter Point with my husband and teenage son. We love slowly renovating our castle and travelling as often as we can. Being part of a team that will bring the pieces of Mosaic Early Learning Centre together is also my focus, and I am extremely motivated and excited immersing myself in this part of my life and even more so, about sharing this journey with you.
Steve Izett – Pastor and Team Leader (Mr Steve)
After 18 months of preparation, plans for the new Mosaic Centre and Community are coming together and I am so excited to be a part of this journey.The new Mosaic Centre with its School of Life and Early Learning Centre is an exciting place for individuals and families to thrive and grow.
I have a passion to see people come alive and discover the fullness of life that God intends for each of us. As the Mosaic Team Leader, I am devoted to giving my best, following in the footsteps of Jesus.
Janet Carey – Administrator (Mrs Janet)
After many years of working and raising a family I commenced as the Office Administrator of South Perth Baptist Church in May 2012. As a member of the church congregation I was aware of the planned redevelopment and I am excited to be a part of what I believe will be a very special centre.
While my main responsibilities will be overseeing the finances and administration, it is also a passion of mine to connect with people. Making the time to share life with staff, families, and the community that comes through our doors is something I am looking forward to immensely.
3-6 Year Olds
Anne Abaygar Cruz - Early Childhood Teacher
I have attained my Master’s degree in Child Development and Education at the University of Asia and the Pacific in the Philippines. I am currently registered as an Early Childhood Teacher with the TRBWA. I am on my 9th year in the industry and I am proud to be one of the pioneer educators of Mosaic ELC. :) Since then, I have been in the Kinder Room for the last 3 consecutive years. Besides being an educator, I am also tasked to be the 2IC of the centre and I continue to learn more about the management side of things. I am also a mum of a 2 yr old who is currently attending classes in our Piccolos Room.
Being the kindy teacher in Mosaic ELC, I give importance to the children’s current interests and knowledge and use these as our guide to create a program that not only extends their learning but also prepares them for school readiness. We are inspired by the Reggio Approach, where we learn through play and incorporate natural resources and recycled materials in our daily activities in the Kinder room. Nevertheless, we also give emphasis on providing activities and experiences that will develop skills for children to have an easy and successful transition to school settings. Discovering and exploring the world around us is quite exciting and interesting. I would like to encourage the children to have this kind of enthusiasm whilst in our centre.
Moreover, I am determined to provide a welcoming and safe environment for children to feel secured and cared for as well as to grow in love and respect for others. I would like to continue to educate them towards being good individuals for their families and for the community.
Jo Fresi - Assistant Educator
My name is Jo-Anne and I studied in Queensland achieving a Diploma of music and then a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. I love being in the classroom inspiring young creative minds, however after completing a Certificate 3 in children’s services I fell in love with early childhood learning and especially the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
My favourite colour is Yellow. My favourite animal is the horse. My hobbies keep changing so really anything that make me laugh and is enjoyable.
Zaye Wantee - Qualified Educator working towards Bachelor of Education
My name is Miss Zaye. I was born and raised in a small country on the west cost of Africa call Liberia, I have attained a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2016, whilst completing this qualification I was privileged to join the Mosaic family on a casual basis, I have worked in all the rooms; with the most recent being a full time staff in the kinder room.
After six years of working with children, I can honestly say that there is nothing more satisfying than working with children.
One of my favourite things to do is exploring nature. I absolutely love the idea of hiking, only to places are safe (snakes and spiders free).
If I should have a pet, it will have to be a dolphin strictly because of its clean nature.
Listening to is my most preferred hobby.
Aline Arruda - Qualified Educator
Mrs. Aline is currently on parental leave until approximately January 2019
I am from Brazil, and after living in the US and Italy, I moved to Australia with my husband in 2012. I have a Bachelor in Law and Masters in Business, Environmental Law and Environmental Technology. I also graduated as an Environmental Educator with several qualifications. After years of working as an attorney, I realised I needed a change and further education, and so I began working with children as this was always a passion of mine. When I began my new path, I fell in love.
I love my job as a Early Childhood Educator and being a part of the children’s lives and their families lives is a privilege. Every child is unique, capable and amazing. I fell blessed to be part of the Mosaic family and to be part of Mosaic's story as an original staff member. Through the years, I've seen the centre growing with the children and our beautiful families. I've seen children starting as babies and leaving Mosaic as confident children ready to school. My family has also been growing with Mosaic: you can find Amanda in Piccolos room doing painting or running outside and next year, my son, DanieI will be in Bambini room. Mosaic is my family, I love working here and though the years I've connected to staff and families, making very close friends. I see Mosaic as an extension of my own family.
