Our Teachers

We love what we do and are committed to providing a great preschool experience for your child. our staff are all highly experienced, enthusiastic, and qualified ECE teachers. They value individual and group learning and care for your child as they would their own. We recognise that as a parent, you are your child’s first and most important educator, and we will create a positive partnership with you to develop your child’s interests and love of learning.

Full Time Teaching Staff – in alphabetical order

Anna Wilson: B Tchg (ECE)

Why I love teaching is an easy question.  Who would not want to inspire our future generation to enjoy learning and question their theories through a fun and active day of play.  No day is the same, no hug is the same.  Each child is unique.  And I agree with the statement “children should have two things, one is roots and the other is wings.”


Annie Tikaram: B Tchg (ECE), Dip Montessori Tchg

The early years of childhood is when children are discovering so much about their environment and themselves.  It is really important to foster this natural innate curiosity in positive ways that extends a child’s love for learning.  For me, being an early childhood educator means that I am able to do this, to ensure that all children in my care get the best possible outcomes and to support them in the lifelong discovery of life.


Carrie Carr-Smith: B Tchg (ECE)

I love teaching in ECE because during these years the teachers role is an active one that involves a close relationship with the child and family.   Children are making discoveries about themselves and the world around them and gaining confidence.  I enjoy being part of this learning journey and making visible the learning that happens during their play.


Jenna Pille: B Tchg (ECE) [on maternity leave until November, 2017]

I love working with and alongside children and their families as I enjoy observing and supporting children develop and explore in their own space in their own individual way … It is such a rewarding experience.  I also cherish the meaningful and lifelong relationships with the children and their families.


Kate Liddington: Bachelor of Communications and Grad Dip Tchg (ECE)

Children view the world with such wonder and amazement; the magic that they see and experience inspires me and fuels my passion for working alongside young children. Children can teach us so much about ourselves and the world around us. Through strong relationships and close observation we can see the extraordinary capabilities that our youngest members of society posses. Children truly are amazing.


Kayla Gravatt: B Tchg (ECE) [on maternity leave until August, 2017]

I love teaching because of the meaningful relationships you make with the children and their whanau.  Every day is something different, I get to help children unravel their uniqueness and watch them fall in love with a concept or an idea.  I hope that my teaching can influence a child’s life to help them grow and become confident explorers of their own lives.


Kylie McDell: B Tchg (ECE)

Why I love teaching?  So many reasons!  I would have to say however, that the moment when you see a child’s face light up, as they finally master a challenge they have been working on, or discover an answer to an intriguing question, that has to be my favourite reason.


Marilyn Ruwhiu: Dip Tchg (ECE)

Being involved in the growth and development of any child is what I am passionate about.  Building authentic, loving relationships with children enables the child to feel safe and nurtured and therefore become who they are truly meant to be.


Nikki Wasson: B Tchg (ECE)

Trudy Black


Regular Relievers 

Laila Legler Klaui: Studying towards her ECE qualifications

Paula Gravatt: B Tchg (ECE), Grad Dip Tchg (Primary)

Ray Downing: Grad Dip Tchg (Primary), BA, Diploma of Art and Design