189 St Helena Rd, Greensborough, VIC, 3088
(03) 8594 0181

Our People

Our People


Shelly Roderick

Centre Manager

Shelly Roderick has been in the childcare industry 24 years ago and holds an Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Services. Her experience over the years ranges from Lead Educator, Centre Manager and Area Manager.

Shelly’s most proud accolade during her long career was winning ‘Victorian Childcare Director of the year’ in 2009 for The Australian Family – Early Education and Care awards.

Shelly is a passionate people person, who strives to work closely with families and educators to ensure the best possible care and opportunities are offered to the children in our service. She is very much looking forward to getting to know all our wonderful families and being part of our already amazing team.

Shelly can be contacted at enquiries@sthelenael.com.au


Ivona Lozanovski

Area Manager

Ivona Lozanovski began her Early Learning journey 13 years ago and holds a Diploma of Children’s Services.

Ivona commenced her career in 2008 as an Assistant Educator and has since worked her way up within the industry, going on to hold various positions within the sector.

Ivona’s greatest passion is working alongside our industry leaders to support them in providing an enriching program and environment for our children that will provide them with the best possible early learning journey, our Early Childhood Industry has to offer.

Ivona can be contacted at ivona@ccdo.com.au


Michelle Jovic

Centre Manager

Michelle Jovic began her Early Learning journey 13 years ago and holds a Diploma of Children’s Services. Michelle commenced her career in 2008 as an Assistant Educator and continued to develop her knowledge, progressing through various positions in the sector.

Michelle has enthusiasm for creating beautiful environments and experiences that allow children to be creative and imaginative; believing each child is different and therefore will have a different way of learning. Michelle’s greatest passion is supporting and guiding each child to meet their milestone; watching a child develop and blossom is definitely the most fulfilling part of working in childcare.

Michelle thrives working alongside fellow sector leaders and never stop learning new and exciting growths within the industry. Michelle is friendly and approachable and enjoys forming new relationships with families and being apart of the marvellous team at St Helena Early Learning.

Michelle can be contacted at enquiries@sthelenael.com.au


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Our Educators

We believe that our Educators are our greatest asset.

They have the most important job in the world; caring for and educating our precious children, this why it is vital that we have a dedicated team of caring, committed and experienced Educators. At St Helena Early Learning our Educators will inspire our children with their energy, passion and creativity. They will care for our children with respect, love and encouragement. They will educate, guide and teach our children, they will empower, protect and challenge our children and they will interact, play and have fun with our children. This is our promise to you.

We will always support and encourage our Educators to never stop learning. We embrace all professional development opportunities and urge our Educators to further their knowledge, skills and experience personally and professionally.

We have amazing Educators that champion particular roles in our service, these roles include an Educational Leader, Sustainability Officer, Workplace Health and Safety Representative, Wellbeing Officer and an Indigenous Perspective Leader. These passionate leaders are committed to their role and really drive our curriculum, initiatives, experiences and quality in their area of excellence. They work with our team, families and children to ensure procedures and programs are embedded into our everyday practices and interactions.


Emma Lamendola

General Manager

Emma Lamendola commenced her career in Early Childhood Education 24 years ago.

She hold a Diploma in Community Services, Advanced Diploma of Children Services and Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessing. Emma has held several positions in the industry, varying from centre level at a number of services to management level with corporate, private and community based operators.

Emma’s passion for children and high quality pedagogy is evident in her dedication and enthusiasm. Emma manages our centre operations and spends her time at our service developing, supporting, training and mentoring our educators.

Emma can be contacted at:  emma@ccdo.com.au.


Steve Murphy

Managing Director

The owner of St Helena Early Learning has extensive experience and a proud history in the Early Childhood Education sector. In 2004 Steve Murphy and his wife Larissa Murphy purchased their first childcare centre in Queensland after identifying a need for a family owned and operated boutique early childhood education service. Having two children of their own, gave Steve and Larissa a personal understanding of the importance of early childhood education and care and the motivation and drive to make a difference in the industry.

Steve brings a unique set of skills, industry experience and knowledge to the St Helena Early Learning family. He is committed to providing state of the art learning studios and environments and educational excellence. He is also passionate about investing in a high quality staff and viewing early childhood education and care through a parent’s eyes.