I strongly believe that education can change the world and the Reggio approach is an amazing philosophy to educate children to be better people for life. I love studying and after falling in love with Reggio, I have been learning more about this inspiring approach taking few PD's and recently visiting Reggio Emilia in Italy. I am finishing another qualification as an Education Assistant in Early Childhood and I keep thinking what I will study next. As an early childhood educator I love to connect with the staff, the children and families, as well as being able to educate them and to also to learn and grow as a human being while sharing every day with them.
2 - 3 Year Olds
Tara Cole - Qualified Educator
My name is Ms Tara, I have my diploma in Children services, and I am the Piccolo Room Leader. I have over 11 years experience working with children. People say that I am bright, bubbly and very passionate educator.
I’m a very creative and artistic person. I enjoy imaginative, inspired and beautiful spaces and facilitating intentional teaching moments with children.
I love music and movement and I can’t wait to get to know all the children in the Piccolo room as well as their families.
I look forward to leading my team to excellence and to provide the best quality care at Mosaic.
Alice - Qualified Educator
I have been part of the Mosaic Early Learning community since the opening of the centre in 2014.
I have recently completed my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification.
I believe in the importance of play-based learning and how it positively contributes to the social and emotional development of children. I embrace the Reggio Emilia approach to early learning that asserts children should be respected as competent, highly complex, creative and capable people.
Lisa Moore - Qualified Educator
My name is Lisa I've been working in child care for nine years and have been Diploma qualified for 7 years, I enjoy working with children and watching each child grow and develop over the first six years of their life.
Michael Stegherr - Assistant Educator
My name is Mr. Michael. I have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and have been working at Mosaic Early Learning Centre since June 2016.
I believe in child-led learning and in the importance of connecting children with nature as well as assisting children in living more sustainably. As I grew up in Germany and my wife in South Korea, our children are raised multilingual. Languages and language development is therefore another passion of mine.
In my spare time, which I spend mostly with my family, I love traveling, be it long-distance or finding hidden gems in and around Perth, reading and writing, listening to and making music and gardening.
Mardi Simpson - Qualified Educator
Hi my name is Mardi Simpson. I am a mother of 2 very active children. I have been married for 12 years and have travelled extensively through Europe and Australia with my husband. During this time I have developed a wealth of knowledge by visiting and working in different centres in which I have gained respect and understanding of a variety of teaching abilities. I now have the privilege of calling Perth home and love being proactive in the South Perth community.
I have been working in this industry for 11 years and have gained my diploma in children's services. I have also successfully completed certificate IV Disability and have a passion working with children of all abilities.
6 weeks to 2 Year Olds
Meagan Taylor - Qualified Educator
I was born and grew up in the Perth hills. After leaving school at the end of year 10, I gained my diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Although I hate airports and planes, I have been to Europe twice, and done many mission trips to South Africa. My favourite colour is pink, favourite animal is an Elephant and my favourite thing to do is take a nap!
Paige Carey - Assistant Educator
Miss Paige was born here in Australia and after finishing high school at the end of year 11, gained her certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care and is currently enrolled in her Diploma.
Miss Paige is involved with a group that supports orphans and under privileged children in Indonesia.
Her favourite colour is purple, favourite animal is her dog and her favourite thing to do is listen to music.
Ellen Wantee - Assistant Educator
Miss. Ellen was born in Liberia and moved to Australia when she was 8 years old. After finishing year 12 Miss. Ellen went on to study her certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and care.
Miss Ellen loves animals and is on the volunteers list at Perth Zoo and Whiteman Park,
Her favourite colour is purple, favourite animal is a Giraffe and her favourite thing to do is read.
Christine Perry - Assistant Educator
Mrs. Christine was born here in Australia, and has worked with children since the age of 16. She has studied and worked in many different fields including her certificate 3 in Early Childhood, swimming teaching and in even dental assisting + radiography. Before having her 4 children, Mrs. Christine went on multiple mission trips. Her favourite colour is teal, favourite animal is rabbit and her favourite thing to do is read.