Rebecca Tyson

4 Year Old Teacher & Educational Leader

Rebecca joins the Highmount Preschool community in 2020. It will be her 7th year teaching kindergarten and her 15th year working in the education sector. 

“I am deeply passionate about quality education for all children and aim to provide children with meaningful and engaging learning experiences and foster a life-long love of learning. I am very much looking forward to being part of the Highmount community and providing a high-quality kindergarten program for the children and families to enjoy. Know that in 2020 tougher we will learn, gain understanding, be challenged and inspired, experience adventure and wonder, and most importantly we will form connections and have fun!” 


Hilda Cousins

3 Year Old Educator

Hilda joined Highmount Preschool as a volunteer in 2016 and loved working with children so much she decided to leave her 30 year corporate career to study for a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Upon graduating in 2019 Hilda worked as an Assistant Educator before becoming the three-year-old group leader in 2020.  Hilda also works as Assistant Educator alongside our four-year-old Teacher.

“I’m so excited to be a part of the Highmount community and I look forward to working with the children and their families”




Jenny Galanos

Assistant Educator

Jenny has a Diploma of Teaching. She has worked with children in a variety of areas throughout her life including family day care, home day care and at the Craig Family Centre with children aged 2-5. Her first position was as an assistant at St Pauls in Canterbury and now enjoys being part of the Highmount Pre-school team. Jenny works as an assistant teacher at Highmount with both the three and four year old classes.


Abida Khan

Assistant Educator

Abida has a Bachelor Degree in Education (overseas) and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from JTI Melbourne. Abida has worked at Chandler Kindergarten and Mount Waverley Preschool. Abida joined the Highmount Preschool team in 2016 and works as lunch time relief. Abida has varied experience in both Preschools and Primary Schools. She has a keen interesting young children in teaching through play.