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Contact Us

Email: info@happyturtlechildcare.com

Phone: (03) 50212 933


528 Ontario Avenue, Mildura

VIC 3500

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-  OUR TEAM  -

Director's Welcome

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Cathy Marziano. | Director/Owner

Meet Our Team

Debbie Brown 
Sharon Cufari

Administration / Accounts

Debbie has been working in childcare for over twenty eight years. Debbies experiences are within school classrooms from prep to year ten and Outside School Hours Care - OSHC

Debbie has a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Children's Services and loves working with children of all ages, she feels so fortunate to be a part of the Happy Turtle Team.

Debbie also enjoys spending time with her family. Debbie looks forward to building lasting relationships with the children, families and her colleagues at the Happy Turtle Childcare Centre. 

Shelby Deiesi

Pre-Kindy Room Leader - Educator

Shelby completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2010, she worked for 3 years in a long day care service. Early 2013 Shelby left work to raise her first child and in 2015 welcomed her second born. In 2017 Shelby returned to the children services industry and joined us from opening.Shelby enjoys learning about the Early Years Learning framework, extending on her knowledge each and every day. Shelby is passionate about the natural environment always bringing the outdoors in,our Pre-Kindy room is very natural with bamboo plants, indoor ferns, grown grass and much much more.

Hatchlings Room Leader & Educational Leader 

Sharon has been in the Early Childcare Industry for 9 years. Sharon has her Diploma in Children's Services and is currently studying her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Sharon believes that all children have a safe educational environment where they can learn and develop at their own pace. Sharon is a Mother of three adult children, Grandmother to five amazing grandchildren and wife to husband Bruno. Sharon brings her warm, nurturing and caring personality each day along with her parenting skills and knowledge about the EYLF to our Centre. 

Maria Gallo 

Hatchling Educator

Maria completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care in 2014. Within her first year in children services, Maria has found a fulfilling passion for helping children grow and learn. She brings happiness and support within the centre and loves to engage in children's activities, making sure they are fun and exciting. Outside of her childcare practice, Maria loves to spend time with her family and friends, as well as walking her dog and making candles. 

Stephanie Gould

Administration / Payroll / Social Media

Stephanie has been working in admin for 3 years. Stephanie decided to take on a new adventure beside her parents at Happy Turtle as Senior Admin and is excited to experience a new industry in Childcare, her previous career for the past 10 years was in Dental as a Dental Assistant. Stephanie brings her knowledge and experience and her happy, warm welcoming personality to the Centre. 

Jo-Anne Franklin

Assistant Educator - (Toddlers)

Jo has been working in childcare for 5 years. Jo is one of our newest Educators to join our team and she couldn't be happier, she is looking forward to getting to know the children and the families more and helping the children learn and develop. Jo brings her bubbly, vibrant, and happy personality to the centre and is a caring person. Jo also cares for the children's education and learning and watching them grow. Jo enjoys spending time with the children, watching and engaging new learning experiences for them. She loves learning more knowledge and aspects about Early Years Childhood Education. Jo also gets joy from dancing and having fun with the children, listening to music and reading stories for group time.  

Jessica Starikov

Toddler Room Leader

Jessica completed her Certificate III in Children Services in 2009. Jessica then started her family, having three girls over the years. She then decided to get back into the work force and applied for a job at the start of 2017 where she spent 16months at Good Start Early Learning Centre. Jessica started working at Happy Turtle Childcare Centre in June 2018. She is always eager to expand on her knowledge and gain more experience in childcare, she is not afraid to ask if there's something she isn't sure about. Jessica also enjoys playing games with the children and role playing with them. Jessica enjoys learning what the children's interests are so that she can establish a connection with them to improve on their ability to grow. 

Paige Parsons 
Vanessa Taglierini

Paige is our Chef Tuesdays and Fridays. Paige has been cooking for over 20 years, she is a  mother of two beautiful children, one of which is currently attending Happy Turtle. Paige loves seeing and cooking for your wonderful children and always tries to fill there tummies with healthy home style meals. Although at times her meals may fail her critics, never worry her cheese vegiemite butterfly sandwiches are 5 star.

Educator - Toddler 

Vanessa completed her Certificate III in Children's Services and a couple after completed her Diploma of Early Childhood
and Care. Vanessa is a fun and caring
person who enjoys spending time with her family and shopping. 


Alexandra Cavallaro
Imogen Smith

Alex is a co- Educator in the Toddler Room. Alex has been at Happy Turtle since May 2018 and she holds her Certificate III in Children Services and currently studying my Diploma in Childhood Education and Care. Alex likes spending her spare time with her family and friends.