The educators at Doncaster East Pre-School are all passionate about teaching children through play, and feel privileged to be able to share the learning process with both children and their families.
We are active in our professional development and reflection on both our teaching practices and the kindergarten program to ensure that we continue to provide a high quality service to our kinder families.


Lisa Kotlarewski

Lisa Kotlarewski – 4-year-old teacher and director
Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a qualified kinder teacher and have been working with three- and four-year-old children for the past 15 years.  I am married with two children, who are now both in High School.  We live on a small hobby farm with a pet dog and cat and have some chickens, sheep and cows.  I enjoy bush walking, reading and dancing.





Suzie BerdenisSuzie Berdenis – 4-year-old co-educator
Hi, I’m Suzie and I have my Diploma in Children’s Services and been working in childcare/kinder for 10 years. I live locally so I know the area very well.  I am married and have 3 gorgeous boys. I enjoy reading, cooking and going for long walks.






Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell – 4-year-old co-educator
Hi, I’m Lisa and I have a Diploma in Children’s Services. I have been working in kinders for six years. I live locally and am married with 2 lovely boys. I have been living in Australia for 15 years, and enjoy reading and travelling too.









Carmen LauCarmen Lau – 3-year-old teacher
Hi, my name is Carmen and I am a qualified kinder teacher. I joined Doncaster East Preschool in 2015. I love to travel, exploring different cultures and their foods. I grew up in Manningham, and am actively involved within the local Chinese community.






Jeanine Conroy – 3-year-old co-educator
Hi, my name is Jeanine. I’m married with two children, a boy and a girl. I have lived locally for almost 20 years. I like travel and camping holidays with my family and friends the most. I love to watch and get involved with my children’s sports and their clubs, coaching or helping out. My friends say I’m a people person because I love chatting to everyone!