Mary-Rose is an inspirational leader who cherishes young children, their families and the staff in her team. She has worked in the education industry for over 35 years and her passion and commitment stands strong today.
Her career began as a primary school teacher and this experience was invaluable for what was to come next. Working with primary aged children lead Mary-Rose to truly believe in early childhood education, and she was quick to realise the importance of pre-school years in laying down a solid foundation for successful and fulfilling future learning.
With a strong vision and an abundance of determination, Mary-Rose established Summerfield in 1987. She was an industry pioneer and committed to creating a centre that prioritised children and their families and accepted nothing less than excellence. The values she built Summerfield on continue to remain at the heart of our centre today and form the principles of our philosophy.
Our families and staff describe Mary-Rose as a caring, warm and supportive person who is both innovative and charismatic. Her creativity is abundant as is her sense of fun. Mary-Rose is extremely generous with her time, feedback and words of wisdom, and has consequently cemented respect and long-lasting connections with the community, education providers and families.
In addition to building an Early Leaning Centre of excellence, Mary-Rose works within the community supporting children and their families. Her affiliations with other educational institutes and charitable communities are applauded and the special ‘Mary-Rose’ touches can be clearly seen across our community.
Mary-Rose continues to work closely with Angela, Colleen and the team to maintain the “Summerfield way” and can, on occasion, be found in the office, spending time with some of our children or hugging a baby close to her.