Our Staff

Rehana Shanks – Head Teacher

Matt Grieve (MA Hons, PGCE, Masters in Education) – Nursery Teacher

Matt studied History at Dundee University before training to be a Primary School teacher.  He has worked at Dean Park Primary since 2006 in all stages of the school but mainly in the Nursery Department.

Carole Melaisi (BA) – Early Years Officer
Carole qualified as an Early Years Practitioner in June 2000. She went on to complete her BA degree in Childhood Practice at Edinburgh University. She spent 13 years working in Ratho primary school nursery before joining Dean Park in August 2012. Carole is trained in delivering the PEEP (Parents Early Education Partnerships) programme to support children and families.

Caroline Milne – Early Years Practitioner
Caroline qualified as an Early Years Practitioner in 1989.  Her first job was being a nanny working with 2 young children.   Caroline got her first job in education at Gracemount Nursery.  She worked there for 8 years and then moved to Sighthill taking part in the early years intervention programme in primary 1 for a further 8 years.  Caroline has been working here for 8 years as an Early Years Practitioner.

Maureen Lynn – Early Years Practitioner
Maureen qualified in 1979 from Clydebank Technical College.  She worked in The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill for 4 and half years.  Then Maureen worked in Whitecrook nursery school for 7 years.  Maureen then worked in a children and family centre for 4 years before coming to work at Dean park nursery school; she is enjoying her 18th year here.

Carol Jones – Early Years Practitioner
Carol qualified in June 2000 as an Early Years Practitioner.  Carol started working at Dean Park nursery in August 2000.  She has been part of the Balerno community most of her life.  Carol completed PEEPS training in 2011.  PEEPS stands for parents as early education years partners.

Mairead Telford – Early Years Practitioner
Mairead qualified as an Early Years Practitioner with a BA in Early Childhood Care and Education in June 2000.  After spending some time working in nurseries in Dublin she then moved over to Scotland.  Mairead spent 10 years working at Jigsaw Nursery before joining our team in 2015.  Mairead job shares with Kate Gibb.

Kate Gibb – Early Years Practitioner
Kate qualified as an Early Years Practitioner in 2002 and has worked in private nurseries and playgroups.  Kate joined Dean Park in 2013, initially as a PSA before becoming part of the nursery team.

Jennifer Flockhart – Pupil Support Assistant
Jennifer enjoys working at Dean Park Primary.  She supports children both in the nursery and in the main building.

Amy Buchanan – Administrator
Amy joined us from Balerno High School as the Nursery Administrator in 2015. Amy deals with all nursery data on the school system, waiting lists, new pupils, keeping records up to date and correspondence.

Alec Fraser – Janitor

“I fix all the problems, running about after all the staff here”.  Alec has worked as the janitor here for 8 years.  “This is the best job I have had, the staff are all wonderful.”

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