Carolyn Atkinson

Carolyn Atkinson (‘Mrs A’)

Director/Teacher St Thomas’s Riverview Kindergarten

Education & Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood (Brisbane College of Advanced Education now QUT Kelvin Grove)
  • First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma training

Career History

Carolyn has taught in early childhood for 25 years in Queensland in a variety of settings, including Salisbury  Kindergarten, Amberley Kindergarten, Gatton Kindy (which she attended as a child as well) and Mackay Kindy and Preschool.  She is passionate about educating young children to care for and respect themselves, others and the environment.

Prior to moving to Mackay, Carolyn spent nearly two years living in Carnarvon Gorge National Park, writing and home schooling her children while her husband worked as a Ranger for Qld Parks and Wildlife.

Being community minded, Carolyn also worked as a migrant settlement worker in Mackay for 2 years, supporting migrants new to Mackay, and is active in community groups such as Botanic Garden Friends and volunteer English tutoring. Carolyn has recently moved from Mackay, where she has lived for six years, to Brisbane, to work at St Thomas’s.


  • Raising two children to be well-adjusted young adults
  • Leading a team to achieve exceeding in all 7 National Quality Standards
  • Writing a young children’s environmental book and co-writing another
  • Introducing more than 200 children to the magic of learning in the early years.

Jennifer Miller

Teachers Assistant (Kindergarten Group) St Thomas’s Riverview

Education & Qualifications

  • Certificate III in Community Services (Children’s Services)
  • Secondary Education – Pimlico State High School (Year 12)
  • Senior First Aid
  • Teacher of Swimming
  • Anaphylaxis Training

Career History

Jennifer Miller has been working as a Teachers Assistant (Kindergarten Group) at St Thomas’s Riverview Kindergarten since 2004.  Her friendly, outgoing personality endears her to the children.  She also brings to her role a wealth of knowledge as an experienced mother.

After finishing high school Jennifer worked at the ANZ Bank for 15½ years.  She joined the bank in Townsville and was transferred to Brisbane. She then left the bank to have a family.

Prior to St Thomas’s Jennifer worked at Middle Park Preschool, Jamboree Heights Community Kindergarten and Kiah Occasional Care.

Jennifer has also been on the committee of various other kindergartens and preschools where her children attended.


  • Greatest Achievement – being a Mother
  • Jennifer also enjoys swimming and is a qualified instructor. Whilst her swimming achievements are many, she has achieved State Level and still competes in Open Water swims, most recently the 2006 Noosa Triathlon – Eyeline Water Swim.

Robin Smith

Teachers Assistant (pre-prep group) St Thomas’s Riverview Kindergarten

Education & Qualifications

  • Certificate III in Community Services (Children’s Services)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Anaphylaxis Training
  • Certificate of Small Business Catering
  • Drake Computer Training


Career History

Robin Smith has been with St Thomas’s Riverview Kindergarten since 2008. After finishing school Robin attended Seven Hills Technical College where she followed a career in administrative work at Griffith University, a Constain Construction and Bank of Queensland for over 16 years.  She then completed her Certificate III part time at night at Alexandra Hills TAFE.  Robin has came from a C&K Centre which she worked at for 8 years prior to St Thomas’s.  During her time at the centre she has also carried out relief work for other C&K Centres and worked in the State School system as a Preschool Assistant.

Robin enjoys volunteering for the Child Abuse Trust in her spare time and keeping in touch with family and friends.


  • Greatest achievement – being a Mother
  • Being a Godmother to Declan
  • Annual Breast Cancer Walker – Southbank

Anne Riachi

Administration Assistant St Thomas’s Riverview Kindergarten

Education & Qualifications

  • MYOB Training Course – Qld
  • Positive Parenting Course – SA
  • Secondary Education – Oak Park High School – Vic (Year 12).


Career History

Anne Riachi has been associated with St Thomas’s Riverview Kindergarten for over 7 years. For the first 3 years as a parent and volunteer (Assistant Treasurer) when her two children were attending the centre and since then as the Administration Assistant.

Anne’s friendly and outgoing personality combined with her office skills, efficiency and attention to details has made her an important part of the St Thomas’s family.  She has also gained a great deal of experience in similar roles with other C&K centres.

Prior to getting into the early childhood sector Anne together with her husband ran their own consultancy business. Early on in her career Anne held a variety of positions in the financial services, banking and retail industries. Some of those roles included Sales Manager in Financial Services, Sales Manager in Fashion Retail and 5 years banking experience.


  • My family – mother of 3 children
  • Top Sales Person – Financial Services (1990)
  • Finding the best job, working in a fun and relaxed environment with great  staff – makes going to work a pleasure!