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Lisa Dolby | Head Trainer and Assessor

Lisa is our Head Trainer and Assessor at AIECS, overseeing the student training experience. Leaving school in Grade 11 to pursue a career as an apprentice Chef, Lisa worked in the restaurant industry in New South Wales for over four years before making the decision to move to sunny Queensland in 1999. After a further 9 months working at Michael’s on Eagle Street Pier, Lisa found her passion fading due to the long hours and no work/life balance.

After having two children of her own, Lisa took her first step towards a career in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2004 gaining a position as a lunch float at a local child care centre. Having found a new passion, Lisa worked her way up to a Director position and remained working in-centre until 2017. In 2019, Lisa began her career as a trainer and assessor for AIECS where she is now the Head Trainer of the college.

“Having over 17 years’ experience in ECEC, I can relate to my students better as I have worked my way from a casual lunch float to a director’s position whilst having a family and the pressures of working full time. This has built the foundation required to have positive rapport and relationships with all my students as I can relate to their needs and concerns but also celebrate their successes also. This the best part of the job.

In her spare time you can find Lisa spending time with her family, going to the beach, breeding budgies and working on her growing succulent collection.

Brooke Dyson | Trainer and Assessor

Brooke began her career in Early Childhood Education and Care as a trainee in 2008 before working her way up to a lead educator role in 2010. With a passion for helping others and all things Early Childhood Education, Brooke made the shift in 2015 from working in-centre to becoming a trainer here at AIECS. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, she now assists others in paving their own career paths in the Early Childhood Education and Care industry.

Brooke is a mother to 3 children of her own and outside of work loves spending time with family and friends and going on adventures – whether it be camping, 4x4ing, exploring rainforests or simply jumping in the car and seeing where the road leads.

“I enjoy the flexibility of this job and being able to have a great work life balance. I love the social side and the hands-on approach that we offer. Being able to visit new centres and experience new learning structures and environments while assisting students with gaining knowledge and confidence in the industry is always a rewarding experience.”

Through her first-hand experience, Brooke is able to support, prepare and encourage her students for all facets of a career in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Gemma Poteri | Trainer and Assessor

Gemma has had an extensive career in Early Childhood Education and Care having spent 17 years working in childcare. 3 years into her career as a trainer with AIECS, Gemma is now dedicated to sharing all she has learnt about the industry with her students and guiding them through their own Early Childhood Education and Care career journeys.

Gemma is particularly passionate about Learning through Play and Nature Play philosophy - believing children learn best from playing and exploring the great outdoors. During her time at AIECS, Gemma has crafted and implemented a number of creative programs that encourage learning through play including a range of STEM workshops run throughout local services. Alongside this Gemma also teaches regular Professional Development workshops for services, with a special interest in Behaviour Guidance.

Inspired by Claire Warden, Howard Gardener and Batman, Gemma is a hands-on, motivational teacher committed to helping her students flourish and get the most out of their student experience.



Ruth McCabe | Trainer and Assessor

Ruth is the “Newest Trainer on the Block” here at AIECS but has had an extensive career in Early Childhood Education. Ruth began in 1988 as a Part -time Nanny whilst completing her high school education. After Grade 12, Ruth studied her Associate Diploma of Education in Early Childhood at North Point Institute of TAFE. Ruth worked Part-time whilst completing her studies, becoming a Lead Educator in 1991.

Ruth has had diverse experiences in her thirty-three year career, ranging from Lead Educator, Director, Nutritional Leader, Special Education assistant, and Community advisor and Liaison. Ruth also held a position in an Education Community Advisory Committee for a number of years, advising a number of local RTO’s on what the Childcare Industry would like to see in current training delivery. It was during this time that Ruth discovered her passion for vocational education, and its necessity in ensuring the highest quality of care for children.

Ruth holds Diplomas in Early Childhood education, Youth Work, and Counselling as well as certificates in Training and Adult Education, Food Safety Supervision, Advanced First Aid, CPR, and Oxygen Delivery therapy, Ruth also has extensive experience in special education including enteral feeding and stoma care.

Outside of work Ruth loves to go on adventures, “I love camping, hiking, and any water sports, as I hold my boat and Jet ski license, as well as spending time with my 4 children and two grandchildren.





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